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Archive for June 1st, 2009

QA Analysts in Ottawa: Where are you…

Posted by sweens on June 1, 2009

I have had at least three Quality Assurance position assigned to me over the last 2 weeks and I have found them to be challenging.  The reason for my challenge is that I receive so few applications from local candidates.  Can anyone tell me why?

I receive many applications – I would say too many applications – however most of the applicants are from the Toronto or Montreal area.  While I have no problem working with out of town resources, I find it hard to believe that there are so few local candidates. 

I personally do not like being assigned an order by our Toronto office (corporate headquarters) and then submitting them candidates that lives 5 minutes away from their office.  This makes me feel like I am not doing my job.  Surely a recruiter in Toronto can find a Toronto based candidate who will travel – because I am certainly finding them.

Perhaps it is the situation of the labour market which is forcing people to expand the location they are willing to work in, but more and more candidates seem willing to accept a contract five hours down the 401 for the same rate they would get paid back home.

I am going to look into finding a ‘QA’ only job board because I am not turning up enough local candidates.  Perhaps they have something against traditional job boards like Monster and Workopolis.

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GM files for Bankruptcy

Posted by sweens on June 1, 2009

General Motors began the process of filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection today in New York.  While the automotive giant is optimistic that the Canadian unit may be able to avoid seeking bankruptcy protection, the president of the Canadian Auto Workers Union said he would be ‘incredibly surprised’ if all GM plants managed to stay open.


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The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is also reporting that 14 GM plants are scheduled to be closed.  

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