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Postby CielOnTap on Fri Oct 21, 2016 7:36 pm

Fort McMurray businesses in Alberta could really use some service workers-they don't seem to be applying yet openings exist.
"We've been seeing some of our restaurants are not open or operational at their normal business hours pre-fire," said Alexis Foster, executive director of Fort McMurray's chamber of commerce.

The chamber suspects many service industry workers evacuated and didn't return as the wildfire roared through. During their month-long exile, those employees likely found work in bars, restaurants and hotels in Calgary and Edmonton and decided to stay.

[url]http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/there-s-not-a-lot-of-people-passing-in-resumés-says-fort-mcmurray-restaurant-owner-1.3776596[/url]
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Postby CielOnTap on Fri Nov 18, 2016 10:22 pm

Toronto Public Library's board has refused to turn in a budget that is 2.6% less than the current one. A journalist writes of the importance of libraries in communities that preclude any service cutbacks, reduced staff or fewer chances to access computers or online resources. Libraries can be beacons of hope for those needing it in their lives.

British feminist Caitlin Moran, the eldest of eight children growing up poor in Wolverhampton — it’s dire there — was saved by libraries, but they’re now being closed across the nation.

“A library in the middle of a community is a cross between an emergency exit, a life-raft and a festival,” she has written. “They are cathedrals of the mind; hospitals of the soul; theme parks of the imagination. On a cold rainy island, they are the only sheltered public spaces where you are not a consumer, but a citizen instead.”

https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2016/11/18/dont-mix-in-the-libraries-with-the-gravy-mallick.html
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Postby CielOnTap on Sat Nov 19, 2016 11:15 pm

A view from a professional on the reasons one should abstain from social media accounts: your work could suffer from the distractions they provide.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/20/jobs/quit-social-media-your-career-may-depend-on-it.html?src=twr&smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur&_r=0

Unpaid internships in Britain are skewing favourably towards candidates who have money behind them. Government has taken action to change that scenario.
An outright ban on unpaid experience, of the sort proposed by Mr Shelbrooke, is ruled out by Downing Street. But there may be scope for stricter enforcement of the minimum wage. Interns qualify for the minimum wage if they are doing something that constitutes work. Many unpaid internships are thus already illegal, says Ben Lyons of Intern Aware, a pressure group which has helped indignant serfs to claim backpay from companies including Harrods and Sony. Yet tax inspectors have little capacity to investigate, and interns are anyway unlikely to complain if it scotches their prospects of future employment.

Nor is it always clear whether pay is due. Some internships begin with merely observing how a company works—which doesn’t qualify for the minimum wage—before drifting into something more like work as the intern makes himself useful. An official commission on social mobility has suggested a four-week cut-off, after which interns must be paid. Two years ago France introduced a two-month cut-off, after which stagiaires get a reduced minimum wage, currently €3.60 ($3.95) per hour, or a little over a third of the ordinary rate.

http://www.economist.com/news/britain/21709490-government-spies-opportunity-increase-social-mobilityand-win-votes-unpaid?fsrc=scn/tw/te/pe/ed/unpaidinternshipscomeunderfireinbritain
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Postby CielOnTap on Sat Dec 03, 2016 3:00 pm

Consider coding as a career path. In Canada, there are companies offering ways to help people learn about coding and things they can do as developers to create new applications and career opportunities.

I happened to see this article in the Careers section of last Wednesday's Toronto Sun.
http://www.torontosun.com/2016/11/28/breaking-the-code
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Postby CielOnTap on Sat Dec 03, 2016 11:17 pm

Canada's agricultural sector relies on temporary foreign workers to do a lot of manual and repetitive tasks-plants need handling. The long days, distant work locations from bustling centres and transportation nodes plus the seasonality of the work don't help to make resident Canadians interested in pursuing career options in agriculture.

For the migrant workers, they have to contribute to payroll deductions but often cannot access employment insurance or apply for permanent residency.

A report on agriculture's labour needs. I don't know of many agricultural farms that are on bus routes and have bus service at all hours of operation. So one will need a carpool or own vehicle or have to face boarding at the employer's place.
The action plan should also strive to bring more women into the industry, she urged. “We need to do better, to encourage more Canadians, young and old, those from rural and urban backgrounds, men and women and new Canadians to consider working in this sector and ensure that there are no barriers to entry or advancement for anyone in the industry.”

Affordable training is crucial “to ensure workers in the industry get access to the latest and most effective production techniques, the latest and best practice around human resource and management techniques, no matter how busy or how remote their location is,” she continued.

The action plan “includes clear short-, medium- and long-term solutions to ensure the industry can get ahead of this challenge and address it in a meaningful way to advantage the industry to grow and thrive into the future,” she said.

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A federal research farm in Quebec will be back in use.
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Postby CielOnTap on Thu Dec 22, 2016 10:43 pm

In the US, there are some retailers who are ending the practice of requiring staff to call in right before they may expect to work each day. "On-call scheduling" interferes with staff's ability to know which days they work and to plan other life activities around work.
Additionally, Carter’s, Disney, David’s Tea and Zumiez committed to giving employees their work scheduled at least one week in advance of the workweek, the state officials said.

“On-call shifts are not a business necessity and should be a thing of the past,” New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said, who characterized the procedure as unfair. “People should not have to keep the day open, arrange for child care and give up other opportunities without being compensated for their time.”

The agreements followed an April letter sent to retailers by the attorneys general of California, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York and Rhode Island, all Democrats.

https://www.thestar.com/business/2016/12/20/retailers-to-end-on-call-scheduling.html
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Re: Looking for work? You're not alone.

Postby CielOnTap on Tue Jan 17, 2017 12:26 pm

Not sure I have the right impression of a US retail training program that requires prospective retail workers to pay $50 of their own money to take the training and to make them more appealing to chain stores experiencing high staff turnovers. I`m certain that shift scheduling impacts workers in being able to cover non-work needs and priorities. There are some things that can only be done during daytime hours-some service providers are not yet moving beyond banking hours in terms of service provision. When retail stores want flexible staff, that means being available for daytime, evening and weekend hours. If you happen to have kids or adult dependents, you need support or a spouse with some time to handle family needs like grocery shopping, housework, doing paperwork for the kids or dependents etc. Medical appointments are hard to get and some stores do not allow part timers any flexibility in picking shifts to accommodate life matters.


In stores, entry-level work isn’t just about folding clothes and ringing up sales. Beyond making change, the Rise Up program includes how to balance a cash drawer and check for counterfeit currency. Employees also need to understand how stores and online sites work together, use up-to-date handhelds to check inventory and solve customer-service problems.

“It’s crisp, clear lessons,” said James Rhee, CEO of clothing chain Ashley Stewart, which is among the retailers that will give the credential weight in their hiring. “It’s not just about buying and selling. It’s extremely service-oriented, but it’s extremely more quantitative and it’s all about the innovation of technology.”

The program offers 30 to 40 hours of classroom training or 15 hours of online training, and will be administered through nonprofit groups and public education partners. The overall cost is $50, but many students will be able to get subsidies.

http://www.startribune.com/target-and-other-stores-partner-with-trade-group-for-entry-level-job-training-program/410867085/?utm_campaign=buffer&utm_content=buffer4cf75&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com
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Re: Looking for work? You're not alone.

Postby CielOnTap on Tue Jan 17, 2017 12:29 pm

Retail work seldom provides training on dealing with abusive customers. There are some shoppers looking to work store policies to their favour and to get things as free as possible. That stress does not help retail workers wanting to do their jobs and still have a smile at the end of the work shifts.
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Re: Looking for work? You're not alone.

Postby CielOnTap on Sun Feb 12, 2017 4:53 pm

Check one's ego at the door? I thought job candidates have to show more than having a pulse and a handshake.
Career counsellors in Calgary have seen the same problem: People who are used to well-paying jobs are often advised to take a survival job, working retail, for example, but there is a real reluctance to do so.

"They don't want to lose status or the perception of the loss of status, which is oftentimes associated with pay or job title," said Avra Davidoff, a psychologist with Calgary Career Counselling. "So sometimes it's helping an individual understand that you can gain status through other ways, it's not always about the dollar sign."

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/calgary-job-market-still-on-the-ropes-1.3974687?cmp=rss

Survival work might, might cover rent, basic food and minimal personal care or secondhand clothing but not Internet or cellphone service, new clothing or shoes and utilities (hydro is a huge item for many budgets). Survival work is unlikely to help anyone with fixed payments like mortgage or car payments without cutting into utility or food money. There is no money for an emergency fund for unexpected healthcare issues or medicine, flooding, or theft/contents insurance.

Resumes do get judged and not everyone wants to reveal their retail/service job reality if their career plans include a management position in a specific sector. Many post-secondary students (including ones into their middle ages) are not finding jobs to live off of as self-sufficient types.
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Re: Looking for work? You're not alone.

Postby CielOnTap on Thu Feb 23, 2017 10:08 am

(ANSA) - Rome, February 23 - The rise in steady jobs in Italy fell 91% to around 82,000 contracts in 2016, pensions and social security agency INPS said Thursday.
It said hirings on permanent contracts were 37% down and the number of temp contracts turned into long-term ones down 35%.

http://www.ansa.it/english/news/general_news/2017/02/23/steady-job-rise-down-91-in-2016_401a8ab3-8943-4478-bb8e-0c329470137c.html i

That 91% drop (not rise) is a significant number to see in a headline (as I did on Twitter) as well as in a news item.
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