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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

 

Interested in Adecco Canada’s CEO for One Month Program in 2019? Here’s what you need to know!

by Olivia Poulin, 2018 CEO One Month

Adecco Canada #CEO1Month Olivia Poulin shares her advice for what to expect from the CEO for One Month program.

The Application Process

The initial application through the Way to Work website consisted of a profile, resume and motivational letter. There were really no instructions for the letter besides a blank box and the question “What drives you?” which allowed me the freedom to tell Adecco what I’m all about (I chose to make my letter 1 page). I received an email from Adecco in my country announcing that I was in the Top 30 and they requested that I send in a 1-minute video and an essay demonstrating how I live Adecco’s core values. After this, when I was selected for the Top 3, I had a Skype interview with the CEO himself, Gilbert Boileau. This was our first opportunity to speak to one another, so I felt the pressure, but also just wanted to show him who I really am and why I wanted the opportunity so badly. After a follow-up interview with someone else from his team, I received a congratulatory phone call letting me know I had been selected. What a feeling!

Research

If you’re doing research because you are interested in the 2019 program, then you’re already off to a great start. I spent hours researching the Canadian program as well as the global program, which includes a finalist boot camp and the ultimate opportunity — shadowing The Adecco Group Global CEO Alain Dehaze. I watched every YouTube video, read every article, checked out past participants’ Twitter and Instagram profiles, searched hashtags etc. When the interview question came along “how much do you know about the CEO for One Month program?” I could confidently answer “practically everything”. However, DON’T STOP THERE! Learn about Adecco in Canada and in surrounding markets, the staffing industry, and some of our competitors, too. This way, during the interview process, you can speak to how your personal experiences will benefit you throughout the program, increasing your chance of selection.

Attitude (of Gratitude)

Be grateful for every round of applications you advance through and the things you learn about yourself along the way! The Marketing Team is reading, scoring and ranking every application more than once. If you don’t make it through to the next round, send a follow-up/thank you email for having been considered. Have a genuine attitude of thankfulness. This could benefit you in the future if you build the relationship properly. Once you are selected, please realize the incredible opportunity you have ahead of you to learn, be challenged and prove yourself. You have been trusted to view everything top down of a Global Fortune 500 Company — an experience many could only dream of at the early stages of a career!

Do What Feels Right

Don’t follow everyone else’s lead. Do what feels right to you. There isn’t really a “right answer” in terms of exactly what they’re looking for. Think outside the box and feel free to have fun with your application. Show your personality and creativity. I stressed myself out watching OTHER people’s submission videos and digging around the Internet to see who I was competing against. I’d compare our backgrounds, education, videos etc. and worried that the approach I took in my video wasn’t quite right. But at the end of the day, I was selected because I was able to show so much of my true self and my relevant experiences, which leads me to my next point:

Authenticity

Make sure your videos/essays match WHO YOU ARE. It sounds so cheesy, but: be yourself. When I showed up to work on my first day, I wasn’t worried about ‘acting right’ or putting on a show to be someone I’m not — I was exactly who I am and that served me well throughout my time there. I could relax and interact in a natural and positive way. I received many compliments that I was warm, kind, fun, positive, eager to learn, genuine and determined — qualities that I foster every day. In my final day feedback session, I was told that in-person-Olivia matched application-Olivia and that was really important to me.

Time Commitment

Whatever you’ve got going on — cancel it. Kidding! (Kind of, but not really). I have never worked harder or been busier in my life than during my month with Adecco. I was juggling an online university class, running my company from another city, handling church responsibilities and completing Adecco Global Challenges on top of travelling, learning, shadowing and working on my final project for Adecco. It was crazy, but it taught me a lot about myself (check out next week’s post!) and my working style. I’d recommend making decisions that allow you to put as much of your focus and energy into your CEO for One Month journey as possible in an effort to maximize your time there and not spread yourself too thin.

Living on Your Own

I lived in Toronto during the month in an apartment that Adecco supplied for me. Living close to work was a big stress relief for me since I come from a small town where I’ve always had to drive everywhere. It was fun to walk to and from work in the big city, grocery shop without my car and enjoy the other exciting activities around me. I was comfortable living on my own because I have previously done so, but make sure you are mentally preparing for it if you haven’t yet had that solo experience!

Global Challenges

The Global Team will be issuing challenges to you via a web platform during your time as CEO for One Month, depending on when your month takes place. My month with Adecco was in June and global competitions are happening throughout June, July and August. The challenges are unlocked weekly or biweekly and consist of things like video introductions, personality tests, LinkedIn articles, an innovation project, reports etc. These challenges are used to showcase your skills, experiences, personality and things you learned during your CEO journey.

Other Stuff

The people at Adecco are great — interact with them as much as you can. They become like family; everyone wants to see you be successful and have an incredible experience.

Your salary comes once you’ve completed your month. Adecco pays for your place to live in Toronto and helps you out with some money for groceries.

It will likely not be a 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. job (especially on travel days). When meetings with the CEO and the rest of the team take up your entire day, you will likely have work to complete at night.

Reach Out

Feel free to reach out to me if you have direct questions or want to talk more about my experience. I can be found on Instagram (@poulin09) and Twitter (@oliviapoulin). Make sure to use #CEO1Month.

Stay tuned for my next blog post about my biggest takeaways, lessons learned, what I did, and more!


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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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Why an Internship Program?

Internships are more than a mandatory student requirement and experience on a resume. A well-managed internship program can bring significant benefits to an organization.  Here’s how your organization can reap the rewards.

  1. Fresh Perspectives

Student interns bring with them fresh ideas and perspectives that can have a great impact on a business. Recent grads are generally tech savvy and fluent with social media platforms — positioning them well to impact marketing strategies! To tap into your intern’s ideas and creativity, create an environment in which they feel comfortable so they are at ease to participate in meetings and brainstorm sessions.

  1. Brand Recognition

Good news travels fast.  Internship programs show potential job seekers and existing employees that your company believes in employee development.  These programs also shed light on positive corporate values to existing and new clients.  Adopting such a program and making it a positive experience, means that people will talk about your company to their network — setting your brand apart from other companies competing for similar talent and clients.

  1. Increased Productivity

Internship programs are a cost-effective solution to providing extra support staff members sometimes need. Interns lend great support with administrative tasks and other entry level projects, allowing employees to focus on higher level business tasks. This prevents existing employees from becoming over burdened with a high workload — while ultimately increasing productivity.

  1. Recruitment Tool

Internships are a great way to evaluate a potential candidate without the commitment of hiring them permanently. This year-round recruitment tool creates larger pools of talent to pull from, with workforce ready candidates. Should you decide to hire an intern, the result is a new employee who is fully trained and understands your business — allowing you to save costs on recruitment and training!

  1. Giving back to the community

Developing a well-managed internship is a great way to give back to the community and demonstrate that you value their support of your business. Not to mention, internship programs increase employment levels, enhance the local workforce and economy, and, assist graduates in developing professional skills. What better way to solidify a positive corporate culture that encapsulates social responsibility?

Need help implementing an internship program for your company? Contact Adecco Canada for resources and assistance, and start reaping the benefits of a well-managed internship today!


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Sustainable Energy and Engineers

The green movement is increasing pressure on governments and industry alike to develop efficient renewable energy sources. Engineers play a crucial role in the development and implementation of these sustainable energy sources. 

In a conscious effort to minimize the use of fossil fuels that are harmful to our environment, we are moving towards a greater reliance on re-useable energy sources including solar, wind, geothermal and hydroelectric. The growth of these areas has increased job opportunities for both recent graduates and experienced engineers.

Solar engineers

The falling costs of materials and new technologies have resulted in great growth for solar energy, making it one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy.[i] Many are opting to incorporate solar panels into their projects not only for the positive impact on the environment but also due to the reduction in monthly energy bills, potential government subsidies and tax incentives. Solar engineers plan, design and implement solar panel systems for projects ranging from home-owners’ rooftop installations to major city projects.

Wind engineers

Large wind turbines harness wind power to produce electricity for utilities. This is a growing area, with the Canadian Wind Energy Association noting that wind energy infrastructure installation outpaced all other energy projects between 2006 to 2017.[ii]  Wind engineers focus on the design of turbines and wind farms, rotor blades, electrical systems and overall energy production. Due to the complexity of wind turbines, to construct efficient wind farms, wind engineers rely on the assistance of aerospace, civil, electrical, environmental, industrial and mechanical engineers.

Geothermal engineers

Unlike solar and wind energies, geothermal energy is available 365 days a year, as it is created from the heat from the earth’s surface.[iii] The energy is predominately generated in the United States and Iceland, with geothermal heat pumps that can tap into the earth’s surface to provide enough energy to heat and cool buildings.[iv] Geothermal engineers are responsible for creating the processes and equipment that converts this heat into renewable energy.

Hydroelectric engineers

Hydropower is the oldest large-scale system for generating electricity.[v]

As hydropower accounts for 63% of Canadian’s electricity,[vi] hydropower engineers play an essential role in providing the electricity we use on a daily basis. Hydropower engineers are responsible for the design, construction, maintenance and production of hydropower facilities such as river dams. These engineers look for ways to modernize older hydropower technologies, making them more efficient while minimizing the impact on the environment.

As concerns about climate change and global warming continue to grow, greater pressure is placed on engineers to design and implement new and efficient ways to harvest sustainable energies.

To learn more about these renewable energy sources, or to start your career in a sustainable engineering field contact Adecco today!

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[i] https://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/solar-energy-is-fastest-growing-source-of-power-1.3618361

[ii] https://canwea.ca/wind-facts/why-wind-works/

[iii] https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/global-warming/geothermal-energy/

[iv] https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/global-warming/geothermal-energy/

[v]https://www.engineering.com/ElectronicsDesign/ElectronicsDesignArticles/ArticleID/5761/Hydropower-Energy-Harvesting.aspx

[vi]https://www.engineering.com/ElectronicsDesign/ElectronicsDesignArticles/ArticleID/5761/Hydropower-Energy-Harvesting.aspx

 

Why You Should Consider Applying To Be Our “CEO for One Month”

Are you a talented and ambitious young professional looking to jump-start your career? Want to see what the leadership of one of Canada’s top Workforce Solutions Providers really does all day? Then our “CEO for One Month” internship program was made for you. Read on to learn more about the program and how you can benefit from it.

Exposure

Where many college/university internships have you making daily coffee runs and sitting in on company meetings, The Adecco Group’s “CEO for One Month” program exposes you to the inner workings of our Fortune 500 organization. Not only will you shadow the Adecco Canada’s President, you’ll be attending and participating in meetings with our top executives. And through onsite meetings across the country, you’ll gain exposure to the staffing industry from the branch level all the way to the corporate level.

Experience

When accepted to the “CEO for One Month” program, you become part of The Adecco Group organization. You are given real projects and the chance to contribute to the decision-making process. Through your work with us, you’ll add to your transferable skills, strengthening your resume and career prospects, regardless of your professional direction. The experience you gain from your month will set you apart from every other candidate for years to come! Plus, not only does the program offer an exceptional way to learn about the staffing industry, it gives you an opportunity to learn how to navigate and communicate with top executives and senior level management.

To learn firsthand about last year’s CEO for One Month, Alana Couvrette’s experience, visit: https://leadblog.ca/?s=ceo+for+a+month

Connections

Looking for a great reference? What better reference than Adecco Canada’s president! As “CEO for One Month”, you’ll be working alongside Gilbert Boileau, President of Adecco Canada, and making connections with the senior level management of one of the top staffing agencies in the world. Network your way to valuable connections that will last the rest of your professional life!

Opportunity

The opportunities provided by this internship are virtually limitless. To start, the boost to your employability from the experience you’ll gain will help you throughout your career. Plus, there’s the potential of being hired to work within Adecco’s corporate head office once the internship is completed. Finally, every “CEO for One Month” from participating countries can apply for The Adecco Group’s global “CEO for One Month” internship. The top 10 candidates from around the world will attend an all-expenses-paid boot camp in a major city, competing with candidates from around the world to become the global “CEO for One Month”. This is an opportunity of a lifetime you won’t want to miss!

Travel

Love to travel? The “CEO for One Month” program gives you the opportunity to travel from coast to coast with Gilbert Boileau on all Canada-wide business excursions, visiting branches and corporate offices. And, with the global “CEO for One Month” program based out of Zurich, Switzerland, the successful candidate is given the opportunity to travel across Europe. A travel enthusiast’s dream come true!

Compensation

The icing on the cake? The Adecco Group’s “CEO for One Month” internship is a paid position! Forget compensation for bus passes or credit for school. Amidst the plethora of other benefits, the successful candidate will receive a full month’s salary. Plus, any required travel arrangements are paid by us. A month’s pay for a month’s work. REAL work. That should help put a dent in those student debts!

Think you have something to contribute? Then we’re looking for you! For more information on “CEO for One Month” and to apply visit us at  .

About Way to Work™
The Adecco Group launched Way to Work in 2013 to tackle youth unemployment and skills shortages, develop young people’s employability, and help them enter the world of work. Through Way to Work, The Adecco Group provides young people with internships and apprenticeships (over 10,500 between 2015 and 2016), career guidance and training, and an opportunity to be the ‘CEO for One Month’.

About the Adecco Group
The Adecco Group is the world’s leading workforce solutions partner. We provide more than 700,000 people with permanent and flexible employment every day. With more than 33,000 employees in 60 countries, we transform the world of work one job at a time. Our colleagues serve more than 100,000 organisations with the talent, HR services and cutting-edge technology they need to succeed in an ever-changing global economy. As a Fortune Global 500 company, we lead by example, creating shared value that meets social needs while driving business innovation. Our culture of inclusivity, fairness and teamwork empowers individuals and organisations, fuels economies, and builds better societies. These values resonate with our employees, who voted us number 2 on the Great Place to Work® – World’s Best Workplaces 2017 list. We make the future work for everyone.

The Adecco Group is based in Zurich, Switzerland. Adecco Group AG is registered in Switzerland (ISIN: CH0012138605) and listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (ADEN). The group is powered by eight lead brands: Adecco, Modis, Badenoch & Clark, Spring Professional, Lee Hecht Harrison, Pontoon, Adia and YOSS.

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