Archive for February, 2011

Ensuring Your Privacy on Facebook

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

The new format for Facebook pages does not display your picture or name in association with “liked” pages. It would seem this would increase privacy to others seeing the types of pages you “like” but beware as your your picture and name are still viewable on feeds to blogs and websites, such as the one on The Career Centre blog.

Privacy is important to consider when using online social media. It’s a topic recently explored in our post, Using Social Media in Your Job Search. This article focuses on the pros and cons of incorporating social media into your job search and reminds users that the default settings in social media accounts usually make information public rather than private.

Since publishing that blog post, we discovered the unofficial facebook resource which lists the 10 Facebook Privacy Settings You Need To Know. Great information is contained in this list including Tip #4 which shows you how to remove your Facebook page from showing up in Google searches.

Do you have privacy concerns or tips to share?

Upcoming Hiring Fair in Nanaimo

Friday, February 18th, 2011

Supporting Employment Transitions (SET) in Nanaimo is hosting a hiring fair Tuesday, March 8, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Vancouver Island Conference Centre. Some of the employers listed as participating include:

  • Aviawest
  • Avon Canada
  • BC Construction Association – S.T.E.P
  • City of Nanaimo
  • Express Employment Professionals
  • Global Vocational Services
  • Investors Group Financial Services
  • Nanaimo Youth Services Association
  • Nordia
  • Sun Life Financial
  • More employers coming soon

Hiring Fairs are unique in that they put employers who are looking for employees together with people seeking employment. It saves steps in the process for both parties. Ensure you make a good impression by dressing the same way you would if you were attending an interview. Research the companies before attending and ensure your cover letters and resumes are targeted and up-to-date. For more assistance in preparing for the hiring fair call the Career Centre at 250-248-3205 to make an appointment with an employment consultant.

New Online Business Resource

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Business Victoria is using the internet to provide their business services globally.

Business Victoria has created an online resource to assist entrepreneurs build a successful business and they are using social media to market this resource to entrepreneurs around the world.

“The website developed at a cost of $100,000, brings together more than 10 years of expertise, information and resources in one spot for would-be entrepreneurs all over the world.”

The goal is for this resource to provide small business owners the services they need from starting up to maintaining a successful business. For an annual fee of $59 individuals can “access its library of resources including individual coaching and seminars in business basics, market research, financial planning and sales and marketing.” For more information go to

Using Social Media in Your Job Search

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

The pros of using online social media for your job search are many. It’s where society is headed, just watch this fun youtube clip about the power of social media. This revolution lends easily to mass communication and it is accessible from anywhere (that is, anywhere with an internet connection). Social media is open to anyone and it fosters community, which allows users to build relationships and network.

Online social media provides a real-time and transparent impression of you. Increasingly employers search Google, Facebook and LinkedIn for background information about potential employees. So before you tag pictures of yourself on Facebook or a blog, consider your current (or future) employer. How will those late-night images of you ‘enjoying the party’ be perceived? One quick tip to help protect yourself is to ensure you have established security and privacy settings on your social media accounts, as the defaults usually leave users exposed.

Another thing to consider is that electronic comments can live on and on. You never know who may be reading your comments on other blogs, Facebook wall posts or tweets. Think twice before you make a comment. Generally, it’s best to avoid negativity altogether. How would your future employer interpret a Facebook status update that says: “I hate getting up for work”? Communicating through social media is like living in a small town, everyone knows your business.

For more information on sign up for our workshop Using Social Media in Your Job Search. Check the workshop schedule for the next date and call the Career Centre at 250-248-3205 to register.

Applications for Canada Summer Jobs 2011 now being accepted

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Canada Summer Jobs is a Government of Canada initiative that provides funding to help employers create summer job opportunities for students. The initiative is designed to focus on local priorities, while achieving tangible results for both students and their communities. Canada Summer Jobs is focused on encouraging not-for-profit organizations, public sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees to create jobs that not only meet their needs, but also benefit students looking to gain work experience. The application period for Canada Summer Jobs 2011 is from Feb. 1 to Feb. 28, 2011. For more information visit: