Wanted, Executive Director, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT OSM)

An interesting career opportunity has popped up in our GeoJobsBIZ Career portal as HOT is seeking an executive Director. Recall,  HOT applies the principles of open source and open data sharing to improve the welfare of the communities where we work, especially those at risk of natural disaster or other crisis.


The successful candidate will approach HOT with creativity and drive leading us to grow into the future. Continue reading “Wanted, Executive Director, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT OSM)”

10 Difficult Coworkers and How to Cope With Them

Here’s an interesting, humorous, and realistic look at some of the coworkers (like the parasite, the frenemy, and the  Volcano) you may encounter on the job and how to deal with them. Getting along with coworkers mostly means minding your own business, according to Geoffrey James, author of Business Without the Bullsh*t: 49 Secrets and Shortcuts You Need to Know.

10 difficult coworkers

Here are 10 of the most difficult coworkers:

1. The Waffler
Wafflers study everything to death, always seeking that mythical single last bit of information that will make a decision into a no-brainer. If your project hinges on a waffler, establish a deadline, with a default if no course of action is chosen.

2. The Competitor
The competitor defines the world as a zero-sum game. He always must feel that he’s won and that someone else has lost. To deal with him, channel that competitiveness into helping his team win (and somebody else’s team lose). Continue reading “10 Difficult Coworkers and How to Cope With Them”

The Best and Worst terms to Use on your Resume

A new Study Ranks Best and Worst Words to Use in a Resume. So if you happen to consider yourself as a dynamic go-to person who’s results driven and a team player then you better think again because you sound exactly like everyone else who’s blindly copying these adjectives into their CV and hoping to land that dream job!

The national survey was conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of CareerBuilder from November 6 to December 2, 2013, and included a representative sample of 2,201 hiring managers and human resource professionals across industries and company sizes.

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Teens Losing Interest In STEM Careers

No huge surprise here as recent findings reveal what we likely already knew… STEM careers are booming and teens are losing interest in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and medical-related fields.  Despite interest declining, the United States Department of Labor predicts employment opportunities in STEM careers will increase by 17 percent through 2018.   The report presents the findings of a study conducted Feb. 5-15, 2013, using the KnowledgePanel to interview 1,025 teens ages 14-18 years old.

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10 Ways Browsing PR Releases Can Land You a Job

How can a press release land you a sweet job or consulting gig? When you see a PR / press release you may simply be thinking to yourself, “oh, another news announcement”… whatever! But have you ever considered that a PR release could be much more valuable to you than simply informing you about a new product release, a new hire, a project win or other announcement. The reality is that a PR release can be a very valuable tool for the job seeker or professional looking to score a sweet job or consulting gig.

Read on for some tips and 10 examples

With Landsat 8 DOI / NASA Partnership to Strengthen STEM Careers

This news on the heel of the launch of the next generation of the LDCM and the continuation of the Landsat program – the satellite is expected to transmit images and data about the Earth within 100 days.

Salazar today  released a new strategy to strengthen and inspire education and careers in (STEM. Interior’s STEM strategic plan is designed to provide a five-year framework for engaging the American public—particularly youth underrepresented in STEM fields—to become scientifically literate stewards of our natural and cultural resources while building a future workforce that fully represents the diversity of America for the 21st century… Interior employs nearly 15,000 scientists and engineers, many of whom will be retiring in the coming decade. By emphasizing fields of study in STEM, the Department is better positioned to fill in these critical gaps.

The five-year STEM plan is available at:

Recent Graduates… TomTom Wants You!

Indeed, graduation is n exciting time, however, its also a scary time when thousands of grads are pounding the streets and knocking on doors. TomTom has recently announced details of their recent graduate program (Global) and has some exciting opportunities.

From TomTom… Are you looking for an exciting and rewarding career in a fast-paced, international, consumer-driven organization? TomTom international is looking for recently graduated Masters and PhD students for our TomTom Global Graduate Program!

Check out details here and Good Luck!

Source: google.ca via Glenn on Pinterest

GIS Analyst – Laid Back Career #4 With An Average Salary of $79+K

Ok, let me just start by saying NO, I don’t normally read anything on Yahoo!, however, a link to this article made me click for more info! In a piece titled Laid Back Careers on a Yahoo! EDU web resource there appears a short list of what they define as laid back careers. According to the findings they use the term laid-back to mean low stress. So I guess you GIS techs are happy and nice and relaxed.. oh, and according to their stats you all seem to be doing very well financially as well, raking in an average salary of  $79,370 per year!

From the research… Laid-back feature: Although this job could potentially be high-stress – it isn’t an everyday norm. A typical low-stress assignment might include suggesting ideal locations for stores or forecasting flood zones, notes the survey.

Hopefully you are laid back and stress-free as it is very good for your heart and well being…  See the list of Laid back careers HERE

Salary Survey of GIS / Geo Tech Professionals

I think we can all agree that we live in challenging economic times to say the least! As GIS professionals we are subject to the same budget cutbacks, restrictions, and decreased revenue sources as everyone else. Read on for a look at that state of the GIS Professionals’ Salary in these findings from 2011 – 2011 Salary Survey of GIS Professionals and How We Stack Up Against Others in Our Occupation. Findings look at the following and more:

  • Am I being compensated fairly for my skill set, level of experience, education, years of experience, certification, and geographic location?
  • What kind of compensation can I expect to earn by gaining various GIS skills and education?
  • I’m considering taking a position in another part of the country.  How does the cost of living compare?
  • What can I expect to earn in an entry-level position
  • What are the various GIS positions and how are they compensated
  • What is the compensation difference between public and private sector employment