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A True Leader

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Regardless of your political affiliations there are few who will not agree that Jack Layton was a well respected individual and above all, the quintessence of leadership. His achievements elevate him to  a level beyond reproach and his dedication and commitment, simply indisputable.

The Globe and Mail reported this morning, Opposition Leader Jack Layton dead at 61. All hopes that he could resume his leadership role in September are gone, replaced by a sense of loss shared by millions across the country and afar.

Jack Layton may be gone but he leaves a legacy, a personal brand and a political brand that will live on for generations and one which will undoubtedly inspire many future leaders, for Jack Layton is the quintessence of leadership. He will be missed but never forgotten.


St. Patrick’s Day Musings

Thursday, March 17th, 2011


St Patrick’s Day is a day filled with celebrations of Irish culture. Chances are you too are wearing green attire, you’ve seen a few shamrocks, someone has mentioned the luck o’ the Irish and you may or may not be looking forward to the annual toast of green beer among friends.

It is an international celebration to be enjoyed by all and brings with it some enlightening quotes:

“St. Patrick’s Day is an enchanted time – a day to begin transforming winter’s dreams into summer’s magic.” ~ Adrienne Cook

“Remember even if you loose all, keep your good name; for if you loose that you are worthless.” ~ Irish Proverb

“May you have warm words on a cold evening, a full moon on a dark night, and the road downhill all the way to your door.” Irish Blessing

“May you live as long as you want and never want as long as you live.” ~ Irish saying

“Here’s to you and yours and to mine and ours. And if mine and ours ever come across to you and yours, I hope you and yours will do as much for mine and ours as mine and ours have done for you and yours!” ~ Irish toast

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


Thank You and Best Wishes

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010


Another year is coming to a close and we would like to take this time to thank so many clients, associates, colleagues, new acquaintances and old. The very best of wishes are being sent your way for a wonderful holiday season and a very prosperous career! Please visit our blog and subscribe to our blog posts covering a variety of topics and career tips. If there is any information you would like to see to assist you in managing your executive career we would be pleased to welcome your suggestions, comments or questions!

We would also like to thank everyone for all of the positive feedback received from the many speaking engagements, ExecuNet networking meetings and professional career services that have been offered throughout the year. The driving force behind Elite Resumes is your career success! Please take advantage of a free resume critique from a Certified Professional Resume Writer!

Wishing you a very safe and happy holiday, the very best in the New Year and to all, a very successful career!

Elite Resumes

Martin Buckland @MartinBuckland

Barbara Mackie @BarbaraMackie




Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Managing an executive career is a full time job and if you are in career transition, your job search is a full time job. At times it can become overwhelming and discouraging as it seems that every ounce of determination and confidence is needed to keep moving forward. We will always be faced with some adversity in our lives but there are times that we may become all too consumed losing sight of the world around us and forget that no struggle will ever compare to that which was endured by those who fought in our wars.

If there is one day of the year that truly puts everything in perspective, it is Remembrance Day. A day to be thankful for all of the choices we are free to make and appreciate those who fought to give us that freedom. Today is November 11th and “lest we forget” will continue to be a day for generations to come to remember the many family members, friends and strangers who were willing to sacrifice their lives for the life we have today.

It is unimaginable to think of where we could be today without those who fought for us and our country, so we just remember, and be oh so thankful on this day, Remembrance Day, Veteran’s Day.


20 Great Canadian Leaders

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Canadian Business in partnership with Ted Rogers Leadership Centre at Ryerson University present Portraits in Leadership. The following Canadian Leaders were asked what role leadership played in their success:

John Manzoni, President & CEO, Talisman Energy Inc.

Linda Hasenfratz, CEO, Linamar Corp.

Michael Lee-Chin, Founder & Chairman, Portland Holdings Inc.

John Beck, Chairman & CEO, Aecon Group Inc.

Sarah Morgan-Silvester, Chancellor, University of British Columbia

Annette Verschuren, President, Home Depot Canada

Jim Shaw, CEO, Shaw Communications Inc.

G. Raymond Chang, Chairman, CI Financial Corp.; Chancellor, Ryerson University

Donald Sobey, Chair Emeritus, Empire Co. Ltd.

Bonnie Brooks, CEO, The Bay

Monique Leroux, Chair & CEO, Desjardins Group

David Sobey, Chair Emeritus, Sobeys Inc.

Clive Beddoe, Founder & Chairman, WestJet Airlines

Donald Stewart, CEO, Sun Life Financial Inc.

Remi Marcoux, Founder, Transcontinental Inc.

Rebecca MacDonald, Founder & Executive Chair, Just Energy Income Fund

Robert DeLuce, President & CEO, Porter Airlines

Nadir Mohamed, President & CEO, Rogers Communications Inc.

Heather Reisman, Founder & CEO, Indigo Books & Music Inc.

Rick George, President & CEO, Suncor Energy Inc.

Each of these 20, successful Canadian leaders shared insight and advice providing a consistent message best summed up by Steve Maich, Editor and Associate Publisher, CANADIAN BUSINESS, “almost all spoke about the importance of listening, of empowering and instilling both confidence and pride in those around you. In the end, all our success is bound up in the success of others. Nobody triumphs alone, and leaders can not lead unless others consent to be led”.

Contact Martin Buckland for information on the Executive Career Management Services available at Elite Resumes


Media consumes more time than sleep or work

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Media consumption has increased an hour per day over the past two years according to a recent Ipsos OTX Study. This means we now spend one-half of our waking days interacting with media which exceeds the amount of time we spend sleeping or working! This is a significant increase according to a past study  over the previous 8 years, which showed media consumption had increased 2 hours per day. 

Internet usage along with mobile devices are key factors in the increase in media consumption. More TV is now consumed online, cell phone ownership since 2009 decreased from 81% to 65% and 24% now own web-enabled smartphones. Social networking sites continue to grow and studies show 77% are active on at least one social network and 36% are members on at least 2 or more networking sites. 

Mitch Joel also commented on this study saying, “It’s our ability to fill those smaller time slots (like any idle moment of waiting in your life) with some form of media/entertainment (be it a quick glance of a Twitter feed or checking the sport scores on your mobile device). The more we continue to untether and be free of fixed locations, the more we will continue to see this trend in media consumption rise.”

How much time are you spending online?


Back to School and Back to Work

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

After two months of holidays, camps, part time jobs and lots of last minute shopping, children were filled with apprehension and anticipation as they lined up once again for the start of a new year back to school. For those parents with older children, it may have been a welcome return to normalcy and routine in addition to a new year of higher expectations for academic achievement. Of course there are those leaving their children for their first day of school with an overwhelming wave of emotion in response to an experience that is anything other than normal and expectations for success that are simply to get through the day without a call from the teacher to pick up an uncooperative child. 

There are also those parents or adult sons and daughters that have spent their summers in an active job search successfully edging out the competition to  land their next job and get back to work. Hot Tips for a Summer Job Search was good advice for many as 14 clients of Elite Resumes have recently acquired new positions. In a highly competitive labour market it is an accomplishment to be acknowledged and celebrated! New starts are not without some apprehension but at the same time begin with the greatest of expectations that these new positions will be a positive move towards a rewarding and successful career.

Many new challenges and opportunities will be presented as the school year or the new job progresses. The ability to recognize, respond appropriately, be decisive and follow through with viable action plans and attainable goals will be the foundation for your advancement in your academic endeavours or your career. The following tips and quotes are meant as inspiration for those back to school and back to work to achieve the best possible results:

Resilience ”You may have a fresh start at any moment you choose, for this thing that we call “failure” is not the falling down, but the staying down.” ~ Mary Pickford

Persistence ”Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” ~ Henry Ford

Vision “Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.” ~ Unknown

Positive Thinking “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” ~ Winston Churchill

Enthusiasm “A mediocre idea that generates enthusiasm will go further than a great idea that inspires no one.” ~ Unknown

Personal Branding Back to school for your personal brand ~ Paul Copcutt

Support  There will always be those who are happy to support, encourage or share in your success. Whether it be a friend, family member, colleague, teacher or professional coach, ask for support when you need it.


Happy Canada Day!

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

We realize the importance of a personal brand and that of a corporate brand so what about the brand of the country we live in? Simon Houpt, Marketing Reporter for The Globe and Mail writes, What is Canada’s Brand? Canada Day is described as a celebration of a meeting, a union, an agreement about mutual goals over that of the individual. He notes our motto, “Peace, order, and good government”, included in the Constitution Act of 1867 relating it to our DNA and impacting every decision we make.

The majority will agree that there is little that is negative when it comes to Canada’s brand, a country that is well respected and liked around the world as we are recognized for our unique policies in all sectors including peacekeeping.

Is being Canadian reflected in your personal brand? Are you effectively communicating your unique strengths, skills, values and passions? Regardless of our individual attributes, as Canadians we do have a distinct advantage. One which is notable in almost any country in the world by stating a fact that when spoken will inspire admiration, trust and respect. It consists of three words………..

“I am Canadian!”



Canada’s Top 40 Under 40

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Now in it’s 15th year, Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 celebrates another year of outstanding Canadian leaders for 2009,  recognized at the rewards gala June 8th, as the best and the brightest in Canadian business and social services from coast to coast.

The Globe and Mail, an ongoing sponsor of this event published, Top 40 under 40written by Christine Varga listing the following recipients of this most prestigious award:   

  • Ike Ahmed, 38, ONTARIO
  • William Andrew, 39, ONTARIO
  • Brian Boulanger, 34, ALBERTA
  • Dominique Brown, 31, QUEBEC
  • Linda Campbell, 39, ONTARIO
  • Kent Campbell, 39, SASKATCHEWAN
  • Eric Chouinard, 38, QUEBEC
  • François Desjardins, 39, QUEBEC
  • John Di Bert, 38, QUEBEC
  • Rob Drynan, 37, ONTARIO
  • Daniel Durocher, 38, ONTARIO
  • Philip Fayer, 31, QUEBEC
  • Bradley Fedora, 39, ALBERTA
  • Cameron Fowler, 38, ONTARIO
  • Chris Gower, 39, ONTARIO
  • François Gratton, 39, QUEBEC
  • Chris Gower, 39, ONTARIO
  • François Gratton, 39, QUEBEC
  • Ted Hastings, 35, ONTARIO
  • Christine Healy, 38, NEWFOUNDLAND
  • David Henderson, 37, ONTARIO
  • Sean Ivens, 39, NWT
  • Ali Pejman, 37, BRITISH COLUMBIA
  • Clive Oshry 39, ALBERTA
  • Rob Normandeau, 36, NOVA SCOTIA
  • Jeff Melanson, 36, ONTARIO
  • Margaret McGee, 39, NOVA SCOTIA
  • Ian Mann, 39, ALBERTA
  • Martin Lavigne, 38, QUEBEC
  • Olga Kovalchuk, 39, ALBERTA
  • Jamie King, 36, NEWFOUNDLAND
  • Paul Khairy, 38, QUEBEC
  • Michael Power, 38, ONTARIO
  • Leonardo Simon, 38, ONTARIO
  • Rahul Singh, 39, ONTARIO
  • Barry Symons, 39, ONTARIO
  • Larry Tomei, 39, ONTARIO
  • Ken Travis, 37, ALBERTA
  • Eve Tsai, 38, ONTARIO
  • John Valliant, 39, ONTARIO
  • Subodh Verma, 39, ONTARIO
  • Robert Wilfur, 38, ALBERTA
  • The Globe and Mail article, Secrets to their Success provides individual quotes from each of these recipients, which are sure to inspire. 

    Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, established in 1995, is a national program that uniquely celebrates the achievements of 40 Canadians in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, who have reached a significant level of success before the age of 40. The 25 members of an independent advisory board, who work in a wide variety of fields, choose the honorees from about 1,100 nominees through a selection process based on five criteria: vision and leadership; innovation and achievement; impact; growth and development strategy; and community involvement and contribution.


    Toronto ExecuNet Speaker, Bill Dennis

    Friday, May 28th, 2010

    We are pleased to have Bill Dennis speaking at the next ExecuNet Meeting, June 23rd, 2010, presenting:

    “ Understanding and Succeeding With Interviewers of Different Cultures, Generations, and Personalities”

    During career transition, today’s executive experiences a world of widely different types of interviewers and these differences can significantly affect your ability to connect and successfully work with this array of interviewers.

    “Understanding and Succeeding With Interviewers of Different Cultures, Generations, and Personalities” is a practical, research-based presentation that will provide you valuable insights into understanding and successfully connecting with interviewers of different cultures, generations, and personalities.

    Bill Dennis is a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers.

    Over the past 35 years, Bill has held significant sales and marketing positions at major companies including KPMG, Canadian General Electric, Bell Mobility, and Westinghouse Canada.

    Bill also held key management positions at medium-sized firms which were leaders in their industry.

    Bill has provided over 4,500 hours of training to Continuing Education students at Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning. He is their most experienced Continuing Education instructor in professional selling skills and strategic marketing.

    His academic credentials include a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) and MBA (Strategic Marketing and Finance).

    Bill also recently passed with distinction the “Certified Sales Professional” set of examinations from the Canadian Professional Sales Association.

     Bill Dennis & Associates,

    Oakville, Ontario,



    Toronto ExecuNet Speaker, Bojan Pavlovic

    Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

    We are pleased to have Bojan Pavlovic speaking at the Toronto ExecuNet Meeting on Wednesday, May 26th, 2010 presenting:

    “The Executive Recruiter, separating fact from fantasy”

    Bojan is prepared for a highly interactive discussion on the myths and realities of executive search as a vehicle for managing one’s career. His expertise assures no questions will go unanswered!   

    Bojan Pavlovic is a Client Partner based in Korn/Ferry’s Toronto Office. He is also a member of the firm’s Global Technology and Professional Services Practice.

    During his tenure with Korn/Ferry, Mr. Pavlovic has successfully completed searches for Emerging Technologies, Consumer Technologies and Professional Services clients.  In addition, he specializes in placing executives within the Program Management Office function across industries.

    Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Pavlovic worked in management consulting with Cap Gemini Ernst & Young and CGI focusing on corporate and IT strategy and business process improvement.

    Mr. Pavlovic has delivered a number of leadership studies and white papers in talent management trends.

    Mr. Pavlovic holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and a Masters of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business at York University with majors in Strategy and Organizational Behaviour.  He is also a Certified Management Consultant with the Canadian Association of Management Consultants and is fluent in English, French, Spanish and German.


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    Toronto ExecuNet Speaker, Tim Cork

    Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

    We are pleased to have Tim Cork speaking at the Toronto ExecuNet Meeting on Wednesday, April 28th 2010 presenting:

    “Netgiving takes the work out of Networking”

    • How to network effortlessly everyday
    • How to double your network
    • Effective networking communication techniques
    • The power of attitude and first impressions
    • The number one rule to networking and success in life
    • How networking enhances career security and advancement in today’s challenging business  environment
    • Giving starts the receiving process
    • How to soar with the “Eagles”

    Tim’s career spans 25 years in the hi-tech, commercial real estate and communications industries where he held progressively senior positions both nationally and internationally with companies like Xerox, Regus, SkyDome and TCS Telecom. He has extensive expertise in major sales initiatives, strategic alliances, people, and change.

    Tim is currently the President of NEXCareer, an International provider of Career Transition, Outplacement services and coaching. He is a sought after speaker and has been published in numerous magazines and papers. Known as “The Networking Guru” by The Globe and Mail and “The Career Guru” by the Toronto Sun and Star, he educates, entertains and shares his wisdom with thousands every year.

    Tim lives in Toronto with his wife and two children. He uses his name as an acronym for his purpose in life which is to Touch, Inspire and Move people to act on their passions and goals.  His best selling book, “Tapping the Iceberg” focuses on getting Straight A’s (Attitude, Aptitude, & Action) in life through unleashing your possibilities. Tim is on many boards including the THRPA.

    You can get more at or  or google Tim Cork

    Register today for April’s ExecuNet meeting with Tim Cork!


    Over 50 in Career Transition

    Thursday, March 18th, 2010

    Are you over 50? And in career transition? If so, you certainly are not alone which may be one of the reasons why “over 50″ produces more search results when googled than ”career transition”, “job search” or even “social media! The fact that opinions vary widely may also be a contributing factor. There are many who think those over 50 should be seeking retirement and not a job. Most people believe only kids are using Facebook and Twitter even though the majority of users are more apt to be over 50 than under 20. Many over 50 in career transition are facing age discrimination despite a serious labour shortage that is positioning those over 50 as key resources in a diminishing labour pool. Many reports suggest “over 50″ is no longer a discriminatory factor in a job search but a recent survey showed over 90% of headhunters believed that age becomes a significant factor in a hiring decision when a candidate is over 50

    The following articles won’t solve the obvious discrepancies relating to the topic of “over 50″, however they do offer some valuable career tips, resources, statistics and some interesting information. 

    Latest release from the Labour Force Survey, “Men aged 55 and over accounted for all of February’s employment gain.”  

    Looking for a job when you’re over 50 years old? ”If you are 50 and are in the market for a job, you are part of an elite and fast expanding market for senior positions. ‘Elite’ because most senior people are highly experienced and valued workers and ‘expanding’ because the market is waking up to recognize the wealth and wisdom of employing seniors.” Lots of tips provided to help along the way. 

    Top Employers for Canadians over 50BD Canada Inc. EPCOR Utilities Inc. Farm Credit Canada / FCC HSBC Bank Canada
    McGill University Ontario Public Service Royal Bank of Canada SaskTel Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada Inc.
    Wardrop Engineering Inc.

    A article, Over 50, and zero job offers, “…while age bias certainly exists, “there is far less of it than many people fear,” says Rob Saam, a senior vice president who is head of the career transition practice at outplacement giant Lee Hecht Harrison. “Human resources professionals and hiring managers are well aware of all the research showing that someone 50 or older is likely to stay longer, be more dedicated, and be absent less than the average 30-year-old.”

    Jobs for boomers and seniors and the over 50 workforce

    Finding a Great Job if You’re Over 50

    Canada Feeling Labour Shortage Pains


    Toronto ExecuNet Speaker, Sheila Goldgrab

    Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

    We are pleased to have Sheila Goldgrab speaking at the Toronto ExecuNet Meeting on March 24th, 2010 presenting:

    “Not in Kansas any more”

    Whether you are in job transition looking to land a leadership role in an organization or you are currently leading one, the social web has changed what is expected from you. New technological tools have eliminated traditional barriers and are driving a new approach to leadership. The core competencies of achieving results alone are not enough. What we expect from leaders is changing and this has implications for how you spend your time in your job transition. Sheila Goldgrab, Executive Coach and Thought Leader on the subject of leadership in the 2.0 age, shares what‘s changed and why working on your leadership brand while in job transition matters.


    “It is the duty of every person…to know and consider that (s)he is unique in the world.”  Martin Buber
    As a Speaker: 
    “Sheila’s insights were well articulated and highlighted by practical examples and wonderful stories from her client experiences.” 

    “Sheila was clear, engaging, warm, professional and knowledgeable!” 

    Sheila Goldgrab is a certified personal brand strategist and sought after award-winning Master Certified Coach (MCC) with over 14 years experience working with senior leaders on several continents about leadership effectiveness. Her key client work ranges from Dell and Ernst & Young to University Health Network and Royal Bank. Sheila speaks to groups about the changing requirements of leadership to assist professionals and their organizations to appreciate how leadership branding is a core strategy to greater business success while propelling individual careers.
    Break through to another level of  achievement
    Sheila Goldgrab M.Ed. MCC
    t. 1+ 416.463.1171    f. 1+ 416.461.3329

    Register today for February’s ExecuNet meeting with Sheila Goldgrab!


    Canada’s Top Employers

    Friday, January 8th, 2010

    Exceptional organizations offering ideal working conditions, above average benefits and the most progressive and forward thinking programs are selected for Canada’s Top 100 Employers 2010, now in it’s 10th year. The employers making the list were among 26,000 of Canada’s fastest growing employers which are announced by Maclean’s and The Globe and Mail and published on with the specific reasons they were chosen and a profile. Reasons for Selection included flexible work schedules, training programs, career development, fitness memberships, designated rooms for napping, substantial referral fees for new hires and an employee trout pond and baseball field!

    2010 is the 11th anniversary of the 50 Best Employers in Canada which included 8 new organizations with 42 remaining on the list from previous years.  They are recognized as the best companies to work for as rated by their employees.

    The research involved in selecting these companies is extensive and certainly of great value to everyone, whether you are an employer, employee or in career transition. Check it out and find out what makes these organizations the best in Canada!


    Leadership Quotes

    Thursday, August 13th, 2009

    leadership2“Leadership is the ability to articulate vision and influence others to move towards achievement.”

    In today’s challenging economy our global recovery will be achieved through the actions, courage, determination and responsibility of great leaders! Here are a few inspiring quotes on Leadership: 

    “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” ~ Peter F. Drucker

    “A leader must have the courage to act against an expert’s advice.” ~ James Callaghan

    “A leader or a man of action in a crisis almost always acts subconsciously and then thinks of the reasons for his action.” ~ Jawaharlal Nehru

    “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” ~ John Quincy Adams

    “It is the responsibility of intellectuals to speak the truth and expose lies.” ~ Noam Chomsky

    “I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.” ~ Ralph Nader

    “Leaders are more powerful role models when they learn than when they teach.” ~ Rosabeth Moss Kantor

    “A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be.” ~ Rosalynn Carter

    “The price of greatness is responsibility.” ~ Winston Churchill

    “South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu walked by a construction site on a temporary sidewalk the width of one person. A white man appeared at the other end, recognized Tutu, and said, “I don’t make way for gorillas.” At which Tutu stepped aside, made a deep sweeping gesture, and said, “Ah, yes, but I do.” ~ Walter Wink 


    Toronto ExecuNet Speaker, Bob Woodcock

    Thursday, June 18th, 2009

    We are pleased to have Bob Woodcock speaking at the Toronto ExecuNet Meeting on November 25, 2009.

    Bob Woodcock……….Leadership that guides & inspires
    Managing Director, Predictive Success Corporation    

    “Maximizing Your Behavioural Fit To Your Desired Role”

    Further to Bob Woodcock’s presentation, “Maximizing Your Behavioural Fit To Your Desired Role”, he has offered to complete a Predictive Index profile along with complimentary feedback for anyone that will be attending.

    “In preparation for our November 25th meeting “Maximizing Your Behavioural Fit To Your Desired Role” we would like to extend the invitation to have you complete a behavioural assessment called the Predictive Index®. If you would like the opportunity to complete your own profile please contact Julie Cane at Predictive Success Corporation. Her email address is Please identify yourself as being a part of the ExecuNet group attending the session on November 25th. Once you have completed the Predictive Index® survey, Julie will forward a copy of your profile directly to you. We ask that you bring this along with you on November 25th.”   Bob Woodcock 

    Bob Woodcock is a high energy and enthusiastic leader! Identified as a high potential leadership candidate with a  multinational, “50 Best Managed Companies” organization, Bob led a team of 100 to record performance levels, using Predictive Index as a talent management tool.

    A certified Predictive Index analyst, Bob has successfully increased employee engagement, reduced turnover and built high performance teams working with a variety of companies across a broad range of industries. The lessons learned by managing in today’s business environment and as an entrepreneur for 13 years are transferable and repeatable. Bob’s mandate is to help build new leaders at every level of the organization. He can be reached at

    Register today for November’s ExecuNet meeting with Bob Woodcock!


    Does your Company have an Online Profile?

    Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

    Maintaining your online profile today is a critical element in managing your career. But does your company have a completed online profile? Recently I was searching Linkedin for a specific company and although I found the organization, there was no company information, which would not be so bad if there was a link to their website. NO, not there either. And two of the three partners in this organization did not provide a link within their profiles to the company’s website!

    It was not long ago that your entire online focus was an email address and possibly a website that was designed, hosted and maintained by someone other than you. Today, there are millions of people online with profiles on Facebook, Linkedin, VisualCV and Twitter, just to name a few and many who are maintaining their own websites and blogs. The resources available to “connect” or engage in online networking are free and easy. But you may be missing out on opportunities because the information in your profile or your company’s profile is lacking pertinent details.

    Social networking sites are resources that have the potential to connect you to millions of people and generate opportunities beyond imagination. It is true that your talent could have an impact on the opportunities generated but the fact that one YouTube video could be viewed by 30 million people within 3 days attests to the power and the influence of social media today!

    If you have created an online profile, is it complete? Have you included contact details? If you are associated with a company, do they have a completed online profile? You’ve just announced the publication of your new book. Did you include a link for anyone interested in purchasing it? Are you looking for connections but have your settings set to hide your profile or not to accept introductions?

    Review all of the information contained in your online profile, the online profiles of the companies you are associated with, websites, blogs, etc. to ensure the information provided is complete, relevant and accurate.  Accessing information that is incomplete or being drawn into something of interest only to find out it is not available leaves a bad first impression.


    Do you have a Linkedin Profile?

    Friday, June 12th, 2009

    Do you have a completed LinkedinProfile? If you are questioning the significance of a presence on Linkedin, please take the time to review the 2009 Social Recruitment Survey Results from Jobvite.

    You may not be in career transition today but there’s no guarantee that you won’t be next month, next year or the year after that. Here are a few results from Jobvites’ survey:

    80% of the companies surveyed are using or planning to use social networking to find and attract candidates this year. 95% of those using social networking sites for recruiting are using Linkedin. Those using Facebook increased from 36% last year to 59% this year. Twitter is now ranked third with 42% of recruiters using it to source candidates.

    Since Twitter was not even ranked last year it is evident how quickly an online presence has evolved into a critical  job search tool that rivals that of a resume!

    If you wish to succeed in your job search it is imperative to add an online presence in addition to your professional resume and cover letter. According to these survey results, I recommend starting with Linkedin!


    The Realization of a Dream Job

    Thursday, May 14th, 2009

    Last June, Jeremy Hansen saw an ad in the newspaper and applied for the job. After countless interviews, a battery of medical tests and a series of 20 training tests he has just been selected as one of two candidates to become Canada’s newest astronaut!  In doing so, Jeremy Hansen has realized his dream job, a dream he has held since he was 5 years old! 


    The Canadian Space Agency received 5,351 applications in response to their national astronaut recruitment campaign which was eventually reduced to 16 candidates, consisting of 5 CF-18 pilots, two doctors, an engineer who was an Olympic kayaker, a researcher in how species survive in extreme environments, a professor of physics and astronomy and a nanotechnology researcher. 

    To find out more about Jeremy Hansen and David Saint-Jacques, the first new recruits to join Canada’s elite corps of astronauts since 1992, check out the following links:

    The London Free Press, “Jeremy Hansen became a pilot at age 17″
    The Toronto Star, “Two out-of-this-world Canucks”, “Fighter pilot, medical doctor, Canada’s newest astronauts”


    Are you interested in pursuing your dream job? Contact Martin Buckland for job search strategies, career coaching and professional resume writing services.


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