The Gig Economy. The Fourth Industrial Revolution. Artificial Intelligence. Machine Learning. There’s no doubt that the world of work is changing. And big change inspires important questions. At Ian Martin, we believeevery question is valid in the search for meaningful work. This blog post series answers the questions we’re hearing from candidates as they chart their courses in the new world of work.
What’s the difference between a contract position and a direct hire position?
The Directional Assistance:
As you browse through Ian Martin’s current job opportunities, you’ll notice that at the top of each position posting there is an information key. Each posting is categorized by job type as either “Contract” or “Direct Hire.”
The term “Direct Hire” means that an outside company has contracted Ian Martin to do their recruiting on its behalf. When a person is hired for a Direct Hire position, they become a direct employee for a company other than Ian Martin and, in most cases, it will be a full-time, salaried position.
If a position’s job type is listed as “Contract” it means that, in addition to hiring Ian Martin to recruit for the position, the outside company has contracted Ian Martin to oversee all aspects of that position. The worker that is ultimately hired for the position will be placed on contract for a specific job, for a specific pay rate. While they will likely work on-site at the outside company, they will not be a permanent employee of that company. Instead, they have two options: they can choose to become an Ian Martin employee, or they can choose to offer their services to Ian Martin as an independent contractor, and then Ian Martin, in turn, will contract their services to the outside company. Either way, Ian Martin manages the contract with the company, pays the worker, and the worker provides their services to the outside company for the duration of the contract.
Wondering what factors to consider when deciding between a direct hire and contract position? Click here for more direction.
https://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Contractor-Compass-Series-Header_Wide.png6572000Kate Siklosihttps://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/ian_martin_pad.pngKate Siklosi2019-04-03 18:20:542019-04-05 13:10:50Contract Work Compass: Contract vs direct hire positions
The big why that drives the team at Ian Martin is connecting people with meaningful work. We believe people who want to work should be able to find employment that is important to them. Perhaps that’s why some research pointing out the degree to which inaccessible workplaces are holding people back from work caught our attention.
The Conference Board of Canada’s 2018 report, The Business Case for Accessible Environments, puts some hard numbers around just how deal-breaking poor workplace accessibility can be for thousands of people who navigate their day-to-day life with a physical disability. In Canada alone, it is estimated that ten per cent of the population, or 2.9 million people, have disabilities that impair their mobility, vision, or hearing. As Canada’s population ages, that number will grow quickly. While Canada’s population as a whole is expected to grow by an average of less than one per cent between now and 2030, the population with mobility, vision, or hearing disabilities is expected to rise at nearly double that rate.
Unfortunately, that equates to a growing number of people not able to find work. According to research from Statistics Canada, employment rates for Canadians with disabilities are only roughly two-thirds those of the general population. Those that are employed also tend to work a slightly shorter work week.
The Conference Board of Canada asked almost 500 Canadians with physical disabilities to identify the factors that are creating barriers for them and to assess the changes that could improve inclusion. Roughly 60 per cent said their disability prevented them from finding employment that allows them to use their skills, abilities, and training. When asked to select from a list of workplace modifications that would allow them to take on the kind of role in the workforce they would like, it wasn’t just physical modifications that were top of mind. More accommodating management practices, including modified work, telework options, and flexible scheduling were frequently mentioned.
Respondents asked to describe what they felt were the key features of a truly accessible workplace reported that it is about creating a space that allows them to perform their roles and interact with colleagues easily, comfortably, and with dignity. That sounds like meaningful work to us! The study suggests an ideal environment integrates three things:
Physical accommodations, like ergonomic workstations
Accessible building features, such as wheelchair accessibility
A sense of inclusion that lets those with disabilities access the same facilities and perform the same functions as their co-workers
Accessibility for the win-win-win
Workplace accessibility improvements like these could go a long way in allowing Canadians with disabilities to participate more fully in the workforce. In their research, the study authors ran an economic model to estimate potential labour market improvements if Canadian employers invested in better physical access and enhanced inclusive practices. Their estimate found that by 2030 about 552,000 people with disabilities would be able to add about 301 million hours a year to the workforce.
And the positive impact of those increased levels of employment would have an overflow effect on the national economy: Canada’s real gross domestic product could be increased by $16.8 billion, which would spark a $10-billion increase in consumer spending.
In addition to being positive for people with disabilities and positive for the economy, tackling workplace inaccessibility also creates positive outcomes for employers. It can significantly expand the pool of qualified talent available for new positions. Companies that have established proactive approaches to accessibility, including Sodexo and TD Bank, have also experienced higher retention rates, driving savings in recruiting and training costs.
Simple Ways to Initiate an Inclusion Mindset
Creating a workspace that is more accommodating to employees with physical disabilities doesn’t have to start with a multi-million-dollar renovation. In fact, 34 per cent of survey respondents said basic workspace upgrades, such as ergonomic aids like special chairs and back supports, would improve their ability to enter the labour market or work increased hours. For companies wondering where to start their efforts, simple actions like removing clutter from workspaces can improve access for everyone. Transitioning to an open office space can make it easier for employees with physical disabilities to move around and create an environment that is more conducive to collaboration at the same time. Inexpensive technological solutions such as ergonomically designed keyboards and voice recognition software can make computers more accessible and also improve the lives of employees without physical disabilities that may suffer from repetitive strain injuries.
If you are a candidate with a disability, Ian Martin’s Hiring Experts are always available to discuss options for accommodation in the recruitment process. And if you are a company that would like to improve the inclusivity of your recruitment process, our Hiring Experts can offer impactful strategies for getting started. Connect with us today.
You can also ccess the complete report that inspired this blog post here.
https://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/woman-in-wheelchair-office-look-people-in-bg-blur-2.jpeg34825549Trevor Breiningerhttps://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/ian_martin_pad.pngTrevor Breininger2019-01-21 11:02:312019-01-21 11:03:26Accessibility in the Search for Meaningful Work
Do you provide your technical skills on a contract basis to companies as an incorporated business or sole proprietor? Getting yourself organized in January can help save you time and headaches for the rest of the year. Here are three things every technical freelancer should add to their to-do list to start off 2019 on the right foot.
Resolution #1: Create an Employment Status Proof Portfolio
If someone from a government agency knocked on your door and asked you to prove that the working relationship you have with the company you’re providing your services to is truly as an independent contractor, could you do it with confidence? Employment misclassification can have serious financial penalties for both the company and the independent contractor. Having easy access to the items in this list will help you prove your independent contractor status should it ever come into question:
Business Process and Documentation
Certificate of incorporation (if you have incorporated your business)
Business Information Number
Canada Revenue Agency Business Number (If you have registered your business for GST/HST, you’ll have been assigned this 9-digit number by the CRA)
Federal Tax ID Number
Proof of your GST/HST account
Copies of any licences or certificates required for carrying out your business
Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (Ontario) Clearance Certificate (if you have registered)
Proof of coverage and amount of business insurance
Proof of your own benefits coverage (e.g. disability, health and dental, life, critical injury orsimilar benefits)
If you have employees, proof of any benefits coverage purchased for them
Proof of how you market your business to the public (e.g. business cards, website, social media accounts, paid advertising, sponsorships, industry group memberships, trade fair participation, etc.)
Sample business invoices
Evidence of corporate banking and bookkeeping
Written contracts that clearly identify you/your business as an independent contractor and ideally:
Are for a fixed term or based on completing a specific project vs being open-ended
Outline the services to be performed or the project or product to be delivered
Have an indemnification provision that requires you as the contractor to compensate the client for any losses related to any negligence or other factors
Permits you as the contractor to provide services to other organizations
Proof of Control Over Services
To help prove your status as an independent contractor, authorities will want to see evidence that you exercise a significant degree of control over the work you perform for your clients. Asyou complete projects for clients, gather examples that help illustrate:
Discretion you’ve had in determining how your services are provided and the order in which they were performed
Latitude you’ve had in setting your own hours and schedule
Instances when you’ve contracted other people to provide services to your client
Tools and Equipment
List of all equipment you supply to perform your services (including computer hardware and software, cellphone, specialty equipment)
Details around any fee-for-service arrangements for tools you use to perform your work
Details on office space you own or lease
Resolution #2: Add Contract End Dates to Your Calendar
Time flies when you’re working on technical projects. If you lose track of contract end dates, you could be left scrambling for work. Conversely, if you continue to work for a company after the contract end date, it can work against your case should your employment status ever come into question. Set aside some time to locate your current contracts and review their end dates. Set a reminder in your calendar to speak with your recruiter six weeks prior to the contract end dateto explore having it extended or discuss new projects to pursue when that contract ends.
Resolution #3: Conduct Your Own Performance Review
As an independent contractor, you are your own boss. As you focus on providing your technical services to your clients, it can be easy to lose sight of goals for yourself and your business. Carve out a few hours to spend reflecting on your 2018 performance and developing professional development objectives for the year ahead.
Are there courses you could take to upgrade your skills and make your services more relevant for the future?
Are there industry audio books or podcasts you could listen to on your commute to help take your business to the next level?
Could a conversation with your recruiter help you identify exciting new work opportunities that might not be on your radar?
Rocking 2019 as a technical freelancer might also mean landing a shiny new gig! Sign up to receive our job alerts here.
https://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/pexels-photo-1068523.jpeg6541000Christine Iadipaolohttps://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/ian_martin_pad.pngChristine Iadipaolo2019-01-14 10:58:272019-01-14 16:13:563 Resolutions to Help Rock 2019 as a Technical Freelancer
Raise your hand if any of the following thoughts have passed through your mind when hitting the submit button during the online job application process:
“Will I stand out as a good fit for this job?”
“Will the right person even see my resume?”
“Will I actually hear back from a human this time?”
If your hand is in the air right now, know that you’re not alone. At Ian Martin, we understand the job search process can sometimes leave candidates feeling like they’re a party of one in an uncertain and ego-challenging land. While we can’t promise all 10,000 of the candidates we receive resumes from each month a personal follow up call, we do feel strongly that the experience shouldn’t leave candidates feeling disconnected.
That’s why when you apply for a position with Ian Martin you’re given an opportunity to connect with someone else on the planet who is also on a quest to find meaningful work. Every time a candidate applies for an Ian Martin posting, they’re given a $25 credit to make a loan to a entrepreneur of their choice through Kiva.
Kiva is an international not-for-profit organization with a mission to alleviate poverty by connecting people through lending. By offering access to small amounts of capital, Kiva connects entrepreneurs who aren’t able to access funds from institutions, friends, or family, the way that many of us in the first world can. That funding, in turn, allows the recipients to do meaningful work to support themselves, their families, and their communities. Kiva loans are true loans, with interest fees and an expectation of full repayment. Kiva’s current 97% loan repayment rate illustrates that the entrepreneurs receiving these funds respect that.
Since launching our Kiva applicant donation program in 2014, Ian Martin applicants have helped alter the lives of thousands of people across the globe. While not every single applicant elects to donate their $25 credit, the impact of those that do quickly adds up. Four years into the program, applicants’ efforts have already:
Produced over $100,000 in loans
Impacted communities in over 84 countries
Created life-altering new opportunities for 2,776 female entrepreneurs and 900 male entrepreneurs
To provide a better sense of the impact that applicants are making, here are profiles of just a few of the entrepreneurs whose loans were funded with $25 deposits from Ian Martin applicants in the last few months of 2018:
Nena, an entrepreneur in the Philippines, received a loan of $575 to help buy fish trap materials like plastic screening, bamboo, nails and nylon string, and dried fish.
Zaida, an entrepreneur in Uganda, received a loan of $150 to help stock her store with more tomatoes, onions, and avocados.
Marame’s team of women in rural Senegal received a loan of $2100 to help them buy sheep.
Arc secured a loan of $200 to purchase more hairdressing material and hair products for her beauty salon in Zimbabwe.
Daniel, an agricultural entrepreneur in El Salvador, received a loan of $1,000 to buy supplies to grow corn and pay for labour.
Kadiatu’s female farming collective in Sierra Leone received a loan of $2,375 to help them pay for improved seed, organic inputs, and tractor rental. This will allow them to transition from subsistence farming to working a larger area of land with a higher yield.
If you’d like to apply for a new position and help change the life of an entrepreneur in the process with a $25 Kiva credit, browse our current job opportunities in:
To receive alerts about new job opportunities in the industries that are of interest to you, you can also register to have a daily or weekly email with the latest postings sent directly to your inbox, here.
https://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/image-20161114-5069-14pp2q0.jpg575926Kate Siklosihttps://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/ian_martin_pad.pngKate Siklosi2018-12-04 11:13:462018-12-04 11:13:46Be a Gift Giver: Apply for a Job, Change A Life
Is there a job seeker on your holiday shopping list this year? If you’re stumped on what to get them, your search is about to get a whole lot easier. We’ve compiled a list of some favourite thoughtful items that may come in handy during their job search, but that’s not all. Every gift suggestion you’ll find in the list below is made by a company that is, like Ian Martin, a certified B Corporation. That means they’ve been independently audited and meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. B Corps aren’t just in for the bottom line – they see business as a force for good in this world. B Corp companies compete to be the best FOR the world, the people living in it, and the natural environment. Talk about a gift that keeps on giving!
Job Seeker Gift Suggestion #1: A Great Work Bag
For new grads, making the transition from lecture hall to boardroom can be tricky. Help them update their style with a classic bag that means business.
LeDaveed bags are made in Canada with Nixburg Bullskin full-grain German leather, which is durable, waterproof, and uses 80% less water than the average leather to create. This classic briefcase is an investment piece, but they will use it for years to come. The bag was designed based on detailed feedback from 200 on-the-go professionals, resulting in an array of unique features.
Job Seeker Gift Suggestion #2: A Classic and Comfortable Pair of Well-made Shoes
There’s nothing that detracts style points from a new interview outfit faster than a pair of scuffed-up old shoes. Ensure they’re dressed for success from head to toe with a quality pair of shoes.
Our suggestion: Nisolo is a direct-to-consumer shoe company that makes contemporary classics that transition effortlessly from work to play. The James Oxford is a great choice for women and the Luca Chukka Boot is a versatile choice for men. The skilled shoemakers who produce these shoes receive, at a minimum, beyond fair trade wages, healthcare, and a healthy working environment.
Job Seeker Gift Suggestion #3: A High-quality Dress Shirt
A classic white dress shirt is a job interview staple that deserves a space in everyone’s closet, whether they’re currently looking for work or not.
Tuckerman & Co.’s dress shirts are made with 100% GOTS-certified cotton, the gold standard for organic cotton. They also have thoughtful design details like non-toxic canvas interlining to help collars and cuffs keep their shape, real mother of pearl buttons and a slightly raised hem, so shirts looks good whether tucked in or untucked. The Men’s White Twill and Women’s White Twill are both timeless choices.
Job Seeker Gift Suggestion #4: A Caffeine Upgrade
Whether they’re burning the midnight oil perfecting their resume or setting out early in the morning for a job interview, a great cup of coffee will be well appreciated.
Ethical Bean is a Canadian coffee company that has set a goal to compete with the world’s biggest growers and roasters on quality and taste, but only with fair trade, organically grown beans. Their Sample 6 Pack includes enough coffee to make three pots each of both their Lush Medium-Dark Roast and Classic Medium Roast.
Job Seeker Gift Suggestion #5: A Recommended Reading Collection
In case their job search has left them feeling in need of a little inspiration, give them some reading material to remind them that it’s possible to have a great career and make the planet a better place at the same time.
Patagonia’s Business Library is a collection of three books that offers over 40 years of business wisdom, strategies, and practices from a company that was viewing itself as a shareholder of the planet long before it was cool. In Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman, Yvon Chouinard, the founder and owner of Patagonia, offers insight into the persistence and courage that have gone into leading one of the world’s most respected and environmentally responsible companies.Tools for Grassroots Activists captures wisdom and advice from 20 years of the Patagonia Tools Conference, an event Patagonia hosts that brings together inspiring thought leaders. The Responsible Company shares stories from experiences at Patagonia as well as efforts by other companies to illustrate some of the key elements of responsible business for our time.
Did you know that just by submitting your resume to Ian Martin, you too can become a meaningful gift-giver? Every applicant to Ian Martin’s jobs receives $25 to invest in a microloan that helps an entrepreneur who does not have access to traditional banking systems via Kiva.org. It’s just one way jobseekers can join our mission of breaking down barriers to meaningful work. Together, we are changing the way business is done by creating benefit for people and our planet.
If you know of someone that is on a mission to find meaningful work, please encourage them to browse our current job openings and also check out BWork, the world’s largest job board for purpose-driven job seekers.
https://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Holiday_Shopping_events_FotoliaHalfpointL.jpg4611000Kate Siklosihttps://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/ian_martin_pad.pngKate Siklosi2018-11-22 16:51:402018-11-22 16:51:40Delight a Job Seeker (and Support the #BEconomy) with these Black Friday BCorp Picks
While many tech companies tend to opt for a more casual dress code, that doesn’t give candidates permission to adopt Mark Zuckerberg’s signature style of a t-shirt and hoodie for the interview. If you’re unsure about what to wear and worried that formal business attire may be too much, ask your recruiter for their opinion. They can provide you with insider insight into the company’s corporate culture so you stand out – for the right reasons.
The Ghost of Footwear Past
There’s nothing that detracts attention from a great business outfit faster than scuffed and dirty old shoes on your feet. A pair of smart shoes helps send a message that you pay attention to detail, which is something that will be appreciated by any employer. Even if your wardrobe budget can’t cover a brand-new pair of shoes, pick up some polish to give those kicks a new lease on life.
The Count Distract-ula
Before you depart for your interview, take one last look in the mirror to assess the distraction factor of your accessories. Multiple bracelets can create an annoying jingling sound with every gesture. While a Darth Vadar tie might be a great conversation starter at a cocktail party, when you only have a limited window of time to convince the hiring team that you’re a great fit you don’t want to waste precious minutes comparing favourite Star Wars characters. If it’s a sunny day, have a plan for stashing your sunglasses. Perching them on your forehead gives the impression the interview has interrupted your beach vacation.
The Aroma Apparition
A strength overdone can become a weakness and that’s certainly the case when it comes to fragrances from lotions, potions, perfumes, and colognes. A growing number of people suffer from fragrance sensitivities and allergies, which means the wrong scent can send them sneezing, wheezing, breaking out in hives or worse. To ensure you have the undivided attention of your interview panel, go easy on any fragrances on the day of your interview.
Could you use some additional tips from our recruiters to help knock it out of the park at your next job interview? Check out these blog posts from our Recruiters Off the Clock series:
https://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/dogs-in-ghost-halloween-costumes.jpg30625475Sarah Fellhttps://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/ian_martin_pad.pngSarah Fell2018-10-25 14:11:202018-10-25 14:11:20Four Interview Costumes That Will Haunt Your Job Search
There were many reasons Donna Strickland’s recent Nobel Prize win caught the world’s attention. Most news coverage noted that she was the first woman in 55 years and only the third woman ever to win the Nobel Prize in Physics. There was something in addition to Strickland’s gender and her game-changing work with lasers that caught our attention at Ian Martin. Strickland’s unique take on her career is what had us talking at the water cooler. For a company committed to connecting people with meaningful work, this scholar offers some lessons that we love.
Lesson #1: Great things happen when work feels like play
Strickland’s Nobel Prize was actually awarded for research she had conducted over 30 years ago for her very first scientific paper. In an interview conducted minutes after the announcement of her big win, Strickland relied heavily on one word to characterize her work with short-pulse lasers: fun.
“… it was just a fun thing to do, and so I enjoyed putting many hours into it. It is the one time in my life that I worked very, very hard! And … but… you know, it was a fun time in the field of short-pulse lasers, and it was a fun group to be in and… I don’t know, I put in the long hours and it was fun most of the time. Most of the time!”
Work that feels like fun most of the time doesn’t just make the day pass more quickly. Research suggests the act of play is like a fast-forward button for learning. When we’re not playing, it takes over 400 repetitions to create a synapse in the brain, or true learning. By incorporating play into learning, it only takes about 12 repetitions to create a synapse. The act of play engages the creative right-side of the brain and opens our mind to think in new, innovative ways.
The Takeaway: All work with no sense of play can create lengthy detours on the journey toward meaningful work. While ping pong tables and free lunch on Fridays may contribute to a job’s sense of play, finding work that feels like fun when you’re in the trenches is when the real magic happens.
Lesson #2: Sometimes it’s more about what you’re doing than what you’re called
Strickland’s resume includes stints at Canada’s National Research Council, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, and Princeton University. The fact that she has had the same associate professor job title at the University of Waterloo since starting there in the 1990s ruffled a few feathers when news of her Nobel Prize win broke.
When asked by one reporter why she wasn’t a full professor given her impressive resume, Strickland’s response was, “I never applied.”
When asked why she hadn’t applied by another reporter, she said, “To me, it just wasn’t worth the bother.” Not seeking out a higher title allowed Strickland to channel time and energy that she would have had to dedicate to building a case for advancement toward other priorities that mattered more to her.
When asked if she would apply now that she’d won this prestigious prize, she replied, “I’m not sure,” with a laugh.
The Takeaway: Strickland’s candour about her job title serves as a great reminder that an ever-evolving series of job titles isn’t a prerequisite for a meaningful career. It’s a matter of personal priorities. If the descriptor on your business card doesn’t carry a lot of value in your books, you’re wise to spend the time and energy on other pursuits that do.
https://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Bangalore-Group-April-2017-2-happy.jpg36485472Kate Siklosihttps://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/ian_martin_pad.pngKate Siklosi2018-10-04 11:26:282018-10-04 11:26:28Nobel Laureate-worthy Lessons in Meaningful Work
British Columbia’s economy is hot and its unemployment rate certainly reflects that. Thanks to strong performance in industries including oil and gas, technology, tourism, finance and real estate, British Columbia wrapped up August 2018 with the lowest unemployment rate of any Canadian province at just 5.3 per cent.
While this low unemployment rate is certainly something to celebrate, it also means that the labour market is heating up. Does recruiting in a job seeker’s market like BC’s require strategic shifts in approach to come out a winner in the war for top talent? We went straight to the source and asked some of our top recruiters in the province what they’re keeping their eyes on in the BC talent market right now.
#1: Difficult-to-fill Positions
According to a recent report by the BC Chamber of Commerce, two-thirds of BC businesses surveyed are struggling with difficult-to-fill positions, the majority of which are for higher skilled or senior positions. Nearly a quarter of those businesses had dealt with middle or senior manager positions being vacant for over six months.
#2: Desired Skills and Experience
The same report found that 45 per cent of BC businesses surveyed were only occasionally or even infrequently able to recruit candidates with the desired skills and experience over the past year. The two most frequent skills or experience found to be lacking in candidates were job-specific technical skills and relevant on-the-job experience. To deal with this skillset deficit, nearly three-quarters of employers indicated they routinely resort to hiring less-qualified employees and training them on-the-job.
#3: Location of Labour Pool
Another interesting finding in the report was the fact that 80 per cent of the businesses surveyed indicated that they frequently recruit new employees locally. When they look beyond their city, nearly the same number of businesses recruit internationally (4%) as from other areas within Canada (5%). This is interesting given the fact that it is often much easier to place from within the country.
#4: Wage and Benefit Increases
To retain staff, more than half of the businesses surveyed indicated that they were increasing wages (56%) and/or benefits (52%). Interestingly, business located in the Northeast of the province rely on wage increases as a retention strategy more often (75%) than in the Mainland/Southwest region of BC (51%).
Having to pay increased wage and benefits costs isn’t the only negative impact BC’s labour shortage is having on the bottom lines of companies located in the province: over a quarter of the businesses surveyed (27%) reported that they had reduced their total business output or reduced or modified their type of product or service offerings to try to address the labour challenges they were facing.
Partnering with a recruitment firm that specializes in placing technical talent is a sound strategy for helping your company not just survive but thrive through a very competitive labour market like BC’s. By hiring on contract, companies can hire strategically for their projects while attracting highly qualified talent who may not place a priority on long-term employment because they care more about flexibility, autonomy, and having the opportunity to accomplish a significant project that will help build their resume for more exciting initiatives in the future. Working with a recruiting firm like Ian Martin, with locations across the country, also makes it easier to connect with Canadian talent in other provinces who are willing to make the move for the right opportunity.
https://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/IMG_7575.jpg13332000Kate Siklosihttps://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/ian_martin_pad.pngKate Siklosi2018-10-02 16:10:032018-10-08 17:33:29Pacific Coast Priorities: 4 Things on the Radar of Ian Martin’s BC Recruiters
They spend hours rounding up recruits, scoping out search assignments, consulting with their clients, and negotiating job offers. At the end of a long day, they’re ready to dish and we make sure we’re on hand to capture their very best insights to share in our Recruiters Off the Clock blog series.
Does anyone actually check references anymore?
Joanna has worked in technical recruitment for over 15 years. She has been helping candidates find meaningful work in a variety of technology sectors with Ian Martin Group clients since 2008.
Ratheesh has worked in the field of technical recruitment since 2012 and for Ian Martin since 2015. He is passionate about matching talented people with engaging roles to create long-term satisfaction for both company and candidate.
Nadiya has extensive experience as a technical recruiter and has been specifically focused on the engineering, telecom and IT sectors since she joined Ian Martin in 2015.
“Absolutely! Not only do my clients want to see references, some request references from specific companies that appear on the candidate’s resume. Some employers are also asking to see references sooner in the process. Traditionally, collecting references was often one of the last things to occur before an offer, but some employers are requesting reference checks now prior to a second interview. Having a robust set of references is still a very important element of the job search.”
Joanna Mamo, Senior Technical Recruiter
“Social media has made it easier for employers to get a better sense of the backgrounds of candidates, but it’s a mistake to think it has become a replacement for reference checks. Sites like LinkedIn can’t be verified for true authenticity, so employers will take a look, but they may still want to verify that those accolades posted on your profile are consistent with what your actual employers have to say about your past performance. As there is a good chance they’ll be doing a social media search, candidates should be giving any public social media pages a really thorough review regularly. Even if you have privacy settings set up so only friends of friends can see your page, you’d be surprised how connected the world is. Make sure there’s nothing posted on your social media pages that you wouldn’t want a potential employer to see.”
Ratheesh Manivannan, Staffing Specialist
“Not every single employer asks me to call references, but candidates need to be prepared for that. One huge mistake I see candidates make when we do contact references is they give us the name and number of their reference, but forget to give the reference a heads up that we might be calling. It’s not only inconsiderate to the reference, it can really result in subpar comments because the person may not portray the candidate in the best light when they haven’t had time to think about their answer in advance.”
Nadiya Khan, Recruitment Manager
https://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Artboard-2.png5951889Kate Siklosihttps://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/ian_martin_pad.pngKate Siklosi2018-09-25 21:05:012018-09-25 21:10:44Recruiters Off the Clock: Is Checking References Officially Extinct?
Not that long ago, if you’d asked the world’s political and business leaders about the role of happiness in the global economy, you probably would have been told that happiness was a pursuit for birthday parties, not boardrooms. That sentiment has changed drastically in the last decade. In 2011, recognizing that progress shouldn’t be measured by economic growth alone, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution recognizing happiness as a “fundamental human goal” and calling for “a more inclusive, equitable and balanced approach to economic growth that promotes the happiness and well-being of all peoples.”
Each year on March 20th, the United Nations celebrates International Day of Happiness to help raise awareness about the importance of happiness in the lives of people across the world.
A World Happiness Report is released by the United Nations each year on International Day of Happiness and findings from the 2017 report suggest that there is a vital relationship between work and happiness. While having a job has been proven to make people happier, the equation goes beyond that. Happier employees are also more likely to come to work, be more productive, take fewer sick days and are less likely to quit. Talk about a win-win!
While ultimately every person is responsible for their own happiness, research findings in the report point to specific areas that employers can support to create an environment that encourages happiness.
Being able to achieve a healthy balance between commitments at work and home appears to be one of the most important drivers of an individual’s sense of wellbeing. Those with jobs that leave them too tired at the end of their workday to enjoy the non-work side of life report day-to-day happiness levels that are substantially lower. Workers who report that their job interferes with their ability to spend time with loved ones, and employees who feel they must “bring their job home with them,” report lower levels of subjective wellbeing.
The report’s findings suggest that people with jobs that allow them to do different things and learn new things experience more positive emotions on a day-to-day basis. The desire to learn new things on the job seems to be particularly important to millennials, who in a different study ranked training and development as their most valued employee benefit at a whopping 300 per cent higher rating than cash bonuses! Read this blog post for some suggestions to help create a culture of continuous learning and professional development.
An employee’s degree of autonomy at work, including having control over how their workday is organized and the pace at which they work, is another important driver of happiness in the workplace according to the 2017 World Happiness Report. This finding is echoed by some interesting research from the University of Birmingham. The research compiled two years’ worth of data from 20,000 employees and found that the higher level of autonomy a worker experienced, the higher their sense of job satisfaction and wellbeing. The type of autonomy most appreciated tended to differ by gender. Women placed a higher value on autonomy related to scheduling and location flexibility. Men appreciating autonomy more related to task allocation and pace of work.
A Circle of Support
According to the report, the support one receives from his or her co-workers also has an impact on workplace wellbeing and happiness. This finding aligns with research at Harvard that found that students with strong social support, both at school and at home, tended to be happier and better at dealing with stress. Workers with strong relationships with co-workers are also better at remaining engaged and coping with stress.
What does this all mean for recruitment?
As awareness grows about the significance of happiness in our personal and professional lives, it’s important for employers to realize that the days of relying on salary and bonuses to win over employees are long gone. The growing popularity of university courses dedicated to the topic of achieving happiness in life speaks to the priority tomorrow’s job seekers will be placing on achieving it in their careers. Yale University introduced a new course in January 2018 called, Psychology and the Good Life. The course’s goal is to help students figure out what it means to live happier, more satisfying lives, and teach them scientifically-tested strategies to achieve that goal. A quarter of the school’s undergraduate population enrolled, making it the most popular course ever at the university. At Stanford, one in six undergraduates take a course that promises to teach them to apply design thinking to the challenge of creating fulfilling lives and careers.
Action For Happiness has developed 10 Keys to Happier Living that are based on an extensive study of the latest findings from the science of wellbeing. While these keys weren’t developed specifically for the workplace, reviewing them and finding examples of ways they are demonstrated within your organization can assist in creating talking points that illustrate your company’s commitment to promoting happiness in the workplace with potential employees.
Key #1: Giving – In what ways does your workplace help others? Corporate donations, workplace fundraising for charities and volunteer programs are great examples.
Key #2: Relating – How does your organization strengthen relationships and build networks between employees? Are there corporate retreats, teambuilding events, or meetings that encourage open conversation between employees that you can speak to?
Key #3: Exercise – What things does your company do to encourage employees to be more active each day? This doesn’t have to mean investing in an onsite gym or subsidized gym memberships. Simple things like having bike racks for employees who want to cycle to work or helping clean up nearby walking trails send a message that you support employees having an active lifestyle.
Key #4: Awareness – Does your workplace do anything to promote employee mindfulness? Offering a lunchtime meditation class or even a dedicated quiet space that employees can retreat to when they need some time to collect their thoughts are great examples of how the workplace can support employee mindfulness.
Key #5: Trying Out – What channels does your company have in place to encourage employees to try different things and learn new skills? In addition to formal training and educational assistance, this could be things like casual “Lunch and Learn” sessions or encouraging the use of free online learning tools.
Key #6: Direction – How does your company assist employees to set challenging, yet achievable goals of their own and also ensure they understand their role in helping the company achieve its larger goals? Is this something that has been formalized in your performance review process?
Key #7: Resilience – All employees will be faced with stressful situations at some point. Does your company offer tools or services to help them cope with and bounce back from adversity? Mentoring programs as well as coaching or therapy offered through a company benefits program are potential supports you can showcase.
Key #8: Emotions – What processes does your company have in place to encourage the cultivation of positive emotions like joy, gratitude, contentment, inspiration, and pride at work? Things like recognition programs and sharing employee stories through internal communication channels are great examples.
Key #9: Acceptance – Does your company make an effort to promote conversations that help employees accept themselves and their colleagues as they are? Perhaps there are community initiatives that your company supports that are helping youth to accept themselves as well.
Key #10: Meaning – Is there a connection between the work that you ask employees do each day and a greater sense of meaning and purpose in their lives? Initiatives like workplace volunteer and mentoring programs can help provide a sense of meaning at work, especially for employees that may lack a direct line to a sense of something larger in their everyday roles.
How can we help?
Ian Martin’s Hiring Consultants gather insights every day from our candidates about the organizational values that are of particular importance them. If you’d like some suggestions as to how your company can illustrate its commitment to employee happiness and wellbeing in a more effective way, contact us today for a complimentary assessment of a recent job posting.
https://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Group-Selfie2.jpg13332000Kate Siklosihttps://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/ian_martin_pad.pngKate Siklosi2018-08-16 18:59:092018-08-16 18:59:09Happiness at Work Benefits the Brain AND the Bottom Line
They spend hours rounding up recruits, scoping out search assignments, consulting with their clients, and negotiating job offers. At the end of a long day, they’re ready to dish and we make sure we’re on hand to capture their very best insights to share in our Recruiters Off the Clock blog series.
What are the biggest resume mistakes you’ve been seeing lately?
Eddie works in Hiring Success with Ian Martin Group’s partner company, Ftzii. Fitzii is an all-in-one hiring solution for small to medium businesses that offers access to expert hiring advisors with smart recruitment tools and software to help companies hire better, faster, and more affordably.
Sriram has worked in technical recruiting since 2011 and has been helping skilledcandidates find meaningful work with Ian Martin’s engineering, IT, and telecom clients since 2016.
Abhishek’s post-secondary education in human resources laid the foundation for his successful career in IT and technical staffing and recruitment. He has been part of the Ian Martin team since 2016.
With a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering, Afrin brings a wealth of relevant knowledge and experience to her role as IT Recruiter with Ian Martin.
“Showcasing your skills and experience is important, but I’m seeing more and more resumes lately where people just don’t know when to stop. You’ve got to be able to tell your story in clear, concise way and that’s just not happening with a five-page resume. Tailor your resume in a way that really showcases the specific skills and experience you have that match the skills and experience outlined in the job ad. That editing might take a bit of extra time and effort, but it’s worth every second.”
Eddie Lartey, Fitzii Hiring Advisor
“With a lot of the web-based systems that manage applications, submitting a cover letter comes across as an optional thing to do, but that doesn’t mean you don’t need to do it. It shows you’ve put some time and thought into your application and it gives you a great opportunity to get really specific about how your skills and qualifications make you a great fit for the position. If the system only allows you to attach one document, make a PDF that includes a cover letter that is followed by your resume.”
Sriram Murthy, Ian Martin Recruitment Manager
“Even at work, more and more people are accessing their email on their mobile devices. That means your resume should be mobile friendly and we’re seeing many that aren’t. Take the time to open a PDF of your resume on your phone or tablet and see how it looks. Make sure it’s easy to read on any size of screen.”
Abhishek Sahay, Ian Martin Recruiter
“Career objectives or impact statements that don’t make an impact are really just a waste of space. Including a generic statement like, ‘I want to work for a company that reflects my goals and values,’ says so little about you that it’s probably better not to include it at all and dedicate that space to your relevant skills and experience instead. If you’re going to include an impact statement, you need it to really capture why you are an ideal candidate to work for that company or in that industry.”
Afrin Kammarched, Ian Martin IT Recruiter
Are you a technical professional? Make no mistakes with this new way to resume that’s getting professionals like you on the fast track to the hiring table.
https://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Woman-showing-a-report-to-coworker.jpeg38405760Kate Siklosihttps://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/ian_martin_pad.pngKate Siklosi2018-07-26 17:43:022018-07-26 17:43:20Recruiters Off the Clock: The Most Common Resume Mistakes
They spend hours rounding up recruits, scoping out search assignments, consulting with their clients, and negotiating job offers. At the end of a long day, they’re ready to dish and we make sure we’re on hand to capture their very best insights to share in our Recruiters Off the Clock blog series.
What words or phrases should job seekers avoid using in their resumes?
Vera is a Senior IT Recruiter who has been delivering complete IT staffing solutions to Ian Martin’s public and private sector clients in the Greater Toronto Area since 2007. She has worked in the field of recruitment since 2005.
Farhaz is a Technical Recruiter with Ian Martin. Having held previous positions in e-commerce, customer service and IT support, Farhaz has a strong understanding of the roles and responsibilities associated with the positions for which he now recruits.
With both a Bachelor of Technology in Electronics and Communications Engineering and an MBA with a Human Resources Management focus, Godlin has known that the field of technical recruitment was for her since the moment she graduated. As an Ian Martin Staffing Specialist, she helps skilled candidates build authentic connections around meaningful work.
Sarah has been a technical recruiter specializing in placing permanent employees within Engineering and Executive type positions since 2012. A counselor by trade, she prides herself on taking a consultative approach to the entire recruitment process.
“Participated. Using words and phrases like “participated in,” “was involved with,” or even “was part of a team,” can create confusion about the level of the candidate’s actual involvement with a project. It makes it hard to tell if they were a key player, or just someone on the sidelines who observed the project. Instead, use powerful action words like performed, acted, solved, analyzed, led, executed, implemented or played a key role.”
Vera Tarutayeva, Senior IT Recruiter
“Hobbies. Don’t waste valuable resume space including a list of things you like to do in your spare time unless they’re directly related to the job. If you volunteer teaching kids how to code and it’s a coding position that you’re applying for, that’s a great thing to highlight. Your passion for playing the bagpipes isn’t going to set you apart from the other candidates applying for the position though.”
Farhaz Pasha, Technical Recruiter
“The same word used 18 times. Using the same word or words over and over again can send a message that you’re not very creative or haven’t put a lot of effort into your resume. That’s not a great first impression. If you think you may have relied on a certain word a little too heavily, use the Find and Replace function to count how often it appears and then challenge yourself to come up with an alternative for at least half of them.”
Godlin Horo, Staffing Specialist
Tip: According to LinkedIn, the most overused words in LinkedIn profiles in 2016 were specialized, leadership, passionate, strategic, experienced, focused, expert, certified, creative, and excellent. Watch for overuse of these words in your resume.
“Birth date. Some things are better left unsaid and that’s certainly the case when it comes to your age. Even if you think having several years of experience is a benefit that can give you an edge over other candidates, hiring managers don’t want to have any information that could be perceived as creating an age-based bias. Instead, showcase your experience by including really strong descriptions of the jobs you’ve had and the projects you’ve overseen.”
Sarah Fell, Senior Technical Recruiter
Wondering what else you should avoid in your resume? Read this blog post for on how to edit your resume and put your best foot forward.
https://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Top-5-Resume-Tips-to-Get-Noticed-by-Employers.jpg7971200Kate Siklosihttps://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/ian_martin_pad.pngKate Siklosi2018-07-23 20:01:082018-07-24 14:36:38Recruiters Off the Clock: 4 Things to Eliminate from Your Resume Right Now
They spend hours rounding up recruits, scoping out search assignments, consulting with their clients, and negotiating job offers. At the end of a long day, they’re ready to dish and we make sure we’re on hand to capture their very best insights to share in our Recruiters Off the Clock blog series.
What’s the one question candidates should ask at the end of their interview if they want to make a good impression?
Having worked in recruiting since 1995, Stephenhas extensive experience in connecting great candidates with great companies. Stephen has been with Ian Martin Group since 2012 and in his current role as Senior Recruiter helps job seekers find meaningful work with our IT clients.
With a wide range of experience in the staffing industry in both Canada and the U.S., Jebas is constantly on the lookout for opportunities to connect companies seeking new talent with brilliant minds seeking to change to the world.
“That moment at the end of the interview when you’re asked, ‘Are there any other questions you have?’ is such a golden opportunity. If you answer with a no, then you’ve wasted an extra chance to make sure the hiring manager has all the information needed to help rank you against the other candidates. A different way to end your interview could be, ‘Is there any other information I can provide about myself to help you make your decision?’”
Stephen Carrette, Senior Technical Recruiter
“I think it’s really important to leave the interview team with a strong sense that you’re excited about the position. When they ask if you have any questions, combine a personal strengths statement with a question about next steps, like: ‘This sounds like a really great fit for me because it would take advantage of my (brief reminder or the key skills you have that match those outlined in the job description). What are the next steps in the interview process?’”
Jebas Christadoss, Senior Technical Recruiter
Read our blog post on what hiring managers are really looking for during an interview for more tips on how to make a great impression during your next interview.
https://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/smiling-business-man-hold-folder-interview-white-brick-wall-background-light.jpg25983897Kate Siklosihttps://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/ian_martin_pad.pngKate Siklosi2018-06-18 08:11:222018-06-18 20:55:43Recruiters Off the Clock: The One Question Every Candidate Should Ask at the End of Their Interview
If the promise of a fresh new year has left you feeling eager to improve, even small changes to your recruiting strategy have the potential to make a huge impact. Here are four simple recruitment resolutions that can help you secure better talent and improve your company’s bottom line in the year ahead.
Assess Your Internal Brand
As competition for today’s best technical talent heats up, convincing potential candidates that your company is a great place to work from the get-go is key. If you’re relying too strongly on consumer marketing messaging or the nuts and bolts of specific job benefits to communicate the advantages of working with your organization, you could be missing the mark.
If you’re not engaging existing employees in your company’s recruitment efforts, you’re ignoring one of the most effective and efficient ways to discover and secure new technical talent. If you’re still not convinced, take a look at some of the research:
According to findings from Stanford, employees hired through personal referrals have higher productivity, lower turnover, and lower screening costs.
Another study by researchers from Berkeley and Yale found that referred workers are 10-30% less likely to quit and have substantially higher performance on rare high-impact metrics.
If a formal, incentivized employee referral program isn’t in the cards for 2018, consider implementing some smaller changes that will equip employees to be better ambassadors for your recruiting efforts. Start with something simple, like sharing new job postings more widely internally and making it easy for employees to pass along job opportunities to their social media networks.
Leverage KPIs to Find Opportunities for Improvement
Taking a critical look at recruitment data can help reveal valuable insights that will inspire action that is tailored to your unique situation. Tracking cost-per-hire, for example, can help determine if your recruitment efforts are getting more or less efficient over time. Measuring time-to-fill can help assess if the time being invested in things like managing job postings, pre-screening candidates, and checking references is paying off. Staying on top of retention rates can help identify specific positions that may be proving harder to keep filled.
Read our Hiring Metrics Checkup as a first step. In addition to defining some of the key metrics you should be tracking, it also describes how to best measure them.
Enhance Your Passive Candidate Recruitment Strategy
Limiting your recruitment strategy to only those candidates who are currently actively scanning job boards means you may be opting for a subpar pool of talent. Many of the best candidates are not only employed, they may be quite happy in their current position and not even considering looking for a new opportunity. The best real estate agents knock on doors to find homes that aren’t currently listed for sale on their client’s dream street. Recruiters take that same approach to find excellent candidates who may not be actively looking for new work, but might be intrigued by the right opportunity with a great company.
With six decades of experience as one of Canada’s leading technical recruitment firms, Ian Martin has built an extensive database of talent. In addition to the personal networks they’ve built during their tenure as recruiters, with just a few keystrokes Ian Martin’s recruitment staff can tap into a crowdsourced network of talent that’s been built by a collection of their peers from across the globe.
https://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/b-corp2017-3.jpg36485472Scott Russell Dempsterhttps://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/ian_martin_pad.pngScott Russell Dempster2018-01-05 09:39:392018-01-18 13:27:334 Recruitment Resolutions for 2018
If you’re not hearing from the type of candidates you were hoping for in your technical talent search, it may be time to cast a wider net. As the battle for technical talent continues to heat up, it’s no longer enough to just post an ad to an online job board, share it on LinkedIn and cross your fingers. Here are some additional channels to consider incorporating into your recruitment strategy.
Slack is a cloud-based team messaging and collaboration app that was initially developed as an alternative to email to help companies communicate more efficiently. It’s been so well received that there are now Slack public communities that have been created to allow people with common interests to communicate. Third party websites like slack list, Standuply and Slofile compile lists of public Slack communities to help people looking to connect with others with similar interests. These communities can be a great way to make connections with technical talent. The Ruby on Rails community, for example, has over 6000 people interested in Ruby on Rails from all over the world, including avid OSS contributors, full-stack engineers, founders of start-ups, backend engineers and students learning Ruby on Rails. Within each community, various topics are organized into subject-based channels.
Top Tip: Watch your manners. When you join a Slack community, take some time to get to know the culture of the community before you start to post and tailor what you write accordingly. When you have a good feel for the community, ensure you are posting on the most appropriate channel.
Meetup is a social networking site that connects people with similar interests and helps them organize offline group meetings. As Meetups happen in physical locations, it is very easy to search by location if you are looking for talent in a specific city. There is a great collection of technical groups. By searching Ruby On Rails, for example, within 100 miles of Toronto, you’ll find Meetup groups of Ruby developers and enthusiasts in Toronto, Kitchener and Waterloo. In addition to being able to see upcoming events, such as a Rail Pub Night, you can also search profiles of people within each group.
Top Tip: Be open and honest about who you are. As this is very much a social platform, members may not be expecting to interact with recruiters or potential employers. Review Meetup’s Usage and Content Policies as a first step before you begin to join groups.
Engage Employees as Evangelists
Employee referral programs are one of the most effective and efficient methods of recruiting technical talent. In addition to coming with a built-in reference, research shows that candidates who have been referred by employees tend to stay longer and be more productive. Equip your employees with the tools they need to communicate within their networks about open positions at your company.
Top Tip: Even if your organization doesn’t have an incentivized referral program in place, look for simple things you can do to engage more employees in your company’s recruitment efforts.
Ensure new job postings are shared internally with employees in a way that makes it easy for them to pass on the posting to people in their networks.
When employees speak at conferences or trade shows, include a slide at the end of their presentation with a call to action to those in audience to speak to them about employment opportunities with your company.
Connect with Passive Candidates
Your technical talent search shouldn’t be limited to only people who are currently looking for work. Partnering with a recruitment firm that specializes in technical positions gives your company access to a deeper network of talent that includes experienced candidates who may not even be looking at job postings. Getting a call from a recruiter they respect about a new opportunity can often make candidates realize it might be time for them to consider making a change.
https://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/IMG_1285.jpg10941920Ratheesh Manivannanhttps://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/ian_martin_pad.pngRatheesh Manivannan2017-12-17 08:30:132017-12-01 07:38:41Shake the Trees: 4 Ways to Take Your Tech Talent Search Beyond the Job Board
Information technology is an in-demand and exciting field. There are plenty of career opportunities, and you may not know where to start. Lists of in-demand IT jobs can help you discover jobs that could suit your interests.
To get started, check out these seven meaningful IT careers.
1. Software Developer
Software developers are the people responsible for creating computer programs. They may develop the systems that let programs run or they may develop applications. If necessary, they make changes to their software based on feedback from testers. After the software has been released to the public, software developers could have to perform necessary maintenance or upgrades.
At some companies, software developers write their own code. At others, they work closely with computer programmers who write the code for the programs.
2. Java Developer
Java developers write programs using the Java programming language. Java is a popular programming language that’s suitable for almost any programming task. As a Java developer, you could program anything from an online game to a business application. This means you can pursue a variety of projects in your career.
If you’re the type of person who gets bored easily, the flexibility of Java could make it possible for you to work on varying projects.
3. Mobile Developer
Mobile developers are software developers who specialize in building apps for mobile devices. They create apps for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone devices. Each of these types of devices has its own programming language, so mobile developers may choose to specialize in one device.
There’s significant demand for mobile apps, and many types of companies need them. As a mobile developer, you could create shopping apps, banking apps, or entertainment apps. You could also work on mobile games. This variety can help make your work more meaningful and fun.
4. Web Developer
When you view a great website, a talented web developer is behind it. Web developers are in charge of creating visually appealing and functional websites. They need to design the layout and function of the site based on their employers’ specifications.
5. Network Administrator
These days, most organizations rely on computer networks. These networks need to function as expected. Network administrators are responsible for the day-to-day operation of organizations’ computer networks.
They make any necessary upgrades or repairs to ensure the network keeps working as expected. They also maintain the security of the network.
6. Network Engineer
Network engineers design and construct computer networks for organizations. They’re responsible for designing both wired and wireless networks. For wired networks, they need to set up all the physical equipment, like routers and cables. For wireless networks, they need to set up communication antennas in the right places to provide enough coverage.
Network administrators then take over the day-to-day maintenance of the networks.
7. QA Engineer
Software development is a complicated process, and someone needs to oversee it. That’s the job of QA engineers. As a QA engineer, you’ll create test plans and testing strategies for your team of testers. You’ll find bugs in the software that were overlooked by the developers. This is one of the best IT careers for people who are very detail-oriented.
If you’re looking for meaningful IT careers, start with one of the seven on this list. Start browsing job listings for IT positions, and you could have your new dream job before you know it.
https://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/man-red-hair-beard-at-computer-take-off-glasses-smile-look-sideways-sm.jpeg577866Ratheesh Manivannanhttps://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/ian_martin_pad.pngRatheesh Manivannan2017-10-16 14:03:322017-10-11 19:06:54Looking for Meaningful Work? Consider These 7 IT Careers
As a technical recruiter, I see about 20-30 resumés per week. Usually I scan them for 10-15 seconds, look for the important qualifications and relevant projects, and then decide to archive it or forward it to a current job opportunity.
https://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/shaking-hands-across-table.jpg17184065Puneet Jairathhttps://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/ian_martin_pad.pngPuneet Jairath2017-10-06 12:00:002017-10-17 19:11:36Why your current resume isn’t going to get you hired (but this one will!)
If you’re interested in an engineering career, you may be wondering if engineering jobs are in demand. You’ll be happy to hear the answer is yes. People who choose to pursue careers in engineering can look forward to good job prospects.
Some types of engineering jobs offer more opportunities in the current climate, so you may want to consider an in-demand specialization. In certain specializations, there will be more job openings than job seekers in the coming years. Here are some of the most in-demand engineering jobs in Canada.
Aerospace engineers design aircraft and spacecraft. They may even design systems for national defense or missiles. Once they’ve designed these products, they’re involved with the manufacturing and testing process. They ensure their products are safe and will work as expected.
The outlook for aerospace engineers is very good. Canadian Business ranked this job as number 14 on its list of the top jobs in Canada. Five-year wage growth for aerospace engineers is 38.85 percent and five-year employee growth is 9.1 percent, according to Canadian Business. By 2022, there’s projected to be more than one job opening for every job seeker, so there will be plenty of opportunity.
To pursue this path, you can study either aeronautical or astronautical engineering.
Petroleum & Chemical Process Engineer
Petroleum and chemical process engineers are also in high demand. Petroleum engineers are responsible for overseeing drilling operations and studying new drilling sites. Chemical engineers create the processes companies use to turn raw oil and gas into sellable products.
The outlook for these types of engineers is also very good. Five-year wage growth is 14.39 percent in this sector. By 2022, there’s projected to be a lot of demand for these engineers.
Electronic equipment is a major part of modern life, and as an electronics engineer, you’ll be in charge of designing and developing it. Telecommunications equipment is designed by electronics engineers, as is data communications equipment, like computers and tablets. Electronics engineers could even be involved with exciting projects like communications and navigation systems for national defense.
Electronics engineering has seen five-year wage growth of 7.61 percent, with five-year employee growth of -0.6 percent. Demand for these engineers is projected to be high in the future. Aspiring electronics engineers can study electrical engineering, electronics engineering, or a related engineering discipline to get started.
Modern manufacturing demands efficiency, and industrial engineers make that happen. They’re in charge of designing factory layouts for peak efficiency. By conducting studies, they determine the best ways for factories to use equipment, employees, and procedures. Industrial engineers could determine the most efficient ways to move products around a factory or to pay factory workers. This is a great job for people who like discovering the fastest, most efficient ways to perform tasks.
Five-year wage growth for industrial engineers is at 1.74 percent. However, five-year employee growth has been high at 16.7 percent. This hiring spree is projected to continue, and demand should be high in the coming years. Studying industrial engineering, manufacturing engineering, or a related specialization is the way to get started in this career.
Engineering is a solid career choice, no matter which specialization you choose to pursue. By choosing one of these in-demand engineering jobs, you can set yourself up for a successful career in the future. To find your dream engineering job, keep an eye on engineering job opportunities.
https://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/worker-engineer-industrial-factory-talking.jpeg37175575Jennifer Mielkehttps://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/ian_martin_pad.pngJennifer Mielke2017-10-05 13:53:292018-01-29 19:58:38Are Engineering Jobs in Demand?
Have you always been interested in planes and spaceships? A career as an aerospace engineer may be the perfect choice for you. These engineers are responsible for designing various aircrafts and spacecrafts. They also design missiles and satellites. They test their designs for proper function and safety.
The median salary for aerospace engineers is $89,003, according to Canadian Business. Since there are more job openings than applicants, there’s plenty of opportunity in this field.
If you want to get in on this opportunity, consider becoming a petroleum and chemical process engineer. These engineers play a big role in the petroleum industry. They conduct studies for new oil fields and could even develop new equipment. They develop the processes that turn raw materials into sellable products.
The median salary for these engineers is $104,000.
3. Electronics Engineer
Electronics are a big part of modern life, and as an electronics engineer, you can play a role in creating them. These engineers develop broadcast and communication systems and other electronic equipment. For example, you could develop new music players or other electronics.
Engineers with this specialization earn a median salary of $85,009, reports Canadian Business. Plus, there’s more than one job per applicant in this specialization, so you’ll have plenty of options. If you monitor current job opportunities in this field, you could find a position in no time.
4. Civil Engineer
Civil engineers are responsible for designing construction projects in the public and private sectors. They work on everything from tunnels to dams to sewage treatment facilities.
As a civil engineer, you’ll need to consider factors like environmental hazards and government regulations when you’re designing projects. Civil engineers earn a median salary of $80,080.
5. Industrial Engineer
Do you dislike waste and inefficiency? Those are great qualities for industrial engineers. These engineers are responsible for figuring out ways to make production processes more efficient. For example, they could evaluate job performance and determine how workers can complete their tasks the most efficiently. They could also determine more efficient ways to move heavy parts.
In this exciting career, engineers earn a median salary of $74,006.
6. Mechanical Engineer
If you’re not quite sure what type of engineering is best for you, consider mechanical engineering. This is a broad engineering discipline, so you can have the opportunity to pursue varied tasks. These tasks could include designing, developing, and testing any number of devices. You could work on tools, machines, engines, sensors, or other projects.
Mechanical engineers earn a median salary of $79,996 per year.
https://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/engineer-and-apprentice-working-on-machine-technical-two.jpg39115867Ratheesh Manivannanhttps://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/ian_martin_pad.pngRatheesh Manivannan2017-10-04 14:48:112017-10-04 14:48:11Have You Considered These 6 Careers in Engineering?
Do you own an incorporated business that provides consulting services? If you could be regarded as an employee of your clients, you run the risk of being called a personal services business. A personal services business is a characterization from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) that you definitely don’t want.
If you’re characterized as a personal services business, you’ll lose out on the many benefits of owning a corporation. You can’t write off any of your expenses, since you’re an incorporated employee, not self-employed. Personal services businesses can’t claim the small business deduction, and they won’t be taxed at the small business rate. In Ontario, personal services businesses are taxed at a rate of 39.25 percent. When you take money out of the corporation, you’ll be taxed at a rate approaching 58 percent.
A major aspect of personal services business risk is the potential tax bill. If the CRA audits your corporation and decides you own a personal services business, you could have to pay years of back taxes, and your expenses could be disallowed.
Being characterized as a personal services business is a big problem, so you’re probably wondering if this could happen to you. How can you determine your personal services business risk? The best way to find out is to talk to your lawyer to evaluate your situation. If you’re curious, you may want to learn more about this risk before your appointment with your lawyer.
Here are five ways to determine your personal services business risk.
1. The Four-Fold Test
The Canada Revenue Agency uses a four-fold test to determine if you have an employer-employee-like relationship or a business relationship. If it determines you have an employer-employee-like relationship, you could be characterized as a personal services business. If it determines you have a business relationship, you may be able to continue operating as a corporation.
The first test is the control test. The CRA looks at how much control you have over the work you perform for your clients. This can be a challenging evaluation for people in highly skilled occupations, like IT or engineering. You may not need much direction from your clients due to your skill level, but they could still have control over your work.
For example, if your clients tell you what work should be done, tell you how to do it, and provide training, you may be an employee. On the other hand, if you can work independently, control how you perform the work, and turn down work at your discretion, you may have a business relationship.
The second test is the ownership test. If your clients provide most of the tools you need and retain the right to those tools, you may be an employee. If you bring your own tools and have made a substantial investment in those tools, you may have a business relationship.
The third test is the risk/opportunity test. Generally, employees don’t have to take any financial risk at their jobs. They aren’t responsible for any operating expenses, and if they pay for something, their employers will reimburse them. They’re guaranteed a wage for the work they perform. Self-employed people are responsible for operating expenses and aren’t guaranteed a wage. If they don’t fulfill the terms of their clients’ contracts, they have the risk of losing money.
The final test is the integration test. If the work you’re doing for a client is an integral part of the business, you may be an employee. If the work you’re doing is less integrated with clients’ businesses, you may be self-employed.
These tests can be complicated, and the CRA looks at all four tests to determine whether you’re an employee or a self-employed individual.
2. Number of Employees
The number of employees your corporation employs is another thing the CRA considers when it’s classifying your business. If you’re the only employee, you may run the risk of being classified as a personal services business. If you have more than five full-time employees throughout the year, you won’t be considered a personal services business.
However, if you’re running a small operation, you may not be able to afford to keep five people on staff all year. Having any employees at all can help your case, and the CRA will consider how many people you employ. If you’re a solo operation, never fear. Fortunately, the CRA looks at other factors, too.
3. Number of Clients
Are you only working for one client right now? That’s a very risky situation. Since you’re doing all of your work for one client, you could be seen as an employee. If a third party might think you were an employee of your client, the CRA could think the same thing.
The more clients you have, the better. If you’re serving numerous clients—either concurrently or simultaneously—you’re less likely to be seen as an employee. If you only have one client, take steps to reduce your personal services business risk by branching out and getting more clients.
4. Business Paperwork
The paperwork sent between you and your clients is another thing to consider when you’re evaluating your personal services business risk. To ensure you have a business-like relationship, the services you’ll be performing should be supported by a written contract. This contract should lay out the specifics of the business relationship between you and your client. To make sure your contracts have the right elements, consult with a lawyer who specializes in personal services businesses.
Your invoices are another aspect of paperwork the CRA may consider. Employees don’t need to send invoices to get paid; they receive payments automatically on a regular schedule. If your clients pay you automatically, without you needing to submit an invoice, the CRA could think you’re an employee. You should always invoice your clients, either monthly or by the project. Use your own invoices instead of using invoices your client provides.
5. Professional Image and Business Presence
Another way to determine your personal services business risk is to look at your professional image and business presence. The CRA appeal division has confirmed that the establishment of a business presence is the most important factor for a personal services business determination.
There are many factors that contribute to your business presence. A presence on the internet, like an internet domain name and corporate email service, is one factor. Advertising your services online or in places like newspapers or magazines is another factor. Employees usually get jobs by sending in applications or resumes, not by advertising their services. If you’re advertising your business’s services, you’re more likely to be seen as a business.
A separation between you and your business is another part of your business presence. For example, this includes having a separate bank account, telephone line, or fax line for your business. If you use your personal bank account and personal phone number for your business, the CRA may decide you’re an employee. If you haven’t already done so, create separate accounts for your business’s needs.
Your business registration is another part of your business presence. If you have a business licence, have registered a business name, or have registered to collect harmonized sales tax (HST), you may have a business presence.
Want to save or share this information as a PDF?
https://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/520Ways20to20Determine20Your20Personal20Services20Business20Risk-.jpg8001200Kate Siklosihttps://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/ian_martin_pad.pngKate Siklosi2017-08-02 12:00:002017-10-04 17:34:055 Ways to Determine Your Personal Services Business Risk
Are you interested in a career in engineering? This field is in high demand in Canada, so there are plenty of job opportunities. Engineering is a broad field, and there are many different types of engineers.
Learning about engineering job opportunities can help you decide which type of engineering is most interesting to you. Here are seven engineering job opportunities in Canada to consider.
1. Aerospace Engineer
Aerospace engineers design aircraft, satellites, missiles, and even spacecraft. While few of the big aerospace manufacturers are in Canada, there are plenty of aerospace engineering job opportunities in Canada.
There’s an extensive supply chain to provide parts for the big manufacturers. That means there are many small companies in Canada that need aerospace engineers. Aerospace engineering is ranked one of the best jobs in Canada by Canadian Business. Aerospace engineers earn a median salary of $89,003 a year.
2. Mechanical Engineer
Mechanical engineering is a broad sector. As a mechanical engineer, you’ll get to develop, build, and test a variety of mechanical devices. These devices include tools, engines, and machines. Mechanical engineers can work in almost any engineering industry, so there are many mechanical engineering job opportunities in Canada. These engineers can work in industries as diverse as biotechnology, construction, or energy. Mechanical engineers bring home a median salary of $79,996 a year.
3. Petroleum Engineer
Are you interested in the oil and gas industry? You may be interested in petroleum engineering job opportunities in Canada. Petroleum engineers develop new ways for oil companies to extract oil and gas from the Earth. While the recent oil downturn was hard on petroleum engineers, this field still made Canadian Business’s list of the top 100 jobs in Canada. As a petroleum engineer, you could earn a median salary of $104,000 a year.
4. Software Engineer
If you love computers, consider becoming a software engineer. This is one of the most sought-after careers in engineering. Software engineers are responsible for writing, editing, and testing computer programs. They ensure the programs they create continue to function properly through ongoing maintenance.
Since nearly every modern business needs computers, software engineers’ skills are in demand. These engineers earn a median salary of $90,001 a year.
5. Electrical Engineer
If you’ve always been fascinated by the power of electricity, a career as an electrical engineer may be right up your alley. Electrical engineers design, develop, and test electrical equipment.
Since much of today’s technology uses electricity, these engineers have essential expertise and can work on many interesting projects. Everything from satellites to computers to wireless networks requires the knowledge of electrical engineers. These engineers earn a median salary of $64,480 a year.
6. Chemical Engineer
Chemical engineers use chemistry to solve problems. These problems can involve the production and use of a wide variety of products, ranging from food to drugs to fuel. For example, they could develop safety procedures that will be used by people working with dangerous chemicals. Chemical engineers can specialize further and focus on fields like nanomaterials or oxidation. With their specialized skills, they earn a median salary of $85,009 a year.
7. Civil Engineer
Have you always been interested in bridges, dams, and other feats of engineering? As a civil engineer, you can design and build these types of infrastructure projects. Civil engineers are also involved with operating and maintaining these structures. They have to study how environmental factors, like the weather, will affect their structures. They also have to make sure the structures meet safety standards. For their efforts, they earn a median salary of $80,080 a year.
https://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Do20You20Know20about20These20720Engineering20Job20Opportunities20in20Canada-.jpg8001200Sarah Fellhttps://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/ian_martin_pad.pngSarah Fell2017-07-31 11:12:032017-10-04 17:36:51Do You Know about These 7 Engineering Job Opportunities in Canada?
Are you looking for work in the engineering field? Engineering is an in-demand field, so talented engineers can have their pick of employers. You can look for exciting opportunities that enable you to work on meaningful projects.
To find these opportunities, don’t be afraid to branch out and look for work in areas you haven’t considered before. One opportunity you may not have considered is working in the automotive infotainment market.
What’s Automotive Infotainment?
New engineering graduates may have never heard of automotive infotainment before. Infotainment is a blend of two words: information and entertainment. Automotive infotainment systems are the vehicle systems that deliver information to passengers or entertain them.
Every car’s infotainment system is a bit different, so engineers can work on varied projects. These systems have some common features, though. Passengers can make phone calls, use GPS to navigate, or play audio content. They can deliver rear-seat entertainment, like movies or games. Some infotainment systems even connect to passengers’ mobile phones and can provide internet-enabled features like traffic conditions.
Engineers working in this industry can work to improve infotainment systems’ current features. For example, they can make the systems more user friendly or fix bugs in the systems. Or, they can help innovate brand-new features.
Currently, engineers are developing programs like pupil-based driver monitoring systems or navigation systems with holographic technology. If you’re interested in developing these types of interesting features, you may love a career in automotive infotainment.
Growth of Automotive Infotainment
The in-vehicle infotainment market is large, and it continues to grow. By 2021, the global market is projected to be worth $56.7 billion. That represents a compound annual growth rate of 8.4 percent from 2016 to 2021.
Significant growth is good news for engineers who are thinking about entering the in-vehicle infotainment market. It means the field has plenty of opportunities for new engineers. Both automakers and their suppliers will need many talented employees to keep up with growing demand.
If you’re interested in working in the industry, you may be wondering if you have the right background. The good news is that there are many different technologies in infotainment systems, so teams are multidisciplinary. Engineers from different backgrounds can make contributions to infotainment teams.
A background in either electrical or mechanical engineering can set you up for success in this market. Computer engineering, software engineering, or computer science backgrounds are also assets. Like other engineering fields, you’ll need at least a bachelor’s degree.
Finding Work in Automotive Infotainment
There are many ways to get started in the in-vehicle infotainment market. To get started, you could check online job boards. Most car companies have their own online job boards, so check the boards of any companies you’re interested in. Don’t just think about car companies, though. Their suppliers also need to hire engineers. These suppliers include major companies like Panasonic, Pioneer, or Harman International.
Job boards aren’t the only way to find work as an engineer. Networking is another great strategy. Get in touch with your old classmates from university and let them know you’re looking to get into the in-vehicle infotainment market. You could also go to events held by the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers. Events are held often in major cities, and you could meet engineers working in the infotainment market.
If you need more help finding employment, consider working with a technical recruiter. Industry-specific recruiting firms have experience placing engineers and could help you break into infotainment. By working with a recruiter, you could find out about jobs that aren’t advertised on job boards. These positions can help you get the experience you need for a fulfilling career in the industry.
https://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Have20You20Considered20Working20in20the20Automotive20Infotainment20Market-.jpg8001200Jebas Christadosshttps://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/ian_martin_pad.pngJebas Christadoss2017-07-28 12:00:002017-10-04 17:38:54Have You Considered Working in the Automotive Infotainment Market?
Before you apply to any more jobs, take the time to read resume tips and strengthen your resume. Here are some resume tips to improve your chances.
Get Rid of Your Objective
In the past, one of the resume tips was to include an objective statement at the top. These statements are now outdated, and don’t do much to get you hired. The purpose of your resume is to sell your candidacy and get you an interview. Objectives focus on what you want from an employer, not what you can offer.
To get an interview, you need to gear your resume towards how you can help an employer.
Keep It Concise
Is your resume five pages long? You don’t need to list every job you’ve ever had. Your resume is a marketing document, not your life story. Employers don’t need to know about the jobs you had in high school.
Your resume should be a concise summary of your relevant skills and experience. If past jobs are very old, or unrelated to your job search, you don’t need to list them.
Many people list their job duties on their resumes. Listing your job duties is a missed opportunity to impress employers. Instead of listing your job duties, list the things you accomplished at each job. Listing your accomplishments shows employers you’re a motivated and talented employee. If you only list your job duties, they have no way of knowing how well you performed at work.
If you work in a technical or engineering field, you’ve probably completed some interesting projects in the past. List some of your most relevant projects on your resume. Showing off your successful projects can make you stand out to employers. For example, listing some of the apps you’ve created can help you stand out from candidates with less experience.
Clearly List Skills
In engineering and technical fields, hard skills are very important. If you don’t have experience in the required hardware, software, systems, or programming languages, you can’t do the job.
Recruiters only have a few seconds to scan the numerous resumes they receive on the daily. To make sure you’re not passed over for jobs you’re qualified for, list all of your relevant skills. Use bullet points and bolded font to make your list of skills easier to scan.
Tailor Your Resume
Every job posting is different, so the resume you send to each job should be different, too. Hiring managers need to review a lot of resumes. They don’t have time to study your resume to figure out why you’re qualified. To make it easier for them to evaluate you, tailor your resume for every job posting. If certain skills are mentioned, feature them prominently on your resume.
You can also add relevant keywords to your resume since some employers use software for an initial review of applications.
Typos or grammatical errors never belong on a resume. Seventy-six percent of executives say they’ll discard a resume that has only one or two typos. Forty percent won’t consider resumes with a single typo. Employers worry that if you make mistakes on your resume, you’ll also make mistakes on the job.
When you work in a detail-oriented and analytical field like engineering, you can’t afford to make mistakes on your resume. If writing isn’t your strong point, have a friend or family member read over your resume to make sure there are no mistakes.
https://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Resume20Tips20to20Secure20Yourself20an20Interview-.jpg7971200Ratheesh Manivannanhttps://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/ian_martin_pad.pngRatheesh Manivannan2017-06-19 11:35:522017-10-04 18:39:03Resume Tips to Secure Yourself an Interview
There are many things you can do to boost your chances of finding your first job. Here are five tips for new graduates looking for mechanical engineer jobs.
1. Be Flexible
If you’re looking for a perfect mechanical engineering job right away, you may struggle. Most people don’t get their dream jobs right out of university. Your first post-university job isn’t where you’ll work for the rest of your life. It’s a way to get your foot in the door and get some real-life experience. After a few years, you can take that experience to a new employer.
Being flexible involves applying to jobs with an open mind. Don’t filter out jobs just because they pay a bit less than you’d like or aren’t with prestigious companies. Being flexible may also involve considering jobs within a larger geographic area. If there isn’t a lot of engineering work in your city or province, you may want to consider moving for work.
2. Start Networking
If you haven’t done any networking yet, it’s time to start. Networking can help you make connections with people in your field, and that can help you find the best engineering jobs. People in your network may refer you to an open position that wasn’t advertised. They can also give you valuable advice about getting jobs in the field.
To start, make sure your friends and family know you’re looking for a job. They may have connections to people in the industry that you don’t know about. Your university’s alumni association is another place to network. You can also create a LinkedIn profile to stay in touch with professors and classmates from university.
3. Tailor Your Application Materials
When you’re applying to several jobs a day, it’s easy to send the same resume and cover letter to every company. This saves you time, but it doesn’t benefit your job search. Hiring managers can tell you’re sending them a generic resume and cover letter. This can make you look like you aren’t actually interested in the job.
Take the time to tweak your resume for every job you apply to. Emphasize your relevant skills and experience to strengthen your candidacy. For every job, write a customized cover letter. Writing a new cover letter for each job shows you’re very interested, and it helps you stand out.
4. Prepare for Interviews
Finding job posting and crafting applications is only part of the process. To get hired, you also need to impress hiring managers in your interviews. Being prepared is a major factor in your success. Plan your answers to common interview questions, and consider role playing interviews with a friend or family member.
Researching the company is another important part of being prepared. Being knowledgeable about what the company does can impress the hiring manager. It shows you’re very interested in the position.
5. Work with an Engineering Staffing Agency
Finding your first mechanical engineering job isn’t easy. If your job-hunting efforts aren’t paying off, you may get discouraged. There’s no need to abandon your engineering job search and take work in another field. An engineering staffing agency can help you land your first career.
Engineering staffing agencies specialize in placing engineers with companies. When you work with an agency, recruiters will look for job opportunities for you. As a recent graduate, you may worry you can’t afford this service. Companies pay staffing agencies to find the best candidates, so there’s no fee for you as a job seeker.
https://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Looking20for20a20Mechanical20Engineering20Job20Follow20These20520Tips-.jpg8131200Jebas Christadosshttps://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/ian_martin_pad.pngJebas Christadoss2017-06-12 11:17:582017-10-04 18:49:47Looking for a Mechanical Engineering Job? Follow These 5 Tips
Applying for work can be a cold and demotivating process. You might put hours of work into a submission and still fail to get a callback. With so much competition, standing out from the pack can be a real challenge.
https://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/720Resume20Tips20That20Will20Help20You20Stand20out20to20Hiring20Managers-.jpg7771200Ratheesh Manivannanhttps://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/ian_martin_pad.pngRatheesh Manivannan2017-06-02 12:00:002017-10-04 19:12:197 Resume Tips That Will Help You Stand out to Hiring Managers
Your C.V. is the place where you want to be sure to get everything right. Mistakes happen, but unfortunately, some errors are costlier than others. Your resume is your first impression put to paper, so you’ll want to spend the necessary time and effort to make it stand out from the rest.
Oil and gas jobs are more prevalent than they were a year ago. The industry is rebounding from a drastic oil crash, and major companies are currently seeking to fill vacancies created by layoffs. As a result, there are plenty of available positions available for engineers and technical workers who specialize in petroleum-based applications.
https://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/How20a20Recruitment20Agency20Can20Help20You20Find20Oil20and20Gas20Jobs.jpeg8361254Robert Poolehttps://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/ian_martin_pad.pngRobert Poole2017-05-23 12:00:002017-10-04 19:33:47How a Recruitment Agency Can Help You Find Oil and Gas Jobs
As a job seeker, it’s difficult to stand out from the crowd. Postings receive hundreds of responses, but only one candidate can get the position. This makes it difficult to get hired, even if you work in an in-demand field like engineering. You have to know how to appeal to hiring managers’ needs if you want to submit a successful application.
https://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Top-5-Resume-Tips-to-Get-Noticed-by-Employers.jpg7971200Ratheesh Manivannanhttps://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/ian_martin_pad.pngRatheesh Manivannan2017-05-11 12:00:002017-10-04 19:47:15Top 5 Resume Tips to Get Noticed by Employers
Engineers are the belles of the ball right now. The profession is about to undergo a wave of demand for new employees as older workers retire and leave the industry. This is leaving behind a wealth of engineering job opportunities for new job seekers. Those who have experience and a clear sense of direction can use this trend to jumpstart their careers.
That doesn’t mean there won’t be obstacles, though. Some engineers are still unable to find work, while others find it difficult to pass the tough hiring criteria that it takes to find gainful employment. The horizon may look bright for engineers, but that might not offer hope for those who are still in the dark.
Fortunately, there’s still some proactive things you can do if you’re looking or about to look for work. Companies still have high demand for some engineering disciplines, and these fields offer a host of other benefits that should make them attractive to any qualified professional. If any of these top engineering jobs suit your fancy, you may want to consider adapting your career path to pursue them.
Specializing in electrical engineering can really give your career a boost. Workers in this field design and maintain a range of solutions that harness the power of electricity. Whether they build electronic components, create control systems, or find new ways to generate and transmit power, these professionals usually benefit from exciting and fruitful career paths.
You’ll need to build up a strong resume if you want to land one of these top engineering jobs. While these jobs only call for a bachelor’s degree in engineering, many firms look for workers that hold a master’s degree. A lot of the work is doneindependently on computers, but there is also some teamwork involved as well, so you need to be able to work in both environments.
Engineers are frequently involved in the design stage of a product’s development, but those who specialize in manufacturing go a step further. They create tools and processes that actually enhance product development. Whether they’re tasked with reducing costs or designing goods that cut down on production time, these professionals take an active role in crafting everyday products.
Workers in this field are similar to industrial engineers, and they can find jobs in a variety of industries. On average, they earn about $83,000 per year, though professionals who work in more lucrative industries such as aerospace or transportation may take home more.
Software is as much a part of the modern world as roads, cars, and buildings. Yet it’s easy to think of these tools as nebulous aspects of life. But behind every program there’s a dedicated team of engineers working to improve, update, and maintain services. It’s easily one of the most relevant engineering disciplines, and software specialists are in high demand all over the world.
Professionals in this field can expect to earn salaries in the low six figures, and the industry will continue to grow through 2024. Candidates will need at least a bachelor’s degree to find work. If you can work well with others, solve problems efficiently, and analyze data, you may be well suited to a career in this profession.
Despite a recent downturn, the oil industry is slowly bouncing back. Companies will need to hire a glut of new engineers to replace those who left in the initial slump. Those who are suited to the position should consider it as a viable career path.
Chemical, petroleum, and mining engineers can expect to earn about $84,000 from working in the oil industry. If you fulfill these criteria, you could be on your way to landing one of the top engineering jobs in Canada.
https://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/The-Top-Engineering-Jobs-in-Canada.jpg7981200Sarah Fellhttps://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/ian_martin_pad.pngSarah Fell2017-05-08 11:37:462018-01-29 20:08:57The Top Engineering Jobs in Canada
Recent graduates usually have difficulty finding work once they leave school, but engineering students can be especially unprepared for these challenges. High salaries and relatively rosy job prospects attract many to the occupation, yet some new professionals may take a full year to land a job in their fields.
https://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/5-Great-Tips-for-Finding-Jobs-at-Engineering-Companies.jpg8001200Ratheesh Manivannanhttps://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/ian_martin_pad.pngRatheesh Manivannan2017-05-01 11:02:122017-10-06 13:23:555 Great Tips for Finding Jobs at Engineering Companies
A great resume doesn’t guarantee you’ll get a job, but you won’t get a job if you don’t have a great resume. Your CV is often your first point of contact with a potential employer—it speaks on your behalf and tells hiring managers whether you’re qualified for the position they need to fill. Do your applications make the right first impression?
https://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/5-Little-Known-Ways-to-Make-Your-Resume-Stand-Out.jpg8001200Jebas Christadosshttps://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/ian_martin_pad.pngJebas Christadoss2017-04-27 12:00:002017-10-06 13:29:505 Little Known Ways to Make Your Resume Stand Out
Engineers are valuable additions to any technical team. Companies need their expertise to design products, so hiring managers are always on the lookout for professionals with the right specialties. If you’re still in school and seeking a career direction, your prospects of getting a job are generally pretty high.
https://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/What-Engineering-Jobs-Are-in-Demand.jpg6071200Ratheesh Manivannanhttps://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/ian_martin_pad.pngRatheesh Manivannan2017-04-25 12:00:002017-10-06 13:35:13What Engineering Jobs Are in Demand?
The idea of a “born engineer” is a myth. Some people can master the profession’s necessary skills naturally, but that doesn’t mean others can’t hone these abilities. It takes time and practice to develop prowess in a given field, but the reward is usually worth the effort.
https://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/5-Necessary-Skills-to-Pursue-a-Civil-Engineering-Career.jpg8011200Scott Russell Dempsterhttps://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/ian_martin_pad.pngScott Russell Dempster2017-04-20 12:00:002017-10-06 13:42:335 Necessary Skills to Pursue a Civil Engineering Career
Choosing a career path is never easy. After all, this one decision will guide your entire working life. You need to understand your strengths, weaknesses, and needs in order to make the most of this difficult decision. A bad selection won’t just work against your interests, but you’ll be missing out on making the most of your skillset.
https://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/5-Careers-in-Engineering-that-Best-Suit-Your-Skill-Set.jpg8001200Puneet Jairathhttps://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/ian_martin_pad.pngPuneet Jairath2017-04-19 12:00:002017-10-03 19:40:445 Careers in Engineering That Best Suit Your Skill Set
Many see careers in engineering as a surefire way to lead a comfortable, prosperous life. These workers benefit from great starting pay and high wages throughout their professional lives. Job security isn’t always guaranteed in some industries, but engineers’ skills always seem to be in demand. Maybe that’s why the United States produced over 237,000 engineers in 2014 alone.
https://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/5-Careers-in-Engineering-That-Might-Be-Right-for-You-1.jpg8001200Scott Russell Dempsterhttps://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/ian_martin_pad.pngScott Russell Dempster2017-04-19 11:01:492018-01-29 20:11:345 Careers in Engineering That Might Be Right for You
It shouldn’t be difficult to find work if you’re an engineer. After all, about 95,000 professionals are set to retire by 2020, and there’s currently a shortage of qualified workers who can replace them. This factor, combined with a rise in demand for skilled technical labourers, should give you the pick of the litter when it comes to jobs.
https://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/How-to-Find-the-Best-Engineering-Jobs.jpg8231200Jennifer Mielkehttps://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/ian_martin_pad.pngJennifer Mielke2017-04-06 12:00:002017-10-06 14:41:05How to Find the Best Engineering Jobs
The world we know wouldn’t exist if not for engineers. These technical professionals design the technologies that we use every day. From the roadways that guide people to work to the tools they use when they get there and the programs they use in their leisure time, almost every modern innovation is the result of an engineer’s work.
As a civil engineer, it’s not easy for you to nail down a career path. The industry is broader than its counterparts are, so you could potentially work on public infrastructure like roads and bridges or private works such as buildings. Each of these projects requires a range of professionals, from researchers to designers and more.
https://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/5-Tips-to-Advance-Your-Civil-Engineering-Career.jpg6001200Scott Russell Dempsterhttps://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/ian_martin_pad.pngScott Russell Dempster2017-03-09 12:00:002017-10-09 14:26:525 Tips to Advance Your Civil Engineering Career
If you’re a job seeker, you don’t have an easy road to employment ahead of you. Even in-demand professionals such as engineers or IT specialists may face difficulties in their search for the right position. Unfortunately, you may end up in a self-perpetuating downward spiral if you stay unemployed for too long. Recruiters will consider you less valuable if you have gaps on your resume, so it’s important for you to find a suitable position right away.
https://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Interview-Tips-What-Hiring-Managers-Are-Really-Looking-For.jpg8001200Jebas Christadosshttps://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/ian_martin_pad.pngJebas Christadoss2017-03-06 11:17:302017-10-09 14:43:28Interview Tips: What Hiring Managers Are Really Looking For
Climbing the corporate ladder can feel intimidating and even impossible at times. The job market is competitive and knowing which steps are the right ones can be difficult. Recruiters are a great solution to this problem; their expertise and advice can help you advance your career and clarify aspects of job seeking you may be struggling with. Here are some of the ways working with a recruiter can benefit you:
https://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Can-I-Really-Advance-My-Career-by-Working-With-A-Recruiter.jpg8001200Jennifer Mielkehttps://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/ian_martin_pad.pngJennifer Mielke2017-02-24 12:00:002017-10-09 14:58:57Can I Really Advance My Career by Working With A Recruiter?
Engineering is widely considered one of the best fields of study you can enter—there is a continual demand for skilled engineers, and the job opportunities are vast and varied. However, each different engineering field has its own unique challenges and demands. Here are the engineering job opportunities you should be watching out for in the coming year.
https://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Engineering-Job-Opportunities-in-Canada-to-Watch-in-2017.jpg8001200Jonathan Huydahttps://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/ian_martin_pad.pngJonathan Huyda2017-02-02 12:00:002018-01-29 19:49:45Engineering Job Opportunities in Canada to Watch in 2017
Interview questions are almost always designed to learn something more about the candidate than the question initially suggests. The interview questions engineering recruiters ask are no different. An important part of the interview is knowing what the recruiters want to know so you can better respond to the question. Here are five interview questions engineering recruiters ask.
Hiring managers have a tough job. They have a specific need at their company–which is why they have an opening. They have to sort through many candidates for a particular role to find someone who can meet that need–someone who is qualified, a good cultural fit for the organization, and who demonstrates skills that could help them grow in the company. And someone who is interested in joining their team.
Chemical engineering is an exciting field with so many diverse opportunities. If you’ve set your heart on being a chemical engineer, consider this your guide to your future career. As you get ready to enter the field, here are some things you should know about the required education, skills, and experience for chemical engineering careers.
Information technology is a promising industry, no matter what your specialty is within the industry. Demand for professionals in this field has grown by 40 percent year over year in the U.S., while unemployment sat at a record low of 2.6 percent in 2015. Confidence in the industry has continued to increase, while its workforce achieved a 3.1 percent growth in 2014.
While all IT workers will benefit from these forecasts, some stand to gain more than others. In the coming years, professionals with specific skillsets may find themselves in an ideal position to advance their careers. However, with so many jobs available, it can be difficult to choose the best career path.
If you’re uncertain about the best IT jobs, this article can help you regain your confidence. Here are just seven of the most currently in-demand positions within the industry.
1. Systems Analysts
Businesses rely on computer systems more than ever in their daily routines, and systems analysts ensure this information technology works at its best. These professionals take a strategic role in reviewing code and implementing solutions to meet organizational necessities.
Analysts will remain in high demand through 2024, as job growth is expected to reach 24 percent over this period. If you’re interested in this career, you’ll need to obtain at least a bachelor’s degree in computer science, though additional business education can also make your resume stand out.
2. Software Engineers
It takes a large team of software engineers to design and test every layer of a new program. These professionals pool their knowledge on a variety of specialized topics to make quick work of complex problems.
Should this work appeal to you, consider seeking a bachelor’s degree in a STEM program that emphasizes software. You can expect to find work quickly, as demand for these IT jobs will grow by 17 percent by 2024.
3. Database Engineers
Databases store companies’ information, but have you ever wondered who designs these complex systems? If you’re interested in helping organizations maintain and protect their assets, you should pursue a bachelor’s degree in computer science.
You won’t want for work, since software developers of all stripes will see demand grow by 17 percent until 2024.
4. Web Developers
Engineers and systems analysts provide vital services for their organizations, but their work isn’t always visible for the world to see. Web developers show off their achievements every time someone visits their companies’ sites.
These professionals train in computer sciences to shape a site’s design, navigation, and content. Demand for these professionals will increase by 27 percent in the next seven years, so if you’re interested in this area, you can expect to find a variety of positions to choose from.
5. Security Analysts
Data is more valuable now than ever, which means that security breaches can devastate a company. That’s why security analysts are in such high demand. These professionals take proactive steps to protect their employers’ information. The need for these services will increase 18 percent by 2024, so security represents a relatively safe bet for the future.
6. Network Administrators
It’s impossible to maintain a computer system without a stable network, which is why network administrators are so valuable. They monitor their employers’ connections and make any necessary hardware adjustments.
You need a computer science degree to get these IT jobs, and demand is expected to grow by 8 percent in the next seven years.
7. Technology Managers
While the other positions on this list manage technology, these professionals manage the people who manage technology. Managers must be able to blend an ability to coordinate a team with knowledge of their companies’ IT processes.
https://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Top20720In-Demand20IT20Jobs20You20Should20Consider-.jpg8011200Joanna Mamohttps://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/ian_martin_pad.pngJoanna Mamo2017-01-20 12:00:002017-10-04 18:20:20Top 7 In-Demand IT Jobs You Should Consider
Engineers are the backbone of progress. They develop the products, machinery, and electronics that we use every single day, making the engineering industry a crucial part of our society. This makes it particularly important for engineers to stay up-to-date on what’s hot and what’s not, as the engineering industry has experienced unprecedented growth in recent years.
https://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/4-Trends-to-Watch-in-the-Engineering-Industry.jpg7991200Tim Rhodeshttps://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/ian_martin_pad.pngTim Rhodes2017-01-19 12:00:002018-01-29 19:44:144 Trends to Watch in the Engineering Industry
Putting together an effective resume is the key to a successful job search. You want to present yourself in the best light possible, and yet sometimes it can be difficult to know what employers are looking for in a resume, and what will represent you best.
Luckily, there are some definitive rules to resume writing, and we’re here to share them with you. Here are just a few tips that will help you hit the metrics hiring managers evaluate.
Thinking about a career in engineering? You certainly won’t lack for options. The profession is both in demand and competitive, so there are plenty of jobs with reasonable pay—in fact, there are currently 1.6 million available in the U.S. alone. That doesn’t necessarily mean a great job is a sure thing, however. You’ll still have to show potential employers how you stand out compared to others.
It’s difficult to enter any industry today, but building a civil engineering career presents a unique set of challenges. While you may have studied this discipline anticipating a bright career if you put in enough hard work and dedication, there are other obstacles that may prevent you from achieving your goals. The job market is very competitive, so even if you have enough skills and background experience to qualify as a prime candidate, you may not be able to make your dreams a reality, at least not right away. Even veterans of the industry are feeling the pinch, and may have to readjust the way they work as a result.
https://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Engineering-Recruiters-Can-Help-Advance-Your-Civil-Engineering-Career.jpg8021200Jonathan Huydahttps://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/ian_martin_pad.pngJonathan Huyda2017-01-06 12:00:002017-10-11 12:04:06Engineering Recruiters Can Help Advance Your Civil Engineering Career
Worried about choosing passion over pay? Mechanical engineering can be both a lucrative and fulfilling career. With its broad parameters, it allows professionals to follow their interests and design a range of different products and tools. If you’re drawn by the science of motion and force (or just have a talent with machines) you may be a prime candidate for a mechanical engineering career.
https://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/How-to-Launch-Your-Mechanical-Engineering-Career.jpg8001200Sarah Fellhttps://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/ian_martin_pad.pngSarah Fell2017-01-04 12:00:002017-10-11 12:08:29How to Launch Your Mechanical Engineering Career
Those who pursue engineering careers can look forward to an array of options to choose from. But with choice comes uncertainty. Where should you specialize? What job best suits your natural skill sets? Will the position you pick continue to hold your interest after years in the industry?
https://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Match-One-of-These-7-In-Demand-Engineering-Careers-with-Your-Skill-Set.jpg8001200Jebas Christadosshttps://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/ian_martin_pad.pngJebas Christadoss2017-01-02 11:18:282017-10-11 12:12:27Match One of These 7 In-Demand Engineering Careers with Your Skill Set
Engineering is one of the most promising careers in Canada, with a constant demand for engineers in almost every industry and sector. Engineers bring a skill level and an approach to innovation that many companies desperately need to succeed in today’s fast-paced world of change and innovation. Which is to say,it’s a great time to be an engineer. Engineering is a broad science, however, with many divergent career possibilities.
For your convenience, we’ve compiled the seven top engineering jobs in Canada today.
https://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/The-7-Top-Engineering-Jobs-in-Canada-Today.jpg8001200Jebas Christadosshttps://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/ian_martin_pad.pngJebas Christadoss2016-12-30 12:00:002017-10-11 12:13:12The 7 Top Engineering Jobs in Canada Today
Engaging an engineering staffing agency to help you find employment can be a great way to break into the job market. Staffing agencies are trained to find the best opportunities for their clients, and they often have access to listings you are unaware of. But choosing which staffing agency to go with can be a difficult process, especially since there are so many staffing agencies in operation. As you make your decision, keep in mind these key things that you should be looking for in an engineering staffing agency.
https://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/What-Job-Seekers-Should-Look-for-in-an-Engineering-Staffing-Agency.jpg8001200Ratheesh Manivannanhttps://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/ian_martin_pad.pngRatheesh Manivannan2016-12-23 12:00:002017-10-11 12:21:41What Job Seekers Should Look for in an Engineering Staffing Agency
https://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/How-contract-staffing-works2.png2256517Scott Russell Dempsterhttps://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/ian_martin_pad.pngScott Russell Dempster2015-03-18 12:00:002017-10-11 15:45:42Contract staffing - where do I begin?
There’s likely more than three good reasons to become an engineer – however, this advice aimed at those young in their careers highlights a few selling points for a career in engineering. Not surprisingly – the pay is on the list.
https://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/engineer20in20factory20checks20componet20pale20bg.jpg33855078Scott Russell Dempsterhttps://ianmartin.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/ian_martin_pad.pngScott Russell Dempster2014-01-20 12:00:002017-10-11 18:09:473 Reasons Why You Should Become an Engineer
Earlier this week we asked our friends on Twitter to submit their bizarre interview questions for a chance to win Leaf tickets. The weird and wacky questions rolled in. Some, I’m sure were asked in interview scenarios others I’d question. Either way, these questions sparked my curiosity.