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How to Choose a Recruitment Agency

There are a number of ways to find your next job but definitely one of the most effective is to put the services of a recruitment agency to work for you. Recruitment agencies earn their fees by placing candidates with their clients. By law they cannot charge candidates for placing them with a company. When choosing a recruiter make sure that you find someone that you connect with. Whether your preferred mode of communication is email or the telephone make sure that you set the expectation for future communication with your recruiter. As in any relationship in order for you to have success with your recruiter it's imperative that you are open and 100% honest with them. They've heard it all and there is nothing worse when you are advocating for a candidate than getting blindsided or surprised. If you've applied on your own at the company, let your recruiter know. If you were terminated for performance issues let your recruiter know what you have done to improve or change things.

Your recruiter will have knowledge that may not be accessible to the average job seeker. They are able to research and determine what the salary ranges for your job type are. They can provide you with feedback on your resume and prepare you for the interview.

Having a recruiter negotiate on your behalf allows someone to represent your best interests and secure the position, salary and benefits you are seeking.


Avoid these 10 Resume Mistakes

  1. Submitting a resume that lacks focus. The average resume is read in 30 to 45 seconds so it's important they can see what you've done and what you're good at in one quick glance.
  2. Resume is duty driven instead of accomplishment driven.
  3. Resume items aren't listed in order of importance.
  4. Don't go too far back in your career history. Usually 10 to 15 years is sufficient.
  5. Don't bury the important things at the end of your resume (eg. computer skills)
  6. Resume is not done in bullet point. Remember the average resume is read in 30 to 45 seconds.
  7. Send it to one employer at a time. If you must bulk send, use the bcc feature.
  8. Lacks keywords that are position suitable.
  9. Listing references on your resume. Provide them when requested.
  10. Formatting when sending. If the posting asks for the resume to be submitted in a certain format, don't ignore it. Test it out by sending to friends and asking them to print it.
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Tips to make your cover letter stand out

Let's agree that the purpose of a cover letter is to get someone you want, to read your resume. It is not a recap of your resume or a story explaining why you went from job to job. Here are several helpful tips:

Tip #1: Think about what the most successful candidate in the world would deliver and relate your experience to them.
Tip #2: Don't use a blanket cover letter for all employers. Naming something specific about the company goes a long way to impress the person reviewing your resume.
Tip #3: Use bullet points to emphasis specific successes that are relevant to the position you are applying for.
Tip #4: If you are sending your resume to a specific individual be sure to spell their name correctly.
Tip #5: Avoid fancy fonts and colors. Black ink on white background.
Tip #6: Check for spelling and grammar mistakes. This is the first introduction of you to a company.
Tip #7: Advise that you will follow up and give them a timeline for your call.
Tip #8: Highlight your successes – this is your chance to shine!

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Best questions to ask at an interview

A lot of prospective employees think the job interview is for the employer to find out all about them. It's also your opportunity to decide if this is a company or a boss you even want to work for. It's customary at the end of an interview the interviewer will ask the candidate if they have any questions. Too many candidates pass up on this opportunity to find out information that may be essential assisting them in making their decision. Some questions we think you should ask:

  1. Why is the position vacant?
  2. How long has it been vacant?
  3. What will you expect the successful candidate to accomplish in the first 30, 60, 90 days?
  4. What is your management style?
  5. Can you tell me how your career has developed with the company?
  6. Why do you work here?
  7. What is the most challenging thing I will face if I join the team?
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What NOT to bring to a job interview

• Gum
• Phone
• Food
• iPod
• Coffee or Soda
• Your children or friends
• A bad attitude about a former employer

Women's Interview Attire

• Solid color, conservative suit
• Coordinated blouse
• Moderate shoes
• Limited jewellery
• Neat, professional hairstyle
• Don't overdo the make-up and go light on the perfume
• Manicured nails
• Portfolio or briefcase

Men's Interview Attire

• Solid color, conservative suit
• White long sleeve shirt
• Conservative tie
• Dark socks, professional shoes
• Very limited jewellery
• Neat, professional hairstyle
• Go easy on the aftershave
• Neatly trimmed nails
• Portfolio or briefcase
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Salary Negotiation: Do's and Don'ts

• your research on salary ranges for the position you are seeking
• be aware of your strengths and achievements and be able to demonstrate the value you can bring to your future employer
• let the employer make the first salary offer and if asked, say that you expect a competitive salary
• thank the employer for the offer but do take time to consider all of the factors before making any job offer decisions
• use a reputable recruitment agency to present and market your resume and talent to the company you want to work with
• get the offer in writing!

• inflate your current salary in the hopes of getting a higher offer
• bring up salary before the employer does
• feel obligated to accept the first salary offer
• focus solely on salary. Consider the entire compensation package and don't forget vacation, perks (parking, childcare, etc)
• revisit agreed upon points. Show how strong of a negotiator you really are
• rush. Take the time you need to consider everything involved

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