Book Testimonials - Tales from the Recruiter

Here are just some of the many testimonials we receive for Tales from the Recruiter! Have you read the book?  Send us your testimonial also to marc.belaiche@torontojobs.ca.

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I read your book tales from the recruiter and found it very interesting and beneficial. I think you have done a great service to job seekers like me to understand the job search strategies and also how to grow in one's career. I appreciate it and thank you for this effort. Regards Waqas Munir

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“Tales from the Recruiter” helped me to develop an accurate interaction in the interview process that lead to a job offer. The book is very easy to read, easy to understand and it is practical as well. It contains good tips for networking and templates to make the job search less stressful. 

Lorena Lopez

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I just wanted to let you know that I enjoyed reading your book, especially the chapters "I have no experience - What do I do?" and "How can I network if I don't know anyone?".  I loved your conversational style of writing which I think makes the book a lot exciting to be read. 

I hope you will keep writing and a lot of job seekers like me will benefit from them, like I did from this one. 

Regards,

Pheba Varghese


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Stumbling on “Tales from the Recruiter” by Marc Belaiche was a blessing in disguise.  Even though reading is something I enjoy, I am quite picky about what I read and this was definitely not my forte. But I decided to take a chance and it was the best decision I made since my arrival to Canada.

This book is a handy goldmine of information on how any one must approach their career.  The more I read, the more I realized that it is not just finding a good job and the book challenges every person to pursue their passion. The bonus is a few principles that will help anyone who wants to excel in their professional relationships. This book takes you through a journey of a few people who wants the best for themselves. I bet every reader will find themselves in the shoes of any of the characters in the book. Whether you are looking for a job change, exploring opportunities in a new market, trying to shift your career to the next level or even if you are currently in your ‘dream job’; this book is for you!
-          Mathew Thomas

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I just wanted to reach out to let you know that I read your book and it has changed my attitude towards job search. The book is very interesting, informative and easy to understand. I loved it and will recommend it to every newcomer and fresh graduate I come across. The best part of the book was listing down the points which I want from my job. This had never crossed my mind and I will definitely work on it. I would suggest this to my contacts as well who are looking for their "perfect job". The appendices are very helpful too.


Dweep Mehta

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I ordered Tales from the Recruiter when I first moved to the city of Toronto. I was having a difficult time adjusting to the big city and searching for a job. This book helped with various networking strategies and tactics to meet new people. When I landed my first job interview, I had to brush up on my interview skills, the tips provided in the book helped me through my interview process and helped me land a job in my industry. 

Amrita Labana

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I have read your book "Tales from the Recruiter" and found some really very good tips. It is written in such a simple and ardent style that I could not stop reading it and want to read it again and again. It has enhanced my level of understanding the hiring process and it has specially boosted my level of confidence for the interview process.

Syed Raza

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"Tales from a Recruiter is an asset to any careers library. It’s an easy read which breaks down the job search process from beginning to end. The book provides valuable tips to job seekers, shifting their perspective to understand the mind of a recruiter and thus being a more successful candidate. My 2 favourite parts of the book are the 3-pointers after each chapter, summarizing the key points and the glossary of terms found at the end. This is an ideal book for students, newcomers and those new to the job market. Highly recommended." 
Natasha 

Natasha Walli, Careers Officer
Department of Management
Innovation Complex, 2266KN
3359 Mississauga Rd. 
Mississauga, ON L5L 1C6 |Canada
Tel: 905-569-4917 

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"I like your book very much. It has enterpreneurial spirit, informative, good advice to follow up and the most positive attitude to deal with the job searches. I would recommend it to everyone who is in the new stage for the career or continue to grow in the development for the future endeavour."

Regards,
Lucy Dyeyeva

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"I have read your book and really enjoyed it. The main reason was because the important points regarding networking, job searching and working on one's resume were explained through a story, in which the majority of people can relate to. For instance, when people reunite after being apart some time, they always catch up on what each of their friends are doing in their personal and professional lives. The book was an easy and interesting read that got all the points across in an easy manner. I especially enjoyed learning how networking was the most effective tool in finding a job and how it was shown throughout the book."

All the best!

Maria Zhukowsky

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"This book is a must read for job seekers of all ages.  Get an insider’s look into the world of recruiting, and get empowered to find or create your dream job! I wish I'd read this book when I graduated almost 20 years ago.  Accessible, engaging and filled with lots of useful career advice.”

Liz Wilson-Ciconte,
Creative Writer, Metroland Digital

Communications Instructor, Adult Education, Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board

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“I have had a chance of reading the book (signed by Mr. Marc himself! Thanks to Tony Gifford) and its delivery mode through a story format is very realistic, and makes a connection with readers. I found some common dilemmas with its characters, Ann, Carlos and Rajesh. The book is insightful and some of the parts I have already read have helped me establish guidelines as to how to project oneself as the most suitable candidate.”

Shalina Dadheech
Marketing and Outreach Assistant
Humber College Community Employment and Services

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"This book is a great resource for me as I am actively looking for a new position in accounting while currently employed. I found this book as great resource for tips and information on how to advance my career, regardless of what my work situation is. This book is easy to read and it provides straight to the point tips. Now that I have finished reading the book I will be able to practically apply this book's suggestions to my own career.

Thank you one more time for such practical book."

Svitlana

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"Thank you for the book. When reading it, I can easily find quite many interesting topics for job seekers like me. Reading the book is quite an interesting experience because the story is told from the recruiter's perspective. I think it would be quite helpful for my job searching." 

Matthew Meng

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“I have had a chance of reading the book (signed by Mr. Marc himself! Thanks to Tony Gifford) and its delivery mode through a story format is very realistic, and makes a connection with readers. I found some common dilemmas with its characters, Ann, Carlos and Rajesh. The book is insightful and some of the parts I have already read have helped me establish guidelines as to how to project oneself as the most suitable candidate.”

Shalina Dadheech
Marketing and Outreach Assistant
Humber College Community Employment and Services HCES

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"Hi Marc,
I just wanted to drop you a quick note to say how truly inspirational your book 'Tales From The Recruiter' was to me.

Having over 20 years of Hospitality experience in hotels/restaurants/cruiselines/airlines/retail I decided to become a consultant/recruiter with a company here in Toronto a few months ago...I thought 'I'm a shoe in' as I've done it and understand the industry....well, I was warned from the start that its' not an easy start...and I'm learning that now!

No 2 days are the same, which I love...and its' not as easy as it sounds when you get into the placement side of it!

I am currently seeking out my own job orders, and I'll be honest...I was getting frustrated and wondering if I made a mistake leaving a good paying salaried job, which I was bored with.
As I still receive the daily Toronto Job emails, I saw the ad for your book...I thought why not...downloaded it on my Kobo, and from start to finish I couldn't stop reading ( I actually missed my subway stop the other day as I was so engrossed in it!). It truly inspired me and it really made me realize that I made a great career move!

I will be using it for reference again and again, and if I'm ever having a bad day...it won't be far from me to remind me that Rome wasn't built in a Day ...

Thanks again,

If I'm ever at a Job Fair and you're there, I'll be sure to say a huge Hello and Thank You.

All the best Marc!"

Tim Shay
Hospitality Consultant

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"Tales from the Recruiter" provides excellent information and tips about navigating your way through the job search and recruitment process in Canada. It's an engaging and interesting book that would surely be of interest to all job seekers. I recommend this book!"

Jamie Soo
HR Professional

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"Attending the Friday, October 4th Toronto Jobs Fair, with a 'Parachute buddy' (someone in a similar jobless circumstance), we bought your book and I was to read it first. When I saw the endorsement by Colleen Clarke, who led us older workers into a better metaphysical space in time, circa 1997, how could I not start immediately?

What surprised me was the conversational tone and easy going style of the book's content. Somehow you conveyed those tough questions each person must ask oneself, and, ask of their prospective workplace in a non-threatening manner. It was the weekend and honestly, I could not put it down. Filled with specific details and up to date suggestions, by Monday, I had completely revamped my resume. The Monday after that, I met with an Ontario employment counsellor in Sault Ste Marie who critiqued my cover letter for a position your book made me believe I could have in Toronto !

Instilling self-confidence, optimism and courage to brave help from others are values I taught for a decade, as an English Second Language teacher, achieving success, certainly. Funny though, how it is harder and rare to take the same advice we dish out. Your professional perspective and almost happy, friendly literary tone of voice was motivational to say the least. Thank you for the book, and the work you do."

Toni Sutherland
Job Seeker

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"I have read Tales From The Recruiter. There is a fantastic piece of information you provided in that book. Thanks for that."

Sandeep Singh Dhelwan

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I just finished your book “Tales from the Recruiter”, which I really enjoyed reading. Lots of easy to follow tips although some of them will not be easy to implement! Thanks Chris the recruiter.

Lisa Blackburn

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"This book is a great resource for people in various stages of their career. Whether one is actively looking or passively looking for a new position while currently employed, whether one is unemployed and looking or just new to Canada, they will find this book a great resource for tips and information on how to advance one's career, regardless of what one's work situation is. This easy to read book provides straight to the point tips while incorporating a story of characters at the same time, making the read interesting. With Marc being in the recruiting industry for many years, his advice is invaluable to any job seeker. I was able to practically apply this book's suggestions to my own career and I have found the tips to be effective. A really enjoyable read!:)"

Alexandra Berish
Recruitment Coordinator

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"Tales from the Recruiter helped me in getting two student placement positions. From none to options and hope within a short period of time. For the job interviews, I read the book a week before to prepare myself and know things that i needed to do before hand. The night before I read it again to start thinking about the questions and in the morning on the subway I went through it again with answers to all the questions.

The preparation made me shock proof. I was not caught off guard and I was very prepared for the interview sessions. The way the book was written in story telling format helped me visualize the interview process. It's a great book and it is very much needed by job seekers to prepare them for the world. If I could get two placements within a short time, imagine the opportunities that would be available after using this book intentionally."


Abigail Yewande Oduneye
Administrative Assistant at Black CAP

5 Simple Strategies to Save Time in your Job Search

The Job Search process can be extremely time consuming when considering all of its components.  They say “Finding a Job is a Full-Time Job” and when correctly conducting a job search this certainly has some truth. 

Below is a list of some simple solutions you can incorporate into your search that might help you save some time during the process.

1.       Create Templates
With the evolution of technology and social media there are many methods of networking and applying for jobs and a whole lot of email sending and follow-ups.  It’s a good idea to create templates ahead of time and save them in a folder so you aren’t re-inventing your emails and applications each time.  Some template suggestions include:

·         Email application – some companies require that you send your application to a direct email address.  You will need to have an introductory email that “wows” for them to consider opening your resume attachment
·         Your cover letter – should include components of the job description and show that you researched the organization
·         If you want to make a connection on Linkedin/social media websites – create a template of introducing yourself, talking about your background and why you want to connect
·         Thanking someone for a connection and the next steps of building the relationship
·         Follow-up for your application
·         Sending a thank you email after your interview

2.       Schedule your Day
If you are unemployed, you should wake up each day with an agenda and act as though you have a job to do (because you do).  Wake up early, have your breakfast, get dressed and start your day at 8:30am.  Create an agenda for your day in time blocks and include the following: reviewing your resume, searching job boards for new postings, reviewing job alerts in your inbox, posting updates to social media, scrolling through your news feeds, connecting with your network, meeting with recruiters, modifying your resume and cover letter and actually applying for jobs! Having a schedule is going to play an important part of organizing and saving time in your job search.  Searching for a job and not receiving immediate results can cause negative emotions – keep working at it.  Another great idea is to create quantitative goals for yourself for the day so you feel accomplished at the end of the day.

3.       Use Recruiters
Some people may make arguments about using Recruitment Firms however many recruiters have relationships with employers and have earned trust over time.  Recruitment Firms also have access to “hidden” jobs that haven’t been advertised to the general public.  By applying to postings and building a rapport with agencies, you are saving time in your search as they are acting on behalf of multiple employers.  There are many agencies and firms that are Industry Specific (focus on Accounting, Engineering, etc.).  Try and connect and meet with Recruiters that are in your Industry for added chances of landing a position.

4.       Let Employers Find You
Use online tools to switch gears in your job search.  It can be daunting putting resumes out there and not receiving a response, so try something new. 
Sign up for job alerts that are offered on many employment websites (emails that are delivered to your inbox each day regarding new openings). 
Ensure your resume is posted on various websites and is visible to these employers.  Many recruiters use resume databases to search candidates that fit the requirements of what they are looking for.  Most websites will refresh your resume to the top of the list each time you login or modify your resume so ensure you are actively using your account. 
Keep your Linkedin profile updated regularly.  Use keywords, like and comment on content and publish your own content to ensure you are appearing in searches. 

5.       Using Social Media Groups & News Feeds
Firstly, ensure you have social media profiles on the main platforms (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook & Linkedin).  Employers are now using social media as a tool to not only find candidates but to also research candidates that they are considering for interviews.  Ensure your profile is as professional as possible and the proper security features are in place.
All Social Media Platforms: Follow companies that you want to work for, recruitment firms as well as job search websites such as www.TorontoJobs.ca.  This will allow any postings they share on their corporate pages to show up in your news feed.
Twitter: Twitter allows you to search by # (keyword).  If you enter “Toronto Jobs” “Mississauga Jobs” or other search parameters, many companies use this as a tool to post their current openings.   
Linkedin: Once you have an up-to-date Linkedin profile that highlights your accomplishments, following groups that pertain to finding jobs, that list job openings, and that pertain to your industry is a great idea.  Once you are a member, you can use the group to make new connections, post relevant content and see active job openings. 

As you can see, conducting a proper job search can easily take up 8 hours a day.  I entice you to try some of the tips mentioned above to try and save you some time and be more effective in your job search.

A great place to start is by posting your resume, searching jobs and creating job alerts on www.TorontoJobs.ca ;)

This article was written by Rachel Mitchell, Manager of Business Development for TorontoJobs.ca. Rachel has been Developing Business & Marketing Plans and Strategies within the Recruitment Landscape for 10 years. To contact Rachel, please email rachel.mitchell@torontojobs.ca or visit us online at www.TorontoJobs.ca.



“TALES FROM THE RECRUITER” BOOK

“Tales From the Recruiter – A Canadian Recruiter’s Perspective On How To Get That Perfect Job” is a book written by Marc Belaiche, CPA, CA, President of TorontoJobs.ca.

The book is required reading for any job seeker looking for a new position with tips on how to prepare for an interview, how to answer killer interview questions and how to network if you don’t know anyone.

More information and to order at:
• Amazon - http://ow.ly/n84wy
• Hard copy - http://ow.ly/lJ6an
• Kobo/Ipad - http://ow.ly/osgBM
• Visit www.TalesfromtheRecruiter.ca to order a hard copy!

Cost of the book is $3.99 online and $9.95 hard copy.

Want to read some of Tales from the Recruiter online? Visit http://ow.ly/o1UIB.

STAY CONNECTED WITH US!

Want to stay connected with us?  There are many ways to do so:

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/TOJOBS
https://twitter.com/TorontoJobsca

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/TorontoJobs/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/TorontoJobsca/61660284605

Linkedin:
https://www.linkedin.com/company/124355
https://www.linkedin.com/groups/TorontoJobsca-1126067

TORONTOJOBS.CA RECRUITMENT DIVISION OPENINGS

For a list of all open positions currently being recruited for through our TorontoJobs.ca Recruitment Division please visit:
http://tinyurl.com/jeruzh6

HAVE YOU CHECKED US OUT YET?

New mapping features, bold new look and more!  Check out our new TorontoJobs.ca website and post or update your resume. Search and apply to jobs directly online!

Hiring?  TorontoJobs.ca is offering, for a limited time, complimentary job postings.  Post all the jobs you want.  For more information visit:
www.TorontoJobs.ca

HERE’S WHAT’S COMING UP!

TorontoJobs.ca is presenting a number of events over the next few months…here is a list:

September 28 – Mississauga Career Fair – Register now at
www.TorontoJobs.ca/careerfair

October 26 – Toronto Career Fair – Register now at:
www.TorontoJobs.ca/careerfair

November 29 – Toronto Entrepreneurs Conference & Tradeshow – info at:
www.TorontoEntrepreneurs.ca

For information about exhibiting at any of these events please email marc.belaiche@torontojobs.ca.

PREPARE TO WIN THE BEHAVIOURAL INTERVIEW

As you walk into the interview for your dream job, you're feeling a little nervous, but geared up to tackle whatever comes your way. Having carefully planned your answers to typical questions such as "What are your strengths and weaknesses?" you think that you're as ready as you'll ever be. The interview starts, and without warning, your interviewer asks a quite unusual and specific question "Tell me about a time when you failed to meet a deadline." You struggle to come up with a good response, and immediately you're hit with "What were the repercussions?" You may not know it, but you have just experienced your first behavioural interview question.

For the full article on how to prepare for behavioural interviews visit:
http://goo.gl/S2mZHq

How the Shift to Mobile is Impacting Recruiting Needs

How the Shift to Mobile is Impacting Recruiting Needs
By Marc Belaiche, CPA, CA and Nicole Paloucci

The number of job seekers using their mobile device to search for jobs has risen significantly over the last few years. By converting your job postings to a mobile-friendly version, you can increase the number of potential applicants. Following are tips for attracting qualified candidates by making job postings mobile accessible.

Mobile Devices

Ensure that job seekers can access your job postings on their mobile devices. This ensures greater convenience for those seeking jobs and will increase traffic on the recruiters’ site.

Your job postings should still be easily accessible using conventional computer searches since not everyone uses mobile devices. Job seekers who use their mobile can save job postings and apply later using their computer. As a result, the URL on both the mobile and the computer versions need to match.

It’s predicted that in the next year 75% of job seekers will use their mobile device for job searching, and 44% will apply using their device.

Job Postings

Job seekers require the ability to quickly view available positions and their accompanying job descriptions. If potential candidates can’t easily find this information, they will look elsewhere.

Easy to Apply

The application process should be short and easy to use, otherwise it may deter applicants from applying. Ideally, the candidate should only be required to upload or email their resume and add a minimal amount of information.

Use Social Media

Both employers and job seekers use Linkedin, Facebook, and Twitter. These sites can be used for both employer branding and promoting open positions. Links to job postings can be added to your company’s social media pages to attract more applicants.

Job Apps

Job seekers can easily search for jobs using an app on their smart phone. As an employer or recruiter, you can create an app for your company’s job postings or you can use a job board that already has an app. This will help increase the number of job seekers who have access to your postings.

Millennials

Millennials account for a large percentage of the workforce and many of them found their current job through social media. This generation is the force behind the increasing number of job applications using their mobile devices to seek and apply for jobs.

Mobile-Friendly Algorithm

Google has implemented a ranking system and the algorithm rewards sites that are mobile-friendly, and penalizes sites that aren’t. Your Google ranking can have an impact on the number of visits to your site.

Search Engines

Job seekers prefer job boards that have a large and steady number of job postings and they also want the option of refining their searches. It can also be difficult to go through numerous job postings without an advanced search engine on your mobile. The inconvenience of not having this feature may deter potential applicants.

Conclusion

Mobile-friendly sites are needed to accommodate job seekers who use their mobile devices to search and apply for jobs. These job postings should be readily accessible and easy to apply to.

Social media and job search apps are useful for branding your organization by improving your image and making your company a desirable place to work.  Make a plan to convert your site to a mobile-friendly version to increase the amount of qualified candidates you’ll receive.

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Marc Belaiche is a CPA, CA and is President of TorontoJobs.ca, an Internet recruitment business and recruiting firm located in the Greater Toronto Area.  Marc is also the author of the book “Tales from the Recruiter”. Marc has been in the recruitment industry since 1995. TorontoJobs.ca allows companies to post their positions online, search a resume database to find candidates, provides full temporary and permanent recruitment and outplacement services. TorontoJobs.ca also allows candidates to search and apply to positions directly online and get career, interviewing and resume tips all at no charge. Marc is also President of TorontoEntrepreneurs.ca, an organization geared towards business owners (seewww.TorontoEntrepreneurs.ca) and has the annual Toronto Entrepreneurs Conference (see www.TorontoEntrepreneurs.ca/conference). You can reach Marc at marc.belaiche@torontojobs.ca and check out TorontoJobs.ca at www.TorontoJobs.ca.

Nicole Paolucci, HR and Marketing Intern for TorontoJobs.ca. Nicole is a graduate from York University. To contact Nicole, please email nicole@torontojobs.ca.


Canada-Ontario Job Grant and Skills Training Pilots

Canada-Ontario Job Grant and Skills Training Pilots

On March 28, 2014, Ontario signed the Canada-Ontario Job Fund Agreement with the federal government, which will provide Ontario with $192 million per year for the next six years.

The Agreement is a key source of funding for new employer-led training through the Canada-Ontario Job Grant.

As part of the Canada-Ontario Job Grant, the ministry has launched two new, employer-driven skills training pilots — Canada-Ontario Job Grant: Customized Training and Canada-Ontario Job Grant: UpSkill.

Applications are now open for the grant program. We are also accepting applications for Canada-Ontario Job Grant: Customized Training, and proposals for Canada-Ontario Job Grant: UpSkill.

Attend the QS World Grad School Tour

Attend the QS World Grad School Tour this month in Toronto to gain more insight on preparing for your future with a graduate degree.

Plus, as a TorontoJobs.ca user, you'll get in for FREE by registering online and showing this email at the door.

Why attend?
Meet face-to-face with admissions directors from top-ranked grad schools such as: Queen's School of Business, Manchester Business School, HEC Paris and many more!
Learn about the best Masters / PhD programs in the world
Find out how as a QS fair attendee, you can tap into $1.7M worth of exclusive scholarships
Network with fellow students and alumni
Attend complimentary info sessions from the experts
Receive the QS Top Grad School Guide (for the first 100 attendees on the day)

Please make sure to register online to reserve your spot!
Register now at:
https://www.topuniversities.com/events/qs-world-grad-school-tour/usa-canada/toronto/register

MARK THE DATES! TORONTOJOBS.CA PRESENTS….

February 24, 2016 – 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. - Mississauga Career Fair at the Living Arts Centre – Register now at http://torontojobs.ca/careerfair.

June 8, 2016 - 6th Annual Toronto Entrepreneurs Conference & Tradeshow at the Mississauga Convention Centre. 

More information available at:
www.TorontoEntrepreneurs.ca

Want to go compliments of TorontoJobs.ca? Complimentary general admission tickets now available at:
http://tinyurl.com/jeqf8b8

For information about sponsoring or exhibiting either of these events please email marc.belaiche@torontojobs.ca.


EMPLOYMENT NUMBERS – CANADA AND THE U.S.

Employment numbers were released for December, 2015 in Canada and the U.S.  Here are some updates:

-           In Canada, employment was up by 23,000 (+ .1%) and the unemployment rate was 7.1%.
-           In Ontario, employment was up by 35,000 jobs and the unemployment rate is now 6.7%
-           In the U.S., employers added 292,000 jobs finishing out a strong year; the unemployment rate remained at 5%.

For a detailed view of the Canadian Labour Market release please visit:

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/160108/dq160108a-eng.htm

TOP 5 THINGS YOU SHOULD IMPLEMENT IN YOUR 2016 JOB SEARCH

From setting realistic goals, having a clear direction and branding yourself, this article will give you the top 5 things you should do for finding a new position in 2016.  Read the article now at:


http://getajobintoronto.blogspot.ca/ 

Top Tips to Finding a Job

Finding a job can be hard and stressful in a challenging economic environment. It can be particularly difficult for new graduates, recent immigrants, or someone looking to change careers.
Here are some tips that can help you in finding a job.
Resume
When you start your job search you need to update your resume to include your most recent job. You can use a coach or professional resume writer to assist you with the format and making improvements. Resume writers will know what recruiters are looking for and how to make your resume appear more desirable to them. However, you should always have an up-to-date resume in preparation of an unexpected job opportunity coming along.
Interview Skills
Updating your interview skills is needed in order to make a good impression and to get the job you desire. First, you need to make a list of both the common and the unusual interview questions. Afterwards you need to plan out your answers, and find someone to do a mock interview with to practice your answers out loud. You should do multiple mock interviews to help you get more comfortable with the process. For an interview you should always be early, presentable, give a firm handshake, eye contact, and cut back on the amount of times you say umm.
Thank You Letters
After an interview you should always send a thank you letter. This can increase your chances of being remembered by the interviewer and getting the job. This can also increase your chances of having the interviewer respond to let you know if the position has already been filled.
Social Media
Using social media to assist in your job search has become essential in today’s labour market. The more commonly used sites are Linkedin, Facebook, and Twitter. If you don’t already have a profile, you should create one on all of these sites and any others that you feel will assist you in your job search. If you already have a profile, you should update your online resume, change your status to looking for a job, and start tweeting. Personal branding can dramatically improve your chances of getting a job.
Networking
Networking is important for meeting new people, getting the word out that you are looking for a job, and ultimately getting the job. Networking can be done through social media, emailing or calling people that you know, going to networking events, and making new contacts. Making connections with people that may be able to help you in your job search can allow you to get referrals and to tap into the hidden job market. Networking is important to do continuously and not just when you are looking for a job.
Focus your Job Search
Before you start your job search you need to narrow down what kind of job you are looking for by focusing your job search. This may be more difficult for new graduates or for individuals who want to make a career change. Research can be done on different fields and positions that you are interested in.
Career Centers
If you are a new graduate, a recent immigrant, or changing careers, going to a career center can be beneficial. They can help you in writing your resume, improving your skills, and making sure that you are on the right track in your career. They can give you valuable insight and guidance into finding that perfect job.
Job Boards
In order to find the right job you need to use multiple job boards in your job search. All job boards will have an assortment of different jobs. Many job boards will also allow you to upload your resume to an internal database that employers can view.
Recruiting Firms
Using multiple recruiting firms can help you in your job search. Recruiting firms specialize in matching the right candidate with the right employer. They will also have valuable insight into how the labour market is doing and the types of jobs that are out there.
Job Fairs
Going to multiple job fairs can increase your chances of getting a job. Make sure to go to job fairs that offer the types of jobs that you are looking for. Before going to a job fair you need to make sure that you are prepared by learning what exhibitors will be attending, and the types of positions that they are looking to fill. You may want to do some research on each of the companies that you are interested in, and even make a cover letter for each of these companies. Also, make sure to bring plenty of resumes and business cards.
Co-op/Internship
Co-op placements and internships are a great way to gain some experience, and to try different roles to determine what fields you are interested in. Co-op placements are done by students through a school program. Alternatively, internships are typically done by both students and new graduates during the summer. They aren’t always connected to a school program, and can be either paid or unpaid. Additionally, volunteering can also be done to develop your skills, and to avoid having any time gaps on your resume.
Education
Human capital is a valued commodity. Taking additional courses or going back to school can increase your chances of getting the job you want. It may also be necessary if you want to change your career. Some workplaces offer to reimburse some or all of your tuition fees. If you work for such a company, you should take advantage. This will help you to advance in your current workplace and to increase your chances of getting the next job you want.
Conclusion
Make sure to always have an up-to-date resume and to continuously improve your skills. Also, ensure that you are regularly utilizing social media and any networking opportunities.

Good luck on finding your perfect job! 

OPPOSITION TO ONTARIO PENSION PLAN GROWING

Province-wide poll on the new Ontario Pension Plan shows growing disapproval of the program.

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You Got The Job. Before You Start, Close The Job Search Loop.

You sent off your cover letters and resumé and completed the required online applications. You conducted informational interviews, talked to people in your career field who connected you to other professionals in the field. You interviewed, worked through case studies, presented your recommendations, participated in more interviews, and finally after all your hard work you got the job. You deserve to celebrate. But like it or not, there’s still one more step in your job search. You need to close the loop by sending a “thank-you, I’ve accepted a position email (or call)” to the people you connected with during your job search.

This often-overlooked step leaves a strong, positive and professional impression with people that can pay big dividends for you in the future, just as it did for David, a junior at highly ranked liberal arts college. “I spoke with the partner I had the most contact with during the interview process. He told me I was their top candidate for the internship position and although he was disappointed, he understood why I accepted the internship offer that I did. He said to contact him after my summer internship to hear about how it went and to see if his company might be a good fit when I graduate.” 
David closed the loop while at the same time left the door open for a future opportunity.

Close the loop with...
It’s not necessary to close the loop with everyone you spoke with during your job search. A telephone or Skype interview with the HR person that didn’t go any further doesn’t require a close-the-loop email. However, if you talked with an outsourced/external recruiter for the position, it’s a good investment to send the email. Why? Because it’s likely this recruiter works with companies to fill entry-level/junior positions and it’s a good contact to have for the future. Here’s who else belongs on your close the loop email list.
  • Anyone you had an informational interview with, particularly those who connected you to others. This is a way for you to build your professional network.
  • People you interviewed with multiple times and/or stayed involved during the interview process. They liked you and it's a way for them to know which companies they are competing with for young talent.
  • The employers who made you an offer you did not accept. You always want to leave the door open for opportunities with these people and employers.
Be sure to let your school’s career services center know, even if they were not involved in your job search. They should want to know where their students have landed jobs.

A simple format will do...
There is no standard format for a close-the-loop email though it should generally be brief, open with a “thank you”, tell the person where you landed, and include—if you haven’t asked already—an invitation to connect on LinkedIn.

Dear Mr. Smith:

Thank your for the opportunity to interview with XYZ. I appreciate the support you provided during the interview process. I’m happy to tell you that I’ve accepted a position with The Big Name Company in Chicago starting June 1st.

My contact information will stay the same (see below). Please feel free to contact me if I can be of any help to you. I’m also sending you an invitation to connect on LinkedIn.

Signature (includes at minimum your name, p
hone, email)

This email is short, gracious and informative.

Send when...
Unlike your interview thank-you emails, you do not need to get the close-the-loop emails out immediately unless someone is waiting to hear from you such as another employer and then a phone call is more appropriate. You have time but don’t wait too long. You don’t want the connection you worked hard to make go cold.
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Jane Horowitz is a career-launch coach and founder of More Than A Resumé. Jane has championed college students in their job searches from colleges and universities across the country, and with majors from engineering to fine arts, from computer design to banking. Jane has made a measurable and lasting difference in college students’ lives.

Best Practices for Using Social Media to Find Candidates

With the significant increase in how much time people spend on social media, it’s no secret that when you’re looking to recruit for your organization, social media can be an effective medium for you to use to find quality candidates. It can be especially helpful to reach those hard-to-find passive candidates ─ those that aren’t actively looking for a new position. 
In some cases, social media can be a very effective recruiting tool; in others, not so much.
This article covers some best practices to use when recruiting through social media.
Understand your Target Candidate(s)
On what social media platform would they typically be spending their time? For example, a new graduate may be more likely to use Facebook or Twitter while someone more experienced may prefer LinkedIn. Understanding generational issues might also help in this regard. Consider where your target market is and allocate your time/resources on those websites.
Have a Strategy/Plan
What’s your plan? What kind of position(s) are you looking to fill? What’s your timing? The answers to these questions will help you formulate an appropriate strategy for social media.  Track the results after a week, month or year to see how successful your plan has been.
Start small
Test different platforms and messages that you send initially. Are they working for you?  Change your strategy if they are not giving you the results you were looking for.
Keep Messages Simple/Quick
The beauty of social media is that it can be quick and simple ─ as such, keep your messages relevant and timely. People have become accustomed to seeing short messages (e.g., 140 characters).
Use Tools Available
Websites like Hootsuite (www.hootsuite.com) can help you manage your messages and the timing of their delivery across all your social media platforms. Use your organization’s website to drive traffic to your social media platforms and vice versa.
Consistent Message
Have a consistent message across the various mediums so that someone looking at all your social media will know that your strategy has been well thought out.
Headhunt
If you see someone who looks appropriate for your organization, send them a direct message. Don’t just wait for people to respond to your postings – actively recruit candidates to connect with those more difficult to reach passive candidates.
Other Tips:
  • Engage your audience.
  • Post or share information about awards, press releases, corporate videos and organizational events to your social media to promote your organization as an employer of choice.
  • Don’t “major in the minors” – you can waste a lot of time on social media if you’re not careful; set limits and don’t spend time on platforms that don’t get the “eyeballs” even if they’re free.
  • Post regularly – “out of sight, out of mind” applies to social media. If you’re not in the game, people won’t follow.
  • Encourage people to join/follow your social media – have contests to encourage others to connect with you – the more followers you have, the better the chances of widening the net for possible candidates.
  • Be aware of what people see – what branding do you want to have?  Fun/hip or serious/corporate?
  • Use hashtags, links and @mentions to get maximum coverage.
  • Make it easy for people to apply/connect with your audience.
  • Respond to messages on a timely basis/tweets, etc.
  • Create/join groups and start discussion topics.
CONCLUSION
Generally speaking, doing something is better than doing nothing when it comes to using social media to find candidates for your positions. Be visible through social media whether you’re actively recruiting or not ─ have an ongoing presence.
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Marc Belaiche is a CPA, CA and is President of TorontoJobs.ca, an Internet recruitment business and recruiting firm located in the Greater Toronto Area.  Marc is also the author of the book “Tales from the Recruiter”. Marc has been in the recruitment industry since 1995. TorontoJobs.ca allows companies to post their positions online, search a resume database to find candidates, provides full temporary and permanent recruitment and outplacement services. TorontoJobs.ca also allows candidates to search and apply to positions directly online and get career, interviewing and resume tips all at no charge. Marc is also President of TorontoEntrepreneurs.ca, an organization geared towards business owners (see www.TorontoEntrepreneurs.ca) and has the annual Toronto Entrepreneurs Conference and Trade Show (see www.TorontoEntrepreneurs.ca). You can reach Marc at marc.belaiche@torontojobs.ca and check out TorontoJobs.ca at www.TorontoJobs.ca.

Tips to Consider When Pursuing an Inter-Office Romance

Tips to Consider When Pursuing an Inter-Office Romance
For Immediate Release: February 12th, 2015

TORONTO, ON: With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, love is in the air. With approximately 2/3 of one’s day being spent at work it’s only natural that relationships will develop within the workplace. Working with others to successfully complete projects, taking lunch breaks together and working in a close environment on a regular basis are definite ways to assist in the development of sparks!

TorontoJobs.ca recently polled over 100 Employers throughout the GTA and found that over 36% of those surveyed have admitted to have had or are currently engaged in an office romance with a co-worker.

Given this statistic, we at TorontoJobs.ca felt that we should share our top tips to consider when pursuing an office romance:

1. Investigate Company Policies: It’s a good idea to find out what the organization’s take is on inter-office dating before jumping into a relationship with a co-worker. If the connection is serious it’s a good idea to let your boss know before they find out by way of the “water cooler gossip”.

2. “Breaking up is Hard to Do”: Dating a co-worker or boss might seem like a great idea at first, however, think about the repercussions if the relationship ends in failure. Entering into a relationship with someone you work with that ends on a sour note could lead to awkward boardroom meetings and tension in the workplace.

3. Do your Research: You may work with your colleague but how much do you know about them outside of work? It’s a good idea to do some research on your potential “love interest” to ensure they aren’t married with children or living a secret life you may not know about.

4. Play it Safe: Starting a relationship with a co-worker may have to be kept a secret. Between the hours of 9-5 be prepared to act as if nothing is happening between each other. Avoid intimate contact and make sure guidelines are set up front to ensure you are both on the same page to ensure that problems don’t arise that may affect your job.

5. Keep Social Networking in Mind: In today’s society information travels fast. Ensure that your professional and personal profiles are kept separately on Facebook, Twitter and other social networking tools. You never know who might be connected to you that could break the silence of your new relationship.

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Sales - Printing Industry

Our client, located in Richmond Hill and in the printing industry, is looking for a Printing Sales person.  The role is responsible for business development, finding new clients and selling printing and/or digital printing (e.g. HP950) services.
If you or someone you know might be interested in this role please email marc.belaiche@torontojobs.ca

Tax Manager - CA Firm

Our TorontoJobs.ca Recruitment Division client, a medium-sized CA firm located in Markham, is looking for a Tax Manager.

This firm's clients are owner-managed, mainly medium sized businesses with a few large clients.  Overall the client base is made up of R&D, Technology, Auto Dealers, Financial Services, Professional Services, etc.  

Candidates should be enrolled in the in-depth tax course or masters of tax and/or have some tax training.

This role will be involved with compliance work and will get a full breadth of work and variety since the firm is small enough to learn.  You will be able to be able to improve on your career as a result.

You would be reporting to a Tax Partner at the firm.

If you are qualified for this position please apply online or email or call Marc Belaiche, CPA, CA at marc.belaiche@torontojobs.ca or 905-566-5627x2873.

Senior Tax Associate

Our TorontoJobs.ca Recruitment Division client, a medium-sized CA firm located in Markham, is looking for a Senior Tax Associate.

You would be reporting to a Tax Director.

The client base is made of a broad range of industries.  You would be doing compliance work, memos and consulting work.

You must be able to work one-on-one with their clients, have excellent communication skills and must be able to go out with the Partners both on client visits and to promote the firm.

Opportunity for advancement is available.

Taxprep and Caseware is used.

If you are qualified for this position please apply online or email Marc Belaiche, CPA, CA at marc.belaiche@torontojobs.ca or call 905-566-5627x2873.