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.

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On communication

This enlightening blog post examines the relationship between communication skills and career success. Those people who continuously strive to improve their communication skills are more successful at getting and keeping jobs. Check out the blog post for some solid advice on how we can improve our communication skills.

What are your weaknessess ?

How do you answer this difficult interview question? This type of question is very common and poses a risk if you are not well prepared. Check out these two excellent blog posts on the subject for some wise advice.

Resume black holes

Has this ever happend to you ? You see a job posting on-line at a corporate, government or other organizational website that fits you perfectly. You click on the “Submit Resume” button and then eagerly await a response. You are so well qualified how could they not contact you to come in for an interview ?

But then hours, days and weeks pass and one is left to wonder what happened. The job that you were so well suited for and applied for has yielded a barren harvest. So what happens ? Almost all of the time we will never find out but the possible scenarios are endless.

In reality we experienced something that most job seekers endure. Our resume simply fell into a black hole. This blog post from My Global Career looks at how resumes find black holes and how to avoid the experience all together (the key is networking).

 

The power of language

I want to draw your attention to an excellent post from the Water Cooler Wisdom blog that looks at the relation between literacy and earning potential. Also provided are a couple of concrete tips on how to improve our English language skills.

Stepping stones

Many of our clients who have professional designations in engineering, information technology, construction, electronics and other fields will want to take note of a recent article from the Times-Colonist. A common tactic for newcomers to Canada to take is to seek employment in their field at a level with less responsibility. This allows individuals to establish themselves, build their networks, dust off old skills and learn new ones as they improve their English language proficiency (if necessary).

With engineers and other professionals this can often mean working as a Technoligist or Technician which usually avoids the requirement of having to register with a professional association such as APEGBC. This allows immigrants to generate an income while they work towards their goal of having their credentials fully recognized.

The newly-formed Technology Education & Careers Council projects that there will be a 70% shortfall in supervisors, managers and contractors in trades and technologies. The Times-Colonist article claims that many technicians are retiring and that schools have had to cut related programs due to declining enrollment.

These new opportunites will allow many of you to find meaningful, viable employment as you continue to work on your long-term goals.

On starting a new job

We have had quite a few clients who have started new jobs recently. We are very excited and happy for them as they get an opportunity to use their skills in the Canadian workplace.

With this in mind we should look at an article that provides some tips on how to make your first week on a new job a successful one.