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Words of wisdom:
"Remember your weekly mix of activity will vary, depending on how soon you need to be employed, how much time you have to spend on your campaign each week, the economy, the relative difficulty of job finding in your targeted field, and the relative effectiveness of each job search method with regards to your job objective. Good Luck!!!" [source: JobSearch-in-Canada.com]
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27 January 2013

Who says Canada's streets are no longer paved with gold

Documented proof here: 'PAVED WITH GOLD — Cashing in on the infrastructure boom' @ Maclean's 99 stupid things the government spent your money on

Extract: "Not everyone will agree with all these items being on the list. Some will justify handouts to companies and sports teams as necessary to “promote economic activity,” or they’ll say a camping program for new immigrants was a nice thing to do." continue reading: Maclean's
A note about the Gold paved streets is relevant here:
Those who visit Staten Island, get to read what an Italian had to say about immigrants' and their expectations:
"I came to America because I heard the streets were paved with gold. When I got here, found out three things:
First, the streets weren't paved with gold;
second, they weren't paved at all:
and third, I was expected to pave them." source
See also: Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore, Source: The Huddled Masses Myth: Immigration And Civil Rights, Kevin Johnson
As far as Canadian immigrant is concerned, the story and the statement is much the same. Any professional who comes to Canada is told that he / she needs 'local experience,' (aka, you have to pave them with gold)... More here: In Search of Gold Paved Streets: Greek Immigrant Labor in the Far West, 1900-1920 (Immigrant Communities and Ethnic Minorities in the United States and Canada) by Louis James Cononelos
On the same shelf:
  • Canada's streets no longer paved with gold - The Globe and Mail
  • Where The Streets Are Paved With Gold, Mental Floss -- Having great vocabulary didn't save the Thesaurus from extinction
  • Mythbusters #2 They think the streets are paved with gold! The Great British Community

  • 25 January 2013

    Thought for the day: Adapt to what the market demands

    Extract:Why You Shouldn't "Do What Makes You Happy" in Business, by Dr. Gerry Som, 01/07/2013, "The Huffington Post"
    --With permission from the author:
    You must have read many articles that offer you this following advice:
    •Do what makes you happy.
    •Follow your heart.
    •Chase your dreams.
    •Fulfil your passions.
    •Find a job that you like, and you will not have to work a day in your life.

    No Sir / Ma'am, I respectfully disagree. My thoughts are as follows:
    •Do what will make you money in a legal manner to pay your bills, and take care of your financial needs, and those of your loved ones.
    •Adapt to what the market demands.
    •Find the unfulfilled needs or gaps in the markets, and fulfil them.

    This will serve both you and the society well. Pursue your hobbies during your weekends and free time.

    You see, there is an inherent flaw in the sentence "Do what makes you happy." The sentence assumes that (a) You already know what you want (b) It will make you happy (c) You will continue to want it and (d) It will continue to make you happy. There are unknown-unknowns, just like there are known-knowns. What you if you not done your research properly, and have not stumbled upon what is profitable for you, or even, what would make you happy?
    Continue reading

    09 January 2013

    Reading now: Guide to Job-Hunting Online...

    What Color Is Your Parachute? Guide to Job-Hunting Online, Sixth Edition: Blogging, Career Sites, Gateways, Getting Interviews, Job Boards, Job Search ... Resumes, Research Sites, Social Networking, by Mark Emery Bolles, Ten Speed Press; 6 Original edition (2011); Read an Excerpt
    Extract from Amazon:
    "Before you start your Internet job-hunt, there are some things that you must know, like:
    • Why are job sites like Monster and CareerBuilder so stunningly ineffective?
    • What can you do to make sure your resumes survive the elimination process?
    • How do you find the information that search engines like Google can’t?
    • How can you tell the difference between a genuinely helpful job board, and a website designed only to collect resumes?
    • When are hobby forums more helpful than business networking sites?
    • When is the Internet not helpful when job-hunting?
    • What is the fatal flaw of all social networking sites?

    The Guide to Job-Hunting Online, 6th Edition, not only answers these questions and many more, but shows you how to comprehensively and effectively use the Internet for all aspects of your job-hunt.
    This companion to What Color Is Your Parachute?, the best-selling job-hunting book in the world, has been completely rewritten for our changing times and includes hundreds of updated website recommendations and descriptions. The Guide to Job-Hunting Online shows you how to quickly find the data that will be most helpful to you, how to identify and research the places where you will most enjoy working, how to leverage the power of social networking sites, and how to use your Internet time most effectively, avoiding the common pitfalls and setting you up for success."
    Table of Contents
    Introduction; First ; Skills; Resumes; People ; Research ; Job Boards ; Last; Sources; Index of Websites; Index


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