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A Day With My Parental Units!

Hey team. I’m taking the afternoon off. It was daddy’s birthday last week and he had to work. So today, we are going shopping, hitting The Keg (his fave) for dinner then catching a play. We’re going to Nevermore, the Edgar Allan Poe play. I have no idea if my parents will like it or not. All I know is that I am going to pick up a pair of ear plugs and some Advil for my mother before we go as a preemptive strike. (She once left a move five minutes in because it was too loud and went to go sit in the car. My dad stayed in the theatre and watched the remaining hour-long film.)

Tomorrow will be a treat for me as it is my interview and orientation with Future Works – the extension of Family Services for job placement. I am sure it will be an experience and a half. And trust me, you will hear all about it.

There were no really interesting job posts today. Nothing post-worthy except this junior position; http://ow.ly/10EGu Hopefully there are more-  and better posts tomorrow, and if there is, I will share them.

One thing to leave you with today is an interesting and alternative resume design that I came across in my Twitter feed. I really like it, but it IS a little confusing when trying to decipher the work history. What do you think?

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Blast Radius Vancouver Job Openings

Hey gang,

Take a look at some of these Blast Radius openings.

Click on the image to go to Blast Radius's site

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My Field Trip To Enlightenment: Canadian Economic Action Plan

A bit of a long post today, friends.

You may have seen the TV commercials for the Canadian Government Action Plan. Inspiring messages about how the Canadian Government is working for the people affected by the recession and making every effort to get us all back to work.

Here is the spot if you have not yet seen it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZZFQzKbHhE

Since finishing steady contract work back in mid-October, I’ve been seriously looking for a full-time job. Interviews have come and gone. I’ve met with a lot of people, but nothing has yet panned out. Either I was not right for them or they were not right for me. And so it goes.

In light of this, and the messages of hope and inspiration from our federal government, I stopped into the EI office to find out more about this “Action Plan”. They told me it was not handled out of their offices and I would need to go to the Family Services of Greater Vancouver office.

So off I went, bright-eyed and inquisitive.

I arrive at the old office building on Davie Street and ask the receptionist if I could meet with someone just to discuss my options. The lovely, multi-tasking woman with the thick, unidentifiable accent speaks robotically, like she’s said it a thousand times before; “Intake is Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 9:30am. You will sit through an orientation which lasts from 30 to 45 minutes. Then you are assigned a case manager. Then we book you an appointment with your case manager.”

But I just want to see if this is right for me… not sit through an orientation and be love-matched with a case manager. But there was no way around it. I went home and kicked around the idea for a while and today I finally decided to go in and get this over.

I was there at 8:45am. The doors were not open. I sat in the hall on the floor (there were no chairs) and watched about ten more people trickle in. Once the doors opened (four minutes late by the way), we were ushered inside and given a form to fill out – information sharing, privacy, all that jazz – then told to wait until 9:45 for the orientation. I don’t know why I bother being early.

The first orientation begins (oh yeah, forgot to mention there are two). Now I’m not one to judge, but my fellow orientationeers didn’t exactly look business-savvy, if you know what I mean. Short resumes. The orientation is all about how to use the computer room at the resource center, where the exits and the bathrooms are located, where the funding comes from and the types of services offered. The man giving it was very pleasant, but to be honest, if the service is not right for me, I really don’t care, nor need to know where the bathroom is.

Side note: there are baskets full of raw onions in every room of the office. Apparently the program director thinks they help to pull toxins out of the air. Very strange.

The second orientation is a little more relevant. I learn that the government will pay for school, provided you fill out all the forms and jump through the required hoops. A process which will take six to eight weeks. SIX to EIGHT WEEKS. There are forms and research that need to be done, filling out documents, proving a demand in the marketplace, proving your job-searching efforts, etc, etc. My favorite part was when they said the Government will cover only up to $4,000 for education – and it cannot be academic. In other words, if you are a couple courses short of a Bachelors or Masters, you can guarantee those courses will not be picked up by the Government. They will only approve short, full courses, such as a project management course, or a Photoshop course.

Next step: I meet with the darling Mauro. A jolly man in an almost obscenely bright green sweater. We chat, I tell him my history, he asked me what I want, I ask him what I can have, he makes me sign three forms and refers me to a different program. (Why could I have not started here instead of wasting an extra hour and half silently critiquing the fly-in-from-left, bouncing Comic Sans font in the orientation PowerPoint?)

The program he referred me to is Future Works.  www.fwt.bc.ca

I don’t know the details yet, but here is what I understand from Mr. Green Shirt; the program places you with an actual business that is looking for employees with your skills. The business and the government share the cost of your additional training/schooling while you work (I think for free?) at the business. Once you complete your training/schooling, according to Mauro, there is a 90% chance that the business will hire you on full-time. The Government, as an incentive, could pay up to 60% of the employee’s (that’s you) wage for up to one year.

I still need to go online, fill out forms, wait for a call and then go in and meet with them. I don’t know how it will work out, but will keep you posted. And if it doesn’t work out, perhaps I could apply for a consulting job as an efficiency expert with Family Services – or at least redo their PowerPoint presentations.

What do these onions and your PPT have in common?

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Free Money For An Aspiring Art Director or Designer

Rethink Communications is offering a scholarship for $18,000 at Langara for aspiring Art Directors or Designers. Click on the link below to get full details on how to apply and what you score if you get it!

http://rethinkscholarship.com/

It probably wouldn’t hurt for you to pick up a pair of dark-rimmed glasses and grow a soul-patch. This could potentially get you ahead of the pack… that is, of course, unless you are a female.

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Look! I’m doing the work FOR you!

As I cruise the information super-highway for my ideal match (see: job), I keep coming across a ton of great design and management jobs within our industry. Who says there is a slow-down in hiring? Ok, besides Ipsos Reid and Stats Canada…

Anyway, the point is, I know a lot of amazingly talented designers, web geeks and writers. You are my people. And as such, I feel compelled to share with you some of the postings that may be of interest. I know there are many of you who are not currently working and need a job. I also know there are many of you who ARE currently working – but would much rather be working somewhere else. Just saying. So for you, my friends, here are a few postings that I came across on my journey that you may want to investigate.

Update or dust off those resumes and throw your hat in the ring for something that would make you happy! Maybe your soul mate (see: job) is out there, just waiting for YOU to make first contact.

For those of you who enjoy chemicals (don’t we all?), ASL Chem International is looking to hire a “Marketing/Advertising/Design” person. In other words, do everything – and be able to throw together an ad  http://bit.ly/2Wdqj4

For all my single webbies (get it? Beyonce reference?), Wasserman + Partners is hiring a Senior Web Application Developer. I found this bad boy on LinkedIn. http://bit.ly/whGMz So if you don’t currently have a profile on that site, I suggest you make one. But just don’t do what I do and accidentally send invites to absolutely everyone you ever emailed out of your Gmail account. I got about ten bounce-backs from random craigslist addresses that I emailed while trying to rent an apartment.

And for those of you who like to quote random numbers repeatedly, Aquent has posted a job for a Web Analytics Manager. This one, too, is on LinkedIn. http://bit.ly/3VpXpY

Lastly, as I need to now focus on my own job search and let you all fend for yourselves… as posted yesterday, Burnkit and Academy are both hiring a few positions. I found them on www.Krop.com which I had never heard about, but it seems promising provided other agencies/companies start posting there. (HR people take note). So just go to Krop.com and do a search for Vancouver. These postings will come up.

That’s all for now. I hope there is something here that might interest someone. Good luck, my friends.

The new HR

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Tomorrow’s a New Day… and a New Symptom

Hello my long lost friends. My apologies on my absence. This illness is really doing a number on me. It seems to be changing on a daily basis, which I guess at least breaks up the monotony. It went from a five-day fever, to a sore throat, to a cough and now runny-nose/cough. It’s all sorts of interesting that I am sure you don’t want to hear about. So enough of that nonsense.

sick

Tomorrow, Monday, I am packing up my Kleenex and cough syrup and heading to meet with a recruiter. I came across it as I was surfing for jobs with one hand and blowing my nose with the other (Don’t worry. I have Lysol wipes for my computer). The company is called INTEQNA and to be honest with you, I’m glad I’m blogging this and not saying it, because I don’t have the first clue on how to pronounce that name.

They have only a few jobs in Vancouver on their site, but they look interesting. The titles are:

  • Senior Product Marketing Manager
  • Executive Assistant
  • Senior Alfresco Developer
  • Senior JAVA Developer Architect
  • Marketing Coordinator
  • Accounting & Finance Jobs
  • QA Analysts

Here is their website if you are interested in finding out more: www.inteqna.com

I’m going in as a general applicant to see what they have and will let you all know how that goes. Perhaps I can find some freelance with them to add to my current projects. Or maybe it would lead to something full time. Working freelance does have a tendency to make me feel like Jack Torrance from The Shining. It would be nice to get out once and a while.

On another note, my dear friends back at Blitz Creative, part of Cossette (my ex-lover) are looking for an email expert. Check out the details here: http://vancouver.en.craigslist.ca/van/mar/1435084459.html

Feel free to contact me if you are interested and I can tell you more about the company and the team. Or just apply. I really don’t care what you do.

Other than that, things are kind of slow right now. But that’s OK. I need some time to heal from this plague with a personality disorder. Am I a flu? Am I bronchitis? Sinus infection? Keep guessing! I’ll take “What did I just cough up” for $500, please Alex. I really hope that’s not the case at my recruiter appointment tomorrow. Cross your fingers kids.

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Job Search Sites

Looking for jobs online can be very time consuming. Going to so many different sites, creating accounts, remembering passwords for them all and trying to keep track of what you applied for and where. Here are a couple of sites which actually pull jobs from across the various job-search sites. They are, from what I can see, nearly all-inclusive.

ca.indeed.com
eluta.ca
simplyhired.ca
jobs.canadaspace.com

Give these a spin and let me know what you think. I have only used “Indeed.com” myself so far, and when you click on the job post, you will still need to go through the hoops of having to set up accounts, passwords, etc. But at least you can do one single search.

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