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How to approach your boss for a raise

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​Click the image above to watch Recruiting in Motion – Ottawa’s Sari Cantor on CTV ​Morning Live Ottawa​In general, talking to your boss shouldn’t be too daunting. You likely do it everyday, but when your salary is involved you might start to feel uncomfortable. As we approach the end of the year, many are feeling that itch for an increase in compensation and are preparing to approach the conversation that can make or break a chance for a raise. Here are some tips on how to ask for that increase in pay:1. ​​Think about ​the “why” If you aren’t confident about…

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Tips For Hiring Managers: How To Decide Between Two Strong Candidates

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​As a hiring manager, the recruitment process can be extensive and potentially overwhelming, but sometimes you get to the end of the road and you just can’t make up your mind between the final two candidates. They may have very similar education, work experience and great references, but you ultimately need to make a decision about the best person for the position. Here are some tips to help you pick out the ideal candidate for the job.1. ​​Think about your work cultureEven if two job seekers look incredibly similar on paper, how they fit into your office culture will likely…

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How to get interview feedback

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​Click the image above to watch Recruiting in Motion – Ottawa’s Sari Cantor on CTV Morning Live OttawaWe’ve all been there. You leave an interview feeling great, expecting that offer to come in the near future, and you’re met with disappointment when you don’t actually land the job. Although it might be tempting to ask why you didn’t get it, most interviewers will be reluctant to share that information with job candidates. However, understanding your strengths and weaknesses in interview techniques is incredibly important for your job searching process. Here are some tips for seeking out interview feedback:1. ​Practice makes perfect ​Conducting…

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Landing a Fall Internship

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If you’re a student looking for valuable work experience this fall, you’re not alone. As the summer starts to wind down, it’s definitely time to start lining up possible work opportunities. Internships are a great way to kick off your career, helping to build a network of professional contacts, references and mentors. Designed with students in mind, lack of professional experience is expected in internships and the focus is more on finding a candidate who is enthusiastic, ready to learn and trustworthy. That internship experience is often your golden ticket to the first official job in your career.1. Know what…

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How to identify a great resume

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A resume cannot show you how a potential candidate presents themselves, or if they will be a good fit for your organization, but it still remains a good summary of a job-seeker’s skill-set and past work experience. However, with so many resumes coming past your desk, it’s important to know how to fish out the best candidates. From formatting to job experience, here are a few things to look out for when you’re trying to pinpoint a great resume:1. ​Format and flow A clean and simply written resume is what you want to see. Longwinded and convoluted descriptions are signs of…

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Parents Coming Back to the Workforce

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Being a parent is certainly a full-time, 24-hour and endlessly rewarding job. But there comes a time when many parents make the seemingly daunting transition back into the workforce, following some time off. After stepping away from your career, it can be difficult to get back into the habit of your daily working life, similar to your day-to-day work before having your child. No matter what your desired job looks like, every parent can work towards a fulfilling career, as well as a fulfilling personal life.Here are 5 tips for reintegrating back into the workforce1. Asses your prioritiesOnce you become…

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Job Hunting While You’re Employed

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It might be an awkward situation, but most of us will likely experience job searching while employed at least once in his or her career. Although it can be tricky, we have some tips to make it easier:1. Don’t talk about your intentions with your coworkers  You might have a good relationship with your colleagues but you definitely don’t want to openly discuss your job search. If you start talking about your new employment prospects, there’s no telling how far the information will spread and where it will end up. No matter how close you are, it’s best to wait…

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How to prepare for a phone interview

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As far as interviews go, it’s always best to go through the process face-to-face. Given today’s technology and the prevalence of remote work opportunities, there may be an occasion where you need to have a phone interview. A hiring manager might even want to conduct a preliminary interview over the phone before they bring you into the office. If you find yourself in this position, here are some things to keep in mind before you hop on the call:1. Know the job description  Make sure you have a solid understanding of the position so you can confidently identify why you’re…

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Leading a team effectively

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If you are in a management or leadership role, your style significantly influences your team. Being focused, prepared, thorough, transparent, flexible, and innovative all trickles down to how you are perceived by your team. Here are some things to keep in mind to lead a team effectively:1. Hire the right people  It might seem obvious, but a great team starts with great people. When hiring, think about your existing team, how they work and the company culture. Finding a candidate who not only has excellent work experience, but is also a great fit with the rest of the team, is…

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