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How to Obtain an Apprenticeship in Ontario

There Are Several Ways to Obtain and Complete an Apprenticeship in Ontario Anyone who has worked in some type of seasonal or part-time position may attest to the fact that those jobs often included very little if any formal training; because these were not permanent roles, the employers could have been reluctant to invest time and money to train temporary Read More

Examining the Role of a Machinist

Machinist Jobs Are Vitally Important in the Precision Manufacturing Industry Although there have been numerous books and movies about the rise of the machines, in which some types of robots or automatons take over the world, it remains a reality that qualified human operators are needed to ensure that the vast majority of machinery performs and produces to desired expectations.  Read More

Looking for Work at Different Times of the Year

Better and Less-Than-Ideal Times of the Year to Initiate Your New Job Search For some people, the need to look for a new job could be dictated by circumstance; the closing of a business, a corporate downsizing, an employment relocation opportunity for their spouse or partner, or changes in their personal/family life are some of the reasons why people must Read More

Qualifications to Become a MIG Welder

MIG Welder or TIG Welder Jobs Can Offer Viable and Rewarding Career Options With the existing and continuing emphasis on the use of computers, mobile devices, and wireless technology in the workforce, there is an interesting contrast in Canada relative to trades jobs in general and welder jobs in particular; whereas welding will often appear on lists of in-demand trades, Read More

Give Your Resume an Update to Start the New Year

The Start of a New Calendar Year is an Excellent Time to Update Your Resume Many people will associate various times of the year as triggers for taking certain actions or tending to specific responsibilities within their personal/family lives.  For example, the arrival of the month of April often prompts a scramble to collect all receipts and file a tax Read More

How and Why to Connect with a Recruiter as Part of Your Job Search Efforts

Contacting Job Recruiters Can Be a Valuable Investment in Your Search Efforts Whether a job search is being conducted to find an entry-level position, to change career paths, or for the purpose of professional advancement, such an initiative can seem like a full-time job all on its own; with a major difference of course being that it does not come Read More

Tips for Pursuing and Achieving Career Goals in the New Year

Measurable Actions to Guide the Pursuit of Your Career Goals or a New Career In a way, the start of a new year also means new beginnings for many people; these are commonly known as resolutions and can include a variety of personal aspirations such as losing weight, making dietary changes, implementing an exercise regimen, and smoking cessation.  Those who Read More

What You Need to Know to Become an Electrician

Tips from Experienced Toronto Job Recruiters on How to Become an Electrician There can be little doubt that people depend heavily on the availability of electricity in their everyday lives; just ask any of the approximately 50 million residents of Ontario and the Northeastern United States affected by the widespread electrical outage of August 2003 who were without power for Read More

An Examination of the Gender Biases that Occur in Job Interviews

Why Gender Biases Occur During Interviews and How to Curtail their Influence When someone hears the word bias, it is quite possible that their immediate reaction will be negative; that is, people often associate the use of this term to describe some type of prejudice, discrimination, or injustice against a person, a group, or a particular choice among a diversity Read More

Common Mistakes Employers Make When Prospecting and Hiring Candidates

Identifying Common Candidate Prospecting Mistakes and their Consequences When companies have staffing needs, perhaps due to expansion, departure, or employee retirement, there is usually an urgency to fill those positions; this self-imposed pressure is fueled by a practical element, since prolonged vacancies can have an adverse effect on employee morale, productivity levels, customer service relationships, revenues streams, and more based Read More

Considerations When Hiring Employees from Your Direct Competitors

Recruiting of Competitor Employees Warrants Some Discretion and Sensitivity When asked to offer their views on the factors critical to operating a successful business, most owners/senior managers will customarily state the need to hire the best employees as one of their top priorities.  Though this is an admirable goal and indeed an important facet for success, it is a formidable Read More

Strategies for Assessing and Hiring Entry-Level Employees

Strategies and Actions for Attracting and Hiring Suitable Entry-Level Employees In the world of professional sports, there is a significant amount of time, attention, and money invested in annual proceedings known as entry-level drafts.  These events take place over a concentrated period of time, usually one or two days, during which teams in the respective professional leagues select amateur players Read More

Integrating More Compassion and Kindness into the Workplace

A Little Kindness (in the Workplace) Goes a Long Way There is undoubtedly a plethora of workplace horror stories, recounted repeatedly, about situations in which supervisors or colleagues made remarks or gestures that disparaged, embarrassed, or even humiliated other co-workers or made them feel unappreciated. In many of these cases, the offending party (i.e. bully) would justify their actions by Read More

Suggestions for Minimizing or Preventing Employee Turnover

How to Avoid Employee Turnover and Maintain a High Employee Retention Rate Owning and/or managing any type of business can be a gratifying/rewarding experience, especially if the company/operation shows consistent profitability and stability over time. However, this satisfaction comes at a cost, so to speak, as a business owner or manager must contend with and overcome a variety of external pressures Read More

The Importance of Having Clearly-Defined Job Descriptions

The Importance of Clear Job Descriptions as Recruiting and Management Tools There are undoubtedly many employees who have objected, graciously or not, to specific requests by their respective supervisors on the basis that those tasks or actions were not part of their customary responsibilities and job descriptions. In many instances, this can lead to some debate between the two parties, Read More

Tips for Assessing Cultural Fit During Candidate Interviews

Hiring for a Cultural Fit: Its Importance and How to Assess It During Interviews When an employee leaves an organization, particularly if it is not by choice, a lack of ‘Cultural Fit’ is often cited in managerial or human resources meetings in order to explain/rationalize that departure. It is often inferred during these sessions that any/all fault rests with the former Read More

A Discussion on Pay Equity, Pay Transparency, and Employee Retention

Pay Equity and Pay Transparency Policies Can Impact Employee Retention Rate Many years ago, a senior employee from a major international company was called to a private meeting in the office of his supervisor; as part of that discussion, the employee was informed that the company was experiencing some difficult financial times, and that very few people would be receiving Read More

How New Graduates Can Negotiate Their First Salary

Opportunity Clearly Exists for a New Graduate to Engage in Salary Negotiation One of the uncomfortable aspects, perhaps the most uncomfortable, is the negotiation of a price for a transaction; the consumer typically has an idea of the maximum that they are willing to pay, while the service provider knows how much wiggle-room they have in order to ensure that Read More

How to Attract Exceptional Technical Talent to Your Company

Employers May Want to Revisit and Realign Their Recruiting of Technical Talent When employers have a recruiting need, there does not seem to be a shortage of people who submit their resumes/applications for consideration. And although a high number of responses may be encouraging at first, in a large number of cases it soon becomes clear that many of the applicants Read More

Writing Effective Job Descriptions

How to Write Viable Job Descriptions to Attract Talent and Assess Performance There are many elements that must come together, in synergistic fashion, for employers to enjoy the success to which they aspire; quality products, valued services, recurring or long-standing customers, cost containment, a focused strategic plan, and the effective implementation of that plan, are just some of the dynamics Read More

Career Change Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Changing Careers Successfully Requires Considerable Time, Research, Patience It is possible that most people know or have met someone who clearly loves their chosen career and who is not shy to express that sentiment during conversation; that individual will often apply such terms as personal fulfillment, job satisfaction, making contributions, and opportunities for training/advancement as some of the reasons for Read More

Tips for Making a Positive First Impression with a Recruiter

Important Tips for Job Seekers When Meeting Their Recruiter for the First Time By its definition, a first impression represents the mental image that one individual forms when meeting another person that they have not met previously. These encounters can leave lasting psychological perceptions, either positive or negative, and may be based on a wide range of characteristics/traits including but Read More

Tips to Help Engineering Students Set the Foundation for Career Success

Suggested Actions to Enhance Career Opportunities for Engineering Students When students begin their first year of university studies, their minds and hearts may be conflicted with inconsistent feelings of apprehension and anticipation. For the majority, post-secondary institutions represent an entirely new world so to speak, an environment that can be overwhelming, at least during their first few weeks on campus; at Read More

Tips to Help Improve Work-Life Balance

Striking the Right Work-Life Balance is a Key to Happiness On and Off the Job Throughout one’s professional career, particularly in the entry-level stage and right after any advancements or promotions, they are often challenged with the pressures/stresses of balancing their work responsibilities with their personal and family time. All too often, these individuals place their work ahead of their Read More

How to Decide Whether You Should Look for Full-Time or Part-Time Employment

Contemplating the Pros and Cons of Full-Time versus Part-Time Employment There is considerable truth to the axiom that money does not grow on trees, especially if taken literally. With the exception of the very fortunate few who overcome extremely long odds to win a lottery, the vast majority of people will devote a significant portion of their adulthood to working Read More

Minimum Wage Increase and Other Proposed Changes to Ontario Labour Laws

Labour Ministry Looks to Address Changes in Ontario’s Employment Landscape Although there are published statistics and abstract evidence reflecting the resurgence of the economy in Ontario, the employment landscape across the province has undoubtedly changed over the past several years. Whereas full-time employment may have been the norm just one or two decades ago, there are many Ontarians who are now Read More

Tips for Becoming a Licensed Electrician in Ontario

Electrician Jobs Offer Viable and Sustainable Career Opportunities Although there might be some lingering controversy surrounding who should be credited for the discovery and harnessing of electrical power, there can be little to no doubt about the impact of these innovations throughout the world today. The immediate availability of electricity, essentially at the flip of a switch, has created a cornucopia Read More

Winters Technical Staffing Celebrates 45 Years of Excellence

45 Years of Leadership and Distinction in the Staffing Industry Ron Stevens, President There is a range of sentiments customarily associated with the launch of a new business. From exhilaration and eagerness to apprehension and uncertainty, the owner or owners of a fledgling company can experience many emotional swings on almost a daily basis as they strive to build a Read More

Looking for Work at Different Stages of Your Career

Adapting Your Job Search Strategy Based on Your Age and Work Experience The range of emotions associated with job searches has often been likened to a ride on a roller coaster; individuals looking for a new job can experience many highs (anticipation, encouragement) and lows (apprehension, frustration) as they move through the process, sometimes going through this up-and-down cycle several Read More

Tips to Help Job Hunters Find the Right Recruitment Agency

How to Pick the Right Employment Agency to Satisfy Personal and Career Goals Anyone who has ever carried out a job search, at any age or stage of their career, would undoubtedly attest to the fact that it can be a strenuous and time-intensive process, not to mention frustrating at times. It can be difficult to devote the time and effort Read More

More Than 50,000 New Jobs Added Across Canada in May 2017

Data released recently by Statistics Canada indicates that the number of new jobs across the country demonstrated particularly strong growth in the month of May, to the surprise of many economists and to the delight of many job seekers. In terms of absolute numbers, there was a net gain of 54,400 jobs throughout Canada in May, resulting from a surge Read More

Information on Apprenticeship Grants Available from the Government of Canada

Federal Government Apprenticeship Grants Offer Incremental Financial Support An apprenticeship can be defined as a formal training system that consists of on-the-job training as well as accompanying classroom studies and reading for new practitioners of a skilled trade. While participating in an apprenticeship, a person will work under the direction of experienced individuals in the same trade and learn from certified Read More

Be Prepared for These Important Questions in an Engineering Job Interview

Level of Preparedness Can Affect the Outcome of an Engineering Job Interview Anyone who has undergone a job interview at any point in their working career can likely attest to the fact that it can be a rather daunting experience. Whether it was a first-ever interview for a summer job at a fast food restaurant or a meeting with a Read More