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Recently we incorporated the Canadian GIS and Geomatics employment website (GISjobs.ca) together with our Canadian GIS and Geomatics Resources site. After more than 10 years of running the sites, we felt that it was time that we brought everything together under one brand.
Now Canadian job seekers can search CanadianGIS.com for recent Canadian GIS and geomatics related jobs with the GIS jobs search tool and employers can post Canadian GIS job opportunities using the GIS job posting form.
We will continue to provide value to employers who use our job posting service by promoting their job opportunities using our various expanding networking channels and social media accounts.
- GIS jobs LinkedIn Group – 3,025+ members https://www.linkedin.com/groups/5048141
- GISjobs Twitter – 5, 950+ followers https://twitter.com/jobs_in_GIS
- GIS jobs FaceBook Group – 19, 750+ members https://www.facebook.com/groups/canadiangis/
- GIS jobs FaceBook Page – 125+ Likes https://www.facebook.com/gisjobs.ca/
- Canadian GIS LinkedIn Group – 7,200+ members https://www.linkedin.com/groups/4150297
- Canadian GIS Twitter – 25, 125+ followers https://twitter.com/CanadianGIS
- Canadian GIS FaceBook Page – 4,600+ Likes https://www.facebook.com/CanadianGIS/
the Story behind GISjobs.ca
The original Canadian GIS jobs site started back in 2003 while I was completing my Applied Geomatics Research graduate diploma at COGS. At the time I was like most students perusing my next career move, however this time around, was a mature student with several years of experience under my belt and had already gone through the job hunting process several times. Therefore, I was no longer at the stage where I applied for every GIS related job I could find and instead focused more on the jobs I was really interested in.
While at COGS I often received many job postings through my various networking channels and contacts I had established over the years, which I would often forward along to colleagues that I knew were also looking for geomatics related work.
At that time, there were several good GIS job related websites available on the Internet but none of them were dedicated to Canadian jobs, so it was usually a challenge to find GIS jobs, if you were looking to work in GIS and also stay here in Canada. There were plenty of jobs available but you had to work hard to find them and often know where to look and who to contact.
Therefore I decided to include a small section on my personal web site (that I was using to show case my geomatics skills) where I would post some of the jobs that were sent to me to help others who were having trouble finding Canadian GIS related jobs. This made it easier for me and helped ensure I didn’t miss anybody when I was forwarding emails with job opportunities.
I eventually stopped posting GIS jobs after I graduated and secured full time work at PCI, however people would still email me job opportunities and often various colleagues would also still email me to see if I knew of any good jobs.
I then decided to start up the small GIS related jobs section again but this time would make it a completely new site with functionality that would employers to post jobs, providing job seekers with a place to find Canadian related jobs.
The look and functionality of the site often changed over the years but the focus always remained the same, provide a place on the web where job seekers and employers could come together to share GIS job opportunities available in Canada.
Now 13 years later, I am still getting job opportunities come my way and the Canadian GIS and Geomatics employment website continues to provide Canadians with a place to find GIS and geomatics related jobs here in Canada.
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.
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.
The “GoGeomatics” LinkedIn group is a great resource for job seekers, employers and recruiters interested in learning more about trends in Geomatics in Canada. I started this group back in 2009 when I was helping establish GoGeomatics.
In this group you will find jobs that have been posted on their job board as well as articles written for the GoGeomatics Magazine that have been submitted by various people in the Canadian geomatics industry. The group is free to join for anyone with an interest in Geomatics or Canadian Geospatial topics.
A Geomatics Career Change
The job market has been slowly recovering but layoffs and high unemployment rates are still causing many people to change their career to an area outside of their college major. The good news is that even when you make a career change, you can still find work and be successful. And luckily enough Geomatics is one of those unique disciplines where one can add to an existing background and branch out into other areas.
Every working hour of every day, about 1,530 people lose their jobs,” According to The Age. “But it’s OK because also Every working hour of every day, about 1,550 people get a new job.
The Wall Street Journal says the average person actually changes careers about five times in their lifetime, most of the time ending up outside of the scope of their college major. However, this figure can be hard to define because a simple job switch is not the same as a complete career change. The good news is that no matter how many times you change careers you can always learn from the experience.
Many recent college graduates that begin working in their area of study feel they have a lot to prove. They work countless hours and give up much of their personal lives. If this sounds like you, a career change may be just the thing you need to show you that there is more to life than your career. Sometimes it takes breaking away from your initial career to see that it’s OK to have a personal life. You can still be fully dedicated during your working hours; however, having some time to yourself will make you a better all-around person. Get outside and put some fun into those maps that you find your self making every day.
Each New Job Helps to Define You
Even if you have had 10 different jobs over your working career, it’s important to realize that each experience has taught you invaluable skills. According to BusinessInsider.com, what you bring to the table at your new job is valuable and unique. Your experiences define you, so embrace every job you have had. Sometimes the entry-level jobs you may be embarrassed by have taught you your most valuable skills. For example, working in a support role teaches you an amazing amount of patience dealing with clients, and working as a technician or analyst requires a keen attention to detail.
Learn About Yourself
If you have spent the past decade in the same field, you may think you are not qualified to work in another position. However, necessity can bring surprises you never expected. You may even discover a hidden talent that you never knew you had. Whether you are thinking about changing careers because you are unhappy, or you are forced to look for something else, you will undoubtedly discover new, surprising things about yourself.
It’s important to always be learning and growing. With each new job change, you will grow and develop as a person. Remember, your past has made you who you are. Embrace it and you are sure to be successful. Geomatics jobs are out there but they are becoming more specialized with the need to have a diverse background, so don’t be afraid to switch your career and join the growing Canadian geomatics industry.
Article provided by Melissa Maranto. Melissa studied English at UCLA and is now a magazine editor who still loves the beach as much as she did as an undergrad.
Social media is a method for online networking interaction, using highly accessible and scalable publishing and marketing techniques. Traditionally people have always gained information, education and news through electronic and print media. Social media is distinct from industrial or traditional media, such as newspapers, television and film because it is relatively inexpensive and easily accessible to enable all most anyone to publish or access the information, compared to traditional media, which generally requires significant resources to publish, promote and distribute the information.
Web based social services make it possible to connect people that share common interests and activities across political, economic, and geographic borders. Several popular websites have begun to tap into the power of the social networking model for philanthropy. Such models provide a means for connecting otherwise fragmented industries and small organizations without the resources to reach a broader audience with interested users. Social networks are providing a different way for individuals to communicate digitally. These communities allow for the sharing of information and ideas, an old concept placed into a new digital environment.
CanadianGIS.com has been active with several social media web-based technologies for marketing, interactive communication and networking opportunities with others in the geomatics industry. You too should get involved in networking with us and others in GIS to help further build on the Geomatics foundation of your career.
I have provided some basic information below on ways that I have been social networking with other GIS professionals and encourage you to try some of these as well (if you have not already done so). If you are looking for a starting point then contact me, I will be more than happy to network with you and help get your geomatics networking circle started.
LinkedIn is the one of the largest professional networking web sites with over 80 million members and growing rapidly every day. The goal of LinkedIn is to help connect you to your trusted contacts and to help you exchange knowledge, ideas, and opportunities with a broader network of professionals in your field. There is a strong presence of GIS proffesionals on LinkedIn and the numbers continue to grow.
The big difference with this social media site compared to others sites such as FaceBook is that it is more career orientated and an important place to have your resume, portfolio and other career tools listed.
If you had to choose only one social media networking site to join and really wanted one that can help boost your career then this would be the one to join.
To successfully grow your professional network, you often need to reach out to other people you already know or meet others with common interests and invite them to join your network. If you have not joined LinkedIn yet and you are trying to increase your presences in the geomatics industry then I really recommend that you consider joining LinkedIn (it is free, although they do have some paid services that can help you further).
You should check out and the Canadian GIS LinkedIn group – http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Canadian-GIS-4150297 – it is like an extension of the website where group members can post information, ask questions, interact, find jobs etc. And the best part is that the other members of the group are all there for the same reason. The group sends out weekly emails with updates so you can only tune into discussions that really interest you if you want. Currently there are over 500 members in the group from all regions of Canada.
Twitter is a web site that offers a social media texting service, allowing its users to send and read messages shared among one another called tweets. Tweets are small text-based posts of up to 140 characters displayed on the user’s profile page. Users are encouraged to subscribe or follow to read other users’ tweets, also known as following and the subscribers are known as followers.
People send and receive tweets via the Twitter web site, compatible external applications (such as smart phones), or by text message through a smart messaging system (SMS). Tweets are made visible on users profiles to anybody (unless you chose to sign up for a private tweet account) as well as they are also get sent to the profile of any followers. So let’s say that Jon Doe has 10 followers, when he makes a tweet message, it will be posted to the twitter site for anybody to read on his profile and it will also be sent and placed on his 10 follower’s profiles, so obviously the more followers then the larger the audience who the message may reach. You may wonder how this can help you in your career; well once again it goes back to networking. The Twitter environment provides an easy way to connect and meet people that you may not know as well as share content and interact with others that have common interests such as colleagues or possible employers.
You will notice that many companies and professionals have gotten involved with sending and receiving messages on Twitter and CanadianGIS.com is no different, Recently GoGeomatics did some research to determine the 10 most influential Geomatics Twitter accounts and @CanadianGIS ranked 4th in Canada.
@CanadianGIS has over eight thousand followers so when I broadcast a Geomatics message on Twitter it reaches a large audience. Therefore if you are already a Twitter member or have considering joining then you should network with me on twitter and keep updated on GIS events, Geomatic related news, jobs, site updates and much more.
Other Social Media
I have been involved with social media for several years now and what the two methods that I have covered above are only a small insight to what I know about Social Media. There are many other social media programs and techniques that I use for both my career and to help market my portfolio and Geomatics related websites.
FaceBook: http://www.facebook.com/groups/canadiangis/ Free GIS job resources -7200+ members joined so far, help make the group better by joining up. CanadianGIS also runs a facebook page with over 5,700 followers that have liked the page to get updates about our website and Canadian GIS topics – http://www.facebook.com/CanadianGIS
LinkedIn: Join one of our up and coming LinkedIn groups GoGeomatics 1,700+ members & CanadianGIS group 5,600+ members and feel free to connect with my personal network of 3,600+ LinkedIn professionals as well http://www.linkedin.com/in/tedmackinnon
LinkedIn is the one of the largest professional networking web sites with over 80 million members and growing rapidly every day. The goal of LinkedIn is to help connect you to your trusted contacts and to help you exchange knowledge, ideas, and opportunities with a broader network of professionals in your field.
The big difference with this social media site compared to others sites such as Face Book is that it is more career orientated and an important place to have your resume, portfolio and other career tools listed.
Join CanadianGIS.com on LinkedIn and get connected with others in GIS
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