ATS Myth Busted: Good candidates will never be discarded!

“Applicant tracking software rejects good candidates.” That is a complaint that comes from using systems that have been configured or used incorrectly. ATS software should never reject what may be a good candidate!

One example of how a candidate could be discarded is when a recruiter uses automatic filtering, or pre-screening ‘stop questions’.  Continue reading

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Checklist for a true mobile application process

3 in 5 job seekers are searching using a mobile device. However, despite most of their applicants preferring to use their smartphone or tablet, 80% of companies still do not offer a mobile-friendly career page. Even worse, 95% of fortune 500 companies do not have a mobile-friendly application process.

Soon, companies that do not support mobile applications will be left behind, ignored by the growing number of technology-focused job seekers. If it’s time for your company to make the transition to a mobile application process, make sure it’s done right. It’s not enough to have information fit on a smaller screen, applying on a phone needs to be a positive experience. Continue reading

4 Warning Signs That a Job Ad is a Scam

For some people, working from home is a dream job: offering a bit of flexibility, independence, and the chance to work in pajamas. Employers see the value in remote workers as well, and know that these jobs are in high demand. Companies can afford to be selective in who they hire, so if you want to land a remote job, you must prove your trustworthiness and ability to get work done independently, and on time.

If you are searching online for a telecommuting or work from home position, you might think you’ve found the easy way out. Look at all the jobs available, and no experience needed! But look again, how many of those jobs are real? And how many are scams? Continue reading

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Hottest Job Markets in Canada

The top two fastest growing municipalities for employment are in Alberta: Wood Buffalo (including Fort McMurray) and Grande Prairie. Three other Albertan areas are also included in the top 20 job markets in Canada, as identified by the federal Job Bank maintained by Employment and Social Development Canada.

The study looked at the top 100 most populous municipalities in the country and counted how many job openings there were in July and August, 2014.

The most common types of job available were retail sales persons and sales clerks.

This is a great list to look through if you are considering moving to find a job: there may be plenty of opportunities closer to home, or you may want to look at a province you hadn’t considered before. There are areas from both sides of the country in the top 20 list.

The top 5 hottest job markets from the summer of 2014 are:

  1. Wood Buffalo, AB
  2. Grande Prairie, AB
  3. Regina, SK
  4. St. John’s, NL
  5. Edmonton, AB

Click here for more details and the full top 20 list >>

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3 Questions to Answer Before Leaving your Job

Are you planning to quit your job? No matter what your reason for leaving (good or bad) there are a few questions you should know the answers to before walking out. Planning your exit will benefit your future career or job search.

The first is whether you are performing well in your job. If you are only a mediocre employee consider delaying your departure for a couple weeks to leave a stronger impression. Consider your supervisors and co-workers and how they could be a help to you in terms of networking, references or connections in the future. You don’t want their last impression of you to be less-than good.

Read the full story over at US News >>