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By Bob Weinstein and irrelevant. “Companies are grasping at straws because they think they figured out how to evaluate character,” he says. When looking for high-level executives, for example, many decision-makers feel it’s essential to check out potential candidates’ lifestyles – where and how they live, and what schools their children attend. That usually involves getting a read on their families. A common practice is taking spouse and candidate out to dinner to observe them in a social setting. The firm’s brass gets to see how the candidate handles him- or herself in potential wheeler-dealer social situations with clients and customers. Candidates’ table manners count and how the couple conduct themselves in a highbrow restaurant could be a potential deal-breaker. What and how they order are considered telling indicators of class and elegance. What do you think a candidate’s chances are if he orders meat loaf and a glass of tap beer or ordinary table wine instead of the house special of aged filet mignon and a $75 bottle of a 15-year-old pinot noir? Before the candidate shoveled the last chunk of meat loaf into his mouth, the brass had already drawn their conclusions on this socially inept candidate. He’ll never cut it with the firm’s old-line customers. The candidate’s wife is also being scrutinized microscopically. Heaven forbid she should commit an irredeemable faux pas and order a second and third martini, and slur her words in the bargain. By meal’s end, her spouse will no longer be in the running for the job. By the time the

check is paid, all hiring efforts will have been unofficially aborted. What a pity, too, because the man could have a genius IQ with the potential to add millions to the organizational coffers. Companies are easily duped when evaluating character. In the ongoing quest of companies to get a handle on candidates’ character, they’re often duped by couples who have mastered the art of fooling corporate bigwigs by turning in Oscar-winning social performances, leaving no doubt that the couple bear the class and elegance of diplomats or royalty. Months later — after the candidate is hired and comfortably situated in a gorgeous corner office — they realize they’ve been had. The candidate is incompetent, and the wife is a con artist. For whatever it’s worth, they deserve a prize for mastering all the superficial social graces necessary to capture a big job. But it’s doubtful that they could pull the wool over the eyes of an entrepreneurial genius wheeler-dealer like Warren Buffet. No such thing as a perfect candidate. No one is perfect, adds Jaffe. The notion of trying to isolate the perfect candidate by identifying the success traits of super achievers – character being one of them — is ludicrous, he says. “Organizations’ goals ought to be to weed out candidates early in the evaluation process who are conspicuously out of control,” Jaffe explains. “The big mistake companies make is thinking certain character traits are an accurate indicator of competence for all jobs. If you believe that, you might as well use tarot cards or a crystal ball

because there are no standard predictors of success.” “The only way to look at character as an accurate indicator of job success is to determine which facets of candidates’ character are relevant to the position being filled,” Jaffe adds. “For example, is it honesty, compassion, aggressiveness?” Jaffe feels that there are many character traits that should be ignored because they’re irrelevant to the job. “If a company is trying to hire a director of sales, does it care if the person is compassionate, or should it concentrate on looking for candidates who are aggressive, persistent, enterprising, resourceful, and that take the initiative?” he asks. “These are the character traits relevant to the job.” Or if a company is looking for a highlevel project manager with international experience, it ought to be looking for a raft of character traits specific to this complicated position. Candidates ought to have chameleon-like personalities and be flexible, adaptable and comfortable working with people from different cultures. Because they’re constantly traveling through time and culture zones, they must constantly be changing gears and adjusting to different business customs and traditions. Any headhunter will tell you that these are tough character traits to find in one person. Bob Weinstein is the Managing Editor/New York Bureau Chief at Troy Media. Reprinted with permission.

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During and following the recession, HR staffs and headhunters seriously began to evaluate candidates’ character as a barometer of competence. And spotlighting character didn’t surprise Mark Jaffe, president of Minneapolis, MN search firm Wyatt and Jaffe. Top executives are constantly looking for new ways to identify talent, says Jaffe. “The newest fad is looking at candidates’ character,” he says. “HR people think it’s a quick and easy way to get a handle on candidates’ job performance.” “Corporate heads have learned that candidates’ past accomplishments are not accurate predictors of future success,” he says. Factors that set someone up for success in the past may not be relevant today, because market and job demands are always changing. Mediocre workers in dynamite companies may look far better than they actually are. Or outstanding managers and innovators who happened to be in the wrong company at the wrong time look unimpressive because decisionmakers weren’t smart enough to recognize their talents. It’s all about getting a handle on leadership. Another reason companies are focusing on character is that they’ve yet to get their heads around leadership. Jaffe says that publishers are still pumping out new books about the secrets of leadership, yet they’re still posing the same tired question they asked decades ago: “What makes a great leader?” Jaffe sees most of the chatter about candidates’ character as meaningless


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Tips to Securing Employment

Nice to Smell You

Check Your References

Big, Sweet Lies

The Objective of an Objective

Whether it's eau de cigarette or an overgenerous splash of Obsession, your smell plays a significant role in a job interview. In fact, it may be a deciding factor in giving you a job -- so don't go overboard. The best idea is to go scentless -- have a shower, put on clean clothes and deodorant -- and keep it simple. Some people are allergic to perfume and other scents -- you really don't want to find out during the job interview that your potential boss is one of them.

Remember how you told your evil boss what you really think of him at that smashydrunky Christmas party last year? Before you put his name down as a reference, you might want to talk to him about it first. You know, just to see if he really does have a short-term memory loss. Always check with potential references before giving out their names to ensure that you have the updated title and contact info and will get a good review instead of one that will cost you a job.

Do you really know how to speak four languages fluently? Can you actually build and design websites, fly airplanes and assist in surgery? No? It's never a good idea to say that you are good at something when in reality your experience is limited or nonexistent. When it comes to resumés and cover letters list the skills that you have and feel confident in. Mention your language proficiency but be honest about your skill level and you won't have to panic when the time comes -- and it will -- to back up your claim.

"My objective is to find a job in the hospitality industry" is not a good objective when applying to a job in a particular restaurant. What does it say about you? Nothing. Your objective section should give an idea of who you are and let the employer know why you deserve the job. Cater it to the position. So what is your objective now? "A full-time server position at the Gladstone that will allow me contribute three years of experience as a waitress, a Smart Serve certificate and a healthy dose of cheerful personality."

20 Seconds

Please, No Novels

"Hello, hire me please! I'll do anything. Anything. Please?!" That's nice, but maybe the opening line of your cover letter should be slightly catchier. Actually, it should be as catchy as it is well-written -- the opener should hook the employer in right away. Too cute or too dull ("I would like to apply for the position of an administrative assistant") will land your cover letter and your resumé in a pile. The one in the garbage, that is. You have about 20 seconds to impress so make sure you start impressing right from the start.

Keep your cover letters short and sweet. Employers don't need to know where you were born, what your favourite colour is and why you love salsa dancing (unless, of course, any of it is relevant to the job you’re applying for). Only state how your skills and experience fit the job you're applying to. Give employers a quick, well composed glance of who you are as an employee. It will increase the chance that they will move onto your resumé instead of tossing your application in the can.

The Art of Quitting

Mock Up Before You Show Up

First, if you can, line up a new job before you hand in your resignation. If that's not possible, at least do some research into your field to see the chances of getting hired. Give your soon-to-be-ex-employer enough notice and leave on the best possible terms possible. You want to get a good reference so don't walk out and slam the door behind you. Thank your employer and try to stay in touch -- you never know when it will be of help.

Practice makes perfect so rehearse for your job interview as if it were the most important play of your life (it just may be). The day before your interview, get a friend or a relative to ask you questions that may come up during the real interview. Practice your handshake, your pose and -- most importantly -- your answers until you are confident in saying them out loud. There's nothing worse than an interviewee who says "I have no clue" or who clams up from stress.

Research Before You Interview

Be a Go-to Person

Gum Out Now

Applying to a company you're clueless about is a lot like going on a blind date. You have no idea if you actually have anything in common, you clam up, and, before you know it, your chances are ruined. Research the company you're after -- know its history, products and competitors -- so you ask the right questions and learn more about the organization. Make the best first impression and you might get a second date, er, interview!

Printer jammed with paper? The fax machine is scary? And how do you use a Blackberry? See, there's magic to operating office machines and while some are becoming obsolete, people with special skills of office arts can easily go beyond their call of duty. How? By knowing how to use faxes, fix printers, unfreeze computers or fedEx packages, set up a Blackberry or GPS. Learn old and new magic office tricks and become indispensable to your company.

Please spit it out before, seriously. Chewing gum (or candy) at job interviews, job fairs, networking events, while talking to employers or recruiters is a big no-no. Even when you talk on the phone, we can hear you work your jaw into frenzy so get rid of the gum before you dial. Sure, it helps you to relax but your mouth moving constantly while you're not actually talking is a disturbing sight and makes you look nervous and unprofessional.

You, In 90 Words Or Less

Dress for Success

TMI

Beyond your resumé and your business card, lies a combination of the two: an information card. Slightly bigger than a business card, you can hand out this little beauty while networking. It lets potential employers know your name and phone number and your key skills, such as fluency in two languages or web site design skills. Keep your information card professional looking with a clean background and a standard font, such as Arial.

Sure, jeans have come a long way, but they're a no-no at job interviews unless, of course, you're applying for a VJ gig. Dress professional but think about where you're going to be working and plan your outfit. A conservative suit and tie may be great for a finance job but it may not sit so well with an ad agency. You can call your prospective place of employment and ask about their dress code. On the day of your interview, iron your freshly washed shirt, polish your shoes and turn off your cell phone. Shine!

Telling a potential employer that you talk to spirits, believe in horoscopes and sleep in a coffin may be a little too much information -unless you're applying for a job in a circus. Please use common sense when bringing things up in an interview -- if it doesn't seem necessary to talk about, then just don't. Your sex life, strange hobbies, a history of illnesses, and religious beliefs should not come up, unless it really would affect your job performance or it was a part of your, er, previous job experience.

We Can't Picture This You know that saying, "paint a picture with your resumé?" It doesn't mean "send a picture with your resumé." (Unless you are specifically asked to do so.) Your appearance has nothing to do with what you do. When you include your pic, you may invite unintentional assumptions. Employers are forbidden by law to discriminate job seekers based on their age, ethnicity, sex and any other distinguishing characteristics. A resumé with a picture attached to it, poking out of a pile, is much like a hot potato -- it will probably be dropped immediately. * Reprinted with the permission of the Possibilities Online Resource Centre – www.poss.ca


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1. Behaviour is observable. An employee comes in late, doesn’t complete assigned tasks and takes every opportunity to enjoy a break. As a manager, you observe these behaviours and probably get ticked off. Your emotions get you grumbling, making comments to stimulate a change and adding stress to your life. But do you take action? Wait. Don’t let your emotions rule. Instead, observe these behaviours and put a plan in place to find out why the employee is acting this way. There may be a logical reason. 2. Behaviour is situation-based and can vary from one situation to the next. The person who is a star employee in one situation can be dead weight in another. If someone’s performance varies that much, you need to stop and assess the situation to determine what causes the variance. Does the new task require a giant performance leap? Have you truly given

adequate and proper direction? Have you allowed the opportunity to ask questions? 3. Behaviour can be flexible, even within a single situation. You give an employee a task and feel he’s on the right path, then you notice things aren’t getting done. Flexible behaviour can indicate a variety of things, including lack of knowledge, lack of motivation, reluctance to change, or other problems that require further investigation. 4. Behaviour is dynamic and always changing. While psychologists may say behaviour patterns are set at a very young age, we continue to change and adjust our behaviour throughout our lives. Family situations, financial crises, physical or mental challenges and something as simple as boredom all affect our behaviour. Is the once-dynamic employee bored with her job? How about your fantastic team leader? Have you made changes that are negatively affecting his performance? 5. Our behaviour is based on our thoughts and beliefs. Pause for a moment and think back to when you were a teenager. Do you have the same beliefs today? Probably not, particularly if you’re the owner of the business, and you’re trying to motivate your employees to have the same degree of enthusiasm

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If your resume does not contain the key industry phrases an employer is looking for, it is likely your application will never even make it to the inbox, regardless of whether or not you have the proper skills. An employer will also scan resumes for these keywords when creating an interview list from a stack of resumes. So what are these keywords? It depends on your industry or the kind of position you are looking for. The key words for a graphic artist could be much different than those of a medical technician. According to the article Resume Keywords: Four Tips to Get your Resume Noticed by Gretchen Ledgard, the first place to look for good keywords is in the job ad. “Read the job description for “must have” skills. These qualifications will give you an idea of what a recruiter will be searching on.” Another way to find out the common keywords in a specific career sector is to do a little research. Read industry newspapers or web sites. Network at industry events and ask questions about how others describe their skills to see if common phrases pop up. Phrases to avoid When choosing your words, avoid phrases that don’t serve any real purpose on a resume. Employers may see them as a waste of space. For Example: Vague Statements Participated in, aided in, assisted with, facilitated These phrases take up space but do not offer insight into your specific skills -- employers want to know what you did specifically. Superlatives Effectively; rapidly; easily; skillfully; expertly Since you don’t usually highlight failures on your resume, an employer will assume if you list something on your resume it’s a skill or task you did successfully. Superlatives like these don’t offer much to an employer and may come off like bragging. Finally Ledgard notes that while employers tend to favour people with good “soft skills” they rarely enter them in as search terms for resume databases. You may want to keep to a minimum terms like: good team player, positive attitude, good personality, excellent manners. “Reprinted with the permission of the Possibilities Online Resource Centre-www.poss.ca”

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As the economy continues the slow process of recovery, a lot of space in magazines, blogs and websites is devoted to speculation on when hiring will return to more normal levels. In truth, no one has a credible estimation as to when companies will feel secure enough to add headcount. But behind the headlines are real flesh and blood people who are tasked with filling the workload gaps and keeping organizations productive without the luxury of ramping up staffing levels. The stress is felt both by managers, who must keep the workforce motivated and engaged, and the employees themselves, who are often asked to achieve the same volume of output done by many more people in the past. The question is: Can “the few” continue to do the work of “the many” without burning out? Part of the problem is uncertainty. It is easier psychologically to endure intense periods of stress when they are short in duration and an end is in view. Open ended stress takes its toll emotionally and physically. Over time, this kind of stress leads to what psychologists call, “learned helplessness” – a kind of stressful malaise in which people feel powerless to change themselves or their situation. It can be quite difficult to emerge from such a state, and I

suspect a great number of “Hiring Freeze Survivors” are stuck there at this very moment. Try some of the following methods for dealing with the pressure:

• Beware the hassles Most people think of big life events as the major sources of stress, but in fact it is the small, daily hassles that create real tension. Losing your keys, having someone cut in front of you at the cafeteria, waiting too long for a slow elevator, not being able to find a pen when you need it – these are the constant irritations that will really cause one to burn out. When trying to reduce the inevitable stress of a hiring freeze, don’t think in terms of the big issues; think about how you can remove the subtle hassles in your life that never fail to drive you crazy.

• Be an optimist It may sound facile, but many studies show that optimists are best able to cope with stress and are the most resilient in the face of ambiguity. So, look for the bright side – it will serve you well. Think about the future and your goals. Create a set of objectives for the year and think about how you are going to achieve them. Above all, think up a plan and look ahead as much as possible.

• Know when to worry

• Use your social network

Differentiate between productive and unproductive worrying. Worrying can sometimes allow us to come up with solutions to challenges as we dwell on them and tease the answers from our brain. Thinking about a project while running or working out often produces an insight previously overlooked. Worrying unceasingly about circumstances over which we have no control over is frustrating and counterproductive. If you are going to worry, do it about the stuff you can control and try your hardest to block out all the rest of it.

No, I don’t mean go on Facebook and commiserate! I mean your real social network – the people around you may be your best defense against work-related stress. Individuals with healthy relationships at home, with friends, and with colleagues are much more able to handle stress than those who have negative or non-existent social support systems. Be careful not to over-share your pain, but instead rely on the people around you to make life fun and interesting. Your workdays will seem better as a result.

• Keep healthy Speaking of running – watch out for your health. Don’t forget to allow time for exercise. Not only does it reduce stress levels by burning off excess adrenaline, it also relaxes muscles and promotes better sleeping habits. If you only have time for a 15 minute walk, take it. Find opportunities throughout the day to burn a few calories – take the stairs, park your car away from the entrance or review a document while standing up. Try to keep to a regular bedtime and start winding down an hour ahead of time by reading or listening to your favorite music.

While these suggestions are mostly common sense, it is important to be aware of what the stress in doing to you and find something in your life that can break the cycle, even if it is just for a short period of time. Richard Davis (author of The Intangibles of Leadership: 10 Qualities of Superior Executive Performance is licensed as an Industrial/ Organizational Psychologist by the College of Psychologists of Ontario. As a management psychologist and partner with the Toronto office of RHR International, he helps senior leaders execute their business strategy through smart decisions about people. He can be reached at rdavis@rhrinternational.com. Reprinted with permission from Troy Media.


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5. Our behaviour is based on our thoughts and beliefs. Pause for a moment and think back to when you were a teenager. Do you have the same beliefs today? Probably not, particularly if you’re the owner of the business, and you’re trying to motivate your employees to have the same degree of enthusiasm you have. Could anyone but you motivate you when you were a teenager? No. You were motivated when someone inspired you to complete a task or take on a new job. As a leader, your job is to inspire employees so they have the same vested interest in doing a great job and moving the company forward as you do. Leader, heal thyself first When you look at these five categories, remember, as the leader, when inappropriate behaviour gets in the way, you own part of the problem. It may be only five percent, but it’s a part. When you tackle behaviour issues, recognize your contribution and deal with it first. Did you communicate what you wanted clearly? Did you wait to respond to questions for clarification? Are your procedures clear and still appropriate for the changing work environment? Are you an absent leader? The admonition lead by example is as old as time, but it’s still true. Discover the problem, keep your emotions in check and put a plan in place. Your people need to see you and hear you. Your behaviour has to match what you’re expecting of others. Attitude has many meanings Make sure you define the problem behaviour correctly. Have you ever grumbled about an employee having a poor attitude? Attitude is an umbrella word. It’s not behaviour. It has many meanings, depending on who’s using the word. To you, attitude means the employee doesn’t care about his work; to your customer, it means she receives slow service at the counter; and to your employee, it means no one seems to care what he does. In the employee’s mind, the boss’s attitude needs work. Who looks at your behaviour and asks for corrections? Garth Roberts is a Leadership Coach and Trainer. Reprinted with permission from Troy Media.

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ENROLLING NOW! www.NAHB.ca

INTRA-ORAL DENTAL ASSISTANT (LEVELS 1-2)

- Newly renovated dental clinic - part time level 2 on weekends - Evening & Weekend classes also available • F/T Starts January 28, 2013 • P/T Level 1 Starts January 28, 2013

MEDICAL LAB TECHNICIAN

8 month diploma, day & evening classes

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PHARMACY TECHNICIAN

10 month diploma program. Full day or part-time evenings

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10 month diploma program. Full day or part-time evenings CCAPP Accredited Includes 8 week retail and hospital placement Newly renovated pharmacy Lab

Starts May 6, 2013

PERSONAL SUPPORT WORKER

6 month diploma program, day & evening classes

- includes: national certification, 14 week nursing home job placement - bridging program for Health Care Aides (Saturdays)

Starts February 25, 2013

PHYSIOTHERAPY ASSISTING PROGRAM EARLY CHILDCARE ASSISTANT 9 month diploma program includes 11 week placement

in less than 9 months

OSMT Approved Fully equipped, modern laboratory Job placement with CML Healthcare! Employment opportunities include private and government laboratories, research facilities, hospitals, doctors offices and healthcare agencies

Clinics, Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Fitness Clubs, Rehabilitation Facilities, Sports Injury Clinics - Great add-on for graduates of the PSW programs - NEW, increased demand due to our aging population

Starts January 28, 2013

Starts January 28, 2013

Starts January 28, 2013

MEDICAL OFFICE ASSISTANT

ACCOUNTING & PAYROLL ADMIN.

BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

- OHIP billing certificate also available - hospital job placement - learn to manage any medical office environment

- Several career opportunities. - includes QuickBooks, ACCPAC, and Simply Accounting training - Train to complete Payroll Compliance Practitioner

- The Canadian economy is starting to recover. Train to be ready for several business related careers. - Office Administration Diploma program also available (4 month)

Starts January 28, 2013

Starts January 28, 2013

Starts January 28, 2013

COMMUNITY SERVICES WORKER

LAW ENFORCEMENT / POLICE FOUNDATIONS

LEGAL OFFICE ADMINISTRATION

6 month diploma program, full day & part time evening classes

10 months to a truly life changing career

8 month diploma program

9 month diploma program

- Train For a Career that makes a difference - Includes: National Certification, 20 week Job placement, CPR

6 month diploma program

26 week diploma program

- employment in police services, customs, immigration, court, military, investigation, surveillance and more - includes co-op placement - Peel hiring 1000 new officers

Starts February 25, 2013

Starts February 25, 2013

Starts January 28, 2013

E.I. & Financial Assistance may be available to those who qualify.

CALL US AT 1-888-709-0535 HAMILTON LOCATION - 31 King Street East, Hamilton (at Hughson St.) www.nahb.ca

Registered and Approved as a Private Career College

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MISSISSAUGA LOCATION - 165 Dundas Street West, Mississauga (at Confederation Pkwy.)

Training Healthcare, Business and Law Enforcement Specialists Since 1979


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CAD Designer/Draftsperson Civil engineering technician Project Management Construction Estimator Construction Technologist Home Inspector Construction Inspector

245 Fairview Mall Dr. Suite 204 (Minutes from Don Mills Subway Station)

CNC Programmer CNC Operator Mechanical Engineers Mechanical Technologist

CAD Designer/Draftsperson Product Design Engineer Digital Design Engineer Mechanical Designers Mechanical Engineering Design Specialist Mechanical Technologist

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- Laid off on or after Jan.1, 2005? - Second Career application rejected in the last 2 years? - Sickness, Maternity, Social Assistance, Self-employed clients: We have more than 10 years experience to help EI Recipients! We provide free consulting services to answer Second Career questions!

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Industrial Electrician PLC Programmer Electrical Engineering Technician Mill Electrician Plant Electrician Apprentice Electrician

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Assessment Clerk Accounts Receivable Clerk Accounts Payable Clerk Audit Clerk Billing Clerk Budget Clerk Bookkeeper Cost Clerk Finance Clerk Tax Clerk Journal entry clerk Office Administrator

PSW DIPLOMA


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