How to Know if a Job is Right for You

Finding a new job opportunity is one of the biggest decisions you can make – a decision that has the ability to impact your well-being, happiness, and financial security for years to come. The last thing you want is to be stuck in a role where you’re either bored, not fulfilled, aren’t paid enough, or are over-qualified.

Ideally, your new job should fit your lifestyle, and align with your goals, interests, and ambition. To find that perfect fit, you’ll probably have to look further than just the paycheque and daily responsibilities. It will help to have a specialist recruiting agency on your side to help you find a job opportunity that clicks with who you are.

In this article, we’re going to highlight some of the factors you should consider in order to determine if a job is right for you or not:

 

The work environment

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If you plan on spending a good amount of time in the office, or if in-person work is required, you’re going to want to consider the physical work environment. You want to make sure it’s an environment that you can work from – ideally comfortable and conducive to productivity – among other factors. After all, you could be spending a lot of time here.

If you require quiet for your work that’s mostly solitary, an office with an open floor plan and plenty of conversation among colleagues might not be the best fit. On the other hand, if you rely on the input of your coworkers and appreciate open spaces for generating creativity, closed doors and cubicles probably won’t work for you.

If the office has an espresso machine, extra-comfy chairs, nice computers, and equipment or free lunches, that may also be worth something to you.

 

Your new boss & team members

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It’s extra important to do the best you can to gauge your new potential boss and team members. It goes without saying that these people will have a big impact on your experience with the organization. If your new boss is supportive, shows strong leadership skills, listens and motivates your team, that’s a great boss to have. Those types of bosses can change your outlook on work and help you reach your full potential. But having a bad boss can be anywhere from deflating to a downright nightmare.

Your coworkers – the people you spend time with every day are also worth considering. You’ll likely spend the most time with them, so you’d hope they’re good people to be around. The last thing you want are colleagues that are unhappy or disinterested, or seek to undermine you and will do whatever it takes to climb the ladder above you.

Your new boss and coworkers can be difficult to get a feel for without actually spending prolonged time with them. Think back on your interactions with them during the recruiting and interviewing process, and don’t be afraid to go with your gut.

 

Your new role

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With the work environment and people aside, it’s time to consider your actual role at this new organization. This factor could have the most significant impact on your enjoyment and fulfillment in the new position and company. After all, this is what you’ll be doing day in and day out.

With a little digging, you should be able to validate the job description on your own. To start, you can use LinkedIn or the company website to look up current employees who have a similar role as yours, evaluating their role and skill level.

It will also help to come armed with questions about the job description for your interview. If there’s any vague language about the position around day-to-day tasks, seniority, and overall goals, the interview is your chance to clarify things.

 

The company culture

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The company culture can be difficult to get a read on if you’re only relying on the job application process and interview, but it should not be forgotten. The company culture is how people act and behave around each other, along with the shared beliefs and values that are evident throughout the organization.

For example, is it normal to communicate directly with your supervisor for help, or do people normally figure things out with colleagues instead? Is it normal to take long lunches, or leave early if you have personal things to attend to? Are team building or social events planned on a regular basis? The flexibility of the role itself should give you an indication of what the culture is like and you can also ask questions about the company and team culture during the interview process.

 

Your future

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Ideally, your new job will be in line with your career goals and future plans. Before the job interview, take some time to ask yourself some important questions, and really consider where you’d like to be in 2, 5 or 10 years from today. Do you want a leadership position, lots of money, more free time, or something else?

If you’re looking for room to grow that leads to promotions, a bigger role, and increased compensation, you’ll want to figure out if that’s actually possible at this new organization. This can be a tough conversation, but try questioning the hiring manager about this possibility. It may turn out that the role isn’t expected to grow for the foreseeable future, or there’s no room at the top.

Your compensation will also have a big impact on the future you want. If the salary range or benefits available are not evident in the job description, don’t be afraid to ask. This can also be a touchy subject, but certainly one worth inquiring about – and a good employer will understand.

 

If you’re looking for a new job opportunity that aligns with your goals, skills, experience, and values, STRIVE Recruitment can help you. Since 2008, we’ve been helping job seekers find the opportunity of their dreams in Accounting & Finance, Manufacturing & Operations, and Corporate Administration, among other areas. Contact us today to get started and work with a recruiter:

Proven Strategies for Securing that Promotion 

In today’s competitive job market, landing a promotion requires more than just showing up and completing tasks. It requires a strategic approach, a dedicated mindset, and a commitment to personal and professional growth. Advancing in your career is a common aspiration, and getting promoted is a significant milestone on your career journey. While the path to promotion can vary depending on your industry and organization, there are certain strategies that have proven effective across the board.  

In this blog, we’ll explore a number of methods that can help you stand out, demonstrate your value, and increase your chances of landing that promotion. 

Regularly Ask for More Responsibilities

Demonstrating your willingness to take on additional responsibilities showcases your dedication and ambition. Regularly check in with your manager to discuss your workload and express your interest in contributing to new projects. This highlights your proactive attitude and shows that you’re ready to tackle challenges beyond your current role. 

Embrace a Curious and Positive Mindset

A curious mind is an asset in any workplace. Strive to understand the bigger picture, ask questions, and seek out opportunities to expand your knowledge. When you approach tasks and problems with a curious mindset, you’re more likely to explore unconventional solutions and think outside the box. This can lead to breakthrough ideas and creative problem-solving, which are highly valued in today’s dynamic and rapidly evolving work environments. This not only improves your skillset but also positions you as someone who adds value through continuous growth. 

 Direct Your Focus Towards the Company Priorities

Align your efforts with the company’s objectives and priorities. Keep track of your organization’s goals and initiatives, and make sure your work contributes to their achievement. When your contributions are closely tied to the company’s success, you become an indispensable asset, making it more likely for you to be considered for advancement. It’s about being an active participant in the organization’s journey, recognizing how your efforts fit into the bigger picture, and striving to make a positive impact. 

Become More Resilient and Take Initiative

In a rapidly evolving professional landscape, resilience is key. Embrace challenges as learning opportunities and demonstrate your ability to adapt in the face of adversity. Teams that collectively exhibit resilience are better equipped to navigate uncertainty and unexpected disruptions. Additionally, taking initiative to propose solutions, rather than waiting for instructions, showcases your leadership potential and highlights your dedication to the company’s growth. 

 Be the Go-To Person

Develop a reputation as someone who can be relied upon for expertise and support. Be willing to assist colleagues, share your knowledge, and collaborate across departments. Being the go-to person in your company demonstrates your expertise and also positions you as an integral part of the team. 

 Solve Critical Issues Others Avoid

Stepping up to address critical issues that others avoid can set you apart. Identifying and solving complex problems demonstrates your resourcefulness and commitment to the organization’s success. Tackling challenges that others shy away from showcases your leadership qualities and willingness to go the extra mile. 

 Create Value Wherever You Can

Look for opportunities to create value in every aspect of your role. Whether it’s streamlining processes, improving efficiency, or identifying cost-saving measures, your ability to make a positive impact won’t go unnoticed. Tangible contributions that improve the bottom line are often key considerations in the promotion process. 

 Observe and Learn From Successful Promotions

Study the career paths of those who have successfully climbed the corporate ladder within your organization. While every journey is unique, observing common traits and strategies can provide valuable insights into what the company values in its leaders. Adapt these lessons to your own situation and use them to guide your career decisions. 

Utilize Online Resources for Continuous Growth

Stay updated on industry trends, best practices, and networking opportunities by leveraging online resources. Attend webinars, read industry blogs, and engage in relevant online communities. Being well-informed and connected can help you contribute meaningfully to discussions and demonstrate your commitment to your field. 

   

The path to promotion is not a sprint but a carefully navigated marathon. Securing a promotion requires a combination of strategic thinking, dedication, and a proactive approach. By incorporating these strategies into your professional journey, you transform yourself into a candidate who’s not just deserving of advancement, but one who’s in a position to excel in higher roles.  

Turning a Job Rejection into an Opportunity

Job rejections can be disheartening, but they aren’t the end of the road. In fact, they can be turned into valuable opportunities for growth and future success. It’s true. Instead of allowing rejection to shatter your confidence and dampen your spirit, why not use it as a catalyst for growth and self-improvement? 

In this blog post, we will explore how you can turn a job rejection into an opportunity to refine your skills, expand your network, and ultimately find a path that aligns better with your career goals.   Read more

6 Big Hiring Trends to Watch for in 2023 & Beyond

For businesses looking to hire talent in 2022, it was a rocky year. In the aftermath of the pandemic, employees began jumping ship in numbers, remote work took over, and several industries experienced labour shortages. That combined with hints of a coming recession made 2022 difficult to recruit new talent.

If 2022 was any indication of what’s coming for 2023 and beyond, there’s a lot of change on the horizon. In this article, we’ll seek to uncover and explain some of the most significant hiring trends facing employers in 2023, so you can aim your recruitment strategy in the right direction.

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Best Practices to Avoid Recruitment Fraud

Recruitment Fraud Notice 

We have recently become aware of multiple reports of individuals claiming to represent our company, and we want to ensure that our clients and candidates are well-informed on how to identify and respond to any incidents that may compromise their safety or privacy. By making you aware of this, we hope to avoid and ultimately stop victims from falling for this fraudulent activity.

*Please do not provide any personal or financial information and do not send any money to anyone you suspect of recruitment fraud. 

How to Identify Recruitment Fraud:

  • You receive a message on WhatsApp, or another online messaging service or platform.
  • You are asked to send any sort of payment (We will never request payment from candidates.)
  • Our email communication will only ever come from a @striverecruitment.ca domain. We will never contact you through Gmail, Outlook or any other free online mail service.
  • The job posting is not posted on the official company’s website (If you have doubts about the legitimacy of a job posting, call the company directly to confirm its legitimacy).
  • You receive frequent and aggressive calls, attempting to pressure you to make a decision.
  • The messages often contain numerous errors in spelling and grammar, or the provided contact information lacks consistency.
  • Always research the company before applying for a job. Check its website, do an Internet search, and search for reviews on Glassdoor.
  • We list all of our employees on our official website under the Meet Our Team page. If you receive a message from someone claiming to be from our company and are unsure if they are an employee, you can check our website to verify their identity. 

For Canadians who are a victim of recruitment fraud:

  1. Reach out to your bank or financial institution for assistance.
  2. Report it to your local police
  3. Report it to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC), even if you haven’t suffered any financial loss. Your report will aid law enforcement in investigating cybercrime.

Find out more:

Below are additional resources that offer information regarding employment fraud. They can help you learn how to identify fraud and provide guidance on what steps to take if you or someone you know becomes a victim:

To report any suspected recruitment fraud, please email sasha@striverecruitment.ca.

How to Quit Your Job (the Right Way)

Quitting your job is a major turning point in your life. Rightfully so, it’s a stressful and exciting time. If you’ve found a new job opportunity that will better help you advance your career, support your family and promote your personal growth, it’s time to resign from your current position. But how can you quit in a polite and graceful way?

When it comes time to resign from your current job, the last thing you want to do is rush, burn bridges, or do it in an unprofessional manner. After all, the people you work with today may very well be the people you work with (or for) tomorrow.

Everyone’s time to leave comes eventually, and there’s certainly a right way to go. In this article, we’ll break down some important tips for quitting your job politely and professionally.

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7 Tips for Optimizing Your LinkedIn Profile

For the last 20 years, LinkedIn has been the virtual hub for professional networking, job seeking and hiring. For young professionals especially, LinkedIn has become a useful and necessary tool. In many cases, a LinkedIn profile has become a regular piece of the hiring puzzle, right along side the resume and cover letter.

But when it comes to updating, optimizing, and being active on LinkedIn, many professionals tend to put it off. That is until it comes time to finding a new job. When you neglect your LinkedIn profile, you could be missing out on key connections, important information, and even job opportunities.

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5 Habits That Can Turn Interviewers Against You

Having spent the last decade recruiting, I’ve had many a conversation with hiring managers after they’ve just interviewed a prospect. And, while I always hope for exceptional feedback, sometimes the news is less than ideal.

Sometimes, the candidate has done something so annoying to the interviewer that, at best, they are now questioning their interest in keeping this candidate on the shortlist.

 

What are the things that drive interviewers the craziest? Here are a few of the most annoying traits that will torpedo your chances.
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9 Steps to Prepare for a Job Interview

Job interviews can be a nerve-wracking ordeal for everyone involved. There is enormous pressure on the interviewer to sort through dozens of candidates to find the best fit, while the candidate is feeling all kinds of anxiety trying to present themselves as professional, enthusiastic, qualified and personable – all at the same time. The tension is palpable, and instincts are on high-alert.

Keeping this in mind, it’s extremely important to make a strong first impression. Given the interviewer is in judgement mode and has dozens of interviews to attend to, it’s entirely possible their mind will be made up about you within the first few minutes of the interview. That’s why preparation is so important.

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Six Secrets of Modern Master Networkers

For decades, networking has been used to create long-term relationships, recruit talent, advance careers, and find new opportunities. Networking requires a strong communication skill set and is rarely easy for beginners. For some, networking may be downright terrifying.

But the pros know how to do it well and set themselves apart. A networking pro is difficult to define, but you know when you see one. Whether it’s their effortless charm, quick wit, or massive social media following of highly engaged professionals, the pros tend to make networking look easy.
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