Tom Sweeney

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Posts Tagged ‘Jobs’

Summer lull…

Posted by sweens on July 14, 2009

Well it is confirmed.  The summer lull of employment has arrived and the steady flow of Government business has slowed down.  Those of you wishing to contract into the Government had better bear down wait for what we all hope will be a busy end of August and early September. 

 If it makes any or all of us feel better, at least we have not had any consistent nice weather for everyone on those extended vacations to enjoy.  Unfortunately it seems to always be cloudy on the weekends when I try to hide at my cottage.

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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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Warning: Application may take up to one year to be processed…

Posted by sweens on February 27, 2009

When you are considering applying for a position with the Federal Government these days, you may get discouraged to see the following note on many of their application pages:

Please note that our recruitment process may take up to a year. We understand that during this time you may have questions or would like to know the status of your application. We ask that you be patient throughout the process and that you keep the contact information you have provided current. “

  While this message may seem discouraging, the truth behind it is even worse.  Having many friends who have been applying to Government jobs as of late, the hiring cycle is growing close to two years.  I know some individuals who have been caught up in this candidate pool for up to 22 months from the time they started the process to the time they finished it. 


Candidates who are applying to Federal Government positions should not be expecting a quick turn around with their application.  The norm is more like little feedback with long waits between each stage of the process.  With the number of the Government employees expected to retire within the next five years, the Government needs to address its current hiring cycle and speed the process up or else it will find itself in a position where the people coming in will not match the number of people going out. 


Please visit the Public Service Commission website to apply for most Federal Government of Canada jobs.

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It feels so good…

Posted by sweens on January 12, 2009

Have you ever found that job that you really enjoy doing and get really comfortable doing it?  I think we all have at some point in time, but today’s blog is about this so called ‘comfortable’ job and we’ll discuss if it is beneficial to your career in the long run.  This idea stems from a conversation I had over the weekend where a friend said they really liked their job but couldn’t see themselves doing it in ten years.  So I ask you this question: 


“If you can’t see yourself in your current job ten years from now, is your current job putting you in a place to get a career that you can see yourself doing in ten years”. 


I would assume that this problem is more common amongst generation ‘Y’ as those within this generation are recently in or looking to get in to the work force.  I think a great example of this is people who work in the restaurant industry during high school or university can at times become accustom to making large amounts of tax free dollars and aren’t comfortable giving that up for an entry level job that pays $35000 (which will be taxed). 



While some people may choose to remain in that industry after completing school others may wish to apply their degrees on a different career path.  However that task can be more difficult then originally thought when you’ve had the same job for the last 8 years.  Now I don’t mean to take anything away from working in the restaurant or service industry because there are a lot of good skills that you can learn from your time in that industry.  I would however point out that someone who is evaluating your resume and seeing that you’ve worked in the same service position for a lengthy period may not be as attracted to your resume as someone with a different background. 


This problem can also occur within generation ‘X’ while they are currently in the work force.  They may have had the same type of position for ten, fifteen or twenty years and then decide that they are looking for a new challenge or for something more exciting.  While it is possible to make such a change, the longer you stay in any given position the higher your odds are that you will be ‘branded’ as only being able to perform a specific job and thus could hurt your chances of making that change deep into your career path.


 If there is one thing I have learned from the comments I have received regarding the material on this blog, it is that the opinions of any given resume are held within the eye of the reader.  Someone may stereotype you based on your professional experience and someone else may not.  This blog is simply meant to point out a reason why maybe you aren’t finding that perfect job that you want so badly.


If you are learning new things and developing skills that are going to help you land your dream job then keep doing it.  But if it isn’t helping you get to where you want to be, maybe it’s time to start thinking about a change!

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