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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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Why Temporary Jobs Are Great For Students This Summer

#TempEmployment

As summer approaches, students across the country are gearing up for the summer job hunt, looking for short term employment to cover increasing costs of living, tuition etc. If this sounds like you, don’t overlook temporary work, which offers many benefits when you’re looking to make some extra money this summer.

Gain experience

Temporary work is a great way to enhance your post-secondary education. By working a temp position in your industry, you can earn a competitive salary while gaining hands-on skills that you can’t learn in the classroom. Plus, these positions give you insight into workplace expectations and set you up for success after you graduate.

Get ahead of the game

Temporary work is a great way to make connections that can set the stage for your career after graduation. It’s no secret that networking is an essential part of the job hunt and can be something students struggle with. With temporary placements, you can get a step ahead of similar candidates and score a few good references for your post-graduation job search.

Perks of full time work

There’s no denying the perks that come with full time employment. Whereas part time work often comes with inconsistent hours, evening and weekend work, and frequently requires open availability, full time positions offer stable working hours. A temporary position gives you the best of both worlds, offering you the flexibility to select a position that provides you with your desired hour or assignment duration, while giving you the stability not offered with shift work. Not to mention the added perks of vacation pay, stat holiday pay and healthcare plans common to a full-time position.

Effortless

After 8 months of studying, it can be challenging to motivate yourself to initiate the job hunt. Revising resumes, applying for jobs, lining up interviews — looking for work can be hard work! With a staffing agency like Adecco, qualified recruiters can find positions for you in many fields of employment, taking much of the work out of finding your next favourite summer job.

Regardless of your employment status, whether you are a student looking to make money for your education, or suddenly find yourself without work looking for a quick re-entry, a temp position may be the perfect fit.

With new temporary and permanent positions opening daily, contact your local Adecco branch to speak with a recruiter and register for free today!


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IT is where it’s AT

In the years Michael Fernandes has spent working and recruiting in the IT vertical, Roevin’s resident 360 IT Recruitment Consultant has worked with many talented individuals and organizations throughout Canada. Having successfully navigated through multiple market shifts, Michael is an expert on recruitment in the IT sector. In this guest post, he shares some of this knowledge by highlighting the top areas for career growth in the IT field and the skill sets that will help you succeed there.

  1. UX/UI design

User experience (UX) and user interface (UI) design focuses on creating useful, usable and delightful products and features that enhance a user’s interaction with the product. As companies pivot to customer-savvy, design-focused strategies, the ability to make products ‘user friendly’ to facilitate a better user experience is a valuable skill set, especially when many developers and designers can find it difficult to incorporate these elements in their products. Recently, we have seen an influx of candidates with UX and UI design skills, as well as many individuals successfully turning their knowledge into standalone positions such as UX Designers, UI Designers, Information Architects and Usability Specialists.

  1. Security

In recent years, information security and privacy has been a huge issue for individuals and corporations alike. From identity theft of individuals to large-scale corporate data breaches and data mining scandals, stakeholders are increasingly prioritizing security. In response, we have seen the emergence of certifications that enable individuals to hone their cyber security skills, including the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) credentials.

  1. Cloud computing

With the evolution of IT, storage has always been an issue as companies look for ways to reduce their costs and save space in their databases and servers. Many organizations have been transitioning to cloud-based solutions, employing Software as a Service (SaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) solutions as well as virtualization to reduce the costs of maintaining and supporting business operations. Among our clients, we have seen a large push towards using services such as Microsoft Hyper-V, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and VMWare for private cloud hosting, which has increased their demand for talent that has experience in integrating and migrating to cloud-based solutions.

  1. Programming

With growing digitalization initiatives, programming has become a definite skill to have in recent years. Most organizations want to land a “one-stop” resource, looking for people who can code in more than one language to diversify proposed solutions. In our experience, the top languages we see organizations recruit for are JavaScript, Python and .NET. And, as mobile development continues to grow, we also see organizations look for talented coders with experience in Java, Objective-C and HTML5. The most striking trend I’ve seen is the expansion of development skills to roles outside the development team. Many marketing departments, for example, now include front end developers with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript experience to manage their websites.

  1. Soft skills

Of course, we can’t forget the following perennial soft skills: eagerness to learn, willingness to persevere in a role, ability to effectively communicate and collaborate with teams, and the ability to troubleshoot issues. These skills are not as easily taught as technical skills, yet they are vital for workers in the IT sector.

The need for qualified IT talent is high. Expanding your knowledge base to include the skills mentioned above is likely to secure your next job in these growing career areas.

 

BIO – Michael Fernandes has demonstrated success in the sales, talent acquisition and technology solutions industries. A certified Scrum Master and PMI member, he is dedicated to transforming individuals into energetic team members working productively. Michael is a recruitment expert and account executive at Roevin (https://www.roevin.ca/).

 

 


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Cannabis – The New Economy

With predictions[1] for cannabis demand in Canada reaching $22.6 billion a year, the Canadian economy can expect a huge boost from its legalization.

Impacting the labour market, post-secondary education and tax revenue, cannabis legalization is set to have far-reaching effects on the Canadian economy.

New marketplace, new jobs

The obvious contribution legalizing cannabis will make to the Canadian economy is job creation. Thousands of jobs are destined to emerge, including hands-on positions such as research and development, production, packaging, and security, as well as positions required to run a new enterprise or corporation including clerical, legal, marketing, and accounting roles. We can expect mass hiring of employees to staff these developing new enterprises from the ground up.

Building an industry

Alongside growth in jobs, other infrastructural changes are inevitable, including the need for new growing facilities[2] and supply chain improvements. As a result of increased demand for cannabis, we will also see growth in demand for complementary goods and services.

Cannabis and higher education

With a new industry comes increased demand for qualified professionals in an unexplored field. To accommodate these needs, new post-secondary courses and fields of studies are emerging,[3] providing students and young professionals with the skills and background knowledge required to be successful in this budding business. As production and legal recreational consumption becomes normalized, it’s expected that students will increasingly explore professions and post-secondary programs in the field.

Tax and fees

Finally, legalization is expected to bring in hundreds of millions of dollars[4] in tax and fee revenue for Canada — which includes taxes, retail markups, producer licences and private retailer licences in select provinces.

With the birth of the legal cannabis industry in Canada, the far-reaching impact on the Canadian economy is unfolding in front of us. The effects of increased demand of both the product and other elements in the supply chain will become clearer as the regulatory framework is established and market demand comes into focus.

This is the last in our series on the legalization of cannabis. You can find previous posts by visiting our Employer resources page on our website.


[1] http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/marijuana-ontario-price-market-sales-1.4298311

[2] http://business.financialpost.com/real-estate/property-post/the-rush-is-on-for-grow-ops-as-canada-heads-toward-legal-weed

[3] https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/canada-universities-colleges-expand-course-offerings-for-careers-in-marijuana-industry/article37847833/

[4] https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/305790