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Closing the deal Print E-mail
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How to end a job interview the right way


You’ve rehearsed your answers for the tough questions, but are you ready to end the job interview?

While first impressions are important, many people forget that last impressions tend to linger. How you end a job interview is nearly as crucial as how you start one.

“Just shaking their hand and saying, ‘I look forward to hearing from you,’ is not really the best last impression you want to make,” says Brian Sekandi, a partner at executive placement firm Gilmore Partners.

Human resources expert Sarah Paul agrees that your attitude at the end of an interview can help or hurt your chances.

She says, “Show confidence by giving a firm handshake and making strong eye contact.”

Canadian employment rate holds steady Print E-mail
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End-of-summer statistics show some good news for younger workers


Canadian employment saw little change in August, with the unemployment rate inching up by just 0.1% to 7.3%.
There was some good news for younger workers, as people aged 25 to 54 saw employment gains that month. However, these were offset by job losses for workers aged 55 and over.

Over the past year, employment has increased 1.3%, which equates to 223,000 new jobs. Ontario and Alberta saw the largest gains in 2011.

It’s not just a job, it’s a mountain experience Print E-mail
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Whether you’re seeking a full-fledged career or just a part-time job on the slopes, ski hills are alive with the sound of hiring

Did you know that tourism is one of the world’s fastest-growing industries? It’s true. In British Columbia, tourism is outpacing mining, agriculture and fishing as a leading industry for the province.

Not surprisingly, it offers a diverse range of job and career opportunities, which means no matter what your interests, you can be sure to find a job in tourism that suits you to a T.

This time of year, it would be hard to find a more dynamic working environment than at one of the province’s many ski hills and resorts. The snowsport sector offers a variety of stable career opportunities to suit your individual skills and interests.

While the employment benefits are unique and exciting, getting started in the industry can be relatively easy because many positions don’t require specific education or training.

Virtually every community throughout B.C. features skiing at or near its doorstep. Whether you prefer to live in bustling downtown Vancouver, a quaint town in the Kootenays or high up in the Rocky Mountains, a job in the snowsport sector is seldom far away.

Job fair aware Print E-mail
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How to prepare for and succeed at a career fair


Job fairs (a.k.a. career or hiring expos) are a great way for you to explore various employment options and meet with multiple employers in one day at a single location.

“A job fair is an event for employers, recruiters and schools to meet with prospective job seekers,” explains Kathleen Alexis, case manager and marketing and events co-ordinator at Douglas College’s Cave Employment Resource Centre, which hosts its next Retail Hiring Fair on September 17 at Metrotown Centre in Burnaby.

“These events let companies and organizations showcase their business and collect resumés for current and future job openings.”

While “most employers will take a few minutes with a job seeker to ask and answer questions,” there are often hundreds – if not thousands – of candidates at any given job fair. That’s why it’s important to do what you can to ensure you don’t get lost in the crowd.

The first thing you need to know: what kind of event you’re attending. Universities, colleges and sometimes even high schools host job fairs for their students; some of these, but not all, are open to the public.

Career opportunities in supply-chain management Print E-mail
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As many as 80,000 supply-chain management recruits will be needed for new or vacant jobs annually

Supply-chain management is the process of strategically managing flows of goods, services, finance and knowledge, plus relationships within and among organizations, to support and achieve enterprise objectives.

Supply-chain management involves the integration of core areas of knowledge (procurement, operations, logistics) and supporting knowledge areas (marketing, finance and accounting, human resources, knowledge management).

Globalization, sustainability, information technology – these are just a few of the many issues that businesses today wrestle with. In this dynamic environment improving supply-chain performance has become essential for companies to remain successful. It’s a growing trend that will only intensify.

Supply-chain management professionals occupy influential positions across organizations. They work in senior management, consulting, procurement, operations, logistics, transportation and trade.

Considering a career in law? Print E-mail
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B.C. lawyers Louise Kim and Roy Millen share their success stories in the legal field

With hiring in the legal field expected to remain strong this year, we asked the Law Society of British Columbia to share the career success stories of two Lower Mainland lawyers with us.

Within the short span of a few months, Louise Kim led and won a case in the B.C. Court of Appeal, got married and made the transition from private practice to policy analyst with WorkSafeBC.

“My schedule at WorkSafeBC is more predictable, which means I can more easily plan my life outside of the office,” says Kim, who fit lunch-hour pilates into during her workday prior to going on maternity leave earlier this year. “As a policy analyst, I get to focus on finding the best solutions to promote safe and healthy workplaces for everyone.”

While she finds in-house work very rewarding, Kim thoroughly enjoyed the excitement that comes from leading a case in court – an experience she had as an associate at a mid-sized, Vancouver firm.


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