Looking for work

August 13, 2014
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I met Tova Jamernik at Work BC, an employment counselling centre in Vancouver, when I was unemployed, without benefits, and desperate to find a job, any job, for which I was qualified. Along with an employment counsellor, Tova and other facilitators helped me and others focus our job searching, learn how to best respond in interviews, revise our resumes and keep on track over the long and often dispiriting period between jobs. In this, part 1 of my interview with Tova, she emphasizes the usefulness of the information interview*, where one is seeking information from an individual who works in an organization, industry or career that is attractive to you, without asking them specifically for a job.

* http://www.ryerson.ca/career/students/searchforajob/identifyjobleads/informationinterview/

Update to this story: In March 2014 I found a job, a job I love, working with great people! Some of the skills I learned from Tova and other counsellors helped me in the interviews with managers and supervisors.

Amy Huva: climate change

August 6, 2014
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Amy Huva is an environmental chemist and sports fanatic from Melbourne, Australia.
After two years working for the Australian Federal Government in Canberra, she moved to Vancouver where she works for Climate Access, a global network of climate and clean energy communicators, serving more than 2,000 members in 57 countries. She discusses how each of us is complicit in climate change, and why we need to expand the conversation beyond environmentalism to include all sectors of society.

(Image Source LarvatusProdeo.net; music by Lee Rosevere from the Free Music Archive: Sunset, from his album All These Simple Things)