Help wanted ads don’t reflect reality

Re: B.C. Employment picture not pretty, Letters, Nov. 5.

To the Editor,

Re: B.C. Employment picture not pretty, Letters, Nov. 5.

I am an employment consultant and just want to clarify the reality of measuring the job market by newspaper help wanted ads.

Most employers have not used the newspaper to post job ads for several years due to cost and limited circulation in comparison to using the Internet job boards.

The advertised jobs, newspaper or Internet, only account for two per cent of the jobs in any area.

Most of my clients find work in the hidden or unadvertized market, by connecting with the employers who can use their skills and experience.

For free employment services to learn today’s job search techniques, a job seeker should visit their local employment centre – Employment Navigators in Ladysmith, Supporting Employment Transitions in Nanaimo, or The Career Centre in Parksville/Qualicum.

L. Rumming

Nanaimo