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6 Ways To Prevent Accidents In The Workplace

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Traffic cones and red stop sign. Road safety and prevention of accidents during road constructionEach and every day, Canadians head to work with the expectations that they will be able to complete their daily tasks free of injury or any other health risks. Certainly, we all deserve to work in safe and clean environments. And while most businesses take measures to ensure the safety of their employees, accidents are bound to happen. However, there are ways to ensure that such accidents are minimized and unable to present serious ill effects.

Of course, it’s important for all employees to be aware of the hazards that may come along with their jobs. And, naturally, some jobs present more risks than others. Construction workers, for example, often have to work with heavy equipment and at high elevations. Clearly, protective gear must be worn and extra precautions need to be followed. There are steps, however, that we all must take in order to be safe, no matter what type of environment we work in.

Here are six ways prevent accidents in the workplace:

1. Always be alert. There’s a reason why many workers insist upon that morning coffee. Being awake and alert isn’t just important in order to complete tasks adequately, but it also helps to keep both you and your co-workers out of harm’s way. According to Julian Hall on Character-Training.com, “most of the people who become involved with accidents at work are those who feel sleepy while working.”

2. Don’t rush your work. In many workplaces, time is of the essence. Employees are given deadlines that they must meet, so there is often a sense of urgency when it comes to completing certain tasks. It’s important, however, to take the appropriate amount of time to perform your duties safely. On Arbill.com, it is explained that “it’s natural to want to get the job finished on schedule — or even ahead of time — but with a ‘get it done quick’ attitude, accidents happen.”

3. Wear required safety gear. Many jobs require uniforms. But the jobs that require the wearing of safety equipment are the ones where dress codes are the most important. “A person who works in a factory has a greater chance of being involved in an accident at work,” reminds Hall, “Thus, he should be more vigilant about the wearing of proper uniforms and other protective garments when working. Never take safety to chance so always go to work with the proper dress code.”

4. Follow instructions to a tee. Sometimes, workers get complacent. It’s easy to fall into the trap of assuming that you’re an expert at your job, so you don’t need to follow every last instruction. However, paying attention to detail can help you to avoid making mistakes that can lead to injury. “Don’t take shortcuts,” insists Arbill.com, “stick to the instructions and work with diligence and awareness of your surroundings.”

5. Pay attention to and follow emergency drills. Workers also tend to take safety drills for granted. If they’re not “the real thing”, they often go through the motions carelessly. However, participation in such drills couldn’t be more important. As Hall points out, these emergency drills are conducted for the purpose of teaching employees what to do in the event of an emergency and so that they can avoid accidents.

6. Insist upon proper training. This is especially important if you plan on taking on a job that may present a number of risks. Knowing exactly what you’re in for and how to react during emergency situations is imperative for your safety. “It is stupid for anyone to take on a high-risk job especially if he has not been trained for the job,” states Arbill.com, “Imagine an untrained person doing the job of a fireman? Doing this will not only expose you to a great danger but will expose other people to danger as well.”

The Importance Of Ergonomics In The Workplace

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White computer mouse and hand on whiteNot every job in the world requires laborious use of the hands. Not every job entails a great deal of heavy lifting, lugging and carrying. But that doesn’t mean that jobs void of these tiring tasks aren’t hard on the body. Office workers experience their fair share of job-related injuries as well. You may be surprised just how taxing it can be on the body to sit at a desk in front of a computer all day long.

This is why ergonomics is so vital to any working environment. Ergonomics, which is the study of people’s efficiency in the workplace, is an important element when considering the health and safety of people at work. And, as Cynthia Roth points out on EHSToday.com, office environments are known for their ergonomic-related injuries and illnesses. Believe it or not, typing isn’t exactly the safest job-related task in the world!

“If an employee is able to type 40 words per minute, he or she presses 12,000 keys per 8-hour day,” she explains, “Approximately 8 ounces of force is necessary to depress one key. Almost 16 tons of force will be exercised by his or her fingers each day. The fingers of typists whose speed is 60 words per minute exert up to 25 tons of pressure each day.” So what does all of this mean? How does the pressure exerted by typists affect their health?

According to Roth, back pain is considered the most common side effect of daily sitting and typing. But studies have shown that “the office workplace has other musculoskeletal disorders, including carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, tenosynovitis and myositis.” She writes that “more than 8 million people are affected by carpal tunnel syndrome each year. Surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome is the second-most common type of musculoskeletal surgery.”

A focus on ergonomics can help present better working conditions in an effort to avoid such physical hardships. Roth notes that it’s important to reduce the physical demands of jobs by decreasing levels of force, repetition and awkward postures. “Job descriptions are necessary to understand how tasks impact the worker: which body part is used, whether right or left side, cycle times, weights, reaches, etc.” she writes.

The benefits to implementing strong workplace ergonomics are many. On Ergo-Plus.com, Mark Middlesworth explains that ergonomics can help to reduce costs, improve productivity and boost the quality of the work being done. “Poor ergonomics leads to frustrated and fatigued workers that don’t do their best work,” he writes, “When the job task is too physically taxing on the worker, they may not perform their job like they were trained.”

A focus on ergonomics in the workplace is also excellent for employee morale. It should go without saying that it’s important to have a staff made up for happy and enthusiastic people. It’s good for any company’s bottom line. “If an employee does not experience fatigue and discomfort during their workday, it can reduce turnover, decrease absenteeism, improve morale and increase employee involvement,” says Middlesworth.

At Independence Incorporated, we offer Ergonomic Assessments that carefully consider the relationships between workers and their work environments. Our assessments involve the creation of matches between employees and their activities, equipment and systems to maximize both productivity and health-focused circumstances. For more information, please don’t hesitate to call Independence Incorporated at 204-478-6644 or email info@indep.ca.

6 Ways To Promote Health In The Workplace

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Smiling medical doctor woman with appleIt’s not easy running a business. You have a lot on your plate on a daily basis. And one of the most important daily tasks you have is ensuring the health and safety of all those who work for you. Without a staff that is comprised of positive-minded, well-rested, energetic members, your company is bound to endure some hardships. And, of course, the last thing you want is to have any of your employees endure an illness or injury.

It would especially be unfortunate and detrimental to your company if your employees become ill or injured while on the job. So while motivating your team members towards productive work days is always a necessity, it is equally important to keep in mind that you should be promoting health and wellness on the job. That way, you can ensure a strong and productive team that is happy to work for you.

Here are six ways to promote health in the workplace:

1. Advocate exercise. One of the most popular excuses that people give for their lack of exercise is that they have no time. By offering facilities at your place of business, you give people reasons to lose that excuse. On Inc.com, Lauren Lastowka offers up an alternative to providing gyms and showers, if doing so isn’t possible. “Implement and promote a lunch hour walking club and offer incentives for employees who participate,” she suggests.

2. Encourage better nutrition. Do you have vending machines at your place of work that include an array of chocolate bars and potato chips? If so, lose them. Food that promotes poor health is not doing your company any favours. Not only should you offer healthy options at your cafeteria but according to Dr. Jeffrey Brown in a special to Financial Post, you should “offer incentives for reaching health and weight goals.”

3. Find ways to minimize stress. Stress is bound to occur on any job. But the less of it you’re able to put on your employees, the better they’ll be able to perform their duties. “Unmanaged stress has been linked to heart disease, high blood pressure, and sleep trouble,” reminds Lastowka, “At the workplace, it can lead to inefficiency, job dissatisfaction, and absence from work for related health conditions.”

4. Make drinking water available. If you don’t have water fountains set up at your place of work, bring in water coolers. The importance of staying hydrated cannot be understated. Dr. Brown insists that you “educate staff to stay hydrated by drinking 8 oz. of water each working hour. Discourage caffeine, sodas and energy drinks in the office. Provide clean-filtered water. I recommend reverse-osmosis filters, which are cheap and effective.”

5. Have a doctor make “work calls”. You’ve heard of “house calls” before, right? Why not implement a similar practice at your office? “One of the most innovative trends in workplace wellness has been that of the office doctor’s office,” informs Lastowka, “On-site health clinics give employees the opportunity to schedule office visits for routine care without taking time off work. And they seem to be successful.”

6. Open up the windows. There are few things worse than a dank, congested and musty workplace. Be sure to let in fresh air and sunlight to brighten up the moods of everyone on your team. “Sunlight refreshes us, triggers are feel good chemicals, strengthens our joints and bones, and helps our immune system,” says Dr. Brown, who goes on to mention that “Sick Building Syndrome is an increasing cause of illness and lawsuits.”

Revisiting The Importance Of Rehabilitation

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Doctor checking a knee recovering in hospitalRecovering from a serious injury or an illness can be one of the toughest things a person will ever do. It doesn’t just require treatment that will help bring about a return to better physical health. It also requires a lot of emotional support to get through what is often a long and arduous struggle. Needless to say, rehabilitation is so very important. And as Dr. Richard C. Senelick states on WebMD.com, most of us never think we’ll ever need it.

“Rehabilitation is the key to getting back to functioning at a level where you can live at home, enjoy your family, and hopefully work,” writes Dr. Senelick. He goes on to acknowledge the difficulties that come with the entire rehabilitation process. Again, keeping in mind that there are both physical and emotional limitations during the recovery process, it’s important to help those in recovery meet with positive mindsets.

“Going for therapy and rehabilitation is just like going back to school, because you may have to learn new information,” says Dr. Senelick, “If you were going back to school later in life, you may have to ‘relearn’ information that you had previously acquired…Rarely is it easy, and I always told patients and families that it will be the hardest thing they will ever do. Like school or learning a new skill there are certain principles that make a difference.”

So what are the new skills that need to be learned? Well, to properly answer that question, we need to take a look at the type of rehabilitation that an individual is undertaking. On HubPages.com, it is explained that many patients who have been diagnosed with diseases must learn to live with particular physical limitations – especially if they are planning a return to work. Lung and heart problems, spinal disorders and cancer are listed as examples.

“When a person undergoes rehabilitation after a disease, experts examine the patient by treating symptoms, addressing risk factors, providing counseling or family support and restoring the physical fitness,” says the website. Patients who have gone through injuries may also have physical limitations, but of a different nature. They must learn particular exercises in order to regain muscles that were lost, for example.

“If a person has gone through injuries from sports, accidents or other reasons, rehabilitation can help in improving functionality of movements and maximizing one’s health,” says HubPages.com, “Through this kind of rehabilitation, not only is the physical aspects covered, but also the mental, psychological and sociological aspects in achieving full recovery.” Naturally, there are emotional aspects to address in both types of rehabilitation.

This is because motivation matters. The more motivated a patient is to regain his or her full health, the better that person will be able to succeed in making a complete recovery. “The person who is motivated and tries harder has a better chance of getting better,” insists Dr. Senelick, “It is not always the brightest student who is the most successful: hard work can make a huge difference.”

At Independence Incorporated, we offer Rehab Coordination which involves case management support that assists patients with numerous injury or illness claims. We are highly experienced in the coordination requirements for clients with singular soft tissue injuries to complex, multi-traumatic injuries as well as multi-systems illness involvement. For more information, please don’t hesitate to call Independence Incorporated at 204-478-6644 or email info@indep.ca.

6 Steps To Nailing Your Next Job Interview

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Two businesspeople shaking hands and smiling.At Independence Incorporated, we offer our clients Interview Coaching to better prepare them for the sometimes-tough task of interviewing for a new job. The entire interview experience can especially be taxing on those who are returning to work after a long layoff from the workforce. Our team helps clients with a number of effective interview strategies in order to help them rebuild their confidence and alleviate any anxiety.

For example, it’s important to remember that a good job interview doesn’t just involve the adequate answering of questions. In many cases, it’s helpful to ask questions too. Showing a genuine interest in the job that you are applying for can go a long way with an interviewer. Remember that you’ll often be competing against several other candidates who are vying for the same position. What will help you to stand out from the rest?

Here are six steps to nailing your next job interview:

1. Make a good first impression. You know what they say. You only get one chance to pull this off, right? Be sure that the first time your interviewer lays on eyes on you, he or she is impressed. On InCharge.org, Janet Farley discusses how you can pull this off. “Dress the part. Show up fashionably early for the interview. Wear a confident, not arrogant, attitude and be willing to put yourself out there for closer inspection,” she advises.

2. Practice makes perfect. This is another cliché that is worth its weight in the job interview department. Research the company you’re applying to and show that you are capable on answering questions about the industry. On Forbes.com, Trudy Steinfeld recommends that you “practice with others; familiarize yourself with different interview styles (and) anticipate and practice responses for difficult questions, so you won’t be caught off guard during the interview.”

3. Be sure to study your own resume. Embellishing your skill set on your resume isn’t your best bet. At some point, you’ll need to be able to back it up. Instead, be prepared to discuss the legitimate attributes listed on your resume. Farley offers advice about what to highlight: “What looks interesting and what doesn’t? Where can you add in examples of how you accomplished a particularly daunting task?”

4. Make an impression on those who aren’t even interviewing you. It’s always great to get a recommendation from others – especially those who already work for the company you’re applying to. “Be nice to everyone,” insists Steinfeld, “From the moment you walk in the building, smile, be respectful, personable and professional at all times. You want anyone who interacted with you to remember you in a positive way.”

5. Ask intelligent questions. We’ve already mentioned that this step is an important one in securing your next job. But it’s important to come prepared with the right questions to ask. Farley insists that you avoid asking “amateur questions” that are easy to find the answers to online. “To make the best impression, come prepared with a short list of real questions that can help you make a good decision about the job if it comes to that,” she advises.

6. Don’t forget to follow up. To show your genuine interest in a job position, you can’t just assume that the interview itself is all that you’ll need. Follow up shortly after. “Don’t make the mistake now of sitting by your laptop or phone waiting for that life-changing email or call,” says Steinfeld, “It’s over. You either nailed it or you didn’t. Lucky for you, however, you can still make a good impression by following through after the interview.”

For more information about Independence Incorporated’s Interview Coaching, please don’t hesitate to call us at 204-478-6644 or email info@indep.ca.

Describing The Importance Of Independence

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I'm free! senior man get up from wheelchair and throw away his walking caneThere’s a reason that our company is named Independence Incorporated. It wasn’t a name that we just settled on because we thought it sounded “official” or “prestigious”. And it also wasn’t a decision we fell upon because of its cool use of alliteration. At Independence Incorporated, we are firm believers in everyone’s right to be independent. And being united in this belief is what really helps to make our company name so apt.

Take a look at Merriam-Webster’s definition of “Independence”: “Not dependent: as 1) : not requiring or relying on something else : not contingent (2) : not requiring or relying on others (as for care or livelihood)”. Now take a look at Merriam-Webster’s definition of “Incorporate”: “To unite or work into something already existent so as to form an indistinguishable whole: to blend or combine thoroughly: to give material form; to embody.”

The way we see it, our work incorporates the appropriate programs and services that promote statuses of independence among the clients that we serve. Our company’s specialty is vocational rehabilitation. We provide a long list of helpful services that focus on enhancing the overall independence of our clients at both their homes and workplaces. In many cases, we assist those with making transitions from states of illness or injury to comfortable returns to the workforce.

As a result, disability management is a major component to the help that we provide. At Independence Incorporated, we are committed to fully implementing the human approach to all that we do. And that’s because we’re focused on helping people. There is an emotional side to rehabilitation that is as important – sometimes more so – than the physical rehabilitation that often requires assistance.

We are also sensitive to the fact that many of our clients are faced with limited financial resources. Again, considering the emotional side of every client’s situation allows us to manage rehabilitation in ways that are uniquely considerate. We’re happy to report that our services benefit a wide range of people. They include clients, referral sources, family physicians and treatment providers.

Clients. Naturally, our clients are very important to us. We understand that during their time periods of illness or injury, it is imperative that they focus on improving their health. At Independence Incorporated, we make it our duty to assist with this process in the most helpful and attentive manners possible. Our clients greatly benefit from the individualized attention that they each receive.

Referral Sources. We also service insurance companies and employers. Naturally, they each have obligations that they are contractually liable for. Under their contractual agreements, they are required to provide medical and vocational rehabilitation services to their policy holders and employees during their times of need. Our involvement allows for appropriate services to be offered in order to enhance recovery rates and maximize states of independence.

Family Physicians and Treatment Providers. We also must ensure that we are openly communicating with the family physicians and treatment providers that are involved with our clients. With the permission of our clients, we provide progress reports to their doctors and other health care professionals who are involved in the rehabilitation processes. It’s all about promoting their independence together!

For more information about our company, please don’t hesitate to call Independence Incorporated at 204-478-6644 or email info@indep.ca.

6 Steps To Creating The Perfect Cover Letter

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Cover Letter Word Cloud Concept with great terms such as interview, resume, summary and more.It’s always important to make a good first impression. And, most often, when you are looking to secure a new job opportunity, your cover letter to your resume represents your first impression. It’s a good idea to remember that your hiring manager is looking to find out more about you, not just what you’re capable of doing on the job. So creating a cover letter that is as personable as it is professional is a wise choice.

Of course, writing a cover letter can be considered a tough task if you haven’t done one in a while. This is especially true for those who have experienced long layoffs from work due to illnesses or injuries. For more information about Independence Incorporated’s Resume Preparation services that assist with both resume development and appropriate cover letter creation, please don’t hesitate to call us at 204-478-6644 or email info@indep.ca.

Here are six steps to creating the perfect cover letter:

1. Address the hiring manager directly. Showing that you’ve done your research about the company you are applying to demonstrates your attention to detail and your dedication to securing the job. Be sure to find out the hiring manager’s name in order to properly address that person in your letter. “If this person’s name isn’t in the job listing, take the extra effort to call or email the company and find out,” suggests Vivian Giang on BusinessInsider.com.

2. Get to the point. Telling your life story isn’t necessary. Your best bet is covering all of the necessary details that relate to the reason you are applying for the job. On Monster.com, Caroline M.L. Potter recommends that you also include where you saw the ad for the position and who recommended you to apply for it. Keep in mind that recruiters have many cover letters to read. Cutting to the chase will help you to gain favour.

3. Don’t go overboard. Remember that the purpose of your cover letter is to pinpoint reasons why you should be considered for the job. It is your personal request for consideration. So you don’t need to go over the details that are already listed on your resume. “It’s a professional document, so don’t go too over-the-top,” reminds Giang, “Yes, trying to figure out ways to be creative may be difficult, but don’t go overboard out of desperation.”

4. Be complimentary. Naturally, your cover letter should endear its reader to you. But you’ll also want to include reasons why you’re interested in the company you’re applying to work for. “Compliment the organization on what they have done right and what you admire about them,” advises Potter. That way, you will prove that you’ve taken the time to look into and get to know the company.

5. Stick to the “one page rule”. You don’t need to make your cover letter any longer than one page. To reiterate, its intent is not to tell your life story. Sticking to the important facts and highlighting your strengths are what is necessary. “Your cover letter is an introduction to yourself,” says Giang, “It’s supposed to show that you have strong communication skills. Be brief and concise.”

6. Include a call to action. Of course, you can assume that your hiring manager wants to meet you in person. But, it’s best that you state your intention of doing so. Potter advises that you express your enthusiasm for the job position and the interview. Giang agrees that you should be proactive. “Tell the reader what you’re planning on doing next — for example, calling in a week or two to follow up,” she advises.

Good luck!

How Third Party Case Management Services Can Support You

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Junior lawyer with case folderWhen a person is seriously injured or becomes ill, he or she not only has to deal with the physical labours that come with the circumstance. In addition, he or she must also endure a seemingly insurmountable amount of stress. Of course, in many cases, an injury or illness can cause a long layoff from work. However, there is something else at play that often is the cause for much anxiety. And that would be dealing with insurance companies.

Very honestly, it can be quite aggravating. Is there anything more stressful to be experiencing a tough time with your health only to have your insurance benefits rejected? Of course, this isn’t always the case. But, in certain circumstances, an insurance company’s final decision isn’t exactly all that final. Sometimes, further investigation into the claims can help to garner further assistance from insurance companies.

At Independence Incorporated, we provide Third Party Case Management Support services through our professional staff of seasoned, knowledgeable and dependable case managers. Their vast knowledge of insurance policies often helps to bridge the gap between claimants and their insurance companies. There are a number of situations where our third party case management services can support you.

They include, but are not limited to:

The Appeal Process. Being denied coverage by an insurance company can be very stressful. At Independence Incorporated, we feel that claimants shouldn’t have to go this battle alone. Our independent case managers are known to review appeal materials that our provided by insurers in order to make recommendations or render new decisions. With the help of our team, all hope is never lost.

Complex File Review. Some files are more complicated than others. This is true in such cases where claimants have multiple injuries or illnesses that are affecting them. Our team of experienced case managers will review such complex claim files in order to make recommendations for future handling. Issues such as medical treatment, rehabilitation interventions, domestic factors and vocational concerns can all be addressed.

Insurer/Employer Relationship. Let’s be honest. The relationships between claimants and insurance companies aren’t always positive ones. Claimants will often feel like they deserve more coverage while some insurance case managers may side on the idea of limiting the coverage. Our third party case managers can act as external “buffers” to help remedy such deteriorated relationships.

Independent Review. It’s not unlike getting a second opinion. Our independent third party case managers are often called upon by employers or unions to conduct reviews and provide helpful feedback about the claims process. Following the reviews, recommendations can be made directly to the insurance companies. There are a number of other situations where Independence Incorporated may be able to help, as well.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns that you may have, so that we can provide the specific help that you need. We make it our mission to make the type of recommendations that will meet your requirements. We’re happy to report that Independence Incorporated has certainly grown its reputation for being able to help people during the toughest times of their lives. Can we help you? Call us at 204-478-6644 or email info@indep.ca.

6 Steps To Securing A Successful New Job Experience

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Depositphotos_63778287_xsBeginning a new job can be an incredibly exciting experience. However, your first day in a new environment, surrounded by new people and with a new responsibility to take on important tasks can also be pretty nerve-wracking. This is especially true for those who have been away from any job positions due to long layoffs. For those who have suffered injuries or illnesses that have kept them out of the work force for some time, starting new jobs can be downright scary!

At Independence Incorporated, our Return To Work Program ensures that all return to work issues are dealt with in a comprehensive and proactive manner. It has been very successful in helping clients feel comfortable when they begin their new job positions. However, there are also a number of simple steps that one can take to get better assimilated to a new career. Reducing anxiety is a big part of being successful when starting a new job.

Here are six steps to securing a successful new job experience:

1. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. You’re new on the job. Your employers and co-workers are likely well aware. Not only will asking questions better acquaint you with your new position, but it will help you to develop new relationships at work. This should make for a more comfortable working experience. According to Cheryl Cirelli on LoveToKnow.com, you should “ask what your responsibilities will be as well as any specific requirements that the company may have.”

2. Show enthusiasm for your new position. Remember that since you’ve successfully landed your new job position, it’s important to put in the work so that you keep it. Display the kind of energy that employers love to see. It will help you move up in the company eventually. Just don’t be too eager! On Levo.com, Betsy Smith warns that “asking about other opportunities (too early) may cause people to question your loyalty and enthusiasm.”

3. Get acquainted with your new company. It’s important to do your research. Before beginning your new position, you should endeavour to learn as much as you can about the company you’re working for. Being familiar with the brand will help you to be a top representative of it. Cirelli insists that you thoroughly review the materials you are given when you start the new position. “You may also want to check out the company’s website and get acquainted with it,” she advises.

4. Dress the part. Quickly become familiar with the dress code at your new place of work. But seek to dress professionally so that you carry with you a sense of dignity and respect for your role. It’s bound to leave an impression on those who see you at work each day. “Learn how to be a casual professional,” recommends Smith, “Some office environments are extremely buttoned up, while others are far more relaxed. I’ve worked in both, and what I’ve seen is that one type of person always prevails—the casual professional.”

5. Arrive early. The last thing you want is to show up to a new job late. Tardiness is frowned upon no matter what type of industry you work in. Do yourself a favour and plan to leave home early, especially during your first week, so that you know how long it takes to get to work, on average. “Know before you start your job how long your commute will be and if you need to find parking or take mass transit to your job,” reminds Cirelli.

6. Make friends. This one can be tricky. How do you know which employees will make the best co-worker friends? Smith recommends that you make notes about the people you meet on the job, and never be afraid to introduce yourself. For those that you feel the most comfortable with, make efforts to greet them again. “Send each of them a personalized email saying that you enjoyed meeting them and you hope your paths cross again,” she suggests.

For more information about our Return To Work Program, please don’t hesitate to call Independence Incorporated at 204-478-6644 or email info@indep.ca.

Committed To Helping Clients With Their Returns To Work

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Businesswoman with a briefcaseWhen you’ve been away from the work force for a considerable amount of time, returning to work is not often the first thing on your mind. Suffering an injury or enduring an illness comes with many physical limitations. Naturally, returning to a state of better health and strength is the primary concern. However, once a full recovery has been successfully achieved, an individual generally needs to begin thinking about returning to work.

In many cases, this entails looking for an entirely new job. And, as you can imagine, for those that have not been working for a long time, the entire process can be a harrowing one. One of the first steps, of course, entails refurbishing a resumé. And although there is often nothing new to add to a resumé once a person is able to return to the workforce following a long layoff, it’s important that all relevant information is updated.

Then comes the job search! This too, can be a difficult process. Determining the line of work one is interested in and discovering if there are available positions in that field can also be an arduous task. And, of course, once a person has selected the jobs that he or she wishes to apply for, preparation for those all important job interviews is necessary. Independence Incorporated is committed to helping clients throughout the entire process.

Firstly, we offer Resumé Preparation services that assist clients with completing accurate, up-to-date and interest-worthy resumés. Our experienced vocational staff works diligently to provide both thorough resumé development skills and appropriate cover letter creation. In many cases, a cover letter is read before a resumé, so it needs just as much attention. Our team is well aware that impressing a would-be employer requires a great first impression.

Secondly, our Job Search Assistance Program serves those who have settled on some realistic occupational choices. The program takes into account the specific needs and talents of each individual client. It may include regular client meetings to establish responsibilities during the job search process and a daily review of classified employment ads in newspapers, employment centres and on the internet.

Finally, we offer Interview Coaching. For those who have experienced long layoffs from work, it is often difficult to recall the best ways to conduct one’s self during a job interview. Taking into account such details as dress code, knowing what questions to ask, showing up early and doing research on the employer is all very important. Our team provides a review of effective interview strategies to help to diminish the anxiety that many job seekers may have.

It can be argued that the job interview process is the most important step in securing new employment. This step, of course, puts a person face-to-face with his or her would-be employer. Making a strong impression is imperative in landing the position. On Monster.com, Doug Hardy writes that “even if you have less than a day before your job interview, you can outshine the competition with a little interview preparation.”

Finding a new job after a long layoff from work doesn’t have to feel like Mission: Impossible. As mentioned, Independence Incorporated is committed to helping its clients with every step necessary to both locate and secure ideal career opportunities. For more information about our Resumé Preparation services, Job Search Assistance Program and Interview Coaching, please don’t hesitate to call Independence Incorporated at 204-478-6644 or email info@indep.ca.