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New Year, New You – How to Build a Personal Brand

Looking to improve your professional life in 2018? Why not resolve to build your online personal brand! Not only is a strong personal brand the best way to diversify yourself from a stack of resumes, it’s a powerful way to highlight your expertise and tell your story. Here are some tips to get you started.

1. Know yourself
Your personal brand works most effectively when it tells a cohesive story — the story of you. To help you get there, take some time to formalize your values and goals. Thinking about the interests, values and capabilities you want to highlight ahead of time will help to guide you when interacting with your network. You might even want to create a document that outlines these values to quickly reference when sharing content.

2. Build an online presence
Building a website may seem like a daunting task. However, with many free domains and web hosting sites, you can easily create your personal site with only a few clicks! To get started, include your resume, a brief bio and links to your social media profiles. Then, as your personal brand grows, you can expand your website to include blogs, industry best practices, examples of your work, etc.

3. Select the platforms that work best to promote your brand.
Identify your target audience to determine the platforms you should use to appeal to them. For example, if you are in a visual creative field, appeal to your target audience through a visual network like Instagram. Or, if you’re in a professional field, try using LinkedIn. Selecting the appropriate platform will ensure you are getting the best exposure for your brand.

4. Build and manage your marketing network
Friends, colleagues, clients and customers are powerful resources when it comes to marketing your personal brand. Their feedback and comments can affect the way future connections view your brand. Make sure to be attentive and responsive to your existing connections while growing and developing your professional network with people in your field and related fields.

5. Listen and share news in your industry
Make sure to stay on top of relevant news and exciting events in your industry. Not only will this ensure that you know your industry inside and out, it will also increase your credibility as a reliable source of information in your field. As a bonus, sharing articles, press releases and other credible sources is another great way to expand your professional network.

6. Be consistent
Consistency is imperative in successful branding. This includes when, where and how you market yourself. Create a schedule for posting new content. Make sure all content reflects your formalized beliefs and values, and, that you are consistently using the same social media platforms for sharing.

7. Audit yourself
Remember, it’s easier to be proactive than reactive! Stay on top of your public image by googling yourself on a regular basis. Make sure the search results represent your beliefs and values. Remove any images or content that are not consistent with your branding efforts.

With so much of our life spent in the digital universe, the importance of personal branding is essential in crafting your online presence. By taking these easy steps to define and adhere to your personal brand, you will be empowered to broadcast exactly what you want to your network, future employers and the world. A strong personal brand will set you apart from the competition and enhance your professional value.
Ready to get started? Contact your local Adecco branch and speak to a skilled Recruitment Consultant today!

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Revitalize your Job Search for 2018

You still have time to make your new career resolutions for 2018.  Start off by finding a new approach to landing that next job!  To help, we’ve got four tips to revitalize your job search in this New Year!

  1. A new “social” you

Refreshing your social networking profiles might just do the trick.  Employers like to gain information about potential candidates by checking out their social media profiles. So, be sure your Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts provide a positive picture of you and remove images or content that may reflect negatively.  Also, adjust your privacy settings to ensure you are in complete control of what others see about you online.  As for LinkedIn, be sure to include skills in your profile that are relevant and up to date.  A profile summary goes a long way and so does sharing thought provoking articles that position you as an expert in your field.

  1. A resume makeover

For many employers, their first (and lasting!) impression of a candidate comes from what is written on their resume. That means the sure the format and content in your resume really needs to highlight your skills and personality. Now yf you find that your resume isn’t landing you any calls or interviews, it may be time for a makeover. A good place to start is asking someone to provide a critique, or consult online samples to make revisions. And remember, no two jobs are alike, therefore you need to adapt your resume to suit the position you’re applying for and incorporate the buzz words they included in the job posting to make sure your resume comes up in their searches.

  1. Explore other avenues

Are those job boards you’re using not getting you any traction? Time to diversify your action plan! Start pushing the envelope and email the companies you’ve targeted to get your name out there. LinkedIn is a great tool to help with this. The search bar function allows you to pinpoint the hiring manager for many companies. Send them your tailored resume along with a short message that outlines the skills that make you the right choice for the role. You may not get a response, but that doesn’t mean your message went unnoticed!

Set realistic expectations

Expecting to take huge professional jumps can bring disappointment. If you’re looking to enter the workforce or make a career change, it’s essential to set realistic career expectations. Seek out roles that offer career progression. Consider applying for a position that focuses on experience instead of skills to possibly qualify you for that “dream job”.  Taking small steps and applying for a job in the right field could result in professional leaps and bounds later on!

Need help rejuvenating your job search? Let Adecco do the work for you! It’s absolutely free to register with us. With new temporary and permanent opportunities available daily, we may just have your next job.  Contact your local Adecco branch and register today!

For more information and articles, visit our Employment resources page on our website.

Making the Most of Your January

Maybe it’s the after-effects of holiday excess or the unpredictable weather and limited sunshine, but after the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it can be difficult to re-establish regular routines come January. So when the jingle bells return to email notifications and the sleigh rides turn back into your regular commute, use the following five tips to jump start your new year.

Set small goals

Jumping back into the thick of things after a break is challenging under the best of circumstances, let alone after the excitement of the holiday season. To help ease the transition, try setting small goals for the first week back. The sense of accomplishment gained after crossing a few items off your to-do list will motivate you to take on bigger and harder tasks.

Make healthy choices

After over-indulging throughout the holiday season, it may be hard to get yourself back on track health-wise. Start small by cleaning out your fridge. Bring leftover cookies and snacks to the office and make sure your home is stocked with healthy snacks that are readily available when those cravings hit! A healthy diet has direct links to good mental health and higher energy levels, so start your year off right with healthy habits.

Find a way to laugh

When you laugh, your body releases endorphins — the body’s natural “feel-good” chemicals — that instantly raise your spirits. To exercise your funny bone, consider taking in a comedy show, watching a funny movie or sharing jokes with colleagues and friends. You may find laughing to be the perfect antidote to gloomy January days and long nights.

Perk up your social life

The holiday parties may be over, but your social life doesn’t have to be! To help tackle feelings of loneliness, take some time to reconnect with friends and family. Meet for coffee, start a book club or join a team sport. Surrounding yourself with people may be the distraction you need to beat the post-holiday blues.

Make positive changes

Remember, the new year can mean a new you! Try to look at January as a fresh start in making those positive changes in your life. Ready for a new career? Start by revising your résumé. Looking to get in shape? Check out your local gym. Taking small steps to stay on track with those New Year’s resolutions will leave you feeling positive and accomplished.

Don’t let January drag you down! With the right start, 2018 may be your best year yet!

From all of us here at Adecco Canada, we wish you and yours a safe and happy holiday season!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Why a Job in Retail Should be Your Next Career Move

With the plethora of career prospects, retail seems to get a bad rap.

General consensus seems to be that a job in retail equates to terrible hours and waiting on challenging customers. It’s just not the case. A career in retail may just be one of the most rewarding careers you can chose!

Flexibility

Not a morning person? Who is! This isn’t your average 9-5 … and that can work to your advantage! One of the greatest benefits a career in retail offers is the flexibility to work around your life and priorities. Be it juggling childcare, education, or appointments, you’re able to choose from a variety of shifts and hours that fit YOUR schedule. Even if you’re looking to make some extra cash for that trip, or off-set holiday season expenses, part-time and seasonal opportunities allow you to do just that. Plus, you no longer have to waste vacation days on doctor’s appointments, or cramming chores into your weekends.

Variety

No day is the same. One day you could be learning a new product and the next day, advising customers. A career in retail means you’re hardly ever tied to a routine. Love meeting new people? You’ll meet tons! Engaging with customers and helping them find the right product to meet their needs is just one of the aspects that make this job so rewarding.

Get paid to work out

Carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, lumbar sprains and strains, and, disc injuries are just a few of the potential injuries from sitting at a desk 40-hours a week.[1] A retail job actually benefits your health! From constant moving to stocking merchandise, this career option offers a total body work out —allowing you to save on a gym membership. So, tie up those sneakers and watch your step count soar!

Discounts, discounts, discounts!

One of the most recognized perks of a career in this space is the discount you receive on the company’s products. Retailers make sure their staff is knowledgeable about their merchandise and brand. Be it clothes, electronics, or coffee, there is no arguing the benefits of an employee discount! With the holidays vastly approaching, who can deny a rebate on gifts?

Advancement opportunities

Companies love to promote from within. Especially in Retail. Nobody knows a product better than the people selling it, which is why this type of career is the best way to get your foot in the door! With a wide array of positions to develop into, such as, merchandising, store management, and, positions at head office, a career in retail may be the first step in landing your dream job.

And the number one reason…

Transferable skills

The transferable skills gained from a career (short or long) in retail are endless!
From problem solving and multi-tasking, to professional interaction and conflict resolution, the skills learned from your retail experience will benefit the rest of your personal and professional life. You learn amazing interpersonal skills and how to work under pressure. All skills that will be attractive to future employers!

Ready to begin your career in retail? Adecco has you covered! We have daily opportunities available with reputable companies such as Nespresso. Contact your local Adecco branch to learn how to jump start your career and start reaping the benefits!

For more information and articles, visit our Employment resources page on our website.


[1] Advanced Chiropractic – Common Computer Related Injuries
http://www.advancechiro.on.ca/common-computer-related-injuries/

 

Persistence and You

By Andrea Mancini, Adecco Canada National Account Executive


Success is all about persistence and doing the right thing for the long term.
-Bruce Rauner

 

In a world where it often feels like all your problems could be solved with one app click, I have found that the formula for success requires more effort and good old-fashioned persistence. Any successful sales champion will tell you that they did not reach the top of their game by hoping for success to knock at their door. Instead, they’ll probably tell you that sales success requires patience, confidence and grit–all qualities that are part of being persistent.

You either have what it takes to make it in sales or you don’t. Why? Because sales requires you to face yourself and your brand every single day—a difficult task when your brand is intangible. Sales also draws on your own innate characteristics. However, while you cannot “teach” sales, you can develop your innate skills and combine it with a positive, persistent attitude, to become a sales champion that is resistant to any economic conditions.

Here’s how:

Don’t take it personally
You will hear “no” many times in your pursuit to be a sales champion. The key is to hear it, acknowledge it politely, and remember, it’s not personal. The receiver is not saying “no” to you, they’re just saying “no, not now.” And there could be many reasons why they’ve responded this way. Your job is to persist and find out; why not now. It could be because you haven’t given them a reason to say yes.

Knowledge is power
Understanding a prospective client is fundamental to being able to present them with something they’ll want to say “yes” to. Be persistent and thorough when approaching a sales lead or prospect. Your job is to explore and understand who they are even before you get your foot in the door. What are their objectives, what is new in their world, why would they want to talk to you and allow you in their space?

So what?
With the rise of customer sophistication combined with all of your competitors knocking on your client’s door, you need to give them a reason to let you in. You need to persuasively present a compelling value proposition that demonstrates that you understand how you can add value and make it easier for the buyer. Otherwise, you’ll be faced with a literal or figurative “so what?” Until you can answer that question, be persistent.
A useful exercise is to refer back to how you buy. Take the example of buying new shoes. If you go into the shoe store knowing that you need running shoes, but the salesperson keeps showing you a hiking boot, they can describe its benefits all they want—that it’s on sale, made of good quality leather, how fashionable it is—but all you want is someone to point you to the best running shoes, at the best price, so you can run that 5k. Know what your buyer is buying and you’ll be able to anticipate and meet their expectations.

Be Authentic
We all know that buyers buy from people they trust. And the way you build trust is to be persistent in communicating your interest in helping your buyer, have the knowledge to back it up, and be yourself. Posturing, “sucking up”, or “buying” your client may work in the short-term, but you may suffer negative consequences in the long-term. Trust your abilities and your main objective to help your client and everything will eventually fall into place..

Grit with a cherry on top
Don’t underestimate the delicate balance of being persistent while remaining kind and professional. In my early years of selling, when I asked my prospects why they agreed to meet with me, they would affectionately comment that it was because “ you wouldn’t stop calling.” I took that as a semi-compliment, interpreting it as: “ you were persistent but not pushy, and I don’t know why but I like you, so now what are you going to do for me?” The art of not being pushy but still commanding attention comes from practice and the confidence that you have done your homework, you know why you want to sell something to a prospect, and, you love the chase!

Persistence is achieved by having an unwavering faith that your efforts are going to translate into a win one day. This requires patience, confidence, and a support system you trust. The process will require practice and possibly even reinvention, but if you stay positive and remain persistent, your goals will be within reach. Happy winning!

 

As a National Account Executive for Adecco Canada, Andrea Mancini’s primary focus is sales and contract negotiation for medium and large sized organizations. Her diverse background in the staffing industry has positioned her to create holistic solutions for her clients. Her many roles include Recruitment Management, Business Development, Field Manager, and National Sales. For over 10 years, Andrea has created long lasting client relationships by helping companies in the changing world of work. Many of her solutions have included implementing successful Master Vendor programs, creative Permanent Placement initiatives, and Large Volume solutions for employers of choice.  As a result, Andrea is a three-time recipient of prestigious sales awards in the staffing industry.

Andrea holds an Honours B.A. in Media Communications from Brock University.

Canada’s Labour Force Survey, September 2017

Released at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time in The Daily, Friday, October 6, 2017

Employment was essentially unchanged in September (+10,000 or +0.1%). The unemployment rate remained at 6.2%, matching the low of October 2008. Gains in full-time employment (+112,000) in September were mostly offset by declines in part time (-102,000). In August, there was a decline in the number of people working full time and an increase in part time. In the 12 months to September, employment rose by 320,000 (+1.8%), spurred by gains in full-time employment (+289,000 or +2.0%). Over this period, the number of hours worked increased by 2.4%. Overall employment grew by 43,000 (+0.2%) in the third quarter, slower than the 0.6% growth rate in the second quarter and the 0.5% growth rate of the first quarter of 2017.

Chart 1 – Employment

Chart 2 – Unemployment Rate

Highlights
From August to September, employment increased for people aged 55 and older, while it fell among men aged 25 to 54. For the second consecutive month, Ontario was the lone province with a notable employment gain. There were employment declines in Manitoba and Prince Edward Island. More people worked in educational services as well as wholesale and retail trade in September, while employment fell in information, culture and recreation. There was additional employment in the public sector, while the number of private sector employees was little changed. At the same time, the number of self-employed workers held steady.

More People Aged 55 and Older Working
Employment rose by 25,000 in September for people aged 55 and older, mostly in full-time work. Their unemployment rate was little changed at 5.4%. Compared with 12 months earlier, employment for people aged 55 and older increased by 131,000 (+3.4%). Among workers aged 55 and older, about 8 in 10 are between the ages of 55 and 64. The estimated year-over-year employment growth rate (unadjusted for seasonality) for 55- to- 64-year-olds was 2.6% in September and their population increased by 2.0%. While population growth was similar for men and women in this age group, employment grew at a faster pace for women (+3.5%) than for men (+1.8%). In comparison, people aged 65 and older comprised a smaller share of older workers, but had the fastest year-over-year employment growth rate (unadjusted for seasonality) among the major demographic groups in September, rising 9.1% and outpacing their rate of population growth (+3.7%). Among this group of workers, employment grew at a faster pace for men (+12.4%) than for women (+4.5%). For more information about recent trends among older workers, see “The impact of aging on labour market participation rates.”

Employment Declines Among Men aged 25 to 54
For men aged 25 to 54, employment declined by 29,000 in September—all in part-time work. The unemployment rate for men in this age group rose by 0.4 percentage points to 5.9%. Compared with 12 months earlier, employment for men aged 25 to 54 increased by 72,000 (+1.2%). Among women aged 25 to 54, full-time employment increased by 39,000 in September, while part time fell by 26,000, leaving overall employment for this group little changed. Their unemployment rate was 5.2%. Compared with 12 months earlier, employment among core aged women rose by 102,000 (+1.8%).

Youth Unemployment Rate Down
Overall youth employment was little changed in September a 37,000 increase in full-time work was mostly offset by part-time losses. Employment for 15- to 24 year-olds was relatively unchanged compared with 12 months earlier. The unemployment rate for youth has been on a downward trend since the start of 2017 and fell 1.2 percentage points to 10.3% in September. This was the lowest rate since comparable data became available in 1976. See Chart 8 in the Labour Force Information \ publication. The decline in the youth unemployment rate in September was due to fewer youths in the labour market. The participation rate for this group fell 0.7 percentage points to 62.7% in the month. At the same time, their rate of full-time school attendance was 56.4%—the highest rate for any September since 2011. Increased school attendance is associated with delayed labour market participation. For more information about this long-term trend, see the Canada 150 box “Evolution of youth in the labour market.”

Provincial Employment
In Ontario, employment rose by 35,000 in September, the fourth overall gain in five months. An increase of 78,000 in full-time employment was partly offset by a decline of 43,000 in part-time work. The overall employment increase in September was driven by gains in wholesale and retail trade as well as educational services. The unemployment rate was little changed at 5.6% in September. Compared with 12 months earlier, employment in Ontario was up 170,000 (+2.4%). Employment in Manitoba declined by 5,500 in September, almost all in part-time work. This was the first notable overall employment decrease in the province since April 2016. Despite the monthly decline, employment in Manitoba has been on an upward trend since the end of 2016. In September, the unemployment rate increased by 0.6 percentage points to 5.5%. In September, employment decreased in Prince Edward Island (-700), the second decline in three months. Despite the recent decreases, employment in the province was up by 1,600 (+2.2%) compared with September 2016. The unemployment rate increased by 0.7 percentage points in September to 9.5%. Overall employment in Quebec was little changed for the third consecutive month. In September, a decline of 25,000 in part-time work was mostly offset by additional people working full time. In the 12 months to September, employment in the province rose by 54,000 (+1.3%), concentrated in full-time work. Over the same 12 month period, the unemployment rate fell by 0.9 percentage points to 6.0%.

Industry Perspective
The number of people working in educational services increased by 20,000 in September, primarily in Ontario and Quebec. Employment in the industry was similar to the level observed in September 2016. Employment in wholesale and retail trade rose by 17,000 in September, bringing gains to 99,000 (+3.6%) since September 2016. Employment in information, culture and recreation decreased by 24,000 in September. On a year-over-year basis, employment in the industry edged down by 20,000 (-2.5%). Public sector employment rose by 26,000 in September, while the number of private sector employees was little changed. Compared with 12 months earlier, the number of private sector employees increased by 162,000 (+1.4%) and public sector employment rose by 103,000 (+2.8%). The number of self-employed workers held steady in September, with year-over-year gains totaling 55,000 (+2.0%).

Quarterly Update for the Territories
The Labour Force Survey collects labour market data in the territories, produced in the form of three-month moving averages.In the third quarter of 2017, employment in Yukon was little changed compared with the second quarter, and the unemployment rate was relatively unchanged at 3.3%. In the Northwest Territories, employment in the third quarter was unchanged from the previous quarter. Over the same period, the unemployment rate was little changed at 7.0%. Employment in Nunavut held steady in the third quarter, while the unemployment rate was 14.9%.

Source: Statistics Canada