Job losses due to technological change overblown: report

‘The growth of technology combined with a shrinking labour force may actually produce a shortage of qualified workers in Canada’

Job losses due to technological change overblown: reportFears of substantial job losses in the future due to technology may be greatly exaggerated. A series of essays released on Tuesday by the think-tank the Fraser Institute say burgeoning technologies such as automation, artificial intelligence and robotization won’t lead to huge jobs losses. “While some believe the rise of artificial intelligence and other technologies…

Impressive job growth hides an ugly truth

Trend helps explain the disappointing pace of income and GDP growth in Canada, says report

Impressive job growth hides an ugly truthThe disconnect between the Canadian jobs market and the economy in general and income growth in particular, is defining the current cycle, says a report released on Thursday by CIBC. Lower Job Quality Curbing Income Growth, by bank economist Benjamin Tal, said the labour market continues to create jobs at an impressive pace, with the…

The invaluable lessons summer jobs teach young people

Apart from looking good on your resume, summer work experience demonstrates that you have what employers want

The invaluable lessons summer jobs teach young peopleAnother school year is over. It’s time for high school and post-secondary students to land a summer job. The good news is there are lots of jobs. Walk down any commercial or industrial street and you’ll see “We’re hiring” signs in many businesses’ windows. Many of these jobs are entry-level with fairly low pay. And…

How to fill that nagging gap in your resume

Never dodge the question but make the experience positive. New skills, new personal discoveries, new directions should be the focus

How to fill that nagging gap in your resumeHaving a gap on your resume can feel like the end of the world, especially when you're searching for a new job. Many people leave jobs for travel, family or school. Others are laid off or fired. Here are the best ways to fill gaps on your resume with confidence. Remember: no matter the situation,…

Doing little things right in business leads to something bigger

Sometimes leaders get so caught up in the struggles of their enterprises that they don’t realize the impact they’re having

Doing little things right in business leads to something biggerWe were going 64 km/h in a 50 zone on our way to bury Larry when we got pulled over. When the police officer asked the reason why we were going so fast, we told him we were on our way to Larry’s funeral. As he marched back to his car with my wife’s licence…

Alberta’s minimum wage cut for teens should just be the start

As workers get older and become eligible for more pay, they often lose their jobs. That means the overall wage floor is too high

Alberta’s minimum wage cut for teens should just be the startDuring the recent Alberta election campaign, with the province’s unemployment rate remaining stubbornly high, the now-governing United Conservative Party proposed reducing the minimum wage from $15 to $13 for workers below the age of 18. And now the government has introduced legislation to make that change, along with changes to overtime pay requirements. The benefits…

Four things business owners owe their employees

A safe environment, fair pay, leadership and consideration for employees’ futures should always be at the forefront

Four things business owners owe their employeesI recently heard of a leader within an organization who was treating his assistant much like a slave. Not only was the leader verbally demeaning to the assistant, he would often bring his dog to work and expect his assistant clean up the mess his dog left in the building. Working in a non-unionized environment,…

Working in the post-retail era requires a reset

There are still plenty of jobs at the low end of the pay scale. But wouldn't it be a better idea to simply upgrade your skills?

Working in the post-retail era requires a resetOne day you head out to your favourite store and it isn’t there anymore. It could be a local specialty shop, part of a major chain or even a department store like Sears, whose stores and catalogues have been around seemingly forever. Retail outlets are disappearing all over, along with the jobs they provide. In…

Mid-career workers are higher education’s next challenge

The traditional student no longer exists. That means we need to find ways to encourage and fund lifelong learning

Mid-career workers are higher education’s next challengeWith a host of transformational challenges putting pressure on labour markets, a line from Robert Atkinson and Jeffrey Brown’s latest paper struck me: “Nothing about the future of work is inevitable.” Their paper is intended to reaffirm that in the face of structural change, coming impacts can be mitigated through dedicated effort and smart policy.…

How to nail the ‘Tell me about yourself’ job interview question

Answer in professional terms primarily; prepare, rehearse and then relax. Just let your personality and qualifications shine through

How to nail the ‘Tell me about yourself’ job interview questionOne question always makes an appearance at job interviews: “Tell me about yourself.” Almost without exceptions, candidates struggle to come up with a good answer. It’s almost as challenging as that other dreaded interview question: “Where do you see yourself in five years?” Fortunately, there are ways to answer that are sure to impress any…