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National Bank Once Again Among Greater Toronto’s Best Employers

Posted on 06 December 2012 by admin

Montreal: National Bank is proud to be listed among Greater Toronto’s Best Employers for the third year in a row. This prestigious list is compiled every year by Aon Hewitt, which recognizes businesses in the Greater Toronto Area that stand out for their human resources practices that engage employees.

“Through their active participation in the One client, one bank business development strategy we have been pursuing since 2008, GTA employees are helping to roll out the red carpet for all our clients. An engaging work environment enables us not only to recruit and retain top talent, but also to offer clients a distinctive client experience,” emphasized Louis Vachon, President and Chief Executive Officer of National Bank.

National Bank has been taking part in Aon Hewitt’s survey since it was first launched. The rankings are based on the opinions of the employees, leaders and human resources professionals of participating businesses. The Bank uses the insight gained from its results to enhance its human resources practices and remain a top employer.

This latest achievement, which reflects the commitment of National Bank’s 20,000 employees, comes on the heels of several other distinctions the Bank has received in 2012, including:

  • Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures (Waterstone Human Capital)
  • 50 Best Employers in Canada (Aon Hewitt)
  • Lipper Awards for its mutual funds
  • Canada’s Best Diversity Employers (Mediacorp Canada)
  • World’s Strongest Banks (Bloomberg Markets)
  • Best Canadian Brands (Interbrand)

SOURCE: National Bank of Canada

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Useful tips for young job hunters

Posted on 24 October 2012 by admin

Young people though sophisticated in their general understanding of the job search process, are often naive about the mechanics and etiquette that underlie an effective search. Some tips for young job hunters are

a. Don’t pretend you know what you want to do, if you don’t

You do need to know yourself. What are you good at? What kind of work environment do you thrive in – a fast-paced setting? A boss who provides autonomy? Be prepared with compelling examples that speak to these skills and preferences.

b. Fake it, sort of

In interviews, you must communicate that you believe in yourself and your skills, but it’s okay to express some uncertainty. Hiring managers will interpret this as a willingness to learn and the ability to be influenced. Here’s what you should fake: the impression you are really keen to do a particular job even if you aren’t. How you actually feel about the position is your personal business. To land a job, enthusiasm is key.

c. Know your audience

Be cognizant of boundaries; sometimes young people who are comfortable talking to adults forget they are not talking to someone who really cares about them when interacting with strangers. Avoid “over-sharing.”

d. Take advantage of every offer to help

Don’t be shy about asking for assistance. But don’t be obnoxious. Walk that line between being clear about your desire for help while not acting like it is your right to have endless support.

e. Don’t assume people remember you

Most people have short memories. Remind your contact about who referred you and why you are calling.


f. Avoid saying anything that smacks of entitlement

Self-confidence can be interpreted as cockiness rather than a sense of self-worth. Be prudent with the words you use. Never say, “With my degree, I expect stimulating, well-paid work.” (You can think it, just don’t say it.) Or, “How long will I have to do this before I am promoted?”

g. Show true appreciation for help

Save the cool ironic stance for your friends. There is nothing wrong with an enthusiastic message saying, “Thanks a ton for your help.” Remember that your supporters will feel good about having helped you only if you explain the role they played, such as how their introduction to a contact led to an opportunity.

h. Understand timeliness.

And don’t assume people will do what they say. They may forget, or be distracted. Follow up if someone was supposed to get back to you and doesn’t.

i. Don’t be too picky

The trick is to take what you need – experience, income, self-knowledge, exposure – and not to be crushed psychologically. Be flexible about income. Focus more on the skills you will develop and how this job will be a stepping stone, than whether you are working for slave wages.

Weigh the value of paying off student debt, or saving for grad school, with the benefits of experience and opening a door for future opportunities.

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