Monthly Archives: August 2014

8 WAYS TO BE MORE PRODUCTIVE AT WORK

Take Breaks: Most people think that taking a break at work is the equivalent of wasting time, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Taking a break gives you renewed energy, without breaks by the end of the day you will start to feel tired and therefore will work much slower. Breaks will rejuvenate your mind and allow you to get back to work feeling re-energized and motivated.

Create a To-Do List: Work can sometimes feel overwhelming, Arriving at work in the morning you may feel that you have so much to do and no clue about how you are going to get it all done. A great solution for this is to take a few minutes at the beginning of your day to organize all your tasks. Write down everything you need to accomplish that day and then prioritize it according to how important each task is and how much time each task will take to complete. Once you have a plan it is much more manageable to get everything done well and on time.

Don’t Multitask: There is a universal myth that people are able to multitask. Multitasking is actually just a way to switch between tasks quickly, it is not a way to do multiple tasks at the same time. When you multitask you are distracted and therefore more likely to make a mistake. Instead of multitasking organize your work so that you are able to truly focus on one task at a time.

Know When To Ask For Help: It doesn’t benefit anyone if you take on more work than you can handle. You may feel like it would impress your boss if you take on a heavier workload. However, if you have more work then you can complete, then your performance will suffer. Asking for help is a great way to make sure you are not overwhelmed and are able to complete all your tasks, make sure that they are done well and not be stressed out at work .

Learn To Say No: Sometimes you will be asked to do things at work that are not your priority, you don’t have time to finish or you simply don’t know how to do. It is a natural reaction to simply say yes. You want to be liked, and you don’t want to disappoint anyone. However, sometimes saying yes is a mistake. It leaves you vulnerable to complete tasks poorly or not at all, resulting in the opposite reaction of what you intended. Saying no, when you know you wont be able to complete a task to your highest abilities is beneficial not only to you but to the entire company.

Keep Your Work Space Organized: whether you are a CEO of a major corporation or the General laborer at a factory, your work-space is where you spend the majority of your day. Keeping your work-space organized is essential to your productivity. As a rule, if you use it once a day or more, it can stay. Otherwise, pack it away.

Eliminate Personal Distractions: Unnecessary distractions are workplace poison. Whether its a talkative coworker, or simply going online to constantly check your email or to answer text messages. These distractions don’t simply waste work time, they make it very difficult to concentrate on the tasks you are trying to complete. Allow yourself break times, check your email once and socialize with coworkers during your lunch break. However, after a break get back to the task at hand distraction free and ready to work. 

Reward Yourself: Lastly, it’s important to reward yourself. Once you have become more productive at work you should celebrate and feel truly accomplished. Your boss and coworkers will be pleased but you should also be proud of yourself. Buy yourself a treat or indulge in a getaway. It’s great when those around you recognize how hard you are working, but its also important to be proud of your own accomplishments.

Labour Day Long Weekend.

The 2014 Labour Day Long Weekend is almost here!

Taking place each year on the first Monday of September, Labour Day is an annual celebration of workers.

Labour Day began in the 1880’s after workers began to fight for the right to work less than 12 hours a day.

This marked the beginning of the 58 hour week movement. After an initial struggle shorter work hours

were incorporated into most union contracts in Ontario.

Labour Day is the celebration of this very achievement.

Whether you are currently employed or still struggling to find a position that’s right for you,

Labour Day is meant for you to take a break and relax at the end of the Summer.

To help you celebrate, we here at Alpha North Group have made a list of great events and activities taking place in Ontario this long weekend.

Canadian National Exhibit (CNE)

One of North America’s largest annual fairs, the CNE offers up 18 days of amusement park rides, parades, live entertainment, food and more. 

Artfest at the Distillery 

One of Toronto’s favorite summer art shows. Celebrating painting, photography, sculpture, fine craft, live music and more from Canada’s top artists. 

Annual Labour Day Parade

The annual Labour Day Parade takes place on Monday morning, beginning near Queen and University. Marchers head south-west through the city (often along Queen then down Dufferin) and the parade ends inside the CNE.

We will be celebrating with you as our offices will be closed this Monday, However we will be back at work on Tuesday September 2nd.

Have a Great Long Weekend!

Featured Jobs of the Week

Welcome to round 2 of our weekly job roundup. 

Please continue reading for a sample of our current job postings. 

If you feel you would be a good candidate for any of these positions feel free to comment below, or contact us directly at (647) 4274923 or at [email protected]

Pastry Chef (Maple):  

A retailer in Maple is looking for a Pastry Chef.

Job Requirements:
• Post-secondary education in culinary management
• minimum 2 year experience as a pastry chef for a grocery/retail store
• Detail-oriented
• Excellent time management skills, must be able to get products out in a timely manner
• Able to work flexible hours


Forklift Operator (Brampton): 

A Manufacturer in Brampton is looking for a Forklift Operator 

Job Requirements:

  • Valid Counterbalance and Raymond Reach Licence
  • Experience working in a fast paced environment
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to work long hours

Spray Painter (Brampton): 

A manufacturer of Bakery Equipment in Woodbridge is looking for a Spray Painter. 

Job Requirements:

  • Previous Spray Painting experience.
  • Able to work flexible hours
  • Previous Booth Painter experience is an asset.

Cake Decorator (Maple):

A Canadian retailer is seeking a Cake Decorator.

Job Requirements:

  • Post-secondary education in culinary management
  • minimum 1 year experience decorating cakes and pastries for a grocery/retail store
  • Detailed-oriented
  • Excellent time management skills, must be able to get product out in a timely manner 
  • Able to work flexible hours

Bakery Worker (Oakville): 

A bakery in Oakville is looking for a Bakery Worker

Job Requirements: 

  • Bakery worker experience is preferred
  • General knowledge of mixing and pastry production will be considered an advantage
  • Ability to handle weight up to 15 kg 
  • Must have own safety shoes.

If you haven’t found the job you are looking for, visit alphanorthgroup.com for a complete listing of our current job postings.

Good Luck!

 

Featured Jobs of the week.

We are excited to announce a new weekly feature here at Alpha North Group. 
We will now  be posting a weekly sample of some of our current available positions every Monday.  
If you feel you would be a good candidate for any of these positions feel free to comment below,
or contact us directly at (647)4274923 or [email protected]

Butcher (Maple):  

A Canadian retailer is looking for a Butcher.

Job Requirements:

  • Previous butcher experience required
  • Good communication skills and ability to read and write in English.
  • Customer Service oriented and able to make good decisions.
  • Able to work under minimal supervision.
  • Able to stand for extended periods of time.
  • Exposure to limited cold temperatures from freezer/cooler area.
  • Experience working as a meat cutter in a retail environment is an asset.
  • Experience using a variety of meat cutting equipment is an asset.
  • Experience working in a grocery store is an asset.

TIG Welder (Concord): 

A Metal fabricating company is seeking a TIG Welder.

Job Requirements:

  • Experience working with metal
  • Minimum 5 years of TIG welding experience
  • Experience working with aluminum is an asset.

Industrial electrician (Toronto): 

A Bakery in Toronto is looking for an experienced Industrial Electrician.

Job Requirements:

  • Experience with Installation, Maintenance, Repair,Service, Troubleshooting and Diagnostic.
  • Experience using the following: Programmable logic controls, motors and controls, Generators,Transformers, Instrumentation, Alternators, Switchboard meters, Regulators, Industrial storage batteries, Fiber optics,Lighting fixtures, PLC (programmable logic controls).
  • Specific Skills: Install, examine, replace or repair electrician components, test equipment and components for current, continuity and voltage,maintain, repair and test switch gears, transformers,regulator and reactors.
  • Experience : 3 years to less than 5 years
  • License: +442 A, +309 A

Floral Manager (Maple):

A Canadian retailer is seeking a Manager for their Floral Department.

Job Requirements:

  • Must have at least 2-3 years experience managing floral department operations.
  • High school education preferred or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Must be able to frequently lift up to 35 pounds.
  • Must be available to work from Monday to Sunday with open availability
  • Must have previous floral design experience

Manual Mill Machine operator (Concord): 

A Company that specializes in water jet cutting and fabricating is seeking a Manual Mill Machine Operator.

Job Requirements: 

  • previous experience with manual milling and manual lathe machines.
  • previous experience working in a production line.

If you haven’t found the job you are looking for, visit alphanorthgroup.com for a complete listing of our current job postings.

Good Luck!

Resume Writing Tips.

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Here at Alpha North Group we see hundreds of resumes a day. Over the years we have become extremely efficient at evaluating them. Here are some tips to make sure your resume doesn’t get overlooked.

1) No pictures, attaching a photo of yourself to your resume is unprofessional and sends the wrong message. Your appearance doesn’t  have anything to do with your qualifications.

2) Use a proper email, [email protected] makes you sound unprofessional, if this is your primary email create a new email account for resume purposes.

3) No irrelevant information. On average a recruiter or employer will spend only a few seconds skimming your resume before deciding if you are a good fit for a position. That being said you don’t want those seconds to be wasted on irrelevant information. For example, listing your hobbies can sometimes be an asset, if you are applying for a coaching position and list soccer as one of your hobbies then this can be an asset. However if you are applying to a position completely unrelated to your hobbies it is likely that your hobbies list will simply take up space and not benefit you in the long run.

4) No pronouns. Using words like I or me wont work to your benefit. Your resume should sound subjective as if it is unbiased.

5) Use keywords. Many companies, including Alpha North Group are utilizing digital databases. When a position becomes available recruiters check the database using keywords. For example if we are looking for an electrician with a +442A license, we will simply type in +442A and only look at the candidates who have listed this license on their resume.

For more info on how to utilize keywords check out  http://www.quintcareers.com/resume_keywords.html

6) Don’t lie. If you get caught lying on your resume it will prevent you from ever getting a job at that company, if a recruiter catches you in a lie then they will not risk sending your resume to employers as this will reflect badly on the agency. Regardless, it is easy to background check a candidate to see if they are telling the truth. Lying on your resume is an unnecessary and un-beneficial risk.

7) Keep it short. As we mentioned above, when someone is reading your resume they will most likely make up their mind in the first 5-10 seconds. So make sure that all the important information is visible. Instead of writing long paragraphs, write everything in point form. Highlight important words. Make sure that in those 5 seconds, the reader has read all of your essential information.

8) No fancy designs. Fancy fonts, colorful paper etc make you seem childish. An employer is likely to immediately throw your resume away since they are looking for someone serious and professional.

9)  Name and contact info are essential. After all the hard work that goes into writing a resume, we still come across many resumes that are missing an email or phone number or even the candidates name. This should go without saying, your name and contact must be on your resume. Preferably at the very top. Without this information even if an employer likes your resume, how are they suppose to call you in for an interview?

10) Proofread, proofread, proofread. Once you are done writing your resume you should let at least two other people proofread it for you. Spelling errors make it seem like you don’t care enough to check your work. If this is how your resume looks, how many mistakes will you overlook if you are hired for a job?

 

Can’t find anyone to proofread your resume?

No problem, we can help.

Send your resume to [email protected], write Resume Help in the subject line.

Good Luck with the job hunt!