What is Modern Day Recruiting?

If you are looking for a job, or even if you aren’t, chances are you will encounter recruiters at some point. You may have received some unsolicited LinkedIn messages, and wonder what exactly it is that they do, and why they are contacting you in the first place. How is dealing with a recruiter different from a hiring manager when starting out on a new job?

A modern recruiter likely does not fit the stereotypes of a HR professional you may have. A recruiter makes it their business to understand trends and changes in the work force, and is often very outspoken. Recruiting was once considered a process, but for many, it has become a lifestyle. A good recruiter is always expanding their network, looking for new talent, and having conversations.

As recruiters will often have resume screeners to do the sifting through papers, their role has shifted to something akin to a sales consultant or brand ambassador for a company as a whole. They tend to spend very little time reading a resume, focusing instead on speaking with candidates to determine if they are a good cultural fit for the organization. Conversations are a key tool recruiters use to judge candidates and those within the organization for new roles. Showing a genuine interest in the business, understanding the vision of a company, and being a brand ambassador are ways to stand out as a great candidate when dealing with a recruiter. While they are looking to fill a role, they are also seeking to find someone who will grow with the business. Recruiters help shape public opinion at a grassroots level when talking to candidates and expanding their networks; they deliver a message about the company while selling a role and making an organization look attractive to outside talent.

Recruiters have to have a strong understanding of the business they work for so they can collect research for internal hiring managers. Part of their job entails being able to see if a candidate would be a better fit for anther department. If you deal with a recruiter when looking for a job, and feel good about the conversation but don’t make it past the hiring managers, the recruiter may keep you in mind for other job openings in the future. Relationship building is key to what a recruiter does, so if you feel a great connection with a recruiter but don’t get the job that time, keep in touch on appropriate social networks. Engaging with the status updates they post is appropriate to keep yourself top of mind (but be careful not to come on too strong – they key is a subtle reminder, not to have your name popping up on their notifications like clockwork). Being sociable and expanding their network are part of the job, so having accessible social media is par for the course for recruiters, but, understand which networks are appropriate for networking (Twitter and LinkedIn are generally expected, Facebook is not appropriate for many).

Do you want to be a recruiter? Our recruitment specialist tells us to screen resumes quickly, checking mainly for skills and red flags. Follow up with quick, standardized emails asking for a 15 minute chat with everyone who makes the cut. Think of 2-3 questions that would help you understand whether or not they could do the job, and benchmark in a high volume way. A conversation can tell you much more than a standard interview, so when screening, email everyone, and look at personality fits; checking off requirement boxes may lead you to overlook some great candiates.

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Cook Safe: How to Prepare A Holiday Meal in Your Apartment

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December is a time for fun, friends, family and get-togethers. If you are hosting a holiday dinner in your apartment rental for the first time (or even if you’re a seasoned veteran of large meal festivities), it’s time to brush up on your cooking safety tips. According to a study by Alberta Municipal Affairs based on fire data from across Canada, cooking is the leading cause of home fires with 22 per cent of blazes beginning in the kitchen. Play it safe this year so you (and your neighbours) can have a happy holiday.

Ditch the Deep Fryer

Frying is the single biggest cause of fires in the kitchen, with oil splattering here, there and everywhere. Turkey deep frying has become an increasingly popular trend during the holiday season, but unfortunately it is not very safe. Due to the large amount of oil and high temperatures required to fry a whole turkey, it’s far too dangerous to attempt in an apartment. Turkey fryers should ONLY be used outside and away from buildings, so they are not safe to use even on your balcony or patio. Instead, stick to the tried-and-true method of roasting your turkey in the oven.

Don’t Walk Away

When your home is filled with guests, it can be tempting to leave the kitchen to socialize. When you are cooking items on your stove top, always be present. A watched pot may never boil, but sizzling appetizers left unattended can cause some unfortunate consequences. If you’ve been on your feet preparing a the meal for a while, enlist a helper to take over in the kitchen while you sit down to relax for a few minutes.

Kitchen: No-Kid Zone

While children are certainly eager to help, the best bet is to keep them away from the kitchen while you’re preparing the meal. The holidays naturally find kids being very excited, which is not a good mix when hot food is involved. If they really would like to help, set up a salad station away from the main hub of kitchen activity where they can tear up lettuce or ask them to help with setting the table.

De-Clutter the Kitchen

With so much activity going on, it can be difficult to keep any area of your apartment clean during the holidays. However, the kitchen is the one place where you need to be extra mindful of your surroundings. Don’t set down a tea towel or oven mitt on a hot stove top and keep all holiday decor out of the area. Instead, focus your decorating efforts on the living room where you and your guests will be spending most of your time.

Be Prepared

Despite your best efforts, sometimes accidents do happen. Have a working fire extinguisher on hand (small ones for the kitchen can be purchased at most hardware stores) and know what to do to put out small fires. For example, if you have a fire in a cooking pan, put on your oven mitt and cover the pan with its lid. Remove the pan from the burner and turn off your stovetop. The lack of oxygen will help to extinguish the fire. And remember – never use water to put out a grease fire. Baking soda (NOT flour) is your best bet for putting out small grease fires.

Keep your holidays happy! By being mindful of your surroundings and taking precautions, you can cook a fantastic meal safely in your apartment.

 

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Save Money This Holiday Season with a Kijiji Christmas

Do you want to save some serious coin on your Christmas celebrations this year? Kijiji has gifts for every taste and shopping list, from high end goods to vintage treasures to baby toys.
Keith Mullins (@Keithmullins on Twitter) of Cape Breton, NS wrote a song about saving big on Christmas celebrations through shopping on his local Kijiji. We’re big fans!


Want to sing along? Click here to read the full article.

Kijiji Gaming Contest #KijijiGaming

For the next two weeks, Kijiji will be giving away gaming consoles for the holidays!

To enter, scroll to the bottom of the page and answer the week’s question in the contact form. We will have 2 questions (1 per week). You can answer each question only once per week for an entry into the draw. We will be sharing the questions on our social channels (G+, Twitter, and Facebook).

Entries for week 1 must be in by Sunday, December 7 by midnight (EST).

Entries for week 2 must be in by Sunday, December 14 by midnight (EST).

Want Extra Entries? Post an Ad!

Simply create an ad on Kijiji selling anything related to gaming with the hashtag #KijijiGaming in the title of the ad.  Be creative! Gaming can be anything from a couch to play video games on to the coffee table that you use to place your favourite gaming snacks.

Don’t forget to include the hashtag #KijijiGaming in the title of your ad.

Each ad created will get you 2 extra entries up to a maximum of 10!

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How to Determine What Type of Living Situation is Right for You

Have you overstayed your welcome at your parents’ home? Or are you just ready to flee the nest and explore the real world? Either way, moving out is an exciting and exhilarating experience and a major milestone in a person’s life.

One of the things you should consider before you take the leap however, is whether you’d like to live by yourself, with your partner or with a roommate. It is a very personal decision, and there is no one sized fits all answer to the question. It comes down to preferences for personal space, whether you are an introvert or an extrovert, how you like to spend your time, and how you like to spend your money. Whether or not you know anyone that you actually want to live with is another important consideration. Are you comfortable finding a room mate online? Do you prefer to move in with a friend? Does your partner make such a mess everywhere it would lead to the end of the relationship?

Here are some tips that might help you make that call.

The perks of living alone

  • You can do whatever you want, whenever you want. So go ahead and eat mac and cheese out of the pot. No judgment here.
  • You have all the privacy you need, so if you want to clip your toenails while watching TV in the living room, go ahead.
  • No roommate drama or “quirks” to deal with.
  • You don’t have to share the shower, kitchen, washing machine, or anything else for that matter.
  • You call the shots on what furniture to buy and what will suit your space.
  • You can feel good about yourself that you’re doing something independently.

 

The downside

 

Living with your partner, a friend or a roommate

  • It’s cheaper.
  • Companionship. There’s someone you can usually vent to about your bad day.
  • You may build a stronger relationship.
  • Perhaps you might meet new people if you don’t already know your roommate. It will help expand your social network.
  • It isn’t so lonely.
  • You can share chores.

 

Cons

  • You have to trust that they will hold up their end of the rent and chores.
  • You have to be respectful and considerate of the other person you’re living with. This may mean not having guests over at 2 a.m. when your roommate is working at 6 a.m. the next day.
  • Sharing has its downside. Maybe you wanted that last slice of pizza.
  • Being in the same space can lead to some friction. You may get annoyed at each other’s quirks.
  • If you’re moving in with your partner or even a friend you can risk ruining that relationship. You might get on each other’s nerves or argue over who did the dishes last.