The Must-Read Guide to Resigning from Your Job

  Resigning from a current employer can be the toughest part of the process when starting a new role. Is there a right way to resign? Not necessarily, but we do have some advice to help ensure it runs as smoothly as possible: Understand your company’s policies on resignation Check in your current contract with regards to clauses entered. If your new start date is in 4 weeks but your current notice period is 2 weeks, wait until 2 weeks as per your contract. You may have a gardening leave period if you are moving to a direct competitor so be aware that you may need to leave the premises almost immediately due to conflict of interests. When is the ‘right’ time? Before resigning, wait until you have received official confirmation of your new job offer i.e. wait until your contract has been signed and you have written proof. Hand your notice in as soon as you can once your new position is confirmed. The more notice you can give your current employer the better as this gives them time to find a replacement. Speak with your line manager first and foremost Your line manager is usually the person you worked most closely with. For this very reason they should be the person you speak with first. Ideally, book a private meeting room with them on a Friday afternoon and be prepared for a positive or a negative reaction. You cannot anticipate how they will react so it’s better to have planned for both scenarios. What to say? Plan what you want to say. Get a notepad and write down...

Workplace Diversity

When it comes to truly diverse cities, Toronto is at the forefront but let’s take a closer look at what this means in the workplace.   Diversity versus inclusion Having diversity without incorporating inclusion is pointless. We often see this scenario when it comes to gender quotas with women being invited to join the Board of Directors of a company in order to hit a quota. Companies that just have a diversity policy or strategy in place as a sort of ticking the box exercise counteracts this idea completely. Diversity and company culture A company’s success often relies on a culture where diversity is at the core of the company’s identity. Companies that show a commitment to diversity and inclusion through a company-wide culture code can help create a sense of belonging and develop inspiring leaders. The impact of diversity on the atmosphere Diversity can have a strong impact on the atmosphere and culture of a company. A diverse and inclusive atmosphere can go a long way in promoting a positive company culture, as it makes an organization and its management come across as approachable and people-orientated. Increasing innovation Embracing our differences contributes to increasing innovation and productivity. There are some major links between diversity and innovation. A diverse workforce helps to create innovative and creative solutions to problems. Challenges still exist While the benefits to diversity in the workplace are undeniable, unfortunately challenges do still exist. Communication breakdown most probably tops the list on this. Language barriers and long-established cultural differences can cause major issues, coupled with a general lack of understanding. When next planning to hire new...

How to Make Yourself More Marketable

  Here are our top tips on how to make yourself more marketable.   Build your brand on LinkedIn and mirror it across your resume. Base your brand on positions that you want and types of companies you are interested in. Make it specific and targeted. Do your research. Look up LinkedIn users who have similar jobs to the one you want for inspiration ideas for your own brand. Write a human-voiced resume and cover letter. Let your personality come across on the page. Tweak your resume for each job that you are applying to, but ensure to keep it in line with your LinkedIn profile. Consider publishing blog posts on LinkedIn. Write blogs around topics in your field that you care about or are interested in. Engage with other blogs and publications in your field – this will help to grow your credibility. Build your recommendations on LinkedIn, leave recommendations for your past and current work colleagues and they may repay the favour. Know your industry. Stay up to date with the latest news and trends. This will really pay off in an interview when you can showcase your understanding and give your opinion on current trends in your field. Keep your skill set up to date. In today’s market, no matter what field you work in, employers look for tech-savvy employees. Continue to expand your resume by signing up to evening classes or online courses. Attend as many networking events as you can. This is always a great opportunity to market yourself as you never know who you could get talking to. Staying marketable is an active process. Make a commitment to continually expand your knowledge and...

Preparing For Jobs of the Future

  The world of work is changing but this doesn’t need to be a daunting prospect. There are a number of soft skills that you can focus on in order to safeguard your future as an employee.   Complex problem solving The ability to see relationships between industries and come up with creative solutions to problems that are yet to appear.   Critical thinking Being able to turn data into insightful interpretations is a complex, yet crucial skill.   Creativity The unique ability to build something out of an idea is an invaluable skill.   People management   Leadership and managerial roles require people skills that cannot often be taught.   Coordinating with others    Most industries, now and in the future require effective communication and team collaboration.   Emotional intelligence   Qualities such as empathy and curiosity are a big consideration for employers.   Judgment and decision making    Condensing large amounts of data into insightful interpretations and decisions is a useful skill in any age.   Service orientation   Being able to offer value and assistance to clients is always in demand as businesses want to provide solutions to problems.   Negotiation The ability to come up with a win-win situation for involved parties is crucial.   Cognitive flexibility Switching between different personas to accommodate the challenges faced is important in multiple industries.   Speak to us to see how you can develop your skillset for the...

Make Your Performance Review Work for You

  There’s no need to dread your annual review. Below are some tips to help you maximize your annual review. Familiarize yourself with the process Understand that employers use these reviews as a way to evaluate how you are working. They want to be able to provide you with feedback, communicate expectations and open a dialogue between the two of you. Self-review Evaluate your own performance as objectively as possible. List your accomplishments over the past year and make a note of how your employer benefitted from your efforts. Be as specific as possible. For example, this could be increased profits. Highlight everything that led you to that and bring documentation to support your claims. Look over your self-review the night before your actual review so you will be prepared to discuss it in detail the next day. Think about what you want You’ve been so busy preparing to showcase everything you have achieved over the last year, but have you considered what you want to achieve in the upcoming year? Where do you want to see yourself in 12 months time and beyond? How do you see the business supporting you? This is a vital time to discuss with your boss what you need from the company in order to support your growth. Prepare for positive and negative feedback Glowing feedback can still present you with an opportunity. Use it as a way to inform you of what you need to continue doing and what you can do additionally throughout the coming year. On the opposite side of things, being prepared for the review not going well will help...