How to answer: “Where else are you interviewing?”

Sounds like a simple question? Think again! It is actually trickier than most would think.

To have an effective response, it’s helpful to first consider the interviewer’s objectives when asking this question, she says. “They typically want to determine how marketable you currently are; how they stack up against the competition; and how far along you are in other negotiations.”

You don’t owe this information to a hiring manager, but how you handle it will demonstrate your level of diplomacy and your ability to navigate sensitive questions. “And these people skills are valued today more than ever,” Taylor adds.

Read the full article on Business Insider here.

 

Vancouver is the top North American city for quality of life: Mercer survey

Vancouver is once again ranked as the top city in North America in the latest annual quality of living survey, and remains in fifth-place globally.

“Quality of living continues to be high in Canada with a stable political environment and positive social benefits, offering a very desirable and safe place to live and work for residents and expatriate employees,” said Gordon Frost, leader of Mercer’s talent business in Canada.

Read the full article on The Province here.

Green Construction Driving Economic Growth

According to the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC), sustainable design and construction in urban development is driving Canada’s economic growth.

Canada has the highest number of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) buildings per capita in the world. The report states when indirect and induced contributions are included, the overall economic impact of Canada’s LEED projects certified between 2005 and 2015 will lead to $128 billion in gross output over their lifetime, $62.3 billion in total GDP, and create 701,700 jobs.

Read the full article at Construction Canada.

B.C. Supreme Court approves city rezoning to allow West End rental tower

On February 16, 2016, the Supreme Court of B.C. ruled that the City of Vancouver’s proposed rezoning of a site on Pendrell Street near Denman Street is OK to proceed.

“This is a very positive step for both the West End and affordable housing in Vancouver,” he said.

“This new development provides 178 new rental homes, including 26 at below market rents, in a neighbourhood with one of the lowest vacancy rates in the city. This is the type of housing Vancouver needs and we are pleased that it can now proceed.”

Read the full article on BIV.com.

B.C. to be Bright Spot in 2016

Although Canada’s global economic outlook in 2016 might be bleak, British Columbia is expected to lead the country in its overall growth.

Soft growth in China is underscoring the forecast for a weak global economic outlook in 2016, but British Columbia could be poised to thrive over the next year, according to a Business Council of B.C. (BCBC) report released February 11.

“B.C. is holding up surprisingly well,” the BCBC said in its report. The council expects the country to experience real GDP growth of 1% this year; in B.C., this number jumps to 2.8%. Prospects are similarly positive for 2017, with Canadian real GDP growth forecast at 2.1% and B.C.’s forecast at 3%.

Read the full article at BIV.com,

What The Best Resumes and Interviews Have In Common

Recruiters and employers skim through hundreds of resumes a day to find the perfect candidate to join their team. So how do you make yours stand out from the rest?

In the activity of a job search, your background, skills, expertise, and motivation all need to be conveyed in a very short amount of time. To be that concise, you need to get specific. Ditch subjective claims like being “results-oriented” or having “extensive” experience and provide objective proof of actual results and experience. Regardless of industry or level, the best resumes, interviews and other job search material are specific and measurable in their claims.

Read the full article on Forbes.com

5 Ways for Suppliers to Combat Pricing Pressure in Today’s Energy Market

Proactive steps can reduce the magnitude of cuts.

It is clear that there are few ways to avoid the ask for pricing concessions. Costs are an existential issue for producers, and they are doing everything they can to address it, and producers have made it clear that they are prepared to move business away from suppliers that are not prepared to come to the table. However, suppliers should not assume they are inert and unable to influence the situation. Proactive steps can reduce the magnitude of cuts.

To read the full article on Oil Week: Click here.

Great Bear Rainforest Agreement a Victory for Forestry Industry

As 15 per cent of the forest is open to logging, the Great Bear Rainforest Agreement is a victory for Canada’s forest industry including everyone involved.

The agreement also protects 85 per cent of the coastal temperate rainforest, which stretches from B.C.’s Discovery Islands to Alaska’s Tongass Rainforest, and took a decade of negotiations between the province, environmentalists, First Nations, and the forest industry.

The forestry industry will have 550,000 hectares to work with, and with stringent standards in place meant to enforce sustainable logging, that forest will live on for more than 200 years…

To read the full article on CBC News: Click Here.