Just as most of job applications are now done entirely online, a lot of employee screening is also done online. According to a survey by Workopolis, 93% of employers say that they will search for a potential employee’s social media profile during the interview process.
What this means for job seekers is that if you haven’t already, it is time to clean up your social media. That does not mean close all of your accounts; it is 2015 and employers know that social media exists. What it means is that any inappropriate pictures, tweets or posts that would likely get your application should be taken offline.
“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” – Winston Churchill
There are many tips out there to help individuals during their job search, however, one of the best things you can do during that time is to simply stay positive. We realize that job search can be tough at times and after endless resume sending and networking with little to no response, it is easy to become discouraged. While you may find it difficult to achieve at times, know that a positive attitude affects every other aspect of your job search. It will impact how you are perceived by potential employers as they want people who believe in themselves and their skills, who want to work, who want to work for them.
A positive attitude will speak just as strongly as your education, skills or experience. Maintaining a positive job search attitude is achievable with a few of the techniques we highlight below.
Earlier this month we took a look at clients looking for a job when they have high-functioning autism or Asperger’s syndrome. Today we touch base on the employer side of things and explain benefits of hiring individuals with autism or Asperger’s syndrome, how to accommodate them and much more. Also, we provide some links at the end to assist you with getting more information if needed.
As explained in the previous post, high-functioning autism (HFA) and Asperger’s syndrome are at the least severe end of the autism spectrum, and can be characterized by difficulties in communication and interaction with others. Please refer to our last post to learn more about high-functioning autism and Asperger’s syndrome.
What is High-Functioning Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome?
High-functioning autism (HFA) and Asperger’s syndrome are at the least severe end of the autism spectrum, and can be characterized by difficulties in communication and interaction with others. People with high-functioning autism and Asperger’s syndrome have difficulties with understanding abstract uses of language, like humor for example, obsessive interest in specific items or information, and a general lack of skill with interacting with other people. People who have HFA or Asperger’s syndrome usually have average or above-average intelligence, though they lack typical social skills.
Sometimes, individuals experiencing high-functioning autism or Asperger’s syndrome may have difficulty finding employment, often because of barriers in the workforce. Having HFA or Asperger’s syndrome does not mean that you are incapable or unable to obtain and retain meaningful employment.
Last month we took a look at clients looking for a job when they have an anxiety disorder. This month we wanted to touch base on the employer side of things as it is just as important. You’ll learn the benefits of hiring individuals with an anxiety disorder, how to accommodate them, and we provide some links at the end to assist you with getting more information if needed.
As explained in the previous post, an anxiety disorder is a general term that encompasses five specific anxiety disorders; social anxiety, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and phobias. Individuals with anxiety disorders are able to work as effectively as someone without a visual impairment. Please refer to our last post to learn more about anxiety disorders.
What is an Anxiety Disorder?
An anxiety disorder is a general term that encompasses five specific anxiety disorders; social anxiety, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and phobias. It can be treated with medication, various types of therapy, or a combination of these; CBT is the most common form of therapy treatment for someone with an anxiety disorder.
Everyone’s anxiety disorder is different, and each person will experience anxiety in a different way; people can experience very debilitating to very mild anxiety in their daily life. Sometimes, individuals experiencing anxiety may have difficulty finding employment, often because of barriers in the workforce. Having an anxiety disorder does not mean that you are incapable or unable to obtain and retain meaningful employment, and someone with an anxiety disorder is no different than any other employee.
Did you know that most open job positions are not advertised? To find a job in the hidden job market one should know the skill of networking. Networking is one of the most successful ways to find a job and even though it can sound intimidating it is easier than you may think. Networking is the process of connecting with the people you know and asking them for advice, information and referrals to other people. You can network anywhere and any time—in person, on the phone or online.One of the most common ways to network is at events. Treat networking events as if you were going to a job interview. In addition to dressing to impress, be sure to prepare for them in advance so you can take full advantage of the opportunity. We have outlined some tips below that you can follow to get ready and take initiative during the event.
In today’s job market, employers can receive multiple applications for one job posting. This can make it difficult if there is only one position available. Having a well written and eye catching resume is vital to securing yourself an interview. When you are writing your resume think about how this document is the first impression you will make on employers looking to hire. You need to do everything you can to make sure that it stands out from that pile of other applicants’ resumes. Here are some great tips that you can keep in mind when trying to market yourself on paper.
1. Use a simple font – Using fancy fonts may grab the Hiring Manager’s attention, but not in a good way! Use a sans serif font that is easy to read such as Ariel, Veranda, or Calibri. Also, make sure the font is not too large or small.