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Should you be nicer to your staff? Experts disagree!

Maybe not the guy you want to emulate in terms of management styles.

Maybe not the guy you want to emulate in terms of management styles.

Everyone has had at least one terrible boss in their employment lifetime – a supervisor or manager whose bad moods and unrealistic expectations were a thing of legend. The character of the awful boss is a popular one in film and television because of how many people can relate to this everyday villain, from the ruthless Miranda Priestly of The Devil Wears Prada to the blustering and foul-mouthed Gordon Ramsay of Hell’s Kitchen and Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares. Despite their overwhelming meanness, however, not everything about these hardened, heartless authority figures comes across as negative; to the contrary, they are often portrayed as being really, really good at what they do.

One of the greatest myths that clings to the archetypal figure of the terrible boss — and, unfortunately, to their real-life counterparts — is that treating employees poorly actually yields better results as a management strategy. Those jerks may be unsympathetic and cruel, but they are also portrayed as being as incredibly competent, in no small part precisely because they treat anyone who works for them terribly.

While it’s frequently portrayed to the point of becoming cliche, research suggests that being a jerk to your employees is not the best management strategy after all. In addition to making you a pretty terrible person, employing a management style that rules through fear has a whole host of negative consequences, including:

  • reduced creativity and risk-taking from employees
  • lessened productivity
  • limited engagement and trust
  • additional stress and reduced emotional well-being
  • resistance to following instructions and reluctance to collaborate.

As much as it can be tempting to see mean bosses as single-minded crusaders who just want to push their employees to get the best results possible, the research shows that most jerk bosses are just, well, jerks, and are not to be emulated.

Have you had a mean boss? Did they push you to do better, or over the edge? Tell us about it in the comments!

How working for free can help you get paid

A cake this this could be yours. Think about it.

A cake this this could be yours. Think about it.

First of all, we want to acknowledge that there are a lot of people who cannot afford to work for free. If you have a dependent, and don’t have a bunch of savings to live off of, devoting a chunk of time to volunteering is basically a luxury you cannot afford.

Which is bad news for job seekers, because more and more career paths are expected to take a detour into Unpaid Town. The silver lining here is that this doesn’t necessarily have to mean a full time job without remuneration at a company that is fully rolling in dough. Instead, you can spend some time making the world better as a volunteer, while also picking up skills that will help you out on the job search.

That is exactly what Spencer Gordon did, after seven months of job searching had left him pretty demoralized. Then Superstorm Sandy hit, and his family was without power for 10 days. Once he was safely at his mom’s house, he thought about how not everyone had a warm and safe place to wait out the literal storm.

So he signed up with Team Rubicon, and less than a year later was part of rebuilding New York City’s memorial for Vietnam veterans.  Did that immediately get him a job? Well, not exactly. But we’ll let him tell in his own words the impact it had on his career:

“Using the spark of energy from those summer service projects, I reevaluated and refined all the tools in my job search toolbox, and the fresh energy and enthusiasm helped me showcase my potential at the IAVA’s Operation Deploy: Madison Avenue career fair during Advertising Week, which ultimately landed me in my current career as an Advertising Operations Associate with MediaCom.”

Congratulations, Spencer!

What do you say, readers? Has volunteering ever helped YOU find a job? Tell us, in the comments!

Looking for work? Pretend you’re running for mayor

This guys is the first Flickr search result for “perfect employee”. Draw your own conclusions.

This is the first Flickr search result for “perfect employee”. Draw your own conclusions.

First piece of bad news:
Future employers are very likely to Google you.

Second piece of bad news:
It is no longer enough that they just don’t find anything bad. They now want to get a sense of who you are, and make sure that they will like you before hiring you.

First piece of good news:
There are steps you can take to make sure they will like what they see.

As this article on Brazen Careerist outlines, what you should do is pretend you are trying to get elected rather than hired. Looking at things through this lens will make sure you do more than just trying to ensure the internet never sees you holding a beer.

So what does a successful politician make sure people find when they Google her? Here’s a good starting list:

  1. Likeability. We trust people we like, and we are more likely to hire or vote for people we trust.
  2. Endorsements. Who else thinks you are great? Is that person a benefit to you, or a liability?
  3. Shared values. Want to work in a youth home? Probably you don’t want to be a member of the “Children should be seen and not heard” Facebook group. We’re just saying.

Not sure if you’re on the right track? Get your friends to Google you and tell you the impression they get based on what they find. Add, or try to delete, things accordingly.

But don’t MS Paint yourself into a corner too quickly. Make sure that whatever image you are portraying online is sustainable. Don’t, like, make up a pretend wife or pretend that you are really into Russian literature if you’re not prepared to bring someone to the Holiday Party and bluff your way through discussions of War and Peace with co-workers who are stoked to have finally found a comrade.

Would YOUR online image get you elected? Tell us, in the comments!

You’ve got mail. Do you know?

Basically, our worst nightmare

Basically, our worst nightmare

When you think of notifications, the first image that comes to mind depends on the way you interact with your smart phone. Depending on your preferences, your phone is either silent and stoic until you check it, or a buzzing, beeping cacophony. While these messages from the electronic world may come from disparate sources, they all essentially work in the same way: an alert pushed to your phone in the form of a sound, a vibration, or a visual alert on the screen, regardless of context.

Notifications in their present form might be perfectly adequate for smartphones. But as “smartification” comes to more and more devices, the model is no longer as useful as it once was. With the increased use of wearable tech like watches and wristbands and headsets, a more refined and specific approach to notifications is needed.

This is where the concept of Contextual Micro-Alerts (or CMAs) becomes extremely interesting. Chris Davies coined the term as an alternative to the standard notification form. He feels we’re going to need a way to navigate the undifferentiated flood of data from apps and services that demand our attention.

Some of the potential models for this type of notification that he envisions include:

  • light-based reminders that are integrated into the home and workspace
  • smart televisions with carefully filtered data feeds
  • notifications specifically tailored for video game consoles

The goal of CMAs is to make whatever device or screen someone is currently using not only capable of transmitting information, but to make sure that information is most useful at that time and context. We can’t pay attention to everything, so having notifications that are carefully chosen according to what is most useful at the moment can help keep us from feeling overwhelmed by information, or tuning it all out.

Stock photography round up — YOU’RE HIRED

You might not appreciate it, but we work pretty hard not to accompany our blog posts with boring or generic photos. No woman sitting at a laptop with her arms raised in triumph here, no ma’am!

Not everyone is as creative as we are, sadly. As demonstrated by the huge stock photography industry. Every so often we search for recruiting-related photos and put together a little collection to show you what you are missing. This month’s search term was “You’re hired!”

Here we go!

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Wow this photo asks a lot more questions than it answers. Who is hiring whom? I feel like the dude on the left is making this relationship needlessly adversarial, no matter what is going on. Simmer down, dude on the left.

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Okay you are super good at doodles, pal, but this drawing is all over the dang place. Pick one of these phrases and make a zine about it. You’ll feel a lot better.

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This is a GREAT Who’s-On-First way to prank yourself into the job. Show up, point to your name tag and say “Am I Hired?” They’ll be forced to say “Yes”, at which point there is nothing left for you to do but run around the room collecting high-fives.

CUPCAKE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’re not sure who said “You’re hired” to this… melting cupcake with an empty thought bubble, but we’re just gonna go out on a limb and say that person is gonna regret it big time.

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Here is a history assignment for y’all: Who is being hired in the above inexplicable piece of old-timey stock art? Your prize is literally nothing, but we would still be really impressed if anyone told us.

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No.

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Okay we did the math on this one. First of all those aren’t even numbers displaying on your calculator so you should probably return it to the store. Second of all, your messy Pollyanna hairdo and soul patch are shattering our morale. You are not hired.

There you go, kids! What is the most appalling photo illustration YOU have seen lately? Tell us, in the comments!

 

Happy Monday — If you believe we put a man on the moon edition

See? Totally real.

See? Totally real.

It is officially fall. You probably spent the weekend apple picking and riding a hayride to a corn maze while drinking pumpkin spiced everything. Here are some things you can talk to your coworkers about to keep them from getting too jealous of your  insanely wholesome autumn weekend.

1. Neal Stephenson’s failed $500,000 video game and the perils of using Kickstarter

tl;dr — After raising more than half a million dollars to make a sword-playing video game, the author of Snow Crash has pulled the plug on the whole venture, because it’s boring to play. Aside from a few T-shirts, donors are walking away empty-handed.

Ask your coworkers – Have you ever given money to a crowdfunding venture?

2. NVIDIA’s new GPU proves moon landing truthers wrong

tl;dr — Some people believe the moon landing is fake, because of something to do with the way the shadows appeared in the documentation. This has been debunked repeatedly, most recently by NVIDIA, who used “GPU-powered recreation of the Apollo 11 landing site that uses dynamic lighting technology to address common claims of moon-deniers.”

Ask your coworkers – Are there any conspiracy theories you actually believe?

3. Intel Smart Wireless Charging Bowl will arrive late this year

tl;dr — Imagine being able to come from work and throw all of your rechargables into a bowl by the door and have them all charged by morning? The future is now! Intel is planning to release this magical device just in time for the holiday season.

Ask your coworkers – How badly do you want one of these?

There you go, everyone! Everyone is going to find you fascinating today! Let us know how that goes, in the comments!

Recruiters are moving to the second largest search engine. Are you?

Are your job seeking efforts ignoring the second largest search engine?

When it comes to search engine optimization, most companies, including recruiters, develop their strategies with the largest search engine in the world in mind: Google. So traditionally, that’s where job seekers have gone, too. You put your resumé on your website and LinkedIn, using all the right SEO-friendly words, and then you start searching for gigs. But more and more, recruiters are adding to their digital talent search by using the second-biggest search engine to find employees, as well.

It might even surprise you to learn which site actually is the second largest search engine; it’s not Yahoo or Bing, but YouTube. The video site is an absolutely massive platform, boasting over 800  million unique users who, together, have logged over a trillion views. When you consider the sheer size of that potential audience, suddenly incorporating YouTube into your recruitment strategy makes a heck of a lot of sense.

Here are just a few of the reasons employers are making video a bigger and bigger part of their recruiting strategy.

  • job listings with videos are views 12% more often and receive 34% more applications;
  • having a video on your listing can boost it to the top of search engine results;
  • and videos more accurately and concretely communicate important information about your corporate culture, attitude and mission statement.

That last point means it’s good for job seekers, too. You get a better sense of what the day-to-day is going to be like, and have a bit more of an idea of everything from dress code to how your potential boss’ surname is pronounced. Plus, you get to spend the afternoon watching videos while being able to honestly tell people you were on the job hunt all day.

Have you used YouTube to search for jobs? Tell us about it in the comments!

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Meet a Procom recruiter: Christa Mancino

Technical recruiter extraordinaire and Wilfrid Laurier University Golden Hawks career blocks leader Christa Mancino.

Technical recruiter extraordinaire and Laurier Golden Hawks  career blocks leader Christa Mancino.

Christa Mancino joined Procom about a year ago, and has been setting the world on fire ever since. Find out what this former collegiate hoops star loves about working at Procom.

How would you describe your job?

Dull moments are far and few between, its fast paced and competitive and the people make it interesting, both consultants and colleagues.

How did you get into recruiting?

A friend of mine was a recruiter and suggested that it might be a good career fit for me, and he was right. I’m the kind of person who thrives on competition and gets bored without it and  I’ve always had “the gift of gab,” if you will. They’re important skills for this job so I applied and interviewed. And then 12 days later I moved my life to the Big Smoke.

What were you doing before Procom?

A year prior to starting at Procom, I had wrapped up my undergrad at Wilfrid Laurier University and moved back to my booming hometown of Port Colborne ON, population 19,000. I was taking classes at Niagara College and bartending. I still make a mean Caesar.

 

What’s the best part of your job?

I enjoy the satisfaction of helping someone find a new job. You never know where that job will take them and its nice to know you had a part in that. Aside from that, I enjoy the competitive nature of the job itself.

 

What would you tell employers about using a recruiting firm?

Using a recruiting firm can be advantageous to employers, but I would advise them to choose their firm wisely; they should do their research and know what they’re paying for. Choose a firm that has low turnover, thorough training processes and conducts business in a manner focused on quality and transparency. Clients don’t want to to have their time wasted, and a bad hire can cost a company thousands of dollars. They need to ensure the recruiters are doing a quality job on their end, due diligence is key.

 

What would you tell job seekers?

Become the “go to” candidate. Establish a good rapport and relationship with your recruiters. Choose two or three recruiters who you trust, rather than reaching out to entire departments in various companies. You will be the first person that comes to mind when a job comes up, and they will be loyal to you as a candidate. Additionally, choose recruiters which know your area of expertise exceptionally well; we all tend to be stronger in one area than others. Hopefully this person will have identified you first, but if not, make sure you are working with someone who will be focusing on filling positions in your area.

How would you describe the culture of Procom?

Its open and entertaining, we have an eclectic bunch of personalities. Everyone is friendly and supportive.

What do you do when you’re not at work?

I’m a foodie and I love uncovering those diamonds in the rough. To compensate for my weekend food binges, I hit the gym with some of the Procom boys, and every once in a while I like to school fellow recruiter Adam Lewin in a game of hoops or two.

Tell us something about yourself that will surprise us

I’m proud Golden Hawk Alumna and former captain of the women’s varsity basketball team at Wilfrid Laurier. I still hold the record for most blocks in a career, and am third in career rebounds and points.

 

How prairie dogs could teach us to be better at networking and friendship

See? These two are totally pals.

See? These two are totally pals.

Do you know all of the words to the Golden Girls theme song? We do, too. Solid friendships are the basis of a strong community, and if those friendships involve cheesecake and wisecracks, then all the better.

Humans aren’t the only animals with social networks. I mean, we’re sure you’ve spent as much time Googling “animal friendships” as we have. But scientists are tracking the complicated cliques present in the lives of prairie dogs, and the results are actually pretty interesting:

Greet kisses are an important part of prairie dog life, and they happen when two individuals approach each other, lock teeth, and kiss. “It can be a sign of who’s in your group and who’s not in your group,” said Verdolin. “If they belong to the same social group, they kiss and part ways. And if they don’t, they break apart and fight.”

By being able to tell which prairie dogs belonged to which cliques, they were able to predict (and therefore prevent) the spread of communicable diseases between animals. But it wasn’t just as simple as who hung out with who:

“Certain prairie dogs were bridges, connecting otherwise separate groups. Others were hubs, interacting with prairie dogs from many groups.”

So, indulge us for a moment and think of your own network as a group of prairie dogs — note, they are not actual dogs — and opportunities as communicable diseases. (Help, this allegory is going terribly). Who are the bridges? Who are the hubs? It is important to figure out!

If you are looking for work, make sure to let your “bridge” friends and your “hub” friends know! That will spread the work into networks you might not have access to yourself.

Probably you won’t even have to lock teeth to do it. Although, who can say?

Happy Monday — We can’t find Ottawa edition

This is what the world looks like. Handle it.

This is what the world looks like. Handle it.

Here is a fun fact about us: if a video game or a book has a map in the beginning, we won’t even consider playing or reading it. We’re just not the sorts of people who want to go on a quest.

But it’s not that we don’t have any opinions about cartography. We mean, Peters Projection all the way, right? So today we have pulled together an all-map-related collection of links to chat with your co-workers about on this Monday morning.

1. Apple iPhone 6 map of Canada confuses Toronto, Ottawa

tl;dr – If you had gone to apple.ca to pre-order an iPhone, you would have seen a map of Canada that had Ottawa where Toronto should be, Toronto where Ottawa should be, and Edmonton to the west of Calgary. A comment from Apple was not immediately available.

Ask your coworkers – Can you draw a map of Canada without looking at one?

2. Google Earth Engine to help predict malaria on maps

tl;dr – Health care workers will upload data about where and when malaria cases are happening, which will then be cross-referenced with weather and other environmental conditions. This will be used to predict where new cases are likely to occur, so pesticides, bed nets, and antimalarial drugs can be concentrated in those areas.

Ask your coworkers – What is the most interesting thing YOU have ever used Google Maps for?

3. The NSA has a plan to map the entire Internet. It’s called ‘Treasure Map’

tl;dr – The goal of this program is to map the Internet, including everything from large traffic channels to every smartphone, tablet, and computer. It will be accessible to intelligence agencies from Great Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Ask your coworkers – Do you believe in internet privacy anymore?

That’s it. Go be blow everyone’s minds with map facts. Let us know how it goes.

 

Where Does My Resume Go? Part 4: My contract is almost up, where is my recruiter?

If you’re looking at your calendar, wondering when or if your contract will be renewed, read on! In this week’s blog post, we’ll explore the complexities of contract termination and renewal to help you answer the question that often comes up as your contract is winding down: “Where is my recruiter?”

On this week's episode of "All My Applicants": Recruiter Sally Maywell finds herself stuck in a contingent workforce love triangle, trying to balance the needs of her client with those of her contractor.

On this week’s episode of “All My Applicants”: Recruiter Sally Maywell finds herself stuck in a contingent workforce love triangle, trying to balance the needs of  her contractor with those of her client.

Recruiters, clients, and you: a messy love triangle! Although recruiters rejoice in getting you a great gig and want to keep you working, they also have the client company to consider when deciding whether to renew a contract.

“Clients sometimes wait until the last minute to contact us about renewing their contractors’ agreements. Often a staffing firm will have an agreement with the client that forbids us from re-engaging that contractor until their assignment has ended,” says Wendy Kennah, Procom’s Director of Recruiting. This agreement between a staffing agency and its client reduces competition by ensuring that an agency’s recruiters don’t “poach” contractors from one client to fill the job orders of another.

Clients want to have their cake and eat it, too. Your hiring manager may not want to renew your contract, but she doesn’t want you to leave before it’s up, either. So, chances are that whether you’re renewing your current contract or seeking a new one, you’ll have a very short time frame to do so.

If you call your recruiter and let them know you’re looking for a new contract, it could go one of three ways:

  1. If your recruiter doesn’t have to wait until your contract is up, he will contact you with a suitable position as it opens up.
  2. If your recruiter must wait until your contract is up, he will hold out and contact you with a suitable position that becomes available after your contract ends.
  3. If your recruiter must wait until your contract is up, but the client intends to keep you, the recruiter will wait for the client to approach you with a new contract before offering you any open positions from other companies.

None of these scenarios are bad ones, if you play your cards right. The key is keeping the lines of communication open.

If you are keen to renew your contract, speak directly with your hiring manager about the future of your assignment. If she can’t give you a clear timeline, ask for further details about the scope of your current project(s), the company’s hiring budget, or team dynamics. If any of these factors have changed, you may no longer be needed. If they seem stable, you might be looking over a new contract shortly. However, remember: nothing is guaranteed!

Your best bet is doing your job well while remaining receptive to new opportunities:

  1. Keep the lines of communication open with your recruiter — make your recruiter aware of any developments with your contract and inform him that you’re interested in new opportunities should your contract be terminated.
  2. Keep your resume up to date — this is true regardless of your employment situation. You never know when a new opportunity will arise!
  3. Keep your network intact — just like you would with your recruiter, you should make your peers and former employers aware of your recent activities and accomplishments.
  4. Be discrete — If you want to network but worry about the rumor mill, play your cards close and keep the conversation about the other person. Let your companion talk about their work life – you’d be surprised how many hiring clues you can glean from small talk!

In the end, the quality of your work and the professional relationships you form with your recruiter, your company, and your peers will prove invaluable in guiding and growing your career.

We hope that the “Where Does My Resume Go?” series has answered your questions about the job hunt.

Did we miss something? Tell us what you’d like to know about the job hunt below!

How your jaw line affects your bottom line

We bet that this guy has the best smelling T-shirts in town.

We bet that this guy has the best smelling T-shirts in town.

Here is your fun fact for the day: In 2005, a study determined that if a woman smelled a man’s T-shirt, she was able to accurately guess how symmetrical his face was. Why would someone do that study? We can’t figure that out for the life of us, but we recommend y’all test it out in your spare time.

The shape of your face doesn’t only affect how your T-shirt smells, it also determines how much money you make. Specifically, if you are a man. Extra specifically, a man with a round face.

Wait, what? Well it’s true! Any guesses as to why? Well it turns out that men with rounder faces just don’t back down.

Researchers found that moon-faced men were “less cooperative negotiators compared to men with smaller facial ratios,” which allows them to “claim more value when negotiating with other men.”

But only with other men! This didn’t happen at all when they were negotiating with women. We guess women are immune to the charms of a round face? Or at least for the purpose of negotiating?

We’ll leave you to go stare at your face in the mirror for a bit and wonder what parts of your face are holding you back — or propelling you forward — in your career.

When you come back, tell us what you learned in the comments!

Freddie Prinz, Jr.’s One-Sided Feud With Keifer Sutherland – Why You Shouldn’t Trash Your Ex-Boss

Nobody cares, pal.

Nobody cares, pal.

So whoa, here are two big time shockers:

  1. Freddie Prinz, Jr. is still out there in the world just living his life.
  2. He has opinions about Kiefer Sutherland and he thinks you might like to hear them.

So five years ago, Freddie Prinz, Jr. worked with Kiefer Sutherland on the TV show 24 (which Sutherland executive produces). He recently tried to drop this truth bomb about what that was like:

“Kiefer was the most unprofessional dude in the world. That’s not me talking trash. I’d say it to his face. I think everybody that’s worked with him has said that.”

This was Sutherland’s reply, via one of his spokespeople:

“Kiefer worked with Freddie Prinze, Jr.more than five years ago, and this is the first he has heard of Freddie’s grievances. Kiefer enjoyed working with Freddie and wishes him the best.”

And that is what we refer to as a genial mic drop.

Who do you think comes off better in this exchange? The one who seems to be picking a fight out of the blue for attention, or the one who shrugs it off without even sounding mildly annoyed.

More importantly, what can you learn from this exchange?

Basically, don’t publicly trash your ex-boss, especially to the person you hope will be your next boss. For one thing, they might know each other. Even if you think there is no chance of it at all, you’d be surprised at how small the world can be sometimes. Second of all, it will make them wonder how long it will be before you are trashing them to someone. That’s not going to inspire a lot of trust.

Look, we get it. An ex-boss can feel a lot like an ex-boyfriend sometimes, and the need for venting can be strong. And also, sometimes it really does feel important to communicate in a job interview how toxic the situation was that you were leaving. But there are other ways to do it.

CBSnews.com offers up some great tips: Like trying to balance out your criticisms with positive comments, as well as making sure it’s clear that you learned from the situation and will handle things differently next time.

Most of all, unless there is a dangerous dynamic you feel you need to make public, don’t try to go toe-to-toe with someone who has a bigger audience and more credibility than you do. It rarely ends well.

Have you ever complained to a new boss about an old boss? Tell us in the comments!

How’s The Market? Fall Heats Up for Business Analysts

It’s finally starting to feel like summer, but fall is fast approaching. Just like the weather, the job market isn’t cooling down anytime soon – job activity has increased 10.95% since the spring quarter and Business Analysts jobs have experienced the most growth since last quarter.

 

What trending skill sets are Procom recruiters looking for this quarter?

Mobile Development, Responsive Design(PhoneGap, CSS3), and Big Data (hadoop, NoSQL, Mapreduce)

 

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2 Ways to Find Top Talent Without Spending Like a Tech Giant

CIOs from non-tech sectors, particularly the public one, are having a tough time hiring IT talent in the United States. In Silicon Valley, tech giants like Google, Salesforce, and Twitter offer incomparable salaries, perks, and prestige, leaving CIOs in other industries at a loss for skilled IT labour. Canada’s tech sector is experiencing a similar boom, with Facebook and Amazon offices hiring in Vancouver, tech workers earning 60% more than the provincial average in British Columbia, and homegrown tech companies like Hootsuite hiring 10 new employees per week.

So, how can government, financial, or manufacturing CIOs compete? Tech sector vets may be out of a non-tech CIO’s reach financially, but their skill sets don’t have to be. Here are two ways to find top talent without spending like a tech giant:

When looking for new hires, consider a"fixer upper" with potential.

When looking for new hires, consider a”fixer upper” with potential.

  1. Hire for Potential.The key to getting Google-quality IT talent isn’t hiring Google-quality IT talent, it’s hiring talent that has the potential and desire to posess that level of skill and expertise. “Recruit for attitude, not for skill,” advises Chris Morgan, an executive coach at Morgan Alexander. Try to hire someone who sees their position as an ongoing challenge and constantly seeks out resources for building their skill set. Then, keep them around by cultivating a company culture that nurtures their growth. Consider these candidates affordable “fixer uppers.” You’re spending far less in the hopes of increasing your investment’s value in the long haul. So instead of spending on hiring and getting into bidding wars with deep-pocketed tech giants, invest in recruiting that will get you a candidate with the right attitude.
  1. Embrace Contract Work.  Hiring a fixer upper might not be plausible if you have a huge project to finish and need a specific skill set. Although hiring contractors appears to come with a larger price tag, they generally hit the ground running very quickly and they pay their own benefits; not to mention that they are easy to downsize if and when you need to. “Contingent labour is a very efficient and effective measure for corporations with resourcing needs,” says Alex MacKenzie, VP of Business Development at Procom, “the key to utilizing it effectively is to have a good understanding of the market conditions and to work with a staffing partner who has access to the talent you may need.”

When Google programmers in Silicon Valley are making 3 million in cash and restricted stock  per year, the bar for wooing new IT hires may seem impossibly high. But studies show that Generation Y workers aren’t always in it for the paycheque. Working for a huge tech company might not appeal to workers looking for warm company culture and growth opportunities. If you are desperate for a skill set today, use contract labour to fill in your holes, then focus on leveraging mentorship and skill-sharing opportunities to develop less experienced, but highly motivated permanent hires. They may not be ready to work for Google or Dropbox now, but with encouragement, they will be soon. The good news will be that they’ll still be working for you!

How would you feel if you had to pay your Staffing agency bills twice? How Bill 18 Could Impact You

Imagine hiring contract staff through a staffing agency, paying the bills for the worker’s services and then finding out that the agency neglected to properly pay the workers. Now imagine that you are on the hook for those wages! With the Provincial Government’s latest changes to Bill 146 – now  called Bill 18 – Stronger Workplace for Stronger Economy– double payment could be a reality.

There are also important changes to injury and accident costs for you as a client engaging contract workers. Currently, agencies are responsible for the WSIB premium and accident costs for the workers they hire. A new amendment to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act (Subsection 2 (1), Section 83)  proposes that responsibility for insurance premiums and accident costs of worker injuries would be put on you, the client.

Although the changes made to Bill 18 offer many protective measures that benefit workers, there are some unfortunate implications for your organization which can only be avoided through due diligence and transparency. Make sure that the staffing agency and/or contractor payrolling provider that you utilize does things properly and helps you avoid scenarios such as this.

Procom makes it a priority to stay up-to-date and compliant with the latest legislation, so we can help you protect your business. If you’d like to know more about these or other legislative changes, please reply to your Procom Account Manager to schedule a discussion.

Related links

http://www.mathewsdinsdale.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/New-Bill-Proposes-Significant-Changes-to-Several-Workplace-Laws.pdf

http://www.kmblaw.com/take-note-proposed-legislation-impacts-employers/

 

 

Happy Monday — #GameOverGate edition

Zoe Quinn: Total Hero

Zoe Quinn: Total Hero

Probably you all spent all weekend reading up on fall fashions. According to our readings, get ready for novelty prints, fairy tale inspired fashion, and animal embroidery. We’re presuming that last one is embroidery of animals rather than embroidery done by animals, but if fairy tale fashion is also where it’s at right now, we guess that could go either way.

In case you don’t want to spoiler your co-workers about your upcoming outfits, we’ve pulled together some tech news for you that you can claim to have read over the weekend instead.

1. Zoe Quinn claims 4chan was behind GamerGate the whole time

tl;dr – This headline is kind of misleading. Quinn doesn’t just “claim” that 4chan was behind “GamerGate”, she outright proves it. In case you don’t know, Quinn is a game developer whose ex-boyfriend recently started claiming that the positive reviews garnered by her work were written by people she had dated. Any thinking person could see it for the nonsense it was, but because not every person is a thinking person, Zoe went undercover in a 4chan-affiliated chat room to document the recapping of the attack on her, as well as shine a light on the hackers’ upcoming plans to target other women.

Ask your coworkers – Have you ever gone undercover?

2. Gotta pay for all those servers somehow. Amazon takes out a $2B credit line

tl;dr – Don’t even worry about your credit card balances, folks. Amazon has just gotten the green light to borrow up to two billion dollars from the Bank of America, in part to help it meet the demand for the Fire Phone. Whatever that is.

Ask your coworkers – Will you be waiting in line for the Amazon Fire Phone is?

3. A New College Textbook Makes It Impossible To Cram

tl;dr – After realizing that most doctors were forgetting half of the information they quickly learned before their exams in medical school, Ulrik Christensen decided to invent a new kind of book. The SmartBook highlights what you need to know, and lets you do quizzes as you go, to make sure you are actually learning, internalizing and building on concepts, not just shoving a bunch of facts in your head in advance of a test.

Ask your coworkers – What was your studying style in college?

There you go, everyone! Enjoy our chats, and don’t spoiler us on the most recent episode of Project Runway. We haven’t watched it yet.

This single question could prepare you for an entire job interview

 Power looks like a lot of things. For example: this badass person.

Power looks like a lot of things. For example: this harder-than-nails individual.

Writing assignment: Spend the next 5 minutes quickly brainstorming how you would answer this question:

“Tell me about the first experience in your life when you realized that you had the power of change or the power to do something meaningful?”

Good news! Once you get an answer you like, you are now well-prepared for a job interview. Why? Because if you can answer this (and you should, whether it is asked of you or not!) you’ve communicated your skills, values, and ability to problem solve.

To test out this theory, we asked this question on one of our personal Facebook walls. Here is one of our favourite answers:

“For me, it was when my child was diagnosed with a disability. I realized that by using my communication skills, I could advocate not only for him, but for other kids. I started talking, and people actually listened. It gave me hope and solidified my future direction.”

First of all, let’s all pause to give this person a mental hug and high-five. Now lets see what we learn about her with this answer:

Her values: She doesn’t only have concern about the needs of her own family, but other families who are also struggling but maybe less equipped than she is to take on an issue.

Her skills: She briefly touches on the fact that it was her communication skills that she put towards helping these kids. She is well poised to give more detail in a followup question.

Her ability to problem solve: We don’t know what concrete change her work has brought about, but it is clear there has been an impact. She has piqued our curiosity to ask what changes have happened, which is a great position to be in.

As with all questions you prepare for, your interviewer might not ask it word-for-word. But if you have this answer ready, you can easily work it into other questions. We believe in you.

How would YOU answer this question? Tell us, in the comments

Lean on outsiders, and other advice from Diane Wang

Listen to this lady. She knows what she's talking about.

Listen to this lady. She knows what she’s talking about.

Some people are sheer forces of nature. Diane Wang is one of them. While her career began working for other companies, like Cisco and Microsoft, Wang’s entrepreneurial spirit eventually caused her to build digital empires of her own. She’s built not one but two massive e-commerce sites: Joyo, one of the very first e-commerce sites to flourish in China, which was eventually acquired and transformed into Amazon China; and DHGate, which allows buyers to connect with sellers and suppliers both large and small, and has been operating since 2004. It comes as no shock, considering her accomplishments, that Diane Wang is often approached for advice. She’s compiled a list of 6 ways for aspiring entrepreneurs to clear the hurdles that stand in their way. One particular piece of advice stands out, both for it’s clarity and because it’s slightly surprising: Wang advocates that entrepreneurs “lean on outsiders to fill [their] gaps.” Most of Wang’s advice involves staying focused on the task at hand, approaching entrepreneurship as a lifestyle, refusing to take short cuts and other exhortations to keep your eyes on the prize, this is a reminder to also make sure to listen to outside voices and avoid becoming too myopic in your vision. Wang advocates making sure you stay connected with experts in your field who are not a part of your company, for impartial advice and a broader range of knowledge. She also recommends reaching out to other companies for collaborative opportunities, seeking outside investors to keep things fresh, and working with other managers for skill-sharing and team-building opportunities. While it’s crucial to give your work all the time, energy and attention it demands, Wang’s advice is an important reminder not to shut ourselves off from the rest of the world as we build our dreams. After all, the two companies that she built her career on were about connections and collaboration, matching buyers and sellers and filling mutual needs. As important as it is to stay focussed, making sure you’re open to the possibilities of joining forces with like-minded and talented colleagues outside of the walls of your own company will keep your vision broad and your dreams big.

Where Does My Resume Go? Part 3: How do I get my resume noticed?

In this second edition of the “Where Does My Resume Go?” blog series, we answer a question often asked by job seekers: “How do I get my resume noticed?” A recent study shows that recruiters spend an average of 6.25 seconds scanning your resume. If that isn’t disheartening, consider that almost 50  percent of resumes are weeded out by an Applicant Tracking System (ATS), which 90 percent of companies now use. This means that if your resume lacks a certain keyword or cannot be easily parsed by an ATS, your resume might not even be considered for the role you’ve applied to.

Even the hottest resume can get lost in the shuffle

Even the hottest resume can get lost in the shuffle

 

To make it past the ATS, start by familiarizing yourself with the basic criteria of your prospective employer or client.

Try to include keywords and experience levels as they appear in the original job posting, but make sure they’re actually an accurate reflection of your own experience.

“If it were as simple as copying & pasting keywords from the job description, wouldn’t every Tom, Dick and Harry get their resumes past the ATS?”

Companies have caught on to this keyword mirroring technique, which is why recruiters now include alternate keywords when filtering applicant resumes. For example, a recruiter may be looking for “web-based software specialists;” if you’re an Saas whiz, why not include alternate keywords such as “web-based software,” “on-demand software,” or “hosted software” in your resume to ensure that this recruiter finds you.

Sometimes, it’s the little things that can trip you up. For instance, you may be harder to find  if you’ve had unconventional job titles in the past. Even if your previous position fits the bill for this new opportunity, if it’s called something different, it may get lost in the shuffle. Consider finding a more mainstream equivalent to your title so that it won’t be excluded in a recruiters search. Likewise, your resume may slip through the cracks if you use abbreviations instead of fully naming your province/state, or if you forget your  Postal or Zip Code ! If you type “ON” instead of “Ontario,” an ATS will only recognize the abbreviation as the word “on,” rather than the province.

“Once my resume makes it past the filters, will the recruiter notice it?”

That all depends. Wendy Kennah, Procom’s Director of Recruiting recommends keeping summaries short, so recruiters don’t have to scroll to the next page to see your work experience. She also recommends a chronological rather than functional format. Recruiters want to see your most recent experience, not necessarily you’re most relevant. That’s because if your most relevant experience is decades old, you may not be right for the job.

“It’s confusing to see that relevant work experience at the top when it isn’t the most recent, and it might annoy a recruiter to have to scroll through pages before finding your most recent job,” Kennah advises.

Now that you’ve formatted and optimized your resume to beat the system, you just might get a call. Know what to expect when engaging with a recruiter, and address the less tangible criteria that recruiters search for in a candidate. Stay tuned for next week’s “Where Does My Resume Go” blog.

Happy Tuesday — death by robots edition

Better not click on those pictures, just in case.

Better not click on those pictures, just in case.

Labour Day weekend is bittersweet we know. On the one hand, we get to sleep in on Monday. On the other hand, even thought you likely work in the same office you did this time last week, the “back to school” angst hasn’t really gone away since we were five years-old. “Where will I sit!? Will I have any friends!?”

Well, maybe today is your day to make a new friend at work. Here are three articles to talk to them about!

1. This is why you shouldn’t click on the naked photos of Jennifer Lawrence

tl;dr – We trust that you are all decent humans who respect the privacy of your fellow humans, or that you are at least afraid of bad karma and glad no one is hacking your phones. But we wanted to flag it just in case. These pictures were not meant for your eyes, and you do not have consent to look at them. So don’t! Okay, great.

Ask your coworkers — Do you ever worry about getting hacked?  

2. A WikiLeaks for wildlife gives whistle-blowers a way to turn in environmental criminals

tl;dr – Did you know that wildlife crime is a $17 billion a year industry? We didn’t, either. But the folks behind WildLeaks did, and set up a platform for anonymous tips. As this article outlines: “When tips come in, they are put through a lengthy verification process and then turned over to law enforcement or other organizations for follow-up.”

Ask your coworkers — What is your favourite wild animal?

3. Futurist warns robots may one day kill us all as an act of kindness

tl;dr – So, uh, at some point robots might get so evolved that they decide the best things they can do for us, inferior beings that we will doubtless be, is to put us out of our misery. According to futurist Nell Watson, “Having a kind intelligence is not quite enough, because any sufficiently benevolent action is indistinguishable from malevolence.”

Ask your coworkers — Are you worried about being killed by robots?

There you go, everyone! Have some great conversations, and don’t look at nudes unless the person in them sent them to do. In which case, still don’t look at them at work.

Don’t overpump your handshake, and other job interview tips

We know it's exciting to be interviewed by Groot, but still, exercise some restraint.

We know it’s exciting to be interviewed by Groot, but still, exercise some restraint.

We’ve all met people that we immediately, instinctively trust and feel comfortable around. Of course, the flip side is also true – there are people who get our hackles up straight from the get-go, no matter how polite or considerate they may seem. You might attribute these reactions to your amazing psychic abilities — and maybe you really are psychic, who knows?— but for those of us who don’t have the second sight, much of the way we feel when meeting a new person can be attributed to their body language.

It can’t be overstated just how important body language is during a job interview. So here are a few tips to help you (literally) put your best face forward.

1. Giddy Resting Face

Does your face tend to naturally settle into a frown when resting? If yes, try to keep your mouth either in a straight line or slightly upturned at the edges. People will take this as an indicator that your overall demeanor is happy and friendly.

2. Walk This Way

Keeping a quick, confident stride will help convince employers that you’re enthusiastic and capable. Avoid walking slowly or hesitantly, and definitely don’t slouch, as these are all indicators of nervousness. No need to be nervous, you’re going to be great!

3. Palm Reading

Your dad wasn’t wrong when he told you that you can tell a lot about a person based on how they shake hands. Keep your handshake firm and maintain eye-contact. Avoid too firm of a grip or overpumping your potential employer’s hand up and down too quickly – you don’t want to give off the vibe that you’re aggressive or insecure.

4. Assume The Position

If fathers are stereotypically obsessed with handshakes, then mothers seem to always be credited with telling their kids to sit up straight. No matter which parent imparted this wisdom on you, they were totally right. Keep your spine long and straight, but don’t sit stiffly – let yourself relax instead of tensing up all of your muscles. This will give off the impression that you’re comfortable yet respectful. And definitely DON’T fidget. Nobody wants to hire someone with ants in their pants.

5. Beat A Bold Retreat

Don’t slink out of the office once your interview is done – repeat the same upright, confident stride that brought you into the room. First impressions are important, but last impressions can make a difference, too!

Now get out there and knock ‘em dead, kid!

How a skill testing question could replace admissions screening

This is Xavier Niel. From here on out, we're calling him Professor Xavier.

This is Xavier Niel. From here on out, we’re calling him Professor Xavier.

Imagine a post-secondary institution that doesn’t charge tuition. Not only that, but there are no teachers, no textbooks, no student centres. There’s just a big room deep in the heart of Paris filled with Macs and eager students.

Oh, and this school? Is harder to get into than Harvard.

This is École 42, the brain-child of Xavier Niel, an institution that aims to turn out well-trained, highly qualified software engineers. Niel, a billionaire several times over, started the school with a €70,000,000 donation. His hope is that alumni will get amazing jobs and then donate enough money to keep the school afloat.

École 42’s educational model might best be described as “programmer survival-of-the-fittest.” Students are given increasingly difficult programming challenges, which they must solve by consulting each other or finding the steps to a solution online.

There are no educational requirements for École 42. Many of the students have no previous experience with programming and, in fact, haven’t graduated from high school. On the flip side, some students have already graduated from Stanford or MIT. In this way, École 42 is an amazing way of leveling the playing field in post-secondary education – you don’t need money, you don’t need a diploma, you just need to be good at what you do.

Well, not just good. You need to be really, really good.

See, the only admission requirement for École 42 is a series of tests. Last year, 70,000 people attempted the online qualification test. Of that group, 20,000 completed the test and of those, 4,000 were selected to spend a week in Paris working on coding projects. Finally, 890 students were selected to be part of École 42’s first class.

If you’re good at crunching numbers, you’ll be able to quickly figure out that this means that École 42’s admission rate is only a little bit higher than one percent. Harvard accepts six percent of total applicants.

It will be fascinating to see how École 42 grows and develops, and if it really can sustain the model they’ve created and turn out the promised crop of brilliant new programmers. Because if this works, it could completely change the way we think of post-secondary education.

Where Does My Resume Go? Part 2: How do I keep a recruiter interested?

Congrats! You’ve gotten a call from a recruiter. It’s almost as rare as sighting the Loch Ness Monster. Now that you’ve gotten a recruiter’s attention, how do you gently lure that majestic but elusive beast to the side of your boat, or even get it to give you some money? OK, this metaphor got a little confusing, but the point is that job hunting is faster-paced and more competitive than ever, so building a strong rapport with your recruiter is a great way to increase your chances of landing your dream job. Keeping a recruiter on the line can mean the difference between getting that first round of interviews and sealing the deal.

It's a big one! To snag an opportunity, keep that recruiter on the line.

It’s a big one! To snag an opportunity, keep that recruiter on the line.

Has a recruiter asked you to modify your resume? Don’t take it personally! That special attention means that the recruiter wants you to succeed. Even if you’re on a first-name basis with a recruiter, she has hundreds of other applicants who may have more suitable resumes. When a recruiter runs into something that detracts from your resume, such as missing keywords or bad formatting, she will have a harder time selling you as a fit. A recruiter who takes the time to address these issues with you, rather than discarding your resume and moving onto the next candidate, is actually doing you a huge favour. Be sure to make the recommended changes quickly if you’re serious about pursuing the opportunity.

Does discussing salary expectations make you sea sick? Job hunters are told not to sell themselves short when negotiating salary, but it is hard not to low-ball when the question of salary expectations first arises.  Procom recruiter Josh Pryor advocates an upfront approach: “It makes the conversation go a lot easier and faster if people tell us what they are expecting so we can work with them on that position and future opportunities.” Just as a recruiter helps you modify your resume, he may also offer hints to help you modify your salary expectations: “We’ll always give you a range that represents the client’s ‘sweet spot’ for a role, but there is some flexibility if the applicant has all of the required skills and ‘nice to haves’ [on his or her resume],” says Pryor.

Doing your research goes a long way, too. “People often price themselves out of opportunities based on what the market was last year, or what they were making in another industry.” So, while you should never undercharge, it is important to be realistic about how well you fit into a role, the position’s industry standards, and the client company’s expectations.

How do I show off without bragging? Mastering the humble-brag may be the most coveted soft skill of the modern job hunter. Striking that balance between selling yourself and sounding smug can be tough, but it’s a worthwhile goal for a few reasons. The first, obvious reason to rattle off a few boasts is that it will give recruiters a better idea of your skill set and experience. The second reason is that it demonstrates your ability to communicate and tell a story about yourself, your company, and/or your work. Staying quiet about, or downplaying your accomplishments does nothing for you. Trust us.

Keeping these tips in mind should help you maintain a good relationship with your recruiter, so even if the first opportunity isn’t a fit, you may be kept on file for future openings.

See an interview on the horizon? Avast ye, matey! You’ll have to navigate the murky waters of contract negotiation. Keep sailing the seas until next week`s installment of “Where Does My Resume Go?” a blog that answers the question How do I get my resume noticed?

What makes someone a better computer scientist: math, or community service?

Don’t let your alumni association turn out like this.

Don’t let your alumni association turn out like this.

How is this for a truth bomb?

“The GRE is a better indicator of sex and skin color than of ability and ultimate success.”

That is the thesis of a recent essay by physics professors Casey Miller and Keivan Stassunis. They make a pretty convincing case against the current admission process to graduate school. Namely, the use of the graduate record examinations (GRE) — a standardized test introduced in 1949 that is an admissions requirement for most US graduate schools.

They claim that:

“De-emphasizing the GRE and augmenting admissions procedures with measures of other attributes — such as drive, diligence and the willingness to take scientific risks — would not only make graduate admissions more predictive of the ability to do well but would also increase diversity in STEM.”

Even if you don’t think that the latter is important, the former sure is. The PhD completion rate in the US right now is sitting at about 50 percent. All of these smarty pantses with their great test results don’t necessarily have what it takes to actually finish their work. Turns out test scores aren’t a great predictor of that.

What does predict PhD completion, then? Turns out it’s a combination of college and research experiences, key relationships, leadership experience, service to community, and life goals. The good news is, this is information that isn’t too tricky to find out. The bad news is, the best way to do that is in an interview. And many universities don’t want to take the time to interview scores of applicants.

But they should. The University of South Florida has recently folded an interview into their admission process, and has been seeing great results. Namely, PhD completion rates above 80 percent, and an increased diversity in their students. Which will ultimately make the whole world better.

Surely that’s worth a half hour interview? We think so. What do you think? Let us know, in the comments.

Happy Monday — “Have you seen my phone?” edition

We’re sure there is a pretty good story here.

We’re sure there is a pretty good story here.

Okay honestly we’re not even sure why we are posting this blog today, because obviously you already have something to talk to your coworkers about today: HOW AMAZING BEYONCE IS. If you missed her performance at the MTV VMA’s, we’re not even sure we know who you are anymore.

But we guess you can’t just talk about Beyonce all day? I mean, our own experiences to the contrary. So here are three article about tech or whatever.

1. Why shutting Uber down is poor regulation by India’s central bank

tl;dr — The whole point of Uber is that you save the two-to-ten minutes it takes, on average, to pay for a taxi. But India’s central bank is cracking down on credit card transactions that happen without the card being present at the time (Uber lets you enter your credit card in advance, and you don’t need to show it again to the driver). They are giving Uber until the end of October before pulling the plug.

Ask your coworkers — What is the longest it has ever taken you to pay for a cab ride?

2. Pwned By A Girl! Women Gamers Now Outnumber Teenage Boys

tl;dr — Handle this, dudebro gamers: “Women over the age of 18 currently represent 36% of the game-playing population, whereas boys aged 18 and under claim a mere 17%. Further, females are quickly inching towards becoming the dominant gamer, claiming 48% of the pie.” Amazing. If you’ve got some time to spend and want to get super annoyed, feel free to read the comments on the article. Barf.

Ask your coworkers — Do you consider yourself a gamer?

3. Are you suffering from smartphone-loss anxiety disorder?

tl;dr — We’re afraid of losing our smart phones, no big surprise there. But this fear isn’t only because we’ll be out of contact while we get a new one. We’re also afraid of what information is stored on there. Just, it seems, not afraid enough to back things up or use remote locking options. We don’t like admitting it could happen to us.

Ask your coworkers — Have you ever lost a cellphone?

So there you go, kids. Enjoy your banter, and back up your phones already. Now if you’ll excuse us, we’re going to go YouTube some more Beyonce videos.

Is your career stalled? Take an improv class!

Uri Alon, one of the funniest people in physics today.

Uri Alon, one of the funniest people in physics today.

“In the middle of my PhD, I was hopelessly stuck,” confesses scientist Uri Alon. “Every research direction I tried led to a dead end. It seemed my basic assumptions stopped working.”

Does that sound familiar? It sure does to us. Okay, minus the PhD in physics. We tend to get hopelessly stuck on things like “Trying to think of a good joke about TED Talks”. But we all have our own struggles. No shame in that.

Anyway, Dr. Alon is an improv actor as well as an physicist. And making up goofy skits on the spot is what helps him get unstuck in hard times. See him explain how, in his TED Talk below. Spoiler alert: He sings a blues song on a ukelele about the pressure to publish scientific papers.

Bring it on, ALS! Procom CEO Takes on the Ice Bucket Challenge

This morning, Procom’s founder and CEO Frank McCrea braved this chilly August weather to complete the #ALSIceBucketChallenge. ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease affects thousands of Canadians each year and kills 2 to 3 Canadians every day.

Procom and its employees believe in enhancing the health and well-being of our local and national communities by supporting health-related organizations, which is why we’re proud to participate in this exciting challenge!

Just because we dunked the boss, doesn’t mean we won’t be donating! Procom has made a donation ALS Canada and is challenging our friends from the following corporations to do the same:

    • Terry Power of Eagle
    • Tom Turpin of Randstad
    • Dave Hayward of Modis

Terry, Tom, and Dave you have 24 hours to join Procom in the fight against ALS!

Where Does My Resume Go? An Introduction

Our new “Where Does My Resume Go?” series aims to answer that very question, as asked by countless job seekers. Since most employers now rely on Applicant Tracking Software (ATS),  finding out where your resume goes isn’t as simple as it used to be.  Understanding how staffing firms filter and vet your resume may keep it from falling by the virtual wayside.

Don`t let your resume fall by the virtual wayside

“This poorly formatted resume will make for perfect birdcage lining!”

The job market is trending toward contracting and the promise of temp jobs becoming permanent has led to more job seekers signing contracts instead of traditional employment agreements. No matter what kind of job you’re looking for, you’re likely entering your CV into the resume management database of either an internal recruitment department or an external staffing firm.

So then, what happens from there? Will it get seen? If you’ve sent your resume to a staffing firm, when and how does the company hiring you come into play? And what about when you land a position: who do you call when you have questions or concerns? The answers to these questions are more complex in the digital age.

In our opinion, the first step to getting your resume through the proverbial door and signing your name on that dotted line is understanding where it goes and how it’s vetted. Once you’ve done that, you may have questions about how to best engage with the recruiter who has contacted you, when to re-engage with your recruiter or staffing agency, and whether your contract will be renewed once its finished.

The “Where Does My Resume Go?” series — which we’re going to call WDMRG for short, because we like catchy acronyms — will explore the following issues:

Week 2 – How do I keep a recruiter interested?

Week 3– How do I get my resume noticed?

Week 4 – My contract is almost up – where’s my recruiter?

After reading this series, you should be able to navigate every stage of your job search with confidence.

Have questions about the job hunt that Procom isn’t answering? Feel free to ask them in the comment section below!