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Here’s what to do when contacted by a recruiter

Most of us are used to the traditional job hunt. Applying for job after job and waiting for an interview request. So, when the tables are turned and you’re contacted by a recruiter for a role, how do you respond?

LinkedIn has become a powerful networking tool, especially for recruiters looking for top talent. You don’t have to be actively looking for a new role to be recognized online. For those who aren’t currently looking for a new job, receiving an email or LinkedIn message can be surprising. Don’t be startled. Be flattered! Take it as recognition of your skills and experiences and look at it as a possible next step towards that dream job.
If you’re unsure of what to do when a recruiter contacts you, this Adecco blog has all the answers.

What does it mean if a recruiter contacts you?

When recruiters contact you on LinkedIn or via email, take a minute to feel proud! Your skills and experience are paying off and you can finally start to reap the benefits! It’s likely that the recruiter has a position available that matches your qualifications and wants to know more about you to ensure you are the perfect fit for their client. Don’t mistake this initial contact as a job offer or even as good as one. The recruiter is interested in you professionally, but the ball is in your court to determine if you’d like to take the conversation further.

How to respond to a recruiter

Re-evaluate your current work status

Perhaps you haven’t even considered a change in employment, but now that you know you have options, there’s no better time to step back and reflect on your current position. Are you happy with your role? Your employer? The company you work for? Your compensation? Re-evaluate your current work status to determine if you’d be open to a change.

Respond with your intentions

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If you’ve thought it over and remain content in your current position, politely thank the recruiter for their interest, decline the opportunity and/or let them know what opportunities you would be willing to entertain in the future. After all, having a recruiter as an ally can be beneficial to your professional success.

On the other hand, if you’ve arrived at the conclusion that a change is just what you need, remember that they’ve likely contacted multiple candidates so you should respond as soon as possible. Keep your response brief and to the point. Thank the recruiter for reaching out and provide an electronic copy of your resume. Make it clear that you are interested in meeting to learn more about the role and supply a couple of options of dates and times that would work best for you.

Don’t be afraid to ask for more information about the role if you’re stuck on the fence. It can be challenging to base a decision on only partial knowledge.

Treat your meeting like an interview

Although you’ve been contacted based on your skills and experiences, recruiters are looking to sell you to their clients, so make a good first impression! Treat your meeting like a professional interview. Bring an updated resume as well as any additional documents requested by the recruiter such as certifications, licences and your social insurance number. Arriving prepared demonstrates your interest in the role and helps the recruiter present you to their client immediately.

Don’t forget those common interview tips. Prepare yourself by reviewing the company, your resume and your digital presence. Dress to impress and thank the recruiter for their time. Being courteous and professional is key, as this is a relationship you’ll want to nurture in order to reap its benefits.

There are many negative sentiments towards working with a recruiter. Don’t be fooled by common staffing agency myths. Making a positive connection with a recruitment firm today can be a great asset for your professional growth tomorrow. Whether you are looking for a new role immediately or down the road, maintaining a relationship with a qualified recruiter can ensure you are linked to the best opportunities as they become available.

Looking for work today? Take the next step with the recruiters at Adecco. Contact your local branch to meet with a recruiter and gain access to hundreds of new opportunities daily!

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

Quitting Your Job: 5 Undeniable Signs and How to Do It

Nothing is quite as anxiety-inducing as quitting your job. Don’t lose sleep over your next resignation. Remain calm and professional and you’ll be free of your negative employment situation in no time.

Are you looking to quit your job? The majority of Canadian employees are ready to do it, according to a survey from Nielsen. Even when you’re unhappy, though, resigning is never easy. To help ease the process, Adecco presents the ultimate guide to how to quit your job.

Signs you should quit your job

Do you find yourself repeating “I want to quit my job”? There’s likely a good reason for that! Here are a few telltale signs it’s time to move on.

You’re unhappy

Simple as that. If it’s getting harder to get out of bed every morning or you’re finding yourself dragging your feet to go to work, it’s time to go. If you’re feeling unhappy at work, don’t worry, you’re not alone. In fact, more than half of Canadians are unhappy with their current work situation. Don’t dwell on the inevitable. Start looking for an employment opportunity that will spark joy in your life.

There’s no room to grow

If you’re not seeing opportunities to grow within the organization, you may start to feel discouraged at work. If you’re working for a company that doesn’t support your professional goals, be proactive. Find a role in an organization that values professional advancements and encourages development.

You’re stuck in a toxic environment

Identifiers of a toxic work environment: birdcage with workplace and stairs

Identifiers of a toxic work environment include: not getting along with your colleagues, discouraging and unfriendly management team, and unclear, unfair or inconsistent policies and procedures. It can be easy for us to overlook one negative factor at work, but when your job has no redeeming qualities, it’s time to move on.

Your compensation isn’t cutting it

Still waiting on that pay raise? Management dodging your meeting requests? If you’re feeling undercompensated in the workplace and the company isn’t responding to your pay increase requests, don’t carry on being underpaid. Look for a position with an organization that professionally and financially supports your needs.

Your gut says its time to move on

There’s a reason our parents always told us to listen to our gut. Our gut feelings are dictated by an internal database created by relatable past knowledge and experiences, making your intuition a valuable part of the decision-making process. So, when the little voice inside your head tells you it’s time to go, listen. Your intuition is probably right and there is likely a better opportunity out there for you elsewhere.

What to do when you’ve decided to quit your job

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Ready to make the leap to a new job? Check out our tips for quitting your job.

1. Give proper notice

Two weeks’ notice is standard, but be sure to reference your employee handbook before quitting to ensure you follow any requirements listed. By providing your employer with ample notice, you enable them to hire and on-board a replacement to avoid any disruptions to their workflow.

2. Meet with management

This isn’t a time for burning bridges. Rather, meet with management to quit in person and provide honest but constructive feedback on why you’ve decided it’s time to move on. Mention specifics where possible to help management gain insight on your rational and request a letter of recommendation to keep for future opportunities.

3. Write your letter of resignation

Keep it simple! There’s no need to stress over an elaborate resignation letter. State the position you are resigning from and the effective date. Remember to thank your employer for the opportunity and include a couple things you’ve learned from the role. Conclude your letter by offering your assistance with the transition. For sample letters of resignation, click here.

4. Tie up loose ends

Create a transition plan to hand off your responsibilities once you’ve left. Include specific tasks, determine who will take over responsibility for your projects and identify any additional administrative paperwork. Be sure to also notify clients or customers of your last day and introduce their contact moving forward.

5. Refresh and refocus

Transitioning out of a bad position is a traumatic endeavour. Take some time off to refresh and refocus before jumping into your next position. Taking time off work, or getting away for a vacation, can help you identify your work values, reflect on your past role and figure out where things went wrong. This will help you better navigate your job search and find the best opportunity for professional success.

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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 get a job in Canada: Newcomers’ Guide

Finding work in Canada might seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. If you’re a newcomer, here’s what you need to know about the top jobs in Canada and making your professional transition successful.

Thinking about moving to Canada? While there are likely many reasons that Canada is your first choice, our strong labour market should certainly be on your list. This country offers a multitude of opportunities for newcomers and the following jobs in demand in Canada are no exception.

Top jobs in Canada

From the continuous need for IT and engineering roles, to increasing demand for sales representatives and business analysts, Canada is eager to welcome top talent from around the world.

The Canadian Business ranking of Canada’s Best Jobs for 2019 provides important insight into the character of the job market. The annual list gathers data on salary, wage growth, and industry growth to rank jobs with the most potential in the Canadian market.

If you’re looking for the best jobs to pursue, then here are the top 10 in-demand jobs in Canada, according to Canadian Business:

  1. Nurse Practitioner
  2. Dentist
  3. Utilities manager
  4. Power Systems Electricians
  5. Mining & Quarrying Supervisor
  6. Pipefitting supervisor
  7. Engineering Manager
  8. Scientific Research Manager
  9. Public Administration Director
  10. Construction Manager.

Finding work in Canada

Moving to Canada can be a lot of work, so don’t let the job search add additional stress. We’ve got a few tips to help you successfully transition to work in Canada.

1. Save

The cost of living will vary, not only from province to province but also from city to city. Locations like Toronto and Vancouver, for example, may have more employment opportunities but these cities also have higher rent and transportation costs. Unless you have employment lined up before your move, the job hunt can take some time. Make sure to compile some savings to last your first few months while you adjust and find employment.

2. Understand the employment facts for your industry

Depending on where you are emigrating from, your education, experience and/or skills may not line up with the requirements of Canadian organizations. To combat any skills or knowledge gaps, you may consider bridging programs, online educational resources, job shadowing or volunteering to help you gain a better understanding of working in your industry in Canada. Click here for more information about working in Canada.

3. Be proactive

Prepare for your job search before you move to get a jump start on employment opportunities. As Canada’s largest staffing firm, we know a thing or two about finding a job. Check out our guides to landing the job of your dreams, with advice on how to:

Getting a head start where you can will help streamline the job search process.

4. Get your foot in the door

Short term employment including temporary contract positions is a great way to get your foot in the door and impress potential employers. Not only does contract work provide you with real “Canadian” work experience, it provides the perfect networking opportunity to make new connections and prove your skill set and qualifications.

5. Use the resources available

Not only is Canada full of opportunity, it is also full of free resources. From online job banks to free community services, as well as local staffing agencies, there is plenty of help for new immigrants looking to join the workforce.

Let your local Adecco branch be your guide to finding work in Canada. From tenured recruiters to top job opportunities, resume review and interview prep, Adecco offers the resources you need to acquire professional success. Ready to get started? Contact Adecco today to register for free!

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

 

Developing Your Personal Brand

Up your job hunt by developing a successful personal brand that portrays your values and defines your professional attributes. From developing your brand to promoting your personal values and messaging, the team at Adecco has every tip and trick to help you create a personal brand that exceeds expectations.

Whether you’re looking for resources to expand your skill sets, interview preparation, or access to premium jobs with top employers, Adecco has you covered. Rely on the experienced recruiters at Adecco to kick start your career. Check out Adecco’s complete guide to developing your personal brand and visit your local Adecco branch to register for free today.

Job Interview Success Tips

The interview phase is the most stressful part of any job search. With so much pressure on correctly answering challenging interview questions and impressing the hiring manager, it’s no wonder so many fear the interview. Nailing that dreaded interview doesn’t have to be a struggle, however, and with the help of Adecco, your next job may be closer than you think!

Rely on the professional advice from Adecco recruiters to help you with your job search. With decades of experience connecting qualified candidates with top global organizations, you can be sure a partnership with Adecco will lead you to success. To help you reach your professional goals, check out our interview prep kit for the best tips and advice for acing your next job interview.

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 Follow Up After An Interview

Wondering what your next steps should be now that the interview is over? Don’t let your momentum falter. Up your post-interview strategy with these tips from Adecco for making the most of the waiting game.

The interview is over, now what? Aced all those behavioural interview questions? Looking for what to do next? From sending a follow-up email after your interview to staying active on your job hunt, it’s important to maintain a to-do list after an interview. Need a little guidance? The HR experts at Adecco share their best tips on how to follow up after an interview.

1. Mind your manners

Good manners go a long way in impressing your future employers. Whether you’re sending a thank you email after your phone interview or mailing a personalized card, thanking your interviewer for their time is essential post-interview etiquette. Use your interview follow-up email to highlight your qualifications and how they align with the position’s requirements and to reiterate your interest in the position and company. Keep your message short and concise. To go that extra mile, opt for a handwritten note. Make sure your writing is legible and send it by mail. This will highlight the effort you’re willing to put in for the employer.

follow-up email after your interview: Middle aged businessman working from home

2. Reach out to your recruiter

If you’ve received the opportunity through a recruiter, make sure to follow up with them after the interview to provide your feedback. Discuss the highlights and lowlights of your interview and be sure to address any surprises you may have received, including position responsibilities, skill requirements and salary expectations. Make sure to be as thorough as possible. This phone discussion will also serve as a reminder for the recruiter to follow up with the employer on your behalf.

3. Connect over LinkedIn

If you feel like the interview went well, consider connecting with the hiring manager via LinkedIn after your meeting. Be sure to include a personalized message that mentions a professional topic that came up in your interview. This will help keep you top of mind with the interviewer. Did your interview go well but you weren’t the perfect match? Connecting on LinkedIn can also help the interviewer keep you in mind for future positions. Before sending your connection request, ensure your LinkedIn profile is in top shape with Adecco’s LinkedIn tips to get you noticed.

4. Follow up

Did your interview go smoothly but you haven’t heard from the employer in a few weeks? It’s time to send a quick follow-up note to check in on the status of the position. Whether you make a quick call or send a short email, keep it concise. Directly reference the job you interviewed for, restate your interest in the position and politely request an update on the hiring decision. Keep in mind that if you received the opportunity through a recruiter, your follow-up should be directed to the recruiter. For more information on following up with a hiring manager read Indeed’s guide here.

5. Stay active in your job search

If you’re familiar with the phrase “don’t put all your eggs in one basket” you understand that relying on that one interview to come to fruition can lead to many missed opportunities. With that in mind, keep active in your job search after the interview. Continue checking online job boards and submit resumes to any positions you feel are a match. Remaining active in your job search will help keep you distracted during the wait and ensure you don’t miss out on a position that offers better responsibilities, hours and compensation.

Whether you are looking for direction on post-interview etiquette or need help with your job search in its entirety, the professional recruiters at Adecco have you covered. For recruitment support that includes resume advice, skills training and interview preparation 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.