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Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Everyone’s definition of a job that makes them happy is different. Do you love your work? Studies have shown there is a direct correlation between loving what you do and being successful and productive. Find the work you love – and be happy! Happy Valentine’s Day – whatever that means to you.

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ALT is 3

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ALT Recruitment Partners is proud to be celebrating our 3rd anniversary. Thank you to our clients, our candidates, our friends and our families for your continued support!

Even though we are a young company, our recruiters have decades of experience in legal recruitment.

A – Salima Alibhai – recruiting since 2002

L – Emily Lee – recruiting since 2004

T – Rebecca Toth – recruiting since 2006

Happy Holidays!

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To all of our clients, candidates, contacts and colleagues, we wish you a safe and happy holiday season and prosperous 2019! Thank you for your continued support of ALT – we look forward to a wonderful New Year!

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Oh By Golly Have a Holly Jolly Office Holiday Party This Year!

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Enjoy this post by Rebecca from a couple of years ago:

 

It’s that most wonderful time of the year. Whether you’re excited about Festivus, jolly old saint nick, the first noel, eight crazy nights or Chrismukkah, you better think twice about the holiday office party. Let’s make sure that when your big boss checks the list to see who’s been naughty or nice, you’re squarely on the nice list. Here are a few office holiday party “DOs” and “DON’Ts” to consider along with some real-life mishaps that we have been privy to.

Eat, drink and be merry!

Definitely, DO go to the office holiday party. It’s a great way to get to know your co-workers in an informal, social way. There will be lots of laughs, particularly at those co-workers who follow the ‘don’t do’ rules of holiday party etiquette. Done right, however, you’ll see strong mentor relationships and even real friendships develop. Be sure to eat if you plan on having a drink and engaging in merriment. That way you’ll not end up like one office holiday party attendee who passed out in their soup.

Dress in Holiday Style

Holiday parties are the time for a little extra sparkle and shine. DO don something more than your usual office attire. But choose wisely. It’s still a work function and it should be classy. With class achieved, watch out for wardrobe malfunctions. You definitely want to avoid your strapless dress slipping down while swing-dancing with a senior member of the department in front of everyone!

I don’t know if there’ll be snow, But have a cup of cheer!

Of course, the office holiday party is a time to celebrate but DON’T over-indulge. The next day when you walk down Bay Street to say hello to friends you know make sure it’s not with your head hung in shame! Almost every awesomely horrific office party story is fueled by one cup too many of good cheer. Moderation is the key to not being the only one in the holiday ‘spirit’ dancing on the bar, splitting your suit pants on the dance floor, or taking a brief nap in the bathroom.

Outside the snow is falling, And friends are calling “Yoo-hoo!”

DO mingle and network with everyone, not just your usual crew. Make a great impression on all – the support team, your peers, and more senior partners. DON’T air your grievances like one first-year associate who told the managing partner that they deserve to be paid more because they’re a better lawyer than most at the firm. Similarly, think twice about taking on the office nemesis even though they may well deserve a lump of coal for how they treat others.

Oh, ho the mistletoe, Hung where you can see

While the mistletoe may have been hung with care, the office holiday party is not the place to ‘romance’. A few torrid stories we’ve heard include dirty dancing, office love triangles ending in fistfights, and secretly kissing a co-worker while your significant other chats with other guests. That’s not very merry at all. DO show your appreciation to others in a warm but appropriate way.

Auld Lang Syne

We all love the song that caps off the end of a holiday party. But at this party, DON’T be the last one standing, belting out holiday classics. You still have to show up at work the next morning, all merry and bright!

Happy Holidays & Have Fun!

2 weeks until Malachy’s Soiree!

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ALT Recruitment Partners is proud to be a sponsor of this year’s Malachy’s Soiree!

Malachy’s Soiree was started by Kerry O’Reilly Wilks and her husband Lloyd Wilks after their son Malachy, born seven weeks premature, received amazing care at the St. Michael’s Neonatal. The annual celebration raises awareness about the work being done in the NICU and raises money to help the hospital continue to provide world class neonatal care. Driven by a powerhouse steering committee of Toronto’s top women leaders, Malachy’s Soiree has quickly become one of the hottest events of the Toronto legal and business community – truly not to be missed!

Join us on September 27 at Rebel Nightclub. Tickets are selling out fast – get yours here: http://www.malachyssoiree.ca/tickets/

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2 weeks until Innovatio!

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ALT Recruitment Partners is a proud sponsor of the Canadian Lawyer InHouse Innovatio Awards!

The Innovatio Awards celebrate in-house counsel who have shown leadership through innovation and creativity in meeting the needs of their organizations. On September 20, 2018 the winners will be celebrated at a Cocktail Reception, Gala Dinner and Awards Presentation at the Arcadian Court in Toronto.

The 2018 Judging Panel, an esteemed group of remarkable in-house counsel themselves, have their work cut out for them! 

Please join us in celebrating the tireless work of in-house counsel. Visit www.innovatio-awards.com.

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Informal Interviews

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Informal interviews often follow a conversational tone. Typically the interview starts with small talk before getting down to the core of the meeting, which you can expect to last for 45-60 minutes. The interviewer wants to understand your experience and how it fits with the role they are seeking to fill (can you do the job?), see how well you speak and interact with others (will you fit in?), and assess your interest in the position (do you want this job?). More often than not, the interviewer will do a lot of talking about the role and the organization before moving to their questions for you. The interview can take many turns, as a normal conversation would, and will often be guided by the experience outlined in your resume and how you answer the interviewer’s questions.

Below are some sample interview questions you can expect in an informal interview:

  • Why are you interested in this role with our company?
  • What do you think makes you a good fit for this role?
  • What aspects of this role do you think will be the biggest challenge for you?
  • What is your communication style?
  • How would you rate your drafting skills?
  • What are your strengths?
  • What are your areas for improvement?
  • What do you think your references will say about you?
  • Do you have any questions?

The final question of “do you have any questions?” is not meant to trick you. If you have questions, ask one or two that seem appropriate. Do not ask any question that you should already know the answer to through your interview preparation and the information you have been provided throughout the interview. If you do not have questions, it is okay to say that all of your questions have been answered and reiterate your interest in the role.

A note on compensation: typically the topic of compensation is not raised in a first interview, however if the employer raises the topic you should address the question as honestly as possible.

Launch of ALT Legal Support division

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Our clients have asked and now we have answered…

Due to popular demand, ALT is proud to announce the launch of our Legal Support division headed by veteran recruiter Tania Isnor!

Tania will be focused on engagements for legal support professionals. If you have hiring needs in this area and want to experience the ALT Approach offering unparalleled service, please email Tania at tisnor@altrecruit.ca.