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Employment, Careers, Jobs: Searching for new work

For those of you unfortunate enough to have lost your job or bored enough to start looking for one again, here are some resources for you.  As you may have already experienced, job hunting is another job in itself altogether so for those of you that have a busy life style, this may be a good option.  The lists below cater mostly to IT jobs within the Canada, Ontario region but many will also cater to other world locations and specialties as well. 

The list below:

Company Listings in Canada:

Best Listings (Recommended)

These sites below allow you to subscribe and create job alerts which are absolutely great.  Some typical ones you can create can be UNIX, Linux, Perl, Sybase, C++, C etc. Positions will be emailed to you daily that contain these keywords which can take away your searching work and only focus on those jobs you really want:


Company listing

These listings are either simply company listings if you prefer to deal with a company directly:

http://list.canadianbusiness.com/rankings/profit100/2008/next100/Default.aspx?sp2=1&d1=d&sc1=6 http://www.canadastop100.com


Job Listing Networks

These are other job sites in addition to above and you should not necessarily discount these.



US Listing:


Subscription Services

(Internet based job search and report tool.  Does the internet searching for you so you don't have to. ) This site scans company websites for job postings and emails them to you.  There is a drawback.  Currently, at the time of this writing, there is no filtering by the type of skill you are interested in.  So you'll have to do a search on the emails that come in to find if they contain the job you want.

Job agencies could also be an option to you if either you have alot of experience but may be missing a certificate or a degree or to get through the bulk of the entries employers receive to have your resume placed on the hiring manager's desk ahead of all others.  Most job listings out there will also be by recruiters coincidentally.  But there are caveats to this as well.  You are adding another person between you and the employer and the agents interpretation of your skills might not be the one you would have choosen, so it is imperative to be clear with your agent on what you want and can do.  It will also be important to consider carefully what they recommend as they can be something of a recruiting coach to you to ensure you get the job. 

Agents also cannot possibly see all the potential matches to your skills out there.  So if you look and compare to what agents send you, agents tend to send you a very small fraction of what's out there and if you feel you are fit for a job and would like representation on it, they will usually accomodate that and put you ahead.  This is important to keep in mind.

Asking for a wage some time during an interview is important but the good idea is to let the agency do the nagotiating there or try to putt off giving a number as long as you can.  Good idea to say something like "I would be in a better position to provide an accurate wage at the end of the interview process." to a potential employer if you're working alone.  Of course this is also correct.  How do you possibly know enough about the company, it's people and job details to be able to give an accurate salary expectation anyway?    Either way it's important to hit that wage the employer would most likely accept so discussing this point with your agent with regards to what they recommend along side what you need could be best.  Here's a short kudos to some of the agents I have had the pleasure of working with which could help you as well:

Agent/Recruiter Agency Email LinkedIn

Jeffrey Kayal

 quantum-qtr.com  first DOT last AT agency http://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffkayal


Other Tips

This is one you probably might not have come up with but check the stock price of a company, if one is available.  A company who's price is declining might likely lay off workers then hire in the long run especially a small company.  One that is climbing may indicate that they may not only need the current role filled but others as well in the near future.  This is especially true for small start up firms, so something to consider.  Either way, it's one good indicator.

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