Out ….out! ….out of your control

Somewhere inside the distance fog of approaching dawn today, I reckoned an incessant beep-beep-beep that slowly revealed itself to be the house alarm. The system panel indicated the front room window on the north side of the house was left open, rendering the system unready for arming.

The day before, I had released the screen on this window in attempt to release a trapped bumble bee caught between the panes; apparently, I’d failed to reestablish the seal of the window and forgot to arm the system. Despite replacing the screen and the pane and the contacts to appease the beep-beep-beep, my efforts this early morning were refuted by the system. To minimize my growing frustration and confusion, I decided coffee was the next order of need, but that effort was quickly foiled when the coffee bean grinder would not respond to my pressure either.

With the opening of the fridge revealing a dark interior within, I awakened fully to realize the power was out. With only my handheld cell phone, I learned that I was one of two houses in the entire community of Pointe Claire, Quebec (and 1 of 313 in the larger vicinity) that was under a scheduled HydroQuebec power outage.

What made me so special this day? Why was I singled out to be so inconvenienced on this pleasantly sunny and bright summer morning (albeit without fresh coffee) on the West Island of Montreal? I pushed aside my disappointment of not being able to abide by my original intentions of the day: coffee, yoga, meditation, shower, work …..a walk, lunch, dash to the market ….. finish contract, wine-down ….

With no coffee to be drunk, my yoga was at risk, with no wifi available, my work was at risk, with no work on this horizon ……my entire day suddenly became one of two things: 1. ruined, or 2. under renovation. As a wash of anxiety rushed over me, I contemplated how pathetic our existence is with a full reliance on electricity and phantom services that don’t care to inform us of their intentions and mess with our balance and successes.

I renovated my agenda: I confirmed that HydroQuebec knew of my condition (they apparently planned this attack) and promised to rectify the loss of power, then I tucked my wee dog into his carry pouch and heading out to the streets of Pointe-Claire for what turned out to be a too-long morning stroll and to learn the rest of my world woke in their normal way: with electricity.

When I returned nearly two hours later, with sore legs, an antsy dog in a pouch and a growing hunger of my own, the HydroQuebec truck was fading into the distance perspective of my street. I resumed the bean grinding, ensured the wifi was intact and recalculated my day.

As I write this, the evening is unfolding around me: the EU is on the verge of learning the Brexit results, a raccoon is scavenging in the backyard, a cardinal is picking up the cashews I dropped on the deck outside and the traffic on the freeway within earshot is a reminder that tomorrow is St Jean Baptiste Day here in Quebec as everyone rushes home at the end of a work day. I can honestly say I do not know what that it means to a Western Canadian to celebrate this “national” holiday of which I have neither heard of nor celebrated.

It’s now safe to say that by dawn tomorrow, if the power is still intact and the alarm panel is placated, and the coffee beans are grindable, tomorrow’s agenda could render a totally unscripted array of unexpectations?

Les meilleur,

Interviewing Process: be prepared

Getting called for an interview means your resume worked its magic! It can be almost as exciting as getting the contract. Now that you have cinched the opportunity to meet your new potential, don’t gamble by not being properly prepared for the interview.

How you prepare for the interview, could make or break your chances. Some career coaches are worth their weight in gold, like Carmen Goss in Calgary, who’s been in the H.R. business for decades and holds certificates in both human resources and leadership development. As a career coach, she will assist you in any, or all, aspects of the interview process.

I follow a regular feed by JobBuzz and thought I would share their latest link with you. The concepts are obvious and simple, but worth a reminder as you prepare for your best interview ever:

“1. Understanding the requirement

Read the job description carefully. It is important to understand what is expected from you and whether you fit in that given profile or not. Analysing your personal strengths and weakness alongside helps in deciding how well the job suits you and how to approach the interview.

2. Know the employer

Study about the company where you are appearing for the interview. Know their history, vision and objectives so that you are able to answer questions on it. Research well on their future plans so that you are able to align with your job role and how you can benefit them in the long run.

3. Prepare well in advance

You must be prepared for the basic interview questions. Make a list of common interview questions – like your introduction, your hobbies, your interests, why should they hire you, etc. Practice them well before your interview and try to make them interesting!

4. Punctuality matters

You must reach the company on time for the interview. It creates a bad impression if you are late for the interview. Try to reach 10 minutes before the call time. It is an important step towards creating a good first impression.

5. Dress up well

‘Dress to impress’ is the key to create and leave a good impression. Wear crisply ironed formals, clean shoes and your hair should be neat and tied up. Be presentable but don’t be too glammed up

6. Always be confident

No matter how nervous you are, always look confident. Nobody will want to hire a person who is nervous during the interview, as it creates an impression of inability of the candidate to handle workplace situations.

7. Honesty counts

Be honest in your responses to interview questions. Lying at any point may back fire in the future. You are not supposed to know everything, so it is okay to accept it humbly. It’s better than giving a wrong response and creating a wrong impression as well.

8. Update your CV

Your CV is the most important document which sells you to the firm. Keep it updated by adding all your skills and experiences. You must not fake information in your resume. Your CV should not be too verbose and lengthy.

9. Body language

You are noticed in every way and thus the postures and body language have a significant weightage during interviews. Do not slouch. Sit straight and make eye contacts during conversations. Make it a two way conversation by asking questions and clarifying your doubts (if you have any).

10. Get their opinion

As the interview is about to close, ask the interviewer about how it went and what are the chances of being selected. But do not overdo it. Asking for feedback gives a positive impression of the candidate’s keenness towards the job.”

source: http://jobbuzz.timesjobs.com/