Work is the refuge of people who have nothing better to do. : Oscar Wilde

Friday, April 27, 2012

CDP Certification Ontario: Join!

"We are an elected group of volunteers voted in on July 18, 2011 to advance the Career Development profession by developing a certification model."

For fuller information and to subscribe.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

A Geek, Don't Be

I know. I know. I know. This is an advertisement. However, and all that. See if you get it.

Being Geek: The Software Developer's Career Handbook from lonelysandwich on Vimeo.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Other Transferrables Beyond Skills, II

A couple of days ago I referred to another blogger's post. It indicates that our client's transferrables include their social networks. Today I learned that there's some hard evidence, on the Barking Up the Wrong Tree blog. See Should prospective employees be judged by the size of their networks? where an MIT report says that each IBM employee's "e-mail contact was worth an added $948 in revenue" on average.

Of course not every prospective employer can be expected to know and understand the value of a network.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Job: Facilitator/Employment Counsellor, Calgary, AB

"The Facilitator/Employment Counsellor is responsible for training volunteers in providing
interpretation and translation services.  The Facilitator/Employment Counsellor is also responsible
for providing volunteers with employment counselling support."


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Monday, April 9, 2012

Other Transferrables Beyond Skills

Here's a blog entry by Craig A DeLarge pointing out that clients have other transferrables, beyond skills, that they can use or offer in securing career change or new employment: Is it a Prison or a Bridge? What are Your Transferrabilities?

Put briefly, they should not forget that they have networks. Similarly they have business and industry experience and knowledge. It's best to make an explicit effort to identify all of these.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Careers Advice: The Horse's Mouth

The best way of getting information about any specific career is still to go out and talk to people that are already practising in that career. Since that's not always feasible it's important to have other sources.

I have mentioned that quite a number of people are predicting that careers in 'big data' will become more numerous. That is probably why this item on Quora caught my eye: How do I become a data scientist? It contains some very useful advice.

Most of us are aware of LinkedIn as a place to ask others about career prospects, although I have found that it's important to filter answers from LI to omit those that do not come from people with real experience. Peeling back the URL provides the address of a collection of Quora Q&A that might also be a useful source:

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Self-Harm Is Not Done for 'Attention'

The reasons for it are complex. Vaughn Bell1 refers to a study that looks at various motivations for these behaviours; he also provides some of the illustrative examples given in the article.

To me, the important point he makes is that too many health professionals think that self-harm is done merely as a way of gaining attention, which is unhelpful. If this is true of those practitioners then it might be true of some of us too.

See The complex motivations for self-harm.

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Interviewers Should Ask to See Facebook Pages

Because they can easily learn so much about applicant bad habits, right?

Or maybe not. Let us never forget that one is not supposed to inquire about a job applicant's marital status, age or various other characteristics. In fact, if one does it can lead to quite amusing legal consequences for the interviewer's organisation.

Read I hereby (fictionally) resign to see how requests to see facebook pages could backfire.

I just saw this on today's O'Reilly's Four Short Links, part of a feed for programmers and other geeks.

Job: Employment Counselling, Sydney, NS

"Knowledge of the counselling process. Knowledge of Case Management, knowledge of employability issues pertaining to African Nova Scotians, the ability to assist in developing and delivering workshops, maintain complete and updated client information, experience in employment counselling, the ability to work closely with clients, the ability to network with employers and other organizations, able to develop and maintain an effective interpersonal working relationship with others, good oral and written communications, and other duties as required."

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Job: Team Leader, Sydney, NS

"... Must have good interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to identify barriers to employment and training and assist clients to develop job readiness and job search skills. ..."

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