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Job Search tips – part 2

Consider the following guidelines when when beginning a new position.  These guidelines will ensure a positive experience for yourself as well as for the company you chose to work for.business suit

‘on the job’ tips

  • Be sure to be a few minutes early on the first day on the job to familiarize yourself with the office environment and routine. (up to fifteen minutes early is sufficient)
  • Confirm dress code prior to first day on the job. If ever unsure of dress code it is better to be more corporately dressed.
  • Maintain a positive attitude and outlook at all times. This will help you naturally turn problems into opportunities.
  • Plan to have at least one or two relevant questions or statements to ask or comment on during the orientation or training session. This will confirm your interest in the role and the company in general.
  • Come to the first day on the job with a pen and notebook to take notes on new details and general information. Ensure you are clear on any position details.  Ask questions—don’t assume.
  • Send a thank you card to the person that offered you the position. As mentioned in Part 1, in the internet age, this will certainly help you stand out in the long term.
  • Be proactive – if you have completed your assigned work, ask for additional work.
  • Respect company and employee confidentiality regarding any information you learn about the company, other employees’ salaries as well as your own.  Compensation (your own or others) is to be held in strict confidence.
  • If you feel that you ever experience unprofessional behaviour from a peer or manager consider the whole situation and any trends. Once you have done this, look to speak confidentially with the Human Resource Manager.
  • It is not always easy being ‘the new guy’, but your positive outlook will always help you get through.

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photo credit: _Davo_
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Job Search tips – part 1

Consider the following guidelines when going on a job interview. shaking hands These guidelines will ensure a positive experience for yourself as well as for the company you chose to work for.

Interview tips

  • Be on time.  Intend to arrive a few minutes early to a job interview (but no more than 10 minutes)
  • Dress professionally and show a positive attitude. Do not underestimate the importance and impact of professional image. If ever unsure of dress code it is better to be more corporately dressed on the first meeting.
  • Research the company before meeting with the company representative. Plan to have at least one or two relevant questions to ask during the meeting.
  • Employers want to surround their teams with positive people. Always speak positively about past employers and team members or even yourself. Any negativity or discussion of ‘personality conflict’ will not be looked upon favourably. It is better to talk about highlight points and if a discussion about a ‘challenge’ comes up in the interview always look to find the ‘positive outcome’ that you learned from it or that may have resulted from it. (as this can sometimes be a challenging topic consider your response to this in advance of the interview)
  • Take notes during an interview if appropriate and ensure you are clear on any position details.  Ask questions—don’t assume.
  • Send a thank you card to the person that interviewed you. In the internet age, this will certainly help you stand out. Be sure to double check for any spelling or grammatical errors before sending.

The Perils of Multitasking

We’re all guilty of it. We’re trying to do it all…

According to findings by onlinecollege.org, trying to focus on more than one thing causes a 40% drop in productivity.

Do you find yourself trying to multitask while at work? Check out this infographic below.

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source: onlinecollege.org

Crafting the Perfect Resume

Writing your resume is about showing yourself in the best light. This informative infographic put together by Colorado Technical University gives tips on fonts and typefaces to make it easier for the recipient to read on a computer screen, as well as other advice for the traditional paper resume.

Paying attention to these basic elements and more can make all the difference in having a resume that gets noticed.

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source: Colorado Technical University

Administrative Professionals Day

Administrative Professionals Week this year is April 21-27, 2013.

Over many decades, the job of an administrative professional has changed dramatically thanks to new tools, and corporate culture itself. Administrators are one of the engines of business,  and Administrative Professionals Day is a great time to observe the importance of administrative professionals in the workplace.

The Vancouver chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) will host their annual breakfast event on Administrative Professionals Day, Wednesday, April 24th at the Vancouver Convention Centre East, Parkview Terrace.

The event runs 7:00am-9:40am.  Elaine Allison, founder of Positive Presentations Plus Inc., is this year’s guest speaker.

The theme of the 2013 Administrative Professionals Week and Day is “Honouring the office professionals who make offices work”. This theme is designed to be inclusive of not only administrative and executive assistants, but also office managers and coordinators, IT specialists, accounting and payroll clerks, and other administrative professionals in your office.

Membership in the International Association of Administrative Professionals is an investment in your future that will increase your knowledge and broaden your experience.  Participating in IAAP will increase your value in the workplace by providing opportunities to learn new skills directly applicable to the office.

If interested in attending the April 24th event, click here to register.

Do you love your job?

What do you really think about your job?

According to a survey conducted by FreshGigs.ca,  61% of Canadian professionals are happy with their current job.

Do you agree with some of these trends in the workplace? Check out this infographic below.

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Do You Love Your Job? INFOGRAPHIC
Infographic brought to you by FreshGigs.ca

What would you do if you couldn’t be a rock star?

Have you ever contemplated a drastic career change? Sometimes the thought could be frightening or exhilarating. Jobs come and go. As well, specific responsibilities and the scope of some jobs change. What we want out of work also changes, with our values shifting as we get older. Are we all happy doing what we’re doing right now, this very moment? Could we think of doing anything else?

I was watching TV the other night, and caught the last 20 minutes of the classic 1984 mock ‘rockumentary’ This is Spinal Tap. This funny movie left us with many iconic pop culture lines such as “It’s like, how much more black could this be? and the answer is none. None more black.” and “Put it up to eleven.”
“Eleven. Exactly. One louder.”

Some of the best lines are at the end when they are running the credits.  The documentary filmmaker, Marty DiBergi, played by Rob Reiner asks the bandmembers “If you could not play Rock and Roll, what would you do?” Some of the answers are hilarious, but my favourite is the exchange between Marty DiBergi and lead guitarist Nigel Tufnel played by Christopher Guest at the very end. Start watching at 4:30


Nigel Tufnel: [on what he would do if he couldn’t be a rock star] Well, I suppose I could, uh, work in a shop of some kind, or… or do, uh, freelance, uh, selling of some sort of, uh, product. You know…
Marty DiBergi: A salesman?
Nigel Tufnel: A salesman, like maybe in a, uh, haberdasher, or maybe like a, uh, um… a chapeau shop or something. You know, like, “Would you… what size do you wear, sir?” And then you answer me.
Marty DiBergi: Uh… seven and a quarter.
Nigel Tufnel: “I think we have that.” See, something like that I could do.
Marty DiBergi: Yeah… you think you’d be happy doing something like-…
Nigel Tufnel: “No; we’re all out. Do you wear black?” See, that sort of thing I think I could probably… muster up.
Marty DiBergi: Do you think you’d be happy doing that?
Nigel Tufnel: Well, I don’t know – wh-wh-… what’re the hours?

I don’t know about you,  I just can’t picture Nigel Tufnel being happy selling hats. 🙂