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

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Creative Commons & Open Source Licences

Does everyone (else, ie, apart from me) know how easy it is to add a Creative Commons Licence thingy to your work? By affixing one to your set of slides or to a video or to anything else you have created or the 'net you can indicate to a potential 'borrower' whether you are open to permitting its being re-used and the usual terms of re-use. Here's Understanding Creative Commons Licenses by someone called Heather Edick. Although I have seen more extensive, and more complicated treatments, this one has the great advantage of getting the rat into the goal box fast. Just follow the link, answer a few questions and you get a shiny new set of HTML ready to paste in.

Job Bank Down, III

As mentioned in an earlier post here, Liz LaForme in Chris Charlton's federal constituency office said that she might be able to provide further information about why the Job Bank is down this week. Here is the link she sent in her email to me this morning 8.58:

I suppose we just have to wait and see.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Is Capitalism Collapsing? What Do I Know?

Loretta Napoleoni seems quite convinced and she offers some convincing arguments suggesting, at the very least, that it is time for a renewal of the foundations of Western economies.

Here is here recent talk at the RSA.

Like the US in an earlier period of history China has enough people to form its own market. Care to guess what role Canada would play in China's economy as far as they are concerned?

(Image, due to Peter Hodsoll, from wikipedia.)

Friday, February 24, 2012

David Foot on Economic & Employment Trends

One of today's CBC archives features David Foot, author of Boom, Bust and Echo. For easy updates let me suggest this video, where Foot is interviewed by Steve Paikin, or this one, an interview on the Business News Network. Or go here for a great collection of videos and written works that includes these.

Job Bank Down, II

Liz LaForme in Chris Charlton's federal constituency office, assures me that the Job Bank is indeed inaccessible due to technical issues only. She has placed some telephone calls to ascertain details and may be in a position to report further information after Tuesday of next week, once she has had the opportunity of conferring with Charlton, who is out-of-town.

I expressed the opinion that it would be best if some official or member of the government could be prevailed upon to reassure Job Bank users by providing some indication of how long it might be before service would resume.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Job Bank Down

When I attempt to interrogate the Government of Canada Job Bank for 4213 and 4215 vacancies I receive a page that says, in part: 'Job Bank and Job Bank for Employers are currently unavailable due to technical difficulties.' This has been the case for several days now.

I don't know why this should be happening. Do any readers of this blog know?

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Savvy Employers Will Take an Interest

Although it appears to me that most employers still rely on what they read in applicants' résumés and what they are able to ellicit from applicants during interviews there are some that look for more reliable and objective, if not scientific, ways of assessing candidates. Some will discover an area of research that links personality to positive work performance attributes. Here's what one recent paper says, in part:

'Workers who are engaged in their jobs tended in dispositional terms to be emotionally stable, socially proactive, and achievement oriented.'

Although the paper warns that that these individual factors might very well interact with job characteristics it seems almost inevitable that some employers will ignore petty details like that. To be attractive to an employer pretend to be rock-solid emotionally, exhibit a normal level of extraversion and give the appearance of being ambitious (in the area of interest to the employer).

I came across mention of this line of work at What kind of personality helps you engage with work?

Monday, February 20, 2012

Job: Employment Consultant, Mississauga, ON

"Conducts employability assessments with clients using Employment Service suitability indicators, potential employer requirements and labour market opportunities."


Fuller listing of jobs:

Note: The Job Bank site has been reporting technical difficulties recently.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Job: Employment Case Manager, Chilliwack, BC

"Responsible for case management including: client intake and conducting assessments of
individuals employability, development and implementation of individualized action plans, referral to
appropriate services and/or providers, monitoring of clients and management of individual client funds."


Fuller list of jobs:

Incidentally, at the time of this posting the Job Bank is unresponsive, ie, not providing any listings of jobs, so there are none from this source on the 'fuller list.'

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Meme: How Occupations Are Perceived

Aren't the perceptions just a tad different from each other? Eh?

And wouldn't this be kinda important for anyone thinking about what occupation they should follow? Eh?

To see quite a few of these displays nicely laid out go here. For the mother lode go here. For how your dream occupation is perceived search your own imagination and do some information interviewing.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Recognising Foreign Credentials Is Difficult

Yes, I think it is in many cases. But don't take my word for it. Here's what Professor Frances Woolley of Carleton University has to say about the subject.

Job: Specialized Employment Coach, Kelowna, BC

"The Specialized Employment Coach is responsible for encouraging, through a coaching methodology, full participation by their clients in employment services that are targeted to specific client needs."


Bigger jobs list:

Monday, February 13, 2012

Most Influential Careers People?

In the social networking space, that is. No, it definitely ain't me.

One site that tries to measure this is Whether or not you make your twitter feed, blog site, LinkedIn account, facebook page or what-have-you known to klout it may well find you and attempt to evaluate your level of influence by counting the numbers of people that pay attention to you. By some sort of magic it also attempts to know what areas you take an interest in.

If you, as a career developer, want to know what advice the masses are grazing on these days then there might be no better place to start than Some of these might be good places for us to sample as ways of learning how to present some of these ideas. Or maybe we should be saying something more useful or enlightening?

Friday, February 10, 2012

A Life's Plan, in Less Than a Minute

Here's about one minute from late in Allan Gregg's TVOntario interview of Sheena Iyengar. "Columbia University professor Sheena Iyengar is the author of 'The Art of Choosing.' She explores the factors, conscious or unconscious, that determine the choices we make. She believes humans have an inate desire to choose."

This is similar in concept to the approach that many career developers take. So, if you're pressed for time ... !

Full interview.

Discrimination: What We All Suspect

Immigrants find it much more difficult to land jobs in Canada. We all know that. What most of us might prefer not to face—or lack empirical evidence of—is that immigrants with non-English sounding names are at a considerably greater disadvantage. Read Professor Mike Corak of Ottawa's blog entry, Immigrants face challenges in finding jobs that are not of their own making for an introduction to some statistics that substantiate this fact and a pointer to the paper that produced them by Professor Philip Oreopoulos of the University of Toronto.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Great Way of Building a Learning Resource

Google indexes a vast array of stuff that we can use for workshops and other learning events for our clients. But you can't just give people a list of URLs. You need to organise them so that the information in them flows as smoothly as possible. Here is yet another way of introducing that organisation. It's available at a site called Mentormob and here's their video describing their service. (What you get is a nice playlist.)

I'm indebted to Paul Hamilton of BC, over at Free Resources from the Net for Every Learner, for making me aware of this.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Job: Employment and Training Consultant, Windsor, ON

"You will administer new and expanded training and employment programs ..."


Other jobs: