Eight Tips To Be Successful For Your Next Job Interview

Here are a few interview tips from the recruiters at Career Contacts to keep in mind for the next interview that you are going to:

  1. Practice Being Interviewed. The majority of interview questions you will be asked you know ahead of time.
    • Practice, practice and then practice again for those interview questions that they may ask in this interview; do this with a friend or record yourself with your phone to get comfortable.
  2. Review the company’s website, blog and social media sites. Read up on the industry and know current events. Know where you are going.  Here is a link to sample to interview questions.
  3. Be Punctual. Don’t be late, arrive early enough to avoid traffic, find parking, or a bus route and then grab a coffee or water and relax.
    • Plan your route or bus schedule the day before.
    • Don’t arrive earlier than 5 minutes. Wait in the lobby until your time arrives.  
  4. Be Ready the Day Before The Interview. Get your clothes ready, resume printed and references prepared. Carry these in a folder with a pen and paper to make notes.
    • Keep your appearance fresh and business like.
    • Wear only light colognes or perfumes. Some offices are scent free.
    • Make a professional first impression.
  5. Be Ready to Meet the Interviewer. Remember body language and maintain eye contact.  Smile, relax and take a breath between questions.  Don’t be afraid to say “just a moment, let me think of an example”.
    • Mirror the person you are meeting. Put them at ease by replicating their posture.
    • Be positive and confident.
    • Do not be negative or make negative comments about past employers.
  6. Let them know that you know them.
  7. Ask questions. According to Glassdoor, if you don’t ask questions in an interview you can easily “run the risk of unintentionally appearing disengaged or uninterested.”
  8. Send a Thank You Follow Up Note after the Interview. Sending a thank you note will let the interviewer know that you are interested in being considered for the job and will possibly get you a final interview.
    • Keep it simple and straight to the point.

If you have any questions, email Andrea at Andrea@careercontacts.ca

Five Moments to Appreciate to achieve Success & Happiness

Success and happiness aren’t easy to achieve. It takes a lot of time, hard work, and luck to get there.

That’s why, along the way, you’ve got to take advantage of moments—those brief periods of time when all can be right in your world.

Here are nine moments worth experiencing every day if you’re looking for a happier and more successful life.

  1. A Moment of Laughter

There’s physiological and scientific evidence that shows that smiling and laughing put you in a better mood.

Take time every day to laugh, and you’ll find it’s both contagious and uplifting. Surround yourself with funny people, find opportunities to laugh at yourself, and laugh your way to the top.

  1. A Moment of Celebration

We don’t take the time to celebrate small successes enough—or even big successes.

 

  1. A Moment of Reflection

We all lead such busy lives. It’s important to be able to take at least one moment each day where we do nothing but think.

Put your phone away, get somewhere by yourself, and simply reflect (it doesn’t have to be long!) on the day that was and the day that will be, about decisions to come, and about what you’ve learned from the past.

  1. A Moment of Stillness

There’s reflection and then there’s true stillness—the ability to shut off everything, including your mind, and get into a meditative state.

The busier your life is, the more valuable it is to practice moments of stillness. Yoga and meditation are the most popular ways to get into this state, if only for a few minutes (science says you can reap the benefits in 15 minutes).

  1. A Moment of Pride

A lot of people associate the word “pride” with something negative.

But you have so much to be proud of. You can afford to take a least one moment each day where you sit back and appreciate all that you’ve done and the good person that you are. Take pride in the little things you’ve accomplished along the way.

Again, these are just moments—meaning they shouldn’t take up too much time, and chances are you already do them on a regular basis. But by being aware of how powerful these can be, you put yourself on the path to true bliss.

Tips to Help You Regain Your Focus After the Holidays

With the holiday season coming to an end, reality is setting back in. It is no longer acceptable to eat and drink whatever you want, our bank accounts are lower than usual and everyone is heading back to work. Getting back into the work and life routine is not easy. It can be hard to get focused and switch your mindset from holiday mode to work mode.

I have created a list of tricks to help you get focused the first day back at work. These tips can be used whenever you need to redirect your attention to work or personal life, and not necessarily just after the holidays! Here is what I do when I cannot focus, or feel overwhelmed at work.

 

  1. Lists! Lists! Lists!

I am at times, a LIST QUEEN. Lists are great for any day of the week, but especially helpful on a Monday returning from the holidays. You may find that when you arrive at work you have a million things to do. Here’s my tip to you; Take a deep breath and write it all down. Write a list of everything you have to accomplish that day. As a recruiter I am constantly writing lists of what I have to do, who is available to work, what my clients need and more! Lists will help you visualize what it is you really need to do, rather than having a bunch of thoughts floating around in your mind. One thing I do too, is when I’m feeling overwhelmed I take the easiest tasks on my list and complete them. It really makes you feel like you have accomplished something, and it feels good to stroke them off the list!

  1. Prioritize

After you have created your “To Do List”, prioritize it!! Here in the office we typically like to colour coordinate. Green highlight means it must be finished immediately! Yellow highlight means it is important but not urgent. And Red means it has to be done but could wait to be done last. This really puts into perspective your work load and allows for you to manage your time better.

  1. Declutter

I find if my work space is clean my mind feels clearer. If you have the opportunity to tidy before you go on holidays, it is good to be proactive. It will make coming back to your workspace that much easier. Tidying your workspace can make a world of a difference. If your feeling overwhelmed, cleaning allows for you to take a break from work and still be productive, allowing you to clear your mind and your workspace.

  1. Eat Healthy

A lot of us are guilty of indulging a little TOO much over the holidays. When it is time to come back to work on Monday and you still have turkey brain, staying focused and staying awake can be challenging. As much as it is ok to indulge, ensure when you are back in the workplace you are consuming healthy foods. Fruits, vegetables and good proteins will you to get your body back in balance after weeks of alcohol, carbs and sweets! (Three of my favourite things). It is also important to stay hydrated! Water is very important and will help you stay focused at work, and overall make your body feel better. Dare I say it but to add to healthy eating, working out will also help you get back in the rhythm of your personal or work life.

We all get distracted at time, you are not alone! If you have had a few weeks off of work due to the holidays it can be even more challenging to be motivated and focused your first day back. Hopefully these tips can help you. If you have any questions of the above content or would like to share your own tips that help you regain focus, send me an email at danielle@careercontacts.ca, thanks for reading!

Tips for Setting Your Career Goals

 

Goal setting is an important contribution to the success of your career as well as personal growth.  Setting goals will help you have a satisfying career.  Your goals, and the steps you take to achieve them, are your road map. Don’t make the mistake to delay setting long-term and short-term goals for your career. People with goals are successful and achieve success. Setting and achieving meaningful career goals provides three essential career benefits: increased job satisfaction, higher self-esteem, and improved quality of your life.

A short-term goal ranges from six months to three years.  You may need weekly, monthly or quarterly time frames.  Long term goals have a longer time line; they can range such as three years, five years or twenty years.  Use your imagination to envision the career you want and aim high.  Write it all down or use a vision board. Don’t forget to review your goals regularly to monitor growth – monthly, quarterly and annually.

Tips to Increase Your Chances of Achieving Your Goals

It is much easier to define a goal than it is to achieve it. Your hard work toward achieving it  plays the biggest role in your success, but if you don’t formulate your goals properly, it will be much more difficult to reach them.  A simple way to think of this is to use the SMART acronym; goals need to be: Specific, Measurable, Achievable and Time-bound.

 

  1. Your goals must be specific.Make to do lists and a plan to quantify.
  2. Set Timelines. Make long term goals and then determine your short term goals to achieve those.
  3. Be Positive. Make sure your goal is something you want rather than something you want to avoid.
  4. Keep your goals realistic. Make sure your long-term goals are compatible with your abilities and skills.
  5. Tie an action to each goal. Read books, blogs and sign up for on going education or classes
  6. Be flexible about your goals. Review and modify your goals as your career, job and technology changes.

Goal-setting techniques are used by successful people in all fields. By setting sharp, clearly defined goals, you can measure your progress and continuously motivate yourself to progress toward the vision you have for your ideal work life. You will be able to see forward movement in what might otherwise feel like a long, pointless grind. By setting and taking action toward your goals, you will raise your self-confidence.

The Benefits of Implementing a Leadership Development Plan in Your Company

Leadership Development is a topic that a lot of HR professionals are talking about. This is no surprise, with 59% of organizations saying that Leadership Development is their #1 priority at this time. If you are not talking about it or considering Leadership Development in your organization, then you should start. I’ll be telling you about a few benefits of implementing a Leadership Development Program within your organizations.

Currently the labour force is made up of three generations; The Baby Boomers, Gen Xers and Millennials. With a large number of Boomers and Gen Xers occupying managerial and executive level roles in our organizations, and less Millennials in entry level positions, we will soon be faced with an employee dilemma in our labour force. The Millennials that are entering the workforce do not have the suitable skills and experience needed to fill all of the roles upon the retirement of all the Baby Boomers. Frankly, there just aren’t enough people!

Some companies have been proactive over the years, recognizing this trend early enough and have worked on developing successful Leadership Development Plans. It is becoming essential that all companies consider some form of Leadership Development in their workplace. A plan that aligns with the succession and HR planning in the organizations that promote their strategic goals and brand is essential to the success of your company.

I am here to provide you with the benefits of implementing a Leadership Development Plan in your organization. I have narrowed down, in my opinion, the top three benefits of Leadership Development.

 

  1. Increase in Skills and Experience in Millennials

With the lack of proper leadership training in schools and the current work place, Millennials lack suitable skills to take over the senior level roles in our workforce.  Millennials have been sheltered growing up, with access to information at their fingertips and instant communication. Which has resulted in lack of proper communication, and interpersonal skills that is required to lead an organization. This is where the Leadership Development Program comes into play. With an emphasis of Millennial development, your organization will see a huge increase in the knowledge and skills. Like any training or development program, if done correctly you should see a result in your employees understanding of their job requirements. This can be measured typically through productivity and employee sales. Leadership development specifically targets mainly millennials, as they are the leaders of our future work force.

  1. Increase in Employee Retention

Every company is always looking to retain employees. There is no better way to do this, than with a Leadership Development Program. A program like this, will typically offer employees a fast track to senior level positions. When one can see these positions in the near future, they are more likely to stay with an organization. A leadership program allows for both the employee and company to invest in one another. In result, the employee is more likely to stay loyal to the employer.

  1. Increase in Employment Engagement

Your Leadership Development Plan, as stated above, includes an investment from both the employee and employer. With that comes constant feedback from both parties. This is a great way to get employees engaged in what they are doing. This engagement can be measured through retention and productivity levels. A Leadership Development Program will make employees feel valued and appreciated within the organization, and this in turn will make them engaged.

Leadership training can come in many forms; Networking events, Online Modules, Situational Testing, Mentorships, Job Rotation, etc. It is about finding what works best in your organization and running with it. Every company and every person is different. People learn in different ways, and it is just a matter of developing a plan that correlates with your employees learning styles with the companies Succession and HR Plan.

If you have any questions regarding Leadership Development in Millennials, please email danielle@careercontacts.ca ! Thank you for reading ????

 

References

Dessler, G. & Chhinzer, N. (2016). Human Resources Management in Canada. Ontario, CA. Pearson Canada Inc.