Independent contractors, part-time employees, and self-employed entrepreneurs in temporary, contract or part-time jobs currently make up more than half of GTA workers; this is the new form of employment but it’s definitely not for everyone.
Some of the downsides include not knowing what to expect six months into the future, not having some or all of the benefits of full-time employment, and not having income security between contracts or projects. When it comes to family life, debt obligations and maintaining a certain standard of living, this type of employment can be a major cause of stress for some people. That’s why its often refferd to as ‘Precarious Work’. But for some, there’s nothing precarious about it, and…Learn More
April 27, 2016
We may not have a hockey team to cheer for right now, but local fans are getting revved up about basketball. We’re currently in the throws of the NBA play-offs and for the third year in a row, the Toronto Raptors are putting up a fighting chance as they take on American teams.
A few years ago, our city focused its sports-related energy on the Leafs, but now we’re embracing basketball like never before. And that’s largely thanks to rap superstar Drake.
In September 2013, the Raptors made Drake its Global Ambassador. Not only does Drizzy now sit courtside, but he also champions the team wherever he goes and makes Canada’s only basketball team relevant in the GTA and around the…Learn More
November 19, 2015
Don’t just shake hands and exchange cards—learn to create meaningful connections to boost professional success
What is networking?
Your “network” is the group of individuals you’re connected to that goes beyond those you interact with daily. These are people you can call on to answer questions, circulate news and connect you with people inside their network.
The act of “networking” is your effort to create such a group. However, it’s gotten a bad rap lately, because some think of networking as a way of using others to get what they want; they “work” the room disingenuously with shifty eyes, always looking for big fish who will listen to their pitch—if your job title doesn’t wow them, they throw you back in the…Learn More
October 29, 2015
The do’s and don’ts of crafting a resume and how to make it stand out with a digital boost
More than a digital handshake, a resume is your way of reaching out across virtual space and grabbing the attention of a potential new employer. But, with more qualified candidates pouring into the job market every day, getting and holding attention is increasingly difficult.
The resume itself has evolved (over 500 years) from a straightforward list of qualifications to become a colourful, interactive marketing tool that needs to tell a holistic story of each a candidate.
You need to cater your resume to find an appropriate balance between direct information and sales pitch with many moving parts. That balance has to…Learn More
October 13, 2015
The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) became law in 2005. The five parts or Standards that make up AODA require all levels of government, nonprofits, and private sector businesses across Ontario who have one or more staff to be compliant. The first three deadlines have passed and the next one is on January 1st, 2016.
Are you ready and up-to-date?
January 1st, 2016 is the next deadline to file your report.
If your organization has between 1 – 49 employees, you have to train your staff which includes employees and volunteers, on Ontario’s accessibility laws. They must be trained on the accessibility requirements that apply to their job and organization. The organization must provide easy access to people with disabilities…
September 30, 2015
These top three notorious rebrands highlight the various reasons why companies choose to transform their identities. Some organizations, such as American-Italian eatery Olive Garden, needed to bring their brands into the 21st century. Others, like retail giant Old Navy, couldn’t compete with new, more innovative companies who were disrupting the marketplace.
When Gap Inc. was looking to revive its lagging brand Old Navy, it hired Stefan Larsson—the man behind H&M’s American expansion—according to a report in the New York Times. Comedy stars Amy Poehler and Julia Louis-Dreyfus starred in its ads. This makeover proved successful and it helped rake in nearly $6 billion for the company. That’s more than the Gap and Banana Republic brands combined.
It’s not only retail giants…Learn More
September 09, 2015
DID YOU KNOW?…
Effective June 2015, ALL employees covered under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 must have been given a copy of the newest (version 6.0) poster, and all new employees must be given a copy within 30 days of their employment. It is no longer sufficient to simply post this information on your community bulletin board.
Download the poster here:
July 24, 2015
Something tangible or just a feeling?
As a recruiter we often have to scrutinize our candidates for “the Perfect Fit”. I’ll be the first to admit that this can oftentimes be frustrating because the criteria for the “Fit” are all based on “feel”; how does this person comes across, are they ambitious, cordial, well spoken, hard working, knowledgeable, and capable?
However, as recruiters, we challenge “Fit” and wonder how do you come to this determination. I have come to know that “Fit” person is based on a blank silhouette that is created in ones mind about what that “Fit” is- based on years of relationships with individuals within the different levels of certain organizations.
Now you might be asking yourself WHY…Learn More
July 24, 2015
So you landed the Interim Role… now what?
I’ve put together a few things that you should be aware of once you’ve accepted an Interim or Contract role that you may not be aware of.
Commitment –It’s understandable that looking for a job is tough and sometimes you get a contract offer and in desperation you accept, knowing full well that an interim position is not what you want but the full time job hasn’t come through yet. Before you decide to accept keep in mind that commitment is a huge part of interim / contract roles, once you accept an interim role, understand that you must keep your commitment for the duration of the contract. Why? Well, there are…Learn More
July 24, 2015
Have you ever thought of how important a reference is or which references are relevent? Last year August Ruth Mantell wrote a piece for The Wall Street Journal called “Make References Work for You”. Although published last year, this is a topic that is unchanging in its relevance and when it comes to crunch time and you are competing with another candidate for the same position, a reference can be pivotal to leveraging you above the competition.
Mantell begins the piece with a nightmare scenario:
“Tammi Pirri, human-resources vice president for Burlington, Mass.-based Black Duck Software, recently called references for a software developer. One reference was the applicant’s then-current and unsuspecting supervisor. The manager was shocked, to say the least, that…Learn More
July 24, 2015
Ever wonder how to answer the dreaded “do you have any questions for me?” at the end of an interview…
Much of the time, when potential job seekers turn to the web, family or friends for advice about interview skills, the discussion is often framed around how to answer an interviewers questions. In a brief new piece from Judith Stock called “The Final Interview Questions You Must Ask”, Stock turns the tables and places emphasis on what questions a candidate should ask. Stock notes that most interviews flow linearly, with a clear beginning, middle and end. Albeit all stages are equally important, some candidates overlook the importance of the final stage, which Stock calls the close. She even goes…Learn More
July 24, 2015
Leaving a job? Now what?
There are many reasons people leave their current job. Sometimes you’ve been there too long, and need a change of pace, sometimes the new opportunity you took didn’t pan out as expected, and sometimes it’s plain old environment that is the driving force for your exit. As tempting as it may be to throw up your file folders and call it a day (especially if your reason for leaving is the latter), knowing how to depart a job gracefully, and respectfully can be one of the best things you can do for your reputation, and your future hireability.
Greg Savage- global leader of the recruitment industry and a regular keynote speaker worldwide, as well as…Learn More