How to Interview for a Job

So you’ve done your due diligence and thoroughly prepared for your upcoming job interview. You’ve picked out a proper outfit, looked at the questions you’re likely to be asked, and researched the company and the keywords so you can figure…

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How to Handle Being Bullied at Work

The issue of workplace bullying has risen in profile in recent years – either because of an increase in bullying itself, or because of the greater attention paid to it has led to people being willing to report it more…

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How to Prepare for a Job Interview

After putting in the time and effort to writing a great resume and cover letter, you’ve found yourself among one of the few applicants to get a job interview. But getting that new job is a full-time job in itself,…

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How to Write a Cover Letter

We all know that making a good first impression is important, especially when it comes to applying for a job. That’s why you should spend a lot of time and effort making your resume as good as possible, because that’s…

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How to Write a Resume

Having a good resume is more important now than ever before. Companies often receive hundreds of applications for one job opening, so they use special software to screen each resume to reduce the pile to a more manageable level. This…

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A Portfolio – Your Resume’s Best Friend

The resume; a seemingly harmless and simple piece of paper detailing an individual’s work history, education, and skills. In college, a resume is essential to securing a job once you have crossed that stage and accepted your coveted degree, but…

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Job Seeker’s Gift Guide

Skim through your list this holiday season – is anyone on that list currently looking for a job? It could be your son or daughter, a friend, a former colleague or a relative. You already know what they want this…

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A Positive Attitude at Work can be the Key to your Success

Maintaining a positive attitude at work will benefit your career and steer you towards a promotion. 36 per cent of professionals polled on LinkedIn agree that a positive attitude is the most important quality that employers look for in candidates…

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5 ways to combat age discrimination in hiring

Let’s rewind about 20 years and visit a time when new graduates would find an entry-level role within a company and work their way up the ladder for the next 30-40 years before retiring… this almost never happens in the…

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How Weather Affects Employee Productivity

Employee productivity in the workplace is one of the key components of a successful business. As most companies pay their employees on a salary or by the hour, they want to ensure that their team members are getting the maximum…

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What you can tell from the length of your interview

Remember those days in high school and university when you would walk out of an exam and immediately flip through your textbook to determine if you gave the right answers to those questions? As part of human nature, we always…

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3 reasons why you should attend your next staff social

Staff socials are always somewhat awkward to start and often end with mildly inappropriate comments or behaviour – however, they are still an integral component in advancing your career. Whether in the form of a holiday party, team-building event or…

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Daytime napping isn’t just for pre-schoolers

Daytime naps are an integral component in a toddler’s development. Their brains are constantly stimulated as they act as sponges soaking in all of the information around them, and therefore need to nap to allow the brain to process the…

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The top 4 programs for creating resumes

The first roadblock that many job seekers encounter is where and how to get started. The idea of opening a blank document and creating a resume is generally terrifying for someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing. photo via Wikipedia…

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How a typo can kill your resume

Submitting any type of document that is riddled with spelling errors and typos is a bad reflection on your professionalism – but when it’s your resume, it can be the ultimate mistake. This is not new information. Everyone knows that…

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Using Colour in your Resume: Yay or Nay?

If a hiring manager clicks to open a resume and the document is neon green… chances are they will not be reading it. It is always better to be safe than sorry, and that is why we’ve always recommended to…

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Adding Your Resume to LinkedIn

When developing your LinkedIn profile, a simple copy and paste of your resume just won’t cut it. Yes, a LinkedIn profile is an online version of your resume – the keyword is online. That means that you are targeting this…

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Video Resume Tips: The 5 W’s

Job seekers place a huge importance on making themselves stand out, and it has never been more important to do so. Today’s intense job market paired with advanced technology has turned job hunting into quite the uphill battle. We’ve talked…

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Why your resume assessment can only be done by a human

There’s something about hearing a real-life human voice at the other end of the phone receiver that a computer will never be able to duplicate. As we continue to live in the era of automation where computers are taking over…

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Recovering from a bad interview – 4 easy steps

Realistically, no matter how many tips we give you on how to ace your interview… you will still mess it all up from time to time. So we’re taking a different route to tell you how to recover from a…

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Why personal interests on a resume are a waste of time

“I enjoy long walks on the beach, hiking with my family, and playing soccer in my spare time.” Is this a resume, or your online dating profile? It baffles us as to why people think it is important, and even…

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3 conversation topics to help you break the silence

It’s your third day at your new job, you step in the elevator on your way up to the office and your boss walks in right after you… what now? You don’t have an amazing 30-second elevator pitch to pull…

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How to write an attention grabbing cover letter

Let me guess – you hate writing cover letters. Don’t we all?  The reason that we all hate writing cover letters is mostly because they are boring, and we generally don’t know what to say. Many job seekers even believe…

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4 things you need to remove from your LinkedIn profile

We’ve broken down lists and lists of things you need to include on your LinkedIn profile, and how you can optimize and improve your LinkedIn profile – but many of you don’t realize what you need to remove from your…

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How to upgrade your skills for free

Job hunting can get expensive. Not only are you spending a lot of time applying for roles and attending interviews, but you’re also paying for additional assistance to better your chances. This assistance could come in the form of a…

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4 goals you need to make right now

An important part of the job search process that is often overlooked, is goal-setting. Goal-setting is a skill we are taught early in our academic careers. We set goals for what we plan to achieve academically and how these goals…

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Interview tips: how to stand out

It’s interview day. You’ve got your best suit on, you arrived early, and you brought your resume with you. You practiced your best smile for about ten minutes this morning, and you blended the perfect combination of friendly and professional….

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How to beef up your professional development

There are many benefits to completing training courses – including the chance to boost your employable skills, whether you’re looking for work, or improving your standing within your existing company. Types of training courses can include first aid skills, leadership…

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How to get a promotion: 5 steps to success

No one likes standing still when it comes to their career. If you’ve been fulfilling the same role for over a year without any additional responsibility or additional income – you’ve hit a roadblock. Don’t sit around and wait for…

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How to network in-person

When professionals refer to networking to advance their career, many times they are simply referring to their use of the social networking site LinkedIn.com. Yes, LinkedIn has done a fantastic job of branding itself as the #1 method to grow…

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What To Wear To Work: How Your Style Affects Your Career

Just because you’re following the dress code, that doesn’t mean you are dressing acceptably for the company image. A dress code is a simple guideline to ensure you maintain the most important aspects of the company image, but it doesn’t…

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How To Interview: 7 Things You Should Never Do

I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve heard the statement – “If I can get the interview, then I’ll get the job”. Many people tend to be very confident about their interview skills. When they don’t get the…

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Your real first impression: the cover letter

A résumé or curriculum vitae (CV) offers an overview of a professional’s work experience and other qualifications. It is the first point of contact that a potential employer has with the job applicant. Technically, it is the cover letter that…

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How can you find a job without experience?

It’s a cruel, cruel world out there. Students need practical experience to land a job in their field, and no one will hire them without that experience. Here’s the conundrum – how are students supposed to get experience if no…

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3 things you should never lie about on a resume

You can call it an embellishment, exaggeration, or a fib – but at the end of the day, it’s a lie. A big fat lie on your resume to make you look like a more desirable candidate. We’ve all been…

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5 things you must do before upgrading your LinkedIn account

LinkedIn now has over 225 million users worldwide, and most of those professionals have chosen to stick with the free account. There have been rumblings that LinkedIn is limiting the visibility for users with free accounts, but does that mean…

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8 grammar mistakes that can kill your resume

Although it is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, English is also known as one of the hardest languages to learn. Those of us who were lucky enough to learn English as a toddler growing up…

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6 steps to making the perfect first impression

They say that making a good first impression is everything when it comes to winning over the affections of a new acquaintance. Make the wrong first impression – especially in a recruitment environment – and you could lose that job…

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Are you practicing interview etiquette?

You should realize by now that resumes are more than just words a page. Hiring managers are examining your format to gain an understanding of your technical skills, they are reviewing your grammar and sentence structure to gain an understanding…

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Increase your call-backs with 5 simple resume tweaks

We often tell you in this blog that your resume is terrible. Now that is most likely the case for most of you, but for those of you who really think that you have a great resume and you really…

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The 5 Biggest Cover Letter Mistakes

The employment market is tough. Anyone looking for a job will tell you that. Think about this: hiring managers sometimes receive thousands of applicants for the few jobs they post. Are you wondering why you’re not getting noticed? It’s highly…

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10 Lessons on Developing a Job Search Strategy

We often mention the concept of a job search strategy on our blog, because it really sums up all of the avenues you need to travel down in order to land a new position. However, it has come to our…

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Resume writing advice for career transitions

When attempting career transitions, one of the most difficult aspects is explaining to an employer how the skills from your current job can apply to your new one. Since many employers are looking for people with exactly the right skills…

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How to NOT talk yourself out of a job

Finding a job is hard enough as it is, but what many of you don’t realize is that you are often making it harder for yourself. Many of you probably have a great value statement that is catching the Hiring…

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Determining the keywords your resume needs to dominate your competition

We can all thank search engines like Google for the heavy importance that keywords carry in all aspects of the electronic world. Resumes are no different. Gone are the days of printing out your resume on fancy “resume paper” and…

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19 Warning Signs Your Resume Stinks

Now most of you aren’t in professions where you view resumes on a daily basis, so just take our word for it – the majority of resumes out there, are terrible. We hear the same sentiments from recruiters and hiring…

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How to master the job application process

Getting hired is hard work; that is no secret. Not only do you have to work hard in your current role to prove that you add value to your team, but you also need to show your inherit value to…

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7 Mighty Methods to Grow your Network on Twitter

We tend to focus a lot on LinkedIn, when it comes to professional networking to benefit your career. This makes the most sense because LinkedIn was developed for this exact purpose. Many other social networking websites are just that –…

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How to attract recruiters to your LinkedIn profile

Any recruiter will tell you that they are signed on to LinkedIn.com every single day. Why? Because recruiting has taken on the saying of “out with the old and in with the new”. When LinkedIn came onto the scene, the…

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3 reasons why you should add numbers to your resume

For most industries – numbers are the most important part of your resume. Now this may be obvious for a sales resume or a management resume, but really numbers apply to everyone. They quantify each of your accountabilities and achievements,…

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Is a creative resume right for your industry?

Our standard advice here at Resume Target has always been to get creative with your content and not with your format. The reasoning behind this advice is that creative resumes are often difficult to navigate and comprehend, and therefore ineffective….

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What to include in your value statement

When it comes to the introduction of your resume, we’ve already explained that an objective statement is not the best method.  Everyone should embrace the alternative – and highly effective – value statement. As you can imagine, a value statement…

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What your contact information says about you

Filling out your contact information at the top of your resume may seem like the easiest step in the resume writing process, but you should never downplay the importance of it. Yes, there are the obvious reasons (1) the hiring…

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What objective statements really mean, and why they don’t work

Once upon a time, in a high school classroom about ten years ago, we were all taught that objective statements were the best way to begin your resume. If you are still following this strategy, this is the number one…

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Networking Offline is the Toughest Part of Your Job Search

Did you know that 29% of professionals find networking offline to be the toughest part of the job search? Our recent poll found that: 29% of respondents voted “Networking Offline” to the question “What is the toughest part of your…

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How the job search process is changing with social media

The first major change to the traditional job search process occurred with the advent of the internet. Job seekers no longer had to personally hand-in or physically mail-in their resume and cover letter; the documents could be submitted with the…

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Why research is the key to getting your resume noticed

The benefits of having a solid and effective resume can greatly improve the chances of employers noticing your attributes as a potential candidate, and also get you called in for an interview. But how do you get your resume noticed…

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72% of Professionals No Longer Include ‘References Available Upon Request’

Did you know 72% of professionals do not include ‘References Available Upon Request’ at the bottom of their resumes? Our recent poll found that: 72% of respondents voted “no” to the question “Do you write ‘References Available Upon Request’ at…

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How to excel at resume formatting

Contrary to popular belief, effective resume formats are not unique and creative; they are simply professional. It’s all about following that old acronym that we’ve heard time and time again – KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid). Outlining what makes you…

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Celebrate LinkedIn’s Milestone With A Free Profile Picture Optimization | Resume Target

2013 is a very special year for LinkedIn…the company started the new year off by breaking the 200-million member mark. Now while that’s great news for the company and its shareholders, as well as many of its business-owner members, it…

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Does your resume deserve my attention?

A tribute to the Olympic Style Career Seeker! As with most Olympic sports, the margin of error in finding a job can be so slight that it often feels as if we had no control over the final call. In…

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How to really use the apply with LinkedIn button

The usual – and often correct – assumption is that visibility is credibility.  On LinkedIn this is still true to some extent, but…and that is a very large BUT, only if you have optimized your profile. Make sure you have done…

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How to get a job on Craigslist – The 4 steps to combat internet anonymity

Things used to be a lot simpler. You could stroll into an office, resume in hand, and plop yourself down in front of the boss with a dapper pin-striped suit and winning smile.  A well-timed quip about the weather, the…

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4 tweaks you should never apply to your resume

You’ve finally found that dream job that you’ve wanted your whole life, all you have to do now is send in your resume and hope for the best. But you don’t want to hope you’ll get it, you want it….

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9 steps to resume perfection

Did you know the attention span of recruiters and Human Resources (HR) managers is declining, due to the overwhelming volume of candidates applying for the same job? If you have ever seen the Old Spice commercials, you might understand why it…

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How to re-invent yourself and your career | Resume Target

  In the MaRs Discovery District atrium, men and women of all ages are abuzz and conversing while they sip on wine and snack on things like ahi tuna on crackers. People from all walks of life are gathered today…

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Will creativity get you the job?

What steps do you take to make yourself stand out from the masses? It’s clear, times are changing, people are becoming more tech savvy, and millions of social media networks are popping up everywhere. In this new age, even job…

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Why Counter Offers Are Good (except for headhunters)

Have you been promised a promotion or salary increase?  Have you been told that the fresh challenge you’ve been craving – and worked hard for – is just around the corner?  More importantly, is it now six months or a…

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How to Apply to a Confidential Job Post Confidentially

Often, potential employers will post jobs on Workopolis, Careerbuilder, Monster, Craigslist, Kijiji, and other job boards/sites anonymously.  Even if the job description looks perfect for your skill-set, this can pose several problems for an application. Firstly, any job-seeking professional knows…

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Survey: Lack of experience is the biggest issue entry-level professionals have

Voters suggest cultivating networking, resume writing and interview skills A recent survey done by ResumeTarget.com on LinkedIn confirmed what entry-level professionals already know when looking for a job and going to job interviews: the biggest problem breaking into the market…

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8 steps to create your personal brand

As CEO, Steve Jobs built a strong, innovative and remarkable personal brand that has become bigger each day. The company’s new CEO, Tim Cook, is quoted as saying that Jobs’ vision and leadership “guided Apple to its position as the…

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Is Your Boss Good, Bad or Ugly? | Resume Target

Would you expose your boss’s wrongdoings if you were treated unfairly? In the new comedy film Horrible Bosses starring Jason Bateman, we can all learn a thing or two about being mistreated in the workforce. It’s not a topic we…

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How to really ace your phone interview

Some key insights to help you prepare & ace your phone interview. When it comes to job-hunting, phone interviews are tests. Everyone has them. They are sometimes the standard first step in the hiring process. If you pass, you’ll be…

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How to network with zero Linkedin connections

Whether you’re starting out on LinkedIn for a job hunt, a strategic partnership or a way to open up a new opportunity, you need a strong professional network (think quality over quantity). Without this online rolodex, it is much more…

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When did “Free” Job Hunting Get So Expensive?

  There’s a lot of saturation in the job market these days. The attention span of hiring managers has dropped from 20 seconds to around 9 seconds. As such it’s increasingly harder to get their attention – in a good…

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A guide to answering interview trick questions

Behavioural interviews use probing questions to illuminate your past behaviours and to identify your similar future performances. This question pierces right to the core. It may be difficult to maneuver your way around as you strive to remain genuine and…

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7 tips to nail an interview

Job interviews can often be terrifying. There’s a huge difference between reading someone’s qualifications on a resume and meeting them for the first time. And so, there are a lot of helpful tips out there on what kind of questions…

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When, why and how to write a thank you note

You’ve just breathed a sigh of relief. Coming out of the office following an interview, you thought you did well. You’ve marketed yourself well. You kept your answers short and sweet. And you looked the part. But this first step…

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5 Ways to Maximize Your Job Search

I will spare you an intro…here is your no nonsense guide on how to maximize your job search. Have a Great Compelling Resume I know this seems like a given, but most people do not take the time to sit…

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The selling point of your job search strategy

“Just do it”, “Impossible is nothing”, and “I’m lovin’ it!” Can you guess the corresponding brands of these popular advertising slogans? That’s right; these slogans belong to Nike, Adidas and McDonalds. If you’re wondering why they’re popular, it might be…

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Would you – and should you – put your mobile or business number on your LinkedIn profile?

LinkedIn has become a significant part of your job search strategy. So, we tried to write a lot about it, especially in the last few weeks. But this is an interesting question regarding how people make use of this increasingly…

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Creating A Simple and Compelling Cover Letter

You know that popular saying, “don’t judge a book by its cover?” In this case, that’s exactly what employers do when fishing for new talent. Resumes are the first thing employees see of your potential character. While this is true,…

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Will a Canadian Majority help with job growth?

On the surface, it may appear that job-searchers are struggling in their job hunt. But, as we approach the warm summer months, it looks like the job market is warming up too. I was exceptionally pleased when Statistics Canada released…

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8 ways to personalize your resume

Job-hunting is a funny business. The first glimpse employers have of you is a one-to-three-page document. That’s why resumes are often the make or break part of your job search strategy. They’re the first thing employers see of your characteristics….

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9 ways to get the most out of LinkedIn

I once wrote that LinkedIn is when Facebook and Twitter meet for coffee. I explain LinkedIn to my clients and friends in one sentence: “LinkedIn is Facebook for Professionals only”. It’s a social networking tool designed specifically for business professionals,…

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10 Sneaky, Yet Effective Ways to get out of the office for an interview

Have you ever had to leave your job for an interview at another company? It happens, and it’s a tricky situation to be in. You want to show up for the interview at the time your potential employer requests, but…

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How to Optimize, Enhance and Fine Tune your LinkedIn profile

For anyone who is looking to build a stronger presence on LinkedIn and utilize the site to forge new opportunities. LinkedIn is home to over 200 million professionals. Enhancing your profile can give you an advantage so that recruiters, consultants,…

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HOW: LinkedIn got me hired!

ABRACADABRA! Getting hired or headhunted is not a magic trick – all it takes is hard work and the right formula to position yourself as a candidate in demand. In my six years of headhunting top talent through LinkedIn, I…

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LinkedIn: When Facebook and Twitter Meet For Coffee

As an executive recruiter and head hunter, let me start by saying that I have helped clients use just about every means of social media in their quest for a fulfilling career. It is the modern-day job fair that never…

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Why Facebook can stop you from getting hired, and might even get you fired

Just like your cover letter, resume and job interview, social networking sites have also become an important component in which employers base their decision to hire you or not. Preserve your professional image by always being cautious. For the very…

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Resume Writing for 2014: Tips on how to keep your resume fresh

Of the many important documents that will make or break your job search, the resume is the most important of all. While it may be enough to come up with a winning resume, you should realize that your resume is…

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How social media got me a job at Google

*Earl was a recent graduate and unemployed software engineer. He began developing a job search strategy by applying to websites, including Monster, Beyond and CareerBuilder, and by connecting with members in his network. Earl managed to receive a phone interview…

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Open Ended Questions For Your Interview

In this article, I will provide a rather unique approach to ensuring that you stand out from the other applicants applying for the same position. It requires only two things from you: a bit of research and about four to five very, very important and well-prepared open-ended questions. That’s all!…

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Getting into the Employer’s Frame of Mind with Your Cover Letter

Rely on this one thing: knowledge. Before going into the interview, educate yourself on what goes on in employers’ heads and think of ways of making things easier for them—and yourself. In other words, don’t just be you; be the person they are looking for!…

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The Nitty-Gritty of Resume Font, Size and Resume Formats

While most people know not to use scented paper, graphics and colours, here are a few more additional tips on how to write a resume…

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What end of the Talent Pool are you in?

It is sink or swim out in the job market today. Here are my 3 top tips on how to float above the rest of the talent pool – this is key for getting the career you want….

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LeBron James is Further Proof that Elite Talent Is Always Welcomed Back

If you have even a passing interest in sports, you’re probably aware of the story of LeBron James. Actually, a lot of people who hate sports have probably heard about it—whether they wanted to or not. Widely considered the best…

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Black Friday Special

Get up to $50 off on Black Friday only! This Thanksgiving we are giving thanks to all the job seekers we’ve helped over the years. That’s why we’d like to offer you: – $50 off any of our Resume Writing…

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