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2019 Recruitment Trends

Ready to improve your recruitment strategy in 2019? Adecco has you covered with the latest recruiting trends to keep your business competitive in the search for top talent!

In a candidate driven market, securing the best available talent can be a major challenge for businesses.  As top candidates remain in high demand, it takes more than a job offer with a competitive compensation package to seal the deal. As you plan your 2019 recruitment strategies, consider these top recruitment trends.

Recruitment marketing

To combat talent scarcity, many organizations have redirected their marketing efforts. It’s essential for companies to build an “employer brand” that combines corporate culture, social responsibility and its reputation as an employer. A creative and strong employer brand can help your organization stand out from the competition ― while exemplifying why you are the perfect fit for new potential candidates.

Proactive recruitment

Starting the recruitment process only when a position opens up is no longer good enough. By engaging proactive recruitment strategies, companies can create a database of skilled candidates, ready for hire when your business needs change. Include a link on your social media profiles and website to encourage applications year-round. Then, make sure to catalogue all resumes received by skills, qualifications and job title.

Passive talent

With a tight talent pool and tough competition, more than ever, hiring managers need to take a creative approach to candidate sourcing, including approaching professionals who may not be actively looking for a new role. To widen your search, be sure to leverage sites such as LinkedIn to connect with passive candidates who are not currently looking for a job, but who may be open to new opportunities.

Social recruitment

Employers are increasingly utilizing social media platforms to attract candidates. Whether you leverage sites like LinkedIn ― designed to facilitate networking between professionals ― or other popular social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram, social media helps to engage potential candidates while promoting their employer brand and corporate culture.

Technology

As technology continues to evolve rapidly, companies are relying on these advancements to facilitate their recruitment processes. More and more organizations are using technology such as Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) to automate their talent search. This may be the right avenue for organizations who need to save time from not having to filter unqualified candidates, and gain time to enhance their on-boarding and training processes to reduce turnover.

Mobile recruitment

In Canada alone, 25.5 million people (70% of the population) use smartphones. As mobile technology continues to evolve, implementing a mobile recruitment strategy is vital for businesses looking to target the labour pool. Companies who adapt and create a mobile friendly application platform can create better candidate user experiences and increase the number of applications.

Virtual reality/skills assessment

As Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology continues to develop, the role of virtual reality (VR) within the recruitment and on-boarding processes will steadily increase. Implementing VR platforms can prove to be useful when assessing how candidates respond in practical settings ― ultimately giving employers a more realistic idea of on the job performance before making a  decision to hire.

Lacking the resources to implement these evolving recruitment trends? Leave your talent search to the pros. Contact your local Adecco branch for assistance on recruitment and on-boarding procedures today!

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Workplace Resolutions for Success

After a holiday season full of food, friends and gluttony, it can be challenging to get your employees back into productive mode. Snap your team back to reality with some simple resolutions sure to kick-start your organization’s new business year.

Whether it’s personal or professional, most people will agree that a new year creates the sense of a new beginning. So why do we return to work feeling sluggish and unmotivated? If you’re looking to overcome that holiday hangover, get your employees back on track with professional resolutions that will guarantee success in 2019.

Focus on development opportunities

Keep the feeling of professional success alive by initiating a conversation with each member of your team to discuss their career goals. During your meeting, select a realistic development goal for the year. Not only will each colleague feel valued, but they will be motivated to work towards a successful future within the organization. Be sure to set reminders to follow up throughout the year and don’t be afraid to alter development goals as you go.

Place an emphasis on training

Even senior-level employees can learn a thing or two! Whether the training is to help your team work towards their career goals or for specific programs that will contribute to their productivity, create a syllabus of training courses for each team member to complete. Provide timelines and incentives to help keep your colleagues on track.

Facilitate communication

A new year is the perfect time to strengthen communication habits within the workplace. Develop an open-door policy that makes colleagues feel comfortable and welcome to participate in constructive communication. Encourage your team to provide feedback on daily operations and make recommendations on how to improve business practices.

Support a healthy active lifestyle

It’s one of the oldest resolutions in the book, but it may just lead to healthier and happier employees. Consider partnering with fitness centres or offering a monthly stipend towards physical health memberships. Not only will you see a noticeable decrease in lost time, but employees will feel more motivated at work. A win/win for your organization!

Lead by example

If you are feeling sluggish getting back to the grind, your employees will follow suit. Set goals for yourself and get to work. If your employees are lagging, don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty. Jump into action and work alongside your team until they are back to full productivity.  Your efforts will not go unnoticed and can motivate your employees to get back into their routines.

Make 2019 your organization’s best year yet! For support in recruiting your dream team, contact your local Adecco branch today.

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6 Steps to a New Year with a Fresh Start

Whether you’re heading into the new year unemployed or focused on your next career move, finding your next job isn’t always an easy task. With a little help from the staffing pros at Adecco, we can help this new year lead to a new you!

Are you one of the many looking to give your career a fresh start in 2019? You’re not alone. We understand that getting the job search started can be intimidating and leave you feeling overwhelmed. To ensure your fresh year doesn’t turn stale, check out Adecco’s helpful tips to help you nail your job search and land that dream job.

1. Diversify your search

Relying solely on mega job search engines such as Indeed.com or Monster.ca is no longer a viable option. Rather than limiting your search to these sites, consider all job search avenues. Freshen up that LinkedIn profile and use their job board to connect with hiring managers, attend career fairs, or even check out the career pages on that sought after employers’ websites. A creative approach means leaving no stone unturned.

2. Start Talking

Networking is a key part of job hunting and social media sites ― such as LinkedIn ― make it easier than ever to start the conversation. To get started, create an online dialogue and share content that is influential in your field, attend networking events or schedule a meeting with a professional in your field. Networking can help you gain information, valuable connections, referrals and recommendations which can be influential in your job search.

3. Refresh your efforts

Not getting any traction from your resume? Don’t keep blindly submitting the same CV if you aren’t seeing any results. As a general rule of thumb, never submit the same resume twice, instead, tailor your resume to match the job you’re applying for. If you happen to still not see results, consider reformatting your resume to highlight different skills, education or experience to freshen it up.

4. Refine your search

Simply searching by job title or career field can lead to a plethora of hits that are time consuming to filter through and may not result in the best opportunities for you. Rather, base your search around your skills and experience. Use keywords that define your talents, accomplishments and expertise to find that right-fit position. And of course, make sure to refine your geographical preferences to align your matches.

5. Apply directly

Online job banks such as Monster or Indeed make it easy for candidates to quickly apply. The result: an abundance of resumes that are unsuitable for the position. To save on time, hiring managers tend to use ATS systems to filter through resumes based on keywords, which leaves you with a mere 3% chance of being selected for an interview! Whether you found that position through a database or not, if you apply directly at the company you will find yourself competing against a smaller pool of candidates — improving your chances of being selected for an interview.

However, be sure to respect any mandatory application requirements. If a posting specifies to apply directly through the job banks, applying through email will hinder rather than help your odds.

6. Let Adecco search for you!

Want a recruiter who works for you? With access to hundreds of positions, personal connections with hiring managers, and the ability to fine tune your resume to get it to the top of the pile, partnering with Adecco may just land you the career of your dreams! Contact your local Adecco branch today and make your 2019 a truly success.

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

 

Training Trends: Looking at Microlearning

We live in a fast-paced world where traditional intensive training isn’t always possible. With a microlearning approach to training, your employees can get quick coaching on the skills they need, all while saving time and taking advantage of the latest strategies for retaining knowledge.

What is microlearning? Simply put, it’s fast learning. Increasingly used in the corporate sector, microlearning is a training format that relies on small moments or sessions of learning. It provides only the relevant information learners need for the task at hand. In other words, it’s on-demand learning that gives learners the skills they need, as they need it.

But what’s in it for your organization? Read on to learn how microlearning can transform your team, business and bottom line.

The Benefits of Microlearning

Better knowledge retention

Did you know that studying in short concentrated bursts has been proven to be the most effective method of learning? To take advantage of this finding, rather than have employees sit through seminars or training sessions full of irrelevant information, use the microlearning approach and provide learners with small snippets of focused information. Not only does this strategy give learners brief, targeted information nuggets that they can return to, it serves as a fun and engaging form of learning.

On-demand learning

With microlearning, colleagues can access knowledge whenever and wherever they are and can complete it at their own pace. Enabling portable learning that can be done anytime with nothing more than a cell phone and internet connection, microlearning does not require a large time commitment to be effective.

Cost efficient

Traditional training can be a significant component of your budget. Whether you’re hiring trainers or sending staff off-site, relying on conventional forms of education can be costly, not to mention time consuming. Microlearning can cost up to 50% less than traditional courses, while also saving your employees productivity-draining disruptions to their work schedules.

Implementing Microlearning Within Your Organization

Ready to incorporate microlearning into your organization’s training program to further develop staff while enhancing business practices? We’ve got you covered with Adecco’s four steps to implementing microlearning within your organization.

Step 1: Identify knowledge gaps

Create a detailed syllabus of required learning for all employees in your organization. Be sure to include company-mandated training requirements (health and safety policies, for example) as well as supplementary training that can enhance your employees’ skill sets. And, remember to include department- or function-specific requirements to meet your employees’ varied training needs.

Step 2: Gather resources

Whether you choose to work with e-learning software or decide to assemble content in-house, make sure you are gathering interactive content that will capture the attention of your team. Select a mixture of video clips, infographics, PDFs, webinars, etc. that will provide interesting learning opportunities for colleagues.

Step 3: Make modules accessible

Easy access is key to the success of microlearning. Focus on the usefulness of the courses for your readers by making it easy for them to select what they need from a library of courses and then consume the content whenever and wherever they are.

Step 4: Encourage and reward

Once lessons are made available, encourage colleagues to engage with the content. Filling self-identified skills gaps may be the objective, but company-provided incentives may be the motivation your employees need to complete training.

By incorporating microlearning strategies into your training plan, you can provide your employees with a valuable resource that promotes self-sufficiency while taking advantage of cost savings and efficient delivery.

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The Big Day

My cell phone says it’s 1:45 a.m. and I’m lying down in bed fully awake, ready for the race. Even though I tried to go back to sleep, the mix of excitement and anxiety keeps me awake for the rest of the night. As the next four hours pass, I visualize every step of the triathlon 100 times and engage in some relaxation meditation.

Finally, it’s time to get out of bed. My bag is ready from the previous night with all my equipment, gels, fruit bars and water bottles. No need to double check since I went through it at least 10 times. It’s time to put on my tri suit, grab my bag and meet the other Ambassadors for breakfast.

Although the room at breakfast was pretty quiet and consumed with focus, the excitement and energy still resonated throughout.  As excited as I was, I was concerned about my injury from three days ago to my lower back. I could barely walk. While getting in my last bit of training before the race, an older back injury resurfaced. Even though the doctor told me I could probably still do the triathlon, I was concerned with the running portion — especially since it comes after spending almost two hours of being bent forward on my bike. I had to mentally prepare myself that I may only be able to walk the 10km, instead of run. In any case, the big day had finally arrived.

Once we arrived onsite, there was no time to think about my back. Everything went really fast: setting up the transition zone, eating one last snack, hitting the bathroom before putting on the wet suit on and getting my good luck kiss from my number one fan — my wife Melanie. Before I knew it, I was on the beach waiting for our Global CEO, Alain Dehaze to say “go!”.

Christian finished swimming

As I began swimming, I wondered how I would do in the vast ocean. 37 minutes later, I had my answer — the swim was amazing! I even got to admire some fish along the way. Things were going well, I was having a good time and most importantly, I was smiling. However, I knew the biggest part of the race was still ahead: removing the wet suit, 43.5km of cycling and 10km of running.

Then came the bike course through Puerto Del Carmen.  The scenery alone was breathtaking; the country side, wineries and the volcanoes, volcanic rocks and lava path along Timanfaya Park were absolutely amazing. This portion of the triathlon was the highlight for me. It even almost made me forget the 20km climb and the cramps that started in my right calf and left thigh. It was the moment when I felt the magic of completing a race with a team. The thumbs ups and encouragements amongst Ambassadors made such a difference. After 2:26 in the race — the ride taking appx 1:50 — and it was time to get off the bike and run!

Christian running

My back was so stiff when I got off the bike that I couldn’t run. As I removed my cycling gear, I took an ibuprofen and focused on the last (and most grueling for me) portion of the race: the 10km run. If it wasn’t for my injury, this is when I would’ve performed the best, however it ended up being the most difficult. The start of the running course was close to the VIP area where all the Win4Youth supporters — my wife included — were watching the race.  Needless to say, my pride took over and I managed to run a few hundred meters before stopping to stretch my back. As painful as it was, my biggest concern remained to finish the race in a decent time. I stopped at least two or three times to stretch in the first 5km and my pace was very slow. In my vision, I was going to fly over the running course with a big smile while passing the other runners. It was extremely frustrating to not see that to fruition. I still had some energy left but my back wouldn’t let me run. And, I don’t think I was smiling much at that point.

Although I was far from my usual speed, I was able to increase the pace in the second half of the run and eventually catch up to some of the runners who passed me. It took me an 1:08 to complete the 10km — 20 minutes more than my last Olympic Triathlon in Quebec.

Even though my finish was not as strong as I hoped, I truly felt the magic. I forgot about my back and focused on enjoying the moment. The last six months of sacrifice and training became worthwhile as the finish line approached. As that finish line hit my line of vision I felt proud, happy.  Best of all, I was smiling. I made it.  Despite the bumps in the road along the way, I enjoyed the journey and am truly grateful to have been given the opportunity. I will remember these moments for the rest of my life.

Alain giving Christian medals

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

 

From the Other Side of the Triathlon: A Message from our Win4Youth Ambassador Anne

The Win4Youth program brings Adecco Group employees, associates and clients together to share their passion for sport and to have a positive impact on the lives of young people around the world. Anne Nguyen was one of two members of our Canadian Adecco Group family selected to represent the Win4Youth program in October’s Ocean Lava triathlon in Lanzarote, Spain. Here is Anne’s last blog as 2018’s Win4Youth ambassador.

After the triathlon, I was able to reflect on the reason I wanted to become a Win4Youth ambassador. Growing up, I was heavily focused on academics and never truly got to experience what it was like to participate in extracurricular sports or group activities. Because of this, I have always felt like I missed out on being part of a community that wasn’t made up of my immediate family or friends. Even though I was hesitant, I jumped at the opportunity to apply for the Win4Youth ambassadorship because I knew it would help me get active and expand my connections within the Adecco Group globally.

This program has far exceeded my expectations. Not only was I able to complete an Olympic-distance triathlon, I made lifelong friends from all around the world. Together, we conquered the hardest bike course in the history of Win4Youth which created an unbreakable bond between us (#weareWin4Youth and #alumniproud for life!). Even though my journey as a 2018 Win4Youth ambassador is nearly over, I am still going to help motivate and be a voice for the underdogs. After all, if this couch potato can turn into an athlete, you truly are capable of anything you put your mind to!

Journey to Lanzarote

After the training camp in Ghent, Belgium, I was tasked with training five days a week for the following five months. I literally went from sleeping in as long as possible to waking up at 4am every morning to train before work. While I had the guidance of my coach, it was truly up to me to push myself through those sessions. I am not going to lie and say those five months were easy. There were days when I felt I was on top of the world and other days when I truly struggled because I was sick or was simply just tired.

But through all the trials and tribulations, I was able to learn some valuable lessons. The first lesson I learned — and kept getting tested on — was listening to my body. I always felt terrible for missing sessions, but I quickly learned that rest was what I needed. And I always came back even stronger than I was before — go figure!

The second lesson was to trust the process and not compare my journey with anyone else’s. The other ambassadors were hitting some major goals when it came to their training. I couldn’t believe how much faster than me they were at swimming or biking! But I had to learn to not compare myself to them. This was by far the hardest lesson for me as I feared I would not be good enough to complete the triathlon. I realized (with a few reminders from my coach, of course) that this was my journey and I needed to focus on myself and not what others were doing.

What I didn’t realize when I signed up for the program was how much these five months would change who I am. The person that started this journey is nowhere near the person that I am today. I have made changes to my life that can be seen in both my personal and professional life. I am more confident, driven and know that no matter what comes my way, I can push past my comfort zone and accomplish anything. This program and the support that I have received from #teamanne continues to push me to be a better person every day.

Reunion of a lifetime

I was counting down the days until I got to see the other ambassadors again. I may be biased but the 2018 Win4Youth Ambassadors are some of the most amazing people I have ever met. I’ve never met a group of people who rallied so much for each other. Even though we lived in different countries, I never once felt like I wasn’t supported or didn’t have anyone to lean on. Supporting each other was easy and looking back now, I realized the support started in Ghent and didn’t end until the last person crossed the finish line in Lanzarote.

An alumnus organized a group swim in the ocean the first morning we were in Lanzarote. When I left Canada, the mere thought of swimming in the ocean made me feel sick to my stomach. I knew I had to conquer my fear of the ocean and swimming in the open water. What didn’t help my fears was my experience with open water swimming during training. I freaked out each time, so I knew there was no way I would be able to stay calm in the ocean. Everything I feared was quickly dispelled that morning as I had the encouragement and support of my fellow ambassadors. It was after that swim that I realized that I was more than ready for the swim. All the training I did prepared me for it and the only thing I had to worry about were the fish touching my body.

Anne riding her bike.

When thinking about Lanzarote and the three triathlon events I’d be participating in, I thought I was most prepared for the biking portion. However, when we drove on a small part of the bike course before the triathlon, it made me realize how far from the truth that was. The hills I trained on in Calgary paled in comparison to the hills on that short drive. Our trainers told us that if we needed to, it would not be frowned upon to get off our bike and walk. I had so many negative thoughts flood my mind that evening and into the next day on our bike ride. The hills were slightly challenging, and the thought of the steepest hill made me rethink why I wanted to do a triathlon in the first place.

The day before the triathlon went by so quickly. We rode our bikes to the transition zone, did our swim tests and indulged in a pasta dinner. I was excited, happy and nervous all at the same time. I couldn’t believe the day had finally come for us to put all our training into practice.

October 27, 2018 – Ocean Lava Triathlon

We left the hotel at 6:30am and got to the transition zone in the dark. Everyone was calm and quiet. I didn’t feel nervous until I was standing on the beach. I am so proud to say I was able to swim front crawl the entire distance, which I thought I would never be able to do. It’s funny how the one thing I feared the most is now probably one of the things I miss the most. For those of you who don’t want to apply because you fear the water or can’t swim, rest assured you will be okay in the ocean. Your training combined with adrenaline and your wetsuit will turn you into a mermaid/merman.

Despite my misgivings about the bike course from earlier in the week, it ended up being my favourite leg of the triathlon, even though I nearly choked on my chocolate protein bar during my transition from swimming to biking. Note to all future ambassadors: avoid chocolate protein bars to refuel because it will melt all over your fingers and make it impossible to chew as quickly as possible and you’ll get your picture taken with your mouth full of food.

But even with sticky fingers and a messy face, I was ready to face my fears… or at least, I had no other choice but to face my fears of the hilly bike course. As I was riding, I felt great. I kept waiting to get to the steepest hill and when I realized I conquered it, I felt like Leonardo DiCaprio in Titanic: I was “King of the World!” When I think back to the bike course, I have to say the greatest part was passing the other ambassadors. No matter what part of the course I was on, each time one of us passed one another, we would cheer each other on. The energy was amazing and that’s what got me through each hill. During my training, I got really scared going down hills as it was “too fast” for me. As a result, I always used my brakes to slow myself down on every hill. But I figured this was the time for me to take the chance and go as fast as I possibly could. So I did. My greatest accomplishment on the bike was being able to go down a hill at 61 km/hour. Nothing makes you feel more alive than conquering one of your biggest fears!

As I was cruising down one of the last few hills, I looked up to admire the scenery. In the distance, I saw the ocean, and in that moment, I realized how grateful I was for this opportunity and experience.

The run was the last leg and it was far from easy. I had just come off riding a bike for over two hours and the sun was beaming. I didn’t hydrate enough (sorry body!) and I was really starting to feel the fatigue. But I knew I had to keep going. I was so close — I could see the finish line! Now was not the time to give up. So I pushed myself. I was also encouraged by fellow athletes I didn’t even know. The great thing about this sport, in my opinion, is that everyone is competing against themselves. You are and will always be your biggest competitor so it’s up to you to decide how far and fast you want to push yourself.

I also luckily had some help during my last kilometer; thank you to the stranger who helped push me a little harder. He encouraged me to keep going and before I knew it, I was crossing the finish line. In the excitement of finishing, I forgot to take it all in and the details are slightly blurry. I do remember saying over and over “I can’t believe I did. I actually did it!” I might have said it in the Adecco Group’s Chief Executive Officer Alain Dehaze’s ear while hugging him maybe a little too long but there literally is no better feeling than knowing you have accomplished something that you have worked so hard for.

The words that I have written throughout this blog don’t even begin to fully describe what this experience has been for me. I challenge all of you to push yourself out of your comfort zone. I once read a quote that said: “Your comfort zone is a beautiful place… but nothing grows there.” Keep growing and keep reaching for the stars because the sky’s the limit! I have been asked if this is where it ends. And the answer to that is no. This is just the beginning for me. I have set so many goals in 2019 that I want to #ANNEihilate including competing in an Ironman 70.3 with some of my new friends for life. Win4Youth has changed my outlook on life. See what it can do for you. Take the leap and apply as a 2019 Win4Youth Ambassador. I guarantee you will not regret it!

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