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History of Jamaican Music Pt 1:

From Ska to Reggae to Dancehall Music


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Despite the recession that is affecting most countries, there are many businesses in those countries that are experiencing a serious shortage of skilled workers.

E-JAM receives many requests for such workers, but finding suitable candidates in a timely manner can be challenging.  We have decided to gather in advance a pool of resumes from candidates with the right skill set and who are motivated in working overseas.

We invite interested candidates to check the “List of Skills Shortage” and if qualified, register and upload their resume on our website – www.employmentjamaica.com.  It is important that the correct job title is entered when registering and that the resume is current.  Candidates will only be contacted if an employer shows an interest, after reviewing their resume.



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Here are some things you can do to improve your chances of getting your resume noticed and to receive a response.

  1. Follow specific instructions as to how to apply to the job that is advertised. Your resume is a self-marketing tool; it is supposed to answer an advertisement.  If an ad says "I want to buy a Mustang!", you would not respond by sending a picture of a minivan.  But that is in essence what many people do.

    The resume needs to be restructured to meet the needs of every employer that receives it.   If they are advertising for a "Sales Manager" then that is the positioning statement you put as the Job Title; or in the Subject Line of the email.  A hiring manager is more likely to read the resume that says "Sales Manager" than the one that says "seeking employment with a progressive, growth oriented company."

  2. When registering on www.employmentjamaica.com make sure that the Jobseeker Account Registration form is filled out completely.  Your profile and resume should be updated regularly (read article - How to Get Noticed by Employers).

  3. Add a professional headshot photograph to your profile, your headshot is an important part of your online personal brand; it gives credibility to your content.  A good example of a professional headshot photograph is a passport photograph with a smile Smile


E-JAM appreciates the time you invested in your application and encourages you to apply for posted and advertised positions, for which you qualify.  Please read the blog articles mentioned, they will assist you in getting your resumes noticed and receiving responses to your job application.

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We thank the many applicants that respond to the jobs advertised on employmentjamaica.com.  We sincerely regret that due to the large amount of resumes received, we are currently unable to respond personally to all applicants.  Despite that, we can assure you that we do review all resumes received; some applicants are contacted within a short time; others passed on to our clients; or categorized to review for future openings.

In most cases, if you applied for a job and have not been contacted, that means another applicant was selected who was most qualified for the position.

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If you are looking for local employment, there is no cost.  If you are seeking overseas employment, we cannot tell you the cost until you are pre-screened and selected for one of our job posts. Some Employers cover all costs and therefore it is free, others may pay partial.  In some cases you may pay a program fee (i.e. US J1 Visa Program), or a fee to an Immigration Attorney, or Consultant to assist in the preparation of application forms in order to apply for a Work Permit.  Any cost involved will usually depend on the job and the laws of the country where you will be working.

Please Note: There are no Program fees charged to applicants for the US H2B Program, or for job placements in Canada; those fees are payable by the employers.  Although some instances employers may pay airfare, in most case that will be the applicants’ responsibility.

All information pertaining to any jobs will be posted on our website.




Thank you for contacting E-JAM, Employment Jamaica.  In order for us to try and assist you in getting a job, if you have not already done so, we recommend that you register on our website – www.employmentjamaica.com and upload an updated resume.  Please be sure to fill out the profile form completely and that your job title reflects the type of job you are applying for.

Although you may not see many jobs listed on the site, Employers pay to search our database for suitable candidates.  The website is also the first place we search to find candidates for job orders that are not posted.  To keep you abreast of latest jobs, we send out job alerts of new positions as they come.

Thank you for making it E-JAM and we look forward to assisting you!  Please contact our Support Centre for any further questions not listed in the FAQ's.


Our website is set up to protect the privacy of individuals that post resumes, but that can only be done if candidates follow our posting instructions.  Employers who search our website for resumes can only see a candidates contact information once they make a purchase.  Also, you have the option when posting your resume to choose the privacy option that keeps your resume private.  These tools are put in place to reduce undesirables collecting private information, but we cannot totally avoid scammers who gather personal information for unethical purposes.

To avoid your personal information viewed by the wrong people, we are suggesting that you review the below list carefully and if necessary, update your online resume on our website.

1. Don’t use your full name, or address on your resume; use instead a nickname; or your middle name and use a short version of your address, i.e. State, or Parish.

2. Avoid using your home phone number.

3. Get a separate email address specifically for your job search.

4. If you are currently working, it might be a good idea to keep your company’s name off your resume, instead an example could be, Major Law Firm in Kingston.

5. Omit putting a list of references on your resume – instead “References Upon Request”.

Although we try to screen employers’ postings by making sure they are a legit business, we suggest that you follow the same safety measures when responding to job ads.  Any job ad that contain non-relevant details and provides an email address that does not identify the employer may be risky to your online security.


The only three true job interview questions are:

1.  Can you do the job?
2.  Will you love the job?
3.  Can we tolerate working with you?

That’s it.  Those three.  Think back, every question you’ve ever posed to others or had asked of you in a job interview is a subset of a deeper in-depth follow-up to one of these three key questions.  Each question may be asked using different words, but every question, however it is phrased, is just a variation on one of these topics: Strengths, Motivation, and Fit.

Can You Do the Job? – Strengths

Executive Search firm Heidrick & Struggles CEO, Kevin Kelly explained to me that it’s not just about the technical skills, but also about leadership and interpersonal strengths.  Technical skills help you climb the ladder.  As you get there, managing up, down, and across become more important.

You can’t tell by looking at a piece of paper what some of the strengths and weaknesses really are…We ask for specific examples of not only what’s been successful but what they’ve done that hasn’t gone well or a task they’ve, quite frankly, failed at and how they learned from that experience and what they’d do different in a new scenario.

Not only is it important to look at the technical skill set they have…but also the strengths on what I call the EQ side of the equation in terms of getting along and dealing or interacting with people.

Will You Love the Job? -Motivation

Cornerstone International Group CEO, Bill Guy emphasizes the changing nature of motivation,

…younger employees do not wish to get paid merely for working hard—just the reverse: they will work hard because they enjoy their environment and the challenges associated with their work…. Executives who embrace this new management style are attracting and retaining better employees.

Can We Tolerate Working With You? – Fit

Continuing on with our conversation, Heidrick’s Kelly went on to explain the importance of cultural fit:

A lot of it is cultural fit and whether they are going to fit well into the organization…  The perception is that when (senior leaders) come into the firm, a totally new environment, they know everything.  And they could do little things such as send emails in a voicemail culture that tend to negatively snowball over time.  Feedback or onboarding is critical.  If you don’t get that feedback, you will get turnover later on.

He made the same point earlier in an interview with  Smart Business, referencing Heidrick’s internal study of 20,000 searches.

40 percent of senior executives leave organizations or are fired or pushed out within 18 months. It’s not because they’re dumb; it’s because a lot of times culturally they may not fit in with the organization or it’s not clearly articulated to them as they joined.


Preparing for Interviews

If you’re the one doing the interviewing, get clear on what strengths, motivational and fit insights you’re looking for before you go into your interviews.

If you’re the one being interviewed, prepare by thinking through examples that illustrate your strengths, what motivates you about the organization and role you’re interviewing for, and the fit between your own preferences and the organization’s Behaviors, Relationships, Attitudes, Values, and Environment (BRAVE).  But remember that interviews are exercises in solution selling.  They are not about you.

Think of the interview process as a chance for you to show your ability to solve the organization and interviewer’s problem. That’s why you need to highlight strengths in the areas most important to the interviewers, talk about how you would be motivated by the role’s challenges, and discuss why you would be a BRAVE fit with the organization’s culture.

Executive Onboarding

Once you’ve got the job, be sure to pay attention to executive onboarding, the key to accelerating success and reducing risk in a new job.

This is a big part of step 1 of The New Leader’s Playbook: Position Yourself for Success

There are several components of this including positioning yourself for a leadership role, selling before you buy, mapping and avoiding the most common land mines, uncovering hidden risks in the organization, role, and fit, and choosing the right approach for your transition type.




George Bradt is PrimeGenesis’ managing director, and co-author of The New Leader’s 100-Day Action Plan (Wiley, 2009). Follow him at @georgebradt or on YouTube.


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At this rate, Prince Harry may be on his way to superhero status. Continuing his first diplomatic tour with a trip to Jamaica representing his grandmother the queen, the Prince of Wales defeated the world's fastest man in a 20-yard dash and turned what might have been a testy meeting with the island's prime minister into a lovefest. In a report from Jamaica by NBC's Kerry Sanders on TODAY Wednesday, Harry showed he is equal parts statesman and jokester. On Monday, he went toe-to-toe with Jamaican athlete Usain Bolt, the three-time Olympic gold medal sprinter and holder of five world records, who rivals the late Bob Marley in esteem in his native country. Prince Harry lined up against Bolt for a sprint and reveled in defeating a laughing Bolt, who barely broke out of a jog in the race.

The Prince and Usain BoltThe pair had a rematch, but Harry split the starting line early, leaving Bolt laughing as Harry crowed about his victory. While saying, "I'll get him back one day," Bolt told London's Daily Mail newspaper he wants revenge in a rematch at this summer's Olympic games in London, but that the Prince cheekily told him, "I'm busy."

On Tuesday, Prince Harry had a face-to-face with Jamaica's prime minister Portia Simpson Miller, who has called on Harry's grandmother Queen Elizabeth II to relinquish her title as Jamaica's official head of state. But when boyish redhead Harry met up with her, he seemingly disarmed the prime minister with his 100-watt smile, an embrace and kisses on both cheeks.

Afterward, Prime Minister Miller gushed, "He's a nice man, very nice — a wonderful person."

And Harry's well-earned reputation as a party prince continued as well. After mixing it up with the locals during stops in Belize and the Bahamas last week, Harry — resplendent in Elvis-like blue suede shoes — once again cut a rug with the native gals during a visit to a children's center in an underprivileged area of the Kingston.

At the center Tuesday, Prince Harry rubbed elbows with Bob Marley's widow Rita, and at a charity dinner later that night, showed his musical knowledge by quoting the famous chorus from the Marley song "Three Little Birds" in his opening remarks.

"Her Majesty has asked me to extend her great good wishes to you all, and is sorry that she can't be here — so you're stuck with me," he said. "But don't worry, `cos every little thing gonna be alright!"

Prince Harry, out spreading goodwill on this, the diamond jubilee marking Queen Elizabeth's 60 years on the throne, is gaining raves for his own good-times brand of diplomacy. Speaking from Jamaica, noted royal watcher Camilla Tominey told NBC smiles should abound back home at Harry's performance.

"I think really Buckingham Palace will be exceptionally pleased with how well he's gone down here," she said.


thank you By Michael Inbar, TODAY.com contributor.


Senior Working Yard Person - Canada

24 Months Contract - after working two years, can apply for Permanent residence in Canada

Must have:

- experience and knowledge in lumber industry
- good English skills and a knowledge of lumber materials

Must be organized, self motivated and a team player

Job Description:

Load, unload and move products and materials by hand, or with basic material handling equipment, Operate a variety of equipment to load, unload and move materials and products, Pick orders and stock, Wrap goods, Pack and unpack goods, Sort goods, Crate goods, Stack goods, Store cargo and materials, Transport and distribute materials and goods, Handle dangerous goods and hazardous products, Maintain and organize inventory, Operate computerized inventory control systems.


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Building Supplies Senior Salesperson/Clerk

Knowledge of building materials (other than lumber), Lumber and plywood is required.

- Must be a team player, organized and self-motivated.

- Knowledge of building supplies is essential.

- Worker will be on feet 8hrs/day.

- Design skill/sense is a plus. Give good sound advice to customers.

- 40 hours week $20-22/hr

- 24 Months Contract - after working two years, can apply for Permanent residence in Canada

- Air tickets are provided by the employer


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We are still looking for qualified students and will be happy to give a reward of US$30.00 to anyone who recommends a student that is not already registered with E-JAM.


Applicants must be:
- 18 to 28 years old
- A full time student enrolled in a College, or University (not in final year of studies - proof required).
- Willing to participate in an unskilled or service sector job.
- Able to work a minimum of 3 - 4 months.
- Able to attend a pre-departure orientation.
- In possession of a valid passport (expiration date after end of assignment).

For more information about the J1 Work & Travel Program click here.

To start earning your US$30.00 per student, submit your referrals by providing information on the Referral Form.  Please let the individuals know in advance that you are referring their names. Upon receipt of your referral, we shall notify the contact person. If your referral is successful we will contact you regarding payment arrangements.

Payment Schedule:  If you recommend a friend, or colleague to employmentjamaica.com, who is not already registered with us and they are placed in a job, you will receive US$30.00. Payment will be issued after your referral receives their student visa.

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