Consider the following guidelines when when beginning a new position. These guidelines will ensure a positive experience for yourself as well as for the company you chose to work for.
‘on the job’ tips
- Be sure to be a few minutes early on the first day on the job to familiarize yourself with the office environment and routine. (up to fifteen minutes early is sufficient)
- Confirm dress code prior to first day on the job. If ever unsure of dress code it is better to be more corporately dressed.
- Maintain a positive attitude and outlook at all times. This will help you naturally turn problems into opportunities.
- Plan to have at least one or two relevant questions or statements to ask or comment on during the orientation or training session. This will confirm your interest in the role and the company in general.
- Come to the first day on the job with a pen and notebook to take notes on new details and general information. Ensure you are clear on any position details. Ask questions—don’t assume.
- Send a thank you card to the person that offered you the position. As mentioned in Part 1, in the internet age, this will certainly help you stand out in the long term.
- Be proactive – if you have completed your assigned work, ask for additional work.
- Respect company and employee confidentiality regarding any information you learn about the company, other employees’ salaries as well as your own. Compensation (your own or others) is to be held in strict confidence.
- If you feel that you ever experience unprofessional behaviour from a peer or manager consider the whole situation and any trends. Once you have done this, look to speak confidentially with the Human Resource Manager.
- It is not always easy being ‘the new guy’, but your positive outlook will always help you get through.
photo credit: _Davo_
Consider the following guidelines when going on a job interview. These guidelines will ensure a positive experience for yourself as well as for the company you chose to work for.
- Be on time. Intend to arrive a few minutes early to a job interview (but no more than 10 minutes)
- Dress professionally and show a positive attitude. Do not underestimate the importance and impact of professional image. If ever unsure of dress code it is better to be more corporately dressed on the first meeting.
- Research the company before meeting with the company representative. Plan to have at least one or two relevant questions to ask during the meeting.
- Employers want to surround their teams with positive people. Always speak positively about past employers and team members or even yourself. Any negativity or discussion of ‘personality conflict’ will not be looked upon favourably. It is better to talk about highlight points and if a discussion about a ‘challenge’ comes up in the interview always look to find the ‘positive outcome’ that you learned from it or that may have resulted from it. (as this can sometimes be a challenging topic consider your response to this in advance of the interview)
- Take notes during an interview if appropriate and ensure you are clear on any position details. Ask questions—don’t assume.
- Send a thank you card to the person that interviewed you. In the internet age, this will certainly help you stand out. Be sure to double check for any spelling or grammatical errors before sending.
Writing your resume is about showing yourself in the best light. This informative infographic put together by Colorado Technical University gives tips on fonts and typefaces to make it easier for the recipient to read on a computer screen, as well as other advice for the traditional paper resume.
Paying attention to these basic elements and more can make all the difference in having a resume that gets noticed.
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What do you want to be when you grow up?
We’ve all been asked this question. And we don’t always have an answer. There are so many different vocations out there. People always say, ‘follow your passion’, ‘do what you love’ etc. I have a childhood friend who announced when he was 12 years old that when he grew up, he wanted to sell Mercedez Benz cars. His entire adult life, he has been a Mercedez salesman, and he loves it. He’s the only person I know who knew what he wanted to be when he grew up at such a young age, pursued it, and continues to love it.
Vancouverite Sean Aiken set out to do something different. He decided to try out 52 jobs, one week at a time. An inspiring documentary are the results of Sean’s One Week Job project.
This Saturday, January 15th the ‘One Week Job’ Vancouver premiere will be at Pacific Cinémathèque. Buy advance tickets here.
~ Jessica Rozitis
A lot of people ask me how I got into recruitment. Is it something I had always wanted to do? Is that what I did before I joined McNak? Will I always be an agency recruiter?
The truth of the matter is that I fell into recruiting – and was wooed by everything that was (and continues to be) McNak. When I first came in to meet with McNak, I was on the hunt for a job…at that stage, a temporary job was top of mind. When the interviewer asked me what sort of work environment I was looking for, I glanced around the funky Yaletown office and answered, “Somewhere like here.” The next question was: “Have you ever thought about being a recruiter?” And the rest, as they say, is history.
I’ve been with McNak through one office move, two database conversions, three job titles, four anniversaries, countless successful job placements, and hundreds of interviews with candidates from every background imaginable. The learning opportunities have been immense, and McNak’s unique corporate culture has both nurtured my professional growth while allowing me the autonomy to develop my own style as a recruiter.
But all good things must (really, is it a requirement?) come to an end. What McNak has also given me is a true sense of where I want to go in my career. It was not my original goal, but I have recognized that my future lies in the broader realm of Human Resources. I now have an opportunity to take that to the next level with an in-house HR Generalist and Recruiter role. And I would never have gotten to this place if not for the winning team at McNak.
My thanks go out to Cheryl and Sarah, of course, but also to the amazing team of McNakers, both former and current. And although I’m moving on, you know that in spirit I will always be a McNaker! (I don’t know, Sarah – should I get the tattoo?)
~ Bradley Cuzen
Check out this amusing video clip from BBC’s The Armstrong and Miller Show. We hope your company doesn’t still interview this way!