The Power of Volunteering in Your Community

According to a 2013 LinkedIn resource, 42% of hiring managers believe that volunteer experience is just as important as formal work experience. While we’ve always known it looks good on a resume, does community involvement lead directly to work? Here’s how it did for one of my clients – let’s call him Scott. Scott was […]

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Resume Bloopers

I love my job as a resume writer. I get to help people and make them shine in times of stress. I can turn a negative into a positive and make my clients feel so uplifted and ecstatic. Without lying or embellishing, I can make anyone look good. In fact, I have one of the […]

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How to Start and Maintain a Brag Book of Career Achievements

When you’re in career transition, your resume must tell a compelling, striking and resonating story based on your history of accomplishments. Unfortunately, as time passes, you’ll be less likely to remember examples that date back to the 90s, 80s or earlier. What is a brag book? A brag book is a collection of career stories […]

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Online Reputation Management: Covering Up Your Digital Dirt

When you’re in career transition and connecting with influencers, recruiters and hiring managers, many of them will investigate you online to form their initial impression. Will they find any digital dirt? Digital dirt is anything negative or unflattering posted about you – and sometimes by you – online. Where digital dirt could be hiding As […]

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Would You Dress Like This for a Job Interview?

I was honoured to be invited to a high-profile meeting last week attended by prominent executive recruiters and numerous leaders of corporate Canada, some employed and others in career transition. I was SHOCKED at the lack of respect for business decorum, noting several attendees appeared in wrinkled attire and/or jeans! Would you dress like this […]

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Have You Customized Your LinkedIn URL?

It has become the norm to have at least one online profile as part of your career management plan and the most preferred site for that purpose is LinkedIn. When you initially created your LinkedIn account you were automatically assigned a default url, typically a combination of your first and last name followed by a […]

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Patience in a Job Search is a Virtue

Over the years I have watched thousands of clients undertake a job search. To some it comes naturally; they work with me or other Career Coaches to devise their plan and away they go embarking on a new journey where one of the key attributes is patience. Others struggle and their patience becomes thin and […]

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Creating A Job Search Plan

Years ago I expanded my business, advancing beyond resume writing to job search coaching as I realized how passive and uninformed my clients were in searching for their next career opportunity. Whether you are presently employed and wanting to advance, or unemployed and in need of a job, you need to create a job search […]

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10 Things To Consider When Writing A Cover Letter

Turn a basic cover letter into a knockout document by following these 10 steps. #1: Define the purpose of the letter. While the majority of cover letters are written in response to an advertised job, there are other reasons for writing a cover letter. Other types of cover letters include: networking, recruiter, direct mail, and […]

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Add Some Spring to your Career Plan

There are distinct signs of spring. To begin with, I’m actually writing this sitting outside for the first time this year in Severn Bridge, Ontario. I’m accompanied by numerous spring sounds. Drip, drip as the snow gradually melts and fades away; the birds tweet and each day new multi-coloured birds feast at the feeders nearby, […]

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Recruiter asks, “Are you on Facebook?”

Recruiters and HR Professionals continue to turn to social media as a resource to post jobs and source candidates. A number of surveys show this number to be approximately 90%! If you are actively managing your career, you are aware of the importance of Linkedin, the number 1  professional online networking site. Certified Professional Resume […]

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What are you paying for?

It is unfortunate that there are many organizations with a much greater interest in taking a customer’s money than they are in providing the services they are offering. Recently a client shared their horrific tale of hiring an executive career change organization with the expectation of a resume and a job. The fee was $12,000 […]

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The Importance of a Cover Letter

There are many opinions regarding the importance or relevance of a cover letter in today’s job search. Rather than wonder whether the additional effort should be invested to create this very valuable introductory letter, it is in your best interest to err on the side of caution! It is unlikely you will have the inside […]

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