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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.

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.

Average or Great?

Do you want your business to be average or great?

Of course you strive for your company’s success. You want your business to be great. Your company won’t succeed if it is just average. What happens if you hire average employees? You get average results, an uninspiring culture, and an average company.

Be your best and hire the best.

Hiring great employees will fuel your corporate culture with positive results, and ultimately affect the bottom line. Think about this for your next hire. Invest in the greatest people for your company.

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How to Choose Your Career

What do want to be when you grow up?

We’ve all been asked this question. And throughout our lives, the answer can change as our skills refine and our interests shift.

I am the parent of a pre-teen and a teenager. They have many questions about their future, and are figuring out their interests along the way. They both know that they want a career that interests them, and will sustain them.  I look forward to showing them this infographic below, as many of the points are ones that come up in our thoughtful and thought-provoking conversations about choosing a career.

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source: Jobacle

7 Smart Habits of Successful Job Seekers

Navigating your career in today’s complex job market can be very complex. This infographic below from LinkedIn provides simple tips you can get started on today.

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Staffing for Canada Week

staffing for Canada weekTemporary employees and candidates together with industry professionals from across the country will be celebrating Staffing for Canada Week from June 5-11, 2016.

First introduced in Edmonton in 1980 as “National Temporaries’ Week”, this celebration has become widely recognized in both Canada and the United States, based on the dramatic growth in the numbers of contract and temporary workers contributing to the skilled labour force in all industry sectors.

The annual event is celebrated by members of the Association of Canadian Search, Employment and Staffing Services to acknowledge the more than 400,000 people who are employed in the staffing profession in Canada. ACSESS members represent 85 percent of the staffing volume in Canada.

ACSESS is the single voice for promoting best practices and ethical standards for the recruitment, employment and staffing services industry in Canada.  Its members provide a key service to businesses and offer a broad range of career coaching, planning and employment opportunities to their clients.

Job Interview

This is a few years old, but all the same a great video on the ultimate job interview. Enjoy!

Handling Difficult Employee Conversations

Originally posted on Practical Practice Management

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As a manager or team leader you have probably had the opportunity to speak to one of your staff members regarding something not so pleasant, perhaps a need for discipline or correction.

When conversations like this need to happen it is important that the, the deliverer, of the message be in the right frame of mind and have the right attitude going into the conversation.  This means wanting to have a positive outcome even though the message may be about something unpleasant to the receiver.

Below are a few good rules to remember prior to the conversation taking place.

5 rules for a creating a positive outcome from a not so pleasant conversation.

1. Stop and think before you speak so you can choose your words carefully. You want to get your message across in a way that discourages defensiveness and arguments. (This may take some thinking)

2. Be objective and use frank and factual, or descriptive phrases. Choose neutral and positive words.

3. Speak with a tone of voice that sounds sincere, wanting to solve or correct the problem.

4. Frame your message carefully.  Make sure that you stay on track with the issue at hand and do not go off on random “rabbit trails” bringing up non-pertinent information.

5. Listen with empathy and understanding so you can really hear the other person’s point of view.

These types of conversations can end well when time and effort is put in prior to having them and they are delivered with the right attitude.

“Problems are only opportunities in work clothes.” ~ Henri Kaiser

Staying With the Job You Love

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It is never a good idea to be complacent in the workplace. If you want to remain employed at your current company, nurture the current position you are in. As well, give yourself opportunities to go beyond what is expected of you.

Last week, we shared some tips on how to approach the job market. The following are some tips if you are currently employed and want to remain there:

  1. What you do everyday makes a big difference. Your positive outlook and pitch in attitude will give you great mileage. Your positive vibes can become contagious to others.
  2. Look at problems as opportunities. Look at market slowdown as a chance to regroup and re-strategize. There is time now to make improvements.
  3. Show up early and stay late when you can. Not to bank overtime, but to show your employer how much your company means to you. Your exemplary initiatives will be noticed.
  4. If you have metrics or targets – go above and beyond.
  5. Now may not be the time to ask for a raise. It will come in good time. Wait for it.
  6. Be fiscally responsible. Consider what you and your coworkers can go without. Lead some office initiatives on recycling and other ways to save on resources. This will not only help improve the office bottom line but will be good for the environment.

 

6 Career Tips When Approaching the Job Market

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Your first impression and your strategy in your approach to your job search or employment outlook will make all the difference. If you are currently unemployed, and looking for a job:

  1. The most successful job seekers will be the ones who can take the key skills they have and translate them into assets for others. Consider your volunteer work and school co-op as areas to draw upon.
  2. Look to temporary staffing as the broadest reach of the general market place. Opportunities may not be as obvious as they have been before. Contract employment might lead to permanent work.
  3. Be flexible and open minded. You may need to revise your ‘wish list’ and be totally prepared to work hours and in areas out of your ‘ideal’. Remember that the skills learned at these new places of employment can set the pace for fantastic future opportunities in the future that are more perfect for you.
  4. Share your search. Make sure that you leave no stone unturned. Tell your friends, teachers and references. Let it be known on your LinkedIn profile that you are looking for new opportunities.
  5. Take a close look at your resume. Make sure that you have a clear focus and highlight your strengths. Companies are looking for value and results. Be specific whenever you can. Make sure you get someone else that you can trust to proofread your resume.
  6. If you are targeting a specific job then make sure that you take the time to change the summary statement of your resume each time you submit a resume. It is best to mention the job opportunity when you are applying to a specific job. Nothing drops you down the ranks faster than when you hand in a resume with the wrong information on it.