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How to become a forklift operator

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Certified forklift operators keep businesses moving and play an integral role in many organizations. Across numerous industries — from manufacturing to retail, construction to food services — forklift operators are tasked with distributing and transporting materials around the work site through operation of a forklift or lift truck. Wondering how to become a forklift operator? Here are some useful tips to kick start your forklift career.

Safety is essential to the operation of a forklift. A powerful machine that has become indispensable in industrial settings, forklifts must be operated by trained individuals who are capable and conscientious to help prevent workplace accidents, injuries and fatalities.

Forklift opportunities

Though the cost of a forklift license will fluctuate based on the classification and training facility, obtaining your certification can lead to a range of professional opportunities. Certified forklift drivers make an average hourly rate of $17.24 in Canada and being a successful certified forklift operator can lead you to a career as a Warehouse Supervisor or Manager, with average annual salaries ranging from $52,421 to $56,151.

Get your forklift certification in 4 simple steps

Here’s how to obtain your forklift certification in Ontario. (Please note that the process may differ depending on the province that you’re looking to be certified in.)

1. Select the right forklift class

Not all forklifts are the same, differing in the way they operate and the functions they perform. Do some research to determine which forklift classification is right for you based on the opportunities available or requirements of specific organizations you’re hoping to work for. There are seven basic classifications of forklifts available for certification.

2. Locate a training provider

Find the right course for the lift truck you’ve chosen that meets or exceeds the regulations set by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA). Check online reviews of training facilities to ensure you’re selecting the best facility with knowledgeable trainers to assist you in attaining your certification.

3. In-class training

2. Seven basic classifications of forklifts: speaker lecturing a class

Along with providing the fundamentals of forklift operation, in-class training teaches workplace safety that includes various causes that affect the lift truck’s performance, while identifying potential hazards in the workplace. Or, in lieu of in-class training, work towards getting forklift certified online by finding a reputable forklift operator e-training course.

4. Practical training and performance evaluation

Much like getting your license to drive, your practical training will give you time behind the wheel to get comfortable operating the equipment and putting your in-class training into action. Your practical training will conclude with an evaluation by a certified safety trainer to ensure you have fulfilled the proper training and can safely operate and maneuver the lift truck.

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Changing careers? Here’s what you need to know for that mid-career leap

Have you grown tired of the 9 to 5 grind? Do you struggle to get out of bed in the morning? Maybe it’s time to pursue the career of your dreams!

Switching careers may have become a reality for most millennials, but facing a career change at 40, when you’re already established in your career, doesn’t seem so easy. If you find your current job dissatisfying, maybe you need a midlife career change to jump start excitement for your career again! Ready to take the leap? Let Adecco guide you on how to change careers with this helpful resource.

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Contract vs Full-Time Employment: which option is right for you?

The way we work has changed drastically and so has the way we seek out employment opportunities. With work options that include full-time permanent and contract positions, you’re sure to find an employment opportunity that meets your needs.

Traditionally, gaining permanent full-time employment signalled the start of your career, but that’s no longer the only option available. Whether you choose to go the route of permanent full-time or contract/freelance, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons to make the best decision for you. With that in mind, here are some elements of employment that can help you make a decision between contract and full-time employment.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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