Employment Resources For Victoria
New Developments in Victoria's Employment Picture
This year, 2001, is a landmark year as far as employment in Victoria
goes. This year, for the first time in as long as I have been
a part of the employment scene, Victoria has joined the rest of
the world in terms of rates of pay and employer expectations.
If you have read my previous articles on employment, you will
recall I stated that Victoria has always been about five years
behind the times when it comes to salaries. Also, Victorian employers
have always taken a "depression era" view of their employees;
you are lucky they gave you a job and they now own you for life.
Finally, things have changed. There is one thing that has caused
that change: the Internet.
The Internet is responsible for this change for
two reasons: one, everyone now has access to all the information
about employment worldwide. We no longer have to rely on our small
town paper. Sure we've had TV for a while, but that didn't change
anything. I couldn't look up the salary for a nurse in Boston
on my TV. The Internet makes it easy. Secondly, because the Internet
has turned computers in communications devices, not just data
crunchers, computers are now a part of almost every job. This
has produced an infiltration of technology into every aspect of
the workplace. Joining the Internet caused us to finally catch
up with the rest of Canada, and the world. That is also why the
change happened so fast; it happened in Internet years (same as
Due to the impact of technology on the workplace,
in the past year the number of dollars generated by the local
high tech industry has grown to equal that of the local tourist
industry. The resident sages say it will surpass it in the next.
Most current economic indicators are positive, and now the province
has just elected a business minded government for the first time
in a decade. Gurus and pundits alike agree that this is a portent
of renewal, investment, and economic growth.
Riding along with this improved employment picture
are some new resources. For the Western Communities, Worklink
is a good resource of general employment. In the medical field,
Health Region now recruits for all hospitals and medical care
facilities in the Victoria region.
Another new resource is the VictoriaJobShop.ca.
Here you find an attempt to be the employment portal for Victoria.
Unfortunately they fall short in their efforts to keep their job
posting up to date. Still, a good resource as they provide many
other services such as free resume posting and recruiter services.
is a large scale, high end endeavors geared to prepping and packaging
you up for general, entry level jobs.