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.

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

Now Hiring

132 Victoria employers want your resumes

Cultural tutors

Globalization has had a major impact on how companies conduct business. Markets that were once remote and out of reach are now easily accessed by motivated businesses. Doing business in a new country brings with a host of cultural challenges that must be acknowledged and understood.

This has resulted in an increase in the number of Cultural Tutors as companies strive to carve out a global competitive advantadge. This may be a trend that could provide opportunities for you. Read more about it here.

Non-anglo names barrier for job hunters: Study

Some of you may have noticed this high-profile news story from yesterday. A new study indicates that job applicants with English-sounding names on their resumes are 40 per cent more likely to be called for an interview than those with Chinese, Indian or Pakistani names.
You should read the whole study(40 pp. pdf)if you are curious about this or want more information but I would like to point out a couple of items of interest.

Even when applicants had identical Canadian work experiences and educational backgrounds, every 100 resumes with English names resulted in roughly 16 calls from employers. For every 100 resumes with Asian names, only 11 generated calls from employers. That means a resume with an English name was 40-per-cent more likely to generate a call back.

Leaving apart the obviously distressing implications of the above paragraph this confirms the conventional wisdom about sending in resumes for posted jobs. The call-back rate from employers is very low (16% and 11%) in this case. If you are not networking and meeting employers this would mean you would only get between 11 and 16 call-backs for every 100 resumes you send out. Only sending out resumes to posted jobs is a very passive approach.

The other item I wanted to point out from the study was this interesting point about Canadian work experience:

Employers valued experience acquired in Canada much more than if acquired in a foreign country. Changing foreign resumes to include only experience from Canada raised callback rates to 11 percent.  Among resumes listing 4 to 6 years of Canadian experience, whether an applicant’s degree was from Canada or not, or whether the applicant obtained additional Canadian education or not had no impact on the chances for an interview request.

 This underlines the importance of gaining work in your field. Employers seem to value this more than gaining further credentials in this country.

The in-demand programming skills

Software Engineers and Programmers will want to take note of this postfrom the Career UpShift blog which identifies the skills tech employers are looking for.

Companies are looking for specific skill sets: Anything that is hard core algorithms, pattern recognition, statistics — applying algorithms to real world data. If you have these skills you are likely to have a better chance to find an opportunity. You may even find you’ll get multiple offers.

Other timely skills: AJAX/Javascript, Objective C, Java, PHP or Ruby on Rails. Demand for iPhone programmers…

Custom House sold

Custom House is a Victoria-based currency exchange company which employs 150 people in the Capital Region. They operate on a 24 hour basis and have employees who work in a variety of roles. Custom House has been purchased by Western Union for $370 million dollars.

Currency house is the second high- profile local business to be sold to a major American company in about a month.

Also see: Custom House job postings

Once again:Now hiring

148 jobs up for grabs in capital – Times Colonist

Best Employers for New Canadians

These employers have been recognized as offering innovative programs to assist immigrants in making the transition to the Canadian workplace.

Each employer is evaluated in terms of whether:

  •  they offer programs specifically designed to assist employees who are recent immigrants to Canada;
  • they have taken steps to reduce employment barriers for recent immigrants, such as by recognizing foreign educational credentials and experience;
  • they assist new employees who have foreign professional or educational credentials in getting these qualifications formally recognized in Canada
  • they offer “onboarding” programs, such as internal coaching or mentoring, to help new employees who are recent immigrants understand the Canadian workplace
  • their managers and employees receive training in cross-cultural issues or inclusiveness to help create a welcoming and productive environment for employees who are recent immigrants