Many positions these days require proficient Internet interaction. And for most Canadians, that's not a problem. In comparison with the rest of the world, we spend an extreme amount of time online. According to comScore, the average Canadian spends 45 hours online a month, taking the top spot for online engagement globally. In fact, we do pretty much everything over the world wide web - shopping, communicating, watching television and the list goes on.
Now it seems that another aspect of employment has moved online - the initial hunt for the position. Gone are the days of looking in the newspaper for help wanted ads. We now find jobs online through hosting websites or social media platforms.
Not only does this mean that, in order to find the most tech-savvy employees, companies need to have an online presence on one of these types of websites, but it means that individuals looking for new careers need to have quality home internet to locate the job posting.
Where to look
According to CanadianImmigrant.ca, there are a number of different websites people can go to find a potential new career. Among the favored local sites are LinkedIn, Craigslist, Career Builder, Monster Canada, Eluta, Simply Hired and Riley Guide.
Quality of Internet important
Especially in this economy, finding a job can be harder than ever. CBC News reported that in many once-thriving areas, jobs have all but dried up, like in Nakusp, British Columbia, among other rural towns. Local Employment Services Manager Margaret Driscoll told the news outlet that since 2007, the resource-based economy of the town has been under-performing. She also said that her case load of people seeking out job training has been reduced since then because many former clients have moved elsewhere for jobs.
CBC News, citing Statistics Canada information, reported that between September 2011 and March 2013, the British Columbian economy lost 35,000 private sector jobs.
One thing that's prohibiting growth in some of these areas is the lack of good internet access, Nakusp Mayor Karen Hamling told the news source. She mentioned that residents need great web access and reliable broadband to both live and work within smaller communities.
The importance of having access to quality Internet across Canada can not be overstated. People need to be able to not only to find or hold a job, but use the net in their personal lives as well.
This is where indie ISPs can step in. Depending on the region, broadband might not yet be a possibility. But these types of providers are constantly expanding their coverage, so the best internet options aren't far. For now, users can rely on the month-to-month contract options, as this not only ensures great service, but also means they'll be able to upgrade at a moment's notice when broadband becomes available from indie ISPs in given areas.