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4 Signs You May Need to Find a New Job in 2016

By LucasWorks! on January 14th, 2016

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If you have been thinking about making a career change, the beginning of a new year can be the perfect time. Today’s job market is extremely competitive, so before you make the move, take a look around and ask yourself if now is the right moment to look for something new.

Let’s consider four signs you should find a new job in 2016:

1) Job Satisfaction
Perhaps you deal with boredom instead of stress – or maybe you’ve been wondering whether your industry is “really” for you. Before you make a move, narrow things down and get a better understanding of why you’re unhappy. Is it your job responsibilities? Co-Workers? Environment? Once you’ve identified what is causing your dissatisfaction, ask yourself: “Are these things I can change in my current role? Or do I need something new?”

2) Opportunity for Advancement
Depending on the company you work for, room for advancement may not be available. This could be because of the size of the organization, the current workforce or a predetermined succession plan. If you see this as a road block, maybe it’s time to look for another opportunity.

3) Culture
Every business has its own culture. People who are highly successful in one culture might find themselves floundering in another. Many job seekers today are placing more value on the workplace culture when they are considering a new role. If this is an element of your job that you place importance on and the culture at your current workplace isn’t right for you, maybe it’s time to make a change.

4) Training and Leadership
Being in an entry level or intermediate role in a company requires training opportunities and strong leadership to learn from. If you feel you aren’t being given the opportunity to learn and educate yourself in your field, or that you don’t have strong leaders to learn from, maybe it’s time to start looking around for a company that offers this to its employees.

Everyone changes careers a few times during their life. If you feel something isn’t right, make your move in 2016.

The 5 Common Traits of Employees Who Get Promoted

By LucasWorks! on November 13th, 2015

Employee Traits for Promotion

Maintaining momentum in your career takes more than sheer skill or industry knowledge – it’s also about maintaining the right attitude. That said, getting a promotion is far from a mystery: Anyone can create a lucrative, fulfilling career in any field. Let’s look at five core traits of employees who get promoted.

They Are Organized

Organization is key to success, no matter if you’re a team leader or solo contributor. A deft sense of organization helps professionals stay on track, prioritize, and delegate. All these skills are vital for rising through management or the executive ranks, preparing you to take on more complex projects with bigger responsibilities.

They Are Ambitious

“Ambition” may sometimes sound negative, but the right kind of ambition is essential to career growth. People who are ambitious in a healthy sense are always looking for ways to improve themselves and help those around them unlock their potential, too. Ambitious people aren’t afraid to take on the kind of challenges that can make a reputation.

They Are Accountable

Seeking career growth may lead to situations where you’re challenged – but there is no greater learning experience than hardship. People who get promotions stay accountable for their own performance. They don’t shift blame, they give credit where credit is due, and they look at mistakes as opportunities for professional and personal evolution.

They Are Clear Communicators

Communication is perhaps the most powerful and sought-after soft skill. Someone who is able to crisply and clearly communicate complex ideas has the makings of leadership; all the better if he or she can also write succinct, effective memos and emails. The ability to champion ideas and argue for your interests cannot be underestimated.

They Are Invested

Getting a promotion means making yourself worth it. That starts with giving everything you are capable of in your current role. It also means going a step beyond whenever you can. Think creatively and find ways to deliver value to your current employer – whether that means growing your network, ramping up your education, or being more active as a thought leader.

When business leaders decide who to promote, they are often looking for someone with the right personality. The traits that position people for success can’t be taught, but have to come from within. Challenge yourself to adopt the traits above and you might find your workplace talents getting noticed even sooner than you imagined.

LucasWorks! Job Fair for Full Time Inbound Customer Service Representatives

By LucasWorks! on October 22nd, 2015

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On behalf of our client The Bradford Exchange Group we are recruiting for full-time Seasonal In-bound Customer Service Representatives.

These positions are conveniently located on a bus route.

When: Thursday October 29th, 2015 from 9:00am – 2:00pm
Where: The Bradford Exchange Group Boardroom – 1940 Oxford St, London, ON. N5V 5E3

Position: Full-time Seasonal
Rate of Pay: $12.00 per hour to start plus bonus and incentives
Location: London, ON on a bus route
Hours of Work Ranges: 8:00 a.m. earliest – 11:30 p.m. latest

5 days a week which will include a Saturday or Sunday each week

Duties:

  • Answering calls and assisting with customer inquiries
  • Provide exceptional customer service to all new and existing customers
  • Promotion and up-selling of current and new products
  • Meet monthly sales; customer service and productivity targets

Qualifications:

  • 1-2 years experience in a customer service and sales role
  • Call centre experience an asset
  • Excellent verbal communication skills
  • Minimum typing speed of 35 words per minute
  • Strong attention to detail
  • OSSD or equivalent

Please note: Bonuses offered for bilingual skills in French and/or Spanish as well as monthly incentives for all employees.

This position is great for those seeking full-time temporary employment with an opportunity for permanent work.

Training classes start immediately!

Please bring in with you:

  • Photo ID (Driver license, passport, birth certificate)
  • SIN Card
  • 2 Work Related References
  • Updated copy of Resume
  • Direct Deposit Information

If you are interested in this opportunity but unable to attend the Job Fair, please email zahra@lucasworks.ca.

Windsor Unemployment Rate High, But Many Jobs Available

By LucasWorks! on October 8th, 2015

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The Unemployment Problem in Windsor

Since 2001, Windsor has been in an economic slump, which is best evidenced by its consistently high unemployment rates. In total, it has been the Canadian city with the highest unemployment rate in 66 months out of that period, compared to 62 months for the runner-up, which is Saguenay over in Quebec.

What Caused the Unemployment Problem in Windsor?

The problem in Windsor has more than one cause, though they are connected.

First, Ontario’s manufacturing sector has been contracting for decades, so much so that it has shed almost 30 percent of its jobs since 2002. This has hit Windsor particularly hard because of its reliance on auto manufacturing. For example, there are now about 1,600 Ford employees in Windsor compared to 6,500 Ford employees eight years ago. Likewise, there are now no GM employees in Windsor because the American auto manufacturer closed its Windsor operations in 2010.

Second, the loss of these jobs has caused further problems for Windsor’s economy. Fewer jobs means that people are spending less money, resulting in an economic contraction because of falling demand. This creates a vicious cycle, which is particularly difficult to correct because the government now has fewer resources with which to help.

Finally, there is a skill gap in Windsor. The people who used to be in auto manufacturing had skills well-suited to their positions. However, the evidence suggests that auto manufacturing may not be coming back to Windsor. As a result of this many people that worked in the automotive industry have had to look at a career change, going back to school in order to gain new skills, and a lot of former automotive employees have moved out of province in search of employment, leaving Windsor with less and less people to fill positions.

How LucasWorks Can Help

Over the past few years, Windsor has been making a serious effort to diversify Windsor’s economy, resulting in expansions to sectors such as construction, finance, and real estate. This is reflected by LucasWorks, which is now hiring for more jobs than ever before. By contacting LucasWorks, Windsorites gain access to a multitude of jobs in Light Industrial, Clerical and Professional settings. Better still, they gain access to expert assistance with recruitment as well as their skills training.

If you are looking for work in the Windsor area, contact a LucasWorks representative today!

Don’t Burn Bridges

By LucasWorks! on January 8th, 2015

During most job hunts an interview is followed-up by the calling of references. These references can give the employer the reason that they’re looking for to either hire or pass on a candidate, so it is important that the references you choose to represent you are not only reputable, but also have a very high opinion of you and your work. So how do you ensure your references will speak highly of you? Give them reasons to!

  1. Be up Front and Honest
  2. Give your employer the benefit of knowing the reason you’ve decided to resign. Maybe their wage is no longer competitive in the expanding market or you’re finding part of your job difficult to tackle and see no other way of dealing with the issue. If something is bothering you, it may be helpful to explain it to your manager. They will appreciate the honesty and will hopefully be able to resolve the issue before your replacement leaves for the same reason.

  3. Give Plenty of Notice
  4. A minimum of two weeks’ notice is imperative in maintaining respect from your employer. If you’re able to provide more than two weeks, do so. This notice allows your employer to process the information you’ve given them, recruit for your replacement, and begin training before you, and all your knowledge, leaves. Giving your employer less than two weeks to complete these steps may leave them with a bad taste in their mouth, which could ultimately affect how they remember you in the future.

  5. Ensure they hear it from you
  6. Although the thought of giving your resignation news to your boss may turn your stomach, it is important that you do not reach out for coaching from your co-workers. News tends to spread rapidly throughout a workplace, even when kept within a confined group. Get some counselling from friends and family outside of your work circle and speak with your boss before your colleagues. It can catch your boss off-guard to receive the news from someone other than yourself and they may feel disrespected if they feel like they’re the only one who doesn’t know.

  7. Offer your Knowledge
  8. Let your boss know that you’d be more than happy to help train your replacement. This will show your employer that although you’re leaving, you’re still invested with the company. Spend some time creating up-to-date and accurate notes for the new employee. Upon completing your notice period, offer your personal phone number to your replacement and let them know that you’re there to help if they have any questions that come up.

  9. Stay Connected
  10. Keep in touch with your boss following your resignation. A few weeks after leaving pick up the phone or send them a quick e-mail just to see how they are doing. Every few months try to meet up with them over lunch. This will help to jog their memory when being asked questions about you.

  11. Get Permission
  12. Finally, before giving out the name and phone number of your previous employer always ask their permission. This will allow them to prepare for a possible phone call and will give them some time to look at your file and remember your work while you were there. It’s difficult when employers get calls out of the blue asking about the work of a past employee who hasn’t crossed their mind in 6 months. Show them respect by ensuring they are comfortable providing a reference for you.

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So many individuals do not realize how severely burning one bridge can hurt your job hunt. Employers take feedback from references very seriously and a red-flag could give them enough assurance to pull you out of the running. Ensure that you use these tactics whenever you are leaving your position. The more respect that you show towards your employer, the better the outcome. You do not want to be hindered by an employer from your past as you try to move your future forward.

Laura MacIsaac
Recruitment Specialist, LucasWorks!