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All About Employment in Victoria, BC

Looking deeper into the sales and service sector and a focus on The Empress

| January 29, 2015

There is no denying that the sales and service sector which is numerically Victoria’s biggest employment sector has taken a beating in the past few years. As this Globe and Mail piece on closures in Canada relates several retailers – big and not so big – have pulled out of Canada lately although the only […]

We interrupt your regularly scheduled posts …

| January 28, 2015

Today (well actually yesterday, I’ve fallen off my editorial calendar wagon but I’m sure you’ll forgive me) I was supposed to be writing some more about the Sales and Service sector here in Victoria (our numerically largest employer) as well as focusing on a local big employer in the sector. But then I realized from […]

How to hack the ‘job search’ (on WorkBC at least)

| January 26, 2015

I recently spent some time on the WorkBC job search site and found some shortcuts and ideas that I think you might find helpful. Here’s a brief, ‘way-too-late-to-be-blogging’ piece that might help you navigate around the site more efficiently. Set up your ‘base’ search To get started go to the advanced search on the WorkBC […]

Examining the ‘sales and service occupations’ sector (Part 3 of 14)

| January 22, 2015

As mentioned in the first two parts of this series (Part 1, Part 2) the sales and services sector is the city’s biggest employment category. Approximately 50,800 of the 180,000 Victorians that were employed in 2014 work at jobs that fall within this categorization. But what is the outlook for this sector in terms of […]

CareerCruising – a new ‘local’ resource for job seekers

| January 20, 2015

Hat tip to my friend Cheryl who alerted me on the YYJWorks Facebook page to this new resource/tool for job seekers available through the Greater Victoria Public Library. It’s an online resource called CareerCruising and you do need to have a GVPL library card and password to access it. Overview and Getting Started CareerCruising is […]

Twitter for YYJ Job Seekers

| January 18, 2015

I think (and so do lots of others in the recruiting/job search field) that Twitter is a fabulous tool for job seekers (here are links to my two articles on using Twitter for your job search – Part 1 and Part 2). But most of what is written about using Twitter is, not surprisingly, international […]

Victoria’s Biggest Employers – Overview (Part 2 of 14)

| January 15, 2015

On with the overview – today I’m going to briefly mention some of the largest companies within each of the sectors that make up the top six (see below to refresh your memory) and wherever possible tell you something about these companies and how their number of employees has (or hasn’t) changed since 2012. Remember […]

Victoria’s Biggest Employers – An Overview of the 14 Part Series (1 of 14)

| January 13, 2015

Beginning in April of 2012 I wrote a series of posts on Victoria’s five biggest employers (numerically – that is those that employed the most people). A recent tweet from someone saying how much they enjoyed that series of posts (thanks Jenn!) encouraged me to revisit the topic (plus I see information about these employers […]

Victoria’s Employment Picture: by the statistics and by the stories

| January 11, 2015

What’s the employment picture in Victoria and how has it been trending for the past few years? Luckily we have the helpful folks at BC Stats looking at this information every month and producing an don’t-need-a-course-in-stats to understand summary of the findings (and if you want to learn more you can browse a variety of […]

How to use Twitter in your job search (Part 2)

| January 8, 2015

In part 1 of this article I talked briefly about how employers are using Twitter (not just as a place to advertise jobs but much more) and suggested a 5-step plan to begin using Twitter in your job search. Today I’m going to talk about getting set up and then STANDING OUT on Twitter, the […]