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How international students can succeed at assessment centres to get a graduate job

Assessment centres are a popular recruitment tool for graduate vacancies, particularly with larger employers. The idea of being assessed for a whole day might seem like a lot of pressure, but if you follow a few of our tips you can arrive feeling prepared for whatever the day might throw at you. Employers invest money in assessment centre as they believe them to be a successful way to recruit the top talent, so, bring your ‘A’ game and do your best to show the company what you have to offer. 

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By Jen Garmston Published: June 03, 2019

Use Of Credit Checks To Screen Job Applicants Growing In Canada As U.S. Clamps Down

An Ontario man rejected from a job over his credit report calls the widespread hiring practice “morally unjust” and verging on discrimination.
 
“I have no criminal record, no history to suggest I am a bad person, just a credit score reflective of poor economic times,” he said.
 
The man spoke to The Huffington Post Canada after he was given a conditional offer from TD Insurance Meloche Monnex for a job as an insurance advisor. Starting salary was set at $52,000 a year — the best offer he has received after holding several jobs at other big-name insurance companies. He did not want to be identified in this story for fear it would hurt his ongoing search for a job in the insurance industry.
 
The offer was conditional, however, on the results of a criminal and credit check. So he signed forms authorizing the probe into his financial past. He says that two weeks later, TD called to retract the offer based on what it viewed as unfavourable credit.
 
Out of work since August, he has fallen behind on some bill payments. He has a mortgage and a car loan, plus an estimated $14,000 in other debt. The Toronto area man says he was penalized for being “out of work for awhile.”
 
“They rejected me solely based on whatever my credit check came back as,” he said. “It just seems absurd to me.”
 
In documents acquired by HuffPost Canada, the bank emailed an offer of employment on Nov. 12.
 
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“This offer is conditional upon the company receiving satisfactory references and background verification (credit/criminal),” read the letter.
 
That procedural check is fixed into the company’s hiring procedure, TD confirmed.
 
He was referred to the position by a friend last year. The 39-year-old said he contacted a TD hiring manager seeking clarity on what happened.
 
“He actually came out and flat out said everything else looks like I would have been a great asset to the team, it was just because they’re a financial institution and my credit score doesn’t meet their requirements.”
 
Since being turned down by TD, he has separated from his spouse and is living on the couch of family members. He is eager to find a job so he can get off that couch and no longer have to rely on EI to make ends meet. He said he is bothered by the fact that TD Bank has published studies raising the alarm on growing inequality between rich and poor in Canada, but weeds out job seekers in shaky financial standing.
 
“Although it’s technically legal, because there’s no law about it, it’s morally unjust,” he said. “In my opinion, it seems like discrimination…. It just doesn’t seem right.”
 
TD: No Compromise For ‘Best Candidate’
 
When someone borrows money or applies for credit for the first time, a credit file is created under their name. Files are managed by Equifax Canada and/or TransUnion Canada, two of the country’s major credit-reporting agencies.
 
These reports are regularly updated with bits of information sent by banks and other lenders; snippets of financial interactions documenting a history of payments and debts. They also detail habits, including whether someone tends to pay bills on time.
 
TransUnion stands firm on the use of its reports when determining a person’s employability.
 
“One study found a job applicant with a troubled financial history was almost twice as likely to engage in theft as an applicant who lacked any financial history issues,” company spokesperson Clifton O’Neal said in an email.
 

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By Huffington Post Canada
Published: April 26, 2015

Job search for pair to hike, canoe across Canada in 5 months

Wanted for hire: Pair to hike, canoe and ride horseback across 24,000 km of trails and rivers from the West Coast to the East Coast over the course of five months.
 
Woods Canada is offering the job to promote its outdoor gear and to encourage Canadians to explore the Trans Canada Trail system, a partner in the job contest.
 
While it might not sound like much fun to many, it′s a dream job for outdoor enthusiasts who will likely be lining up for the chance to get paid for their hobby.
 
"We don′t have a target number of applicants in mind ... but we know there are a lot of people out there who love the outdoors lifestyle," said James Prescott, associate vice-president of Woods Canada. "People with a great sense of adventure."

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By Cochrane Timepost
Published: April 17, 2015

Canada′s economy gains 28,700 jobs in March

Canada′s economy added 28,700 new jobs in March, far more than economists had been expecting.
 
Statistics Canada reported Friday that most of the job gains were in part-time work. The jobless rate was unchanged at 6.8 per cent.
 
Canada′s economy lost 28,000 full-time jobs during the month, but that was offset by an increase in 57,000 part-time positions.
 
While not a sign of booming growth, the number was far higher than the "no change" consensus of economists surveyed, according to Bloomberg.
 
Given slumping oil prices, which have compelled several energy companies to lay off people, and the recent failures of a number of large retailers, the addition of almost 29,000 new jobs was a surprise for some.
 

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By CBC News
Published: April 13, 2015

Point of Sale Analyst Intern - Mississauga, ON

Doing business as Mercedes-Benz Financial Services and Daimler Truck Financial, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Canada Corporation has over 100 trained professionals working out of two offices.  Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Canada Corporation supports the sales efforts of Daimler products in Canada by offering premier passenger car and commercial vehicle financial services to its retail customers and dealer network.
 
Our vision is simple yet ambitious: to be the first choice provider of financial services for our dealers and customers in close partnership with the automotive brands.  More than 8,000 customers in Canada enjoy the benefits of leasing and financing their commercial vehicle products including those from Freightliner, Western Star, Fuso and Thomas Bus via Daimler Truck Financial.  Mercedes-Benz Financial Services provides exceptional service to 50,000 plus customers who choose from an array of purchase and lease options for the full range of renowned Mercedes-Benz vehicles including smart and Sprinter.
 
 

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By Mercedes Benz
Published: February 15, 2015

Global Graduate Program - Toronto!

Combining on-the-job learning, structured development and rotations into a variety of business areas, our graduate scheme is a highly structured program, tailored to individual graduate needs and designed to offer meaningful employment with early responsibility.
 
Catlin provides creative risk management solutions to clients worldwide. Over its more than 30 year history, Catlin has emphasized a firm commitment to disciplined underwriting and professionalism. Catlin is a service-oriented company with a strong underwriting culture, an experienced management team, and a broad risk appetite and product capabilities. You’ll be joining a team of market-leading professionals, who specialize in various classes of business including Aviation, Property and Casualty, Professional Liability, Energy, Reinsurance to name a few. You will have the opportunity to gain unrivalled experience and support.
 

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By LinkedIn
Published: January 23, 2015

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