Craft Worker gets Red
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
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
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
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.
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
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
responsibilities – 55 per cent
Dates of employment
– 42 per cent
Job title – 34 per
Academic degree – 33
Companies worked for
– 26 per cent
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:
– 73 per cent
– 71 per cent
– 63 per cent
(more than 50 employees) – 63 per cent
– 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
- 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
- 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
Debra Auerbach is a writer and blogger for
and its job blog,
She researches and writes about job search strategy, career management,
hiring trends and workplace issues.
Seven Things Successful People
(or Even Think)
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
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
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
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
That Will Set You Above Everyone Else
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
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,
“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,
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
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:
- Bite the interviewer
- Pull out a weapon and rob the place
- Take off all your clothes and dance on the desks
- Yell “ARE YOU LOOKING AT ME!?” at everyone you pass
- 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
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:
- Lying about experience
- Checking their phone
- Arriving late
- Answering a phone call
- 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
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
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
- Lie about experience 79%
- Check phone 63%
- Arrive late 58%
- Act arrogant 53%
- Answer a phone call 53%
- Drink (alcohol) 47%
- Badmouth boss or co-worker 47%
- Not do homework/research 16%
- Smoke 16%
- Bad eye contact 16%
- Bring a friend or relative 16%
- Text a message 5%
- Dress inappropriately 5%
- Use improper language or slang 5%
- Chew gum 5%
- Act nervous 5%
- Not know weaknesses 5%