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Tillsonburg “Employer of The Year”!

May 18th, 2012

The Tillsonburg Chamber of Commerce recently issued awards to companies within the region for their success in a variety of areas.

The People Bank/Allen Professional Search was selected Employer of the Year!

What makes the The “Employer of The Year” award very special is that The People Bank – Allen Professional Search was selected as a result of the nominations from our employees.  “Employer of the Year”  is given to a company that demonstrates exceptional commitment to its employees through job creation, training & support programs, morale initiatives, recognition & reward programs, and professional & personal development.

The Gala Awards Night, was held on Thursday May 10th, 2012 and attended by the “who’s who” of the region.  It was a great night. The Chamber did an excellent job and certainly made all of our staff and management feel very proud.

Congratulations to The People Bank Tillsonburg and thanks to all of our employees who submitted nomination forms!

Meet some of our staff and have a laugh with this video from the event posted on facebook.

Other very deserving award recipients were:

The Business Productivity Award :  Nature’s Choice Lawn Care and Irrigation

Entrepreneur of the Year : Chrissy’s Catering

Community Service Award : Marwood Metal Fabrication Limited

Economic Development New Investment Award : I.M.A. Limited

Environmental Award :  Verne’s Carpet One Floor and Home

The Gala Awards Night, was held on Thursday May 10th, 2012 and attended by the who’s who of the region.  It was a great night. The Chamber did an excellent job and certainly made all of our staff and management very proud.

50 Hottest Twitter #hashtags for Job Seekers

May 17th, 2012

Resume Bear has a great blog site offering tips and tricks for job seekers.  The following article is about Twitter hashtags for job seekers. It was posted on the ResumeBear.com web site in the students and graduates section.   It’s a US based service but the blog content for job seekers is globally universal.  If you are a job seeker and try their services then please check back in here at The People Bank blog and and share your experience with our readers.

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Twitter is like a window into the soul of America. It shows us faster and more accurately what is on our collective minds than any other medium currently in use. So it was only a matter of time, in a bad economy and a worse job market, that Twitter would be flooded with both job seekers and job offerers. The way they find each other is through certain key hashtags, the best of which we have laid out for you to help you in your quest for employment. Some of these will give you broad search results and take a while to sift through, but let’s face it — you have lots of free time.

To Find an Employer

These are the tags to plug into Twitter’s search engine to connect you with companies with openings.

  1. #hiring: Here it is, your No. 1 word to find a hiring company is … hiring.
  2. #tweetmyjobs: It’s a pretty clunky phrase, but #tweetmyjobs has been tagged nearly a million times, so include it in your search.
  3. #HR: The folks handling the headhunting for the company will be from human resources, so go straight to the source.
  4. #jobopening: Now we’re talking. This tag is almost exclusively used by people offering people work. Easy.
  5. #jobposting: “Jobposting” is another efficient tag to search, only it’s used a bit less than #jobopening.
  6. #employment: Often listed along with #jobs at the end of a tweet, #employment is a major keyword used by businesses in the market for talent.
  7. #opportunity: There will be some quotes and other tweets that don’t help you, but there will be plenty of hookups to employment opportunities.
  8. #recruiting: Search this hashtag to find not only employers that are hiring, but inside info on the recruiting techniques they’ll be using.
  9. #rtjobs: Many Twitter users are there helping you out by retweeting job openings they come across.
  10. #jobangels: The JobAngels are a volunteer group working to help unemployed people find jobs, and they have a strong presence on Twitter.
  11. #jobsearch: Sometimes this will be the only hashtag a hiring company will use, so be sure to make it one of your search terms.
  12. #joblisting: Attention! I’m a hiring employer and this is my way of telling you that I’ve got a job right here just waiting to be filled.

To Attract an Employer

Strut your stuff and get yourself out there with these hashtags to help employers find you.

  1. #hireme: Don’t beat around the bush. #Hireme is short, sweet, and to the point.
  2. #MBA: Have an MBA? Shout it out in a hashtag to direct employers to your top-shelf business acumen.
  3. #linkedin: If you’re unemployed, you’re no doubt already networking away on LinkedIn, so let them know you have a viewable profile.
  4. #profile: While you’re at it, go ahead and tag “profile” too, and couple it with #facebook, #linkedin, #monster, or any other place your details are posted on the internet.
  5. #unemployed: It’s what you are, so own it and let employers know you are totally available for engagement.
  6. #resume: If you’re tweeting about your resume posted online, be sure to hashtag it.
  7. #CV: Curriculum vitae is basically a more fleshed-out résumé, but #resume is nearly twice as popular. Use both to be safe.
  8. #needajob: Thousands of the unemployed have tacked this phrase onto the end of their tweets in the hopes an employer will stumble across it in a search.

To Educate Yourself

These tags may not directly land you a job, but they will enlighten you on the latest trends in finding, keeping, and enjoying a job.

  1. #jobtips: By far the best search phrase in this category, it will load you up with more good job advice than you could ever read.
  2. #career: At half a million tags, searching #career will score you some job listings and tons of helpful guidance for your professional life.
  3. #interview: Hiring companies don’t use this word as much, but “interview” and “interviews” are still helpful because they turn up a wealth of advice from fellow tweeters on making your best possible first impression.
  4. #benefits: Knowing what to expect in the way of benefits is a good weapon to have heading into an interview.
  5. #personalbranding: Do a search for this hashtag to find ideas and tips on selling yourself in the job market.
  6. #compensation: If you know the going rate for whatever you do, you are much less likely to be taken advantage of.
  7. #training: Searching for “training” is a good way to find great, free job training resources.
  8. #jobhunt: A search for this tag brings up mainly advice on job searching, but there will be a healthy smattering of job postings, too.
  9. #unemployment: This tag has been used more than 100,000 times by users tweeting about unemployment news, ways to combat unemployment, and jobs to pull you out of unemployment.
  10. #employers: They may not be tweeting about themselves, but plenty of employees and commentators are tweeting news and reviews of employers and their practices.
  11. #jobless: Curious about what’s going on with others in your predicament? Search for this commonly-used tag and find out.
  12. #laidoff: It’s the same idea as #jobless, except it has more of a sad connotation. If you want to commiserate with some other people about searching for that elusive job, this is the tag to search.

To Find a Certain Type of Job

If you don’t want just any old job, try searching these hashtags for that special placement you have in mind.

  1. #freelance: This is a hugely popular tag used by job hunters who want to leave the option of part-time, freelance work open.
  2. #homebusiness: If you’re eyeing a job being self-employed, try searching this term for entrepreneurship ideas and tips.
  3. #greenjobs: Here’s one for the truly unselfish people who put the environment before employment.
  4. #dreamjob: If you aren’t sure what you want to do with your life, search this tag and get some ideas of what other people would do if they had their druthers.
  5. #hotjobs: Hot jobs call for a hot hashtag.
  6. #consulting: Another in the potentially temporary job category, #consulting is a nice tag to widen your net and earn some income.
  7. #consultant: It might seem silly to use two tags that say virtually the same thing, but those three letters might make the difference in connecting you with your new employer.

Hottest Tags by Field

If you work in one of these industries, you are in a trending field, which could be good (lots of job listings) or bad (lots of competition).

  1. #SEO: “SEO” is another one that has been tagged millions of times by job seekers and tweeters discussing search engine optimization.
  2. #webdesign: Clocking in at nearly a million uses all-time, #webdesign is another hot topic on Twitter.
  3. #accounting: If you’re an accountant, you are in luck, as job listings in your field pop up regularly on Twitter.
  4. #telecom: Telecommunications is another field with a strong showing on Twitter; it’s been used in hashtags more than 81,000 times.
  5. #legal: We live in a litigious society, and the need for paralegals and other non-lawyers is increasing. It’s a great career to consider because paralegal certification can be obtained relatively quickly.
  6. #lawyer: The number of lawyers in America has surged in the last 10 years, which explains why this tag is such a popular one in the Twitterverse.
  7. #industry: Pair this with another tag like #music or #hotel and you’ll find listings and info on your area of expertise.
  8. #salesjobs: You don’t have to pound the pavement looking for a sales job; just do a search for this popular tag on Twitter.

To Search When You Have a Couple Hours

You’ll need to free up your morning to adequately search through these tags.

  1. #jobs: You’ve probably been wondering when this word would come up. The tag’s been used all of 14 million times all-time, for everything from political discussion to job listings. Your best bet is to search it with another tag from this list.
  2. #job: Although it has registered only half the uses as #jobs (7 million), the singular version calls up more listings and won’t take you as long to sort through.
  3. #design: Because it’s a generic word, #design has been hashtagged a healthy 2 million times, so if you work in design be sure to supplement tweets with at least one other tag.

Thanks go to topsy.com for the usage stats included in this list.

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Canada’s job growth soars above forecasts

May 12th, 2012

   – Re-posted from the Financial Post May 11, 2012

OTTAWA — This may be a case of too big to sustain.

For the second consecutive month, Canada’s economy has put a forecast-busting number of people to work. A whopping 58,200 jobs were created in April, Statistics Canada said Friday, adding to the momentum from a month earlier, when an even a greater number — 82,300 — were created.

Once again, most of those jobs were full-time and in the private sector.

The back-to-back gains were the biggest in more than 30 years, lending weight to speculation of higher interest rates before the end of the year.

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While so many more people found jobs in April, the unemployment rate still edged up to 7.3%, from 7.2% the previous month, as many others felt the time was right to entered the labour market in search of work.

Most economists had expected a gain of only 7,000 and 10,000 jobs in April, but they were correct in their reading of a 0.1% rise in unemployment rate.

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But the blockbuster numbers in March and April are not expected to be repeated in the coming months.

“We won’t sustain this pace, that’s the easy forecast in the world,” said Avery Shenfeld, chief economist at CIBC World Markets.

“The question is, can we sustain numbers closer to 20,000 a month, which would be good,” he said, and would still be enough to push the unemployment rate lower.

Statistics Canada said full-time employment was up by 43,900 positions in April, while part-time hiring totaled 14,300. In March, there were 70,000 new full-time positions and 12,400 part-time jobs.

Compared to a year earlier, employment is up 1.2%, or 214,000 positions. All of the growth in the past 12 months was in full-time positions, the federal agency said.

The huge gains in March and April came after fourth months of little change in employment rolls.

April’s jump in jobs were spread over the goods sector, as well as construction, manufacturing, natural resources and agriculture, Statistics Canada said. In the service sector, employment in education jobs rose, while the workforce in public administration declined.

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Quebec employment grew by 23,000 in April, while British Columbia added about 20,000 jobs and Alberta gained 11,000. Employment declined in Manitoba, Nova Scotia and Ontario, which lost nearly 8,000 jobs.

“Ontario actually lost some manufacturing jobs,” said Douglas Porter, deputy chief economist at BMO Capital Markets. “Manufacturing gains were in places like Quebec and Alberta and B.C.”

But Mr. Porter added that “Ontario had a massive gain in March of 46,000. Now, admittedly, employment has declined in three of the first four months of the year in Ontario, but that one gain was a whopper.”

“So in the last 12 months, the province has seen Ontario has seen some job growth.”

The strong employment gains come despite continued economic uncertainty, as the debt crisis in Europe and a sputtering recovery in the United States and slower growth in China cloud Canada’s prospects for growth.

The Bank of Canada recently forecast economic growth of 2.4% this year and 2.2% in 2013. Its earlier estimate was for 2% expansion in 2012 and 2.8% next year.

Future economic growth will “depend on how well the rest of the world does,” said Mr. Shenfeld at CIBC.

Resources and manufacturing sectors are doing fairly well, he said. “And those are global industries that need global growth.”

BMO’s Mr. Porter said “just as we’ve been handed this very nice job news in Canada, concerns outside of our border have been mounting.”

“It’s tough to actually image an uglier series of events for the global economy than what we’ve seen in the last week,” he said.

Given the recent strong growth in this country and headwinds ahead elsewhere, the focus is now on the Bank of Canada and whether the time to right to begin raising borrowing costs ahead of a previously anticipated move earlier next year.

The central bank has kept its trendsetting interest rate at a near-record low 1% since September 2010, in an effort to encourage spending and investment following the recession.

Many analysts are now calling for rate to increase before the end of 2012.

However, BMO has been forecasting a January rise in rates, “and we’re still relatively comfortable with that,” Mr. Porter said.

“Between the disappointing U.S. job gains and the chaos in Greece and a deepening slowdown in China, I think externally the case for a Bank of Canada rate hike has been dialed back quite a few notches in the past week.”

Meanwhile, with higher job creation and relatively moderate economic growth, brings concerns over possible declines in productivity.

But Mr. Shenfeld said “if we were getting these types of job numbers for five or six months, you’d think productivity must be terrible.”

“I think it’s a bit early to jump to that conclusion,” he said, adding: “We may well see some better GDP figures in the coming quarter.”

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Benefits of Using a Recruiter

April 30th, 2012
Recruitment professionals within the Design Group Staffing companies (Design Group, Placement Group, Inteqna, The People Bank, Allen Professional Search, Aimco Industrial Staffing & La Banque de Personnel) belong to industry associations, share sites  and Linkedin groups where we exchange new ideas, best practices and professional advice.  The following article for passive candidates and job seekers was written by Evelyn Amaro of NationStaff Inc. in New York city on April 19, 2012    View Evelyn’s Blog.

 

Why should I use a recruiter?

You are at your desk, or at home watching TV when you get a call from a recruiter who has found your contact information using the many secrets of the trade (sorry – that’s one secret I intend to keep). Before you hang up the phone, remember that recruiters can hold the keys to the hidden jewels of the job market. Use them and they may just open the door to a new career opportunity. I am not saying this because I am a recruiter, because I’m not – I just work for them. What I have learned working behind the scenes is the important role a recruiter can play in a person’s career path. Even if you are not looking now, you may need their help later, so this applies to those who are blissfully happy with their careers, as well as those looking for a new opportunity. Here are the top 5 reasons why you should use a recruiter. Look for Part II: What to expect from your recruiter on Thursday.

  1. Hidden Job Market. I said earlier that recruiters hold the hidden jewels of the job market, and here they are – undisclosed jobs. Many times, especially with Sr level positions, companies have confidential roles that are for restricted eyes only. Companies then turn to recruiters for help with these positions. You cannot find these positions listed on Monster, or the various other job sites on the web. Imagine – your dream job may just be a recruiter away. This point goes hand in hand with #2.
  2. Connections. Recruiters have clout with hiring managers and sr. level executives – many of us do not. You send your resume to numerous companies, and post your resume on various job sites to no avail. You still haven’t heard a peep. Recruiters have the connections to not only get you in the door, but also get feedback – whether positive or negative – rather quickly. Think of how many others are applying to the same job you are…tons. Hiring managers and HR personnel simply cannot and do not have the time to review every resume. A recruiter can guarantee that you won’t be just another resume in a pile; you will be sent to Sr manager who will review your resume. Don’t you love recruiters just a little bit more now?
  3. Expertise. Are you underpaid? Overpaid? Are you ready for a Sr role? Are your technical skills up to par? There are a number of questions that can help you make an informed decision when it comes to strategic career planning, and a recruiter is a great resource to utilize. They can help you find answers and ask questions that will guide you to the right job and the right steps to take in order to advance your career. Best of all, this information is free, unbiased and essential when determining your position and worth in today’s job market.
  4. End Game is the same. You and your recruiter have the same goal, and that is to make sure you are putting your best foot forward, meeting the right people, and hopefully getting you an ideal role that is a perfect fit for both you and your future employer. They’re on your side. This leads me to point #5…
  5. Long-term ally. Let’s say you found a recruiter, you find a job (whether it was their role or not), and you are now perfectly content, remember this may not always be the case. Come 3-5 years down the line you may decide to try your hands at a new company/role again. Or you may spend the rest of your days in the company you are working for, but may need advice when it comes to compensation, employee rights, etc… You now have an ally that is there for you to utilize. Recruiters (meaning legitimate, professional recruiters) are in it for the long haul. They are in the business of building relationships with both candidates and clients, and making sure both parties are equally satisfied. Therefore you not only gain a new role, but you also gain an important ally to guide you through your current and future career path.

So the next time a recruiter calls you, you just might want to pick up the phone.

-Evelyn Amaro

This article was originally posted on NationStaff’s Blog

 

Ontario – Overtime Myths & Truths

April 25th, 2012

Over Time ImageOntario labour lawyer David E. Greenwood of the law firm Blaney McMurtry LLP recently published the following article online on www.lexology.com .  This is a great website to monitor interesting changes in law, including reminders and summaries of law; and recent cases that help form the law.

Our responsibilities and conduct as employers are constantly changing and improving.   Our  rights as employees are sometimes difficult to understand.  Lexology.com is a great source for employers and employees to stay informed.  The website allows you to set up an account and create alerts for  new articles in your areas of interest. Check it out

While on the topic of over-time.  Here is a friendly reminder for the thousands of valued employees on assignments through The People Bank, Aimco Industrial Staffing and Allen Professional Search.

a) Unless expressly requested to do so, always get specific approval from your assignment supervisor before you work in excess of 44 hour in a week.

b) NEVER work more than 60 hours in a week unless you have signed the excess hours agreement with your staffing consultant back at our office and you have been given permission to work excess hours.

c) Employees of The People Bank, Aimco Staffing and Allen Professional search are entitled to a rate of pay equal to time and one half for hours worked in excess of 44 per week.

April 16 2012

David E. Greenwood, Blaney McMurtry LLP

Dispelling some popular myths about overtime

There is a popular belief that salaried employees are not entitled to overtime. This mistaken belief can prove costly for employers.

Pursuant to the Employment Standards Act, 2000, all employees, except those that fall within specified exemptions, are entitled to overtime. The Act makes no distinction between salaried employees or hourly employees.

In recent years, there has been a proliferation of claims made against employers for unpaid overtime. The most notable examples are the class action lawsuits that have been commenced against large employers, including the banks. But this is not an issue facing only large employers. Many small companies rely upon employees who work more than the applicable threshold for overtime. The failure to pay these employees at the overtime rate, or to allow them to bank their overtime at the overtime rate, may cause an unexpected liability. If the employer has a number of employees who work overtime, overtime liabilities can significantly affect profit and expense projections if not in the employer’s budget.

Moreover, it does not matter that the employer has not approved the overtime worked. The focus is whether or not the overtime was actually worked. A properly drafted overtime policy can assist an employer in dealing with managing overtime, but it will not provide perfect protection from liability for overtime if worked. Rather, employers must be diligent in ensuring that employees do not exceed the overtime thresholds. If employees do work overtime, the employer must be sure to maintain accurate records of the overtime worked and make provisions for it to be paid to the employee or credited to the employee’s overtime “bank”. This will help employers avoid unexpected overtime claims and liabilities in the future.

Here are some other popular overtime myths:

Myth: If employees do not use banked overtime hours those hours will be lost.

Truth: An employer cannot cause an employee to forfeit banked overtime.

Myth: Supervisory or management level employees are not entitled to overtime.

Truth: Supervisory or management level employees may be entitled to overtime for work that is not directly related to supervisory or managerial duties and if that work is not performed on an irregular or exceptional basis.

Myth: Overtime is paid after 44 hours of work.

Truth: there are different overtime thresholds for different industries or job categories. Most of the exceptions and thresholds are set out in O Reg 285/01 Exemptions, Special Rules and Establishment of Minimum Wage.

Our clients will be pleased to note that there are no limits on the overtime that can be worked by lawyers!

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Student Job Search – Job Fairs

April 17th, 2012

April 2012 – It’s JoCareer Fair, Student Employmentb Hunt Time

It’s the time of year when graduates and summer students are typically filled with fear, excitement and anxiety. Its job hunt time!   Graduates wonder whether past educational choices and academic performance will lead to a fulfilling career and life.  Summer students flood the market is search of high paying jobs that will define future resumes and pay off student loans.   Career fairs are calling!

The following article is a reprint of Bruce Sandy’s article published in the Globe and Mail on Wednesday, Apr. 11, 2012 on how students (or any job seeker) can make the most of a job fair.  The bullets are highlights from the Globe article with a few extra hints from this employment guy.

  • Select career fairs that focus on your interests and expertise
  • Get the schedule in advance so you can see guest speakers and meet the right people
  • Get a list of exhibitors in advance and research the companies
  • Before you attend, follow the exhibitor companies on Linkedin and facebook
  • Before you attend review the companies’ job boards and websites
  • Update your resume and make a few versions with varying emphasis
  • Make as many copies as exhibitors and put them on a memory stick
  • Put a copy of your resume on your smartphone so that you can upload it through an App
  • Clean up your personal websites and social media pages (delete the frat party pics)
  • Practice your elevator pitch
  • Dress for the job.  Career fairs are mini interviews (Think of it as employer speed dating)
  • Don’t be shy. Introduce yourself to everyone
  • Follow up with email and a connection on LinkedIn
  • Always send your resume in a MSword format so that corporate applicant tracking systems can read it
  • PDF or Photoshop resume formats are not compatible with the employer’s Applicant Tracking System (ATS)
  • Do not use Skydrive or any other file sharing system to send your resume

Career  fairs are a great place to make connections and learn about opportunities.  With just a little preparation, you can stand out from the crowd.

From the Globe & Mail

The question

I’m attending a job fair and I want to know how I can best prepare myself, what I need to bring (résumés, business cards, etc.) and what I can expect. How do job fairs work and what are my chances of gaining employment from one of them?

The answer

Job fairs are hiring events organized by business, trade or human resource associations, specific businesses, business schools, or public-sector organizations, where a number of prospective employers purchase booths and send representatives and sometimes guest speakers to promote their organizations or companies to prospective employees and managers. The whole point of job fairs is for employers to attract the best and brightest candidates to fill current and future positions.

 

In order to prepare for the job fair you will want to be clear on what type of positions you are looking for, in what sectors, and in which companies or organizations. You will also want to find a job fair or fairs where these companies or organizations will have a presence.

Once you have selected the job fair to attend, then go online or get a copy of the schedule, which outlines which companies will be there and what events are planned, such as guest speakers. Develop a strategic action plan that includes which companies and individuals you are most interested in speaking to , how much time you will spend with each representative, and what you will want to leave with them.Be prepared so you do not get overwhelmed and distracted by the number of employers and events: You want to make the best use of your time at the fair. Networking, making a positive first impression on prospective employers, and developing key contacts for follow-up after the event will be your key priorities.

Do your research on the companies/organizations that will be at the job fair. Concentrate on the companies that you are most interested in working for. Check out the company website, annual reports, the organizational chart(s), position descriptions, special planning documents, and any relevant newspaper or online news articles.

Update your résumé so that it reflects your current experience, objectives and interests. Make sure that you customize your résumés and your cover letters to match the needs and the positions advertised by the companies that you are interested in.

Update your personal website. Clean up your social media sites such as Facebook, Myspace, etc., ensuring that you remove any inappropriate photos and comments. Update business websites such as LinkedIn to ensure your profile is current and reflective of your education, job experience, skills, and talents, as well as what you are looking for in a position.

Practice your presentation and interview skills with a career coach, counsellor, friend or family member. Videotape them and get candid, constructive feedback on your appearance, your body language, your tone, your voice, and your presentation style. Take notes and ask for clarification on suggested changes.

At the job fair, introduce yourself to the company representatives and tell them you are interested in working with them. You can also indicate that you have done your research on the company. Ask them what positions they are recruiting for and what their ideal candidates are for the positions.

Follow up with all the company representatives you meet with an e-mail and a response letter (and a résumé if you did not give them one at the fair), indicating what a pleasure it was to meet them and that you are looking forward to a formal interview and the opportunity of working with the company. You will want to also include a brief summary of your conversation and what you can do for the company. Make sure that you let them know why you are the best candidate for the position(s) they are looking to fill.

Bruce Sandy is principal of www.brucesandy.com and Pathfinder Coaching & Consulting in Vancouver.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/careers/career-advice/ask-a-career-expert/ask-a-career-coach/whats-the-best-way-to-make-use-of-a-job-fair/article2396090

 

Jobs According to Statistics

April 8th, 2012

According to Statistics Canada, the Canadian job market seems to have miraculously jumped in March.  The reporting bureau says that job creation remained flat through the second half of 2011 and continued to remain ho-hum through January and February 2012 but leaped forward in the most recent reporting month.

See the Statistics Canada Labour Force Survey for March 2012 – http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/120405/dq120405a-eng.htm

Other statistical and anecdotal evidence tend to support a more logical conclusion that the Canadian job market has been growing moderately ever since May of 2009 with the occasional event driven blip and typical seasonal trends.  In other words, I think Statistics Canada is does a good job of demonstrating how messed up government can be but does not do a great job with Statistics.

An example of the silliness reported by Statscan is their alleged decrease of 24,600 jobs in education within a one month period.  Seriously?  Do our school boards ever lay-off or cut back in March?  Maybe the bean counters are considering all of the contract, term and supply teachers who don’t get paid during spring break?  Statistics Canada reports estimates based upon surveys which is not a reporting of fact.  We know there were no big layoffs in education last month.

National Post

 National Post article.

The Canadian Staffing Index, which is reported monthly by the Association of Canadian Search, Employment and Staffing Services and the Staffing Industry Analysts, says there has been a constant increase in temporary and contract hours throughout 2011 and the first quarter of 2012 which is always a 3 month leading indicator of permanent and full-time employment growth.  And the US Department of Labour has been reporting month over month gains which a great indicator that our largest market for manufacturers and resources is growing and recovering.

Take a look at our websites and job postings and you’ll see that there are jobs!

Design Group Staffing   www.dg.ca

Inteqna     www.inteqna.com

The People Bank – Aimco Staffing   www.thepeoplebank.com

Placement Group   www.pgstaff.com

“Knock wood” – I’m confident that job growth will continue in Canada until at least November when the typical seasonal slowdown occurs and our unemployment rate will continue to improve into the late fall.

 

Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies

February 21st, 2012

Proudly Canadian, we thank our employees for their dedication, hard work and professionalism.  This year marks our 13th year of recognition as a Canadian business leader in Canada’s Best Managed Companies program.

2011 Platinum 50 Best Managed Companies

Design Group Staffing Inc. - Platinum Member 50 Best Managed Companies

Building on three decades of success, Design Group Staffing Inc. is Canada’s leading supplier of search, recruitment and staffing services.  Founded in Alberta in 1976 as a provider of engineering and technical resources, we have grown to seven specialty divisions, serving every major industry across Canada.  Our focus is finding the right fit for our clients and candidates.

workforce4canada.com  Design Group Staffing, Inteqna, Placement Group, Aimco Industrial Staffing, Allen Professional Search, Project Search Group and La Banque de Personnel are all divisions of  Design Group Staffing Inc, Canada’s Premier Staffing Company, specializing in the recruitment, supply and workforce management of temporary, contract and permanent human resources.

Each division is comprised of highly professional recruitment teams specializing within their fields of engineering, information technology, accounting, administration, sales & marketing, management, trades and industrial disciplines.

About Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies

Established in 1993, Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies is the country’s leading business awards program, recognizing excellence in Canadian owned and managed companies with revenues over $10 million.

Every year, the program sponsors Deloitte, CIBC, National Post and Queens School of Business review hundreds of entrepreneurial companies competing for this designation in a rigorous and independent process that evaluates the calibre of their management abilities and practices.

As a Platinum Club member, this year marks Design Groups 13th year of recognition as a Canadian business leader in Canada’s Best Managed Companies program. The Platinum Club award salutes companies who have won the Best Managed award for at least six consecutive years.

You can read more about the 2011 award recipients of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies in a special section of the the print version of today’ s National Post newspaper.

LinkedIn for Job Search

January 12th, 2012

http://resume.linkedinlabs.com

Is your LinkedIn profile resume ready?

Social media sites like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter have become main stream for job seekers and recruiters.  So much so, it raises the question of “what might happen to traditional job boards?”.  We’ll address that controversial topic in a future discussion but for the time being, just accept the fact that you are at a serious disadvantage if your job search (active or passive) does not include a social media strategy.  This blog post focuses specifically on LinkedIn for job seekers and how to build a profile that works better than a resume.

LinkedIn offers a simple standard that bypasses the complicated Microsoft resume templates with restrictive frames and hidden formatting.  LinkedIn Resume Builder offers a quick and easy tool that helps you build a resume in less than 5 minutes in a format that is likely compatible with most corporations’ applicant tracking systems.

If the content on your LinkedIn profile is good enough for public viewing then it should be good enough for a resume.  What is good enough?

  • Complete every section of your LinkedIn profile.

  • Ensure your contact information is thorough and accurate.

  • Write your complete employment history as if it were a resume boasting your accomplishments, responsibilities, skills and talents.

  • Don’t be shy!  Fill in the sections that describe your previous awards, education, publications, interests and skills.

  • Include a photo.  A head-shot photo with professional attire works.  Stay away from avatars, cartoons, group photos or personal family photos.  A photo will drive up your connections, interactions and responses.

  • Ask colleagues for recommendations and then reciprocate by posting a recommendation on their profile too.

  • Join groups.  The groups you join portray your interests, skills and demonstrate a commitment to your professional and personal development.

  • Insert site addresses of your blogs, twitter account or website. LinkedIn profiles are indexed and searched by Google and other search engines. Think SEO and use key words that are unique to your skills, expertise, employment, education and interests.

Most employers use the free version of LinkedIn.com as a bare minimum and many use the Corporate Recruiter version that permits direct importing of profiles into their tracking systems and allows them to categorize, sort, list and save your profile for current or future jobs or networking.

The LinkedIn Resume Builder feature is free to all LinkedIn users.  It helps you create a professional CV directly from your LinkedIn profile.  There are eleven great formats to choose from. Resumes can be exported and printed in PDF format. Also, each resume gets a custom link so you can share your resume directly from Linkedin with others via email, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, etc.

You can test drive this free Linkedin feature at http://resume.linkedinlabs.com/
Whether you are using Linkedin to network, develop business, learn or as a job search tool, rest assured more opportunities will come your way if you present yourself in a thorough, positive and professional manner on LinkedIn  There are well over 100 million Linkedin users and over 54,000 have already tried Linkedin Resume Builder.

Also, LinkedIn becomes a far ,more effective tool as you develop a larger network of connections.  Stay tuned to The People Bank Blog for a future post on the benefits of and how to develop your LinkedIn professional network.

Interview to Win – 3 Tips

December 9th, 2011

Confidence, preparation and presentation are all key to winning the big prize.  Here are a few insider tips about what employers really want from an interview.

Tip #1 – Context – Be a Story Teller
Most people asking the questions are very knowledgeable of their company and the job but they are not always as experienced with conducting interviews. You may be asked questions that only prompt a YES or NO response but be prepared to help the interviewer and tell stories that support your short answers. It’s the context of your stories that will stick in the interviewers mind and give you the advantage over other candidates.

Tip #2 – Ask the Right Questions
Employers can tell a lot about you from the questions you ask.  For example, if you only ask questions about the company benefit plan then the employer may assume that it’s the benefits rather than the job that really interests you. Ask questions about what the the employer wants to accomplish or improve.  Ask about the boss’s priorities, goals and objectives. By asking questions about results then the interviewer will assume you are a results oriented person. Results – That’s what they really want!

Tip #3 – Dress (better than) the Part
You only have one chance to create a first impression.  The first minute will subconsciously influence whether the interviewer will ask questions that funnel you into the job or filter you out.  Arrive at your interview dressed in a way that makes the interviewer immediately assume that you are the one. Whatever the dress code is for the job, go to the interview dressed better than that.

The Close – An interview is a sales call where you are selling yourself.  All good sales people know that you must ask for the order to close the deal.  Don’t leave without asking your closing questions.  “Will you offer this job to me?”;  “Is there a date that you would like me to start?”;  “What can I do that help make this decision easy for you?”;  “Can we schedule the appointment for the next stage in the process?”    If you don’t ask – you don’t get.
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The People Bank, is a division of Design Group Staffing Inc. employs more recruiters with the Certified Personnel Consultant, CPC  professional designation than any other firm in Canada.  Steve Jones, President of The People Bank is a CPC course conductor for the staffing industry Ethics and Business Practices certification module and Staffing Industry Legal Practices certification module.