Now hiring

(At least) 121 employers in the Victoria area are looking for workers.

See the list here.

Some highlights:

– ASL Environmental Sciences Inc., Sidney BC: Full-time Bookkeeper

– AXYS Technologies, Inc: Accounting Clerk

– Bradshaw Property Management: Administrative Assistant, Handyperson – Maintenance

– Carmanah Technologies Corp.: Opto-Electronics Engineer, Financial Analyst

More LMI notes

Again from the Times-Colonist (scroll down):

  • Carmanah Technologiessigned a $400,000 deal with Marsh Harbour International Airport in Abaco, Bahamas, for approach, runway edge and taxi lights. Carmanah’s lights are part of runway expansions to handle increasing traffic at the airport.
  • Saanichton-based Streetlight Intelligence Inc.  will get a chance to show off its cost-saving technology in 60 communities across Canada this year as part of a national demonstration program through the federal government. Natural Resources Canada will contribute $185,000 to local governments and Streetlight to install Lumen IQ adaptive lighting control systems, which remotely control streetlights.

Victoria labour market info

Darron Kloster of the Times-Colonist does an excellent job of keeping track of business news in the Capital region. This is probably required reading for someone who is seriously looking for work.

Here’s is some of what he covered this week:

  • Viking Air now has 41 orders for the Twin Otter aircraft.
  • Victoria-based Columbia Fuels was sold for $34.5M.
  • Lighthouse Brewery is ramping up it’s production.

Idiom 13

logo_96Too many irons in the fire

Meaning: To be engaged in too many activities at once.

Example: We should have bid on that contract but we were caught with too many irons in the fire.

All idioms

Universal emotions

According to this interesting blog post there are seven emotions that are universally common. During a job interview it could be important to be aware of this and to know how to identify these emotions through facial cues and body language.

This article (pdf)looks at the issue from a sales perspective but much of the information applies to job interviews as well.

In the news

Study: Internet economy has created 1.2 million jobs – Computerworld

Vancouver Island construction poised to boom – Times Colonist

Ocean and marine sector vital to B.C – Study shows it encompasses 167,000 jobs in the province — Times Colonist

On being overqualified

Many foreign-trained professionals who want to continue their career in Canada choose to apply for jobs that are entry-level or intermediate in responsibility. This is a recommended strategy as it provides workers the opportunity to gain Canadian work experience and deepen their understanding of cultural workplace issues.

Employers however can have a different view of hiring someone who appears to be overqualified. An article that ran in the Wall Street Journal looks at how people are paring down their resumes in order to lessen the appearance of being overqualified and sums up the fear of employers.

In the past eight months, Jamaica Eilbes, an information-technology recruiter for Milwaukee employment agency Manpower, has had to weed out more overqualified résumés than usual from the stacks that cross her desk each day. “I’d never feel comfortable putting a really high-level candidate into a lower level position,” says Ms. Eilbes, who recruits for Manpower and other clients. “We don’t want to take you on if we think you are going to jump ship.”

If you are applying for jobs that you are obviously over-qualified for you have a choice. You can try and prune your resume in an appropriate manner in order to re-frame your employment history or address the issue directly in a cover letter.

Idiom 12

logo_96Hot off the press

Meaning: Information that has newly become public.

Example: The budget forecast is hot off the press.

All idioms

Job search safety

Technology has changed how we live our lives and how we look for work. Because most of us were not raised in an era where this type of technology was prevalent we may not be aware of some of the risks involved in using the Internet to look for work.

This article does a nice job of detailing how you can protect yourselfand your identity while you look for work online.

3. Know how to spot bogus job ads.
Job-related identity theft scams are becoming increasingly sophisticated. Despite the best screening efforts used by career sites, scammers always find a way in. You might be looking at a fake job ad if it:
o Offers considerable pay with few to no duties
o Promises payment of wages in cash
o Contains no physical address or contact person
o Requires you to open a new bank account or accept company checks to “test” a wire transfer service

Craigslist has many local job listed but I believe you are better off ignoring postings that are anonymous.

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