Tom Sweeney

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Stop searching for jobs….

Posted by sweens on April 15, 2009

Are you getting tired of constantly looking for jobs?  Why not make someone else do the work for you then?  I was recently turned on a new job hunter service called Peter’s New Jobs (PNJ).  PNJ is a service that can cost you as little as $3.33 a month and will notify you by email of all new jobs posted on the internet that may be of interest to you.


pnjlogo Rather then searching the job boards yourself, PNJ searches over 8,000 job boards between Ottawa and Toronto and delivers new jobs to you on a daily basis (Monday to Friday).  PNJ offers a time saving venture in the job hunt market and gives its clients access to numerous jobs that will not be found on traditional job boards.


It will be interesting to see how this product takes off over the next while…

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I’m on the hunt…. For a job

Posted by sweens on February 23, 2009

I find I am chatting more and more these days with candidates who are not only interested in a specific opportunity, but interested in advice on what industries they should be looking into for employment opportunities.  A large portion of these questions come from an increase in candidates within the market who have not been job searching for many years.   I also believe that many candidates do not search via an industry and rather by available opportunities.


In terms of the Ottawa market there are two suggestions I can make however these suggestions will work for any geographical location in Canada or the United States.  The first suggestion I can make is any opportunity with a company who deals with the medical industry.  This is often an industry many Ottawa based candidates do not think about since companies of this nature are few and far between in Ottawa, but there are a few. 


Think about it?


Healthcare is something that is ALWAYS going to be needed, especially in a country where the federal and provincial governments fund the healthcare system.  There is clearly going to be (never say never) funding thrown into the medical field so it is relatively a safe bet in terms of a workable industry.  Companies that specialize in the healthcare or medical industry are likely holding their own or continuing to grow during the recession.  It is a sad fact, but people will continue to get sick and any field that ultimately helps the health of people will continually be needed.


The second suggestion I can offer is not really an industry suggestion but rather a company or product suggestion.  Candidates should look for organizations who sell a product or service that saves their clients money.  What I mean by this is that some companies offer products or services that replace existing technologies and can save an organization money.  These types of organizations will likely continue to thrive during a recession as the selling of their product will save money for their clients who are likely looking to cut costs. 


Candidates should consider researching the companies they are applying to.  You never know what you might find…

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5 Tips to Speed Up Your Job Search

Posted by sweens on February 20, 2009

I came across this great blog post on talking about 5 tips that can help you speed up your job search.  Definitly worth a read.

Check it out at:

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Entering the job market: Am I on top?

Posted by sweens on February 20, 2009

I just had an interesting conversation with my boss regarding some candidates we have been seeing from a local company that is having serious struggles.  Many of the candidates that are coming across my desk have no pressing interest or need to leave this company as anyone left within the company has been employed there for many years.  Many candidates are opting to wait for the company to go under or become profitable again, but are sending out feelers to agencies and applying for jobs incase the right opportunity comes along.


In light of this, I pose the following question:  When you are ‘entering the job market’ are you entering the market on your own terms or because you have to?


This is an important question to consider because there is a big difference between those who enter the job market on their own terms or those that are forced into the market.  This is especially true in today’s employment market, as the supply of people exceeds the demand needed and the supply is increasing week by week. 


If you are searching for a job while you are still employed you have a bit more ‘bargaining power’ then someone who is not employed.  Now there are always circumstances that lead to layoffs and people taking time off, but there is always a small stereotype that exists when reviewing resumes of candidates who are not working (especially those who have not been working for a while). 


When you are unemployed – you are forced into the market.  This situation can lead to you accepting a position that is not your ideal position, but more importantly it allows the company giving you an offer to make you an offer that is less then your desired salary.  While the company will still give you fair market value, it may be on the lower end since they know you are not working.


If the opposite were true, and you entered the market on your own terms, you are less likely to get that lower offer from a company because you already have something to keep you going.  You are likely to get a salary increase or an equivalent offer because the company issuing the offer needs to give you a reason to leave your current employer.  Offering you less money – more times then not – is not the best way to attract someone to your new company. 


This post is written as a realization that candidates should evaluate their current situation with respect to how stable it is.  If it is not the most stable situation, maybe candidates should consider looking within the market on their own terms, rather then being thrown into the market by a corporate layoff. 


Searching for a position because you would entertain a change is a MUCH different search then searching for a position because you NEED a job.

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