Once You’ve Accepted An Interim Role

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 a number of reasons, but the most important one is your reputation, always honour your commitments.

No statutory holiday or vacation pay –  In my last blog “Are you Right for Interim Roles?” one positive aspect was the dollars. Remember that your pay rate is often higher because you do not get statutory holiday or vacation pay so if you take time off, you don’t get paid.

Start up – Are you used to your 9 to 5 job and comfortable with your routine tasks? With interim/contract roles you need to enjoy the challenge of starting fresh.  Get ready for the challenge and be excited about it, there’s nothing more fulfilling than knowing you have a goal to accomplish and even better…getting it done!

PTC Accounting and Finance specializes in Interim Accounting and Finance roles, please feel free to contact any of our recruiters if you have any questions.

Do You Have Any Questions? Do You Have Any Questions?

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 as far to say that “The last questions you ask convey to the interviewer how astute you are, plus it’s the easiest information for the interviewer to remember”.

So what are the last two questions you should ask?

  1. Do you have any concerns about my ability to do this job that we haven’t discussed? If so, I’d like to address them.
  2. What are the next steps and what is your time frame?

Regardless of the answer, you should thank your interviewer and ask them if you can reach out to connect with them the following week. Stock concludes with “You only get one chance to make a lasting impression. It’s all about the close!”

Cold & Flu Season @ The Office

Caution: Cold & Flu season ahead

It’s that time of year again, the leaves are changing, the air is becoming crisper and everybody in your office is sporting a snifflely nose and a hacking cough. With many people sharing the same space for multiple hours a day, and life factors and work pressures forcing sick people to come to the office anyway, office spaces become incubators for infection such as the common cold and flu. According to global outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. as the weather begins to change from hot to cold the common cold and flu will account for tens of millions of sick days this year, which could cost businesses as much as $8 billion in paid sick leave.

Aside from the business side of things, coming into work sick or having to stay home sick is severely unpleasant. Luckily, there are a couple things you can do to protect yourself from the germs!

Wash your hands and disinfect

Hand washing is the most touted way to protect against infection and cannot be reiterated enough, but did you know that the top five germiest places in your office are the following:

1) Office phone
2) Personal Desktop
3) Computer Keyboard
4) Microwave Oven Door
5) Water Fountain Handle

Avoiding shared appliances, or at least thoroughly washing your hands after use combined with wiping down your own workspace with a lysol or Clorox wipe can help extensively when it comes to keeping you cold & flu free.
The website Health Central says that Studies show that disinfecting the phone, keyboard, and desktop once a day can kill 99 percent of the germs. This is particularly important if you share a workstation or phone with several people.

 

Vitamins, Exercise & Sleep
An ounce of prevention is worth a ton of cure! The best way to stay healthy is to not get sick in the first place. Keeping your immune system running at its optimum performance level involves making sure you get adequate sleep, eat a balanced diet, don’t go crazy with caffeine and alcohol and drink lots of water. Loading up on vitamin D and Zinc can also be extremely beneficial.

Exercise can also deter colds and illnesses. WebMD suggests that Regular exercise appears to have the advantage of being able to jump-start the immune system, and that can help reduce the number of colds you get. With exercise, the number and aggressiveness of certain immune cells, such as the ones called natural killer cells, increase by as much as 50% to 300%. If you exercise regularly, this temporary increase can help make the immune system more efficient at destroying intruders that cause illness such as colds.
Stop Touching Your Face!

This one is both the most effective way to avoid a cold/ flu virus and the absolutely most difficult to follow through with. The cold/virus enters the body through the eyes nose and mouth. When you touch your face, you are giving the virus a direct path right into your body. Easier said then done, as for some reason humans have a compulsion to constantly touch their faces, averaging in about 16 face touches an hour, that’s almost 1 to 3 times per every 5 min!
Remedies:

Sometimes no matter how much you try, you are still going to get sick. Unfortunately there’s nothing you can really do to immediately get rid of a cold (Anti-biotics are for bacteria based illness not for viruses, and OTC cold remedies mainly relieve symptoms not actually treating the illness) there are some DIY at home remedies that you can try.

Mushrooms:

White button mushrooms, the ones you most commonly see in the grocery store are proven to have immune boasting effects. Two studies from the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University have shown that mushrooms increase the production of antiviral proteins that can destroy or deactivate the foreign invaders that make you sick.

Chicken Noodle Soup:

Chicken Noodle soup has long been prescribed by mothers and grandmother everywhere as the cure-allo to cold and flus. But did you know this warm comfort food isn’t just a soothing relaxant for the sick? Several studies have shown that chicken soup inhibits the production of inflammatory compounds that are released in a viral infection,” says Schachter. Vegetable-based soups such as minestrone also seem to reduce inflammation, but their effects are not quite as strong as chicken soup’s.

For more alternative cold and flu remedies check out the full article (and stay well this fall!) :

http://bit.ly/1edCkyh

 

Part 2: How to land a job without networking

In our last blog we discussed how networking is often touted as the only way to land a job, with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics stating that 70% of all jobs are found through networking and other sources  such as ABC news stating statistics as high as 80%. We discussed how to decide if putting your energies into networking was right for you.  Perhaps you fall into the 20-30% of folks who do not rely on networking as their primary source of  your job finding , what are other things you can utilize in order to optimize your job search?

This past October, an article appeared on  LearnVest  outlining  “4  Ways to Land a Job…Without Networking”.

 

Cover All Your Bases

 

Michelle Shapiro writes “First you need to find the right job openings. General job sites like Craigslist and Workopolis can be helpful, but also look for more specialized sites tailored to your industry”. For example, if you are a specialized professional you can check out many of niche networks now offered online. For example, if you are an HR professional Workopolis coordinates with the HRPA hire authority to post jobs to members. The same exists for the Canadian Payroll Association, and a multitude of others. Idealist.org  is one of the best job boards for non-profits and if you’re seeking contract or temporary work, seek out specialized organizations. It’s all about being able to narrow down what you need, and then hammering away in a specific direction.

 

 

Customize each application

 

The second suggestion revolves around tailoring each resume to each specific job application.  Shapiro writes “Applying to 50 jobs in one day may make you feel accomplished, but continually submitting the same cookie-cutter resume and cover letter won’t yield results.”. Arguably it is more efficient  to apply to 3-4 jobs really well, than 50 so-so. Quality over quantity.

 

Troubleshoot Early

If you are applying to jobs and are not getting results, don’t be afraid to take a step back and troubleshoot. Showing your resume to your friends, family or colleagues may be a good idea. Sometimes a fresh set of eyes can catch an area that needs improvement that you haven’t seen yourself. If you have a good relationship with a recruiter, this could be a good place to seek advice as well. Oftentimes recruiters will give you some brief resume tips

 

Reach out to a recruiter

 

If you can offer a specialized skill it can be beneficial to reach out to a recruiter. A recruiter may not always have a role available that is tailored to your skills, but it’s always good to ask. In the future, they may very well think of you when a certain role opens up.

 

For the full article:

http://www.levo.com/articles/career-advice/how-to-get-a-job-without-networking )

How ‘Year End’ Stress Can Kill You!

Stress Stress Stress

Everyone uses this word so loosely but there are different types of stress that affect our health in awful ways. How stressed are you at ‘year end’?

Some of the biggest challenges businesses face at year end are:

-Not allowing enough time to complete your year end finances
-Technological road blocks

-not understanding your software to the fullest
-Lack of help/support to meet your deadlines

The stress incurred from these things can range from psychological stress or ‘burnout to muscle pain.According to Health Canada’s, Healthy Living, It’s Your Health; http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/life-vie/stress-eng.php  the health effects from stress can range from heart disease to some types of bowel disease to mental illness. Cardiologists are finding that the spike of adrenaline from being stressed can cause symptoms of a heart attack. Prolonged exposure to these types of stresses can indeed kill you.

There are many ways to avoid these situations such as:

•    Creating a schedule for completion of all the things you require for month end. This way everything is not left to the last minute.
•    Resources to help train staff on the software you use
•    Hiring specialized interim people who will surely make your year end process run much smoother.

 

PTC can help alleviate your stress. Have you considered hiring a specialized person to come analyze, fix the mess or just help get your financial department on track? Did you know PTC offers a minimum 10 day start-up guarantee plus additional ones for commitment and performance?  We can help businesses reduce their risk and stress by helping them make better hiring decisions. We do this with a sense of urgency and utmost regard to our clients needs.  Let us help you reduce your stress.  PTC provides finance and accounting professionals for contracts at all levels.  For those of you who are overloaded and swamped because of the current situation at your company let us help your reduce your stress by speaking to your hiring manager or getting you in the right role that you deserve.

 

CGA Conference Coverage

Our resident guest speaker here at PTC, Steve Rosen, was invited to speak at the CGA conference held last November

The event was covered by CGA Statements Magazine,

Click the image to enlage and view the coverage!

View the full edition of the magazine here

PTC Is Proud to Announce the Launch of a New Division

Introducing PTChr

We are taking the same principles that have made PTC Accounting & Finance successful and we are leveraging our expertise to provide interim solutions for Human Resources.

 

The Human Resources division is being directed by Karen Couto who joined PTC in 2002 and was our director of Human Resources. Her 12 years of experience with PTC and HR makes her a seamlessly perfect fit. At PTC, we recognize that for many Professionals, interim is a career choice that provides unique opportunities and benefits. Whether you have built your career in Human Resources, or are just starting out, PTC understands that your needs are important… and we’re here to help you make the right interim choices for you and your career.

 

Why engage an Interim HR professional?
An interim professional may be the right solution for your organization if you have experienced an unexpected resignation, leave of absence, or a period of increased work volume.

 

When the unexpected occurs, you do not always have the perfect replacement ready to step in and fill those shoes.   Engaging an interim professional can provide a short-term solution to keep your day to day needs running smoothly, affording you the time required to source the right long term fit.

 

Area’s of Expertise
We provide all levels of HR Professionals in all core functional areas of Human Resources;
-HR Generalists
-HR Directors
-Compensation Analysts
-Benefits/Pension Specialists
-Payroll Administrators
-Talent Acquisition Specialists
-HR Administrators
-Employee Relations
-HRIS Professionals
-Trainers
-Health and Safety Professionals
-HRIS Specialists

 

Engaging an interim professional as a solution for both your short and longer term needs allows you to fill temporary gaps in your HR function, while you continue to focus on what matters most…. running your business.