The Job Window team is thankful for…

In between all the hectic calls and scheduling in candidates, The Job Window recruiters took the time to reflect on what they are thankful this year 🙂

AMIE: “I am thankful for my son, who is the joy of my life.” 

STACIE: “I’m thankful for being able to wake up in a warm, cozy bed during the cold winter months.”

ANDREE:  “This season I am thankful for my friends and family who have supported me unconditionally through a hard time in my life.”

STEPHANIE A.: “This Thanksgiving I’m thankful to be surrounded by such great friends & a loving/supportive family. I’m thankful that I have a rewarding job that allows me to assist those in need every day. I’m thankful for the new experiences that have come my way this past year and the satisfaction that has come with seizing the moment as they arise. I’m also thankful for the amazing Thanksgiving feast I get to enjoy while someone else prepares it this year!”

CHRISTY: “I am thankful for my friends & family and to be settled into my first home with my boyfriend.”

STEPHANIE L.:  “We are all so fortunate and sometimes we don’t realize how lucky we are. We should be thankful for everyday but I’m specifically thankful for all the gravy and mashed potatoes I will eat with my family while watching the Packers!

JENN:  “I’m thankful for my heath, job, family and friends.”

RACHEL:  “There are so many things to be thankful for – really I could roll out a list. I have the most amazing family and friends who love me for who I am and support me in all my ventures. The time I get to spend with my loved ones and the wonderful meals I am lucky enough to create and enjoy with them mean more to me than anything! On Thanksgiving and every day, I am thankful for my health, my happiness, my home, my LIFE! 

MANDY: “I’m grateful for having a roof over my head and great health!”

ASHLEY: “Love and health all around!”

SUSAN: “I am thankful for all of the food that I am so fortunate to have during this time!”

AL: I’m Thankful for so many things. I’ve been blessed with two wonderful children and thankful to see them grow into happy, responsible and mature people who meet their goals. I’m very thankful for this business and the opportunity it has provided me to grow both personally and professionally over the years and all the amazing relationships and adventures along the way. I’m also thankful to have been raised in Canada where we have so many advantages and an unbelievable quality of life. Putting it all together, I’m thankful to have such a fulfilled and happy life both personally and professionally.”

What are you thankful for this year? 🙂

Tip Tuesday: How to decide what to wear to a job interview

So you’ve submitted your resume and set up an interview date. After making a good impression on paper, it’s time to make a good impression in person.

One of the most daunting things about a job interview is deciding and knowing what to wear. It is all dependent on the company you are interviewing with and their culture.

Here are some tips to help you choose the outfit for the important day:

1) Before you select an outfit, research the company culture. Look up pictures of current employees on the company’s website or social media pages: this is probably the easiest way if you don’t have a clue on what to wear to the interview. When you see the pictures, replicate the employees’ style. If they are mostly dressed in black and white dress pants and shirts, dress like that for the interview. If they have on colorful attire and are very fashion forward like fashion magazine employees, wear something similar.

2) If there are no pictures, the Internet search engines are your best tool. You can easily search up outfits people wear to the industry you are interviewing for.

3) Ask your friends and family for their opinions and job interview experiences. The more help and advice you get from others, the more confident you will be in the final outfit you choose. This is because you know people have experienced it and you aren’t just putting together an outfit randomly.

4) If none of the above works for you and  you still don’t know what to wear, remember this tip: when in doubt, go the traditional route and wear a nice pair of black dress pants and white dress shirt (tucked in) with black dress shoes. Also remember that your first impression with your employer can either make or break the interview. So it’s always better to be over dressed than under dressed.

Pure Octane employee promoted in less than a week

Jesse Chadwick gives a customer their first-hand experience with the Power Pod 360 which is one of the products Pure Octane helps to market and promote.

It only took Jesse Chadwick four days to be promoted at Pure Octane Talent after he was hired on board last month.

Chadwick accepted an entry level marketing associate position with the firm in October and was bumped up to a trainer in less than a week after he started.

The 29-year-old says the owner of Pure Octane Talent, Andre Zahrebelny, believed in him and therefore wanted to take a chance on him.

“He [Andre] said that I seemed confident so he just wanted to keep moving me through,” Chadwick said. “I enjoy being a trainer because I get to teach people.

“And as you teach, you also learn things about yourself.”

As a trainer, Chadwick helps new employees transition into the entry level position and teaches them how to market and promote their clients’ products to customers during daily showcase events inside Canadian Tire.

“It’s [trainer and entry level position] not just a sales position but it’s a teaching position,” he said. “Whether you are starting in the entry level position or promoted to a trainer, you have to educate costumers on the products that you are promoting.”

Just like many current entry level candidates who are currently working in the showcase event business, Chadwick is certain that he has found the right career path.

After graduating from Centennial College in Toronto for automotive mechanics, he packed his bags and moved to Japan to teach English for a year. He then spent seven more years in the country working in construction, a banquet hall and a bar manager where he trained several other bartenders.

Eight years later, he returned to Toronto and was employed by the Keg Steakhouse & Bar. But he was looking for something more. So he began sending out his resume and landed with Pure Octane Talent.

“I took this job because this company gives you the opportunity to work for yourself and be your own boss,” Chadwick said. “I want to be an owner of my own company for showcase events one day.”

Chadwick also said that he chose Pure Octane because of the variety of customers he meets everyday which keeps him positive.

“There’s so many nice people out there,” he said. “There’s a lot of grumpy ones too but I focus on the ones who are nice to you.

“I think we should take care of those [nice] people and help them out because that’s what the job is about.”

Tip Tuesday: How to prepare for an ‘in-store’ interview

For those of you who have already scheduled your in-store interview with one of the sales and marketing firms through The Job Window, here are some tips to prepare for the important day. And even if you didn’t apply to any of our job postings but have an upcoming interview, this can be helpful too!

Most of us are familiar with the typical one-on-one job interview in the office, but what about on-site interviews? Although they are very similar, there are some key differences about on-site interviews that are important to remember:

1. Dress appropriately

This goes without saying. Even though you will be interviewed in a big-box retail setting such as Sam’s Club or Costco, it is still a professional environment and you must follow dress code etiquette. Wearing something that is “business professional” is key: blazers, ties, and dress shoes for the gentlemen, pants and a conservative blouse for the ladies. If you are having trouble determining whether something is appropriate to wear to a job interview, a good rule of thumb is to lean towards a more formal, conservative style.

2. Do your research

Nothing turns a manager off more than a candidate coming in without knowing an ounce about their company.  Do your research – plain and simple.  It shows that you are interested in the firm you may be working for as well as the people you will be working alongside with. Even something as simple as reading through the company’s website to gain a better grasp of what they do will give you more confidence in your interview.  It shows the interviewer that you are a person who cares about what they do. Learning about the company and the job will give you confidence when you go in for the interview. When conducting face-to-face customer interaction during road shows, having confidence is essential.

3. Ask questions about the company’s growth

This is related to #2. Firms are ultimately looking for candidates who are able to work from the ground-up and eventually manage road show events one day.  With that said, not only should you ask questions about the company and their products, but how the position you are interviewing for can help you advance within the company.  This shows that you are thinking outside the box and towards the bigger picture.  With the success of road shows, the owners of each firm are looking to expand and promote you as one of their managers in the future.  Asking about growth opportunities, challenges and the negatives and positives of being a manager shows your independence and that you have the drive and self-motivation to rise to the top.

4. Be social

Having a good grasp of social etiquette and conversation skills will help you get the most of your interview. Demonstrating that you have people skills will greatly help you in the in-store interview. Unlike the typical office interview where you have one or two people interviewing you, the on-site interview will be interactive with the reps and customers.  This is where your social game comes into play.  Mingling and engaging in small talk is an easy way to do this. Part of the job is to be friendly and have the ability to communicate with customers and your manager effectively.  Remember to be polite to everybody you meet in the store, not just the interviewer.  Word gets around so you want to maintain as good of a reputation as possible.