Candid Advice From Employers

Written by Jean Giroux; Edited By Cayley Rice
Candid Advice From Employers

Sometimes it is difficult trying to figure out what employers are looking for. How often should they be contacted? What information are they looking for? What factors will make me look like the most suitable candidate? We have highlighted a list of the recommendations, taken directly from our Career Week 2017 Employer Panel, to help address some of the common questions.

  • Remember that a job posting is a “wish list” for the employer. If you think you have enough relatable experience for the position, just go for it!
  • Set up a LinkedIn account. It provides a more detailed and engaging story of your professional background than a resume.
  • Go outside your comfort zone. Be willing to be flexible and try new things.
  • Be conscious of the job description. Highlight your skills accordingly.
  • There are very few positions where you never have at least some customer contact. Provide an overview of your experience and skills working with the public.
  • Everyone is the face of the organization. Remember whether you come into contact with the receptionist or maintenance person, all interactions you have with staff can influence the hiring decision.
  • If you have special needs, you need to be able to communicate this information to your employer. A company may be able to accommodate you if you are able to articulate your limitations and coping mechanisms.
  • Be attentive and be available to help others. Repeat customers are the foundation of every business and how you make someone feel impacts their sense of loyalty.
  • Apply for a pardon if you have a criminal record. While some employers can be flexible based on the nature of the offense and how long ago it occurred, corporate policies may provide more restrictions and eliminate you as a candidate as a result.
  • Take advantage of training opportunities. The more skills and training you have, the more valuable you are to the company.
  • Look at the way you conduct yourself online. Some employers will ‘check you out’ prior to hiring. Be aware of the results a Google search produces with your name. Your social media presence has the ability to open or close doors for you.
  • When employed, you may also be asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement which limits you from posting about the company. It is important to ensure that you have a positive digital footprint when applying for work. In addition, some employers will continue to monitor your online image to make sure it is complimentary to their business values and brand.
  • Do not burn bridges. The decisions you make and the way you conduct yourself professionally can influence your ability to access future opportunities.
  • Understand that it may not be a reality to meet with a manager. While you may call ahead to find out when the manager is most likely to be available, the reality is that there may just not be time to meet with job applicants. Follow up within a week of dropping off your resume to see speak with manager and outline your both your interest and qualifications for the position.
  • Employers are willing to invest in good people. Be clear on your goals within the company. It can cost over $3,500. to replace staff so employers are looking for loyalty and honesty upfront (especially about your availability).
  • Work with an Employment Counsellor to help you find the “best fit”. They can assist you with career clarification, self-marketing, accessing industry specific training, online applications, developing a LinkedIn profile, and referrals to positions in the hidden job market. Having a clear job goal and being able to promote yourself as an ideal candidate can provide you access to more employment opportunities.

We wish to thank our Career Week 2017 Employer Panel for sharing their hiring practices and recommendations. The panel consisted of AVNK Security, Bruce Maly Plumbing, Comfort Inn, Concentrix, East Side Mario’s, Holiday Inn, Stewart Homes, and Two Guys and a Truck.
For more assistance with your job search, book an appointment with a Career Counsellor at EPC or check our Workshops & Events section for upcoming dates.