Employment shrinks .... Young people are also leaving
the work force in large numbers,"
April 8 /CNW/ - The distress of young workers is the most
striking feature of this month's Labour Force Survey from
Statistics Canada. "It's not just the fact that jobs
for youth are down 1.6% from a year ago or that youth
employment shrunk in the first three months of 2004 (workers
aged 15 to 24 lost 36,000 jobs), it is mostly the realization
that young people are also leaving the work force in large
numbers," says Ken Georgetti, president of the Canadian
Labour Congress, inviting policy makers to add to the
unemployment numbers the 38,000 young workers who gave
up on the job market this year.
federal government is in denial about this country's need
for an employment strategy. Young Canadian workers and
students need jobs now not learning bonds," says
unemployment numbers - Statistics Canada reports that,
last month, in March 2004, the unemployment rate edged
up to 7.5%, from 7.4% in February.
Last year at this time the jobless rate was 7.3%. In seasonally-adjusted
numbers, there are currently 1,287,000 Canadians who want
to work but do not have a job.
Economist Andrew Jackson's Analysis
The rise in the unemployment rate from 7.4% to 7.5% since
December understates the true seriousness of the current
jobs' situation. Since December, 76,000 people - including
38,000 young people and 22,000 adult women - have dropped
out of the work force. This is probably because they know
that jobs are hard to find. If they were counted as unemployed,
the unemployment rate this month would have been 7.9%.
The total number of jobs has fallen by 20,000 since December,
with the decline concentrated among young people. In fact,
there were 36,000 fewer young people working in March
than in December.
The official youth unemployment rate in March was 14.3%.
However, if the 38,000 young people who have dropped out
were counted as unemployed, the youth unemployment rate
would have been 15.5%.
When It's Time to Give up Your Job Search - When to Say
TORONTO, April 5 /CNW/ - For those who have been unemployed
for a long time, there inevitably comes a point when one
wonders if they should just give up, stop looking and
pursue an entirely different career path.
"It's devastating to be out of work for any length
of time, but it's even more stressful when a job seeker
realizes that he/she may never find a comparable position
in his/her chosen field," said Jerry Weinger, Chairman
of Bernard Haldane Associates, the international career
There are a number of issues to consider when facing this
situation. Some obvious, but some that only each individual
can assess to determine 'when to say when' in their career
Professional career advisors offer the following checklist
to consider if they are out of work and wonder if they
should switch careers:
When you've done all of the right steps - networking,
working with recruiters, attending job fairs, etc., with
When you haven't had a job offer throughout your search.
When positions in your field are going overseas.
When industry is down in your area and you're unwilling
When your financial situation requires that you find a
an individual realizes that he or she must throw in the
towel and start anew, career advisors offer the following
Throw away your resume.
Throw away any preconceptions.
at new possibilities.
the core skills of your past experiences.
6-10 of your core skills.
the personality traits that apply to your work, e.g.,
detail oriented vs. big picture, fast paced vs. slow,
but steady, etc.
management experts say timing varies for each person,
depending on individual needs. For some living in smaller
communities, the decision is made for them when the area's
only major employer has closed. For others, it is based
on financial considerations and the realization that they
have to take any job to maintain their standard of living.
Others reach this conclusion only after searching for
a year or more.
As the trend toward outsourcing jobs overseas continues
and with greater numbers of jobs eliminated in certain
industries, it's not surprising that many job seekers
consider going in a new direction. In a host of areas,
from manufacturing to high-tech to engineering to defense
contractors, jobs -- and career opportunities -- have
After an honest assessment of skills, experience and expectations,
one can make a decision about how to restart and renew
a career, whether in the same industry or in a totally
"It's often beneficial to work with an objective
career advisor who can help you figure out what to do
next in terms of finding work that is financially and
emotionally satisfying with the prospect of long-term
employment opportunity," added Weinger.
Founded in 1947, Bernard Haldane Associates is the oldest
and largest career management organization in the world,
operating more than 100 offices throughout Canada, the
United States, the Middle East, Australia and the United
In Canada, Bernard Haldane has 11 offices including Toronto
(2), Ottawa, London, Burlington, Kingston, Montréal,
Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver and Winnipeg. Visit www.bernardhaldane.com