How to Optimize Your Time While In-Between Jobs

You’ve been let go from your job, or have recently graduated from school and cannot land a position in your field.  While it is certainly tempting to stay in bed all day and binge-watch Netflix, there are much better things you can be doing with your time to up the chances of getting a job.  Below are things that are essential to be on your way to getting the job of your dreams:

1)    Update your resume.  While you may not need an entirely new resume, you should probably freshen up your current credentials.  Update any new projects or accomplishments that have occurred since you last edited.  You can also consider giving your resume a whole new look to get noticed—play around with fonts, layouts, themes…but remember to always keep it professional and well-suited to the type of position you are looking for.

2)    Take care of yourself.  Eat healthy, exercise regularly, maintain good personal hygiene and socialize with friends and family.  Its easy to get into a funk and let yourself go, but it is critical that you stay in good spirts and good mental and physical health—your future employer depends on it!

3)    Network.  Networking is one of the most important aspects of finding a job.  Pull up any of your contacts in the industry, and ask them out for lunch or a coffee.  Ask about your field, the best places to look for jobs, any recommendations they may have or openings in the industry that they may know about, etc.  Be sure to follow-up with your contacts to keep the connection going.

4)    Attend Career Fairs.  Career Fairs give you the perfect opportunity to meet with many employers face to face. But ensure that you do not come underprepared.  Do your research—find out what companies are going to be there, and what positions they are hiring for.  Come up with an “elevator pitch” that you will use to tell employers about your professional background and what skills and knowledge you can offer the organization.  Remember to bring copies of your resume and always follow up with each company you are interested in after the fair.

5)    Apply for Jobs.  While it may seem obvious, applying for jobs isn’t something to be taken lightly.  When unemployed, applying to positions IS your FULL-TIME JOB.  You should plan out your day similarly to how a 9-5 work day would look: wake up, shower, get dressed, and find a place you can concentrate on your “work” for the day: applying to any and all positions that suit your credentials, location criteria, and interests.  Break for lunch to reset—and then go back to work.  Creating an account with online job boards is particularly useful, as is following their social media accounts: that way you can get notifications of new jobs and employers that are hiring in your area.

Always remember that this period of time in your career is only temporary, and as long as you are realistic about your expectations and believe in yourself, eventually hard work and perseverance will prevail.  Make the most out of your unemployment, and you won’t be unemployed much longer!

Written by Diane Ciszkowicz, Marketing Assistant. is the on-line recruitment website where you can post your resume, search and apply to 100’s of jobs in the Greater Toronto Area. You can also get career, interviewing and resume writing tips all at no cost to you. also provides recruitment services. Since 2002, has been a local leader in job postings in the GTA. Check out or email your resume to

Spring is Coming; Bring Your Resume Out Of Hibernation

Spring is the perfect time for new beginnings, new goals and a new career.  It is also the best time to update your current resume to make it accurate, relevant and attractive to potential employers.  Instead of re-writing your resume from top to bottom, simply bring your current resume out of hibernation and follow these simple steps:

1.   Change the visual style.
Like buying a stylish new spring outfit, your resume should get a style update as well.  Play around with different font types and layouts, but always keep in mind the type of job you are seeking.  Generally, the more creative your field (designer, graphic artist, etc.) the more fun you can have with “dressing up” your resume.  However, remember that simple style elements are usually more effective than complicated ones.

2.   Revise your summary.
Just as seasons change, so do career ambitions.  Your knowledge and experience shift and evolve, and your summary should reflect that.  If you were looking for entry-level positions last time you were in search of work, now may be the time to start reaching for mid-level roles.   As always, state your ambitions and expectations briefly and clearly, and focus on what you have to offer, not just what you want.

3.   Add to your education section.
Add any new courses you’ve taken or certifications you’ve earned since your last stint on the market. Even certain “non-traditional” methods of education (such as Google courses, Language-learning Software, YouTube tutorials) can be added, as long as they contribute to your current career goals. If you have lots to add, go back to your earlier qualifications and remove your high school diploma, and any training courses and certifications that don’t apply to your current job or industry.

4.   Update your work history.
Since you now have more work experience than when you were previously looking for a position, you’ll need to update your entire career timeline.  Add your most recent position title, employers name, location, and a list of responsibilities and important accomplishments in this role.  Then take a look at your remaining work experience and remove at least one that is least relevant to your current goals.

5.   Update your skills.
Have you increased your proficiency levels with specific software applications (Excel, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, etc.) in your last position? Have you moved from basic competency to “expert levels”? Have you learned some new skills that you couldn’t claim in the past?  Make sure all your knowledge is represented in your resume, so that employers can see why you are so invaluable to their company!

Follow these steps and land your dream job by the time the first spring flowers bloom.  Although there may still be snow on the ground, spring—and your next career--are just around the corner.

Written by Diane Ciszkowicz, Marketing Assistant. is the on-line recruitment website where you can post your resume, search and apply to 100’s of jobs in the Greater Toronto Area. You can also get career, interviewing and resume writing tips all at no cost to you. also provides recruitment services. Since 2002, has been a local leader in job postings in the GTA. Check out or email your resume to

Tips to Consider When Pursuing an Inter-Office Romance

Valentine's Day is here and love is in the air! With approximately 2/3 of one's day being spent at work, it's only natural that relationships will develop within the workplace. Working with others to successfully complete projects, taking lunch breaks together and working in a close environment on a regular basis are definite ways to assist in the development of sparks!

Workplace relationships can be tricky to handle, especially if the relationship doesn't work out. For this reason, felt that we should share our top tips to consider when pursuing an office romance:

1. Investigate Company Policies: It's a good idea to find out what the organization's take is on inter-office dating before jumping into a relationship with a co-worker. If the connection is serious, it's a good idea to let your boss know before they find out by way of the "water cooler gossip".

2. "Breaking up is Hard to Do": Dating a co-worker or boss might seem like a great idea at first, however, think about the repercussions if the relationship ends in failure. Entering into a relationship with someone you work with that ends on a sour note could lead to awkward boardroom meetings and tension in the workplace.

3. Do your Research: You may work with your colleague but how much do you know about them outside of work? It's a good idea to do some research on your potential "love interest" to ensure they aren't married with children or living a secret life you may not know about.

4. Play it Safe: Starting a relationship with a co-worker may have to be kept a secret. Between the hours of 9-5 be prepared to act as if nothing is happening between each other. Avoid intimate contact and make sure guidelines are set up front to ensure you are both on the same page to ensure that problems don't arise that may affect your job.

5. Keep Social Networking in Mind: In today's society, information travels fast. Ensure that your professional and personal profiles are kept separately on Facebook, Twitter and other social networking tools. You never know who might be connected to you that could break the silence of your new relationship. is a full-service recruitment organization, including Website, full-service Recruitment Division and Outplacement Services. Our local focus and advanced features make a vital asset for both job seekers and employers within the Greater Toronto Area.

How the Shift to Mobile is Impacting Recruiting Needs

How the Shift to Mobile is Impacting Recruiting Needs

By Marc Belaiche, CPA, CA and Nicole Paloucci


The number of job seekers using their mobile device to search for jobs has risen significantly over the last few years. By converting your job postings to a mobile-friendly version, you can increase the number of potential applicants. Following are tips for attracting qualified candidates by making job postings mobile accessible.


Mobile Devices

Ensure that job seekers can access your job postings on their mobile devices. This ensures greater convenience for those seeking jobs and will increase traffic on the recruiters’ site.


Your job postings should still be easily accessible using conventional computer searches since not everyone uses mobile devices. Job seekers who use their mobile can save job postings and apply later using their computer. As a result, the URL on both the mobile and the computer versions need to match.


It’s predicted that in the next year 75% of job seekers will use their mobile device for job searching, and 44% will apply using their device.


Job Postings


Job seekers require the ability to quickly view available positions and their accompanying job descriptions. If potential candidates can’t easily find this information, they will look elsewhere.


Easy to Apply


The application process should be short and easy to use, otherwise it may deter applicants from applying. Ideally, the candidate should only be required to upload or email their resume and add a minimal amount of information.

Use Social Media


Both employers and job seekers use Linkedin, Facebook, and Twitter. These sites can be used for both employer branding and promoting open positions. Links to job postings can be added to your company’s social media pages to attract more applicants.


Job Apps


Job seekers can easily search for jobs using an app on their smart phone. As an employer or recruiter, you can create an app for your company’s job postings or you can use a job board that already has an app. This will help increase the number of job seekers who have access to your postings.




Millennials account for a large percentage of the workforce and many of them found their current job through social media. This generation is the force behind the increasing number of job applications using their mobile devices to seek and apply for jobs.


Mobile-Friendly Algorithm


Google has implemented a ranking system and the algorithm rewards sites that are mobile-friendly, and penalizes sites that aren’t. Your Google ranking can have an impact on the number of visits to your site.


Search Engines


Job seekers prefer job boards that have a large and steady number of job postings and they also want the option of refining their searches. It can also be difficult to go through numerous job postings without an advanced search engine on your mobile. The inconvenience of not having this feature may deter potential applicants.




Mobile-friendly sites are needed to accommodate job seekers who use their mobile devices to search and apply for jobs. These job postings should be readily accessible and easy to apply to.


Social media and job search apps are useful for branding your organization by improving your image and making your company a desirable place to work.  Make a plan to convert your site to a mobile-friendly version to increase the amount of qualified candidates you’ll receive.




Marc Belaiche is a CPA, CA and is President of, an Internet recruitment business and recruiting firm located in the Greater Toronto Area.  Marc is also the author of the book “Tales from the Recruiter”. Marc has been in the recruitment industry since 1995. allows companies to post their positions online, search a resume database to find candidates, provides full temporary and permanent recruitment and outplacement services. also allows candidates to search and apply to positions directly online and get career, interviewing and resume tips all at no charge. Marc is also President of, an organization geared towards business owners ( and has the annual Toronto Entrepreneurs Conference (see You can reach Marc at and check out at


Nicole Paolucci, HR and Marketing Intern for Nicole is a graduate from York University. To contact Nicole, please email


Top 5 Things you Should Implement in your Job Search for 2016

The New Year is fast approaching and with a new year comes new aspirations, new opportunities and new growth in many areas of both your personal and workplace life. It's time to evaluate your current career objectives, whether you are currently working, or seeking full or part-time employment. 2016 is set to be a growth year for positions in many industries throughout the Greater Toronto Area and now is a great time to take a closer look at your current "work-life" balance and find ways to improve your life both personally and professionally.

  1. Set Realistic Goals: Create a one year career plan for yourself. Your plan should include your career goals and how you are going to achieve them over the next year. Be sure to note how, and how often you will track/measure your successes (should be every 2-3 months). For example, you could set the goal of attending at least 2 networking events per month, and/or to apply to 5 - 10 positions you are qualified for per month. Be sure to follow your goals all the way through. Simply submitting a resume for 10 different positions is not the end of the application process. Doing a full job application includes following up with the company after applying as well! By setting attainable goals you will increase your self-esteem as you begin to recognize the competence you hold in achieving the goals you have set.
  2. Have a Clear Direction: The basis to any successful job search starts with a clear direction. What is your ideal job or career? Use your interests, education, and experience to determine the direction you would like to go career-wise. After determining your direction you should be able to answer the question, "what type of position are you looking for" in a specific, and concise manner. Having a clear direction will help you perform a more thorough and successful job search with more rewarding and suitable results.
  3. Create Professional Profiles on Social Networking Sites: Social Networking has exploded over the last several years. Recruiters are now, more than ever, using social networking sites to recruit, network and to also do background checks on current candidates they may be interviewing. Take advantage of this opportunity! Create professional, complimentary profiles for yourself, highlighting your qualifications and successes, and stay active on each site. Join groups, participate in discussions and following companies that you want to work for. This will increase your chances of being visible, and will help you be one of the first candidates to see their current openings.
  4. Brand Yourself: Branding yourself is important, especially when you're visible on social networking sites where your "brand" will be on display. Branding yourself will set you apart, which can help you get noticed in the job market. Make a list of what you personally and professionally represent, and learn how to express what's different about you. This could mean putting a personal brand statement on your resume stating who you are and what audience you serve, or creating a dynamic summary incorporating your personal brand statement on your LinkedIn summary or other social networking profiles. Remember to stay genuine, clear and consistent, and your brand will help you stand out in the crowd.
  5. Stay Positive: Searching for employment is a difficult task -it can become a full-time job in itself. While this may be trying on your attitude and at times, you may feel down about the whole process, it's important to try and stay positive throughout your search. Not only will a positive attitude keep you in a better, more confident state of mind, but you will also portray yourself to employers in a better light. There is nothing recruiters like less than desperate, pushy and rude job seekers who will "do anything" for a job. Keep a smile on your face, and a clear direction in your search.

Written by Rachel Mitchell, Manager, Business Development, is a full-service recruitment organization, including Website, Toronto Jobs Newspaper, full-service Recruitment Division and Outplacement Services. The local focus and advanced features make a vital asset for both job seekers and employers within the Greater Toronto Area. Visit our Online Career Centre for additional articles on Career Development, Personal Branding and more!

Keeping Busy and Balanced in Career Transition

As an executive career management coach, I have witnessed that those with a career plan achieve goals faster than those without. Yet I am always astounded by some people’s failure to embrace career transition as a full-time commitment. Why think otherwise, when so much is at stake?
However, it is important to keep in mind that you should not sacrifice your personal life in pursuit of your next appointment. Family time and hobbies are still essential to your well-being and success. Here are some tips to help you stay balanced and productive in career transition:
  • Brief those around you (your spouse, your kids, and other friends and acquaintances) that you have a meaningful goal. Prepare them that you will be dedicating a similar number of hours to your job search as you do when you are working.
  • Attend and volunteer for community events. This is an ideal opportunity to combine your job search and your personal interests. Mixing with a variety of people is a great chance to expand your network (you never know who you might meet, it could be your next boss!). Volunteering also enhances your spirit and self-esteem by giving back.
    One note of caution: Be careful which volunteer activities you portray on your resume. Unfortunately we are still a discriminatory society where a reader may eliminate you from a potential opportunity simply because you belong to a particular political party or faith.
  • Join a health club or sports team. The extra exercise will help you stay healthy and energized for the race ahead, and gives you more chances to meet new people and potential leads.
In career transition, you need to be honest with yourself and others, and set a defined goal and job search plan. Yes, it’s tough, and there are many variables that can both hinder your plan and demoralize you. However, stay focused, stay positive, and stay on schedule, and you will reach your career goal.
Elite Resumes has been providing successful executive resume writing  and job search coaching since 1993. Martin Buckland, Principal of Elite Resumes, is one of North America’s  leading authorities on highly effective executive resume writinghigh impact cover letters, successful job-search strategies, executive coachingpersonal branding, interview tutoring and social media career strategies..  Martin’s partnerships and contacts with recruiting professionals put his clients in touch with North American Executive Search Firms, Executive Recruiters, Head Hunters, and Human Resource personnel to help you expedite your job search and advance your career. 

The Changing Career Path – How the Workforce is Changing and What you Need to do About It

The workforce is constantly evolving and employees need to keep up with it. Temporary workers are on the rise, and even preferred by some employees. According to Statistics Canada, part-time jobs have increased by 2.3 times more than full-time jobs from 2012 to 2014. (see Benefit programs and perks offered by employers are also decreasing.

Following are ways in which the workforce is changing and tips to help you manage these changes.

Permanent and Full-time Jobs are More Difficult to Secure

Temporary, contract, and part-time jobs are becoming more popular and these types of positions typically offer lower wages and less job security. Flex work hours and telecommuting are also becoming the new trend. Have some flexibility in what you’re looking for when searching for a new position.


Organizations are offering fewer benefits compared to previous years and programs, including health, dental, and life insurance have been cut or reduced in many positions. Additionally, part-time, temporary, and contract jobs typically don’t offer benefits. You might want to consider getting your own benefit plan (e.g.,

Decrease in Pensions

Pensions are not being offered by many employers now: employees are expected to take care of their own retirement plans. Workers are also not necessarily retiring at 65 – there’s a tendency to work longer. According to Future Workforce’s “Multiple Generations @ Work” survey, 78% of baby boomers say that they will be working until they are 70 (see

Job Hopping

In the past many employees expected to stay in their jobs for their whole career and at the same time employers frowned upon job hopping. In 2015, changing jobs every few years has become the new normal and may be beneficial to your career if you have the opportunity to learn new skills.

Corporate Culture

There are currently five generations and a variety of cultures in the workplace. Be prepared to work with a diverse group of people who may be older, younger and/or have a background, culture and belief system that is different from yours.

Up-to-Date Resume

With reduced job security in today’s environment, it’s important to keep your resume up-to-date. If a new job opportunity comes along or you unexpectedly lose your job, you need to be prepared with an up-to-date resume. 

Training and Development

It has become necessary for workers to constantly update their training. Mentor programs are being used as a training resource and to help set a mentee’s career in the right direction.

Goal setting is important to know if you are on the right path to achieving your career goals. Going through this exercise can provide direction and meaning, ultimately making an employee more satisfied with their job.

Increase in Technology

The increased use of technology in the workplace has made it possible to work from both your mobile and from home. There has also been a greater demand for flexible work hours. An increased knowledge of technology skills has become a job requirement for many positions. 

Work-Life Balance

There has been an increase in telecommuting, video conferencing, and overtime in many jobs. Work overload may cause stress and it’s important to manage your work-life balance for your health and productivity.

Increase in Social Media

Social media has become necessary for networking and staying connected. Social network recruiting is on the rise and is used by employers to discover talent, target passive applicants, and employer branding. Job seekers use social media for networking and obtaining referrals.


The workforce is rapidly changing and it is essential to embrace these changes. Flexible jobs, and jobs with career development, are becoming more desirable to many employees.

The increase of technology and social media in the workplace has made them valuable tools for job seekers. Remember to have an up-to-date resume and be prepared for additional changes that may come your way.