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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!

Benefits of A Seasonal Job

By LucasWorks! on November 10th, 2017

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Seasonal jobs are good for far more than just extra spending money or awesome discounts at retailers for holiday shopping (though, let’s face it – who could resist based on that alone?)  In fact, taking on a seasonal job can be a great stepping stone on the way to beginning or getting back into a career.

 

Here are some other benefits to having a seasonal job:

 

  1. Flexible Schedules – Are you a mom or dad who wants to be at home when the kids leave/return from school? Don’t like the typical 9-5 work schedule?  Many seasonal jobs offer a variety of schedules like days and afternoons or steady midnights.

 

  1. Try something new – Taking a seasonal job can be a great way to explore a new industry or career without making a long-term commitment, since most seasonal jobs last from November – January.  If you’ve ever considered a certain career path, a seasonal job will give you a sense for what the work will be like.

 

  1. Learn new skills – Even though most seasonal jobs last a few months, you will still gain new experiences and skills. These additional skills can help you to remain competitive when applying for future jobs.

 

  1. Get a great reference – Work as hard in a seasonal job as you would in a full-time, permanent position. Show off your great work ethic, talent and resourcefulness to earn yourself great reviews from your manager and fellow employees. You can use them as references in your continued job search.

 

  1. Networking – During your seasonal work, you’ll be exposed to many people. Some may be able to connect you with a hiring manager (or someone who can put you in touch with a hiring manager) and help propel your career forward.

 

  1. Opportunity for permanent hire – Companies sometimes keep a number of seasonal workers if they need the continued help and if those employees prove themselves as assets to the company. Your seasonal job could turn full-time after the holidays!

Check out or seasonal job opportunities here!