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Postby CielOnTap on Wed Oct 29, 2008 12:05 pm

Vol XXXI NO. 223 Wednesday 29th October 2008
Jobless graduates' petition backed
A PETITION submitted by a group of unemployed Bahraini university graduates to MPs was endorsed yesterday, as parliament called for real solutions to the problem.

Despite objections from Al Asala MP Hamad Al Mohannadi that parliament was referring a statement to the government without it being a proper proposal, MPs voted for the petition to be submitted.

http://www.gulf-daily-news.com/Story.asp?Article=233064&Sn=BNEW&IssueID=31223
Even in a Gulf state, finding work is difficult. Bahrain has been in the news about its shopping malls, hotels and of course, its oil industry.
There is a concerted effort in the Gulf region to make tourism a viable sector, so that it can replace the oil industry when there are less reserves to pump out.
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Postby fishandchips on Wed Oct 29, 2008 4:32 pm

What do people in other countries have for employment search centres? Canada and the US have locations with job listings online or on boards, computers (usually a time-limit applies), the local paper and maybe papers from larger urban areas, one phone for calls (not always in a quiet area, it depends on search centre/space availability), fax machine (self-operated or over the counter service-not fun, as you wait to visually confirm that the fax went through while other job seekers mill around too). Some centres have reference books for resumes or for industry while others do not. That is why it is very useful to check out all of the centres to see which has resources not available elsewhere i.e. assessments/skills testing, counselling, workshops for job searches or skills, and speakers.

Another resource to look through are libraries-the main central branch and sometimes certain smaller branches have telephone directories, some industry directories or reference books or periodicals on what is going in. Give college libraries and university libraries a look too-you may have to pay to get a borrower's card, unless you are a graduate or student attending the school. At least you can read on-site and access material for your search.
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Postby CielOnTap on Thu Nov 06, 2008 9:36 pm

Networking for work:

Sometimes the people you spend time with for hobbies or sports may have leads in your fields of work. Other times when you are starting a new career and you no longer have access to the school network (instructors and classmates and the guest speakers for campus events), you read industry publications and contact individuals in companies you are interested in for interviews.

Cold-calling does require effort and a quiet area to make phone calls. A few employment centres manage to create the quiet areas necessary to make good first impressions to the strangers in your new career. E-mailing industry individuals for information or sending them congratulations on a publicized achievement can also be worth trying.

If your area has a networking club and you can manage the fees and transportation, attending regular sessions can boost your self-confidence (hearing others' job search stories and leads) and propel you to make a certain number of calls or applications or progress in industry research. Employment centres may have guest speakers each month and other clients you don't know well may have advice on what has worked or not worked in their job searches-use the time before and after the guest speakers to get acquainted.

The main branches of libraries usually have some reference books or annual directories that can assist in finding names to contact. There may be a career centre in those branches complete with phone books and fax machines too for on-the-spot transmission of resumes (you may have to reserve computer time in career centre-check in advance). There also may be resume workshops held on-site without charge.

Lastly, do ask trusted friends and acquaintances to assist in the search-they can be ears for you when you need to vent frustration, they can help proofread correspondence and suggest vocabulary to use, and they can just be there for you. They may know some people in their social and work networks who can help with leads. You never know until you try!
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Postby CielOnTap on Sun Nov 09, 2008 2:59 pm

Spain mired in employment slump

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People queue outside a government job centre in Madrid this week. The number of Spaniards out of work leapt to a 12-year high in October.

Country was creating more than third of new EU jobs just last year

Nov 09, 2008 04:30 AM
Andrew Hay
Manuel Maria Ruiz
Reuters News Agency

MADRID–Unemployment in Spain is surging ahead of job losses in other EU countries and there are fears it could hit depression-like rates above 20 per cent as 14 years of economic boom give way to a protracted slump.

Spain's economy, fourth largest in the euro zone, will suffer its first recession since 1993 this year, likely contract until 2011 and not generate jobs until 2012, analysts say. http://www.thestar.com/Business/article/533521
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Postby CielOnTap on Sun Nov 23, 2008 1:32 pm

India Calling

By ANAND GIRIDHARADAS
Published: November 22, 2008
VERLA, India

“WHAT are Papa and I doing here?”

These words, instant-messaged by my mother in a suburb of Washington, D.C., whizzed through the deep-ocean cables and came to me in the village where I’m now living, in the country that she left.

It was five years ago that I left America to come live and work in India. Now, in our family and among our Indian-American friends, other children of immigrants are exploring motherland opportunities. As economies convulse in the West and jobs dry up, the idea is spreading virally in émigré homes.

Which raises a heart-stirring question: If our parents left India and trudged westward for us, if they manufactured from scratch a new life there for us, if they slogged, saved, sacrificed to make our lives lighter than theirs, then what does it mean when we choose to migrate to the place they forsook?

If we are here, what are they doing there?
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/23/weekinreview/23anand.html?em

Work in other countries-the author's parents must see the irony that their son works in India, which they left for better opportunities in the US.
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Postby deja vu on Sun Nov 30, 2008 4:08 pm

San Pablo Bay lighthouse needs new keeper

Recently laid off? Don't despair. The job of a lifetime awaits you on a windswept island lost in time.
Or at least lost in the fog.

A Richmond nonprofit is looking for a couple to serve as lighthouse keepers on East Brother Island,
a 1-acre rock in San Pablo Bay. The winning applicants will keep tabs on the flashing Fresnel light
and a pair of foghorns, and will run the inn housed in the 1874 lighthouse, which still has a
functioning Coast Guard light.


http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/11/30/BA5P14EEBI.DTL

Definately qualifies as different and maybe an interesting challenge. In todays market, one has to be
creative when it comes to work. Thinking outside of the box, can pay off. Such a beautiful location
to boot.
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Postby CielOnTap on Sun Nov 30, 2008 6:54 pm

Inn-keeping, combined with small septic system, and little electricity does not sound appealing. This job is for the independant-minded, can live without neighbours, and can rough-it-types.

Income sounds great, so maybe the meal preparation gets to be a routine thing. How do the groceries get in-by boat?

I would want Internet access for a computer, along with a pet cat or two to keep me company. And friends willing to come by once in awhile. I am so not keen on being near bodies of water during a storm! Guess there would not be a place to keep sheep too? Woolies for the giftshop-that would pass the time, knitting and carding wool, after shearing the sheep.
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Postby CielOnTap on Fri Dec 05, 2008 1:47 pm

Toronto Star has the last of a seven-part series on jobs and the economy posted today. Different aspects of how jobs changes, leave, come in, or disappear are covered. Click here to access the link leading to the series.
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Postby CielOnTap on Mon Dec 08, 2008 8:43 pm

Looking for a job in New Zealand? Consider only companies with more than 20 employees or call your elected representative to give him or her an earful on making employment very tenous for new hires:

Govt's 90-day probation plan 'undemocratic' - Goff
2:16PM Tuesday Dec 09, 2008
Grant Fleming

Labour leader Phil Goff has attacked as arrogant and undemocratic the Government's decision to "ram through" a 90-day probation period for new workers before Christmas.

The controversial legislation, which would give businesses with fewer than 20 employees the right to instantly sack new staff without fear of a personal grievance, was not on the list of legislation National said on the election campaign it would pass in its first 100 days. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10547238
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Postby smitty on Mon Dec 08, 2008 10:48 pm

I have work with our Gun Club as an executive member, to that of H/Gun director/instructor ONLY it is volunteer work. Have been doing it in a sort of "on/off" fashion as I had to help my parents in their last years, rather then shove them off to an old folks home. So no pay when it is "volunteer" work. Bar the few times of "on/off" was since back in '74.
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