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What does a low unemployment rate mean to you?

We’ve moved! To find this article and more like it, check us out at our new home and don’t forget to subscribe. With the record low unemployment rates Canada has seen in the last year, businesses have been faced with a candidate’s market, featuring strong competition for talent and rising average hourly wages. Even as the unemployment rate begins to cool off, it’s important to keep in mind the importance of low unemployment rates to your recruitment strategy.

July’s rise in the unemployment rate to 5.7 percent comes on the heels of months of record lows of the important economic indicator. The unemployment rate even hit a 43-year low of 5.4 percent in May and, while showing signs of cooling off, is still above what it was in July 2018. As we watch the unemployment rate in the coming months, let’s take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of low unemployment for Canadians.

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Negotiating your job offer

We’ve moved! To find this article and more like it, check us out at our new home and don’t forget to subscribe. You have the job offer. Now what? Negotiating a job offer can be scary, but with a good understanding of your value and the total compensation package that works best for you, you can get through the process successfully. Join us as we share all the negotiation tips you need for your next job offer.

Negotiating a job offer can be scary, especially if you’re unemployed and eager to (re)join the workforce. It might even seem ungrateful or greedy to you. However, the negotiation process is essential to ensuring that you’re compensated fairly for the skills and experience that you will bring to the organization.

Ready to start the job of your dreams with compensation that matches? We’ve got all the tips and tricks to negotiate the job offer you deserve!

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Thinking about a career in artificial intelligence? Here’s what you need to know

We’ve moved! To find this article and more like it, check us out at our new home and don’t forget to subscribe. Artificial intelligence is always a hot topic in the world of work. Looking at the latest news about AI, it’s clear that even though there may be some growing pains when it comes to employment in the sector, it’s the way of the future. Check out our tips for setting yourself on a successful career path in AI.

AI and the future of work is a hot topic of conversation. Whether it’s Elon Musk’s alarmist predictions of the end of jobs for humans or the headline-making introduction of HSBC’s Pepper the Robot as a customer service tool to free up employees for more productive work, artificial intelligence in the workplace generates strong opinions.

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Working together: how to deal with millennials at work

We’ve moved! To find this article and more like it, check us out at our new home and don’t forget to subscribe. When it comes to working with millennials, Gilbert Boileau, president of Adecco Canada, has some experience. Through Adecco’s CEO for One Month program, Gilbert has been shadowed by talented millennials who were learning the ins and outs of managing a successful organization. In this guest post, Gilbert and 2019’s CEO for One Month, Frances Doria, share what they’ve learned about the generation gap. So, whether you’re managing millennials in the workplace or just looking for tips on how to deal with them at work, read on for our expert advice.

For the past three years I have had the privilege of working with three bright millennials through Adecco’s CEO for One Month program. Each year, the successful participant shadowed me for one month, learning about the industry and our organization. As the president of Adecco Canada, I don’t often have the opportunity to work on a daily basis with people just entering our industry. That’s why it’s been refreshing to work with our Canadian CEO for One Month participants, who have given me a chance to reset and reexamine my worldview while encouraging their growth as young professionals.

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At our new home, we will continue to have the same valuable insight into Canada’s current employment landscape, from industry analysis for employers to career advice for employees and job seekers.

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How to become a forklift operator

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Certified forklift operators keep businesses moving and play an integral role in many organizations. Across numerous industries — from manufacturing to retail, construction to food services — forklift operators are tasked with distributing and transporting materials around the work site through operation of a forklift or lift truck. Wondering how to become a forklift operator? Here are some useful tips to kick start your forklift career.

Safety is essential to the operation of a forklift. A powerful machine that has become indispensable in industrial settings, forklifts must be operated by trained individuals who are capable and conscientious to help prevent workplace accidents, injuries and fatalities.

Forklift opportunities

Though the cost of a forklift license will fluctuate based on the classification and training facility, obtaining your certification can lead to a range of professional opportunities. Certified forklift drivers make an average hourly rate of $17.24 in Canada and being a successful certified forklift operator can lead you to a career as a Warehouse Supervisor or Manager, with average annual salaries ranging from $52,421 to $56,151.

Get your forklift certification in 4 simple steps

Here’s how to obtain your forklift certification in Ontario. (Please note that the process may differ depending on the province that you’re looking to be certified in.)

1. Select the right forklift class

Not all forklifts are the same, differing in the way they operate and the functions they perform. Do some research to determine which forklift classification is right for you based on the opportunities available or requirements of specific organizations you’re hoping to work for. There are seven basic classifications of forklifts available for certification.

2. Locate a training provider

Find the right course for the lift truck you’ve chosen that meets or exceeds the regulations set by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA). Check online reviews of training facilities to ensure you’re selecting the best facility with knowledgeable trainers to assist you in attaining your certification.

3. In-class training

2. Seven basic classifications of forklifts: speaker lecturing a class

Along with providing the fundamentals of forklift operation, in-class training teaches workplace safety that includes various causes that affect the lift truck’s performance, while identifying potential hazards in the workplace. Or, in lieu of in-class training, work towards getting forklift certified online by finding a reputable forklift operator e-training course.

4. Practical training and performance evaluation

Much like getting your license to drive, your practical training will give you time behind the wheel to get comfortable operating the equipment and putting your in-class training into action. Your practical training will conclude with an evaluation by a certified safety trainer to ensure you have fulfilled the proper training and can safely operate and maneuver the lift truck.

Find your next forklift position with Adecco. Register with your local branch today!

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