Traits of a Successful Employee

Career Contacts provides job seekers with the opportunity of both temporary and permanent job placements. In each scenario, the end goal is to match a job seeker to a position tailored to their talents, needs and areas of expertise. Whether it be in a temporary or permanent role, Career Contacts ultimately wants to see our employees succeed.

Employment is a journey, it does not matter if you have been in the same role for 10 years or if it is your first day in a new industry, you are leading your level of success the whole way. Here is a list of traits that some of my favourite and most successful employees carry with them.


Career Contacts provides a lot of placements to the construction and labour industry. A lot of these assignments take place out doors and quite often employees are faced with challenging, working conditions. It is important that during these tough labour assignments, when battling the outdoor elements, that you stay positive throughout the experience! This makes the time go by quicker and helps you build a rapport with other employees and future possible employers.

Some tricks to staying positive in the workplace are: Smile lots, keep conversations light, do not be afraid to add humour (appropriate of course), and encourage others! A positive attitude is contagious and creates a better working environment for everyone!


This is huge! As a recruiter, I am constantly faced with unreliable employees – this trait is a deal breaker. If you say you are going to be there, be there. It is a waste of the recruiters time, the employers times as well as your own time for providing false intentions.

My favourite employees are those that I can call at any time and ask them to go to a work assignment and know they will be there. Reliability and punctuality are how temporary employees become permanent employees. This is a trait that most are born with but a few things to help ensure and maintain your reliability are: Be organized and plan ahead, keep your word, and communicate!


Employees that respect their fellow colleagues, the company and especially themselves are more successful than those that do not. Respect is the base of any good employee, it must be earned and expressed; successful skills will follow.

When using an employment service to assist with a job search you must remember that you represent that company at a job site, if you are not respecting Career Contacts and the client sees that you will not excel with that company. Companies want respect and loyalty when filling job positions.


Communicating with your employer is almost as important as being reliable- the two go hand and hand. As a recruiter for temporary assignments communication is key. Details are always changing and it is important that messages are being communicated properly. My favourite employees are those that call me 3 times a week, to provide me with feedback of their assignment, notify me of their availability and inquire about up-coming assignments. There is a fine line between informative and annoying, as long as it is not crossed employers will greatly appreciate constant communication between themselves and their workers.

Communicating is essential in building relationships, which is what is needed to be successful in the workplace. When I say communicating it is not just verbal either, I am speaking written as well. In a world controlled by social media it is important to communicate effectively with the resources provided by the internet also. Here are a few tips for good communication in the workplace: Hear to listen do not hear to respond, reply to emails on time, and most importantly have a working cell phone!

These are just a few traits strong employees carry. If you follow these tips you will have no problem finding success in any path you choose. Remember you decide how successful you will be and although your employment journey will not always be smooth, stay positive, be reliable, respect others and communicate well and you will see results!

If you have any questions about the content covered above or need assistance during your employment journey please call the office at 604-606-1831 and speak with myself Melissa, or Andrea. We are happy to help!


Negotiation Skills for Your Job Offer and Job Search

When looking for a job and then finally getting hired you will have to negotiate the job offer and salary package – pay, benefits, etc as you get hired.   Here are tips to assist you as you negotiate your offer of employment.



Network – Network with people in your industry to learn about the job, other similar positions, other job descriptions, and what other companies pay.  Understanding the job market will give you information and will increase your confidence as you interview and negotiate job offers.  Speak with recruiters as well as they will have knowledge of what companies are looking for when they hire.

Research To Know Your Value – Doing research will give you information and therefore power when you are given a job offer.  Sit down and research what other companies are paying, research websites such as Glassdoor to find out what positions are offering in your area.

Be Realistic, Yet Don’t Sell Yourself Short – Don’t settle for the bare minimum pay or ask for a salary that is too high.  Determine the salary range that you would happily like to work within.  Be prepared to explain this number to them; be ready to speak about your experience and additional skills or transferable skills that you bring that will be beneficial to the company.  Think win win.

Don’t Forget to Negotiate Benefits – If the job does not pay in your salary range, then benefits may make up the difference.  Look at and consider vacations days, life insurance, RRSP plans, transportation costs, annual bonus, as well as working from home.

Discuss Career Opportunities – Speak with the hiring manager about their plan for your position and how it will develop in the future.  They will respect your ambition for your career and the company.  Do this after a job has been offered and accepted otherwise it may be interpreted that you are asking for a promotion during an interview.

This job is the next step in your career, don’t be shy to ask for the company to commit to you as you commit to them.

Feel free to call the office to discuss further.

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Looking for a Job after Graduation – A Few Ideas to Get Started on Your Job Search

Starting a job search after graduation may be daunting.   Breaking into your new profession or finding that dream job takes patience and determination.  Here are a few ideas to get started:

  1. Identify Your Strengths & Highlight Achievements – It is important that you quantify or highlight achievements on your resume as well as for interview responses. When starting a new career you might have limited or no experience; in this case identify your transferable skills such as customer service, attention to detail, accuracy, relationship building, follow up, or sales etc.  These are “soft skills” but have value to other qualifications.  As well volunteer work, leadership roles, research or internships should be mentioned.  An excellent resource is the article How to make your resume the best on the hiring manager will see  written by Isabel Thottam.
  2. Update Your LinkedIn Profile – Update your resume on LinkedIn and let your network know that you are “seeking opportunities”. You may have a friend refer a new job opportunity that you would not otherwise be aware of.  As well, recruiters or hiring managers will see your profile and will be able to contact you.
  3. Get Out There and Network – A lot of jobs are through referrals or networking. Don’t be shy to tell friends or colleagues that you are seeking a career opportunity.  Dig deep into industries that you are interested in working in and call companies to set up information meetings to learn about jobs.
  4. Work Hard – At your current job or temporary assignment work hard. You may have opportunities for other work or even a referral to a better job.  Often having a job while looking for a more career oriented position will keep you in a positive mind frame during your job search.
  5. Stay Positive – Keep a positive mindset through the job search and interview process not to become discouraged. Remember that you don’t want the first job, rather the “best” job.  Interviews are a great way to meet people and learn about your career – you may not receive a job offer with each job interview however, however you will gain knowledge and experience – don’t give up.

Please feel free to contact myself with any questions or for assistance at

Dealing with Anxiety in the Workplace

Work anxiety – UGH. I don’t think there is anything worse than having anxiety about a work situation. It can hit you the night before or the minute you walk into your office.  You can’t focus, tasks seem impossible to finish and the more you sit and think about everything, the less you get done.

Now, I can’t guarantee that I can completely relieve you of anxiety, but I can try and help you with some simple things to calm you down. Also, always remember – you are not alone. You are going to be okay, and the anxiety will pass. 

First of all breathe. I can remember sometimes when reacting to a hectic situation, I would honestly forget to breathe. I would realize 20 seconds later that I have been holding my breath which causes my body to go into panic DOUBLING the anxiety.  Don’t do that. It isn’t good (or healthy).  Breathe. Close your eyes and take 4 big deep breaths in through your nose, out through your mouth.  Think only about the air going in and out.  It will help.

Write down how you feel and then go to your to-do list and complete the two easiest tasks. After the two tasks are complete, go back and re-examine the feeling you wrote down and most of the time you will realize that you already feel much better.  If you are still anxious, write out the feeling again and go on with your next two tasks. When you write out your anxiety you can see that your mind is actually over thinking    your problem is not as great as it seems. 

Anxiety at work is hard but it is controllable if you face it.  Difficulties in life happen in the workplace, the same as they happen in your home life.  The best thing to do is face the anxiety, write down how you feel or talk to somebody.

Always remember – you aren’t alone.  If the anxiety is so bad you feel you need a break  – call a supportive friend.  Take a break from work and call someone because most of the time just talking about it will make you feel better.