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Career management

 

We can help you with your next career move with our knowledge of the latest business trend and economic outlook, as well as our relationships with client companies across North America and beyond.

If you are in the Information Technology, Engineering, or Management fields, please take a look at our current needs and contact us if you find positions of interest and fit.

The following general rules apply to any position and profession. Always remember that managing your own career is one of your most important jobs.

Career Management Guidelines:

  • If you donít have a written offer and a start date, you probably donít have a job offer. If you think your job search is over, make sure itís in writing before you give your two weeks notice!
  • Know your expectations and your salary goals. Keeping this information hidden or trying to ďgo for the killĒ will lengthen your job search considerably. Remember that there are generally 10 other candidates that have the same experience as you so have reasonable salary and career expectations.
  • Know the market. Do research on your profession to make sure you know what your value is. Getting paid what you deserve with good benefits is not an unreasonable expectation.
  • Keep your resume updated and know your competition.
  • Take your reviews seriously. Know what you want to get out of this important meeting and plan on working with your manager to set goals to achieve for your next review. If your company doesnít take reviews seriously, they probably wonít take your career seriously.
  • Donít mass mail your resume or post your resume to job sites for long periods of time. It shows desperation and people will notice your lack of success. If you post to a job site, put it up for a week or two and then take it down for a week or two. When you reactivate it, you generally will rise to the top of the list again!
  • Keep track of where your resume is and follow-up. Donít take silence as an answer. Find out if you are no longer in the running or if you can arrange for a meeting. Not knowing your status will not lead to an interview.
  • Network with people in your profession and keep in touch with a seasoned recruiter. Youíll feel much better about your knowledge of the market and your place in it.
  • When on an interview, make sure you understand the position you are interviewing for and the company you are visiting. Research their webpage, any articles in newspapers and magazines, and involvement with the community. Know the exact location, where to park, and who to ask for. Not knowing these three things will make you late and provide a negative first impression.
  • Know your strengths and weaknesses. Identifying areas you need to improve and taking action will help bring you to the top of your field. During interviews, don't identify weaknesses, identify areas that "you haven't had the opportunity to specialize in" and show interest in adding that to your repertoire.
  • When you get home from an interview, immediately write down the positives and negatives. If there are items you forgot to cover, consider including them briefly in a thank-you note or email that you send within 24 hours. Most people don't get the first job they try for when it's time to make a career change. Try to discuss the interview with a trusted friend and cover the parts you felt good about and things you weren't comfortable with. Doing this will improve your interview style for your next attempt.

 
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