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

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Fostering Learning Under Difficult Circumstances

Being unemployed and needing to find a suitable job must rank high as a 'difficult circumstance'. Accordingly anything we can do as career developers to help people learn in this situation must be of interest.

Here's a quote from a news release of yesterday from the Association for Psychological Science : “These studies raise the prospect that reminding people what they love or care about may enable them to transcend the self and may foster learning under difficult circumstances.”

The studies to which they refer involve having subjects write stories about their preferred values. Subjects who did this displayed greater feelings of connectedness, empathy and lovingness than controls, and somewhat less defensiveness.

Worth exploring? Well, as career developers we want clients to give careful consideration to the role of their value systems in defining careers for themselves, many of us encourage the use of story writing as helps in envisaging alternative futures--and now we may be finding that discussing values in stories might make clients more amenable to absorbing other worthwhile learning. Looks worthwhile to me!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Selling Job Feeds to Clients

Not all that easy to do, right?

Many people associate RSS feeds with blogs and have already found reason to deprecate those. And then, for some reason, most of us find feeds hard to get our heads around. So we have a couple of issues to deal with.

For anyone that finds feeds and blogs hard to understand suggest viewing the RSS in Plain English video on youtube. Most people I've spoken to like it.

For those who doubt whether using feeds is a good way of getting news about job openings check this out.

I went to the Service Canada RSS Job Search Feed form page and filled it out as if I were someone based in or around Beamsville, Ontario who would be willing to consider any job. The Service Canada system gave me back a URL that I can use repeatedly, whenever I want the newest vacancies.

Usually you would use this URL in a reader (as explained in the video). However, I want clients to be able to see the value of a feed before telling them how easy it is to get the same thing for themselves. With this in mind I whipped up a little web code that would read the feed and format it for display in a web page as shown here on the Niagara West site.

The links to advertisements are all live and the datestamps in the items make it obvious to the client just how fresh the ads are. Where a timely response might impress an employer this would be the way to go.

If the video and this demonstration have motivated the client to set up a feed for themself then it's available via the usual icon on this page. And if not, then the client is perfectly free to continue using the facility on the Niagara West site.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Counts of Hamilton+ Jobs for June 2008

This table summarises advertisements that appeared on the Job Bank in June for Brantford and area, Hamilton and area and Niagara and area.

By way of explanation, there were 147 vacancies of one kind or another for ‘Retail Salespersons and Sales Clerks’, for instance. There were 72 for ‘Cooks’.

More detailed reports indicating, say, compensations offered or education levels demanded, are obviously possible.

147 advertisements
6421 Retail Salespersons and Sales Clerks

86 advertisements
6661 Light Duty Cleaners

84 advertisements
9619 Other Labourers in Processing, Manufacturing and Utilities

72 advertisements
6242 Cooks

61 advertisements
6641 Food Counter Attendants, Kitchen Helpers and Related Occupations

60 advertisements
7411 Truck Drivers

57 advertisements
6453 Food and Beverage Servers

41 advertisements for each of the following :
6435 Hotel Front Desk Clerks
6471 Visiting Homemakers, Housekeepers and Related Occupations

39 advertisements
6651 Security Guards and Related Occupations

37 advertisements for each of the following :
6411 Sales Representatives - Wholesale Trade (Non-Technical)
7452 Material Handlers

36 advertisements for each of the following :
6663 Janitors, Caretakers and Building Superintendents
7265 Welders and Related Machine Operators

34 advertisements
7611 Construction Trades Helpers and Labourers

32 advertisements
1453 Customer Service, Information and Related Clerks

29 advertisements
1411 General Office Clerks

28 advertisements
7414 Delivery and Courier Service Drivers

26 advertisements for each of the following :
1414 Receptionists and Switchboard Operators
6611 Cashiers
6623 Other Elemental Sales Occupations

25 advertisements
1431 Accounting and Related Clerks

24 advertisements for each of the following :
7311 Construction Millwrights and Industrial Mechanics (Except Textile)
8612 Landscaping and Grounds Maintenance Labourers

22 advertisements
4212 Community and Social Service Workers

20 advertisements for each of the following :

1471 Shippers and Receivers
6233 Retail and Wholesale Buyers

18 advertisements for each of the following :

1433 Customer Service Representatives - Financial Services
7231 Machinists and Machining and Tooling Inspectors

17 advertisements
7441 Residential and Commercial Installers and Servicers

16 advertisements for each of the following :
1231 Bookkeepers
4131 College and Other Vocational Instructors

15 advertisements for each of the following :
3152 Registered Nurses
6221 Technical Sales Specialists - Wholesale Trade
6662 Specialized Cleaners
7321 Automotive Service Technicians, Truck and Bus Mechanics and Mechanical Repairers

14 advertisements for each of the following :
6433 Airline Sales and Service Agents
9511 Machining Tool Operators

13 advertisements
8431 General Farm Workers

12 advertisements for each of the following :
3233 Licensed Practical Nurses
6465 Other Protective Service Occupations

11 advertisements for each of the following :
4214 Early Childhood Educators and Assistants
6252 Bakers
7421 Heavy Equipment Operators (Except Crane)

10 advertisements for each of the following :
1122 Professional Occupations in Business Services to Management
1474 Purchasing and Inventory Clerks
2131 Civil Engineers
2132 Mechanical Engineers

9 advertisements for each of the following :
1111 Financial Auditors and Accountants
1221 Administrative Officers
9514 Metalworking Machine Operators
9617 Labourers in Food, Beverage and Tobacco Processing

8 advertisements for each of the following :
2225 Landscape and Horticulture Technicians and Specialists
6212 Food Service Supervisors
6241 Chefs
6452 Bartenders
6622 Grocery Clerks and Store Shelf Stockers
9612 Labourers in Metal Fabrication

7 advertisements for each of the following :
1441 Administrative Clerks
1472 Storekeepers and Parts Clerks
2232 Mechanical Engineering Technologists and Technicians
2233 Industrial Engineering and Manufacturing Technologists and Technicians
2253 Drafting Technologists and Technicians
5254 Program Leaders and Instructors in Recreation, Sport and Fitness
7271 Carpenters
7281 Bricklayers
7312 Heavy-Duty Equipment Mechanics
7621 Public Works and Maintenance Labourers
8432 Nursery and Greenhouse Workers
9495 Plastic Products Assemblers, Finishers and Inspectors

6 advertisements for each of the following :
1226 Conference and Event Planners
1473 Production Clerks
2133 Electrical and Electronics Engineers
3414 Other Assisting Occupations in Support of Health Services
4142 Elementary School and Kindergarten Teachers
4216 Other Instructors
5124 Professional Occupations in Public Relations and Communications
5241 Graphic Designers and Illustrators
6683 Other Elemental Service Occupations
7251 Plumbers
7294 Painters and Decorators
9493 Other Wood Products Assemblers and Inspectors

5 advertisements for each of the following :
1435 Collectors
2141 Industrial and Manufacturing Engineers
2242 Electronic Service Technicians (Household and Business Equipment)
4141 Secondary School Teachers
4163 Business Development Officers and Marketing Researchers and Consultants
6211 Retail Trade Supervisors
6482 Estheticians, Electrologists and Related Occupations
6671 Operators and Attendants in Amusement, Recreation and Sport
6681 Dry Cleaning and Laundry Occupations
7253 Gas Fitters
7622 Railway and Motor Transport Labourers
9213 Supervisors, Food, Beverage and Tobacco Processing
9422 Plastics Processing Machine Operators
9461 Process Control and Machine Operators, Food and Beverage Processing
9496 Painters and Coaters - Industrial

4 advertisements for each of the following :
1223 Personnel and Recruitment Officers
1225 Purchasing Agents and Officers
1236 Customs, Ship and Other Brokers
1422 Data Entry Clerks
1432 Payroll Clerks
1475 Dispatchers and Radio Operators
2175 Web Designers and Developers
4167 Recreation, Sports and Fitness Program Supervisors and Consultants
6215 Cleaning Supervisors
6231 Insurance Agents and Brokers
6271 Hairstylists and Barbers
6483 Pet Groomers and Animal Care Workers
7412 Bus Drivers, Subway Operators and Other Transit Operators
9424 Water and Waste Plant Operators
9482 Motor Vehicle Assemblers, Inspectors and Testers

3 advertisements for each of the following :
1112 Financial and Investment Analysts
1212 Supervisors, Finance and Insurance Clerks
1241 Secretaries (Except Legal and Medical)
1434 Banking, Insurance and Other Financial Clerks
2174 Computer Programmers and Interactive Media Developers
2231 Civil Engineering Technologists and Technicians
2241 Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technologists and Technicians
2281 Computer Network Technicians
2282 User Support Technicians
3235 Other Technical Occupations in Therapy and Assessment
3411 Dental Assistants
4152 Social Workers
5242 Interior Designers
6216 Other Service Supervisors
6474 Babysitters, Nannies and Parents' Helpers
7219 Contractors and Supervisors, Other Construction Trades, Installers, Repairers and Servicers
7242 Industrial Electricians
7263 Structural Metal and Platework Fabricators and Fitters
7291 Roofers and Shinglers
7313 Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanics
7322 Motor Vehicle Body Repairers
7437 Air Transport Ramp Attendants
9442 Weavers, Knitters and Other Fabric-Making Occupations
9462 Industrial Butchers and Meat Cutters, Poultry Preparers and Related Workers
9613 Labourers in Chemical Products Processing and Utilities

2 advertisements for each of the following :
1233 Insurance Adjusters and Claims Examiners
1243 Medical Secretaries
1476 Transportation Route and Crew Schedulers
2211 Chemical Technologists and Technicians
2212 Geological and Mineral Technologists and Technicians
2234 Construction Estimators
2243 Industrial Instrument Technicians and Mechanics
2261 Nondestructive Testers and Inspectors
2264 Construction Inspectors
3413 Nurse Aides, Orderlies and Patient Service Associates
4153 Family, Marriage and Other Related Counsellors
4211 Paralegal and Related Occupations
4213 Employment Counsellors
4215 Instructors and Teachers of Persons with Disabilities
5133 Musicians and Singers
6672 Other Attendants in Accommodation and Travel
6682 Ironing, Pressing and Finishing Occupations
7232 Tool and Die Makers
7241 Electricians (Except Industrial and Power System)
7282 Concrete Finishers
7295 Floor Covering Installers
7316 Machine Fitters
7351 Stationary Engineers and Auxiliary Equipment Operators
7371 Crane Operators
7381 Printing Press Operators
7422 Public Works Maintenance Equipment Operators
8611 Harvesting Labourers
9411 Machine Operators, Mineral and Metal Processing
9412 Foundry Workers
9414 Concrete, Clay and Stone Forming Operators
9415 Inspectors and Testers, Mineral and Metal Processing
9451 Sewing Machine Operators
9486 Mechanical Assemblers and Inspectors
9498 Other Assemblers and Inspectors
9611 Labourers in Mineral and Metal Processing
9615 Labourers in Rubber and Plastic Products Manufacturing

1 advertisement for each of the following :
1114 Other Financial Officers
1121 Specialists in Human Resources
1213 Supervisors, Library, Correspondence and Related Information Clerks
1215 Supervisors, Recording, Distributing and Scheduling Occupations
1222 Executive Assistants
1224 Property Administrators
1242 Legal Secretaries
1244 Court Recorders and Medical Transcriptionists
1423 Desktop Publishing Operators and Related Occupations
1442 Personnel Clerks
1443 Court Clerks
1454 Survey Interviewers and Statistical Clerks
1461 Mail, Postal and Related Clerks
2144 Geological Engineers
2161 Mathematicians, Statisticians and Actuaries
2171 Information Systems Analysts and Consultants
2244 Aircraft Instrument, Electrical and Avionics Mechanics, Technicians and Inspectors
2262 Engineering Inspectors and Regulatory Officers
2263 Inspectors in Public and Environmental Health and Occupational Health and Safety
2272 Air Traffic Control and Related Occupations
3142 Physiotherapists
3219 Other Medical Technologists and Technicians (Except Dental Health)
3231 Opticians
3234 Ambulance Attendants and Other Paramedical Occupations
5122 Editors
5136 Painters, Sculptors and Other Visual Artists
5221 Photographers
5223 Graphic Arts Technicians
5232 Other Performers
5243 Theatre, Fashion, Exhibit and Other Creative Designers
5244 Artisans and Craftspersons
6232 Real Estate Agents and Salespersons
6251 Butchers, Meat Cutters and Fishmongers - Retail and Wholesale
6431 Travel Counsellors
6434 Ticket Agents, Cargo Service Representatives and Related Clerks (Except Airline)
6451 Maîtres d'hôtel and Hosts/Hostesses
6484 Other Personal Service Occupations
7211 Supervisors, Machinists and Related Occupations
7214 Contractors and Supervisors, Metal Forming, Shaping and Erecting Trades
7222 Supervisors, Motor Transport and Other Ground Transit Operators
7245 Telecommunications Line and Cable Workers
7247 Cable Television Service and Maintenance Technicians
7252 Steamfitters, Pipefitters and Sprinkler System Installers
7261 Sheet Metal Workers
7272 Cabinetmakers
7283 Tilesetters
7284 Plasterers, Drywall Installers and Finishers and Lathers
7292 Glaziers
7315 Aircraft Mechanics and Aircraft Inspectors
7331 Oil and Solid Fuel Heating Mechanics
7342 Tailors, Dressmakers, Furriers and Milliners
7383 Other Trades and Related Occupations
7413 Taxi and Limousine Drivers and Chauffeurs
7432 Railway Track Maintenance Workers
7443 Automotive Mechanical Installers and Servicers
7445 Other Repairers and Servicers
7612 Other Trades Helpers and Labourers
8253 Farm Supervisors and Specialized Livestock Workers
8256 Supervisors, Landscape and Horticulture
8616 Logging and Forestry Labourers
9224 Supervisors, Furniture and Fixtures Manufacturing
9231 Central Control and Process Operators, Mineral and Metal Processing
9436 Lumber Graders and Other Wood Processing Inspectors and Graders
9443 Textile Dyeing and Finishing Machine Operators
9454 Inspectors and Testers, Fabric, Fur and Leather Products Manufacturing
9465 Testers and Graders, Food and Beverage Processing
9472 Camera, Platemaking and Other Prepress Occupations
9473 Binding and Finishing Machine Operators
9474 Photographic and Film Processors
9483 Electronics Assemblers, Fabricators, Inspectors and Testers
9491 Boat Assemblers and Inspectors
9494 Furniture Finishers and Refinishers
9516 Other Metal Products Machine Operators
9614 Labourers in Wood, Pulp and Paper Processing