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Why December is the Best Month to Hire

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Best Month to Hire

With the year winding down and the holiday season fast approaching, many offices tend to slow down on recruiting once December hits. But if you have a role to fill, it’s important not to put it off until January.

In fact, there are several reasons why December is one of the best months to hire new recruits! Here are four reasons why you shouldn’t wait:

Beat the rush

In January, recruitment firms get inundated with new resumes. More applications may sound like a good thing, but it is that much harder to pick out good candidates from the bad.

Not only that, there are more companies hiring in January. This means that by the time you do find the right candidate, they might already have a secured position with another company!

Find better candidates

Candidates who are looking for work in December have different motivations than those who wait until the New Year. Applicants who wait until January may be in a rush to secure a job due to financial stress from the holidays. That means they are more likely to apply to and accept roles that are not the right fit for them or for your company.

For this reason, you can avoid wasting company time and resources simply by hiring in December instead of January.

Start the year off on the right foot

Even if you don’t have it in the budget to bring a new hire on board until January, that doesn’t mean you can’t source and hire candidates in December with a start date for January! Instead of scrambling to fill a position at the beginning of the year, end the holiday season knowing you already have a star player lined up to kick off the new year.

Be better prepared for unforeseen staff changes

December tends to be a popular month to resign. Don’t be surprised if one or two of your current staff members decide to part ways just before Christmas.

It’s an attractive time to quit because people enjoy having a few weeks off over the holidays to spend time with friends and family, before they start looking for a new job in January.

Conclusion:

Obviously, the best time to hire is when you need staff. But it’s just as important to look ahead and anticipate staffing needs before they become urgent. If you foresee that you may need staff for the New Year, don’t wait!

However,  end of year operations can be a very busy time for a company. We can help you find and vet candidates so that you can focus more on closing the books for 2018. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help with your staffing needs!

Okanagan Recruiters Look At This First On Your Resume

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Being great at interviews requires a lot of social skill, and a bit of luck. But first, you need to actually land an interview… How do you do that? Make sure your resume stands out above the rest, so that Okanagan recruiters will notice you! To get an interview for your dream job your entire resume has to be great, but only one part needs to be outstanding. When Okanagan recruiters are looking at your resume, they will probably be opening it up as an attachment from an email. This means that they’ll only see the top half of your resume at first glance, so that’s the part that needs to really shine! Read on for some strategies to make the most of that small chunk of real estate.

Use Limited Space Wisely

When you only have half of your document to showcase how great you are, make sure to include all of your best bits in it. Try to keep your contact info and margins at a minimum, which leaves room for the topics that will really help you stand out. Don’t go too far in the other direction though, as you don’t want your resume to appear cluttered. Okanagan recruiters need to be able to read all of your top selling points, so be sure you don’t make everything too crammed.

Make Your Profile POP!

Start off your resume with an elevator-style pitch. Include about 5-8 lines of compelling text that explains your best attributes and high level abilities. Don’t bother writing an objective statement, as its very redundant to include in a job application. Your main goal in this section is to sell your talents and get your foot in the door. Avoid writing clichés like, “hard working team-player” in your profile. It may sound impressive, but it is entirely overdone and will get your resume thrown out. Try to offer a concise snippet of your demeanour with evidence of your skills. Focus on using what you’ve been achieving in your previous role.

Don’t Forget A Core Skills Section

A core skills section is essential when giving Okanagan recruiters an instant glance of your skillset. Keep it point form and right underneath your profile, highlighting your most in-demand skills and industry knowledge. Focus on the most in-demand skills you have, after all, everyone has proficiency in Microsoft Office. Take a look at the job posting, and be sure to include their most sought-after skills for the position.

Highlight Your Most Recent Role

This step is most important if your most recent role is the most relevant one to the vacancy you’re applying for. Give a clear description of the company and where you sit within its hierarchy, as well as a summary of your accomplishments. If possible, include impressive achievements with quantifiable results, as this will prove the impact you’ve made at the company. Saving costs, generating revenue, and improving efficiency are always worth noting. Allow Okanagan recruiters to see the true scale of your work, and benchmark you against their own standards.

Get Okanagan recruiters interested in the first few lines of your resume, or they won’t bother to continue reading. Think your resume is up to the task, and need a little help getting your foot in the door? Platinum Personnel has been successfully making employment connections within the Okanagan region for employers and employees since 1999. Contact Us for a free consultation, we’d love to work with you!

October 2018 – Platinum Personnel 

 

 

Onboarding Is Important

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What is Onboarding

As a business owner, it is doubtful that you are not familiar with the term onboarding. But what does it really mean, when all is said and done? Google tells us that it’s “the process of integrating a new employee into an organization”, and we have to agree. Onboarding is what starts your new employee on their career path in your company, and it is what will set them up for success. A successful and meaningful onboarding procedure will set up your employeeproperly, allowing them to become a high-contributing member of your team.

Here’s the nitty-gritty bit: onboarding doesn’t just happen in a day. It doesn’t even happen in a few months! Onboarding is NOT the first day orientation and HR paperwork, even if that’s what you’ve been lead to believe. It’s more than just orientation, it’s about employee retention. If your workplace is suffering from high frequency turnover and costs due to low employee retention, you probably need to take a good look at your onboarding program.

When Employees Leave

A 2014 Equifax report states that 40% of the employees who decided to leave their jobs voluntarily in the previous year did so within 6 months of their start date. Furthermore, an additional 16% left within the first 12 months. This means that more than half of independent turnover happens within an employee’s first year. What do you need to take away from this? When people decide to leave a job, they do it quickly. This means that the first year and onboarding of new employees are critical for encouraging a high employee retention rate.

Why Employees Leave

Communication is important, especially when it comes to the hiring process and onboarding.  Hiring in accordance to culture fit is a great way to go about hiring people that will best fit into your workplace, so be open about your goals and values! New hires are less likely to end up disappointed, confused, or overwhelmed by their new position if they understand their prospective employer’s company values. In fact, they’ll be more likely to be invested and engaged in their work, meaning that they’re less likely to have an eye on the exit.

Don’t Ignore Onboarding

As you can see, it’s really important for your new hires to feel valued right away in their new position. A good onboarding plan will help with this, boosting employee engagement while clarifying roles, responsibilities, and expectations. If you’re seeking new qualified applicants to onboard into your company, you may need our services. Platinum Personnel is happy to help, click here to schedule a free consultation with us. We’d love to hear from you!

 

Platinum Personnel, Oct.2018

 

The Perfect Job Description

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Gone are the days of stagnant, stale, and rambly job descriptions. Business industries are rapidly evolving, and thanks to the use of social media it is now easier than ever before to increase your pool of potential applicants. However, factoring in the sea of job positions available online through LinkedIn and other channels, HR personnel are now faced with a different problem. How do you entice the perfect applicant? Simple – The perfect job description.

Start With a Hook

As there are so many job descriptions out in the world, you need to get your applicants to notice your ad. One of the easiest ways to do this, is to start off your listing with a hook. The goal is to entice them, to be able to work for you they need to read this listing! There is no set rule on a “hook”, so feel free to get creative. Describe your ideal candidate, talk about your great office environment, tell the reader why they want to work for your company.

Detail the Role and Responsibilities

If they’ve made it this far, your reader is now interested in this potential opportunity. Now is the time to give them some details! Don’t overcrowd this section of the job description, but don’t be too stingy either. Be sure to describe the role you are trying to fill, and the responsibilities that come with it. Now would also be a good time to describe qualities your ideal candidate would have, and all of the requirements for education, software, and industry knowledge/experience they’ll need.

Job Description Secret Weapon: Culture

You want your candidate to be top notch, and all the best potential employees want to find not only a great job, but a great place to work. Your job description should include a section about the culture of your workplace, and what it’s like to work there. Include the size and style of the workplace, as well as your current staff. Hopefully this will be a long term commitment from both parties, so be sure to talk up how great the culture is! Include the salary range, and hours/days expected in this section too.

End With a Bang

Every job is different, therefore every job description will be too. Don’t be afraid to have fun while sharing the details of this potential career, but always be honest. The objective of this listing is to entice your next employee, so share any perks that come with the job, no matter how small. There are so many job descriptions out there, so you need to really shine and in order to catch their attention. Good luck!

 

Platinum Personnel – September 2018

 

Your Perfect Career

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As human beings, many factors contribute to our sense of self-worth and well-being. Employment is a very important part of our lives as well, and finding the right career will make all the difference for your own happiness. But how do we find that perfect career path?

Where to Start

The best place to begin your job search is a self analysis. Really take some time to get to know yourself better… What are your strengths and weaknesses, what are your main core beliefs and values, do you have any particular interests or hobbies that could feed into a career? The key here is to focus on what truly energizes and excites you, as focusing on your key needs will help you stay motivated. Your ideal job and career path will stay centered around some of these things, so be sure to take the necessary time to figure yourself out.

Research Career Industries and Connections

The next step is to begin researching the various industries that interest you. Use your lists from the previous step to help you if you get stuck. Try and find people to connect with who have a career in the industries you are looking at, as they can give you some insights into what you are getting into. Ask them questions about their career, so that you can learn the realities of the role on a day to day basis. Networking enables you to determine if the job is a good fit for you, and can help you find more opportunities.

Don’t Be Afraid To Explore

So what happens if you don’t like that job? Don’t panic, you need to be able to explore your options! Start over, and focus on some different responsibilities that interest you, or a different industry. Explore the career, and be sure to continue talking to people who are really “living it”. Never stop networking, and don’t be afraid to try new things. Life is an adventure, and why shouldn’t that include your job?

Conclusion

Finding the right career path can often be quite tricky. It is important to focus on your own values and personality to find the perfect job for you, and sometimes it isn’t what you might have originally thought. Whether you are actively seeking new opportunities, or just casually perusing your options, sometimes you need a professional’s help. At Platinum Personnel, we can help you personalize the process even further and find you a perfect position. Click Here to find out more.

Platinum Personnel – September 10th, 2018

 

How to Jump-Start Your Executive Career in Kelowna

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The path to becoming an executive isn’t an easy one. You need to have a proven track record and the drive to succeed. But even if you have those things, finding a place to start your executive career search can be intimidating. Especially, if you are new to the Okanagan area.

If you’re ready for the next step in your career and want to zero in on an executive role, use the following strategies to kick off your job search:

Research

Do the groundwork on the industry you’re trying to break into. Investigate any companies you might apply to. If you’re aiming for an executive role, you only want to focus on companies whose mission and values align with your own.

Know your selling points

You need to identify what your advantage is over other the candidates who are applying for executive roles. Not only that, you need to be able to succinctly communicate your strengths and be able to give examples of your professional accomplishments.

Stay Current

Give yourself an edge over the competition by being well-versed in the latest industry news in Kelowna. Subscribe to a few newsletters, follow the top industry leaders on social media to find a pulse on what’s trending. Making an effort to stay current can help you gain experience and identify new opportunities more easily.

Overhaul your social media profiles

It’s imperative that your professionalism extends to your social media profiles. You could do everything else right, but if a prospective employer looks you up on Facebook and finds old college pictures of you partying with your friends, you’re not likely to get the job.

 

Keep in mind that LinkedIn is the preferred tool for recruiters to find candidates and referrals, so get an account if you don’t’ have one already. Be thorough when completing your profile so that recruiters and employers can get a clear idea of your experience and strengths.

Network

Networking is an especially important skill for the aspiring executive. Building and maintaining your network will help you integrate yourself within the industry and open up the potential for new opportunities. If you’re new to the Kelowna area, go to local industry events or use a service like meetup.com. Keep in mind that networking should be mutually beneficial, so make a point of helping those you network with in any way you can. They will be eager to return the favour when the opportunity arises!

Work with a Recruiter

Among those in your network should be a recruiter. At Platinum Personnel, we know the Kelowna job market, and our comprehensive skill-evaluation system can help match you with the perfect executive job.

What Not to Wear to the Office | Proper Dress Code

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Many offices have relaxed their policies on dress code over the years, and with good reason; research indicates that strict dress codes can actually drive away talent. One UK style website found that dress codes can have a negative effect on the work culture and even lower an employee’s productivity.

But if you’re hoping to get ahead in your career, what you wear to work still matters. Your outfit is a reflection of your professionalism. Overly unprofessional clothing can end up sabotaging your career, especially if you commit one of the following office-wear blunders:

Flip Flops or Beachwear

In the warmer months, it’s natural to opt for more airy footwear in lieu of closed-toed shoes. But if you want senior management to take you seriously, leave your flip flops at home and save them for your trips to the pool. Instead, pick stylish summer sandals. Other alternatives for women could include ballerina flats, or open-toe mules.

Anything else you would normally wear to the beach should also be off limits. This includes cutoffs, tube tops, tank tops, halters, sunglasses, or anything showing your midriff.

Visible Undergarments

No bra straps or any other undergarments should be visible beneath your work wear. If you’re wearing a sleeveless top, opt for a racerback bra underneath so that the straps don’t show. Underwear should never peak above the waistband, so save your low-rise pants for the weekends.

Heavily Layered Jewelry

Jewelry is perfectly fashionable for the workplace. But if you’re jingling as you walk, it’s too much. Instead of layering your necklaces or wearing an army of bangles, pare it down to a simple statement necklace a pair earrings.

Offensive or Controversial T-shirts

Tees with graphics or prints are fun to wear and can be okay to wear in a casual workplace, just keep it free of offensive language or imagery. Offices often contain a wide range of personalities, and what is funny to you could be construed as insensitive or offensive to your colleagues.

Unbuttoned Shirts

This one’s for the gentlemen. While your shirts don’t need to be buttoned right up to the neck, stop a button or two short of any chest-hair peeking out.

Yoga Pants

Jeans, slacks, and khakis are okay in a casual office, but draw the line at yoga pants. They are great for the gym, but aren’t tailored enough to make the grade at the office. This goes for leggings too, unless you are pairing them with a long tunic or dress.

Conclusion

You can still portray your invdividuality and keep a casual style without compromising your professionalism. If you’re not sure if an outfit is right for the office, ask yourself this question: If you had a surprise meeting with a VIP client or the CEO of the company, are these the clothes you’d want to be wearing? Dress code for success with well-coordinated, casual office wear.

 

 

 

Top 5 Work-Life Balance Tips for Okanagan Employees

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Many ambitious employees tend to prioritize their work above all else, especially in the early stages of their career. An Okanagan  employee is eager to establish themselves in the industry and position themselves for advancement. But overworking can skew an employee’s work-life balance and result in burnout.

The good news is that there is no need to sacrifice work-life balance for your career.  Here are the top five tips for maintaining work-life balance, even if you have a demanding job:

Set goals

At the beginning of each month, determine what goals you want to achieve both in your life and at work. Outline a plan and schedule for making each happen, and check on your progress at the beginning of each week. This will keep you focused on your priorities and help you avoid getting distracted with less important tasks or “busy work”.

Optimize your productivity

Work smarter not harder! Avoid context switching (aka “multitasking) and opt for task batching instead. Task batching involves grouping similar tasks together and then focusing on one group of tasks at a time. For example, group together all your meetings/calls then have a separate group for checking emails. Use a task management program (like Trello) to organize and prioritize grouped tasks.This helps you streamline your focus on like-tasks to get more done in less time!

Be transparent with your manager

As long as you are being honest, a good boss will understand and work with you when your work-life balance is suffering. Keep the lines of communication open by letting them know what your needs are. For example, if your morning commute is taking you twice as long because of rush hour traffic, ask them if there’s any opportunity to start your work day earlier or later. Or, if you need certain tools to help you get the job done faster, ask for them!

Exercise and eat right

Self-care is key to maintaining a positive outlook on life and helping you be your best self. Exercise is one of the best ways to stay healthy, which in turn increases your focus and productivity. If you’re not used to exercise, start with just 20 minutes a day. It doesn’t sound like a lot, but a brisk 20 minute walk can improve your cardiovascular health and help you maintain a healthy weight.

Similarly, a good diet is equally important. Avoid grabbing takeout for lunch and pack a healthy lunch each day.

Set boundaries

It’s important to know when to say “no” in order to avoid getting overloaded with work. You don’t need to volunteer for every single thing to try and impress your boss! Remember to focus on your priorities and decline invitations if they are not aligned with your goals.

Conclusion

With the right strategy, Okanagan employees can maintain a healthy work-life balance that advances their career while maintaining their self-care and home life.

Sometimes, achieving work-life balance comes down to finding the right job to begin with! From there, it is simply a matter of being honest with your employer, your family, and yourself about what you can handle.

 

5 Pro Tips for Okanagan Graduates to Ace The First Job Interview

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Acing the First Job Interview

Graduating from university or college can be a disorienting experience. After spending years learning new skills and honing them, you’re suddenly out in the real world and need to find work!

The good news is, it’s never been a better time to find a job as a graduate in the Okanagan area. The economy is strong and job opportunities are plentiful. But once you’ve got your foot in the door with a strong resume, you need to ace that first interview in order to stand out from the competition.

Here are five pro tips for impressing your potential employers in the first interview:

Do your homework

There’s nothing more disappointing to an employer than an interviewee who doesn’t know anything about the business! These days, with nearly every business being represented online, it’s easy to research the company you’re interviewing at and internalize a few fundamental facts.

How long has the company been in business? What do they specialize in and how are they unique from their competitors? What is the company’s vision? Work this information into your responses and show your employer that you’re interested in not just the job, but the company brand.

Know what you bring to the table

The first job interview is your chance to sell yourself as the perfect employee! Once you’ve researched the business and the role you’re applying for, take a good look at your resume. Which of your skills will your potential employer be most interested in? What separates you from other candidates in Kelowna? Determine your biggest selling points and make sure you emphasize them during your interview.

Prepare for the common questions

Know in advance how you will respond to the most common interview questions. Questions like:

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • What is your biggest strength/weakness?
  • What are your long term goals?
  • Why do you want to work here?
  • Why should I hire you?

Giving advance thought to these questions will help you answer confidently and succinctly when they come up.

Prepare Questions to ask

There may be a point during the interview when the interviewer will ask, “Do you have any questions for me?” Use this opportunity to ask genuine, well-thought out questions about the role, company, and work culture.

This not only demonstrates your enthusiasm for the job opportunity, but you will benefit from it as well. You want to make sure the company is as good a fit for you as you are for them!

Watch your body language

First impressions are important, and body language plays a large role in making the right one. Wear professional attire, and keep your posture straight. Have a firm handshake to demonstrate confidence. Make regular eye contact and smile to show that you are trustworthy. Wait until you’re invited to take a seat, and avoid putting anything on the table except your portfolio or resume.

Conclusion

If you are called for your first job interview in Okanagan, the employer already believes you have the skills and qualifications for the job. All you need to do is live up to your resume, and show your enthusiasm by arriving to the interview well-prepared. Not sure where to start? Contact us to help you ace your first job interview.

 

Top 5 Employee Skills Okanagan Employers are Looking for 2018

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Kelowna and the surrounding area has been exploding with new growth and job opportunities the past few years. 2018 is shaping up to be no exception! With recent graduates and job-seekers flocking to Okanagan, the competition for jobs can be pretty stiff when facing Okanagan employers.

So what traits, skills, or characteristics will separate you from the crowd? Here are the top 5 skills that Okanagan employers are on the lookout for:

Ambition

With lots of tech startups in the area, an entrepreneurial spirit will go a long way with many Okanagan employers. Employers are looking for hires who will show dedication, drive, and loyalty, not someone who views the position as “just a job”. A candidate who demonstrates ambition will reassure the employer that they are willing to learn new skills, systems, or processes. They might even become someone who will help the employer build the company!

Adaptability

The ability to embrace change is a crucial soft skill to many employers. Adaptable employees are more likely to rise to tackle new challenges head-on, and be willing to perform tasks outside their job description. They can easily cross-train on other desks when the need arises and often become indispensable in their departments.

Precision

Work output that is riddled with errors and omissions can become a huge expense for a company. Therefore, the ability to conduct duties with accuracy is one of the most important skills an employee can have. Detail-oriented employees will produce quality work that will save the company time and money.

Critical-Thinking

Employers are looking for employees who can take direction but also solve problems on their own. Employees who are able to troubleshoot and prevent issues will streamline workflow and free up management to focus on other tasks.

Cultural Fit

Lastly, an employer wants to know that their new hires have good interpersonal skills and will work well with the rest of the team. A good team-player will increase efficiency and help create a positive work environment. Cultural fit means also means the employee understands and shares the company’s core values and vision.

Conclusion

Education and work experience are important and will likely always play a factor in an employer’s hiring decisions. But it’s the other employee skills and characteristics that will often make or break a candidate’s chance of making the short list! Not sure which skills to put on your resume? Contact us for a skills assessment.