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4 Tips for Perfecting Your Cover Letter

By LucasWorks! on November 10th, 2016

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Job seekers often spend a great deal of time perfecting their resumes. While there is no doubt that a professional resume is an essential component of the job search process, a well-crafted cover letter is equally important but often neglected. Cover letters can reflect a side of you that your resume simply can’t portray. For example, when executed well, a cover letter can demonstrate your work ethic and attention to detail. Regardless of how impressive your resume is, a poorly written- or non-existent- cover letter might be a deal breaker. Consider the following cover letter tips:

Be mindful of the company culture. Every organization has their own unique culture and your cover letter should reflect that. For example, if you’re applying for a position at a company that focuses heavily on statistics, the tone of your cover letter should be appealing to readers who crave data and facts. Alternatively, if you’re sending your cover letter to a creative, non-profit organization, your words should have a decidedly different tone. Simply put: avoid sending out a generic cover letter; always cater your letter to the specific organization you’re applying to.

2. Explain how you can help. Of course, you want to impress the hiring manager with your skills and experience, but more importantly, you want to stress how you can help the organization. Present yourself as a solution to a problem.

Keep it brief. Hiring managers don’t want to read a novel about your work experience, however impressive it may be. Instead, try to keep your cover letter brief. Aim for no more than three paragraphs.

Check your ego at the door. Avoid making your cover letter all about you. Remember: your goal is to present yourself as a solution to the company’s problem. Don’t litter your letter with sentences beginning with “I…” and think of alternative ways to convey your message.

Tips for Making a Temporary Job Permanent

By LucasWorks! on September 27th, 2016

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Working a temporary job can be a great way to dip your toes in the water and find out what it would be like to work for a specific organization.  It’s an opportunity to find out what its culture is like, the type of work you’d be doing and the people you’d be working with.  There are people in the workforce who deliberately seek out temporary work because of uncertainty in their own lives, because they need some extra cash or because they simply want to try a job on for size.  However, the vast majority of temporary workers are hoping to turn that experience into something full-time, either with the company they work for or by taking the experience they gain and moving on elsewhere.

There are many things you can do as a temporary employee to improve your chances of becoming permanent, so here are a few tips to help you get started:

Have the right mindset and enthusiasm.  For starters, avoid the mindset of thinking you’re just a temporary worker.  Treat your temporary job as if it were a permanent position.  Be a reliable, dedicated and enthusiastic employee who strives to exceed expectations.  When you think and feel like you’re part of the company, it changes everything.

Make meaningful contributions to your team.  Make an effort to acquire new skills, educate yourself and ask questions.  Self-motivation and intellectual curiosity are universally admired traits.  Be eager and remain flexible, even if it requires doing something outside your role or staying late. You will not only help your coworkers succeed, but also illustrate how you directly benefit the company.

Get to know the company. Employers are not only looking at performance but also at how well individuals fit into the company’s culture.  Every company has a distinct personality and atmosphere.  Your chances of landing a permanent position increase with your ability to recognize that and adapt accordingly.  If you can blend into the company culture while creating a positive impression, you have an excellent chance of being considered for a permanent position.

Let your employers know you want job. While you may think it goes without saying, you need to express your interest in a permanent position.  Plant the seed early with your employer and/or the staffing agency that placed you there and find out what it will take to become a permanent employee.

Lastly, combining a personal demeanor with a strong work ethic can translate into success.  Even if your temporary job does not evolve into a permanent position, the people you meet and the experiences you gain could lead to an even better prospect in the end!

How to Get On a Recruiters Radar

By LucasWorks! on June 2nd, 2016

We’ve all been rejected for a job we believed we were perfect for, whether it was as an entry level candidate fresh out of school, or as an experienced worker looking to explore a new industry.  Getting the standard auto-rejection   e-mail, or even worse, dreaded silence, can definitely take a toll on your confidence and self-esteem.

A successful job search requires covering all your bases-keeping tabs on and answering job ads, perfecting your resume, networking and working with a recruiter.  But working with a recruiter can often seem unfamiliar or out of your control.  With the large number of applicants a job opening usually gets, the entire process can be frustrating.

In this post, we’re going to share some tips on how to get your job application noticed and how to impress in an interview!

Avoid Common Mistakes

To avoid having your resume lost in cyberspace, start by addressing your application to the right person.  Take a moment and ask yourself if you’re guilty of any of these common mistakes:

  1. Dear Miss-should be Dear Ms (marital status is irrelevant, so this is the business appropriate way to address a women-unless she’s earned a title such as Dr. or Prof.)
  2. To Whom It May Concern
  3. Dear Sir or Madam
  4. Dear Steve –should be Dear Mr. insert Steve’s last name

Make sure you take the extra time to do some research and find out who “Whom” is.  Job postings often have a contact listed at the bottom, so taking that extra step and addressing your application to that person shows your attention to detail.  If for some reason you’ve done all your due diligence and still can’t find a name, use their job title.  Also, make sure you reference the position or job posting number in the subject line of your e-mail.

Spend Time Tailoring Your Resume

Take the time to format your resume and cover letter and tailor them to the job.  If you’ve worked for a well-known or relevant company, make sure you’re highlighting those experiences.  If you have a gap in employment, let us know what you’ve been doing to fill that gap, whether it be community involvement, volunteering or bettering your skills, we want to know.

All recruiters work for the hiring company and most look for candidates who have a stable history of doing well at their previous or current job.  To set yourself apart from other candidates, highlight activities that demonstrate expertise and leadership in your industry.  Once that’s done, proof read, proof read, proof read!

Leave An Impression

Before a recruiter presents your application to an employer, his or her plan is to interview you to make sure you’re the right fit for the job.  Your role in an interview is to show the recruiter why you’re the right fit.  From the way you enter a room to the clothes you wear, this is your opportunity to shine.  Make sure you’re on time, dressed professionally and that you greet the recruiter with a firm handshake and good eye contact.

Be yourself.  Tell relevant and positive personal stories and give real-life examples.  Give honest, but polite opinions and show some enthusiasm.  There are times when personality can trump experience, so don’t hesitate to show your personality!

Follow Up

Occasionally send resume updates so that the recruiter is aware of your continued interest, and follow up after you’ve submitted an application or had an interview.  This doesn’t mean daily calls and a flood of e-mails.  Be reasonable and trust your judgement.  Simply taking the time to write a short and sincere thank-you e-mail can be what sets you apart from other candidates.

Stay Positive

We know that the job hunt can be brutal.  We also know that there are people out there doing all of these things and still not having any luck, because in some ways job seeking is a game of luck.  While it certainly comes down to having a strong application and using your resources, it can partly rely on a chance encounter that the right person will see your resume at the right time.  And if that’s just not happening and you feel like you want to curl up in a ball of woe, try to stay positive.  Pause, take a couple of breaths, give yourself a pep talk and don’t give up!  Every step you take is getting you closer to your goal.

We want to know about your experiences job hunting! How do you stay positive?  What has/has not worked for you?

LucasWorks! Stands Tall Amongst PROFIT 500 for 5 Years in a Row

By LucasWorks! on September 22nd, 2015

lw-profit-500 Windsor, ON. For 5 years in a row, LucasWorks! has made the PROFIT 500 ranking as one of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies.

The PROFIT 500 is Canada’s largest annual celebration of entrepreneurial achievement. Ranking revenue growth, not profitability, in 3 categories: nationally, regionally and by industry. The program recognizes entrepreneurs and their businesses for diverse achievements, which contribute to our nation.

“We are very honoured to be part the PROFIT 500 list for 5 consecutive years in a row,” says President, Maureen Lucas. “We take great pride in growing our company by helping people find meaningful employment.”

Growing 157% between 2009 and 2014, LucasWorks! provided employment to 625 workers throughout the province of Ontario this past year. The company has also started a separate division – LUCAS Professional Search Group continues to grow and assist companies across Ontario to hire Executive and Professional level talent.

The firm’s continued growth with qualified recruitment partners all stems from their headquarters in Windsor.

View LucasWorks! 2015 PROFIT 500 ranking.

Job Fair – July 4th – How to Make it “Work” for You

By LucasWorks! on June 26th, 2015

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You see a lot of advertisements for Job Fairs and you must wonder, “why don’t they just advertise and hire people?” Why does everyone need to attend a cattle call for jobs?

The reason is that companies are trying to find the “hidden market” of candidates. The people that have not applied to their company before and may not know about the great opportunities that their company offers. They want you to come out and meet their team and sometimes even see their business location.

Why is it good to attend these events? First, you may get a job. The true goal of a job fair is to hire people but there are a couple of things you may want to do to prepare.

1. Look your best. You want to stand out in a crowd. This doesn’t necessarily mean dressing to the nines but it does mean clean, neat attire that has been ironed and looks fresh.
2. Put on your best smile. Companies hire attitude over aptitude and even if the jobs are technical, hiring managers want to hire people who will be team players
3. Make sure your resume is in a folder – not folded up and in your back pocket. Your resume is the same as your attire. It represents who you are.
4. Lastly – know something about the company you are applying to. Do a quick google search and find out three important things that you know about the company and make sure you share that information with the representative you speak with.

Now you are ready – so…

LUCASWORKS! IS HAVING A JOB FAIR
Saturday, July 4th 10am- 2pm
Wednesday, July 8th 10am- 2pm

There ARE great jobs available and we invite YOU to come in a talk to us about them

General Labour – $13 – $15 per hour
Automotive _ Machine Operators $15 – $16
Forklift Operator – 3 month Contract – $19.50 per hour
Customer Service Reps – $30K

All first time applicants eligible to win a draw for a $100 Devonshire Gift Card

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