Calgary is Alberta’s largest city and the third largest in Canada, the economic activity happening in Calgary is very hot these days and mostly involved with the petroleum industry, but the Geomatics industry also contributes to Alberta’s economic growth and here we have some of the latest GIS jobs in the Calgary area for you.
According to Wikipedia, GIS is a broad term that can refer to a number of different technologies, processes, and methods. It is attached to many operations and has many applications related to engineering, planning, management, transport/logistics, insurance, telecommunications, and business. Therefore, GIS and location intelligence applications can be the foundation for many location-enabled services that rely on analysis and visualization.
Top 5 important GIS skills for a Successful Career
Joseph Kerski from Esri has created a 3 part video series where he presents new ways of thinking about important GIS skills in your career because “skills alone will not guarantee success, but are a fundamental part of it … “.
Geomatics Analytical Technicians typically have working knowledge with demonstrated experience using GIS software, development of specialized cartography products, and provide support to other GIS users. They also need to have excellent analytical, problem-solving and organizational skills to assist in the maintenance, management, updating and preparation of spatial data and information products.
Want to know what a Geomatics Analytical Technician job entails?
Here is a video by ” Working in Canada” featuring Kevin Watson, a Geomatics Technician with the Ontario Government, he is a graduate from the Geomatics Institute at Fleming program. It is a little dry, but very informative and help provides a little insight on what a Geomatics Analytical Technician may entail, for those that are interested in pursuing a GIS career.
To learn more about occupations in Canada, visit Working in Canada (http://workingincanada.gc.ca), a source of free and useful information that can help you to decide where to live and work.
[Originally posted Jan. 28, 2010]
Over the past few years the term GISP (geographic information systems professional) has become pretty popular as more and more geospatial professionals look for a way to demonstrate that they have become more established in their geomatics careers. We originally published this article after applying for GISP certification ( after several years of putting it off and procrastinating) so we could document the process involved as a way to help others who have considered but not yet applied for certification.
Since then I have received my GISP certificate and there has been some major changes made to the GISP certification process by the GIS Certification Institute, so we have included details about the changes below the original article.
[We are always interested to hear from those that have applied for GISP so if you want to share anything about it then let us know. It is always a debatable topic in GIS themed social networking groups].
A GISP is a certification status awarded to a geographic information systems (GIS) professional who has met the minimum standards for ethical conduct and professional practice as established by the GIS Certification Institute (GISCI). Thousands of professionals in GIS & Geomatics (mostly in the US) have obtained certification and are currently making the most of it to help achieve career aspirations.
There are many benefits to obtaining a GISP
Employers have started recognizing GISP certification and some are starting to prefer (and sometimes require) professionals with GISP certification when they have a GIS position that needs to be filed. A recent survey done showed that employees who have certification on the average earn more than their counterparts who do not. Still, the geomatics sector needs to emphasis the importance of GIS certification much more before the real value of having a GISP becomes recognized by the geospatial community.
It is not just in the area of earnings and wages that having a GISP certification is beneficial. Many certified professionals say that the process of getting themselves certified was extremely helpful. Some have even said that the certification helped them to not only advance their careers but to redefine it as well. They are rightfully proud of their accomplishment and feel that the certification will only continue to become more valuable as time goes by, as it is the most recognized certification for a person in the GIS field.
To qualify for the GISP certification, you must meet certain benchmarks in your education and professional experience set forth by the GISCI, as well as various contributions to the profession.
The application itself is point-based; you will be given points for different and specific activities in the three categories under consideration. After you have gotten to the minimum point requirement and you have worked for at least four years in the GIS industry, you can then submit you application and start on the process to become a certified GIS Professional.
At first glance the Application may seem Intimidating
The first thing to do is download the application form from the GISCI website. Your first glance at the application may be intimidating (as the GISCI application process can be rather lengthy and often confusing), however if you have any problems along the way, the GISCI are willing to help. Downloading the form is the simple part. You can either fill it electronically (with PDF version) or you can print it out and fill it out. I imported the application into a word document and typed all my information into it so that it looked more professional when it came time to print it.
Next, read through the GISCI Code of Ethics & Rules of Conduct Acknowledgment Form, a document that explains the organization (and you as its certified professional) code of ethics and rules of conduct. It is mandatory to sign an acknowledgement form and include it with your application.
The GISCI Procedures Manual should be your next stop, it takes you through the preparation for the application process systematically. There are great tips on the first couple of pages that will benefit you throughout the process. The rest of the document takes you through each component of the application. It is advisable to have your application on hand at the same time so that you can review both documents.
The bulk of the work involved in filling out your application is gathering the necessary data. You will need to not just be able to answer, in detail, questions about your education, professional experience, and professional contributions but also to provide documentation that supports the information you included in the application. This was a challenging task for myself as I moved several times over my career and lost documents along the way.
I would recommend that people start scanning and saving copies of certificates, receipts, badge tags, etc. that can be used in the application as you get them and not wait till it comes time to apply. After sending in the application, we received digital confirmation that the application was received, and then about 4 to 5 months latter a GISP certificate and pin arrived in the mail.
After your certification as a GISP, you are required to re-certify every five years. All you need for the re-certification is too prove that you continued working in or participating in the field of GIS. The components are also similar to the original certification application component. They are; Course and Conference (the educational), Contributions to the Profession and Work Experience. Renewing your certification should be a walk in the park provided you have remained active in the geomatics industry.
GISP certification now requires a Technical Exam
As of July 1, 2015, people applying for the GISP certification will be required to take and pass a GISCI Geospatial Core Technical Knowledge Exam, as well as meet all the current standards for certification via a portfolio based review based on ethics agreement, education, experience, and professional contributions.
The new GISP certification process will incur a $ 100 application fee, $ 250 exam fee, and a $ 100 portfolio review fee and individuals will be certified for a 3 year period instead of 5 years. Annual renewal fees of $ 95 will be due on the anniversary of an individuals initial certification and be required to be paid in full prior to re-certification. All professionals that were GISP certified or recertified before July 1, 2015 will remain certified under the current 5 year policy and then begin the new 3-year renewal process after that. See GISCI.org for exact details on fees and procedures.
There are 342 registered GISPs in Canada
According to the GISP Registry on the GISCI website there are now 8110 people who have qualified for GISP certification and 94% of those are from the USA. In Canada there are 342 GISPs registered (119 Ontario, 111 Alberta, 78 British Columbia, 9 Saskatchewan, 7 Manitoba, 7 Nova Scotia, 4 Quebec, 4 New Brunswick, 1 Newfoundland, 1 PEI & 1 Nunavut).
[A GISP is not the only recognized certification program in the GIS industry, the Canadian Institute of Geomatics & Esri both have certification programs as well].
Careers in GIS: an Unfiltered Guide to Finding a GIS Job by Todd Schuble is a simple GIS job hunting strategy guide for young people starting off or already working in the GIS sector but with little experience. The digital guide tackles many of the issues that are relative to job seekers in a direct manner.
Todd writes clearly and effectively informing readers specifically where to look, what they should be doing, and what skills they should acquire in order to increase the chance of getting hired in the GIS industry. Education, salary, employers, networking, and motivation are only a few of the issues touched upon in this text.
It is an easy read and will leave you with more time to actually look for a GIS job. The career advice provided is sound and helpful, with real world strategies to help find a position instead of vague suggestions. This ebook would be useful to anyone thinking about pursuing a career in GIS and for the low price, it packs a punch and is well worth the $5!
If you are looking for GIS jobs then consider buying this great GIS job seeker book before investing in a more expensive and less clear book.
GoGeomatics Geospatial Resume Writing
Finding a good quality job in the Canadian geomatics industry can often be much harder then an actual job itself. Especially when you consider that there is tough competition and few quality job opportunities out there, therefore you really need to be on your game and do what ever you can to help give your career an edge over your competition.
GoGeomatics Canada has been helping young Canadians find work in geomatics now for several years and are now bringing their proven career services to the digital world, offering brand new services to help geospatial job seekers find employment, regardless of where they are located.
Their geospatial resume writing services are designed to offer an effective, affordable approach to getting ahead in the job market. Working with a professional writer who knows how to highlight top geomatics skills, you will get a personalized resume or cover letter that can help you meet your career goals and aspirations.
Also keep in mind that this is different from most other resume writing services, because GoGeomatics understand geomatics. They know the industry, know the keywords, and know how to get a hiring manager’s attention.
The goal of any resume is to get an interview. It’s your first impression, and you want to make it count. With this service, you can maximize your chances of scoring that interview, and landing the geospatial job of your dreams.
You can use this service to create a solid template to use for your job search, or to create a customized resume/cover letter in response to a specific job posting. Choose which package is best for you: Resume Writing, Cover Letter Writing, or the combined Resume/Cover Letter Service for the best value. GoGeomatics is also offering discounts for current, full-time students. Email email@example.com to inquire about student discounts.
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Plenty of Geospatial Jobs Available in Canada this month
Not sure if people have noticed or not but even there are plenty of Geospatial Jobs available in Canada this month from coast to coast, even though the price of oil has been hurting the Canadian dollar and the economy in general. If you have not yet done so then we would recommend you check out the Canadian GIS & Geomatics job board for all the latest jobs posted and add your resume to the database if you are actively seeking geospatial employment in Canada.
Toronto is the largest city in Canada with over two and a half million residents and it is the fifth most populated area in North America. It is considered the economic capital of Canada as well as is one of the top financial centers in the world. If you are moving to Canada to start your GIS career then chances are you are going to want to search for jobs in the Greater Toronto Area.
Day in the Life: GIS Analyst
A cartographer and Geographic Information System Analyst (GIS Analyst) for the San Francisco Department of Public Health explains what role GIS plays in his every day tasks. Wesley uses geographic technology to collect information that can help improve infrastructure.
Cover Letters: What Works and What Doesn’t
A cover letter is one of the most important aspects in finding a job. Sure, the interview is important and can definitely make or break your chances of getting the job, but without an amazing cover letter, you won’t even get an interview. Fortunately, there are a variety of tips that can make drastic improvements to your cover letter.
While this is generally a good rule for any writing, this is especially true for cover letters. Think about how many cover letters most companies receive for a single position. If it takes them more than a few seconds to read the purpose of the letter and why you’re valuable for the position, it may have well been sent to the wrong address.
Beyond staying on topic, it’s best to cut down wordy sentences and clunky phrasing. If you ever see redundant of words or ideas in your letter, you must trim them out. Your goal is to achieve the most clarity with the least amount of words.
Don’t send something with typos!
As obvious as this sounds, you’d be surprised how often this occurs. The sad thing is, this often happens to people who update their cover letter and resume often and often have several different cover letters and resumes for various positions. Even I’ve had the unfortunate experience of making a last-minute edit on a resume and having that turn into a huge blunder that lost me the potential job. Don’t let it happen to you! Read carefully over your entire application, even if you only made slight edits.
Do personally address the letter
There’s nothing more unimpressive than “To Whom it May Concern.” What this really says is, “I didn’t bother to research to whom I’m supposed to send this.” What’s worse is letters that open in this way are often spam; the hiring manager might not even get a chance to read the letter! Always try to research their website or call them to find out who you’re sending the letter to. If they ask not to call and you find no information, at least address it as “Dear Hiring Manager for _____ Company.”
Don’t send a generic cover letter
Don’t just think you can write one cover letter to every job posting. Hiring managers can usually spot these easily. Instead, alter your cover letter to address the company and its needs specifically. Do some research on the company. Find out who they are and how you fit within their grand scheme. It doesn’t matter how skilled or well-written you are, if you don’t appear to (1)know the needs and philosophy of the company and (2)demonstrate how you fulfill and connect with these, you won’t impress them.
Mariana Ashley is a freelance writer who particularly enjoys writing about online colleges. She loves receiving reader feedback, which can be directed to mariana.ashley031 @gmail.com.
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