Science research opportunities

This press release from GenomeBC offers details regarding nine grant awards for scientific research worth over $2.3 million.

The nine teams of researchers located in Vancouver, the Okanagan and on Vancouver Island are launching peer-reviewed, short-term research projects the results of which will have impacts on important sectors of BC’s economy and environment.
    Approved projects range from understanding the genetics of sablefish, the biology of lavender, exploring the conifer genome to aid with future breeding and management of conifer trees, developing health assessment tools for marine mussels, the study of the wild bullfrog (an excellent indicator for environmental quality) to human health topics including cancer immunotherapy,…

See the GenomeBC website for further information.

Resource: Guides to Occupations

Part of the Vancouver Public Library’s web site is dedicated to providing occupational information to skilled immigrants. They have a guide to occupations that you may want to bookmark. A large list of industries and occupations are included and the profiles provide information about employment prospects, wages, and the labour market in general. Check it out.

Over 1 million employed in skilled trades

StatsCanada has released a report that looks at employment trends in the skilled trades. The report notes that emplomyent in this field continues it’s steady rise and that most of the jobs are held by men (97%) and are full-time (also 97%).

On average earnings for this group are high when compared to other occupations. Employees in the trades averaged $22.36 in hourly earnings, 6% higher than the $21.02 for other occupations. The highest earners were electricians ($25.26), crane operators ($24.61) and plumbers ($24.10).

StatsCanada also points out that immigrants tend to be under-represented in this employment group. Only 17% of workers in the trades were immigrants, compered to 21% in the non-trades occupations.One reason offered for this is the fact that recent immigrants to Canada tend to have University degrees. Since the educational requirements of jobs in trades are below university level, one might expect fewer immigrants to be working in these jobs.

Getting the details right

Employers watch us all along the way as we conduct our job search. They notice our voice, our handshake and how we dress. All of these things help to shape our image in the employers eye. Every detail no matter how seemingly trivial can have an impact on whether we get a job offer.

Even bringing our resume to a job interview is important. I know some job searchers don’t bother to do this because after all, the employer already has it. Otherwise why would they want to interview us ? This blog post explains why we need to bring our resume to the interview.

Multi-faith walk against violence/Potluck

This information was emailed to us and we thought some of you may be interested:


Welcomes Multi Faith Walk Against Violence

Monday, Oct 27th 2008 @ 2:45 PM

Lawns of the Parliament Buildings

Belleville Street, Victoria

Multifaith Walk Against Violence” represents a move to unite Canadians against all forms of violence. These include: child abuse, domestic violence, terrorism, wars, gangs, bullying and elder abuse. Canadians of all faiths are participating in this walk. Leaders from the aboriginal communities, as well as leaders from Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Sikhism, Hinduism and other faiths and backgrounds are part of this Canada wide walk. Step by step, Calgary Imam Syed Soharwardy, Leader of this walk, is putting his faith into action as he walks across the country in a walk against violence.
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Anybody home ?

Do you have the caller ID function on your phone ? If you do, is it set up to reject calls marked as private or anonymous ? This blog post points out that if this is the case, you could be screening yourself right out of an opportunity to talk with a potential employer.

The same blog has a post entitled “3 Phone Blunders that Can Hang Up Your Job Search” that you may want to check out as well.

The hidden job market

One of the most mysterious (and sometimes frustrating) aspects of searching for work in Canada relates to the “hidden job market”. Savvy job searchers pre-qualify themselves for job openings by getting to meet those who are in a position to offer them a job before there is an opening. Because of this most employers don’t have to advertise job postings.

This post at Mary Elizabeth Bradford’s blog examines the issue and provides solid advice on how to tap into the hidden job market. Also check out part two of the article.