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Oct 2015
You Have 6 Seconds to Grab a Recruiter's Attention - Here's How to Do It

by Lily Zhang

With the huge number of applications a job opening usually gets, it’s frustrating—but not much of a surprise—that most recruiters spend all of six seconds looking at your resume.

So, what’s a job seeker to do? Stop putting effort into perfecting your resume bullet points? Forget about quantifying accomplishments? Shorten your resume to just be five targeted keywords in a large font?

No, no, and no. Your goal is actually pretty straightforward: Give recruiters a reason to take a closer look at your resume during their quick glance.

Here are a few ideas on how to do exactly that.


1. Call Attention to Keywords

The bulk of your resume is likely made up of the bullets listed under your experiences, but unless there’s something that catches your reader’s eye, he or she may never even make it to the meat of your resume.

To combat this, pull up the sections that allow for the use of more keywords to the top third of the page, such as your skills section or summary statement. Then comb through the job description to find what words, skills, or qualifications keep coming up. Pick out your strengths from what you’ve found, and make sure a reader doesn’t have to go very far to find something he or she would be interested in.


2. Use Section Headings Strategically

While we’re on the topic of keywords, one component that tends to get a lot of emphasis is your section headings. It makes sense. They need to be very clear so that your resume is easy to navigate and skim, but what a wasted opportunity for these bolded, eye-catching headings to only point out where the next section starts.

To take advantage of these inherently attention-grabbing areas, add some relevant flair. Instead of just an “Experience” section, change it to “Teaching Experience” or “Project Management Experience.” Instead of just “Skills,” give “Technical Skills” or “Stage Management Skills” a whirl.


3. Maximize Your Company Brands

No matter how clear your own personal brand is, it’s hard to compete with the brands of established companies. But, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, you can use that to your advantage on your resume.

If you’ve worked at a company like Facebook, HBO, or Gucci, you better believe a recruiter will spare an extra minute or two to see what you did there. This means making sure that if you have any well-known companies on your resume, you’re either bolding your company names or writing them in all-caps. Don’t diminish their impact by italicizing them or bolding your position title instead.


4. Don’t Hide Your Quirks

You’ve probably heard the advice to keep your resume all about business. And, with such little space to make your case for why you can do the job, that’s not bad advice. That said, you also don’t want to hide all your quirks—even if it’s just to get the recruiter to do a double take.

Is your side gig to take people out for tandem skydives? Are you a computer science major who minored in dance? Do you have a third degree black belt in taekwondo? It’s very possible that none of this is relevant to the position you’re applying for, but it just might be so interesting that a recruiter spends a little extra time on your resume.

Of course, once you get your reader to examine your resume a little closer, you’ll want to make sure the rest of your resume is in tip-top shape. And this handy guide will help with that.

Jul 2018
Top 16 Tips for When You Need to Move Offices or Locations

by Sharlene Massie


1)    Start with a goal: community workspaces, more mobile, ability to shrink/expand the workforce easily, save overall costs (short term/long term), exposure, proximity to customers or transit.

2)    Create a list of must-haves, and nice-to-haves, knowing that the nice to haves will get the team excited, so try to be realistic.  Create a points chart, putting 1-10 on importance, comparing to space sites.

3)    Choose the site that meets most of your goals and works with your vision for a new space. You won’t find anything that is 100% so expect to achieve 80-100%.

4)    Get an I.T. move list from your I.T. contractor and ensure everything is considered and available in a new spot (Don’t forget fibre optic cable or Wi-Fi and or security wiring).

5)    Speak to all current vendors, get quotes and bring them into the plan.

6)    Create the plan with an estimated schedule and contingency plans.

7)    Fill in the vendor list with vendors needed that you may not have a relationship with yet (contractors, space planners, signage experts).

8)    Measure, measure, measure, everything!  Don’t forget about the heights of ceilings, desks, shelves, etc.

9)    Search sites like Pinterest for ideas, then once the best ideas have been saved, start to compile that list, and source options for purchasing or building what your vision and goal is. 

10)Get quotes for absolutely everything, scale back, if you need to and only hire the best professionals. It is ALWAYS worth it. 

11)Contact your insurance carrier to add the new space to your policy and remove the old space.

12)Go online and move your regular mail to the new location, and set a reminder to update as needed.

13)Plan the move dates, notify teams and customers and provide some notice.

14)Tell Google.

15)Update your address everywhere especially on company vehicle registration and company credit/points/expense cards too.

16)Have a party!  Even if the reason for the move is downsizing or saving money, creating that positive team culture is really important during a stressful company move!

Oct 2018
Common Misconceptions about the Staffing Industry

by Hailey Radcliffe

You’re looking for your next shining star employee! You have spent hours, weeks, and months trying to find the next perfect fit to your unique company’s puzzle. You have held interviews and just haven’t had “that feeling." Your workload is stacking high as you’ve been committing your time to finding this Grade A Human. You have a great company to work for- I mean, you work there! You thought this would be straightforward and simple.

Why wouldn’t you leave your hiring needs to a experts in the industry? You don’t try to cut your own hair- you go to a professional (unless you are rocking that bowl cut). Did you know that more companies are utilizing agencies these days? If you take a look at the overall costs of recruiting and hiring yourself, you could end up paying the same or less if you go with a professional. Wow! Who knew? Well… we did!

If you havent taken the plunge creating a relationship with an agency, it is possible that you may have heard at least one of these common misconceptions.

Misconception #1: “They wouldn’t know enough about my industry or company’s needs.”

Every industry and every company is unique- like a fingerprint. We totally get that! About Staffing has specialized recruiters who work in their designated sectors of business, so you will always be working with a professional who understands your industry. We also know the importance of collaboration and often discuss different routes of action to accommodate every client individually. Our recruiters work day in and day out to perfect their systems. That is why we are Masters at Matching Culture.

Misconception #2: “Agencies are expensive.”

While the initial cost of utilizing an agency can look daunting, when you add your fees and lost time to what you could be paying an agency you may be surprised to learn that the costs are the same or cheaper than what your company could do on their own.  Yes, agencies do get paid for delivering you your Grade A Human, but imagine the costs that you would incur when a position turns over many times. Not only are you continuously recruiting and interviewing for this role, but your valued staff are being pulled away from important tasks and tied up training this position multiple times.

Misconception #3:  “They wont be able to find someone that I wouldn’t be able to find.”

This is a very common misconception and has been proven many times to be untrue. When a company invites a candidate to their office they will likely get the answers that this company is looking to hear, which may not be how a candidate actually feels. When candidates come to an agency they are very transparent in what they are looking for and can be matched based upon those answers, as they are not speaking to what they “think they should say.” The beauty of an agency is that they do get to play “ match maker” with the pool of their interviewed candidates and their clients. About Staffing performs personality and retention testing on candidates to go above and beyond what a resume can tell you. We roll up our sleeves and dig deep!

Not only that but About Staffing is also an industry professional on algorithms, job posting boards and methods that have been trialed and perfected for over 22 years!

Misconception #4: “Agencies are just for temporary work.”

Agencies are more versatile than ever. About Staffing services temporary, temporary to  direct and direct hire positions. Whether you have a full time vacancy of a superstar executive assitant, a unique administator, a tech specialist, or need to staff 120 positions in a temporary warehouse About Staffing can assist! Not only can we fill your vacancies with ease and enthusiasm, but we can provide you with information such as competitive wages, hiring strategies and industry trends as well.

--- Now that we are all on the same page wouldn’t it make sense to trust your hiring needs to the Masters at Matching Culture? Let About Staffing do the leg work for you! It’s what we do everyday.

Nov 2018
Your 2019 Job Hunt Vision Board

by Denise Ebata

At About Staffing we are big supporters of vision boards and believe these to be powerful tools in keeping you focused in the year to come. They help establish goals, give clear direction and motivate you in times of need. We stick them in a place where we can be easily reminded of what we are trying to achieve.

Why not create a job hunt vision board for 2019?

The job hunt is a daunting task and can sometimes seem to last for months. As the job hunt begins, people are focused, eager and have a clear goal of where they want to end up. As the process continues on, job hunters loose focus and begin applying to any and all positions. If this seems to be your case, let’s take a step back for a second and bring back the focus.

Take out a pen and paper and let’s begin.

There are no rules to vision boards. They should however motivate, inspire and remind you of your intentions. You can make this a simple arts and crafts project and put it in a frame or you can write down everything by hand in a notebook. This is the joy of the exercise.

Why are you awesome?

We reach a point in the job hunt where we become deflated by the lack of response to our applications. Your vision board should remind you of your awesomeness and be front and center. Remind yourself of your great qualities and why an employer needs to hire you.

Are you proud of your resume?

Your resume is your brand. It represents you. This is the first impression employers get of you so ask yourself this, are you proud of this document? Does it not only show off your skill set, experience and education but your personality as well? Can you spice up the formatting, add in a little colour or work on your wording?

If you answered yes to any of this, then let’s add SPICE UP MY RESUME, to your vision board.

What is your big picture career goal(s)?

Having this goal front and center on your vision board is also crucial. It will keep you focused and possibly outline the steps or positions you need to take to achieve this goal.

Get Strategic

The job hunt is a strategy. It is about outlining your process to achieve the best results. When do you check job boards? Do you customize your resume and cover letter for each position? Do you keyword match the job description with your resume? Do you investigate whom to address the cover letter to? Perhaps adding a checklist to your vision board will keep you focused and ensure you are not missing a step.

What is your dream job? What is your dream company?

Visualize these characteristics on your vision board. 

What qualities in an employer are you looking for?

  • Longevity
  • Benefits
  • Location
  • Industry
  • Management style
  • Public or Private

What does your dream job entail?

  • Small or large team
  • Heavy workload
  • Flexible work hours
  • Professional development opportunities

Sometimes putting things down on paper help turn things into reality. Good luck on the job hunt in 2019!



Dec 2018
Words of Wisdom: Goal Setting

by Sharlene Massie

January is the best time of year to set your intention(s) or decide what goal(s) you want to achieve for 2019.

These intentions or goals are usually something to sink your teeth into, get excited about, and help be your guide throughout the year. 

You may want to adjust the plan or the route to accomplish the goal periodically, but at least the vision will be decided earlier in the year. Shoot for the stars!



Here are some tips for goal setting in 2019. 

  1.      Create a one liner, phrase, or a few words as a tag line goal

This headline is the one, overall vision you have for your work or home life goal for the year.  Some people may choose to call this the New Year’s Resolution, but I think if this is well thought out and then planned out on a goal sheet, and posted everywhere, it will stick. Then it will be worked on throughout the year, rather than during one midnight moment, quickly forgotten. 

  1.      Put pen to paper. 

The key to putting the vision in writing is to figure out how to achieve it.  This written version will help to create a clear path to achieving something, even if it is not perfect, this day, one year from now, will show that something was accomplished, even if there were detours along the road.  Change is okay. Modifying is probable. 

  1.      Put a few words or pictures that describe some version of the who, what, where, and how. 

If your vision is to live healthier every day, for example, who will help you achieve that, what do you need to do every day, and how do you plan to make this happen?  Hire a trainer, or walk with a neighbour.  What will you need to make this vision of achieving this goal happen in 2019? 

  1.      Why this goal is important to you is the last point. 

One statement or just a few words or picture is all this takes. This is just as important as determining the goal in the first place.  “To live longer” might be the only answer using health as the example. 

Visualizing your intention or goal is powerful. Having it front and center at all times is also critical to reminding you and helping you throughout the day. Stick your phrase on a stick note on the mirror. Put it on your desktop and mobile screensaver.

This exercise will take you further.

Start with a clean slate, and create something from nothing.  That can be a good goal all by itself! 

Jan 2019
Words of Wisdom: My Bucket List

by Sharlene Massie

I don’t have a bucket list. 

That is because I ‘live’ my bucket list. I don’t dream about it and I don’t wait for things to come.

There are many ups and downs as a business owner. Over the years, I have learnt that my bucket list is a constant ebb and flow, give and take. Opportunities do not always present themselves and if they do, should be taken immediately. Seize the day, the moment or opportunity, as people like to say.

I don’t own expensive watches or luxury homes; instead I have experienced more exceptional moments than most people have. 

I don’t procrastinate, but I may get behind sometimes.  As soon as I get a glimpse of something I want to do, I book it, like concerts or travel destinations, or throwing parties.  I may have to book it for an available time, but nonetheless, I book it, sometimes with a payment plan! 

I feel like my Microsoft Outlook was built to manage my ongoing bucket list bookings.  I never give up! If I had that personality trait, my business would have failed years ago, and the thousands of people I have helped may not have found that great job or received that perfect advice. 

I take responsibility for my actions, and I do what I say I will. I set very high standards for my team and myself. 

I ‘live’ my bucket list which means there is no room for mediocre and my company expects great things.  In return, I offer a really great place to work, with 2-way street loyalty and room for work life balance rarely seen.

I don’t think I am exceptionally talented; instead, I have strong and meaningful human relations, and common sense.  I am also kind, and I try to add something helpful to the people I meet. 

The bucket list term became popularized by the 2007 movie, seemingly stemming from the phrase kicking the bucket.  I am not suggesting that everyone should or should not create their own bucket list.  Instead, I suggest that successful people get things done by not waiting. 

I’d suggest that opportunities come in moments of time, not in big expensive items. Keeping track of those moments is far more important than planning or waiting for big things to happen.   

I would suggest never giving up and understanding that money comes and goes. Problems occur and get solved over and over again; it’s a part of life. 

I’d suggest taking responsibility and not blaming others, including yourself when things don’t go according to the plan. 

I suggest that talent comes in all forms and getting to understand yourself and what your own strengths are is really important.  Choosing to learn more about yourself should be on the ongoing bucket list in some way. 

Take a chance, jump in, and starting doing instead of maybe saying “one day.” Living your bucket list is far better than thinking about doing something down the road. 

Feb 2019
Can you trust staffing agencies?

by Cristina Schultz


A question often sparked around agencies is whether or not they can be trusted. Agencies frequently carry around stigmas of low wages, mistreatment, and miserable jobs. But in reality, an agency is just like any other employer. You apply, you interview, and hopefully, if all went well, you are provided with a satisfactory offer letter. A noteworthy difference between standard employers and agencies is that when applying to an agency you may not be applying to just one vacancy, you could be applying to hundreds.

Agencies act as a third-party HR department for a multitude of clientele looking for a variety of roles. In turn they are held to the same, if not a more heightened obligation to abide by employment standards.

So yes, you can trust agencies!

So where does this stigma come from?

There are many contributing factors that may go into this stigma:

  •       not enjoying the work
  •       not necessarily being fond of the people you work alongside
  •       not having a purpose – being just another body

To put it simply, when putting together a puzzle it doesn’t matter how bad you want a piece to fit or how close it might be. If it is not the right shape, it just won’t work.

If it is not the right placement, it won’t be enjoyable by any means!

At About Staffing, we are known as Masters at Matching Culture because we take into great consideration what our candidates are searching for.  Not just in a job description; but in culture, environment, location, shift, etc.

What will make them happy? What will make them Look Forward To Monday?

We then connect with our clientele in their environment to determine exactly what their unique requirements are. Again, looking as much outside the job description as inside the job description – discovering precisely what would make a cultural fit. Finding a candidate that meets each qualification is only half the battle, the undertaking is finding someone who will enjoy every aspect of their work!

Once we have determined the desires of the candidate, and the requirements of the client; we work meticulously to find the two pieces of the puzzle that fit together perfectly.

How do you determine if an agency is trust worthy?

  •       Research the company! What kind of presence do they have online? What do their reviews look like? This speaks a lot to what values they exhibit in their everyday work.
  •       Bring forward any questions or concerns you might have during the interview and make your expectations known.

Trusting an agency doesn’t have to be a big step but finding the right agency for you is important!

Here are a few ways the About Staffing team is breaking the stigma of agencies.


At About Staffing one of the most important questions we ask is what would it take for you to uphold the lifestyle that you have created? What is your wage expectation?

We respect and want you to be where you deserve to be!


About Staffing has exclusively partnered with Respect Group Inc. to ensure all candidates we place are Respect in the Workplace certified. This course provides tools and skills to prevent bullying, abuse, harassment and discrimination in any workplace.

We also pride ourselves on working with clients and candidates who share the same values as our own:

  • Enthusiasm
  • Sincerity
  • Stability
  • Loyalty

It’s much easier to fit together puzzle pieces made from the same puzzle!


Although your application may match dozens of vacancies, there is never any obligation to accept a position. If it is not what you want exactly, or if you won’t be happy doing it – you don’t have to accept it.

Remember the beauty of applying to an agency is that there is a bountiful range of opportunities to be had!