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20 Tips for a Positive New Year

You’re probably going to want to bookmark this one.

This thought provoking list comes from author and speaker, Jon Gordon. To view a larger image, you can download the printable PDF here.

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Job Searching in December?

You’ve been thinking about making a change. You’re thinking about looking for a new job. “Oh, I’ll wait until the new year, then I’ll start looking”. This is what runs through most people’s minds. New year, new you and all that. But, why wait until the new year? December is a great time to get a head start venturing into your job search. Get your resume updated. Fine tune your LinkedIn profile. Audit your social media presence, and make sure you are presented in a professional manner. You want to make sure that you are ready for that fresh start. Get these tasks completed now, so that a new start is possible in the new year.

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Get ready to apply for jobs in December.  Don’t wait until January to start your job search. December can be a quiet time for a lot of corporations. This could be a perfect opportunity to get seen by that recruiter or HR Manager. Not everybody takes 2 weeks off during the winter holidays. Some decisions makers might take a day or two off here or there. It can be a slow time of year for their customers, which means they could have more time to review that stack of resumes on their desk. There is also a real possibility of going to job interviews during this slow business time of year.

Make 2018 a year that you start off right. Be prepared before the new year begins.

Job searching in December? Go for it!

 

Reflecting on our Growth

Our company hit a significant milestone recently. We’re all grown up, at age twenty one. Just like a 21-year-old, our company has gone through growth spurts, and perhaps sometimes an awkward stage. And like a person, we have grown with knowledge and experience every year.

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Our 21st birthday is a sentimental one, full of celebration and reflection surrounding this coming of age milestone.

As we reflect, we’re proud that we’ve worked hard to develop solid, mature relationships because of trust and respect. Clients return for multiple placements and with each subsequent placement, we gain a better understanding of their unique culture fit.

We are so very thankful for so many loyal clients where we have developed a successful relationship that translates into placing all their new hires. When facilitating a candidate and company match, we always hope to get the fit right for our client but also help our candidates set off on a fulfilling career path. When we continue to work with these organizations year after year, we get to watch our former candidates progress within these organizations, which ends up being very fulfilling for us.

We often hear about all the great people our candidates were introduced to during the interviews we arrange; we love it when our clients showcase their employees, and ultimately their culture, during the interview process. We love it, even more, when we hear that our placements are now the employees interviewing new potential talent and helping to choose their next best hire.

We stay close to our clients and candidates, selfishly maybe – so we get to experience all these fulfilling moments… but also because as we mature, and our clients grow over time, our working relationship becomes easier. We become better at anticipating needs and recognizing good fit.

When we have a great interview at McNak, the team discusses where that person would fit best. Of course, we have open roles and immediate recruitment needs that we are working hard to fill… but, we also have the ability to imagine that person working for a specific client and fitting in great! We give that hiring manager a call, just in case they are thinking of growing the team anytime soon. This might be the same client who calls us in November to let us know they might be hiring in March, just so we can keep our eyes open in the meantime. Building on each year of partnership, with more knowledge, comes more success, and that is something to celebrate!

Just like a 21-year-old, we reflect on how far we’ve come, but also look forward to continuing to learn and grow. Saying this, maybe this milestone is more similar to a couple celebrating their 21st Anniversary? Our partnerships with clients are built on trust, growing from added knowledge and experiences year after year; we are better together, and it gets better with every year.

New Beginnings

The leaves are turning colour, there’s a slight chill in the air, and the rain has started…all reminding us that fall has arrived and school is starting.  Although some of us are finished with school, fall indicates a new start and a kind of new beginning, even though the calendar year is not yet complete.

 

For us McNakers, we start to think about the upcoming year by planning our corporate philanthropy initiatives along with other strategic objectives. Next year, we plan to hold our annual charity event called GrapeJuice, in support of Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland, whose mandate is to help young girls through their mentorship program. We are also working to plan another Career Launcher session to help job-seeking aged ‘little sisters’ prepare for the start of their own financial stability.  This initiative, which we have hosted in past years, has a goal to help young girls launch their career foundation.

All too often, young people are unsure of where to start when preparing for their first job. We try to help guide the development of a well-prepared resume; a resume that chronologically lists some recent work experience and other skills they have acquired over the years. If there is not a lot of work experience, then we suggest listing their volunteer work or extra-curricular activities, as it can be just as important for future employers to review. Skills gained while volunteering or studying are applicable to list on a resume – skills such as meeting deadlines (completing homework on time) as well as being organized and detail-oriented. Some students struggle as to what to put on their resume to make it long enough, but a 1 or 2-page resume is more than adequate for future employers at this level.

The interview is also critical as an excited student only has a few minutes to make that positive first impression. We try to pass along tips to be prepared for a first interview. We recommend reviewing what the company and position require, preparing appropriate examples of experience, arriving early and dressing appropriately, answering the questions succinctly, making eye-contact and showing enthusiasm, and following up with a thank you. These suggestions may seem like common sense, however, for a young person who hasn’t interviewed before, this is completely new territory and requires preparation.

 

Interview Tips

Need to brush up on job interview etiquette? Take a look at this short video with two quick tips to keep in mind for your next job interview.

Follow up

After the interview, take the time with a follow up email or message to say thank you to the hiring manager for taking their time to meet with you. Always remember to be patient and polite when asking about next steps etc.

Ask questions

When it comes to asking questions, make sure you have your most important questions ready to ask. Time them throughout the interview versus loading them up at the beginning or the end.

And remember – Don’t forget to relax…. You might find yourself enjoying the job-search process.

The Impact of Music on Workplace Productivity

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Where are your favourite places to look for job opportunities? Pick your top two.

We’ve listed a few and we’d love to hear more specifics, so please feel free to comment on this post.  For example, are Craigslist, LinkedIn and Indeed the places you frequent for job opportunities?

Make Your Bed Every Day

Starting each day with this one habit will set you up for success.

Navy Seal Admiral McRaven explains at a university commencement speech why making your bed everyday may be the best way to start off your day.

 

“If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride, and will encourage you to do another task, and another, and another. And by the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed.”

~ U.S. Navy Adm. William H. McRaven

 

 

Your Brain Craves Vacation Time

Spring is here, and summer is around the corner. During these longer days of light and warmer seasons, it is a pleasure to take time away from the office and unwind.

You’ve been working hard, so now is a good time to recharge your batteries. Get out in the fresh air, enjoy some recreation, read a few books, get together with some friends, and just relax in general. Your brain needs the rest. Because, science. 😎

Check out this infographic from Expedia for more insights.12-reasons-why-your-brain-craves-vacation-time-700x4350

Don’t make these common resume mistakes

Poor grammar, spelling mistakes, too many pages long…recruiters have seen many resume mistakes. Make sure your resume is polished and ready so you can get that interview! Hiring Managers have been known to spend only 6 seconds looking at your resume. Not getting any call backs from your job applications and resume submissions? Perhaps it is time to review your resume, and make sure it is clear and concise.

Here is a short video on 9 common mistakes people make on their resumes.

video credit: Business Insider