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Archive for November, 2010

November 29th, 2010

It’s Important to Include Volunteer Experience on your Resume

Volunteering is a great way to gain skills, make connections and learn new aspects of jobs you’re considering in the future. Even though this may be unpaid work, it’s still work and should be included and described with as much care as a traditional term of employment.

Read Employment Paper‘s full article “Volunteer to Get Ahead” and make the most of your volunteering experiences!

November 28th, 2010

The Rise of Contract Work in Canada’s Job Market

According to a Globe and Mail report from Stats Can, the rise of contract jobs is a clear and steady trend with 2009 numbers showing nearly 1 million Canadians employed in this category.  While temporary work isn’t necessarily what we all want in terms of  job security, the article lays out the negatives and positives, and the positives are what we should choose to look at, especially going into the new year!

Temp jobs are generally seen as poorer in quality. On average, they don’t pay as much as permanent positions and have fewer benefits. They are less likely to be unionized, and more likely to be part time. Intermittent income also makes it tougher to build up savings for retirement.

But they also have positive aspects. Students, older workers or stay-at-home parents may prefer them for their work-life balance. They can be a foot in the door for immigrants. For young people, they can be a stepping stone to a permanent position. For employers, they allow more flexibility in adjusting to the waxes and wanes of demand.

Read the full Globe and Mail Report on Business, November 26th 2010, article here : Canada’s Shifting Job Market: The Rise of Contract Work

November 27th, 2010

Standard Resumes Still the Way to Go!

Social media is a good way to connect with hiring companies, but the standard professional “wow” resume is still the best tool for your job search success.

This article from the Vancouver Sun Job Section on November 15th discusses the importance of a professional standard resume! As the article cites:

Enlisting professional advice in writing your resume is often the best approach, according to Aplin. “It’s a good thing to polish or make the writing more attractive or engaging,” he says.

So get cracking and contact SkyHigh Resumes for all your resume writing needs!

November 27th, 2010

Stats Can: Sept Weekly Earnings Up and Oct Unemployment Rate Not Much Change

Statistics Canada updates and articles on unemployment and weekly earnings…

Not much of a change in the Unemployment rate as indicated by Statistics Canada (Nov 18th)

September’s average weekly earnings rise 4.3% over last year: Statistics Canada
Thu Nov 25, 8:38 AM
The Canadian Press

OTTAWA – September’s average weekly earnings among non-farm payroll employees were up 4.3 per cent from a year earlier, to $864.13.

Statistics Canada reports it was the second straight month with year-over-year growth over four per cent.

The agency attributed some of the growth to a 0.9 per cent increase in the number of hours worked per week.

It says the remainder of the increase is attributable to several other factors, including changes in the composition of employment by industry, changes in occupations within industry, job experience and wage growth.

The pace of growth in earnings has been increasing in recent months.

StatsCan reports September was the sixth straight month in which the year-over-year increase surpassed three per cent, while year-over-year growth was under two per cent for most of 2009.

Average weekly earnings increased in most provinces. It was above the national average in Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario, Alberta and Quebec

Year-over-year growth was slowest in Manitoba and Prince Edward Island, while earnings declined slightly in New Brunswick.

November 25th, 2010

Top Jobs for 2011

Here’s Robert Half International Salary Guide’s predictions for Top Jobs in 2011

1. Performance analyst
2. Controller
3. Public accountant
4. IT auditor
5. Lead application developer
6. ERP business analyst
7. Lawyer
8. Law Clerk
9. Executive assistant
10. Medical data entry specialist
11. Senior administrative assistant

Read the Full Article at:

November 24th, 2010

Canada’s Top 100 Employers

Before or after consulting with SkyHigh Resumes services, it is important to recognize what job you want and who you would like to work for. Where you work is as important as what you will be doing: job satisfaction is key to a successful career.

Take the time to research some of the companies you would like to work for. Your enthusiasm, drive, and knowledge of the employers will tell you if it’s a good fit.

Keep an eye out for BC’s Top 100 Employers of 2011 soon to be announced in February 2011! In 2010, some of BC’s Top 100 Employers included Club Intrawest, Telus Corporation, Cactus Club, Mountain Equipment Co-op, Providence Health Care, and Nintendo of Canada Ltd.

For now, wherever you live across Canada, find out who the Top 100 Employers in your province are, at:

November 23rd, 2010

Tips for the Holiday Season Job Hunt

While snow may be falling from coast to coast it doesn’t mean all the jobs have gone into hiding.

Here’s an article with helpful tips on how to stay on top of your networking skills and not lose sight of your career goals. Tis the season to reconnect, reassess and rework, so that come January- you’re ready for the New Year. Don’t sing the blues, make the most of the happy holidays!