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How to Create a Great Personal Elevator Pitch

Imagine this scenario: Heading into an important job interview, you step onto the elevator of the corporate high-rise and, lo and behold, the human resources manager conducting the interview is standing beside you. Instead of maintaining a downward gaze and awkward silence or engaging in menial small talk, you smile confidently, introduce yourself, and launch into your elevator pitch.

Intended for these very types of scenarios, an elevator pitch is a carefully crafted, concise, and compelling speech that serves to sell your business, your product, or yourself by piquing your listener’s interest. Your elevator pitch should be short enough — roughly 150 to 225 words — to be delivered during an elevator ride; between 30 seconds and a minute. It should also be thoroughly rehearsed; know your pitch backward and forward so that when the opportunity presents itself, you can use it to get others excited.

When writing your elevator speech, focus on how to command your listeners’ attention while giving them pertinent information. Here are five steps to crafting a personal elevator pitch that’ll make you a hot commodity this year: Continue reading How to Create a Great Personal Elevator Pitch

Industries with the most Job Growth in 2015 (Canada)

Let’s take a look at projections for Employment Growth in Canada over the next several years. What industries will be most in demand, and what professionals will be most sought after?

The industries projected to post the strongest growth in employment are mainly those related to professional and scientific services; health care; mineral resources (including mining and support activities for mining, oil and gas extraction); construction; and non-automotive transportation equipment (aerospace, railroad, shipbuilding).

source: http://www23.hrsdc.gc.ca/

Specific fields with the highest projected growth, as shown in the graphic below, include:

  • Computer System Design Services
  • Health Care and Social Assistance
  • Support Activities for Mining, Oil & Gas Extraction
  • Mining
  • Other Professional Services (Scientific/Technical)
  • Construction
  • Professional Business Services

 Job Creation

The largest amount of new jobs created will be in occupations that require a university or college education, or apprenticeship training. 7 out of 10 new jobs created are expected to be in high-skilled occupations or in management. This is largely due to the expected retirement of many in the baby boomer generation who have risen to the management level.

The 10 occupations with the strongest projected growth are:

  • Specialist Physicians
  • General Practitioners & Family Physicians
  • Database Analysts and Data Administrators
  • Professional Occupations – Business Services to Management
  • Head Nurses & Supervisors
  • Electricians (except Industrial & Power System)
  • Other Technical Occupations in Therapy & Assessment
  • Information Systems & Data Processing Managers
  • Underground Production & Development Miners
  • Physiotherapists

It is interesting to note that half of these occupations are in the Health industry. This is related to the ageing population and a growing need for healthcare services.


Should I apply to a job if I don’t have enough experience?

If you are currently in your first several years in the workforce you will have seen job postings that you like, but that ask for 4 or 5 years of experience. With only one, two or three years under your belt, should you even bother applying?

The short answer? Yes.

Here are the reasons why you should apply for those jobs that are a stretch:

What’s the worst that can happen? You get rejected. That’s it. Well this is no surprise: you know the job is a long shot anyway. What’s the best that can happen? You get called in for an interview. Even better, you land the job. There’s really nothing to lose here.

Get over your fear of rejection. You will be rejected for countless jobs and opportunities throughout your life – being afraid of hearing ‘no’ shouldn’t be a barrier to making the attempt.

Get your foot in the door. You may not be the right fit for the job you applied for, but the company may like what they see and consider you for a similar position. By applying, you are making potential connections and getting your resume in front of the companies you’d like to work for.

When is applying a bad idea?

When you don’t have even close to enough experience. If you are fresh out of school and applying for jobs asking for 5 years experience, your expectations are too high. You will appear completely out of touch with how workplaces function and possibly come across as arrogant or entitled.

If the job is way outside your field. Missing a few years of experience is not as big a deal if you are already on the path to earning that experience, but don’t apply for a job that is outside of your career path. You need to show you have excelled at similar jobs, and if you don’t have much related experience, you simply can’t show that.

Make your application top notch.

The only way you will be considered for a position when you are under-experienced is if your resume proves you have the potential to do the job. You have to give great examples of how you excel at your current position and related positions, how you have gone above expectations and how you are a top performer. Without a stellar resume, your long-shot application simply won’t be considered.

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 >>

Jobs for Night Owls

Do you hate waking up in the morning? Are you someone who feels most productive at night? Everyone has a time when they feel most alert, most comfortable and have the most energy. For some, this is during the day, but others are happiest at night.

If you are struggling to pull yourself together for a 9-5 job and relying on coffee to make it through the morning, it might be time for a change of scene. There are plenty of jobs that are perfectly suited to night owls. Some require extensive training and education, while others are entry-level. No matter where you are in your career, if you are a night owl, one of these jobs might be life changing: Continue reading Jobs for Night Owls

The Right Way to End your Summer Job

With August rolling in, this means the beginning of the end of summer. It will be fall before we know it, and for many students this means back to school, and the end of the summer job. Whether you love or hate your job, if you want to make it permanent, or can’t wait for it to be over – there is a right way and a wrong way to end your summer employment. A big mistake now can come back to hurt your career later on. Continue reading The Right Way to End your Summer Job