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Looking for work? Invisible no more!

Being selective about what you apply for, combined with a targeted “What I Can Do For You” resume, will get you better results.

If you are picky, you have more time for (1) researching the position/company, (2) customizing your resume which should only take 5 minutes, and (3) doing a personal telephone follow up to see if your resume was received, and to ask when they expect to make a decision.

How to reduce the fear and anxiety of a Job Interview

The easiest way to make it through the nerve-wracking days before a big interview is to have a plan to Be Yourself. In practical terms, here is a checklist that will help.

  1. Is your resume 100% accurate and truthful?
    If it is all true, then you don’t have to worry. Talking about your achievements and experience will come more naturally (practice helps too). Creating success stories is the easiest way to practice talking about yourself in the context of work.
  2. Are you a fit to the job? Do you feel you could do whatever is asked of you?
    If you somehow got a job interview and you aren’t totally qualified, but you want the opportunity. Disclose your weakness at the start of the interview in a positive way before you are asked about any weaknesses or concerns.  Say something like “I can do 90% of this job and the other 10% I may need some guidance” You may be surprised that this honesty gets you the job!
  3. Are your references on board and aware you are on a job search?
    References like an ex-boss usually want to help you succeed. Talking to them on a regular basis will make you feel more confident about yourself and that they will say good things about you. As a bonus, your reference may have some job opportunities to tell you about.

There are lots of other suggestions such as meditation or relaxation techniques. My opinion is that if you aren’t regularly doing these things, just before an interview is not the best time to start until everything else is already prepared; from your 3 second resume (bring 2 clean copies)  to interview tips and success stories.

Sleeping and eating well. Dressing up. All good.

Here are some more tips on how to reduce the fear and anxiety of a job interview from Undercover Recruiter @undercoverRec and Casey Fleischmann @caseyjfleisch

 

Updated mobile app for local & hidden Toronto GTA jobs

Part of our mission is to help job seekers find full-time, salaried work in Toronto GTA. You don’t have to take our word for it.

How have we taken action? We have updated our mobile app (with more updates to come) It’s the first of its kind anywhere where tags and mapped results make it easy to find hundreds of local & hidden jobs. More? Check out the zenPeak website for help with resumes, interviews, success stories and more.

Stay away from people like you (until you get a job)

A Job Seeker needs support and encouragement but a job group is the wrong place to get it – anyone at a job club who gets a job will disappear so fast they won’t even leave a vapour trail. Why? because they are happy to brush off the stink and misery of not having a job. That’s the truth.

What is your job search mindset?

There are different Candidate “mindsets” around getting a Hiring Manager to offer you an interview. One mindset is “I could be really good in the job, and if they just gave me a chance, they would see” This mindset is usually accompanied by a resume that is generic, and not customized to the opportunity…Another mindset is built around improving your statistical chances of getting the interview. It involves more working and less hoping.

Are you ready to tell your story?

If you can find a balance between demonstrating competency & experience, while at the same time, creating genuine interest in “your story” then you’ll get noticed, and get someone excited. A few success stories can make the difference! …………. Then the reader is nodding their head as they read your resume, learning about you, getting excited about you, and thinking… this is exactly the kind of person we need

The World is Watching You

“Of 381 college admissions officers who answered a Kaplan telephone questionnaire this year, 31 percent said they had visited an applicant’s Facebook or other personal social media page to learn more about them — a five-percentage-point increase from last year. More crucially for those trying to get into college, 30 percent of the admissions officers said they had discovered information online that had negatively affected an applicant’s prospects.”

Advice from a New Entrepreneur

I am connected to the writer, Stephanie St. Claire through facebook, and when I saw the title of her post, I checked it out right away.

“11 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started My Business”

One of the options for a mid-career job seeker is to go into business for themselves; taking their passion or skill, from cooking to construction and creating their own opportunity if no one else is offering them one. Stephanie gives very solid advice based on her own personal experiences. I think she has identified a lot of traps new entrepreneurs fall into — my hand is up 🙂  btw and waving around — Have a look and judge for yourself if doing your own thing sounds scary and exciting at the same time, or just very very scary!

Career Scholarship

If you are a graduate at the university or college level, in your final year, or have graduated in the past 12 months, you may qualify for free services worth over $1,000.  If you are interested check out this page

What do you get? We help Candidates in 4 areas; Resume, LinkedIn, Interview and EQ. You get it all – worth over $1,000. for free if you qualify.

Are you a Pink Slip Hero?

If you have a compelling story to tell, we want to hear it & share it, right here on our blog!

You’ve heard the phrase “Pay It Forward”, where you go out and help 3 people after someone has helped you. Here is a chance for you to Pay It Forward! Tell us your story, or… connect us with someone who is a Pink Slip Hero, and has an amazing story to tell. Your Pink Slip Hero story may inspire someone else who has just been fired and needs to discover how to get working again.

  • what special challenges did you face?
  • what did you discover about yourself that helped you?
  • what is the best advice you have to share?

and as a thank you for sharing… every Pink Slip Hero gets a free 3 month subscription to our Job Alerts!

Waking up with Munchkin

… When the other resident was being packed up to leave the residence, Bing took Munchkin in for a few days so she would be out of the way. Wow there was new excitement for Oshie and Bing! It was apparent for awhile that Munchkin needed an “owner” who could look after her, but as things went, the offer to take care of Munchkin was declined, and everyone said their goodbyes. Bye Bye Munchkin!

The Story of Your Work Life

the most important thing you can do, within our system. In our face to face meeting we ask you to think about the 2 or 3 major success stories we’ve talked about, and write up short paragraphs (3-4 sentences max) on each. These success stories capture the interest of the reader; in this case a hiring manager. Once you have their attention, they will look deeper into “What You Can Do For Them” in the organization.

Questions to ask at the end of your Job Interview

Your job interview is over, and it went on for a long time, and you think its a match!  Sometimes this is true, but more often than not, a long interview doesn’t mean you have the job. Many Candidates have told us the interview went on for a long time and was great, and when we talk to the Client, there isn’t any serious interest in them.

Getting a face to face interview is hard, and if you manage to get one, whether its short or long, consider being prepared for the moment when you are asked… Any Questions?

The first five minutes of an interview are critical; of course there are the first impressions about you, and usually the interviewer will share the key requirements of the job and their goals for the person they hire. Listen carefully! and make notes if you can. This will help you later when you are invited to ask questions.

Probably towards the end of the interview you may be  asked… Any Questions?  The best way to ask the questions is to first start off with a thank you for the interviewer’s time, then get outside your “internal script” and the thinking of everything I have done and switch over to what they want… “What I Can Do For You!” Your questions should capture the key requirements they have already told you, and drill into:

  1. “Are there any concerns about me from my experience or today’s interview that would prevent you from hiring me?” – Its direct, but you get an opportunity to clarify or fix issues that you won’t get a second chance to do.
  2. “What are the company’s long-term goals?’ (if not discussed) – here is your chance to get onside with “What I Can Do For You!”… beyond salary, job, hours
  3. “How will you measure my success if you hire me?” – You get a chance to close the distance between you, the company, the hiring manager and the opportunity. Its great for understanding expectations, and prepares you  for a follow up and the rest of the interview process.

Remember, finish strong and don’t worry about risking chances with a few questions
(source: Forbes)

and, here are a few questions you shouldn’t ask (also from source: Forbes)

 

 

 

 

Are Transferable Skills & Experience more important than Industry Expertise?

Breakout growth companies are usually started by industry outsiders. They change the rules and thrive on destroying the old ways of doing things. As they grow, and hire, founders don’t surround themselves with industry veterans – that would not be a recipe for disruption and innovation. As the saying goes about amazing innovative companies… “too dumb to know it couldn’t work”

Does this apply to hiring practices in other companies that are not the ones shaking an industry to its foundation? In this Forbes article, , the case is made that thinking (and hiring) like the founder of Amazon, may bring benefits in tackling innovation, and competing with game-changing competitors.

How the company got its name … zenPeak (the very short version)

The difference between our company, and most other Recruiters is that we try and keep our Candidates and our Clients “in balance”. Work, and having a job, is very important for a person’s self-worth. It is not easy being out of a job, or to be looking for a job. We respect those challenges for a Candidate, and treat their needs as importantly as the Client who needs to hire an employee.

We call the process of getting to know our Candidates… “internalizing”. When we speak with a Client, having “internalized” a Candidate, we are often excited about the match between the job, Client and Candidate. This is a holistic and meaningful way to connect a person with work. The added benefit of this up-front work is that we can identify peak performers and recruit them for our Clients; that is our motto… We Recruit Peak Performers for our Clients. (and that’s how the company got its name).

Matchmaker Matchmaker

For many of us in western society, the idea of meeting your spouse on your wedding day is ridiculous (and very frightening). Maybe the fear is strongest when your Mother or Father is the one setting up the love connection. Many traditional societies recognized the downside of having Mom and Dad setup the marriage so they use “professional” matchmakers who are experienced at making an unbiased assessment of two people, to raise the potential for a happy couple.

Can you imagine this working if the matchmaker never met, knew and interviewed both parties!? After the man and woman meet and begin a courtship, or see each other for the first time on their wedding day, the matchmaker’s job is done.

Doing the upfront work and research at modern day matchmakers like eHarmony and match.com is the central part of their business. So… when it comes to hiring people, if you are not hiring yourself, and you are relying on the experience of a Recruiter, why choose one who doesn’t do the work up front when it counts?!

A Recruiter that doesn’t do the work up front (research, interviews, testing, reference interviews), and just fires off a resume to a Client wouldn’t last very long in the matchmaking business!

Highest Paying Canadian Jobs

Do you have a passion for engineering? What about investment banking? Or even medicine? Well if you do, then you’re lucky enough to have chosen one of the highest paying careers in Canada!
Is loving what you do important? Yes… and having a high salary doesn’t hurt either!
To find out the 7 other highest paying jobs then check out this article by MSN Money  http://money.ca.msn.com/gallery/top-10-highest-paying-jobs-in-canada
Kari Russell
Recruitment Associate
647.799.1164
kari.zenpeak@gmail.com

Good vs Great

Are you a good candidate, or a great candidate?
Do you take any job you can get or do you evaluate your opportunities to ensure a proper fit?
It’s not about answering the questions the right way but rather asking the right questions which show your potential employer that you’re the one for the job! Read this article from Inc.com to learn the 5 questions great candidates ask and when to ask them!  http://www.inc.com/jeff-haden/5-questions-great-job-candidates-ask-interviewers.html?nav=pop
Kari Russell
Recruitment Associate
647.799.1164
kari.zenpeak@gmail.com

Is Facebook Costing You Money?

As an employer your goal is to increase productivity of your employees so that you can make more money – but will blocking Facebook really make that big of a difference? Social media isn’t the biggest time waster – says Recruiter.com – it’s computer glitches that rein number one! So, before you decide to eliminate access to Facebook you may want to check that your actual computer programs are running at top speed! For full article http://www.recruiter.com/i/facebook-isnt-the-worst-time-waster/

Kari Russell
Recruitment Associate
647.799.1164
kari.zenpeak@gmail.com

when you do it… everything gets easier

“We need to celebrate the candidate in the recruitment process”

http://www.hrmagazine.co.uk/hro/news/1073271/its-type-recruitment-autodesks-head-emea-talent-acquisition

After I circulated this article to the people working with me at zenPeak, it only took a few minutes for the excited comments to come back to me.

The zenPeak approach is to “Internalize Candidates”  It’s a fundamental part of our process and when you do it… everything gets easier.

Simple!

 

The #1 Job Interview Question (and by the way… it’s very hard to answer!)

Are you ready for the #1 question you are likely to be asked?

OK here it is…

??? Tell Me About Yourself ???

The #1 question is not easy to answer UNLESS you are prepared so PRACTICE in front of the mirror over and over until your answer lasts about 20 – 30 seconds at the most, you sound natural and confident. PRACTICE.

??? Tell Me About Yourself ???

YOU

>>>> You need to give up some personal information. Something about YOU. If you don’t, the interviewer will think you can’t fit into the company, or that you are cold, secretive or not someone they want to have around. We suggest you share basic info. that is already on your resume such as (1) where you live now and (2) where you are from originally which is easy to figure out by looking at your high school location and finally (3) something personal related to family (spouse, children, parents, siblings. If you resist this question and say something dumb like “You’re not supposed to ask me that question”, the interview is most likely over. You do want to fit in right? But the strategy is to move on very quickly, without a beat. Don’t engage the Interviewer in follow-up personal answers. Move on to…

YOUR PASSION

>>>> Are you passionate about what you do AT WORK Yes? Great. No… hmmm maybe consider a new career. Get excited about your career, the things you have done that are connected to WHAT I CAN DO FOR YOU. Let the Interviewer start to see that you’re passionate about what you do AT WORK and it is right on target to what they need. Don’t talk about hobbies, trips, your favourite music etc. ONLY AT WORK PASSION. That’s why you are there. Now just as quick move on to…

the OPPORTUNITY

>>>> “and, I am very excited about the opportunity to _ _ _ here”

This final part should be EXACTLY AS QUOTED ABOVE. It brings back the answer to why you are sitting there. The most likely follow up question in the interview will be about the opportunity, the job and hopefully your passion for it!

You have showed that YOU are going to fit in, and that you are a good trustworthy person by sharing a bit about yourself. You talked with PASSION about your work and then you expressed interest and excitement in the OPPORTUNITY. Don’t worry if you think it will sound prepared – it won’t. It will sound professional and poised; much better than stumbling for words, or going on and on about things the interviewer isn’t interested in.

you passion opportunity

 

Haven’t got the interview yet? resume style and content does make a difference!

One of the most frustrating parts of a job search is dealing with all the advice you get about resumes. The best approach is a resume that gets you the interview, and helps you get the job! If we have one piece of advice it would be… Don’t make the person reading your resume, work hard to figure you out.

If you have a (numeric) results-oriented, functional style resume you are showcasing… WHAT I CAN DO FOR YOU and not just everything that you have done.

Don’t make the person reviewing your resume work hard to figure you out.

So now you have a great resume and you got the interview AND you are ready for the #1 Job Interview Question!