Archive for the Blog Category migrates to National Job Bank

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Early this year, the Government of Saskatchewan announced that would be migrating to the federal government online job back, National Job Bank. The result of the transition provides many new and enhanced services including job matching, job alerts, online resume builder, career planning tools, labour market information and intelligence, a visibly accessible site in both official languages, self-help support and increased security features. Although the transition provides many enhanced features, employers and some job seekers have also found it not user friendly and more difficult to post jobs. As a result of these concerns, the provincial government reprieved for six months. Over that time, the government will work with employers to look at innovative ways to keep the front end of the SaskJobs while still harnessing the backend functionality of the federal job bank.

On June 4th, Alastair MacFadden, Deputy Minister of Immigration and Career Training with the Government of Saskatchewan along with representatives from the National Job Bank spoke to Chamber Executives from throughout Saskatchewan explaining the reason for the transition, and the increased security.  They also were very open to answering questions and listening to the concerns Chambers are hearing from their members.

The Prairie Sky Chamber is in the process of having a Service Canada representative present and answer any questions you may have regarding the transition to the National Job site at one of our upcoming events. Please stay tuned for details. In the meantime, if you are having issues with the new job site, we would encourage you to view the National Job Bank Support videos to help you with the process.


The Power of Referrals

Referrals are a powerful selling tool! They are one of the most highly effective methods of getting new business but also the most underused forms of marketing.

We all know that people would rather do business with people they know or those that have been recommended to them from someone they know and trust rather than with strangers. When you’re introduced to a prospect through a personal recommendation, that prospect has a considerably higher comfort level with you than a stranger. So why is it that, while we all desire referrals, we don’t pursue them as much as we should?

Here are some ways to help you gain referrals:

• When you begin working with a new customer, make referrals part of your initial agreement. “If I do a great job would you agree to refer my business?.” Chances are your customer will be impressed by your dedication and drive.

• Whenever a customer compliments you, respond with a thank you, quickly followed by a referral request. For example, “I’m so pleased you’re happy with my work. Do you know anyone else who can benefit from my services?”

• Use every client meeting as an opportunity to collect referrals. To keep yourself on track, jot a reminder down in your meeting preparation notes. Make it one of your standard talking points.

• Set a weekly goal for yourself. Keep track of the number of referrals you ask for each day. You don’t need to limit your requests to clients; you can also ask business associates, acquaintances and prospects.

• Make the most of networking opportunities like the ones the Prairie Sky Chamber organizes for you.  Step out of your comfort zone and set a goal to talk to at least three new people. Plan in advance what you might say. We’re all drawn to interesting, enthusiastic people.

• Don’t forget to give referrals yourself! Whenever you have the opportunity to refer or connect two contacts together, do so! Most people will appreciate the referral, and it may inspire them to do the same.

• Don’t forget to say, “Thank You!”.  Send them a note, give them a call or maybe give them a discount on future purchases.

• Once you have the referral, make sure you capitalize on it. Most often, you have one chance to make an impression, and the way you treat the referral not only affects your potential relationship with that person but it can affect your future relationship with the client who gave you the referral. As referral is a precious commodity so treat it with care. Make sure you exceed the expectations the first time!

Referrals can be an excellence and profitable way to increase your sales and expand your customer base, but taking referrals is also a huge responsibility. Take it seriously and work hard at it, and your business will benefit!


10 Ways to Build a Canada that Wins

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce released the 10 Ways to Build a Better Canada That Wins, document that provides business, decision-makers and government with a series of clear priorities and objectives that, if addressed, will give Canada a competitive edge, improve productivity and grow the economy.

A strong and prosperous Canada depends on business growth, but businesses are grappling with daunting challenges—economic, political and technological—at home and abroad. To help them compete and grow, they developed the 10 Ways to Build a Canada that Wins to guide businesses, government and other stakeholders towards new opportunities.