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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 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

How to Deal with a Difficult Employee

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There’s no such thing as the perfect employee. For that matter, there’s no such thing as the perfect employer. We’re all human, and we all make mistakes. 

But if you have a difficult employee, whose behaviour is continually affecting the business, you have a problem. Whether the issue is related to work ethic, attitude, punctuality, or competence, the following checklist can help you handle even the most difficult employees.

Address problems early

The longer you leave a problem, the more difficult it will be for you to address it. Don’t silently stew for months if they are arriving twenty minutes late for work nearly every day. If you let the behaviour continue, they will simply assume that it is okay with you.

As soon as you notice a pattern or behaviour that is causing problems, address it with them immediately to nip it in the bud. Make sure they are clear on company policies, and then be consistent in enforcing those policies to prevent any relapse into old habits.

Listen to them

Before you can help a difficult employee who is displaying a problem, you need to fully understand the reason behind it. Ask them why they think the problem is occurring, and then listen carefully to their response. They may reveal an underlying problem that you previously knew nothing about.

For example, if they are missing deadlines, it is easy for a manager to assume that the employee is not managing their time well. But perhaps they are struggling with excess workload or have some other valid obstacle that is preventing them from performing as expected.

At the very least, listening to your employee can help them understand that you want to help them succeed. It’s a step to show that you’re trying to work with them, not against them.

Provide Actionable Feedback

Depending on the issue, employee may not realize they’re doing something wrong, or know how to fix it on their own. Provide constructive feedback that the employee can act upon. Set a date to follow up with the employee to review with them how well they followed through on your direction. Always do this in a one-on-one setting, not on the floor in front of other colleagues.

Document All Reprimands

Even if it’s the first time you’re addressing an issue with an employee, make sure you document all reprimands and write-ups from the start and keep them in a file for that employee. It sounds harsh, but if it ever gets to the point where you need to fire them, having the documents to prove that the discussions happened can facilitate the termination without risking legal trouble down the road.

Be Transparent About the Consequences

Although there’s nothing wrong with being diplomatic when you’re addressing problems with employees, make sure they understand what the consequences are if they fail to improve.  If it ever gets to the point where you need to fire an employee, it should come as no surprise to them.

Conclusion

Handling difficult employees is one of the toughest parts of being a manager. But if you do the best you can to rectify the issues and follow through on a predetermined process, you will always do what’s right for both the employee and the business.

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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. 

 

Resume Rules 101: How to Pass the Six Second Test

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Employers can get more than 75 resumes for every position they are hiring for. It’s no wonder then, that the average employer uses resume rules and looks at each resume for no more than six seconds before tossing it into the shredder. It’s an intimidating statistic to be sure, but with the right layout and content, you can keep pass this lightning-quick vetting process.

These are the 5 Resume Rules you must adhere to:

Grammar and Spelling

One of  the most obvious resume rules, yet it’s staggering how often resumes are submitted without proofreading. One typo and your potential employer won’t make it past the objective line. Proofread yourself several times, then get a friend to proofread it. Alternatively, you can use free online tools like Grammarly to catch typos and grammatical errors.

Don’t Skip the Cover Letter

In your employer’s eyes, a well-drafted cover letter is a strong indicator that you’re someone who really wants the job. For many employers, skipping this step it an instant prompt to delete your resume.

Use Keywords

Every resume you send should be tailored specifically to the role you’re applying for. Read the company’s website for details on what they do, and what their mission statement is. Then review the job description and determine the keywords used for what they want in an employee. Be sure to include those keywords in your resume, preferably near the top, in your objective line or summary statement.

Professional Layout and Font

A blank Word doc with a few bullet points is lazy and unprofessional looking. With a plethora of free templates available on programs like Word and Google Docs, there’s no excuse not to have a professional looking resume. Make sure your font is easy to read and avoid dense paragraphs; there should still be a lot of white space. Keep your resume to one or two pages. Be concise in order to include as much information as possible without cluttering the page.

While a pop of colour can help your resume stand out amongst the monochrome ones, use it sparingly and keep to darker colours, like navy blue.

List Accomplishments, not just Duties

An employer isn’t interested in what duties you performed in your role so much as how well you performed them. Therefore, don’t just list out your responsibilities and duties. Keeping to a concise, bullet-point format, describe your duties as accomplishments. Back up your accomplishments with facts and numbers. For example, instead of saying you were “responsible for order entry,” say, “entered orders efficiently and improved turnaround time by 60%”.

Conclusion

Your resume is your first impression on a prospective employer, so ensure that it represents you as the ideal candidate. With a strategic approach to your resume, you’ll be sure to make it past those critical first six seconds and onto their shortlist.

Not sure if your resume is enough? Contact Us for friendly advice! Make sure to also check out the list of available jobs Platinum Personnel has to offer to find your perfect employer fit.