Yesterday I dropped by a Job Fair in Ottawa, and was astounded to see the number of people at this small job fair and also by the fact that I knew so many of them. It drove home hard just how many folks are looking for jobs right now. The other fact that had me thinking was that very few (if any) of the exhibitors wanted resumes, they were simply talking about their company and wanted candidates to submit their resumes to the company website.
This means no one will read resumes after this show much (they may have a bunch sent to them electronically, but my guess is they will simply add them into their job database and forget about them). HR rarely reads resumes sent to them directly, they wait for software to “screen” candidates for them.
The important point to remember that if you are job hunting, you need contacts to get jobs. The number I have heard quoted is 75% of jobs are never posted, they are filled by folks that the company knows about from internal contacts.
Another free piece of advice, talking to other Unemployed folk, is not networking. Talk to people with jobs, they will know of jobs where they are or who might be hiring, unemployed people rarely know that and can’t help you that way.
Random Thoughts: Financial Apocalypse Over? (April Fools!)
The financial blogging world this week had an eclectic cross-section of articles but some that I enjoyed were:
- The Canadian Capitalist points out again that the new HST is going to chew into our retirement savings in Harmonization and Mutual Funds.
- Preet at Where Does All My Money Go writes about a Mutual Fund Manager who Gives Back His Fees (and that is not an April fools prank).
- Michael James advises in Gamblers’ Folly: Double or Nothing to avoid overreacting to losses, which is good advice.
- The Four Pillars wrote about Ethics in Business (and Life) which is an important concept to grasp.
- Larry MacDonald fires off a series of very useful financial one liners in PotPourri of Financial Factoids.
A final job hunting tip, if you are lucky enough to find a job, remember those who are still looking, and help them out as best you can as well!