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4 Typical Reasons Employers Turn To Professional Recruiting Solutions

By LucasWorks! on March 2nd, 2018

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The recruitment process can be difficult, especially if you’re time constricted or hiring outside of your expertise. Not only that, the amount of paperwork and research needed to conduct the hiring process thoroughly can set you behind on your normal duties and cause undue stress.

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If you feel exhausted just thinking about hiring, you’re not alone. There’s a way to bypass all the toughest parts of the recruitment process and still get great results. Here are four typical reasons employers turn to professional recruiting solutions.

1. They Don’t Have the Right Tools

 

The modern hiring market is complex. Years ago, it may have been appropriate to advertise your open roles in a store window or in a newspaper, but the modern market requires modern tools to win over top-tier candidates.

An employer’s old tried-and-true recruitment strategies may not have the same success as they used to and are likely to result in an influx of candidates who don’t have the right skills and experience for the job. Instead, many employers are turning to professional recruiting solutions because they have the most up-to-date hiring tactics that offer excellent results.

Digital hiring campaigns, hiring apps and websites, and social media recruiting are tools used by hiring experts to find top performers. The modern candidate can be elusive, but professional recruiters have the right strategies to approach and win over top talent.

 

2. They Have High Turnover Rates

 

High turnover rates are never good for a business. It can damage an employer’s reputation and be bad for productivity—especially if it’s happening more than a few times a year.

Employers are turning to professional recruiting solutions because recruiters can expertly manage all necessary steps of the hiring process, like pre-screening tests, background tests, and interviews, to make long-lasting hires.

Recruiters are focused on long-term results. They have the time and skills to delve deeper into a candidate’s background to make the right hires and reduce turnover.

 

3. They Don’t Have Time

 

Employers are busy people, and hiring can take up a lot of time. Among creating the perfect job description, sorting through resumes, arranging interviews, and onboarding new employees, the entire process can take up months of your time.

When employers rely on professional recruiting solutions for their hiring needs, all of the most time-consuming aspects of the hiring cycle are handled. The entire process is streamlined and employers gain quality candidates on a shorter timeline.

 

4. They Don’t Have the Right Kind of Knowledge

 

For many employers, a time will come when they have to hire outside of their expertise. It’s never going to be easy for an employer who runs a retail store to hire in a highly technical role, for example, but it may have to be done.

Understanding their limitations, employers are turning to professional recruitment solutions when they don’t have the right kind of knowledge to make an informed hire.

Recruiters specialize in areas like sales and marketing, finance, and light industrial—so it makes sense to use their expertise to hire in those areas. They know what skills and certifications are needed, what benefits to offer, and what types of personalities are needed to excel in those areas.

With the help of a recruiter, employers can feel confident they’re getting the best candidate for the job.

Posted By Nicola Malcom – Vice President, Operations, Talentcor

How Volunteering Can Help With Your Job Search

By LucasWorks! on January 19th, 2018

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There are a lot of obvious benefits to volunteering for your favourite charity – a sense of accomplishment, giving back to others, gaining perspective and meeting new people.  In fact, volunteering can take many shapes and forms – from community involvement that may not be related to your professional objectives, to volunteer work specifically targeting your employment goals.

 

Volunteering is a great way to gain skills in your chosen profession, providing ways your efforts can help you land your dream job.

 

Develop new skills

Research and identify organizations that have legitimate volunteer departments and that represent causes that are meaningful to you, and that potential spots where you can gain work experience, and learn and improve your skills and qualifications.  Volunteering can be a positive way to get training in areas your current or past jobs didn’t provide.  This is especially valuable for those who need additional experience for a particular job or promotion.

 

Build a professional network

Make an effort to get to know the team and find opportunities to start meeting other people at the organization.  You never know who you’ll meet doing charity work.  If you choose a volunteer role related to your target job, you may run into people with similar interests or that have jobs similar to the one you want.

 

Bride resume gaps and add experience

Add your volunteer experience to your resume and social media presence.  Employers value candidates who make a difference in the community; it helps you cover gaps in your work history and keeps you busy while you are looking for paid employment.

On your resume, list the organization and dates of your service and mention your accomplishments.

 

Impress employers with your ambition

Using your time to gain new skills and help your community – either while looking for employment or while working – highlights your willingness to jump in, learn new things and do more.  Candidates who volunteer stand out in a positive way because their passion and involvement in the community is evident.

 

Help others and help yourself

Volunteering helps you get involved in positive experiences, as well as get the positive feeling that you are giving back to the community.  It can increase energy and compassion, and helps get that fulfilling “I made a difference” feeling in return.

 

Winter Health & Safety Tips

By LucasWorks! on January 12th, 2018

 

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Working during the winter can feel more like survival of the fittest than an everyday challenge.  The risks are even greater for employees who have to work and drive outdoors.  Here are some winter safety tips to help you stay safe and healthy by planning ahead!

 

Keep your car ready for cold weather use

  • Service the radiator and maintain antifreeze level; check tire tread or, if necessary, replace tires with all-weather or snow tires.
    • Keep gas tank full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines.
    • Use a wintertime formula in your windshield washer.
    • Prepare a winter emergency kit to keep in your car in case you become stranded. The kit should include:
      • cell phone, portable charger, and extra batteries;
      • blankets;
      • food and water;
      • booster cables, flares, tire pump, and a bag of sand or cat litter (for traction);
      • compass and maps;
      • flashlight, battery-powered radio, and extra batteries;
      • first-aid kit; and
      • plastic bags (for sanitation).

Equip in advance for emergencies

 

Be prepared for weather-related emergencies, including power outages.

  • Stock food that needs no cooking or refrigeration and water stored in clean containers.
  • Ensure that your cell phone is fully charged.
  • When planning travel, be aware of current and forecast weather conditions.
  • Keep an up-to-date emergency kit, including:
    • Battery-operated devices, such as a flashlight, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio, and lamps;
    • extra batteries;
    • first-aid kit and extra medicine;
    • baby items; and
    • cat litter or sand for icy walkways.
  • Protect your family from carbon monoxide.
    • Keep grills, camp stoves, and generators out of the house, basement and garage.
    • Locate generators at least 20 feet from the house.
    • Leave your home immediately if the CO detector sounds, and call 911.

Take these precautions outdoors

 

Many people spend time outdoors in the winter working, traveling, or enjoying winter sports. Outdoor activities can expose you to several safety hazards, but you can take these steps to prepare for them:

  • Wear appropriate outdoor clothing: wear a tightly woven, preferably wind-resistant coat or jacket; inner layers of light, warm clothing; mittens; hats; scarves; and waterproof boots.
  • Sprinkle cat litter or sand on icy patches.
  • Learn safety precautions to follow when outdoors.
    • Work slowly when doing outside chores.
    • Take a buddy and an emergency kit when you are participating in outdoor recreation.
    • Carry a cell phone.

*Originally published on Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, December 2017*

Searching For A Job During The Holidays

By LucasWorks! on December 14th, 2017

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Whether you’re unemployed and looking for work or employed but looking for a change, the holidays can be a great time to jump start your job search.  Contrary to popular opinion, employers don’t stop hiring just because it’s the holiday season.

 

Seasonal jobs, for instance, can be both a way to pay the bills and stepping stones on the way to potential full-time employment.  And with Boxing Day on the horizon, businesses are rushing to fill their job openings.  Although many employers gear up for the holidays in October, there are still plenty of opportunities for work out there.  The challenge is finding those opportunities and getting an interview.

 

Here are a few ways to enhance your holiday job search and get one step ahead of the competition.

 

Don’t slow down your job search

 

Some people give up job searching during the holidays.  Don’t be one of them.  Employers are still hiring and there may be less competition from other job seekers this time of year.  Additionally, companies that budget on an annual basis may have jobs they need to hire for now.

 

Use your down time wisely 

 

If you’re working at a company where the holiday season is a slow one, take advantage.  If you have vacation time you need to use up, schedule some networking or informational meetings.  It’s an ideal time of year to connect with acquaintances you haven’t been in touch with in a while.

 

The holiday season is a time of celebration and coming together.  Networking events and volunteer projects are plentiful.  Use these events to connect with others in your industry.  Once you’ve made these contacts, search on LinkedIn and connect with them.  After that, feel free to send a positive message thanking them for connecting with you and let them know that you’re looking for work.  These connections could lead to seasonal work or even a full-time job in the future!

 

Make a list – and check it twice

 

What do you really want in a job?  It’s fine if you’re just looking for something to pay the bills right now, but do you have a long-term strategy?  What do you enjoy?  What do you dislike?  What kind of manager and business culture do you need to thrive?  Asking yourself these questions can make your job search much clearer, paving the way for the New Year!

 

Are you currently searching for a job during the holidays?  If so, tell us some of your tips and tricks!

 

Employee Profile – Jenn Eggett

By LucasWorks! on November 21st, 2017

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Jenn Eggett HeadshotMy name is Jenn Eggett and I am a Recruitment Specialist at LucasWorks!

After completing my Honours Degree in Psychology from the University of Windsor, I knew I wanted to further my education and use this knowledge to pursue a career in Human Resources.  I am currently enrolled in the Human Resources Management program through Fanshawe College where I will earn a Graduate Certificate in Human Resources.

As I was born and raised in Windsor, ON, I am fortunate to have the opportunity to work for LucasWorks! and give back to the community in which I live.  I take pride in helping candidates find the work they are best suited for as well as providing clients with the best candidates for their business.  I am passionate about helping others and working for LucasWorks! allows me to use my education to benefit individuals on a daily basis.  As a leader in this industry, the professionalism and strong sense of community involvement that LucasWorks! is built on makes me proud to be part of their team!