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Minto Roy
President & creator of Careers Today Canada "Revolutionizing the World of Work."
Interests: HR Consulting, Recruitment, Talent Acquisition, Training, Sales Training, Sales Professional Development, Business Development, Broadcasting, Marketing, Golf, Communications, Writing
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Here's how to get a second chance for that ideal job that you finished second for. As a recruiter and career coach for the past 15 years, I cannot count how many times I have heard a candidate inform me they "finished second" for job they really wanted. I often ask candidates what did after they did after not getting the job. Most respond with nothing while others sent a standard thank you email to the company in appreciation for their consideration. From a strategic point of view, both follow up-actions do very little to give these candidates a second... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2012 at Minto Roy's Blog
Premier Christy Clark made the following statement on Prime Minister Stephen Harper's visit to British Columbia: "I am delighted that Prime Minister Harper will visit British Columbia today for an official signing of the Seaspan contract. The awarding of this contract to a British Columbia firm represents a major step forward in implementing Canada Starts Here: The BC Jobs Plan. This contract is a great example of a fair and transparent federal procurement process, and an even better example of British Columbia's business rising to the challenge of a major competition. Seaspan Marine Corporation is an association of Canadian companies... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2012 at Minto Roy's Blog
The employment market pendulum has swung drastically. Professionals across Canada are feeling job volatility and have polished up their resumes. Despite the cautious business climate, there are still great career opportunities with companies committed to elevating their talent in hopes of taking full advantage of an economy that will see the "cream" of every industry rise to the top. If, however, you are considering a career change be warned! The traditional resume format that jobseekers have always used will not work effectively in this economy. Jobseekers typically submit resumes focused on past accomplishments, experiences and education, however, in speaking with... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2012 at Minto Roy's Blog
It is that time of year, the time when people vow to lose weight, eat healthy, quit a bad habit, or improve their career. For some, this might mean finding a new job, whereas for others, they may be looking for a salary increase, greater responsibility or promotion to that coveted corner office. The problem with resolutions, however, is that they are often created and not followed through upon. The secret is making easy to accomplish, measurable goals and sticking to them throughout January and hopefully the rest of the year. 1. Write down your goals. This is one of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2012 at Minto Roy's Blog
Volkswagen in Germany has agreed to stop sending email through its BlackBerry servers to some of its unionized employees after working hours, BBC News reports. Would you want work email to your Blackberry blocked after work hours? (iStock) Employees under union negotiated contracts will not be able to receive work email on their smartphones beginning a half-hour after the end of the shift. Email service won't begin again until a half-hour before the start of their next shift. The email block does not apply to management at Volkswagen. The automaker said it agreed to the change after employees complained that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2011 at Minto Roy's Blog
Chris Hodgson is head of industry retail for Google Canada. Abridged: Interview: Special Globe and Mail Update - Published Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011 12:00AM EST What’s your background and education? I trained as a mechanical engineer at Queen’s University in Kingston and graduated in 1993. I worked at Imperial Oil in Toronto for five years. Then I decided to do a business degree at INSEAD in France in 1998. I moved to London to work for Accenture for four years. I did some consulting on my own and joined a company called Computacenter in 2004. I spent two years turning... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2011 at Minto Roy's Blog
Kim Jong Il may have only played golf once, but he was still apparently able to record the best round in the history of the game. That is of course if you believe the claims by media outlets in Pyongyang in 1994. He was said to have shot 38 under par (an unbelievable 25 shots better than the world record) on a regulation course, including an astonishing 11 holes in one. Talk about beginners luck! Sadly, the Guinness Book of Records has yet to recognise the 'Dear Leader's' achievements on the fairway. Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2011 at Minto Roy's Blog
Abridged: Kaitlin Madden, CareerBuilder The way you present yourself in company meetings can have a big impact on your career. Whether you're the shy type who usually opts not to speak up -- or you're just the opposite -- here are a five points of view on making your point effectively in front of a crowd. 1. Practice: Like anything, practice makes perfect when it comes to speaking up -- especially if you're shy. "One way shy people can gain confidence to speak in meetings is to practice outside of meetings," says Susan Newman, co-founder of School2Life, an organization that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2011 at Minto Roy's Blog
Abridged: CBC News The sharp drop in the stock market cut Canadian's net worth by $4,600 per household in the third quarter, Statistics Canada reported Tuesday, December 13th 2011. "Although residential real estate assets increased, this was more than offset by the decline in the value of household holdings of equities (including mutual funds) and pension assets," the agency said. Meanwhile, Canadians continued to borrow, driving household debt per capita up by $600 from the second quarter and $2,200 over a year, to $46,100. Total household debt increased to $1 trillion in mortgages and $448 billion in consumer credit debt.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2011 at Minto Roy's Blog
Canadian manufacturing has lost 627,000 jobs over the past nine years. ((Paul Sancya/Associated Press) Abridged: CBC News Canada lost a surprising 18,600 jobs in November, pushing the country's unemployment rate up by 0.1 percentage points to 7.4 per cent, Statistics Canada said Friday. Economists had been looking for between 16,000 and 17,000 jobs to be added, and for the unemployment rate to remain unchanged at 7.3 per cent. The loss of 53,300 part-time jobs offset an increase of 34,600 in full-time work, the federal agency said. Unemployment rates in Canada "The details [of] the November jobs report are mildly better... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2011 at Minto Roy's Blog
Abridged: Wall Street Journal, Joann S. Lubin Like most executives, Sanjeev Nikore had managerial faults. But unlike most executives, he publicly divulged them to fellow staffers. The result? A promotion. Mr. Nikore, a senior corporate vice president at HCL Technologies Ltd., was among its 25 top leaders who went through performance evaluations known as "360-degree feedback" last year and shared the results company-wide via an internal website. Nearly 6,600 other managers at the global information-technology company did the same thing with employees who had graded them. HCL Technologies' Vice Chairman and CEO Vineet Nayar encourages his employees to be open... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2011 at Minto Roy's Blog
By Brad Ewart, Real Golf eNewsletter Editor Golf is one of the few games where you are your own referee. Golfers are the only sportsmen who call infractions on themselves when no one else would have known. If you know you've done something wrong and are prepared to play with that guilt, then good luck to you. Calling a penalty on yourself or calling out another player for a rule infraction is a player's obligation to the rest of the field. The players will respect the individual for following procedure and it allows the golfer to play without a guilty... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2011 at Minto Roy's Blog
By Reuters Companies planning to spend thousands of dollars for staff Christmas parties, even with open bars, shouldn't bother because most U.S. employees would prefer money. Nearly three quarters of 2,574 workers questioned in a Harris poll said they would opt for a cash bonus, followed by 62 percent who would prefer a salary increase and 32 percent who wanted more paid time off. Only four percent put a Christmas party on the top of their holiday. "Until we see the impacts of the Great Recession further recede, when it comes to what employees want it starts with cash and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2011 at Minto Roy's Blog
Abridged: St. Louis Today ST. LOUIS, MO -- If you choose to keep searching for a new job during December, the following strategies can help you stay committed to the task. Manage your time. If you let it, time can swallow you up. That's why companies place so much emphasis on time management and productivity. But it's really not time that you need to manage, it's you and your ability to accomplish the task. Schedules, deadlines and to-do lists can keep you focused in your job search. Every week, schedule a set amount of time for job search activities and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2011 at Minto Roy's Blog
Minto Roy, founder of Vancouver based CareersToday Canada and co-owner of the Canadian Immigrant Magazine will discuss how diversity can become a key strategy to sustain and grow sales revenue and provide a competitive edge to a company's brand awareness at an upcoming event at a BC HRMA roundtable. Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2011 at Minto Roy's Blog