The Business Higher Education Round Table says too many students are entering the workforce without the practical skills that employers want, and believe mandatory workplace co-ops would assist all graduating students find the right job sooner.
A new report from Workopolis, Canada's largest online job site, analyzed millions of job postings and surveyed more than 250 Canadian employers to determine the top 10 most sought-after skills. And communication appears to trump them all.
Despite an economy that's shrunk every month this year for which we have data, the federal finance minister says Canada is not in a recession and is poised for growth later in 2015.
Shawn Read's insight:
So, who is correct? The Finance Minister or Statistics Canada? As I am conducting my Co-operative Education Site visits this Summer, I am seeing a slow down in the resource sectors, while the accounting and finance sectors seem to be keeping pace.
The losses were particularly stark in retail, where major shops such as Target Canada, Future Shop, Sony, Mexx, SmartSet, Jacob and, recently, Black’s Photography have closed some or all of their stores since last May’s report was released
Recruiters for top firms often define merit in their own image.
Shawn Read's insight:
I would agree that organizations do not want to hire "clones", because individuals who bring a diversity of thought and practice can lead to innovation. With that being said I am hearing on a regular basis from recruiters that team fit is very important to the culture of the organization and building the team.
It has been my experience that you can do both; recruit individuals who are a team fit, but also think outside the box and challenge the norms.
Chaim Shapiro, Assistant Director of Career Services at Touro College Website: http://chaimshapiro.com/ Twitter: @chaimshapiro LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/chaimshapiro Blogs from Chaim Shapiro. The new school year is the time for a new beginning. For that fresh start, I wanted to share my view on the priorities for career services leaders. Any current statement of leadership priorities in…
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