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The Art of finding Employers and Gaining Employment

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Yes, there is always the newspaper and there are hiring or employment agencies as well as contracting outfits.  Once upon a time the most time efficient and most cost effective way of tracking prospective employers was to visit your local library. There is a wealth of information at your finger tips there.  How ever...,  these days its all about the Internet.  Here is a link to my page that lists many Canadian employers.  CLICK HERE.   This will also assist in developing your killer resume', of which I will get into later.

STEP ONE:  When you are seeking employment you need a resume so, check the web page all about
developing your killer resume' .  Start building a killer resume'.  It will not necessarily come together during a coffee break.

STEP TWO:  Develop a list of references.  Teachers, professors, bosses, supervisors, foreman (or foreperson) managers, superintendents etc...

STEP THREE: Develop profiles on all appropriate employer websites.  IF you are new to the game and have little or no experience or, if there are slim pickins for employment in your region of the country, you may want to do the same for the recruiter agency websites and "Job Search Websites".  Sign up for any automated notifications they may issue via email.  Some provide options for daily or weekly notifications.  You will have a flood of notifications and will have to ensure you refine the keyword search criteria so you don't get a bunch of crap as can be the case.  Contract work through the recruiters has it's pros and cons but it's a great way to land a much needed job even if it is just a 6 or 12 month contract.  Sometimes these contracts can work into a much appreciated full time position.

STEP FOUR:  Prepare for the interview.  You can click here for interview TIPS , preparation questions and answers.  You will be asked some tough questions and you will want to have a truthful answer as well as an answer that impresses.

FIVE: Be ready for the phone calls.  Have your phone with you as often as it is safe and practical.  Most telephone interviews are scheduled for a time convenient to you and the recruiter.  You will want to be in a quiet place with few distractions.  You will also want to have all the answers to the questions memorized (If you have a photographic memory) or have them in the form of hard copies in front of you for quick reference.

STEP SIX:  Be freaking prepared!!  Don't ever have a situation where you do a phone interview and you are left thinking to yourself, "I should have said that." or "I shouldn't have said this." or "I should have said it that way."  Be one step ahead of them.  Put yourself in the recruiter's shoes and think of what it might be they want to hear from you that would cause them to recommend you for the second level of interviews.  Provide a well constructed and rehearsed, truthful story.  Don't BS them.  It may come back to bite you in the ass.  When it gets to the second level interview, it's going to be face to face or a video form of interview.

STEP SEVEN:  Don't let the psychometric testing throw you off.  That's the list of online questions they fire at you before you get anywhere close to an interview.  They are designed to weed out the dummies, those who are not coach-able and the con artists etc..  I have to admit, I see the value in some of it.  They also want to test for problem solving and IQ.  A number of the questions that they pose are truly unfair.  I "believe" it is a form of age discrimination and a means of age profiling.  (But labour legislation in this country is so freaking weak, there isn't much any person can do about it.)  They ask time limited questions that are related to the type of question you would get on a Power Engineering or Stationary Engineering exam.  So anyone fresh out of school or actively challenging the exams will be well rehearsed on these where as a person who hasn't opened a text book in twenty years (Even if they have their second or their first class certification) will be at a distinct disadvantage.  This way they get new graduates and the older folks get screwed.  The set of questions do vary from person to person.

When it comes to personality types and truthfulness it's a toss up.  If these psychometric tests are anything like a polygraph test, they are only 60% to 80% accurate at best.  Just like there are innocent people that test positive for deception on the polygraph test, there will be good people that fail these psychometric tests that will otherwise do well as loyal employees for some one else in the industry.  On the other side of that, there are still undesirables that will make their way through that labyrinth and end up being your boss some day. Yup.  It's bullshit.

There is another form of test out there that tests your voice.  I've encountered that one twice.  Weird!!!  It is a form of voice polygraph.  It's for a person's voice and tests for hesitations, volume, intonations, voice pitch and oscillations etc., etc., blah, blah blah...  Again, there is this large margin of error we are dealing with on the good and the bad side of the selection process.  None of this stuff is definitive or reliable.  If it was definitive, we wouldn't need a court trial system.  We'd just hook people up to these contraptions and it would spit out a verdict.  Kind-of-like a bad science fiction movie.

Maybe I have a bad attitude or, maybe I lack the appropriate education in these forms of pseudoscience but, I think it's modern day witchcraft to put it mildly.  Kind-of-like a new age religion or cult, out to steel souls and rob us of our humanity.  It's out there.  You will get pissed off.  If you fail to get an interview after one of these things, don't let it shake you.  Don't let it get you down.  You're not the only one.  There is always bullshit to contend with everywhere...  I'd love to take a couple of these tests for you, just to do screen shots on each frame and display it on my website or on Facebook but, they'd sue me back to the stone age for doing it. 

One way around the unknown is to provide a fake profile with glowing credentials so you have an opportunity to get the
psychometric testing and do the screen shots (save them to a Word document for yourself in preparation for the real thing.  Dow Chemical and Suncor are two corporations that I have had these type of tests from.  I can't remember who has the voice testing and there ain't no way of preparing for that other than just being yourself.  I'm sure I'll be black listed for telling you their secrets but if they are that low, insecure and petty, fuck'em!  I only want to work with those who have a professional mindset and a sense of humor.

Just know that sometimes it is necessary to relocate.  There are hot beds of Power Engineering opportunities throughout the country.  You may not be currently living in one.

The old school way is the reference section of your library.  It has trade publications and trade registries. The registries will give you the names of companies, phone numbers and fax numbers, addresses and contact names, as well as a brief rundown on the companies themselves. These can quickly out date as they are hard copy publications.  The directories are categorized by industry and by geographical location. Kind of like a telephone book of the world that goes many steps further. This may prove to be very helpful in selecting as well as finding the right employer for you.

If you're the fussy type that likes everything at arms length you can send away to a publisher for a copy of their catalogue and order what registries you want to have on hand if your library is not well stocked as may be the case in a small community.

The trade publications (registries) from time to time have stories and advertisements from different companies. These provide insight into the companies latest ventures. Usually if there is an expansion going on, they want the world to know about it. This means you will know about the job opportunities long before they start to hire full time staff. This gives you a jump on the competition and a very strong advantage when it comes to sending in a resume', being interviewed and being hired. You can find yourself with a job offer before they even start advertising for positions.

The best jobs and the easiest to acquire are the ones that haven't been advertised yet. Quite often this approach bags you a job because, it makes someone else's job that much easier.  It makes them look good too, if they can pick up a prize like a P.E.T. or Stationary Engineer quickly.  Not only that but, you will generate an impression with them that you are a person with initiative above and beyond the average person. It also will polish their egos to know you picked their name out of the registry above all the others, or at least you may want them to think that for as long as it's of value.

Chances are, if they are hiring, they are going to call you first. As a result you will have a greater opportunity to meet people in the organization so you may develop a rapport with them. This way you can keep in touch with them by making the odd social call.  Don't push this approach too far. You want to keep it light and easy.  If you play your cards right this will give you three or four kicks at the cat rather than just one.

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  • My testimony, {Photos!} where I tell you how to get full wages while being formally educated, diploma-ed and certified, clothed, housed and fed, have maid service, company supplied transportation to and from work and flights to your vacation destinations all absolutely FREE!
  • Brothers in the business:
      1. Al. The executive.  Photo!
      2. Brian. Working the 9 to 5, Monday to Friday routine.
      3. Chad. A newbe in 2001.  Photos!
      4. Chris. He used P.E.T. as a spring board to another career.  Photos!
      5. Don. Work in at the brewery.  Photos!
      6. Dwayne. An old hand.  Photos!
      7. Earl. Retired but still working full time???  Photos!
      8. Gord. Management.  Photo!
      9. James. Soon to be wealthy. Lots of great photos!
      10. John. Chief Engineer at the brewery.  Photos!
      11. Matt. A newbe in 2000.  Photo!
      12. Mike. Heís formerly from Scotland.  Photos!
      13. Max. A Control Room Operator and Shift Engineer who had his employer pay for his continuing education in his favorite hobby, computers.  Photos!
      14. Steve. The "Bad Boy of P.E.T." who has hit the six figure income bracket. Photos!
      15. Ted. Has hit the six figure income bracket.
      16. Warren. A newbe in 2001.  Photos!
      17. Older Warren. Lots of experience. Photos!
  • Sisters in the business:
      1. Brenda. A newbe in 2001.  Photos!
      2. Elaine. Management.  Very short Bio.  No pics.
      3. Hanna. Works in the electrical power generating industry.  Very short Bio. No pics.
      4. Lana. A newbe and Control Room Operator.  Photos!
      5. Mandy. A newbe in 2002.  Photos!
  • Brothers and Sisters of Aboriginal decent in the business:
  1. Liz.  She's happy to be a granny!  Photo!
  2. Alita. A student in 2002.  Photo!
  3. Jay. A newbe in 2000.  Formerly a research scientist.  Photos!
  4. Justin. A newbe in 1999 who is a Control Room Operator and who got $9000 in scholarshipsPhotos!
  5. Randy.  Under development.
  • Scope of P.E.T. Technology.
  • DARK SECRETS. Things people do and shouldnít do, while on shift.
  • Internet links to:
  1. US job opportunities
  2. Canadian job opportunities
  3. US apprenticeship, training and licensing
  4. Canadian apprenticeship and training
  5. Other countries and their job opportunities
  6. US Labor agencies.


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