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It's no secret that there's a war on talent. The Great Resignation led to an employee-driven job market, so the competition between employers is high. While there are talented job seekers out there, reaching them before other companies will be critical. Finding qualified candidates can be challenging, and bringing them through the hiring process can be even more difficult. Let's share the pros and cons of decreasing your hiring requirements to increase your time to hire.

 

Make the Application Process Simple

 

Companies often think that making applicants jump through more hoops weeds out the less qualified candidates. However, the opposite is true. When you complicate your application, the top candidates will abandon the process. Ensure that your online application is simple for submitting resumes and essential information.

 

Determine Hiring Procedures to Eliminate

 

There may be other ways to cut out extensive steps for the hiring process. Some companies are concerned about eliminating measures such as drug screens or background checks. However, only using these screening tools for jobs that require them can help you cut back on the extensive process for other employees.

 

Reduce the Number of Interviews

 

It doesn't take long for candidates to get frustrated with interview after interview. It might start with a phone screen. Then they might meet with a recruiter or HR representative. Then they'll meet with the manager or supervisory. Then they might meet with the team, C-level executives, or a panel interview. Once someone has five interviews, they've started to lose interest. Reduce the number of interviews to keep qualified candidates engaged.

 

Ease Your Hiring Requirements

 

Another trend today in light of The Great Resignation is to reconsider some more strict hiring requirements. In a world where transferable skills are as valuable as experience, reducing dependence on college education, years of exact experience, and more can help you find great candidates with all the right potential.

 

Ready to hire? Get in touch with itec group today!

 

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Everyone feels that pull of summer fun when working a full-time job. You want to be anywhere but the office when the warm weather starts to kick in. Summers are not the same as when we were kids, and now as an adult, responsibilities shift. But you can still make the best of the summer while you're working. Here are our best tips for enjoying your summer.

 

Consider Flexible Hours

 

If your employer is amenable, plan for flexible hours in the summer. This can give you some flexibility to beat the traffic to work and leave earlier, so you still have plenty of time each afternoon to do whatever you want. Flexible hours can also allow you to come in late and stay late if an activity requires your attendance.

 

Take Your PTO Days

 

American workers often have trouble taking days off. We are given paid time off as a benefit of our job, but we feel like it's a personal failure to take them. You've earned those days; take your PTO. Schedule individual days off occasionally throughout the summer to have some time for yourself and your family.

 

Make Plans After Work

 

It can also be helpful to make plans after work, so you have something to look forward to. Especially in the summer, when the days are longer, you will have plenty of sunlight for after-work activities. Plan to spend time with friends, go out to dinner with the kids, or hang out in your yard while the sun is out.

 

Go Outside at Lunchtime

 

You can take advantage of the summer sun during the day too. Don't feel like you need to stay in the office or at your desk for lunch. Take a walk outside. Bring your lunch with you to a local park to eat it when you need a break from the office. This extra dose of sunshine can be enough to get you through the afternoon.

 

Organize an Office Sports Team

 

Sometimes, a social activity with your coworkers will help with the summertime blues. Now is the perfect time to organize an outdoor activity with your team. You can play whatever sport matches your skill levels and interest, such as softball or kickball, but make sure that sport can be played outside.

 

And lastly, if you're ready to look for a new job that may offer you more flexibility this summer, browse our open opportunities today!

 

 

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The war on talent and job seeker's market can feel like a massive lie if you've found yourself unemployed for months while job searching. When nothing sticks, things can get very frustrating very quickly. But why aren't you able to gain traction in your job hunt? Here are ten reasons employers might pass you up.

 

You're Applying to the Wrong Jobs

 

Sometimes it starts with the application process. It's time to sit down and evaluate what kind of job you want and what skills you possess. Then make sure that the position matches your skills and background.

 

You're Not Customizing Your Cover Letter

 

Recruiters and hiring managers see so many resumes and cover letters each day. They have gotten quite good at spotting insincere cover letters that someone may have sent to every possible job opening. Make sure you're customizing it to fit the job you're applying for each time.

 

You're Not Optimizing Your Resume for ATS

 

Most companies use an applicant tracking system to assist with the hiring process. ATS uses keywords to discover resumes that are a match for the job. Make sure it's formatted without tables or columns, use a traditional font, and include keywords that fit the jobs you want.

 

You're Not Demonstrating Excitement

 

Attitude can make all the difference. If you're coming across negatively or even ambivalent, a company will likely move on to a more engaged candidate. Let the employer know that you're excited about the opportunity.

 

You're Too Passive

 

Companies want to hire people willing to make decisions and take the initiative in the job. They can tell if you're too passive in the interview process; they might have more concerns about your ability to manage yourself on the job.

 

Your Expectations are Too High

 

While you should know your worth and ask for an appropriate salary, if your expectations don't align with the company's goals and budget, you may not find yourself receiving a job offer. Do your homework to make sure the job fits your expectations.

 

You're Not Networking Enough

 

Maybe you're not meeting the right people. Just sending your resume to online job postings isn't always the most efficient way to find a new job. Attend industry events, reach out to contacts on LinkedIn, and let friends and family know you're looking for work.

 

You're Not Nailing Your Interviews

 

Interviews can make anyone nervous, but that doesn't mean you can let that show. You want to ask good questions, answer questions positively, and focus on all aspects of communication, from the words you say to your body language.

 

You Don't Have the Right References

 

It might not be you at all that's causing the problem. It might be time to evaluate your references and update your list. Talk to former coworkers or managers who would be willing to share their positive experiences.

 

You're Not Following Up

 

They say the squeaky wheel gets the grease. Sometimes you get passed up because you fell off their radar. While this shouldn't happen in a perfect world, hiring managers are human, just like everyone else. While you want to avoid harassing them, send a thank you note after the interview and follow up about a week later.

 

If you need extra support in your corner, connect with itec group today! We're ready to find you your next career opportunity!

 

 

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It's been a phenomenon for years. Once the summer comes, everyone imagines themselves anywhere but the office. The summertime blues can hit hard, but there is a simple remedy. We've learned over the last year that a lack of freedom over our time was one of the biggest drivers of The Great Resignation. Providing additional flexibility can keep your team engaged and excited, even in the summer heat. Here are some things to consider.

 

4 Day Work Weeks

 

A huge trend right now is to embrace the four-day workweek. This is a no-strings-attached four-day work week with every Friday off and no additional hours. This is perfect for environments where hours are less important than results. Consider giving your team a four-day workweek this summer as a pilot program to see how it works.

 

10 Hour Days

 

For hourly workers or in environments where the hours are essential, consider implementing 10-hour days with one day off each week. You can stagger the days off to ensure that you always have office coverage, but each employee can work extra hours and use that remaining time as a day off during the week.

 

Earlier Shifts

 

When considering commute, rush hour can negatively affect the attitude of your team once they arrive to work. If they are stressed by the time they get there, it's hard to shake that feeling throughout the day. Allowing them to work earlier shifts to avoid significant rush hour traffic can help alleviate stress.

 

Remote Work

 

Work from home became popular throughout the pandemic. Many companies were forced to allow remote arrangements to keep employees safe as COVID-19 impacted the world around us. Some organizations continue to embrace work-from-home as it's been shown to be just as productive and effective as having employees in the office.

 

Half Days

 

Another option to consider is to allow half-days for Fridays. If your team needs to be in the office throughout the week, giving everyone a half-day on Friday can keep them excited and engaged throughout the week. They can then use that time for themselves or schedule essential activities that would otherwise require PTO.

 

Searching for top talent? Get in touch with itec group today!

 

 

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Are you struggling to fill your open entry-level roles? May is graduation month for many universities and colleges, which could be just the opportunity you need. If you can't find the right people to expand your team, it might be time to look at a new group of professionals ready to enter the job market. Here are a few things you can do to attract recent university grads to your company.

 

Create an Engaging Online Brand

 

Most current college graduates fall into Generation Z. This generation isn't just tech-savvy; they've been raised with social media and are very competent at online engagement. Creating an employer brand makes you likely to reach more of your target audience.

 

Attend College Job Fairs

 

Don't forget that colleges and universities offer opportunities for local jobs to connect directly with upcoming graduates. Take time to attend job fairs so you can meet and greet new potential talent. Think of it less like a job fair and more like an expo where you can showcase who you are and why someone would want to work with you.

 

Encourage Referrals

 

Your current team may know people about to graduate from college. Let everyone know that you're looking to hire recent grads in your entry-level roles. Offer a referral bonus to encourage your team to recommend friends and family looking for these positions.

 

Offer Internships to Current Students

 

You don't have to wait until someone graduates to get to know them. Offering internships or part-time summer jobs to college students can open doors. Work with the related departments at your local university to create programs where students can gain real-world experience. If they are a good match, bring them in once they graduate.

 

Make the Application Easy

 

Most companies have an online application process. But much like social media engagement, generation Z also needs to see mobile-friendly and easy procedures. They want to be able to apply with the touch of a button, not jump through repetitive hoops.

 

If you're still struggling to attract the talent you need, get in touch with our team!

 

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What does it mean to be underemployed? It can be a lot of things. For example, you could be a recent college grad but unable to find a job using your degree. Even seasoned employees can find themselves underemployed if their job title and duties don't match their skills and experience. So, what can you do about being underemployed? Here are a few tips to take your job to the next level.

 

Know Your Worth

 

The first step is to determine what you're truly worth. What is the sum total of your experience, and what are people paying for those positions? You can conduct research online with sites like Salary.com or Glassdoor to get a better impression of what someone with your preferred job title should be making.

 

Ask for a Promotion and Negotiate

 

It's okay to start negotiations at this stage. Remind your current employer that you have these additional skills, provide examples of how you can be of use to them, and your expectations in terms of salary. Even if they're unable to provide anything more, you are now better positioned to start your job search.

 

Volunteer

 

There are other ways to use your diverse work skills outside of your job. Many people are okay with their role but do additional work on the side through volunteering in the community. Non-profits and charities can always use extra help, so reach out with your background and skill set to see how you can assist them.

 

Perfect Your Resume

 

If you are ready to start looking for a job better suited to your experience, now is the time to work on your resume. Include a list of accomplishments showcasing how you've used your skills in the past. Make it clear that your objective is to find a position where you can make the most of your previous experience.

 

Apply with a Recruiter

 

You don't have to do this alone. When you're looking for a new job, be sure to apply with a recruiter like itec group. They can review your resume and background and talk with their extended networks to find you an opportunity that better matches your experience.

 

Contact itec group to provide the tools, confidence & the know-how needed to find a great new job in your field.

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May is Mental Health Awareness month. It's more important than ever to check on your employees and determine the best ways to support them. Burnout rates are higher than ever, and it's easy to fall into a rut. It's crucial that you understand what you can do as an employer to provide options and solutions to your team. Let's take a closer look.

 

The Rise of Employee Burnout

 

The pandemic didn't specifically cause employee burnout, but it did exacerbate it. Employees have felt the push of work/life balance and integration for a long time, but few companies have focused on real employee-based solutions. We're seeing this become a significant issue for many professionals.

 

The Great Resignation

 

The rise of burnout led directly to what's known as The Great Resignation. In the latter half of 2021, over 4 million employees quit each month. Middle career, management, and technology professionals led the way, with more women than men quitting. Healthcare and service industry workers have also been affected.

 

Access to Mental Health Counseling

 

To help employees avoid burnout and have a healthier experience at work, employers need to readjust how they provide resources to employees. One significant benefit that companies can easily offer is access to mental health counseling. This can be through health insurance or by providing subscriptions to online counseling portals.

 

Mental Health Days

 

Taking time off to recharge is also critical for improved mental health. Rather than rationing paid time off or creating arbitrary categories, allow your employees to take time off for any reason without any justification.

 

Flexible Work Options

 

Work-from-home has become the new normal over the last several years. While many companies worried it would affect productivity, we're finding that it's been an enormous benefit for many professionals. Offering remote work, hybrid schedules or flexible hours can all help someone better manage their days.

 

One on One Feedback

 

It's also vital that your management team maintains good communication with every employee. Regular check-ins help with determining the status of work-related projects. It can also allow managers to assess how their employees feel and what kind of additional support they might need.

 

If you need to hire or expand your team, get in touch with itec group!

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We are living in the age of The Great Resignation. Engineering talent all across Canada are considering alternatives to their current career paths. When you can't afford to lose your engineering experts, engagement is paramount. Engaged talent equals retained talent. Here are six tips for keeping your engineers engaged.

 

Develop Mentorships

 

Not only can a mentorship provide valuable insight for new employees, but it can also keep your current staff engaged. Allowing someone to share their knowledge, experience, skills, and insight will help them see where they fit in with the big picture of your company.

 

Provide Advancement Opportunities

 

Incoming employees don't want to feel like their new role will be the end of the road in their careers. They know that advancement won't happen overnight, but they want to see a clear path to a future with your organization. Show them how this is handled in your company.

 

Offer Additional Training

 

In the same vein, continue to invest in additional training for team members. This isn't just valuable for them; you will be able to take advantage of their new skills along the way. It's a great way to introduce new ideas and technology into your workplace culture.

 

Focus on Work/Life Balance

 

If the pandemic taught us one thing, our lives outside of work are critical to our professional success. Offering flexible, remote, or hybrid job opportunities will help your employees find better work/life balance. If you're not offering these perks, someone else will.

 

Communicate Your Corporate Culture

 

Your company culture and employer brand are essential for demonstrating your value to current and potential employees. They want to see how the company they work for participates in the community and treats their staff.

 

Value Your Employees

 

At the end of the day, if you're not valuing your employees' skills and experience, they will gladly find a new position with a company that does. Reevaluating your salary packages, benefits, and additional perks will help you stay competitive in this challenging employment market.

 

Are you struggling to bulk up your team? Get in touch with itec group!

 


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Engineering Industry Job Outlook 2022

2022 is already here. After a difficult two years, we're all looking forward to the future. Here are the things we're predicting in the engineering field and the job outlook. The industry as a whole is expected to grow 4% before 2029, but some areas anticipate faster growth, with industrial engineering at a surprising 10% jump. 95,000 engineers were predicted to retire across Canada in the last two years, though the pandemic affected that number. What does all of this mean for Canadian employers looking to build their team of rockstars? Here are some ideas to get you started.

 

Update Your Job Offer

 

With all the lessons we've learned around COVID-19 and The Great Resignation, companies need to adjust their job offers to attract top candidates at all levels. You need to know what the talent pool wants most in a job, and while salary and benefits are essential, there are plenty of other things on which to focus. Make sure you're competitive but offering what job seekers want.

 

Use Employee Referral Programs

 

Up to 40% of new hires come from employee referrals. On top of that, those employees are more likely to stay with your company for four or more years. Employee referral programs work when you tie the process into the success of the new hire. Employees want to maintain their reputation and increase their employer trust by making great recommendations.

 

Hone Interviewing Techniques

 

Interviewing is as much an art as it is a science. To drill down to find top talent when you're in the hiring process, you need to create an effective interview strategy. Not only do you have to make sure your hiring is fair and compliant, but you also need to ask the right questions. To increase your effectiveness, use a checklist for each candidate, so you compare all of the same criteria before making a decision.

 

Improve Employer Brand

 

Your employer brand is your reputation as an employer. It encompasses things like your social media presence, your candidate experience, and your employee brand ambassadors. Just like most of us don't make a purchasing decision without checking reviews, candidates will evaluate all aspects of your employer brand before deciding if they want to pursue an opportunity with your company. By improving your brand, you can attract top Canadian talent to your company.

 

Partner with a Recruitment Firm

 

If you need to build your team of engineering rockstars in 2022, the first step can be as simple as connecting with a recruitment firm. By partnering with itec group, we can help you source, interview, hire, and onboard excellent engineering talent in your open positions.

 

Contact itec group to learn more today!

 

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As we head into the colder months, many people suffer from seasonal affective disorder or SAD. People who work from home can be impacted even more. In this post, we'll dive into the definition of SAD along with signs and symptoms and how it affects your wellness. We'll also share ideas of how to manage it, especially if working remotely.

 

What is SAD?

 

Seasonal affective disorder is a form of depression that is directly related to the changing of the seasons. It typically starts and ends at the same time each year and lasts through the winter. It impacts energy levels and can make people feel moody. Some people brush it off as the winter blues, but cases of SAD can be much more severe than that.

 

How to Manage SAD

 

You don't have to tough SAD out on your own. It's recommended that you talk to a professional about your symptoms and what to do about them. But there are a few things that can help you try to stabilize your mood during the winter.

 

Get Fresh Air

 

The shorter days impact the feelings of SAD, but you can counter them a little by taking advantage of the daytime and going outdoors. Even for just a few minutes each day, fresh air and sunlight can give your mood a boost. At home, take a break midday to go for a walk around the block before returning to your computer.

 

Set Boundaries

 

One of the most important things you can do when working from home is set boundaries. And this is especially true if you're experiencing the symptoms of SAD. Make sure you're setting clear boundaries around your start and end time each day. While it can be challenging to say no to events and activities in the winter months, it's okay to curate what you do so you aren't exhausted.

 

Engage in Social Activities

 

However, social activities can help you feel better when you're dealing with the symptoms of SAD. Winter holidays are a way for us to stay active, engaged, and grateful when the weather is cold. Pick a few social activities to commit to and let yourself enjoy them.

 

If you believe a change of pace could help, consider starting a job search with us.

 

Contact itec group Recruitment Solutions today.

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