July 2010

One of the biggest warnings we seem to hear about seeking employment these days is how your internet activity may affect your image to employers. In all honesty, I find it rather hard to believe companies do in depth Google searches on their employees. Yes depending on the job there is probably a level of research they do on you, the internet making it easier, however I just don’t see an arm of any major corporation being hired Facebook pros who creep your profile on a regular basis. Blogs like this are probably included in the internet behavior warnings, but oh well, considering I have such a hard time finding a job in my field as it is why not write a blog about the BS I have had to experience in the process — couldn’t possibly make the hunt anymore difficult?

In prior rants about my challenges during my hunt for a career I may have touched on how difficult it was to meet the expectations one needs to meet for most of the positions: 5-10 years experience which is impossible for a new grad, 3+ languages, graduate degrees and the list goes on. What I have realized however is the most frustrating “demand” thus far from employers I have been researching does not include any of the aforementioned. What really frustrates me is after you have accepted that there is a need to seek further experience and you make the efforts to do so, ie: apply for an internship, it is still a daunting task. Since when can a new graduate who has accumulated 10s of thousands of dollars in debt during 4+ years of univeristy afford to up and leave for 6 months to live in New York and work for full time without a salary?

From all of the research I have done on employment in this “market” I have come to realize that it is not a tough crowd because of the “recession” or any of the other excuses that have been thrown around in the headlines but rather it is an ongoing problem. Even non-profit organizations who look to improve the quality of life for specific individuals are looking to attract a certain type of candidate, and from what I can tell is that they would be considered the “elite” in hierarchy of our society. Taking risks, giving chances and working to offer opportunities to someone determined and driven by your ideals are not options and never were. What the common criteria I am seeingĀ  while hunting tells me is that employers, non-profit and and corporate alike, want people who university educated, financially stable (either from well off families or previous successful business experience) individuals who already now how to to work within the confines of the bureaucracy — in my opinion — people who they know are safe and guaranteed to follow the norm.

Although it isn’t always a bad thing to hire a sure and safe bet the extent to which these employers are recruiting and emphasizing these certain qualities tell me their motivation is beyond what we are all made to believe. In this type of “market” where does a university educated individual with a free, open mind ready to challenge norms and ask questions fit in? Smiling and nodding my way through life is not how I want to live, I don’t want to have to agree with everything that is put in front of me, I want to be a part of something bigger, be encouraged to make positive changes and evolve. Furthermore, I shouldn’t have to go seek out a flipping masters degree and 30g more in debt just to land a job that isn’t some meaningless entry level meaningless position.

What gives?

For this job “market” to see improvement and more favorable for folks like me is not economic stimulus but rather a change in mentality among employers almost everywhere. Give us a chance, we aren’t so bad.

Listening to:
The Flatliners – The Calming Collection
The Flatliners – Count Your Bruises
The Flatliners – Eulogy
Bayside – Montauk
Alexisonfire – Keep it on Wax
Illscarlett – NTF


O Canada

Due to the fact that my last post showed appreciation for another country that is not my country of birth, who also happens to be celebrating a birthday today, I figured I should probably also write something nice about Canada and show my equal appreciation. Because Canada is such a great country it won’t really be a task anyway and I do believe it is sometimes necessary to reiterate why certain things, people and places are great.

For all the timesĀ  I have said I want to leave and get out of Canada, move elsewhere and experience life I have never once meant it as an insult to my country. I am proud to be from here and I often times feel quite guilty for feeling the urge to escape. I believe my desire to see the world, experience other cultures and meet all sorts of new people however is actually a result of my nationality and I am indebted to this country for that. Living in a country so full of diversity and acceptance I have also developed such traits and I believe it is truly a wonderful thing. Heck I even majored in a form of cultural studies, would that have been so if I was from anywhere else? Who knows.

Aside from all of the great qualities Canada has, that include a vast and beautiful landscape, universal health care, fabulous hockey and Tim Hortons, one of the greatest qualities really is Canada’s ability to maintain being such an amazing place to live among the diversity in people, provinces, etc. (despite our little sister Quebec’s whining). Throughout history you see places divided by cultural and ideological differences but Canada is unique in the sense that we actually unite in light of these differences and as I have said, I am proud to be from such a wonderful place. Maybe one day Canada will make it to the World Cup and I will be able to cheer for them, but until then I will stick to supporting Canadian hockey.

Happy Birthday Canada, drink up.