HR professionals say that the first ten minutes of an interview are often the most important. As soon as you walk into the room, your prospective employer is already making tons of snap judgments about you that will inevitably influence their hiring decision. How are you dressed? What’s your energy like? Did you arrive on time?… Read more »

If you pay attention to the news or just talk with your friends, you’ll know that that two of the biggest sources of stress are finding a job and student loans. Both can easily be avoided with a skilled trade job. Skilled trades allow you to get into the workforce faster, earn a good income… Read more »

Sometimes you do everything right and still don’t get the results you were hoping for. Take job hunting, for instance. You’ve put together a great resume, your LinkedIn profile is complete, and you’re getting interviews. The only thing that’s missing is a job offer. Unfortunately, that’s the most important thing! But don’t get too down… Read more »

One of the curses of the smartphone is that no matter where you are, it allows you to be somewhere else.  When you’re at home relaxing in your recliner, watching tv, you can scroll through work emails. Conversely, when you’re at work, you can be distracted by any number of apps that keep you from… Read more »

You have all the qualifications to be a forklift operator: You’re experienced, licensed, and have the latest certification. But you haven’t you been able to find a job or get a promotion at your current job. What gives?  Don’t those credentials count anymore? Well, the answer is yes, they do count, but they might not… Read more »

Whether you’re searching for a job in Brampton, St. Thomas, or any points in between, if it’s your first time as a job-seeker you’ll be facing challenges. You might not know how to look, where to look, or what to look for. You’re already saddled with the biggest hurdle – namely, no experience – and… Read more »

You already know that you’re supposed to research a company before you interview for a position there. The reasons for doing this are probably obvious by now: It helps you to ask and answer questions during the interview, and it shows the interviewer that you are taking this opportunity seriously. But did you also know… Read more »

Machinists and machine operators have become harder to find in recent years. Apprenticeship programs, training grounds for machinists that are typically four years (or 8000 hours) in length, have been curtailed or eliminated by many businesses, and a push for high school students to attend four-year colleges, rather than to pursue a trade, has decreased… Read more »

If you’re a baby boomer (born between 1946 and 1955), you probably don’t need to be reminded that your days in the workforce are winding down. Many of you are already retired, and it’s starting to leave a void in businesses that have been counting on you for your leadership. A new generation of leaders… Read more »

Like most managers, you probably find hiring entry-level workers to be a frustrating process. For one thing, you’ll likely have to sift through a lot more applications and resumes than you would for positions that require more skills and training. And for another, you won’t have much to go on since entry-level applicants don’t have… Read more »