Work is the refuge of people who have nothing better to do. : Oscar Wilde

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Making People Talk

On Thursday I attended a job fair in Burlington with some people who will be seeking jobs in the near future. I took the opportunity of asking one of the recruiters—who was there representing a big health care organisation—what mistake most people make when they meet her. She paused for a moment and then said that many people that approach her ask her whether the jobs she is offering are in nursing, without asking whether there are other opportunities. The fact is, I had already learned from her during a previous conversation that her organisation requires more customer service people, to co-ordinate deployment of professional personnel (for instance, nurses).

To me, as a career developer, this means that I need to put effective effort into coaching clients into developing and using whatever gifts they may have in the area of conversation. We all need to learn how to keep conversations going, in order to explore the topics that have so far been omitted.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Wanna Find Every Job Site in Canada?

I just learned something about Google from eGrabber. It's about the Google 'allinanchor' tab. If you want a really humongous collection of pages relating to jobs then use the following search string:

allinanchor: jobs

If you're interested in just the pages in Canada then don't forget to select 'pages from Canada'. Lotsa niche sites as well as the big ones.

Interested in jobs in the Rockies? Try searching for rockies within the results from the query just mentioned.

Or do

allinanchor: careers


allinanchor: employment

I can't believe this! No more adding to one's list of job sites by onesies and twosies.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Doris Lessing and stories

"[Doris] Lessing [the author who was recently awarded a Nobel prize] has an almost primitive view of her art and believes that narrative is hard-wired into our consciousness." [italics mine]

From 'Writing is something I have to do' in Guardian Unlimited.

A Nobel Prize winner can't be wrong.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Disheartened Disabled Client

One of my current clients is someone who has suffered a workplace accident that has rendered the client much less mobile than they were before. The client is troubled, in part, about how the injury has limited the range of occupations open to them. Although another agency had conducted the Holland SDS on this individual, and even outlined which sections of the 'Job Finder' pamphlet might be most suitable, as a result of one comment by the counsellor in that agency, the client remains more or less convinced that they are being relegated to work in what they find an unappealing collection of occupations.

One would like to be able to make it more obvious to clients like this when alternatives exist that might be of interest.

With this in mind the Job Bank listing now enables a user to enter a Holland code in the form area shown above and then search NOC categories for all possible matches. Once the software identifies matches it indicates the number of them, having highlighted the matches themselves with bright yellow.

Note: Holland codes are unavailable in the 'Job Finder' for certain NOC codes. When the software finds this condition it attempts to suggest Holland codes using nearby occupations. These suggestions are labelled 'possible'.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Holland Codes for Job Bank Listing

The indexed Job Bank listing that I have mentioned in previous posts (1, 2, 3) now indicates the Holland Codes for NOC categories, whenever possible.

In the instance shown above one can see that NOC 4152 'Social Workers' might suit people with either of the Holland Codes 'SE' or 'ES'. As usual, one would suggest to clients that they consider this option if their three-character Holland Code contains the characters 'S' or 'E' anywhere.

The mappings were obtained for the 'Self-Directed Search' Form 'E' 4th edition. I notice that not all of the NOC codes are mentioned in this document.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Holland Codes Blog

I just happened upon this source today, at, and on it found mention of the Louisiana Integrated Skills Assessment site (LISA). We have all seen this approach to career exploration before; however, the widgets that the site uses for card sorts, for instance, might make life a lot easier for many.

Do take a look.