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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, March 17, 2015
For years, job hunters have been told that
their resume should arrive sans photo in
order to avoid discrimination (either in
their favour or against them).
Now, we’re being urged to provide a photo
in order to be considered for a new job, all
due to the new "normal" that is LinkedIn.
Essentially, the "social" part of social
networking has become more critical to your
success. As an example, LinkedIn Profiles have
emerged as a part-professional, part-personal
way to convey your brand - meaning that, as a
job hunter, you’ll benefit by responding to the
traditional need to pair a face with a name.
After running a quick survey of recruiters who
actively source candidates on LinkedIn, I found
that the subject of Profiles that are “missing” a
photo stirs some intense feelings.
“Personally, I don't give much credence to
those Profiles that do not have a photo,” stated
Will Armstrong of Serco, Inc. “I have to wonder
what they are trying to hide, and I feel less
connected to them.”
Before you decide to use a more “casual”
photo, rather than a professional-looking
headshot, consider that several recruiters have
spoken out against this practice. “I’m not fond
of LinkedIn photos that are personal or silly,”
declared recruiter Christine Alling.
Andy Foote, Executive Director at LinkedIn N
Chicago, was more direct: in his list of LinkedIn
blunders, he noted that “No photo, or worse,
some kind of random arty or meaningless
attempt” was a significant mistake on the part
of job seekers.
I’ll eagerly back this up, as two of my clients
recently encountered scenarios that seemed to
match their LinkedIn-photo philosophy: the job
hunter who dressed in a suit secured several
offers, while the manager that posed with his
wife and kids struggled to gain traction in his
Even if you don’t want to spend the time (or
money) on a professional photographer, there
are ways to obtain an acceptable photo. As one
recruiter noted, you always have the option of
dressing in a suit, and finding someone
proficient with a digital camera to take several
You just might find that putting your best face
forward will result in more interest on the part
The Human Resources Department
Tourism Development Company Limited
Level 1 Maritime Center
29 Tenth Avenue
Applicants who meet the criteria outlined above should forward their curriculum vitae to:
OR Apply online at email@example.com
The Market Analyst/Economist would be required to assist in conducting marketing and social research undertakings
in furtherance of the achievement of the strategic goals and objectives of the Tourism Development Company (TDC).
The primary focus is to facilitate the development and marketing of the country ’s tourism product in order to deliver
a superior tourism experience which provides the greatest sustainable value for all stakeholders. Critical to the
achievement of this mission is the generation of vital information to guide the pursuit of business initiatives of the
Tourism Development Company. The position of Market Analyst/Economist entails the gathering , analysis and
evaluation of relevant information and statistical data, which contribute to the development of the tourism industry, in
order to inform management and the decision making process at the TDC.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES ..........................................................................
Works closely with internal departments and external organizations for the implementation of market research
studies and the compilation of tourism statistics.
Identifies trends and developments pertinent to the business development needs of the TDC.
Assists in the sourcing , acquiring and analyzing of technical information for the TDC.
Assists in the design, development and commissioning of all research initiatives undertaken by the TDC.
Oversees the data processing procedures and data validation for all ongoing Departing Visitor Surveys and any
ad hoc research projects conducted by the TDC.
Generates quality deliverables and produces research publications, reports and presentations in a timely and
Assists in organizing and implementing plans and programmes to determine the effectiveness of the TDC's
tourism marketing and tourism development initiatives.
Undertakes and/or assists in special assignments and projects as may be required from time to time.
Any related functions and responsibilities that may be consistent with the role of the Market Analyst/Economist.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE ......................................................................................
Bachelor’s Degree in Economics or related discipline, with an emphasis on research and/or statistics and
At least two (2) years working experience in a research and data gathering environment.
SKILLS AND ABILITIES .............................................................................................................
Proficient in statistical and data mining methodologies
Good analytical, report writing and presentation skills
Strong interest in analytical work and working with numbers
Good problem solving skills
Self motivated, meticulous and must be able to work in teams
A working knowledge of statistical software/tools (eg . SPSS, SAS, Excel and Access) would be an asset
Market Analyst /Economist
The Tourism Development Company Limited (TDC) is inviting suitably qualified nationals of Trinidad and Tobago to
apply for the following position within the Company.
Closing date for receipt of applications is
Wednesday 25th March, 2015
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