Typically people apply for jobs in one of two ways. They send in an online application based on a posted job opportunity, or they take advantage of their network of connections and send in their resume. In either case, a job seeker should keep track of every time they apply for a job. Why?Read More...
So for us, The One Minute Rule on the phone is being polite, not brushing someone off, listening and suggesting a next step. When we spend that time, we may be talking to a star Candidate for the 1st time; someone who a Client can hire to help grow their business. Its in our best interest too!Read More...
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).
Last month I wrote about the benefits of using a good recruiter from the Client’s point of view http://zenpeak.com/2012/08/30/why-use-a-recruiter-part-1-of-2/
Now it’s time to share why, as a Candidate, you should find a proficient recruiter to assist you in your search for your next career opportunity.
Make sure you use a reputable recruiter. If you’re not familiar with any, ask around. A referral is always helpful when starting a relationship with someone where trust is essential. If you choose to search out a recruiter on your own, make sure that your best interests are their main concern and stay away from any recruiter who wants to charge you fees.
Whether you’re unemployed and actively seeking your next job or you’re happily (or not so) employed, but are interested in seeing what else is out there, a recruiter can be your greatest ally. Working with a trustworthy recruiter gives you a personal relationship with someone who can help you put your best foot forward.
First and foremost, you can be guaranteed discretion and confidentiality. This is crucial to the passive or currently employed Candidate as you wouldn’t want your boss to discover you’re shopping around and it also allows the active Candidate the freedom to trust that a dependable recruiter is acting in their best interest and isn’t just throwing their name out in every job search.
Thorough recruiters take the time to offer tips on interview skills & resume writing, coaching to get through the interview and properly promote yourself, they will even suggest how to dress or what not to wear if necessary.
When you use a recruiter you open yourself up to a variety of potential or “hidden” opportunities with only one resume. Recruiters know of positions that you probably don’t and they work directly with the decision-makers, getting your resume where it needs to be to get noticed.
At zenPeak, our driven recruiters will work just as hard to get you your next job as they will to help a client fill a position. Our Candidates are our currency in the human talent bank and we take the time to get to know each and every one to ensure that our investment in them has a high return.
So make your job search much easier and efficient – work with a recruiter!
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/
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 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…
>>>> 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…
>>>> “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.
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!
In 2010 we were busy…
… with training new marketing and search associates, working on some great new job opportunities, working on the oppcourse to Get Working NOW!, planning the new “Marketing Services by zenPeak Recruiters”, plus plus plus!
Personally its been a very good year. The business is growing the way I want it to. I faced up to some challenges and made decisions that I am comfortable with. I have added more staff and am still looking for a Search Associate, a Marketing Associate both well-paid part-time, work from home positions.
I’ve been learning like crazy this year both personally & professionally – and when you are well into your 50s I think this is a good thing. Finally I know this isn’t a good thing to share to job seekers, but I made a personal decision to never work for anyone else again in my life, and to turn down all offers outside my own business interests. I have a lot to accomplish and its all about the journey!
Sadly, one of my oldest friends, Jack Goldhar passed away suddenly at the end of October. He was single and had devoted 30 years of his life to caring for his severely ill Mom Helen (died 2 years ago), and in the past 2 years his Dad Sam (died in 2010) . Within 6 months of his Dad’s passing, Jack dropped dead. I always say “We like people for their qualities, but we love them for their quirks” We loved Jack and yes, he was plenty quirky. I still can’t believe he is gone.
I made some new friends at the dog park this year… Wayne, Linda, Charlie, MaryAnn. They often get some of my fresh homemade munchies; bagels, blueberry buns or muffins, and they are usually very happy. My trip to the dog park is my daily midday break for an hour. Many Clients and Candidates have gotten use to hearing a bark in the background if they call me. I do business 24/7 so I always take calls
and…I’m looking forward to 2011! How about you?
Just got a new position to work on and its very exciting for someone truly entrepreneurial and flexible and loves change and excitement! The company is growing like crazy with a hot new health and wellness technology and equipment business. ISO certified with a solid ownership team w. decades of business experience.
Please have a look at the position description here and let us know if you know someone who is a good fit!
Here are some of the exciting career opportunities we are working on for Clients
Please share these links with someone qualified who is looking for a job opportunity in these areas:
helpguide.org was setup by Robert & Jeanne Segal after their daughter Morgan committed suicide in 1999. The story is here.
It is an amazing resource for healthy living with a strong emphasis on mental health. They offer information and links to help people cope.
Staying positive during a long job search
A long job search can wear on your attitude and outlook, especially if you’re unemployed. If it’s taking you longer than anticipated to find work, the following tips can help you stay focused and upbeat.
- Keep a regular daily routine. When you no longer have a job to report to every day, you can easily lose motivation. Treat your job search like a regular job, with a daily “start” and “end” time. Following a set schedule will help you be more efficient and productive while you’re unemployed.
- Create a job search plan. Avoid getting overwhelmed by breaking big goals into small, manageable steps. Instead of trying to do everything at once, set priorities. If you’re not having luck in your job search, take some time to rethink your goals.
- List your positives. Make a list of all the things you like about yourself, including skills, personality traits, accomplishments, and successes. Write down projects you’re proud of, situations where you excelled, and things you’re good at. Revisit this list often to remind yourself of your strengths.
- Volunteer. Unemployment and job loss can wear on your self-esteem and make you feel useless. Volunteering helps you maintain a sense of value and purpose. And helping others is an instantaneous mood booster. Volunteering can also provide career experience, social support, and networking opportunities.
- Focus on the things you can control. You can’t control how quickly a potential employer calls you back or whether or not they decide to hire you. Rather than wasting your precious energy on things that are out of your hands, turn your attention to things you can control during your unemployment,, such as writing a great cover letter and resume tailored to the company you want to work for and setting up meetings with your networking contacts.
This is my biggest passion in business, so I am thrilled to finally put a long-term program into place to help older, mid-career people get work.
In the next few weeks I will launch a comprehensive Online Course and Live Event that is designed to help these folks Get Working NOW. I know the course materials will upset the HR and career industry because it exposes the futility of conventional job searches for most people. A lot of people make money on job clubs, networking events, resume design, coaching… that doesn’t work .
I’m just so excited about this new opportunity we are working on. Why? …. qualified potential business leads.
Its a role for an Inside Mortgage Salesperson; a licensed position at a great company that has a steady flow of quality leads and potential business. Yes, you have to work hard and generate your own business too but almost everyone need a mortgage! and imagine being given the support, training AND qualified potential business leads ready to be serviced. Another great aspect of this opportunity is the office environment; professional and low-pressure. Not licensed? The company will help you quickly get trained and government licensed.
details if you are interested: Inside Mortgage Salesperson – full-time.
This position is ideal for a person looking to earn between $50,000 and $80,000 in their first year, at one of Ontario’s largest financial companies. Location is near Steeles and Woodbine.This opportunity is unique. It is suited to a person who is driven to succeed, and wants to work in an office environment at a great company and get a steady flow of potential business, along with support and training to be a licensed mortgage salesperson.
Next step is to send us your resume, and request to arrange a short telephone interview to determine your potential fit to the opportunity. These telephone interviews are conducted 7 days a week every morning. zenPeak employee recruitment has a system to recruit peak performers for our Clients. Save all your questions for the telephone interview. We will discuss this position and any other jobs that we have to fill that make sense for you. Even if you are unsure of this particular opportunity, we have other positions.
Interested? Know someone who may be? call me 416 733-3001 Frank Abrams