Friday, July 17, 2009

Student fails to find job using Twitter and Ebay

Student fails to find job using Twitter and EBay, but the Chronicle reports on it like it's an early sighting of the Second Coming.

Innovative ideas, including posting to celebrity Twitter feeds--though one may call that spam, not so innovative-- but demonstrates my argument that employers have to be looking where you are posting. Works other way for employers in "talent wars".

Little Gordon

Warning: if you are on a public or work computer get ready for the little blond boy with the potty mouth.

If you have seen Hell's Kitchen or Kitchen Nightmares, you will get the joke in these videos from a job board in the UK, The videos have been a huge boost for the job board.

Little Nancy Pearl, maybe?

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Dice launches Dice Learning

Dice is a job board for techy oriented positions--usually (but not always) programming--and they have now launched a learning portal called Dice Learning that will connect users with course offerings in technical skills--networking, security, PHP, for example. The courses are prepared by third-party providers, and it doesn't appear that you can register directly from the site; you need to ask for more information. (see the comment below: apparently you can register directly from Dice Learing)

They have webinars, seminars, and e-books. You can also find courses for certification, like CISCO or Microsoft. You can select from instructor-led courses or choose by state to find a course in your area. There was a dearth of free courses (I'm a librarian, I can use dearth in a sentence); even the skills assessment costs $2, but I was able to find a free course which will be offered on August 11 called Enhance your skills, which attendees can use to see what IT employers are looking for.

Dice Learning and Dice are mashing up the job postings on Dice with the courses on Dice Learning, so you can take courses in an area that matches the desired skills set. You can also rate courses that you have taken or make comments. You do have to have a profile with Dice to interact on the site. I think this type of mashup is very innovative and can help people who are trying to upgrade their skills or get into the labor market.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Identity theft and job searching has a post today about job seekers that have had their identities stolen. I didn't realize that the numbers were so high:

The Federal Trade Commission’s February 2009 report revealed that 46,950 were the victims of employment-related identity fraud.

The bottom of the post has 5 tips on how to avoid identity theft when responding to job posting that look good but aren't true.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Women stay in school longer, get married sooner

Statistics Canada has released a research paper based on responses from the Youth in Transition Survey (conducted every 2 years) that looks at the differences between the genders as they enter adulthood.

The following passages in italics are from the Daily announcing the release:

However, a higher proportion of men left school and started working on a full-time basis earlier than women. In contrast, a higher proportion of women left the parental home, formed a relationship and had children earlier than men. Throughout the eight years, a higher proportion of men worked full time and still lived with their parents.

Participation in all types of postsecondary education was higher for women than men. Even though participation rates for both sexes increased over the years, the gap between men and women persisted.

By the time they were aged 26 to 28 in 2008, participation rates were 8 percentage points higher for women than men in university, and 7 points higher in college.

There was also a statement about how men get into the labor market earlier, and another article I read about the research paper stated it was because men choose "marketable" programs (like business and engineering) whereas women choose social sciences and fine arts.

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