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Salary Negotiation Tips for Your Next Job

Just about everyone knows their ideal salary figure when starting their job search, but does your work experience, position and location warrant that number? Finding a happy medium between your desired salary and what your future employer’s budget allows can be a complicated procedure. So how can you ensure your dream job comes with a competitive compensation package? Check out our guide to negotiating a fair salary.

The interview process is stressful but impressing an HR department to make a positive hiring decision is only half the battle. After all, getting the job means nothing if you aren’t fairly compensated for the new role and responsibilities. Read on for our salary negotiation tips to help ensure your dream job comes with a matching compensation package.

Facts are your friend

Getting what you’re worth can only happen when you know what that is. It’s not enough to have a number in mind; back it up by researching the salary ranges in your labour market as a good starting point.

Websites such as Payscale.com, Glassdoor and the Government of Canada – Job Bank will provide you with salary ranges of positions based on experience and location, often with a breakdown of comparable companies. This will give you a better understanding of industry pay standards to help guide your negotiation. Salaries will vary not only by industry and experience but also by size of company and region of employment. Make sure to consult the appropriate salary information for the job specifications.

Self-assessment

Be critical about your skills, experience and how you measure up as a candidate in the industry. Gaining a better understanding of whether you are above average, average or still developing will help you set realistic expectations in your field.

Check out our Salary Guide for salary ranges for your job, experience, company size and location. 

Negotiating at your best

Once armed with an honest self-assessment and reliable sources of data about salaries in your field and region, its time to put these tools to work to ensure you get what you’re worth. Rarely will you lose an offer by negotiating a higher salary, but if you absolutely cannot afford to lose a job offer, wait for them to discuss salary first and delicately suggest a higher number.

Stay flexible

Consider alternative compensation bargaining chips such as a signing bonus, vacation time, the option to work from home or biannual reviews. Not only does this give you the ability to negotiate a better compensation package that best suits your lifestyle, it also demonstrates your flexibility to your future employer.

Still nervous about how your potential employer will react to negotiation? Reiterate your enthusiasm for joining the company and the position. Use phrases such as “I am really excited to work here” and “I appreciate your offer” and follow up with a request to consider a higher salary based on your skills/experience or research of the industry.

Regardless of whether you are met with silence or pushback, don’t let your confidence or enthusiasm dissipate! According to an analysis by Salary.com, avoiding salary negotiations can cost employees big in lost wages over the course of your career. Which makes this the million dollar question: are you really going to settle for less than you’re worth?

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

 

Top 5 Resume Mistakes to Avoid

There are several common mistakes that can send your resume straight to the rejection pile. It’s not exactly fair, but with some careful attention and the following examples of 5 things to avoid when writing your resume, you can increase your odds of being contacted for an interview.

1. Your resume is more than one page.

Regardless of whether you are just entering the workforce, or have been working for 15 years, your resume should never exceed 1 page. Be selective with the skills and experiences that best apply to the position at hand to keep your resume targeted to the job posting and easy-to-read.

With hundreds of resumes crossing their desks, recruiters must evaluate them quickly, spending an average of six seconds scanning a resume. Knowing that you have very little time to grab a recruiter’s attention, restricting yourself to a one page document forces you to present only the most relevant information.

Can I adjust the margins on my resume?

Sneaky tricks to beat the page count didn’t work in school and they definitely won’t work with a hiring manager. Not only will they see through the attempt to get more information onto the page, but exceptionally small page margins will also make your resume more difficult to read, and ultimately more likely to end up in the trash.

Resume format guidelines to improve your chances:

  • Keep margins at least 1 inch on all sides.
  • Keep font size at a minimum of 11 points.
  • Be consistent with punctuation and how you write the dates of each job.
  • Be concise: list your achievements and responsibilities in bullet-point format.
  • Be specific: use quantifiable examples of the success you achieved in each role.

2. You didn’t proofread your resume and cover letter.

Is “careless” the first impression you’re looking to make on your potential new employer? Even though mistakes happen all the time in the real world, a typo on your resume is a clear sign that you either didn’t bother to proofread, or that you did, but failed to catch a mistake. That kind of mistake isn’t encouraging for future employers who want to ensure they’re hiring someone whose work they can trust.

To avoid grammatical and spelling errors, make sure to recruit several people to proofread your resume. Friends or family will do, provided they are attentive and have a firm grasp of the English language.

And be sure to double check consistency in your use of past and present tense. Remember: present tense should only be used when describing the responsibilities of your current job.

3. You included subjective traits.

Have you used any of the following descriptions?

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Team player
  • Hard worker
  • Results-driven
  • Detail-oriented

If so, prove it! Not only are these expressions overused, they’re completely subjective. Even if you really are a hard worker who is results-driven, unless you can provide quantifiable proof, the statement doesn’t belong on your resume. Stick to listing accomplishments with concrete evidence that proves these skills.

As so many people hold inaccurate perceptions of their quality of work, employers in general will disregard subjective claims on a resume. Looking to impress? Hit them with facts — hard numbers and supporting evidence prove why you’d be a great addition to their team.

Ask yourself: “what have I achieved that demonstrates the skills this hiring manager is looking for?” For example, a promotion may demonstrate your work ethic, while managing a large number of colleagues will prove your leadership skills.

4. You didn’t tailor your resume for each specific job you applied to.

Tailoring a resume may seem like a daunting task when applying to multiple jobs, but the added work is sure to pay off in the end. A generic resume lends the impression that you have blindly applied for a position that you may or may not be qualified for, thus limiting your odds of being contacted for an interview.

To start tailoring your resume:

Read and understand the job description: what responsibilities stand out about the position? Are any requirements repeated? Which duties relate to your experience at your current or past position?

Organize your resume based on relevancy to the position: regardless of whether it’s your education, a past job or a recent certification, make sure your most relevant experience is listed first. There’s no rule that says your resume must be in chronological order so it’s completely acceptable to organize your resume in a way that highlights your relevant experience for the hiring manager.

Align your past experience: how can your existing experience be revamped to better align with the requirements of the job? For examples of ways to alter your bullets to emphasize certain soft skills, check out this article by Muse.

5. You lied, exaggerated or misrepresented your work or accomplishments.

Lying or “padding” your resume is a common technique amongst job hunters to make them seem more qualified for a job than they truly are. Though it may seem easy to get away with, if your lie isn’t unveiled through social media or the interview process, chances are your references will call out your bluff.

Bottom line? Don’t pad your resume!

There’s a point of no return between “spinning” your skills and experience a certain way and falsifying your achievements. Not only do you risk being blacklisted from the company if you are caught lying, but you will also ruin your relationship with your references.

Your resume is the first and often only impression an employer will have of you. It can instantly make or break your chances of being contacted for an interview or disregarded for the position entirely. If you are looking to increase your odds in the hiring process, avoid making any of these common errors on your resume. You may be unable to control a hiring manager’s decision, but you can control your resume and how it portrays you as the best candidate for the role!

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

 

Career Development Through Temp Work

Have you ever wondered if temporary work is right for you? As one of Canada’s top employment agencies, we’re a little biased. We think temp work provides individuals with the opportunities they need to build the career they want. Wherever you are in your career, temporary assignments offer the flexibility and learning opportunities you’ve been looking for! Join us as we take a look at how temporary work through employment agencies can help you develop your career.

Experience the best that Canadian businesses have to offer

Working for different employers across varied industries is a great way to gain firsthand experience of diverse roles and responsibilities. Many workers use contract assignments to test different positions and responsibilities to find the best fit for them. At the same time, temporary assignments give employers an opportunity to evaluate the best candidates before hiring the most suitable for longer-term contracts. This type of work is especially helpful to get your foot in the door at companies that aren’t currently hiring on a permanent basis; you’ll know their operations and have already proven your skills if the company decides to hire permanent employees in the future.

Best of all, it doesn’t matter where you are in your career. Contract work helps first-time jobseekers and transitioning workers alike find meaningful employment on their terms. Whether you’re entering or re-entering the workforce, looking to fill employment gaps or paring down your work hours, temporary employment provides amazing opportunities for work when you need it.

You don’t have to do it alone

With an employment agency, you can take a lot of the guesswork out of temporary work. At Adecco, our Recruitment Consultants offer expert guidance to temporary associates on resumes and cover letters, interviewing skills, personal branding and presentation skills. Then, we focus on your success by working with our clients to provide safe and fulfilling work for our temporary associates and we communicate with you throughout the process. With employment agencies that offer you this kind of support, you know your career is in good hands.

Permanent options… if you want it!

Whether your goal is to continue pursuing contract assignments or gain permanent employment, temporary work offers the variety and exposure you need to shape the career you want.

If it’s permanent employment you’re seeking, the best part about gaining exposure to different companies through contract assignments is finding the right one for you! Radial is a perfect example of the kind of dynamic organization that’s focused on success for their employees and temporary workers alike. A global e-commerce company specializing in distributed order management, enterprise inventory and availability, store fulfillment, and customer care, Radial offers individuals the work they want to do in an environment they won’t want to leave.

Here’s what three individuals had to say about how Radial and Adecco helped transform their careers:

Samantha Scott, Operations Supervisor

I began working with Radial through Adecco in October of 2010 as an inbound associate. In 2012 I was hired directly to Radial from Adecco. After 2012 I was promoted to team lead and then again in 2014 to Operations Supervisor. Radial has shown and continues to show me their commitment to growing and developing people who work hard. I have had the opportunity to benefit from this and continue to see what a great future Radial can provide to me and anyone who sets their mind to it.

Justin Smithers, Operations Supervisor

I began working with Radial through Adecco in August of 2014. I was immediately impressed by Radial, the culture was fantastic and I was placed into an environment where I was able to thrive and develop. Through support from both Radial and Adecco, I was hired on as a full-time associate in March of 2015. From there, the building leaders continued to provide opportunity and capitalize on my skill set, while developing me for future success. In August of 2016, I was promoted to Team Lead and given my first opportunity to manage associates. I progressed further and in August of 2017, I reached my goal in becoming Operations Supervisor.

Mejo Varghese, Site Operations Manager

My career at Radial began several years ago in 2012 where I was given the opportunity to begin working as an IT Technician through Adecco. As a new immigrant, it was not easy to find a job in your related field. I was grateful to Adecco for helping me find my career and giving me an excellent opportunity.

Working at Radial, I quickly realized the potential for growth within this company. I soon was promoted to Site Operations Supervisor, and after one year, I was able to advance in my career and become the Site Operations Manager. Radial not only values its employees but also helps each one of us to grow to our full potential!

Interested in working with Radial? View Adecco jobs with Radial and apply today.

Learn a new skill or two or ten

While you’re on assignment, take advantage of the opportunity to learn new skills. Be open to learning new things and look for chances to practice and develop your skills in current and future assignments.

Another way to develop your skills is to take advantage of online learning opportunities. Massive open online courses (MOOCs) like Alison or Coursera give learners free online learning opportunities to gain knowledge and skills anywhere, at any time. And when you’re a temporary associate with Adecco, you gain access to hundreds of online training modules in everything from technical software courses to customer service skills, health and safety legislation to business writing. These courses help candidates on or between assignments strengthen their skill sets and resumes, enriching on-the-job learning for greater success.

Get the benefit of benefits

Many employment agencies, including Adecco, offer employees skills training, experience, mentorship, and benefits. From the employment agency’s perspective, offering these perks helps retain top talent. And for temporary associates, benefits make a temp career more predictable, with group health, dental and life insurance, vacation pay, time off, statutory holiday pay, career counselling and skills training.

With skills training and career development at some of the best companies in Canada, not to mention awesome benefits, why not start working temp 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.

 

Interview with Confidence

Interviews can be awkward, uncomfortable and downright terrifying no matter how many you attend. A great confidence booster is knowledge! If you take the time to get to know the position, responsibilities and company, we promise that your confidence will grow. For more tips to help make the interview process as smooth as possible, check out Adecco’s guide to interviewing with confidence.

1. Get to know the company

Trying to make a lasting impression? Don’t go into the interview room unprepared. Instead, research the organization ahead of your interview to gain a better understanding of their expectations. Use sources such as:

  • The company website
  • Google “News” search
  • Friends and colleagues
  • LinkedIn and other social media platforms
  • Glassdoor

What should you look for while doing research?

  • Company Values: Familiarize yourself with the organization and their expectations of their employees.
  • Leadership: Pay attention to profiles of upper management or hiring managers and what they care about. They just may be your interviewers!
  • News: Check out the company’s recent triumphs and struggles in the media.
  • Clientele: Delve into the organization’s products and services to better understand their target market.
  • Culture: Differentiate between the company’s desired culture and the reality. Learn about the real workplace environment from insiders.

 2. Review your accomplishments

Think you know the company inside and out? Now you’re ready to make the connection between the organization and how you will fit in there.

  • Start with the job description: The company has given you a road map of their expectations of the successful candidate. Reference this often during your research and make sure to keep detailed notes.
  • Brush up on your professional history: Now that you are familiar with what the organization is looking for, examine your past roles for examples of related past achievements. Make sure to cite concrete examples that demonstrate savings of time, money and/or resources.
  • Practice your answers to those cardinal questions: Regardless of how creative your interviewer gets with their questions, they will always want to know what your strengths and weaknesses are. Be sure to select strengths that compliment the job description. Don’t be afraid to be honest about your weaknesses, but follow with how you manage them at work.
  • Put your best foot forward: Your resume may have gotten you through the door, but it’s your soft skills that make the lasting impression on the hiring team. Relax, be yourself and stay positive! Remember that employers are assessing you on your presentation and attitude as well as your professional background.
  • Clean up your social media: How are your social media privacy settings? Have you ever tried to Google yourself? Take a closer look at your online presence to make sure it’s appropriate for all future employers to see.

3. Get your questions ready

Here’s an insider tip from your friendly Adecco Recruiters: interviewers prefer candidates who ask questions. It identifies critical thinking skills and exemplifies confidence. Jot down questions that arise throughout your research phase to ask during your interview. If you need help, consider these:

  • What are the main responsibilities of the job?
  • Who does the position report to?
  • What are some of the challenges of this position?
  • How does this team support the company’s current goals?

Try to refrain from first asking questions about salary, vacation and other forms of compensation. It leaves the impression that you prioritize your financial gain over the company’s collective goals.

Once you’ve finished your research, practice! practice! practice! Make sure you’re knowledgeable about the organization and your contributions to easily overcome any surprise questions that may come your way. Then walk into that interview with the confidence of a tenured employee and not a potential new hire!

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

 

Improve your LinkedIn Profile in 10 Easy Steps

Your LinkedIn profile holds a lot of weight in your job search. Make sure that weight is helping and not hindering!

After your cover letter is composed, references are compiled and social media pages are cleansed, it’s time to focus on perfecting that LinkedIn profile. A physical resume is important but capitalizing on all of LinkedIn’s profile features can truly help land you that dream job!

Here are our 10 ways to start the process of maximizing your LinkedIn profile.

  1. Profile photo

There is no better first impression than a smiling face just waiting to be on a business card. Profiles with colour pictures that clearly display your face receive 21 times more profile views and 9 times more connection requests.[i] Not to mention, a clear image helps someone search your name and locate your profile after meeting you in person.

  1. Full name — plain and simple

Keep it simple! Refrain from adding initials, acronyms or other titles to your name, unless it is a maiden name that users may need to search your profile.

  1. Keyword heavy headline

Rather than simply just writing your current position title, include hashmarks (|) to list core responsibilities or industry associations with flare. For example: Social Media Marketing | SEO | Fortune 500 Experience.

  1. Custom vanity URL

Your LinkedIn vanity URL by default is usually your first and last name followed by a plethora of alphanumeric characters. Did you know this can be edited? Change the vanity to simply read your first and last name, or something that is easily remembered and can comfortably fit on a business card or email signature.

  1. Posts showcasing your latest activity

Don’t neglect composing a blog via the LinkedIn Pulse platform. Not only will your content be featured in the posts section of your profile, it is also a great opportunity to exemplify your professional perspective, accomplishments and writing style.

  1. Added media

Often compared to a written 30-second elevator pitch, creating a summary with added media can be an effective way to stand out from the crowd. Bring your summary to life by adding a link to your website, project or video, or any additional media forms you’re proud of. Make sure to highlight the value you brought to your past positions and showcase experiences that have influenced your professional development.

  1. Meaningful recommendations

The recommendation section of your profile should be treated like a two-way street. Be sure to make recommendations and ask for ones in return. However, be mindful of which recommendations appear on your page as LinkedIn endorsements enable the user to click on the post to learn more about your connection and their professional credentials.

  1. Top 10 Skills

These “Top 10” skills are a visual representation of what you bring to the table. Since they are crowd sourced skills, they represent a confirmation from your connections that you truly are a qualified candidate. Prioritize this list to highlight skills that set you apart from the competition.

  1. Group affiliations and followings

Following alumni groups, community organizations or industry groups you belong to can add a personal touch to your profile. It may lead to connections with professionals with mutual interests, and provide a picture of your values when they can see which influencers, news sources and companies are important to you — deepening a potential connection.

  1. Additional “forget me not” information

Finally, don’t forget to include your educational background, honours and awards you’ve received, volunteer experience and language fluencies. These are highlights that may distinguish your profile from other candidates with similar professional experiences and goals —  giving you a leg up on the competition!

For more help building a strong LinkedIn profile contact your local Adecco branch and connect with a recruiter today!

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[i] https://business.linkedin.com/sales-solutions/blog/best-practices–linkedin-profile/2018/picture-perfect–make-a-great-first-impression-with-your-linkedi

 

Get your Resume to Stand Out

If you’re like many others, you scour job opportunities online, find the job you think you’re perfect for, then complete the online application process.  Then you wait and hope you’re resume will be selected from the many other applicants.  Albeit that many live that same reality, there are ways to make sure your resume makes it to the top of the pile. Here are 5 tips to get your resume to stand out from the crowd.

  1. Use keywords

The first scan of your resume is not always human. Some organizations rely on Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) to manage the influx of applications to quickly filter qualifications and experience. To make sure your resume passes this automated step, customize it to include keywords found in the job posting to allow the ATS to scan your resume and pick up on the experience that is in line with the role — making sure you don’t get filtered out.

  1. Make the link

It’s vital to make the link between your skills and experience, to the role at hand. Simply acknowledging your years of experience in a similar position won’t cut it. Rather, showcase how your experience and skills translate into you being the ideal candidate for the job. By simply finding the link, hiring managers will be able to determine your potential and suitability for the role.

  1. Find your style

Selecting a style for your resume should be mindful. Choose to lay out your experience and skills in a manner that speaks to your professionalism and personality. For example, if you’re applying for a marketing or designer role, the layout you choose should showcase your creativity by using colours and out of the box layouts that capture your vital information. However, if you’re applying for a role where creativity isn’t a criteria, then try to keep it classic. Keep in mind; solid black fonts and distinct sections will guide the reviewer to find the information they need to assess your suitability.

  1. Focus on achievements

Your achievements are as important as your past work experiences and skills.  It’s your achievements that provides an organization with insight into what you’re capable of. Key achievements to highlight can include how you positively impacted revenue, launched process improvements, implemented best practices — the list goes on. Think strategically when compiling this list as it paints the picture of how you can provide added value to the role and company.

  1. Customize

Every job testing tells a story.  Companies tend to put the most important elements of the role up front — and your resume should be no different. From experience, to skills, to education — mimic your resume to highlight what is important in the role to catch the attention of the person reading it.  From everyone else who has applied, it may just be what makes you stand out.

A lot of time is spent preparing a resume and applying for jobs, so don’t go unnoticed. By tailoring your resume for each job and ensuring you provide the information that will show a future employer what you bring to the table, you will increase your chances of landing an interview.


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