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Craft Worker gets Red Seal Designation

Construction Craft Worker is now BC's 48th Red Seal trade. Industry Training Authority (ITA) CEO Gary Herman said the decision was made in response to the high demand for skilled workers in northern BC.

According to the ITA, recent liquefied natural gas (LNG) projections indicate that a scenario with five LNG plants being constructed in BC between 2015-2024 would create a total industry investment of $175 billion. This would create up to 100,000 jobs: 58,700 direct and indirect construction jobs, 23,800 permanent direct and indirect jobs for operations, and thousands more of induced jobs as a result of households having more income.

Construction Trade Helpers and Labourers are at the top of the list of in demand LNG occupations, with an anticipated demand for 11,800 Construction Trade Helpers and Labourers by 2018.

Construction Craft Workers work primarily outdoors. They do site preparation, site clean-up, set up and remove access equipment, and working on concrete, masonry, steel, wood and precast erecting projects.

They handle materials and equipment, and perform demolition, excavation and compaction activities.

Randy Callaghan, field personnel advisor for PCL Constructors Westcoast Inc. said he is pleased to support the program which he believes will recognize the high levels of skills craft workers need to do their jobs.

"The formal technical training will increase the skills and abilities of the tradesperson while increasing both the productivity and quality of the work performed for the employer," he said.

Currently, craft workers are trained on the job.

Herman said right now the ITA has requests out for training providers to teach the program. He said it is two four-week technical training courses. The ITA is planning to start that in December.

Herman said that those who go through the program would be ready to work on any jobsite.

Existing craft workers with the required number of hours and an endorsement from their employer that they have attained 70 per cent of the scope of the trade can apply to take the Red Seal test.

Herman also noted that the ITA hopes First Nations will take advantage of the new Red Seal trade, which he believes is a great pathway into the construction industry.

He said Red Seal will offer mobility around the country and within the industry to try other trades.

Journal of Commerce

Liar, Liar! You Won’t Get Hired

By Debra Auerbach

People lie about a lot of things: age, weight … number of Botox injections. Sometimes lies can be harmless (who needs to know that your natural hair color isn’t really blond?); other times they can get you into big trouble.

When it comes to employment, bending the truth on your CV might seem worth it in today's competitive workforce, but it will likely get your CV sent to the reject pile. According to a new CareerBuilder survey, 58 per cent of hiring managers say they've caught a lie on a CV; 33 per cent of these employers have seen an increase in CV embellishments post-recession.

While half of employers (51 per cent) would automatically dismiss a candidate if they caught a lie on his or her CV, 40 per cent say that it would depend on what the candidate lied about. Seven per cent of employers would even be willing to overlook a lie if they clicked with the candidate.

Most frequent fibs

So what fabrications are job seekers most likely to make on their CV, with the hopes that they'll go unnoticed? According to employers, the most common lies they catch relate to:

  • Embellished skills – 57 per cent
  • Embellished responsibilities – 55 per cent
  • Dates of employment – 42 per cent
  • Job title – 34 per cent
  • Academic degree – 33 per cent
  • Companies worked for – 26 per cent
  • Accolades/awards – 18 per cent

Incidences by industry

Lies aren't confined to a certain occupation or job level – job seekers of all types commit lies to boost up their CV. Yet some fields have more offenders than others. The survey found that employers in the following industries catch CV lies more frequently than average:

  • Financial services – 73 per cent
  • Leisure and hospitality – 71 per cent
  • Information technology – 63 per cent
  • Health care (more than 50 employees) – 63 per cent
  • Retail – 59 per cent

“Trust is very important in professional relationships, and by lying on your CV, you breach that trust from the very outset,” says Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder. “If you want to enhance your CV, it’s better to focus on playing up tangible examples from your actual experience. Your CV doesn’t necessarily have to be the perfect fit for an organization, but it needs to be relevant and accurate.”

The tallest tales ever told

It’s one thing to spin your experience to make it more relevant to the position you’re pursuing. It’s another thing to claim you have more years of experience than is possible at your age. And that’s actually happened: One employer surveyed says an applicant claimed to have 25 years of experience at age 32.

Other unusual and outrageous lies employers recall include:

  • Applicant included job experience that was actually his father’s. Both father and son had the same name (one was Sr., one was Jr.).
  • Applicant claimed to be the assistant to the prime minister of a foreign country that doesn’t have a prime minister.
  • Applicant claimed to have been a high school basketball free throw champion. He admitted it was a lie in the interview.
  • Applicant claimed to have been an Olympic medalist.
  • Applicant claimed to have been a construction supervisor. The interviewer learned the bulk of his experience was in the completion of a doghouse some years prior.
  • Applicant claimed to have worked for 20 years as the babysitter of known celebrities such as Tom Cruise, Madonna, etc.
  • Applicant listed three jobs over the past several years. Upon contacting the employers, the interviewer learned that the applicant had worked at one for two days, another for one day and not at all for the third.
  • Applicant applied to a position with a company that had just terminated him. He listed the company under previous employment and indicated on his CV that he had quit.
  • Applicant applied twice for the same position and provided different work history on each application.

Debra Auerbach is a writer and blogger for and its job blog, The Work Buzz. She researches and writes about job search strategy, career management, hiring trends and workplace issues.

Seven Things Successful People Don’t Say (or Even Think)

By Kevin Makra

We can all agree that looking for work is not easy. Many pieces of the puzzle need to fall into place before we can have a successful job search. However, have you ever stopped to think that maybe what’s holding you back may not your resume, your networking abilities, your job interview skills, nor even your perceived lack of experience? What could be holding you back is YOU!

We are often our own worst enemy in the job search. Through no fault of our own, it is easy to get discouraged. How many times have you thought ‘How many positions do I have to apply for?’ ‘Why is nobody responding to my calls?’ ‘Why is my resume being overlooked?’ In the job search we are asked to take an inventory of our skills, but have you ever taken an inventory of your mindset? Are you guilty of falling into one of these traps when thinking about your job search?

Here are seven things successful people don’t say (or think):

Life is not fair

Life is certainly not always fair. A job doesn’t always go to the best candidate. A second interview is not always granted. The world doesn’t owe us anything. Start with the premise that rejection is just a part of the job search. How you handle rejection is what will differentiate you from other job seekers. When life knocks you down, get right back up and keep pushing forward.

That can’t be done

Successful job seekers are willing to think outside the box and never feel that a job can’t be done. If you really want something you have to go after it. Not qualified for the position? Consider going back to school to further your education. Don’t know how to approach people in your industry? Look at various networking opportunities, or speak with a mentor to get some advice.

I don’t want to work too hard

Working hard is the cornerstone of success. When we work hard and contribute to society we feel more productive and happy. Don’t ever miss an opportunity to challenge yourself and strive for success. People who always look for the easy road ahead often find it leads to a dead end. ‘Work hard and play hard’ is a motto many successful people live by.

That’s not my job

I once worked with a girl who when asked to do a task would often say ‘that’s not my job’. Needless to say her position was short-lived. Taking on tasks outside your job responsibility is a great way to learn new roles and further your experience. Successful people help others succeed and recognize that companies look for candidates who are adaptable in the workplace.

I’ve always done it that way

We are all creatures of habit. Have you ever tried brushing your teeth with your opposite hand? It’s a lot harder than you think! Shake things up when it comes to the job search. Every week try something completely different from what you’ve tried in the past in looking for work – volunteer a few hours, visit an employment centre, post some articles on an industry blog, meet with someone who is already doing the job, or connect with others on LinkedIn. The more things you try, the better your chances of success.

I just want a good paycheque

Everybody wants a good paycheque. Successful people want a good paycheque plus job satisfaction. The key to securing a good salary is to find industries or professions where labour demands outweigh the number of candidates available. The reason why tradespeople in Canada are in such high demand (and many jobs pay so well), is because there is not enough qualified people to fill these roles.

I am tired of the ‘rat-race’

Comedian Lily Tomlin once said “The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat.” Humour should always be a key element of a successful job search. Don’t get bogged down by the negative stuff and remember to not take yourself too seriously! Looking for a job is marathon, not a sprint, so pace yourself.

Successful people share one trait in common – almost all of them have failed many times before they became a success. Perseverance and determination are essential traits for effective job seekers. Try to maintain a positive, healthy, optimistic mindset throughout your job search and you too will come out on top.

Kevin Makra is the President of Sentor Media Inc., and founder of

The One Thing to do in a Job Interview That Will Set You Above Everyone Else

By Elizabeth Bromstein

There’s a little known fact about the job interview that many job candidates tend to overlook: the interviewer wants to hire you. In most cases, anyway.

Yes, there are times when the interview is all a sham, when the employer has already chosen someone and they are just going through the motions to satisfy HR or something. But, the majority of the time, they want to hire you. They don’t want to be stuck on a decision between two or more candidates. They want you to be so amazing that the choice is a no-brainer, that all doubts are erased, that they can go to their superior and say “This is the person for the job. I’m sure of it” – and be right.

They want you to convince them, and make their job easy.

If you’ve made it to the interview, your resume has done some of this work. The employer is impressed enough with your experience and skill set that they think you could be a good choice. You’ve pulled ahead of all the candidates who didn’t get invited for an interview. All you have to do now is beat the rest to the finish line. I asked some hiring managers how you can do that.

I asked: “What is the one thing someone could say or do in an interview with you that would set them above the competition?”

By far the most popular response was some variation on “Show that you have done your research on the company.”

Hiring managers also suggest that you demonstrate how you will fit into the company and/or that you offer a solution to a problem where possible. Here are a few of the responses:

“The single largest impact that someone can have is to have done research on the company they are interviewing with. Sounds like common sense. but I see applicants asking us to tell them what we do when we’re finally sitting face to face with them. We’ve never hired a single person who has shown up to an interview without doing any basic amount of research on us first.” Kenny Ochs, Marketing / Operations Director, Market Experts Realty

“Research the company they are applying to and offer actionable tips on how they can hit the ground running in the job for which they’re applying. If a candidate can speak to the company culture, after doing their own research and then offer suggestions on how they would add value during the interview, that always stands out to me.” Shilonda Downing, Owner, Virtual Work Team, LLC

“Candidates that have made the cut have all done their research and offered a potential solution to a hypothetical client challenge, or gone the extra mile of presenting a concept or strategy that will help the business specifically.” Shemiah R. Williams, President, Modern Graffiti Marketing Group

“When I am done with my questions, I always ask the applicant what his or her questions are. Nearly all applicants will ask a couple of general questions that have to do with what they want, such as how often do we give reviews for raises, or when they will be eligible for health insurance. Very rarely, someone will ask me specific questions that have to do with our agency’s history or future or products that we offer. These are applicants who have clearly researched who we are and where we are going, and that impresses me every time because it is so rare.” Danielle Kunkle, Vice President, Boomer Benefits

The takeaway? DO YOUR RESEARCH. We’re always talking about that on Workopolis, but it looks like a lot of people – maybe even most – aren’t bothering.

The comments weren’t all about research. Some managers are impressed by different things. Other recommendations included having a sense of humour, being creative, and showing up prepared with a visual presentation, like a Power Point, on what you can do for the organization.

Of course, you must still do your research on top of being funny and creative.

Another thing that has come up in the past is “asking” for the job, which doesn’t mean saying “Can I please have the job?” but showing your enthusiasm for the position.

Digital marketing and technology recruiter Sue Hardek has an example of a candidate who touched these most important points in an interview. Hardek says:

“I was hiring a recent college graduate for an entry level position. During the course of the interview, it had become clear to me that this candidate had done her homework, which she demonstrated by asking thoughtful questions about the agency and the direction in was headed. At the end of the interview, she looked me squarely in the eye, told me that she really wanted the job and would give it 110% of her effort and be a hard worker. Then she asked me if there was anything that would preclude me from offering her that job. She left our office that day with an offer in hand and turned out to be an exemplary employee.”

Remember that the hiring manager wants to find someone to fill the position as badly as you want to fill it.

All you have to do it convince them that you’re the one to do that.

The Five Worst Things You Can do in a Job Interview

By Elizabeth Bromstein

What would you guess is the worst possible thing you could do in a job interview? The list is actually pretty endless, if you just take the question at face value. Here are a potential top five:

  1. Bite the interviewer
  2. Pull out a weapon and rob the place
  3. Take off all your clothes and dance on the desks
  4. Yell “ARE YOU LOOKING AT ME!?” at everyone you pass
  5. Break into the interviewer’s office beforehand, hide under the desk and tie their shoelaces together. (My boss points out that this is technically “before” the interview” and not “during.” I say he’s being persnickety)

But what we really mean when we ask this question is, what is the worst possible thing you could do in a job interview that you might actually do?

New research from Express Employment Professionals, the largest franchised staffing firm in North America, has found the answer. The findings are from the 2014 edition of the “Canada Employed” survey of 22 Express franchises across Canada, in which respondents were asked to name the “top five worst things an applicant can do during an interview.”

The worst thing you can do? Lie.

Here are those top five:

  1. Lying about experience
  2. Checking their phone
  3. Arriving late
  4. Answering a phone call
  5. Acting arrogant

See the full list below.

“It takes a great deal of effort to secure an interview for most jobs, so it baffles me that anyone would throw away that opportunity by lying or arriving late. But believe it or not, these things happen,” said Bob Funk, CEO of Express, according to a press release. “You won’t get a mulligan in an interview, so applicants must do their best to get it right the first time.

“My advice is: Don’t even think about answering your phone, texting on your phone, or even looking at your phone. In fact, turn your phone off before entering the building. If an employer sees you can’t take an interview seriously, I promise he or she won’t trust that you can take the job seriously.”

There’s also an “America Employed” report from the same company, which surveyed 115 Express franchises across the nation. The results are slightly different. You can see that list here.

One significant difference is the number of Canadian employers who hate liars vs American employers, a full 79% of Canadians say lying about experience is the worst thing you can do, vs 62% of Americans.

Also, “Drinking” is absent from the Canadian top five, and only comes in as the sixth worst thing you can do, while it’s No. 4 on the American list. I don’t think this means that more Americans are showing up drunk for interviews, or that more American interviewers are anti-alcohol, however. It was actually named the worst thing by almost the same number of people (47% Canada, 46% America). I think it means that more Canadian employers are bothered by phone checking, which is the one that replaced it in the top five, than by drinking.

The differences can possibly be explained by the larger U.S. sample group.

The no nos are all pretty obvious. They also include badmouthing a former boss or co-worker, not doing your research, and smoking. Read on for the full list.

The worst things a applicant can do during a job interview in Canada

  1. Lie about experience 79%
  2. Check phone 63%
  3. Arrive late 58%
  4. Act arrogant 53%
  5. Answer a phone call 53%
  6. Drink (alcohol) 47%
  7. Badmouth boss or co-worker 47%
  8. Not do homework/research 16%
  9. Smoke 16%
  10. Bad eye contact 16%
  11. Bring a friend or relative 16%
  12. Text a message 5%
  13. Dress inappropriately 5%
  14. Use improper language or slang 5%
  15. Chew gum 5%
  16. Act nervous 5%
  17. Not know weaknesses 5%