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Post by CielOnTap » Wed Apr 29, 2009 11:41 am

Ontario is back to the "trade worker shortage" call again. However, given how hard it is to line up apprenticeships, job placements/employers and fund skills training, this call has inherent contradictions. Apprentice for five years? Good luck finding those five years to qualify for the certification exams. If you read the comments following the article, note the skepticism about the need for more workers.

The apprenticeship programs are youth-oriented because the television commercial shows a teen with a convertible, not an adult starting on a new trade career after a change in the employment markets, and wage-sharing programs are also tied to age.

Wanted: Plumbers. Must not be foreign
Red tape bars immigrants who could end skills shortage
Apr 29, 2009 04:30 AM
Nicholas Keung
IMMIGRATION REPORTER

Getting foreign credentials and work experience certified in Canada isn't just a headache for brain-surgeon cabbies. A new study says immigrants in skilled trades, such as electricians and plumbers, also hit a brick wall when it comes to getting licensed and accessing jobs.

The findings are alarming, says the Citizenship and Immigration Canada-funded report to be released today, because more than half of Ontario's skilled tradespeople will retire in the next five years and four of every 10 businesses that depend on skilled trades are expected to face labour shortages.

An estimated one million jobs will need to be filled in regulated and unregulated trades in Canada by 2020; Greater Toronto alone will need 300 to 500 new carpenters in the next decade, said the study, titled Access to Trades for Newcomers in Ontario.

The province has 141 recognized trades, of which 20 require mandatory certification, but most employers in other trades also prefer to hire those with certificates. http://www.thestar.com/News/Canada/article/626082
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Post by CielOnTap » Wed Apr 29, 2009 2:35 pm

Swiss firms look abroad for staff, says survey
by Jeremy Allen
Geneva - 21 April 2009 | 10:00
Human resource departments in some of Switzerland’s largest companies have difficulties finding personnel with specialised skills in areas such as engineering, IT, marketing and management. As a result, many are looking to hire talent from abroad. A new study also shows that, despite the economic crisis, many Swiss businesses will continue to recruit this year with nearly half employing up to 49 new staff.
It may come as a surprise considering the "economic crisis," but out of 66 companies that responded to a Monster.ch survey, over a quarter said they find it difficult and sometimes impossible to find specialised personnel such as engineers, IT experts, managers and accountants in Switzerland.

Forty percent said it was necessary to search for such skills abroad, compared to 15 percent the previous year.

The “Recruiting Trends in Switzerland” study focused on companies’ short term plans for recruitment and their assessment of how the employment market will progress over the coming months. http://www.swisster.ch/en/news/business ... 16-1556741

Not being familiar with the Swiss legislation on various occupations, I looked for some information online.
Hiring staff from abroad
The cantonal migration offices issue the permits required by businesses wishing to employ staff from abroad.
http://www.ch.ch/unternehmen/00182/0019 ... ml?lang=en So there is a geographical linkage to the work permits.

Canton information is going to be in German, French or Italian!

From the Swiss portal on foreign employment: http://www.ch.ch/private/00054/00055/00 ... ml?lang=en
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Post by CielOnTap » Mon May 11, 2009 10:11 pm

Not working
May 7th 2009 | MADRID
From The Economist print edition

Spain is experiencing Europe’s worst unemployment problem

THE huge signs are up in town squares, city parks and myriad spots where men in overalls dig holes, lay pavements or spruce up public facilities. They proclaim that the work is being paid for by Plan E, the stimulus package pushed through by Spain’s Socialist prime minister, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero. This included €8 billion ($11 billion) for immediate spending by town halls.

Plan E was meant to keep Spaniards working. Yet the latest unemployment figures show that it is not enough. In April 40,000 more people joined the dole queues. That was a slower rise than in previous months, but it still leaves Spain with a 17.4% unemployment rate, the highest in the European Union and twice the EU average. The European Commission predicts that unemployment will hit 20.5% next year. It also says Spain will struggle longer than other countries to recover, getting into positive growth only in 2011, a full year after the EU as a whole. “The sick man of Europe” was how the pro-government El País newspaper greeted the news. http://www.economist.com/world/europe/d ... extfeature
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Post by CielOnTap » Sun May 17, 2009 7:56 pm

Dream a little while brainstorming your job search:
1) read the trade journals online (through your library website) or on their websites for news about openings/closings and any new training. Could there be a networking event or conference you can volunteer for or even try for a temporary job? Notice any new terms that you need to know more about and eventually put on your cover letters/resumes/networking-business cards?

2) check the various programs available for jobseekers (quarterly is a good idea but monthly is better in case there are deadlines in advance of a season for qualifying), including the programs you don't qualify for (usually age-limited programs for post-secondary students returning to school in the fall and wanting experience in their field--it's not really for the pay). Examine the skills required, training provided, and duration of programs then see which agencies provide similar programs for you. Find reference material online or at the various libraries you can visit in your area or farther away if possible to travel for a research day. Maybe you have friends or acquaintances near those distant libraries that you can barter time for in return for their researching your material at their libraries?

3) Write down what a dream job for you now would have--workplace settings/policies, number of employees, duties, privileges, noise level/personal workspace, networking, variety or routine duties and hours. Under what circumstances would you be willing to put in extra (paid) hours or unpaid hours (i.e. supplier event, fundraising, committee for long-range planning, community work under corporate banner)? What supports would have to be in place to take care of your other commitments for you to be able to do the extra work (think daycare, errand assistance, accommodation, time off, homecare, lawncare, petcare, etc.)?

4) Is there anyone you read about recently who has what you consider a dream job? Do you know what steps that person took to get to his/her present job? Would it be possible for you to follow that path or do you see another way to that job?

5) Job-shadowing-can you arrange a one-day or two-day placement in a field you want to try out? Ask your case manager or employment counsellor for assistance. If you hear no or not possible, consider writing a short script that you can use to call employers and present your proposal to. Employers with established human resource departments or recognition in their field might be the best first choices, as they will usually have someone who will be current with legislation, industry practices, and orientation for new people. Smaller businesses may not have that person available to take an interest in your proposal. Also find out when professional associations in your industries of interest have a day or week each year that features open houses, networking events and meet-the-pros/hear their experiences. You may have to look around for the public relations sites for area schools, businesses and newspapers to see who may be visiting for a public talk that you want to hear. Fundraising events will cost dearly; look for sponsored talks during the day or early evening.
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Post by CielOnTap » Sun Jun 14, 2009 2:20 pm

Scams in online job ads target the unemployed
Criminals are trying to steal your money and identity, so use caution and common sense, consumer advocates say.
By Kayce T. Ataiyero
June 14, 2009
Looking for a job is not a pleasant experience even in the best of times. Add record-high unemployment and a tidal wave of competition to the mix, and the search for employment can be maddening.

Now there's even more for job seekers to be concerned about: crooks who exploit the unemployed by posting fake job ads online. These ads dupe job hunters into divulging personal and financial information that lets crooks steal money upfront or assume their identities to steal money later.

Consumer advocates say such scams are on the rise. It seems that the economic downturn has hit the criminal underworld and that job scams are becoming a second career.

"People are turning to identity theft as an alternative source of income," said Adam Levin, chairman and co-founder of Identity Theft 911. "There is a special place in hell for the people who prey on people who are suffering because of this environment." http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-j ... 9612.story

Actually, one needs to look at the so-called websites or online links: does the name of the site seem made up? I noticed that a popular classified section connected to entertainment weeklies have had some questionable ads, such as for healthcare workers in the US but the ad is in a Toronto classified section. Healthcare is state or province-regulated, so no one can just move to another jurisdiction and work. There would be exams and licence fees involved. Also, the subject or banner lines sound too good to be true and then I clicked on the body of the ad to see: apply online (link has gibberish name) or a website that is not easy to read or pronounce. Yes, I look at the ends of the website URLs to see if they indicate foreign country suffixes.

I don't know if employment resource centres dealing with new citizens teach ad literacy (things to be aware of when applying for jobs, beyond the usual human rights laws and what not to put on resumes) among the usual job searching skills to their clients. For existing residents, word of mouth or alert job counsellors will share the news of which job offers are best avoided.
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Post by CielOnTap » Wed Jun 24, 2009 2:14 pm

Watch industry’s job gains erased
by Swisster Staff
24 June 2009 | 16:11
The Swiss watch-making industry created a record number of jobs in 2008 but in the first few months of this year it has given back much of the gains. The industry saw the number of employees jump nine percent last year to a record 53,300, an increase of about 4,400, the CP employers’ group reported on Wednesday. But so far this year, manufacturers have cut at least 3,300 jobs in the face of falling sales. Swiss watch exports rose 6.7 percent to a record 17 billion francs in 2008 from the previous year, marking the sixth consecutive year of higher sales abroad for the industry. Job creation increased over the same period and last year the industry reported a widespread shortage of skilled workers. But with plummeting orders, several watch companies have either laid off staff or announced reduced work hours for employees. More than a quarter of workers in the industry are employed in Neuchâtel, where almost 15,000 people are engaged by watch makers. An additional 11,097 people work for companies in the canton of Bern, while 9,058 are employed in Geneva. On Tuesday, the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry (FH) reported that exports in May fell 27.6 percent to 1.1 billion francs from the same period in 2008. http://www.swisster.ch/en/news/news_fla ... 83-1982598

International labour market information, in summary. Think how useful it would be to have all sectors around the world to share this kind of information in English. Some jobseekers are in the position to move abroad, while others may move to where the jobs are.
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Post by smitty » Wed Jun 24, 2009 4:31 pm

The above reminds me of my best friend that is a home-builder to specializing in home renovation & has such a hard time to find any workers or those that specialize in variours fields like wall work only their staff do a lousy job & they never clean up forcing my friend to do it all over again, or let us say roofing & took him ages to hire a team only to fire them & have to start over again as the hands were that lousy. He himself works seven days a week to a maze of long hours.

When he is laying concrete foundations instead of four helping hands he is luck to have even one turn up & same in regullar carpentry work. Now when a few mills were closed some were coming to him & instead of papers of their skill he would get something like "Well I helped my brother with his fence".

When they were building the bridge across Kelowna to the Westbank just a few yrs ago, the numerous employeers had trouble obtaining anyone skilled as a carpenters at regular pay. They obtain some good ones from Jamica & when Kelowna started to expode with tower like homes to businesses so one chap sprang up with the special gear to actually wash & clean the windows of said towers, but could not obtain the workers & his business was about to fold up before he could even get started. Still the answer did not come from fellow Canadains, but people from Jamica of all things.

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Post by CielOnTap » Wed Jun 24, 2009 4:44 pm

(Jaw dropping open at the state of trades in British Columbia). Last year in Toronto, the construction sector was upset about the Ontario government's "go home" order to Portuguese construction workers-families left Hamilton and the GTA. The sector knew that tradespeople with experience are scarce. Also, there is the ongoing issue of on-site crew/subcontract staff even managing to understand English for safety reasons.

The thing that gets me about trades where apprenticeship is needed is that many places want tradespeople with 3-4 years of past experience. A new tradesperson will run into a wall --also the provincial government says we need more trades, but at the local union levels, the union won't let in new people or local employers cite dollars as reason not to take on a new person (especially if after training, the person leaves for more money elsewhere). I noticed the occasional letter to the editor in the daily paper about the reality of the trade job scene-different realities are presented depending on who is giving the message.
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Post by CielOnTap » Mon Jun 29, 2009 3:20 pm

Language teacher says Canadian accent can hamper actors looking for U.S. work
Sun Jun 28, 10:58 PM
By The Canadian Press

CALGARY - With the economy in a slump many Canadians are having a hard time finding work and are doing whatever it takes to get a leg up on the competition.

That includes a group of Canadian actors who say they've been turned down for work because of their "Canadian" accent.

A language workshop was held in Calgary this weekend to help actors sound more American. http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/0906 ... ors_accent

Movie producers usually budget for language coaches for lead actors in films but I don't know who merits that perk in television serial work. Which variation of American accent is attained through the workshop: New Yorker, Southern US, Midwestern US, Texan, or West Coastal?
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Post by burnt fare » Fri Jul 24, 2009 1:38 pm

If you haven't updated or reviewed your resume in some months, use your tv commercial break time to pencil changes to a hard copy of the resume. You get to watch tv but at commercials, mute the sound and take the 2-3 minutes to mark what points need updating or revising. Any new skill, task, volunteer activity or accomplishment can bump off an older one to make room for a new one.

Pretend your career profile or objective is a crossword puzzle-which words do want to use to describe three or four points about your work experience or background? Then write out test points and get them into the updated resume.
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