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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

Cannabis and the Impact on Employee Health

With legislation set to pass and legalize cannabis, the intricacies of its usage may change. To keep health and safety at the forefront in the workplace, employers will need to set clear boundaries regarding its use.

Although consumption of cannabis during work hours for medical purposes is not a new phenomenon, recreational use has the potential to affect an employee’s health, and, the health and safety of a company’s workforce.

Use in the workplace

The Ontario Human Rights Code (OHRC) extends to allow disabled workers the use of medical cannabis when prescribed. Although under this act, employers must accommodate these workers, this code does not permit the worker to be impaired at work or endanger their safety or the safety of others.[i] Should a worker show signs of marijuana impairment, an employer must assign the individual tasks considered safe. For recreational users, employers still hold the right to set rules for the non-medical use of marijuana in the same manner they set alcohol consumption restrictions. Increasingly, employers will need to prioritize their workplace policies and clearly outline and communicate their policy regarding the recreational use of cannabis during work hours.

Employee health and safety

Similar to alcohol, the effects of cannabis will vary from person to person. The THC in marijuana can affect coordination, reaction time, focus, decision making abilities and perception.[ii] This means that there may be potential effects on an employee’s body, brain and overall mental state. For that reason, cannabis consumption in the workplace can be particularly dangerous for employees in fields like construction and manufacturing — or any position requiring the operation of a vehicle or heavy machinery. To prepare for its changing legal status, employers should revisit drug workplace policies to identify whether a change is required to reflect the change in legislation, in addition to outlining disciplinary action for substance abuse in the workplace.

Benefit plans

With more recognizable medical benefits and the normalization of cannabis as a treatment option for symptoms ranging from arthritis to cancer, the number of medical marijuana patients across Canada nearly doubled by the end of September 2017; reaching more than 235,000.[iii] As this number continues to grow, so does the pressure on benefit providers to include cannabis coverage in their health plans. Sun Life is the first provider to accommodate, providing members with the option to add medical cannabis coverage only for set conditions and symptoms. With the pending legalization, it is only a matter of time before other benefit providers follow suit and normalize cannabis coverage options.

The changing legal status of recreational cannabis use will undoubtedly impact the workplace in its early stages. With clear boundaries and rules in place surrounding the recreational use of cannabis, employers can mitigate any potential issues and maintain a happy, healthy workforce.

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[i] https://www.pshsa.ca/cannabis-in-the-workplace/

[ii] https://www.canada.ca/content/dam/hc-sc/documents/services/campaigns/27-16-1808-Factsheet-Health-Effects-eng-web.pdf

[iii] http://business.financialpost.com/news/fp-street/sun-life-financial-to-add-medical-pot-option-to-group-benefits-plans

 

The Evolution of the Administrative Professional

The Administrative professional role has evolved to mirror changing times. Expanded responsibilities and skill sets has given this vital role a new meaning and organizational impact.

 


The early days

Started by the Industrial Revolution, administrative assistants were first referred to as secretaries. As the industrial expansion caused office businesses to face a large amount of paperwork, the role of the “secretary” was introduced to resolve this influx of work.[i] The term itself had the eventual connotation of something private or confidential, as with the English word secret. A secretarius was a person, therefore, overseeing business confidentially, usually for a powerful individual. Initially, men held this prominent position, however, the introduction of women into the workforce allowed companies to hire females in these roles at lower wages[ii] Often designated as “personal” or “private” secretaries, the role was popular amongst women seeking a professional status.  At that time, secretaries were required to possess strong typography and communication skills in order to support such tasks as answering and dispatching calls, and, redacting documents on their typewriters. Although undervalued, secretaries played an essential role in the overall performance of the office.

Present day

Often referred to as Administrative Professional, Office Coordinator or Executive Assistant — gone are the days of a singular title to categorize this pivotal role. An evolving society and the introduction of technology has clearly changed all facets of the administrative professional role. Today, administrative professionals manage the day-to-day functions of an office and many even have the added tasks of managing budgets, bookkeeping, maintaining websites, travel arrangements and managing meetings. Many organizations seek administrative professionals with a varying skill set —  from typing at high speeds using technical or foreign languages, accounting to strong communication skills to interact with the public.

This profession has gone from being male dominated and entry level to a female dominated field offering full-time careers with competitive salaries and a potential for career growth. For every call you answer, document you prepare, spreadsheet you manage and of course the many other tasks you complete every day, thank you and happy Administrative Professionals day!

Looking to start your next administrative career? Look no further! With thousands of online training courses in applications such as Microsoft Office, we have all the tools you need to snag the admin job of your dreams!

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[i] http://money.cnn.com/2013/01/31/news/economy/secretary-women-jobs/index.html

[ii] http://money.cnn.com/2013/01/31/news/economy/secretary-women-jobs/index.html