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May 27, 2015 – Is Your Recruiter Working For You?

These days, while searching for a position or a potential employee, it isn’t hard to notice how many recruitment agencies are popping up.  With no formal education required to become a recruiter, it can be hard at first glance to determine if your recruiter is a good one or not.

1. Professionalism. An established recruiter in the business will have more insider knowledge, experience and enthusiasm for their job if they have been within the professional industry. This results in increased placements and candidate matches for you.

2. Lack of communication. If your recruiter is not contacting you on a regular basis, find a new recruiter. A good recruiter will have an open line of communication with you, regardless if they have any news. They should be available by phone or email within a short turnaround time and be available to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

3. If they have no knowledge of the job they are recruiting for or sound lost, find a new recruiter. While a recruiter may not be an expert in your field of work, they should have a solid understanding of the position they are filling and be able to answer any questions you may have.

4. Do you receive emails with misspelled words or voicemails which drip with unprofessional dialect? Details matter and a recruiter who does not present themselves well will not represent you accurately. If you want to be hired by a company, you want a recruiter who will ensure they represent you honestly, fairly and professionally while covering all of the necessary details. Your recruiter should take the time to get to know you and your work history and ensure they could accurately represent you to a client.

While a recruiter might not always land a job for you, it is important to have a good relationship with them to ensure future opportunities are presented to you. Shop around for recruiters until you find one that best represents your talents and interests.  In the end, you are the only one who can gain from working with a superstar recruiter.

                                                                                                                                                                                                   

May 21, 2015 – 6 Common Mistakes You Can Avoid

Recruiters can receive hundreds of resumes a day from job seekers, often receiving more bad resumes than good.  While a good resume can stand out in a recruiter’s mind, a bad resume can do the exact same thing.  Your resume represents, introduces and supports you to a potential employer, all before they meet or speak with you.

1. Make sure your resume contains all of your current contact information: phone number, email address and first and last name.  If you do not feel comfortable supplying your home address, list the city and province/state instead.

2. Do not leave the contact name, position or company you previously applied to in your cover letter or on your resume. A simple oversight can result in not receiving a call by a recruiter, simply because of your lack of attention to detail.

3. Proofread. Have someone else proofread and then edit your resume again.  You do not want to send out a reflection of you with spelling, grammar or punctuation issues.

4. Include details about your work history. All information is important. Be sure to include: programs used, sales goals reached, awards achieved, courses you completed and dates that you worked with each company.

5. Don’t oversell yourself. What is on your resume has to be true! We want to know you can perform in the position based off of your work history, not because you copied the job description word for word.

6. Finally, keep track of jobs you have applied to so you are not reapplying constantly. Recruiters remember names, especially if they have received your resume 10 times in one week! Unless you update your resume or a new position opens that you are qualified for, a good rule of thumb is to resubmit after three months.

Happy job hunting!

                                                                                                                                                                                                   

May 15, 2015 – Interview Tips That Work

If you have been selected to meet with a company, it is your responsibility to sell yourself to them and prove that you are the right person for the job!

Dress to impress.  It is better to show up in a suit to a business casual office than the other way around!  Do not chew gum, bring food or drinks or smoke before your interview. Many offices are now scent-free due to allergies, so be conscious of using perfume or cologne.

Review the job description and research the company, thinking of possible questions the interviewer might ask you.  Be sure to relate your experience to the position and how you would be able to perform better than others in the position.

Be on time. Do not show up 30 minutes early to your interview.  Arriving early to an interview is a great idea, but do not inconvenience the staff of the company by having to accommodate you. A good rule of thumb is to give yourself enough time that you can wait in your car before entering the building 10 minutes before your scheduled appointment.  Plan ahead and anticipate traffic, bad weather or getting lost.

Be confident and enthusiastic. A good, solid handshake will often leave a first impression with your interviewer and can set the tone for the rest of the interview.

Answer questions asked and stay on track.  There is a time and place for stories; however, your interviewer wants answers to the questions, not how it relates to that time Grandma left the turkey in the oven too long.

Smile.  While you may be nervous, take a breath before answering questions, allowing yourself to properly think through the answer you want to give.  If you do not understand a question, ask them to rephrase it.  It is better to be honest than to say something wrong because you did not understand the question!

While the company is ultimately interviewing you, it is a good idea to have questions prepared beforehand which shows you are interested in them as well.

Always thank the interviewer for their time and express interest in the next steps.  If you can, send a thank you email to your interviewer when you get home.

Remember, if your first interview does not result in a job offer, keep upbeat and positive.  The interview process can be tedious but the end result is that you find a position and company that you enjoy.  Good luck!

                                                                                                                                                                                                   

May 06, 2015 – IN DEMAND’s Value Proposition

Every entrepreneur realizes that the engine ­­­­of their company is the employee and the value that they bring is optimizing the company’s profitability, productivity and cash flow. As businesses grow, the need to delegate and rely on key employees grows as the entrepreneur can no longer dedicate the time required to manage all aspects of the business. IN DEMAND Recruitment & Consulting Inc. recognizes the importance of attracting, retaining and integrating employees to support growth or replace key positions that for whatever reason are empty. The cost to an organization can be staggering with some experts estimating that 1 to 2 times the employee’s salary can be expended in recruiting, training and integrating employees into the organization.

IT IS THERFORE CRITICAL THAT THE BEST EMPLOYEES ARE ATTRACTED TO THE COMPANY IN A MANNER THAT MINIMIZES COSTS, ATTRACTS THE RIGHT EMPLOYEES THAT INTEGRATE QUICKLY AND ADD VALUE IN THE MINIMUM AMOUNT OF TIME, GROW WITH THE COMPANY AND SUPPORT THE MISSION AND GOALS OF THE COMPANY.

IN DEMAND Recruitment & Consulting Inc. can make this happen for the client by providing experience, technology, industry knowledge, interviewing skills, job description support, profiling, on-boarding support, reference verification, job history verification, salary surveys, resume pre-screening and interviews. This support is uncommon in the recruitment industry as most recruitment firms do not go the extra mile to make sure the client is introduced to only the top quality candidates that meet their needs. This effort reduces costs significantly in advertising, job fairs, etc. As well, your staff is not pre-occupied with discerning resumes, contacting candidates, verifying information and can concentrate on their jobs which are critical to the company’s success.

IN DEMAND Recruitment & Consulting Inc. also has an internal data base of 90,000+ candidates that can be drawn upon to support the use of Social Media sites such as linkedIN recruiter, Workopolis, Monster, Twitter and Facebook. These candidates are called “passive” candidates (employed and not looking for work) and are willing to look at an opportunity if it fits their desired criteria. This provides a great opportunity to reach a group of potential employees that the client may never reach through advertising or another medium. Because these employees are currently employed the chance of attracting a dedicated employee is increased as unemployed individuals are unemployed for a reason. IN DEMAND Recruitment & Consulting Inc. is an organization dedicated to finding clients the right employees and forming an integrated, long term relationship with the client to meet their recruitment needs.

OPTIMAL RECRUITMENT VALUE = IN DEMAND RECRUITMENT & CONSULTING INC.

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