Author: Nikki Gill (Page 4)

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 appropriate, to include your personal interests on your resume. Whatever your argument is – we’ve already heard it. You want the hiring manager to view you as a real person. You want to use your hobbies as interesting talking points [...]

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 out of your back pocket, so instead you stand in silence until you reach your floor. You definitely didn’t leave a great impression on your boss – you didn’t leave a bad one either – you just left no impression [...]

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 in the myth that their resume will catch the hiring manager’s attention, despite how terrible their cover letter is. Regardless of your reasoning, one fact remains – your cover letter is your first chance to grab the hiring manager’s attention. [...]

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 LinkedIn profile. Just like your resume, there are little details on your LinkedIn profile that you must pay attention to. In the case of your LinkedIn profile, it is even more important to pay attention to these details because your [...]

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 course enrollment, an interview coach, or a resume writer. Regardless, this help isn't free. For those of you who don't have extra funds to take these steps, there are free options. Upgrading your skills is not a necessary aspect of [...]