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Juggling Multiple Jobs During Difficult Economic Times

During these difficult economic times, many employees are juggling jobs in order to survive the economic crunch. Cissy Pau, Principal Consultant of Clear HR Consulting, was approached to comment on the trend of employees seeking multiple jobs from the perspective of the human resources expert for an article on

In the article, Cissy advised on the need to ensure that the employment contract of the primary job wouldn’t be violated by taking a second job, ensuring the hours of the second job won’t impact the employee’s performance on either job, and looking for opportunities internally to seek additional financial rewards to mitigate the need for a second job.

Difficult economic times can result in employees juggling multiple jobs, and companies should ensure they have the right policies in place to maintain their employees’ productivity.

Job Seekers: What’s in a Name?

CBC Radio BC contacted Clear HR Consulting to discuss a UBC study, summarized in a Vancouver Sun article, which found that Canadians with English names are more often called back for job interviews than job seekers with Asian names. Cissy Pau, Clear HR Consulting’s Principal Consultant, was interviewed for CBC Radio’s “On the Coast” program to discuss her thoughts on the study’s results.

The main topics covered:

  • Questions about survey methodology
  • Were the resumes sent to the same person at the same time? If not, then sending resumes at different times will skew the results as hiring needs may have changed.
  • What were the size of employers the resumes were sent to? The larger the employer, often the more sophisticated the hiring practices. The smaller the employer, the more likely they are to not have a systematised hiring process and instead select by gut feel.
  • Should someone change their name to sound less “foreign” to improve their chances of landing a job?
    Cissy does not believe that anyone should change their name, unless they choose to do so proudly.

Clear HR Consulting is a Vancouver-based human resources consulting firm that provides HR services to small- and medium-sized businesses.