#JobTip: Try not to use short forms on your #resume. For Mtgs use meetings; Dept use department; Env use environment.
The first industrial revolution saw the creation of many incredible technologies that changed the very face of the planet. Today, with the advent of 3D printing, globalization and manufacturing, we are beginning another one. How will this change the face of the planet in the 21st century?
The P4Capital executive team investigates.
While standing in line at The Bay over Christmas, a couple behind me were having a conversation about asking for a counter offer during a job resignation attempt. I couldn’t help myself; I turned around and said “I’m a head hunter and I would advise against doing that”.
It’s the blackmail element you must avoid. In your boss’s eye’s it is blackmail when you come to her/him with an offer from another company with which he/she must compete.
It may not seem that way – the boss may flatter you and tell you the company can’t go on without you. Promises of promotions, or new projects will pop up. Wow, but, should you have to resign to get these changes? It’s really just management doing its job to stabilize the situation in the short run, while they gets organized to shed you in the long run.
Perhaps you are on a mission critical project. The raise is a band aid to keep you on the project until the end. But, watch out once the project is over.
Sure, ask for a raise if you think you are underpaid, either related to others or because you feel you are doing an outstanding job and deserve a premium.
Do your research. Are you underpaid, by how much? What is an appropriate premium? A good head hunter can tell you what the going rates are at the top and the bottom.
Approach your boss at a non-distracted time and explain why you believe you should get a raise. If it goes well, super, if not you may gain insight into your performance perception, or you may just have to try to find a new job. At least you gave it a shot.
Nadine is one of the original members and owners of Planet4IT, and has watched the company become something great.
She is the Chief Financial officer here, and her hard work ensures everything is kept in tip top shape.
Another role she has is to help companies find the top talent out there.
Her track record speaks for itself.
Nadine can be reached through email, or by calling Planet4IT
Remote, Telecommuting a growing trend and with wi-fi there is no limit!!
Starting off my career in computer programming at Ontario Hydro, I watched the 80’s bring in some of the first contract workers and consulting houses. By 1985, I joined the contract team, but still had to go into the office to do my work. The years progressed, laptops appeared. We could now take our work home with us. Then the internet arrived and home/virtual offices are becoming the norm.
1985 the year I started contracting, 1988 the year I started working from home. My computer used floppy discs, took forever to boot up and I had to go into the office to pick up and deliver my assignments. There was no email, only a few faxes, no webinars or yahoo chat or msn messenger. NO INTERNET. But there were people. Lots of personal contact, either on the phone or in the office. Job interviews were F2F, based on your typed resume with no fancy fonts or pictures. No online surveys, video interviews or phone generated generic interviews. Nope not back in 1988, show up at the company’s office – early, in your best suit or dress. Preparation for the interview – friends/family who knew about the company, newspapers, maybe the library. My desk came equipped with an electric typewriter, my computer, my phone, and a drawer for my paper files. When I first started working remotely our numbers were mostly made up of 20 year old computer wizs or stay-at-home moms. In 2014
“The typical telecommuter is a 49-year-old college graduate — man or woman — who earns about $58,000 a year and belongs to a company with more than 100 employees, according to numbers culled from the Census Bureau’s annual American Community Survey.” The New York Times
The technology, the hardware, the firewalls, the ability to work remotely just keeps on improving. After the winter of 2014 where we couldn’t get out of our driveway for 3 days and we only live 30 kms from Toronto systems were put in place to make access to your work place easier and more secure.
“Federal employees in Washington who worked from home during four official snow days saved the government an estimated $32 million, according to Kate Lister, president of Global Workplace Analytics, and its research arm Telework Research Network.” The New York Times
“Telus is now working toward a goal of having 70 per cent of its work force telecommuting by 2015.” The Globe and Mail
“More than half of us will be working remotely by 2020, said executives, entrepreneurs and business academics at London Business School’s Global Leadership Summit”. London School of Business
It soon became apparent that I had to set rules and guidelines for myself and family members. My first and most important mandate was:
This is your career treat it with respect.
From this statement I was able look at my issues and set up some standards for operating my business. This included simple things like:
When you respect your career you automatically respect yourself
These small guidelines have helped me work successfully from home for the past 25 years. When I started treating my job like a career, it didn’t take long for my family and neighbours to follow suit. I’m still working on the cats O:).
I am becoming known as “have computer and wi-fi will travel”. This week my computer is in Fort Lauderdale, no snow, no cold, no driving, no stress. I have worked on sunny patios, docks, North America and Europe. Can’t wait to see where it takes me next.
Being able to work remotely is becoming a strong bargaining point when changing or improving your career. One day a week up to only coming in for meetings. Companies are accepting this practice more and more. Are you thinking about joining the bandwagon? Would love to hear about your thoughts and experience on working remotely. Let me know what you have done to make it a successful experience.
Good Luck job huntingLynne Carlson started her career off in administration, moved to Cobol Programming and for the last 14 years worked in all things recruitment. Absolutely loves social media and excited about all the new innovations appearing every day!