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Meaning: Information that has newly become public.

Example: The budget forecast is hot off the press.

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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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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.

Cover letter tips

Let’s start off the week by looking at some articles on cover letters which will give you lots to think about.

Top 5 Tips on How to Create an Effective Cover Letter
Keep Negative Info Out of Your Cover Letter
10 Reasons Why this Cover Letter Rocks

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.

Career Solutions news

Because of renovations taking this place at Camosun College the Career Solutions office has been temporarily relocated. We are still in the same building but have moved to office # 134.

Call us at (250)370-4790 if you have any questions.