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Resume Help: Make an Impact

Building the perfect resume isn’t just a technique, it’s a science. Crafting a resume that highlights your skills, exemplifies your experience and mirrors what the organization is looking for is essential to opening that first door in your job search.

For practical job advice that guarantees results, turn to the experts at Adecco. We’ve been placing qualified candidates in high paying positions with some of the best companies for over 40 years! Looking for help on your job hunt? Check out our resume help guide to create an impactful resume and contact your local Adecco branch to register today!

Lēad Blog is part of Adecco and Roevin Canada. Find and apply to your dream job, or get more career advice from our experts.

 

Preparing for Behavioural Interview Questions as a New Grad

 Behavioural based interview questions essentially give an interviewer an idea of how you’ve performed and behaved in the past based on actual results and scenarios. When compared to traditional interviews, behavioural interview questions are said to be 55% predictive of future on-the-job behaviour, whereas traditional is only 10% — making them increasingly popular today. As a recent grad or student with limited professional experience, it may be challenging to showcase your future on-the-job behaviour, so interview preparation is key.

The behavioural interview question style is being adopted by many top employers globally. Responses to these questions allow hiring managers to gain insight into past behavioural patterns to help predict future actions and select the best fit for their organization. To knock your interview out of the park, it’s vital to form structured responses that highlight your skills, competencies and experiences. It can be difficult to know where to start, so we’ve compiled five simple steps so you can ace any behavioural interview questions that come your way.

1. Recognize the skills required for the job

Study the skills that are outlined in the job description since it’s the perfect insight into what they’re looking for. A thorough understanding of these skills is a great way to anticipate the behavioural interview questions they may ask to gauge your proficiency as it relates to these skills. For example, if time management is a sought-after skill, the interviewer may ask you to describe a situation where you had to be strategic to meet your priorities.

2. Consider your varying experience

Entering the workforce as a new grad may leave you feeling like you’re lacking in experience. But don’t forget, experience is gained through more than a job. As a new grad, you’ve accumulated a great amount of experience through your education, group projects, exam preparation, co-ops or volunteer work, and maybe even your part-time work. Take the time to review your past experiences to identify when and how you harnessed the skills and transferable experience required for the position.

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3. Showcase your talents and skills

Your answers should not just exemplify your priorities and values, they should also highlight your talents and skills. Showcase some of your best attributes which could be communication, organization, creativity, responsibility and stress management. Include in your answers the qualities needed to be successful within the position. Use real-life examples to demonstrate to the hiring manager what makes you the best candidate for the job.

4. Structure your answers

Structuring your answers is a sure way to guarantee that you have painted a complete picture for the interviewer. Employ the STAR method — situation, task, action and result! Describe how the situation unfolded, identify your task at hand, detail the action you completed and explain the results of your actions. Pre-develop your answers to keep them in line and focused, ensuring you don’t lose direction from the question at hand and provide the interviewer with a clear and concise response.

5. Practice your responses

Practice truly does make perfect. Simulate the interview experience with help from family or friends. Provide them with some common behavioural questions and even let them improvise with their own. Practicing your structured responses will help you gain the confidence you need to be successful in the interview process and to fine tune your answers along the way.

Fire up your job search with the help of an Adecco recruiter. With access to hundreds of positions and resources to help you nail the toughest interviews, Adecco can fast track your entrance into the workforce with the career of your dreams. Contact your local Adecco branch today!

Lēad Blog is part of Adecco and Roevin Canada. Find and apply to your dream job, or get more career advice from our experts.

How to Find a Job: 30 Tips

Even the best candidates struggle with deciphering the best job search techniques. Building a strong resume and practicing interview strategies are just some of the vital components that go into landing your next job. Our comprehensive job search tips combines traditional techniques with personal branding methods and compensation negotiation strategies, to keep you ahead of the curve and get you to where you want to land.

Here at Adecco, we are committed to providing recruitment assistance and educational resources to help our applicants gain the skills they need to succeed within their employment. For 46 years, Adecco Canada has been linking qualified candidates with their dream jobs. A partnership with Adecco for job search help gets you access to hundreds of jobs, with some of the best companies in the world. Ready to get started? Check out our 30 Tips to Find a Job guide and register with your local Adecco branch today!

Lēad Blog is part of Adecco and Roevin Canada. Find and apply to your dream job, or get more career advice from our experts.

 

Search Series: Developing Your Work Values

In the first installment of our search series, we look at the process of identifying work values and the benefits of finding an organization in which they resonate.

Simply put, work values are the qualities, principles and standards that matter to you in your professional life. Defining them helps guide your job search, filter opportunities and can ultimately be the guiding factor towards a career that satisfies you on a personal level.

Defining your work values

Why we work and the type of work we do can be influenced by our work values. For example, if a primary work value is to help others, you may find yourself in an industry that encompasses this value such as teaching, healthcare or social assistance. Though some work values may be obvious, identifying them isn’t always easy. To compile your list, here are some key questions to help in your self-reflection.

  • What types of work do I enjoy? Influencing or helping others? A component of physicality?
  • What types of conditions do I prefer? Office vs outdoors? Travel?
  • How do I like to work? Independently or in a team? Closed off or in an open space?
  • What impacts me? Flexible hours? Remote work option? Interaction with people? Growth opportunities?

By ranking your answers from in order of priority, you’ll have a basis to start identifying the values that matter most.

Tying work values to your job search

Determining your work values can have an eye-opening effect on your job search. A list of prioritized values will narrow your search and help you to be selective — ensuring you find an opportunity that’s in line with the direction you’re heading in.  Here are some common values that can influence your job search and may even open your eyes to opportunities you may have once not considered.

  • Compensation: receiving fair pay for your work performance
  • Leadership: the opportunity to direct or mentor colleagues within the workplace
  • Independence: the ability to work and make decisions independently
  • Job Security: confidence that the organization will allow you to remain employed
  • Recognition: an environment that recognizes and rewards hard work or success
  • Relationships: a setting in which you can develop relationships with your colleagues
  • Support: hierarchical structure in which you can reach out to management and/or colleagues for help, as needed
  • Helping Others: tasks or organizational programs that impact a community
  • Creativity: ability to think “outside the box” or to incorporate your ideas within your work
  • Variety: option to perform differing tasks

Be sure to re-evaluate your values annually. Changes in your personal life or professional development can often shift your work values. Staying on top of your evolving work values will help keep you in the driver’s seat of your career.

Looking for a career that satisfies all your work values? Adecco has the perfect fit for you! Contact your local Adecco branch and register for free today!

Lēad Blog is part of Adecco and Roevin Canada. Find and apply to your dream job, or get more career advice from our experts.

 

Leadership Tips for Engineering Professionals

Sandi Hokansson, a WXN TOP 100 Women Award winner, successful C-level executive and Great Place to Work champion, now runs a successful Leadership Coaching practice at www.soundleadership.ca

Many times, career advancement in the engineering field comes with leading even greater numbers of people and as an engineering professional, you may not readily see this as your strength.  You can easily demonstrate the core strengths common to most successful engineers, namely; a desire to figure things out, applied creativity, math skills, mechanical skills, teamwork and problem-solving skills. However, when it comes to softer skills such as advanced interpersonal skills, social and emotional intelligence, and, employee engagement leadership, you may feel you are out of your depth. You rely on your knowledge and expertise as your main contribution to your team and wonder — how can I add more value to my team?

A good starting point is to review the most common expectations employees have of their leaders. If you can deliver in these areas, you will be well on your way to adding more value to your team and stepping up as a leader.

There are four main expectations that employees have of their leaders that easily resonate with all of us. Employees expect to be:

  • Kept informed
  • Asked for input and have a voice
  • Recognized when their performance warrants it
  • Given the opportunity to grow and learn

Tips to advance your commitment in these areas

  • Regular communication with your team — keep them informed even if it’s to say that you don’t have any further information at that time.
  • Set up formal and informal communication channels to seek employee input. You can clarify and set boundaries on who has ownership and input on what — the key is to give employees as much input as possible, in the areas you can.
  • Frequent recognition of individuals and teams for their contributions. You can inject a lot of energy and creativity into this one — have fun with it!
  • Create a space that fosters an opportunity to grow, give stretch assignments. Don’t forget to share your own career/leadership journey as well. Personal stories help others to see how they too can achieve career progression.

It’s true there is a lot of pressure on leaders today — pressure to be all things to all people and accessible all the time.  Thankfully, it’s not realistic nor necessary to live up to this. You can however round out your leadership competencies and augment your professional inherent strengths, by making a commitment to deliver on these top four employee expectations. Employee engagement and morale will improve, and you will become a talent magnet because you will be providing key leadership in the areas employees want.  Before you know it, you will be seen as having stronger interpersonal skills and greater emotional intelligence because you put employees’ expectations first.

For further reading on Successful Engineers, here is a great article from www.interestingengineering.com   https://interestingengineering.com/personality-traits-successful-engineers

For other thoughts on leadership, visit https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/listening-your-employees-key-building-great-place-work-hokansson/

If you are interested in Leadership Coaching to support your leadership journey, reach out to me at sandi@soundleadership.ca

LEAD WELL!

Sandi

 

 

 

How to survive your first three months at a new job

Securing the job offer is only half the battle. It’s now up to you to prove to your new management team your value to their organization. While your new job can be intimidating, don’t let your fear get the best of you.  

A new professional chapter is always a mixed bag of emotions, from the pure joy and excitement of receiving a job offer, to the anxiety that can accompany new responsibilities, colleagues and management. Ready to succeed from day one? Check out these tips to help you survive and thrive during your first three months at a new job.

Make a good first impression

Make your first impression a good one by being open, friendly and appropriate. If your employer didn’t mention a dress code during the interview or within your job offer, remember to dress for success. Combine your professional outfit with a confident smile to nail your first impression! Keep in mind that many businesses are opting for a scent-free environment so refrain from strong fragrances such as body sprays or perfumes.

Introduce yourself

Taking the initiative to introduce yourself can make a big impact in terms of how you are perceived by your new co-workers. A quick introduction will help you build relationships with colleagues from your first day on the job and proves that you are eager to join the team.

Ask questions

They say there’s no such thing as a stupid question, but here at Adecco we also believe there’s no such thing as too many questions. Not only does asking questions ensure you complete the task at hand properly the first time, it also exemplifies your initiative to learn your new organization’s policies and procedures. And make sure to listen carefully! Repeat questions or failure to apply the feedback may leave a bad impression with your new colleagues.

Get involved

Your first three months at a new job can feel like you’re out of the loop when it comes to social structure and corporate culture. Don’t be discouraged! It takes time to find your role both professionally and socially in a new workplace. Overcome this hurdle by getting involved. Offer to join the health and safety committee, volunteer to assist with social events, or simply eat lunch with your colleagues in the break room. Your efforts won’t go unnoticed!

Make your voice heard

It’s never easy speaking up when you’re the new one, but it’s imperative to make yourself heard during your first three months to cement a future of professional growth within your new organization. If contributing in person is too daunting, set yourself a goal to share a suggestion via email within your first month. Positive feedback will give you the courage you need to continue your contributions in person, proving your value to your new team.

Set good habits

Don’t forget to look at your new job as a fresh start. Take advantage of it as an opportunity to become the best professional you can be. Make the most of your new beginning by setting healthy work habits from the get-go. Organize your calendar and task list. Create a list of skills you want to develop. Identify personal and organizational inefficiencies and create procedures to increase productivity.

Remember, with a little effort these first three months can set the stage for an awesome career. So when anxiety inevitably strikes, take a deep breath, refocus and hit the ground running.

Lēad Blog is part of Adecco and Roevin Canada. Find and apply to your dream job, or get more career advice from our experts.