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10 Hot Emerging Job Trends and Tips

Hit The Ground Running , Land Your Dream Job Faster. 
The constantly evolving nature of social media, introduction of  applicant tracking systems, enhanced use of mobile phones for recruitment, heightened awareness of apps, the rise of video recruitment and many more are all contributing to the changing landscape of the recruitment industry.

Now you can hit the ground running by taking advantage of the 10 prominent trends that can truly give you the edge!

1. The rise of social recruiting. 
There is now more sophisticated use of social media to actively engage with potential candidates and determine fit than before. With social recruiting evolving to higher significance, recruiters are beginning to use social media in newer ways, including passive recruiting to identify top candidates.

This means, you as a job candidate will need to spend more quality and creative time to manage your digital footprint and make your profile searchable across all platforms.

2. The rise of mobile hiring. 
With the influx of more millennials, it is only natural for mobile phone hiring and mobile apps to find greater acceptance. Both candidates and recruiters are finding that the power of mobile is allowing them to connect with each other, any time, any place, even on the go.

Your Android or Apple device can be a powerful tool to reach out and communicate with recruiters through traditional phone calls, emails, text messages and social media. Even recruiters are texting potential candidates and both find the process easier and more convenient for themselves and also consider it professional.

3. The rise of the part-time workforce.  
Consultants, freelancers and part time workers unite. In an economy fraught with uncertainty and the recession still hovering over our heads, job seekers should keep an open mind about freelancing and temporary positions, while constantly working on opportunities to help them find a permanent job role down the road.

Although you may be longing for full-time positions, position yourself to find a suitable short term position or projects to help you keep your skills fresh, gain relevant industry experience and generate a healthy cash flow.

4. The rise of the referral. 
With recruiters being flooded with more and more resumes each day, they simply don’t have time to consider each candidate. To shortlist their ideal fit, many recruiters admit that a majority of their candidates are found through referrals.

That’s why networking is more important than ever. Making connections with industry professionals should become a healthy habit. It’s also important to ask your connections for further referrals as it is a necessary part of today’s job search.

5. The rise of the keyword. 
In 2016 more than ever, technology will play a big part in screening applicants, so it’s prudent to customize all communications with the relevant keywords gleaned from the job description or what’s current in your industry.

In other words, make sure you customize each resume based on the precise needs of the potential employer. While non-customized submissions that do not meet the criteria may get rejected, your customized resume and online profile will help you stand out – and demonstrate why you are the best fit for the role.

6. The rise of the industry thought leader. 
Not long ago, recruiters would spend 20–30 seconds to review resumes. Now, according to more than one industry survey, six seconds is the maximum a candidate can hope to get. In other words, you have six seconds to demonstrate how you can be the expert who can solve an employer’s problems.

That’s why, it’s often smart to project yourself as an industry expert, by engaging in online communication about recent trends in your industry.  Blogs are another way to attract recruiters. You can post valuable articles and also join online communities, to share valuable inputs and engage with other industry thought leaders.

7. The rise of LinkedIn. 
LinkedIn has now become more robust with the capability to link PPTs through Slideshare (slideshare.net), project files, videos, portfolios, and other useful information. This helps you project a profile that is richer, deeper and more intimate than a resume by making multimedia presentations, projects, and videos more common elements of your LinkedIn profile.

8. The rise of Facebook. 
Spend sometime surfing the net to read about the power of Facebook Graph Search and you can understand how to use this incredibly powerful platform in your job search.  Today, employers scan Facebook profiles more closely and even a job seeker’s “likes” on Facebook can provide recruiters with an accurate snapshot of his or her personality. Make sure you adjust your privacy settings correctly, so you can manage the content that you do not wish to share with recruiters.

9. The rise of Twitter.  
Twitter continues to emerge as a powerful and easy-to-use tool for job seekers and employers alike. Practice and perfect your 140-character communication line to reach out to employers and engage in industry observations. Use hash tags to help you get found. Follow important leaders in the companies and fields you are interested in. And don’t miss out on regularly looking up ‘TweetmyJobs’ – this is where many employers and even other job seekers tweet links to job.

10. The rise of YouTube. 
It’s no surprise why YouTube is becoming a favourite tool for both candidates and recruiters. A video is a great opportunity to tell a compelling story about you to attract top recruiters. Plus, the average user spends 15 minutes a day on the site and this also includes the hiring manager that you are targetting. Many organizations, educational institutions and even the military successfully use YouTube to hire candidates.

Here’s wishing you quick job success – with the many refreshing new ways to engage with employers, get noticed, and unearth new job opportunities.

5 Steps to Develop Your Unique Personal Brand for Lasting Career Success

 

Personal Branding

New to Canada and at your wit’s end trying to land a job? Amazed and dismayed at the difficulty of the entire job search process? Shocked that you are not even receiving email acknowledgments, let alone a call for an interview? Been there, done that.

The many challenges that you face while seeking job openings can be resolved by developing a strong, unique personal brand. A personal brand makes you noticed for all the right reasons, reinforces your strengths and give the employer ample reasons to hire you. It takes understanding and some work to develop your brand, but the payoff is highly rewarding, as has been proven by thousands of successful immigrants in Canada.

I like to say that our lives are the result of what we “absorb,” what we “comprehend” and how we “excel” based on that information. I call it the ACE Principle. Let’s see how it applies to personal branding for career success.

When You Absorb:
Personal branding is the most powerful self-marketing strategy for achieving career auccess. It differentiates you so you can stand out, get noticed and get hired. Branding makes you more memorable. Think about how the Nike Swoosh or the McDonald’s golden arches stand out in memory even in the midst of advertising clutter.

What You Comprehend:
Branding is not about getting your target market to choose you over the competition. It is about getting your prospects to see you as the ‘”only one that provides a solution to their challenge or fills an immediate need.” For instance, instead of posting numerous resumés online, create a compelling online presence and optimize it, so that recruiters will not only find you, but want to interview you. Change the rules of the game, attract your audience, instead of pursuing them.

How You Can Excel:
Here are five proven steps to building your authentic personal brand.

1. Self-Reflection
Before you start, you need to know what you’re beginning with. Take a moment and write down your top three attributes/selling points/unique strengths. If you can get an employer to associate three positive traits with your application, you will easily rise to the top of the applicant pool.

2. Continuous Learning
Always stay on the cutting edge. You can add a degree or a certificate to your existing credentials. Seek out a mentor who can advise you. If you are already employed, check with your employer to see if there is a budget to support your professional development.

 3. Consistent Marketing Strategy
Everything you do, or choose not to do, can communicate the value of your brand. The resumés and cover letters that you format; the emails you send; the words you speak; the clothes you wear, the way you conduct yourself in meetings … everything matters.

4. Build Relationships
Keep in good contact with your network and always make sure your network knows of any recent successes. Search out new professional associations or online communities to add to your network. Find opportunities to weave your personal mission/vision statements into conversation with your network

5. Follow-Up
Good follow-up will create a positive association with your brand. Return employers’ calls immediately (establishes trust). Respond to all requests (shows responsibility). Write a thank-you note after an interview (demonstrates courtesy). Write acceptance/decline letters upon accepting/rejecting a job. And always keep your network updated.

Evolving Brand
Building your personal branding is a constant thing and should continue to evolve  throughout your career. Remember, a successful personal brand is not about pretending to be something you are not. It is about demonstrating your unique value to prospective employers and getting recognized, chosen and rewarded for it. There is only one unique you in the entire world. Now let the world know about that!

Communicate with Clarity and Confidence.

 Communicate with clarity

 

4 Ways to Ace Every Interaction with
Excellent Communication Skills.

By Murali Murthy

This should be easy. Think of the one skill every Canadian employer specifies in the job description irrespective of the industry sector or position. You guessed it right.
“Excellent communication skills” is one of the most sought after attribute desired by recruiters and also essential for you to achieve career success in Canada.

Remember, good communication encompasses the whole package – the spoken word, the written word, the non-verbal cues through body language and the way you dress, among many other things. Here are a few key tips in all four primary areas to express yourself with clarity and confidence and transform your communication style into a powerful personality trait.

> The Spoken Word.
> The Written Word.
> Non-Verbal Cues.
> Dress to Impress.

The Spoken Word
Be it face-to-face or over the phone, messages delivered in easy-to-comprehend short sentences, in a clear and articulate manner, with a strong, powerful voice, go a long way in exuding self-confidence even when you may not feel that way.

  • Speak powerfully. People with strong, dynamic voices are perceived as having more self-confidence, so make sure you talk with power in person or over the phone.
  • Modulate your speech delivery, breathe regularly and if needed slow down your rate of speech. This will add impact to the words spoken and improve overall speech quality. 
  • Take ownership of your ideas and deliver them with the importance they deserve. When you speak with determination, it shows you are in control of what you are saying, and influences the listener to process what you are saying.
  • Eliminate filler sounds, words and phrases like “um”, “uh”, “like”, “right?”, “well”, “maybe”, “you know”, “I mean. These contain no real meaning, but are often used to keep the speech flowing. Be conscious of how many times you use them and reduce them slowly. 

Hope you enjoyed it so far. You can read the rest of the article at:
http://welcomepackcanada.com/blog/communicate-with-clarity-and-confidence/

 

The Why, What and How of a Successful Informational Interview

You Are Hired

Savvy job seekers are employing every trick in the book to make the cut, but they could be overlooking one of the most valuable tools of all — the informational interview.

An informational interview is an informal meeting arranged by you with someone who may be in a position to help you get a job in the future, either directly or indirectly. While its stated purpose is to “learn more about the company or profession,”your real motive is to first impress the interviewer and then gather intelligence that could help secure a job there.

 

WHY set one up?

At an informational interview, you can:

  • Gather first-hand information about career fields and companies that you are targeting as well as ideas for getting useful new job leads.
  • Connect with powerful influencers and expand your network of contacts.
  • Place yourself ahead of the game by managing a one-on-one conversation with someone in a position to either hire or refer you.
  • Make a good first impression with people who matter. Even though you should not ask directly for a job at an informational interview, the thought may very well occur to the person if you come across as professional, capable and a good fit for the company.

WHAT are the steps?

To set up such an interview, you should:

  • Identify someone to interview. Contact family, friends and peers, look up professional organizations and browse through LinkedIn, Facebook and Google search for valuable contacts.
  • Contact the person by phone or email and request an appointment. Be sure to state the reason you are contacting him or her, how much time you are seeking (say, 30 minutes), and how you learned about them and their work.
  • Research and read about the company and career field as much as you can.
  • Prepare a list of focused questions that not only highlight your seriousness and professionalism, but could also help you eventually get a job. Some sample questions you could ask include: “What advice would you have for someone starting out in this field?” or “What skills and characteristics are important for success in this job?” or “What are some growth areas in this field?”

HOW do you ensure success?

To ensure the interview is a successful event, you should:

  • Dress to impress. First impressions count and you will be judged as soon as you walk in the door, so make it count.
  • Inspire with a powerful elevator pitch — a 20- to 30-second introduction that specifies why you’re interested in this field and company, and why you want to specifically speak to him or her.
  • Express your gratitude early on. Say thanks earnestly for his or her time and consideration.
  • Plan your agenda with select questions that will give you the most information.
  • Lead the conversation to come across as efficient and professional. You could walk in with printed copies of the company’s latest press releases to impress them with your extensive knowledge of their company.
  • Request a referral. This is key to expand your network. It’s perfectly acceptable to ask: “Who do you suggest I could speak with next? Can you connect me to someone you know for more information?”
  • Follow-up with a thank-you email stating your gratitude for the time given. Stay in touch by sharing your professional progress through email, informing the person how helpful his or her suggestions have been to you.
  • Be open to learn from the interview. Each interview gives you valuable input and can also help you hone your interview skills so that when a real job interview does come up, you’ll be prepared to ace it.

Get a QR Code: Get Scanned, Get Noticed, Get Hired

QR-CodeAs a jobseeker, you’ll agree, your most difficult challenge these days, is simply figuring out how to stand out and get noticed. Even with all those excellent credentials, you will need something extra that pops out from the stack of resumes on the recruiter’s desk or desktop.

Why not try something innovative? How about getting yourself a QR code — a recent trend that is gaining traction everywhere? A QR code is simply, a two-dimensional “Quick Response” bar code that when scanned using a smart phone, connects recruiters directly to your LinkedIn profile, online portfolio, blog or website, without making them type a URL into a browser.

Getting a QR code is free and instant. Simply log on to any of the myriad sites like QR-Code-Generator.com and enter the URL of your online profile. Or simply find a smart phone app by searching for QR codes or QR code makers.

Benefits to your job search

What are the benefits of using QR codes?

  • Adding a QR code to your resumé is a tech-savvy way to illustrate your strengths and gain a visible, competitive advantage over other applicants.
  • QR codes help people use a scannable shortcut to find information about you quickly online — including details of your accomplishments, recommendations, awards, professional articles, blog and touch-friendly contact information like click-to-call and click-to-email.
  • You can set up an alert system through an online identity management service so you receive an instant text or email when someone scans your QR code.
  • You can also tailor your profile toward a specific search including creating an interactive resumé with a QR code.

Keep in mind that it’s not the novelty of the QR code alone that will give you the edge in the job hunt, but more importantly the way that it’s put to use to strategically reinforce your skills and desirability as a job applicant. That’s why, you can consider comprehensive platforms like Qfuse.com that not only help you design great QR codes, but also generate landing pages that are mobile friendly. What’s more, by linking your QR codes to the mobile content, you can measure who viewed your QR code and get full online activity reports.

Three QR strategies

Here are three ways QR codes can spark in your job search:

1. Include a QR code in the header of your resuméto grab attention within the first four seconds. To be safe, include your LinkedIn/blog/website URL and the QR code, so those without smart phones can still reach your online profile. Just be sure not to send people directly to a simple online resumé. There’s no point in sending them to the same information they already have in front of them.

2. Print the QR code on the back of your business card so people can look you up and contact you later. After all, isn’t that why you handed out the card in the first place?

3. Allow it to be a communication bridge especially at networking events and one-on-one meetings. Most of the time, it can be difficult to carry around your whole portfolio, but you can always bring it up in a conversation with people and then hand your QR code printed-card to let them view your credentials in real time.

On trend

In summary, adding a QR code to your job search tools cleverly illustrates that you are up-to-date with the latest technological trends, and gains the admiration of hiring managers and employers alike.

Of course, it isn’t the QR code alone that will make the difference; ultimately the code helps to highlight your experience and brings your skills to the forefront, which means you need to have the experience and skills in the first place.

The good news — these days everyone is using a smart phone and that includes the people you are trying to reach. The great news — now you can win them over instantly with a QR code.

10 Smart Email Etiquette Tips – Say it right! Email with Confidence!

Email with confidence

10 Smart Email Etiquette Tips for the Job Seeker

By Murali Murthy

Today, e-mail has become an integral part of our lives. In spite of the influx of social media, e-mail is still the primary form of communication and it is also the most prominent way to catch the attention of recruiters, HR Professionals and potential employers. Indeed, they too prefer communicating through e-mails, rather than the phone as it’s easier that way to keep a digital record of conversations and contacts.

So, here are a few tips to follow to present yourself professionally by practicing simple rules of e-mail etiquette.

1. Start by setting up a professional, career-focused e-mail account.
Hotmail, Gmail and Yahoo are just a few of the many free web-based e-mail accounts that you can use. It makes sense to set up an e-mail account just for the job search, so your professional e-mail doesn’t get mixed in with your personal mail. You can make sure to keep your address professional by listing your full name and possibly including numbers if your name is more common as in: sarah.jones@gmail.com or sarah-jones20@gmail.com.

2. Keep messages short and sweet.
Understand the power of less. By keeping your e-mail short, you actually say more about yourself. Getting rid of jargon and getting to the point quickly, makes the message simple to read. This is especially true these days as e-mails are also read on mobile phone screens rather than the laptop or the desktop PCs alone.

3. Lead people gently to decisive action.
Aim to make each e-mail an action-oriented piece. Make sure each e-mail ends with a clear
call-to -action, so the reader knows and does exactly what you want them to do after reading it.
For instance, your e-mail could conclude with statements like: “To learn more, please visit my portfolio website at www.firstnamelastname@wix.com” or “I thank you for your time and consideration. Please feel free to call me at 416 xxx xxxx or let me know an ideal time to contact you sometime next week”.

4. Spell-check, then check again for grammar and punctuation too.
Use proper spelling, punctuation and grammar while crafting your communication as this can establish or affect your credibility. Also, remember to use your browser’s tools to check your grammar and spelling in the e-mail. These days, even your tablet or mobile phone offers the auto correct option.

 

Hope you enjoyed it so far. You can read the rest of the article at:
http://welcomepackcanada.com/blog/say-it-right-email-with-confidence/

 

Answer the question behind the question – 5 intelligent responses to ace that interview!

interviewee“Proper preparation prevents poor performance” — great words to live by and certainly useful when it comes to tackling those dreaded interview questions. Answering questions correctly at the interview table will take planning, practice and some smart intuitive skills. Always take the time to ask: “Is there a question behind this question?”

Identifying the intent behind the interview question will help you to prepare and customize your response to what they are actually seeking. Here is a compilation of approaches to answering five of the most common interview questions to help you practice and perfect your answers.

1. The question:Tell me about yourself.”

The intent: Let me see if you are indeed a value-added hire for my organization.
Your response strategy:
• Start with a feel-good statement about your professional and academic background.
• Highlight your experiences from past to present that reflect a unique/valuable personality characteristic.
• Summarize with a concluding statement that relates to how your skillset is the perfect solution-fit to the job.

2. The question: “Why do you want to work here/Why should we hire you?”

The intent: Show me how much you know about my company, demonstrate compatibility and let’s see how you will be different from others.
Your response strategy:
• Do your research — demonstrate a thorough understanding of what the organization is about.
• Know your values — give specific, personalized reasons why the organization is a good fit for you.
• Differentiate yourself from the competition who will be asked the same question. Be honest, be yourself — show individuality and some personality.
• Convince the employer you are the best candidate by concisely highlighting your relevant skills and personality characteristics as they relate to the job.

3. The question:Tell me about a time when you …”

The intent:  If I can delve into your past, I can gauge your future behaviour.”
Your response strategy:
• Use the STAR approach (Situation – Task – Action – Result). Share a story with a clear example that explains and illustrates your skills in a positive way.
• Situation (describe the market/industry challenge that you faced and had to resolve).
• Task (detail your strategy in creating a response to the situation identified).
• Action (spell out in detail the steps you took, applying the skill).
• Result (share the results of your action, providing as much measurable detail as possible).

4. The question: “What is your greatest weakness?”

The intent: Let me test your mettle and see if you have a mindset of continual improvement.
Your response strategy:
• Show the hiring manager that you objectively examine your own strengths and weaknesses.
• Beyond describing a weakness, show by example the steps that you are taking to improve.
• The best response is to describe a weakness that could also be viewed as a strength. For example: “My eagerness to wear many hats and sometimes go above and beyond the job description.”

5. The question: “Where do you see yourself in five years?”

The intent: Let me see if you have you planned for the long term, working with us and importantly, in a senior, leadership role.
Your response strategy:
• Emphasize your commitment to your profession and the organization with confidence and clarity of thinking.
• Be positive about shouldering more responsibility with increased leadership roles in that organization.
• Show that your visualized personal performance goals are in perfect alignment with the organization’s corporate objectives.

In summary, your interview does not have to feel like a ride on the Leviathan at Canada’s Wonderland. The key to success is to treat every question as an excuse to highlight your strengths and constantly project yourself as a significant value-add to the organization. Inspired? Now go for it!

Impress in 30 Seconds! Perfect Your 30-Second Elevator Speech

elevatorThe perfect 30-second elevator speech. Everyone needs to have one. It is as essential for the CEO of a corporation as it is for the job seeker.

Do you have yours ready?

Whether you are at a job interview, at a networking event, at your friend’s barbecue or literally in an elevator — once you state your name, you need to be able to explain who you are, what you do and how you can add value — clearly and quickly.

A beautifully tuned elevator pitch is a must-have in the job seeker’s arsenal and vital to networking success. Think of it as your verbal cover letter. It can open more doors and eventually land you the job you desire.

Pitch in four steps

Here are four steps to keep in mind when crafting your speech:

  1. Express your strengths as you define who you are. Keep it short.
  2. Elucidate what you do. This is when you reveal the benefits that you bring.
  3. Explain what sets you apart. Demonstrate some personality to stand out.
  4. Ensure a definite call to action. This is the final step and it should lead the listener to want to set up another meeting or further the relationship.

Now comes time to sit down and write it out. To create your speech, you should:

  • Write down all that comes to mind. Try writing in a bullet points’ format or as short tweets. Now cut the jargon and unnecessary words and create crisp, powerful sentences. Finally, connect the phrases to each other so your pitch flows smoothly.
  • Highlight key points and a unique point of differentiation. Check if you have really answered the key WIFM (what’s in it for me?) question of your listener. Insert a figure or a quote or a memorable phrase that will leave them wanting more.
  • Practise a lot. Then practise a few more times. It is important to have your speech written down, memorized and practised. The more you speak it, the easier and more natural it will get. Rehearse with someone or in front of a mirror. The important thing is to practise it out loud.
  • Focus on the delivery. Breathe, smile, relax and look your target in the eye. The more natural your delivery, the greater your chance of success. Words change perceptions. Instead of a generic statement like “I have great accountability skills,” perhaps you could say something like “Accountability is very important to me.”

Sample elevator speech
Here is an example of a good elevator pitch that follows the above steps.
“Hi. Nice to meet you. My name is Miriam Fernandez. I am a human resources specialist with 10 years’ experience in diverse industries and markets.”

Those three lines would take about 10 to 15 seconds. She can then use her next 15 seconds to add details about her skills, unique value proposition and specific ways she could help a potential employer. This is her chance to tailor her pitch to focus on their needs and deliver benefits they can visualize.

“I have successfully worked with clients of all sizes from small startups to Fortune 500 organizations. Clients have acknowledged my expertise in consistently helping them identify and recruit top-level talent into their companies. It would be my pleasure to get in touch with you soon.” 

At this point, she can exchange cards and ensure her card features either her LinkedIn URL or a QR Code that will take the target to her online profile, where her summary and testimonials corroborate what she just said.

Give it a try

Keep in mind that when you meet someone for the first time, you have a blank canvas and you can paint any picture you want. But once it is painted, it stays forever. You now have 30 seconds to deliver a confident, upbeat message and nail it with confidence.

A good pitch takes planning and practice to deliver quickly and on the spot. Get started, have fun, believe in yourself and speak with pride. And soon, you may find yourself riding an elevator going in to your new job!

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Volunteering – The Perfect Springboard to Launch Your Career

“OK WIFM — ‘What’s in It For Me’”? If that’s your immediate reaction on reading the title of this article, read the following statements and see if any of them apply to you: 

  • I am looking for a job, but don’t have the relevant Canadian experience.
  • (Or vice versa) I am unable to get experience because I don’t have a job.
  • I wish I could improve my skills to get better at my job.
  • I wish I could make a career change, but am unable to decide what I want to do.
  • I am interested in a new profession, but am unsure of how to get in or what to do once in.

 If even one of these statements applies to you, then volunteering could be just the boost your career needs. Here are a few proven ways volunteering can help you reach your goals.

Valuable Canadian Experience
More than 65 per cent of hiring managers value volunteering experience to be “important” when selecting candidates, immigrant or Canadian-born. Volunteering also gives you, as a newcomer, a great chance to build your experience in a real workplace. Hiring managers always prefer candidates with local workplace experience.

Flexibility and Adaptability
Volunteering helps you to meet and work with people from diverse backgrounds, multiple attitudes and different views. This kind of flexibility and adaptability are strong must-have skills on your resumé.

Skills Enhancement
Embrace the chance to hone your existing skills and learn and develop new ones — like learning a new language or understanding new software — in a real-life setting. If you are looking for a career change, you can fortify the skills you possess, but are not currently using in your work.

Network Expansion
Volunteering is one of the fastest and most natural forms of networking when you are exploring job opportunities. Leverage the chance to meet new people and through them expand your network. Every new person you meet becomes part of your network and may potentially connect you with other contacts and career opportunities.

Career Exploration
If a career change is on your mind, this is your chance to explore different occupations and industry sectors. Get to know the key people and learn more about the challenges and rewards involved and gain a better understanding of the jobs available. Volunteering in a specific field can make your candidature stand out in any competitive scenario.

Confidence Booster
The potential to develop your technical skills and interpersonal abilities are perhaps the most obvious ways in which volunteering can help with career development. Competence leads to confidence and volunteering can help you feel active, useful and productive — especially if you’ve been unemployed for a while.

In The End, Everyone Wins

And here’s a last piece of news to bolster the argument: volunteering is a great way to learn responsibility and give back to the community. This is also the reason, why schools across Ontario require students to complete 40 hours of volunteer and community service work in order to get their diploma.

A few years ago, I, too, began volunteering with the Canadian Association of Marketing Professionals (CAMP). Today, I have a great time helping established professionals and new Canadians integrate into the job market effectively. The CAMP organization has grown to more than 1,000 members, with everything being accomplished by a handful of us, volunteering for a cause we believe in, and may I add, enjoying every bit of it.

Volunteering is a win-win situation. By helping others, you also get the opportunity to enhance your professional credentials. You will find that giving some of your time and expertise will pay off in more ways than one.