Supply and demand

Those of you with experience in purchasing, procurement, logistics and other supply chain jobs may want to check out this article.

…there are approximately 730,000 Canadians occupied in supply chain jobs, but that’s 86,000 less than are needed. The sector is missing 12.3 per cent of its work force needed to be effective.

Resource: Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council (CSCSC)

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National “crisis”

The Financial Post is reporting that according to a coalition of business groups, unions and colleges the shortage of skilled labour in this country is reaching the point of crisis. The article claims that this skilled worker shortage is preventing many small and medium-sized businesses from expanding.

Some sectors of the economy are particuraly affected by this issue.

• The construction sector, which is in demand to build new infrastructure, or refurbish existing infrastructure, will need approximately 260,000 new workers over the next eight years.

• The mining industry is expected to need 10,000 people per year or 100,000 people over the next 10 years.

• Railways are said to require 11,000 workers in the next four years (33% of its total current workforce) to fill technical positions that will become available.

People in business

What’s happening in Victoria’s business community ? Check here for the latest news.

In search of the perfect word

A blog post from Career Hub reminds us that we need to agonize over our word choices when we draft our resume. Our personalities and skill sets are unique and we should avoid falling into the habit of using the same tired words on our resume that everybody else uses. Sure, it’s more difficult to find the perfect word to describe ourselves but if we don’t strive for precise phrasing, how will the employer ever learn about what sets us apart form other job-seekers ?

And of course a thorough reading od a job posting usually provides sufficient ammunition for the creative resume (and cover letter) writer.

The employer is giving you a few hints; take heed of the words they’re offering. Have you included any of their words in your resume, or in your interview with them?

Continued growth projected for Victoria

The Conference Board of Canada has recently released a report that focuses on economic conditions in this country’s largest cities. Continued activity in the non-residential construction sector will continue to drive economic growth. An article in yesterday’s edition of the Times-Colonist looks at the report and expands on the labour market picture.

Greater Victoria’s unemployment rate will stay low because “we simply don’t have enough people for the jobs available.”

Cold calls

One of the most avoided and most understood of job search activities is the cold call. Contacting employers even though they may not be hiring them and enquiring about potential employment. Those who master this skill and dedicate themselves to applying it consistently rarely take long to find a job.

This type of approach does require a certain level of assertiveness and blind faith that many job-seekers do not possess. Luckily this skill can be mastered and has been proven to yield results.

Last week the Globe & Mail ran an in-depth article about cold-calling employers that contains some excellent advice (some of which is excerpted below-check out the article for more).

Do your homework- Employers are more impressed by applicants who have taken the time to learn about their company, and thought about how their own qualifications might fit in.

Choose your method- Phone calls are almost always appropriate. But in more informal industries, like the arts or media, just showing up can work.

Don’t ask for a job – That can make a person feel trapped and resist your approach. Instead, ask for an informational interview or informal chat. Be flexible about your availability.

Speed, speed, speed – Ideally, a cold-call spiel should take no more than 20 seconds, and include information about who you are, what you’re interested in, and a request for an informational interview.

Think friendly – Business thrives on connections; job seekers should approach cold calls with the goal of making long-term ones.

Cast a wide net –Cold-calling is limited only by the number of companies a job seeker calls on, not by which ones are advertising jobs.

Follow up, but don’t bug – Recognize people may be busy.

Online branding

How important is your on-line reputation ? According to a recent poll one in five hiring managers screen applicants by checking the Internet for info on websites such as FaceBook and MySpace. The poll found that one-third of these employers chose not to hire an applicant based on what they saw.