Monthly Archives: October 2012

Don’t let loosing your job #breakyourheart


Don’t let loosing your job break your heart

WordPress site stats allow for me to see what search terms are used to find my blog. Yesterday I saw one that inspired me to write a post today … about how not to let loosing your job break your heart.

It can feel heartbreaking, like the world is ending when you lose your job unexpectedly. There is a good chance you got some soft of parting financial package, if not, make sure you apply to EI right away. Take control and do something towards your job search every day.
Get help on your resume, update your LinkedIn profile, upload your resume on Workopolis and Monster, and any other job sites you can find that target your respective industry. Reach out to friends, go out for lunch, keep in touch with the circle. If you find you are really having trouble, you can hire a career coach to help you with the transition.  Also, reach back to your old HR Manager and ask if they have an Employee Assistance Program phone number you can call in to for advice and assistance.

Stay positive and try volunteering to stay active and keep the resume fresh and current.

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A storm is brewing in #Toronto … Make sure you can work from home!


With Bad Weather coming … working from home should be an option …

I hope you are reading this from home! Driving in to the office these days can be a real drag when the weather in Canada is not so nice … so when you are interviewing do ask if your boss is ok with you working from home on bad weather days.

Many companies these days offer hotel stations where staff can come and go to log in and work depending on the week’s schedule. Microsoft and IBM this is common practice so dont’ be put off finding out if the company you are interviewing with offers some flex time.

What NOT to say your first two days of your new job …


What NOT to say to your new co-workers the first few days of work ..

1. Wow, I can’t park downstairs since it only takes Visa and my cards are MAXED out!

2. I deleted my LinkedIn account since too many people I knew were looking at my profile and what I was doing on-line

3. I just didn’t Fit in at my last company!

Lay low, keep positive and try to keep yourself in a positive light.

Is your company downsizing?


If your company is starting to talk about downsizing…get ready to find a new job

 

If your company has been “downsizing” you may want to look for a job before you get your walking papers, or face being in a sea of candidates with similar backgrounds. The good jobs out there get picked over first based on who knows who – so take control of your career and start your job search as soon as you catch wind of a downsize. Following the newspapers is a good indication of market conditions, so make it a practise to know what’s going on around you.

Join LinkedIn and the associated groups to network and learn about your industry.

Attend industry events, often you can find free ones, or opt to host one.

Put your contact information on the bottom of your LinkedIn so headhunters can contact you.

You want to get ahead of the race on this one!

Ready Set, GO!

5 Tips to Ace the Job Interview …and stand out from the rest of the crowd


When a job is open you can bet there are a number of candidates being considered. You have to stand out to be selected.

1. Research the company you are going to meet – if they are public, check the records/stock prices. Know who they compete with and any major events in the industry. Try to mention in your interview, drop a tidbit so they know you are in the know.

2. Dress UP from what you would wear to work every day. A suit means that the pants match the jacket – that was drilled in to me working for years at UPS.

3. Look up who you are meeting on LinkedIn – scope the background, find out if you have any common connections. Do they have a Blog or Twitter account, may give you insight.

4. Review the Job Description before you go in, and POINT BY POINT write down past experiences in bullets so you are ready to review them in the interview. Know details, the names of software you used. Remember the details while you have time, not when you are face to face with HR looking like a deer in headlights.

5. At the end of the interview, stand up, shake the person’s hand (firmly – see post on Handshake) look them in the eye and say Thank you for meeting me, I am very interested in the role and I hope to hear from you soon.

Most people do not do 4 out of 5, so if you do all 5 you will be already standing out from the crowd.

Good Luck!

Good News ..you have an Interview..Bad News..You are SICK


I often see the search terms that people use to find my site, and a popular one is – should I go to my interview sick.

Do not go to an interview sick. Reschedule, HR prefers not to meet anyone sick, so they will not mind if you send a note asking to reschedule in a few days, unless it’s an urgent role. Ask if it would be ok to reschedule, if not then you’ll certainly attend.

To do your best you have to feel your best, so don’t go in sick!

Calling all Web Developers …OO….OO….OO


Looking for a fantastic web development job that is focused on OO technologies….please reach out

 

 

 

I currently have a client looking to hire a Senior Web Developer downtown #Toronto. These days all software applications, if they want to survive, have to move to the cloud, work with mobile, tablets, the web! So we are on the hunt to find a web developer who is well versed in Object Orientated code who can help with the mission. Experience with Java and/or C++ or C# are desired. Please send your resume to melanie@resumedetective.ca for additional details.

Presently in probation – What NOT to put on your LinkedIn update


Sneaky way to find out who is posting that job on Craigslist


Candidates come up with everything! so I like to share how they are able to figure out I am posting jobs

When a recruiter or HR person posts a job on Craigslist, you can post with our your contact information. These days recruiters get in 100’s of resumes for each job posted so they like to keep anonymous when posting the jobs. How can you get around that?

Instead of sending your resume for the post, try sending a direct link to your LinkedIn profile. Here is a direct link to my profile so you can see the format http://www.linkedin.com/in/melanietsikos Once someone clicks on your profile, providing they have a LinkedIn account you can review – who’s viewed my profile and BINGO! there you have it!

Happy Hunting!

Updating your LinkedIn with your new job is like going to “in a relationship” on FB


LinkedIn keep your career updated to the world

When we see a candidate update their linkedIN status with the new job, we breath a sigh of relief. It’s a tell tale sign things are going well. Just like when you see someone update their FB status to “in a relationship” – that’s not done until things have been scoped out and it’s looking good!

Once you move roles and you feel well set up, do change your status and update your duties. Keep Connected with your Career!