Posts Tagged ‘Career Tips’

Spam – Don’t Ignore it!

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Who is responsible for spam and computer viruses? Is it advertisers initiating mass mailings to sell their products? Is it simply someone hacking your account just to see if they can? Or is it associated with the antivirus software business? Regardless of why we must continue to fight against SPAM, the message here is “Don’t ignore it!” Maintaining your reputation is key to the success of your career and ignoring a potential problem could easily result in generating a damaging impression.

  • Most people receiving spam email from your email address will assume you sent it. Unless you want them to think you are selling drugs or sex, advise potential recipients of the problem.
  • An email that contains one single link and nothing more should never be opened unless you were previously advised by the sender to expect it.
  • Any emails that advise you are the beneficiary of money are SPAM! Any emails that ask you to send money are SPAM! That goes for phone calls too unless it’s your children calling.
  • An email that seems to request too much personal information or any financial data is SPAM.

You have an opportunity and an obligation to report SPAM or rid your computer of viruses to protect others and to maintain your reputation. If you are unsure of what to do, contact your email server, change your password, contact a computer expert or simply google information to gain an understanding of the problem and the appropriate steps to follow.

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Offer Advice to Correct Mistakes in Confidence

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Millions are now spending time writing, blogging and editing online content and for many the occasional email or call to advise of a typo is very well received. The fact that someone would take time out of their busy schedule to contact you personally and provide you with the opportunity to correct a mistake that could negatively influence your reputation reflects a considerate and selfless act. Certainly there are individuals who gain a sense of superiority by correcting others but I choose to believe this is less likely in those who advise of a mistake in confidence. As for those who feel the need to correct others publicly with a dash of humiliation in a demeaning fashion, this is likely a stark contrast in personality.

What is the benefit to anyone who chooses to publicly demean someone for making a mistake? Is it possible they really are just trying to be helpful and lack professionalism, common sense or empathy? Or maybe it is simply a lack of maturity.

“Hey look everyone! Gather around! Joey left his fly open.”   

As children, there were those who derived great pleasure by publicly humiliating others for their mistakes but as maturing adults it is expected that our experiences will enhance our capacity to empathize and the knowledge we gain will generate respect for others and the ability to offer discretion and diplomacy.

Recently, at a professional networking presentation attended by over 100 attendees, an individual yelled out from the audience to point out a typo on a particular slide. The presenter chose not to respond to an unproductive, negative comment and continued the presentation for the benefit of the rest of the audience. Despite that, the loud mouthed attendee yelled out a second time from the audience because he was miffed that he was not acknowledged for his “valuable contribution”. What was he thinking? What impression do you think he left with the speaker and the audience?

Keep it private not public! If you are advising someone of a mistake they’ve made, do it in confidence and in an unpretentious manner. You never know when you’ll be in need of the same consideration and appreciate the opportunity to correct a mistake.    

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Brett Wilson on Credibility, Branding

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Brett Wilson on Credibility, Branding, Entrepreneurship, Networking, Leadership and more! Ian Portsmouth, editor of PROFIT, “your guide to business success” covers it all in this interview, Ask the Legends: Brett Wilson. Canadian entrepreneur, Brett Wilson provides candid responses that offer valuable tips for success in your career or business.

Leadership Advice from Successful Leaders, provides a link to 20 of Canada’s Top Leaders sharing their experiences. These leaders also provide valuable advice as they relay the significant factors that have contributed to their success.

Great Ideas: Richard Branson’s best business advice, written by Kim Shiffman after Sir Richard Branson spoke to Toronto business people about leadership is also found at CB Online, ”Your success is our business”.          

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How to treat others

Friday, October 8th, 2010

How you treat others establishes the foundation on which you will build your personal life and your professional career. Maintaining equitable relationships with respect and consideration will garner a highly esteemed reputation and increase the potential for a lifetime of opportunities.

The following five lessons about how to treat people was forwarded in an email and is worth the read:

First Important Lesson - Cleaning Lady

During my second month of college, our professor gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions until I read the last one:

“What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?”

Surely this was some kind of joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times. She was tall, dark-haired and in her 50′s, but how would I know her name?

I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank.

Just before class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our quiz grade.

“Absolutely, said the professor.. “In your careers, you will meet many people.  All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say “hello..”

I’ve never forgotten that lesson.. I also learned her name was Dorothy.

Second Important Lesson – Pick-up in the rain

One night, at 11:30 p.m., an older African American woman was standing on the side of an Alabama highway trying to endure a lashing rain storm. Her car had broken down and she desperately needed a ride. Soaking wet, she decided to flag down the next car.

A young white man stopped to help her, generally unheard of in those conflict-filled 1960′s. The man took her to safety, helped her get assistance and put her into a taxicab. She seemed to be in a big hurry, but wrote down his address and thanked him.

Seven days went by and a knock came on the man’s door. To his surprise, a giant console color TV was delivered to his home. A special note was attached..It read:

“Thank you so much for assisting me on the highway the other night. The rain drenched not only my clothes, but also my spirits.  Then you came along. Because of you, I was able to make it to my dying husband’s’ bedside just before he passed away… God Bless you for helping me and unselfishly serving others.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Nat King Cole

Third Important Lesson – Always remember those who serve

In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10-year-old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in front of him.

“How much is an ice cream sundae?” he asked.

“Twenty-five cents,” replied the waitress.

The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and studied the coins in it. “Well, how much is a plain dish of ice cream?” he inquired. By now more people were waiting for a table and the waitress was growing impatient.

“Twenty cents,” she brusquely replied.

The little boy again counted his coins. “I’ll have the plain ice cream,” he said.

The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on the table and walked away. The boy finished the ice cream, paid the cashier and left. When the waitress came back, she began to cry as she wiped down the table. There, placed neatly beside the empty dish, were two nickels and five pennies. You see,  he couldn’t  have the sundae, because he had to have enough left to leave her a tip.

Fourth Important Lesson – The obstacle in our path

In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock.  Some of the King’s’ wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it. Many loudly blamed the King for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything about getting the stone out of the way. Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded. After the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the King indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway. The peasant learned what many of us never understand! Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition.

Fifth Important Lesson – Giving when it counts

Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a hospital, I got to know a little girl named Liz who was suffering from a rare & serious disease. Her only chance of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion from her 5-year old brother, who had miraculously survived the same disease and had developed the antibodies needed to combat the illness. The doctor explained the situation to her little brother, and asked the little boy if he would be willing to give his blood to his sister. I saw him hesitate for only a moment before taking a deep breath and saying, “Yes I’ll do it if it will save her.”  As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed next to his sister and smiled, as we all did, seeing the color returning to her cheek. Then his face grew pale and his smile faded. He looked up at the doctor and asked with a trembling voice, “Will I start to die right away?” Being young, the little boy had misunderstood the doctor; he thought he was going to have to give his sister all of his blood in order to save her.

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Grammatically Correct

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

More and more individuals are providing online content and there are those who will get away with using grammatically incorrect phrases to emphasize a point or seek out attention but if you are serious about advancing a senior level career it is as imperative to pay strict attention to relaying grammatically correct information within your online profiles just as it is to do so in your professional resume.

One of the most common mistakes I see is, “your going to research” or “your not”. The grammatical correction is, you’re going to research” or “you’re not”, which is the contraction for “you are”. You is singular and there is no such word as Yous, although it is amazing the number of people that have chosen to add it to their vocabulary.

The following words are often found in grammatically incorrect content:

to, too and two- ”To” is most commonly used but if you are talking about “too” many or they went along “too”, think of it as more or in addition to and be sure to add two o’s. Of course “two” refers to the number or quantity of 2.

from and form – No need for explanation here I hope. It is simply a common typo because our fingers tend to strike the letter “o” prior to the letter “r”.

there and their – “Over there”, or “there were two of them” is vastly different than discussing their degree or their expertise. Give consideration to ”belonging to” when you use their.

apostrophe s or s apostrophe - This relates to a possessive noun and is a decision based on singular or plural. It is a reference to one company’s reputation or more than one, such as our companys’ reputations.

effect and affect - ”The effect on the group was evident.”, or ”The sound did affect the audience.” Although often confused, a tip to consider is whether you are relaying the word as a noun or a verb. Effect being the noun, often referring to a result whereas affect is used as a verb meaning, ”to influence”.         

where and were – Were is not a part of who, what, where, why and when.  ”Where are you going?”, is not the same as “Were you going to the store?”  

Spell check will not help to correct the above noted grammatical faux pas and more often than not, will not correct the spelling errors that are often made when addressing an American audience versus a Canadian audience. There are many words that are spelled differently in the US than in Canada such as organised and organized or labor and labour.  

Writer’s Block, The Web Resource for Communication Professionals is one of many resources available to assist in composing grammatically correct content offering a comprehensive list of writing tips. Don’t discredit the use of a thesaurus as another resource as it displays words as nouns, verbs or adjectives and if you’re still not sure if it is grammatically correct, chose a different word!

Check out, The WORST Grammar Mistakes Ever in The Huffington Post.

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“Elite Tweets” – Blog Tweets from Elite Resumes

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

These ”Elite Tweets” will be updated on this blog page each time a new one is added. We hope you’ll enjoy the “short and tweet” career tips, quotes and survey information provided and Elite Resumes welcomes any comments, suggestions or questions.

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“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” ~ Robert F. Kennedy

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Think, Act…Live!

“The first half of life is finding out how to do things. The second half is enjoying them.” ~ Frances Lear

“Ability is of little account without opportunity.” ~ Napoleon Bonaparte

“Life is wht we make it, always has been, always will be.” ~ Grandma Moses

“The way of progress is neither swift nor easy.” ~ Marie Curie 

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“A recent survey by Jobvite found that 80 percent of companies use or are planning to use social networking sites to fill vacant positions. While LinkedIn is still the most popular site used by employers, with 95 percent of companies using it, Facebook and Twitter are gaining ground. The use of Facebook has grown from 36 percent of recruiters in 2008 to 59 percent in 2009, while Twitter is currently being used by 42 percent of recruiters.”new-challenger-logo

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Don’t give up on your job search over the holidays! 75% of your competition will so your odds of being noticed during this time are very good! Take advantage of every opportunity. 

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“What are you really looking for in your work? Randall’s straightforward approach helps you assess your career investment – and opens up entirely new possibilities.” Wallace Immen, Careers Columnist for The Globe and Mail gives his review of Randall M. Craig’s most recent publication, Personal Balance Sheet – A Practical Career Planning Guide. You will learn how to plan your career in an organized, strategic manner and the processes and practical tools necessary to allow you to take control of your career and your life.  

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Who are you following on Twitter? Check out The 101 Best Twitter Job Search/Career Experts Plus 6 by Susan P. Joyce.

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Resume Writers – How To Choose A Professional Resume Writer. Martin Yate explains the “why” as eloquently as the “how” in this excellent article on Knock’EmDead. You will need to log in to read it but it is worth it! Here’s a snippet from Martin Yate, “A resume is the critical marketing tool for a job search; it brands you, makes you visible to recruiters, and opens the doors of opportunity. If it works, you work; if it doesn’t work, you don’t work. Quite simply, it’s the most financially important document you will ever own.”

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Six Essentials to Prepare for Your Next Job Search.  Dave Johnson provides some great advice for your job search including networking on and off line, a unique resume and a little personal indulgence!

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100+ Job Search Hashtags on Twitter. Chris Perry, founder of Career Rocketeer has many informative career development blogs available for your perusal so take a look around while you’re there, you won’t be disappointed! 

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Executiver Coaching: Another tool in the toolbox? Elisa Birnbaum interviews professionals, including Martin Buckland on successful coaching relationships in the Charity Village Cover Story.

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Why Use a Professional Resume Writer? The NRWA, National Resume Writers’ Association includes some great advice on “Choosing an Effective Professional Resume Writer, ”There are hundreds of resume writers who are qualified to write your resume. It’s important to take the time to find one that matches your personality, needs, industry, and career objectives”.  

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A clear perspective and a grain of salt

Friday, January 30th, 2009

Keeping a clear perspective and the old adage, “take it with a grain of salt” are very important factors when you read, Ali Hale’s, “Mental Bias – Would You Like Fries With Your Warm Fuzzy Platitudes?” found at SidSavara.com.

“We tend to accept questionable, even false statements about ourselves, if we deem them positive or flattering enough.”

“People who expect to be successful are more likely to succeed. People who expect to fail are more likely to fail. We live up to our expectations.”

There are more quotes and lots of great links available throughout this post on, The Forer Effect, subjective validation, Self-fulfilling Prophecies, Hindsight bias, Illusory correlation, The Power of Coincidence and the Law of Attraction.

A very interesting read and Ali Hale leaves us with some cautionary advice, “Be aware of the mental biases that we all have, and look out for vague language, general statements, the creation of self-fulfilling prophecies, and a reliance on coincidence.”

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Interested in a Career Change?

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

CareerBuilder.com has released a new survey of unusual (and fun) jobs. With so many serious issues in today’s turbulent economy, it seems a break from the norm is in order. For the top results from 8,700 workers reporting unconventional jobs held during their career go to http://tinyurl.com/6fyx4y to check out the full list from A to Z.

These are my favourites:

  • Cat Nanny
  • Elf at Santa’s Workshop
  • Quality control/taster for chocolate factory

And these are my not so favourites:

  • Autopsy Assistant
  • Grave Digger
  • Parachute Tester
  • Yawn counter at a sleep clinic

What do you think? Anything here that may inspire you to consider a career change? On a more serious note, if you are interested in a professional résumé or require some professional career coaching during your transition give us a call.

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Will your online profile get you hired or fired?

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

CNN.com posted a great article by Mike Hargis, CareerBuilder.com, Social networking do’s and don’ts, which provides some valuable information about your online profile and whether it will get you hired or fired.

It is clear that hiring managers are checking out the online profiles of potential candidates and studies show the information is an influence on their decision to hire or not to hire.  Although job qualification is reported as their top priority, controversial information, such as drinking, drugs or inappropriate photographs could very likely eliminate you from consideration.

A recent blog, Use Common Sense When Sharing Online Information, was written after the reported news of Virgin Atlantic firing 13 employees for criticizing the company and their customers on Facebook.  Yes, there is plenty of evidence that your online profile can get you fired!

Here are just a few tips provided by Mike Hargis, vice president of customer care at CareerBuilder.com on the dos and don’ts for social networking sites:

  • Do update your profile regularly
  • Don’t badmouth your current or previous employer
  • Do join groups…selectively
  • Don’t forget others can see your friends
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Your Resume – What NOT to Include

Monday, November 10th, 2008

Your resume is a professional document, not a personal document.  It has the potential to be reviewed by a hiring professional and digitally scanned by a computer and neither will spend more than a few seconds “reading” your resume.  Within these few seconds, you can be assured that the professional and the computer have no interest in whether you are a golfer or a bowler, unless these are the positions you are applying for!

Here are a few things that should NOT be included in your professional resume:

Hobbies, religion, age, marital status, every job you’ve had since you were 16, political views, sexual preferences, photographs, physical characteristics, health issues, prejudices, negative or boring words and your criminal record.

You would think that this goes without saying, that common sense should prevail, but I just received comments today from someone who is positive that the professional reviewing a resume is interested in knowing about an individual’s hobbies!

Approximately 30 seconds will be allocated to reviewing one of potentially hundreds of resumes and in that time frame, here are a few things that will be noticed and will be of interest:

Your name and contact data, a neat format devoid of unequal spacing, indents, white space or formatting discrepancies, correct spelling and grammar, consistent font type and size, a clear, concise, quantified list of accomplishments beginning with enticing action words and significant keywords that relate to the position.

If you are not sure about what NOT to include in your resume or even if you are sure, it is best to consult with a professional resume writer.  Call for a free resume critique!

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Online Sites Not Just For Your Job Search

Friday, November 7th, 2008

Yesterday I wrote about the misconceptions surrounding the job of a recruiter in, “Head Hunters, Search Firms and Recruiters. What do they really do?” At the same time, it came to my attention that there seem to be just as many misconceptions about the purpose of online web sites as there are about recruiters.

In each of the following articles 50 of the top online web sites are listed. There is little variance in the top web sites that are provided, however, each of the articles are written to attract readers with very different interests, which should dispell the misconception that the people on these sites are only those who are searching for a job.  Whether you are interested in social media, managing a business or job seeking, there are few sites that you would want to rule out. “Personal Management” is the name of the topic given to one of the articles and seems very appropriate when referring to these online sites.

50 Online Applications and Sites to Consider

50 Social Sites That Every Business Needs a Presence On

Top 50 Web 2.0 Tools for Job Seekers

These days, if you want to be found, you need to be online!  That’s not to say that the purpose of these sites is solely to provide an opportunity to be found by a potential employer.  Whether on a professional site or a social site, and the differentiation is narrowing by the hour, such as LinkedIn, Naymz or Facebook, you are among millions of users.  Some will post their needs and and some may not but whether they are searching for a job, a friend, a relative, customers, information, references or professional colleagues they could all very well be on the same online site.  Even the online sites specifically related to job seekers, such as Monster and Workopolis do not consist solely of those seeking a job, since there are no rules to remove your posted resume upon becoming employed.  In fact, maintaining your resume online may provide you with further opportunities and could shorten the length of an unexpected job search.

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Headhunters, Search Firms, Recruiters – What do they really do?

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

It is very likely that the majority of people don’t really know what headhunters, search firms or recruiters, as they are now more commonly referred to, actually do. In your job search it is important that you are known by recruiters because they do actively search for candidates to fill positions for companies. The misconception is in thinking that that these people are going to assist you in your job search or provide you access to companies. This is completely the opposite of what they do.

Recruiters work for the employer and NOT the job seeker. As a job seeker or potential candidate, you cannot pay a search firm or retain the services of a recruiter unless you need to hire someone. They are retained by and paid by the company/employer. After they refer a candidate to their client/company in need of filling a position and that person is officially employed, the recruiter is paid for this service. Their average fee is approximately 30% of the first year’s salary.

As a job seeker, you could very well be the next potential candidate on a long list of candidates that the recruiter is looking for to fill a position so make sure you are on their list. Never turn down an opportunity to interview with a search firm. You won’t be considered if you’re not on their list. But remember, the recruiter is not working for you so don’t expect to hear back from any of them unless they think you are a potential candidate for one of their clients.

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Networking and Your Job Search

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

More jobs are found through networking than by any other means.  37 Ideas to Grow Your Job Search Network Right Now, is a must-read article for anyone, employed or not, providing a simple list of everything you need to do in order to grow your network online and offline.

Included in the list are #1. a simple email address, #5. & 6. join LinkedIn, #9. & 10. business cards and referrals, #16. follow industry blogs, #27. hire a career/job search coach, #37. use thank you notes.

Jacob Share, in concluding this article written for Job Action Day 2008, says, “Like a tree, a network requires caring and time to branch out to its full potential.  The more you invest in your network, the more you’ll get out of it.  Even if you can only afford a few minutes per day, start growing your nework as soon as you can and continue nurturing it until you need its fruits.”

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Use Common Sense When Sharing Online Information

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, MySpace, YouTube, just to name a few, are websites that are available for anyone to share information online.  The following blogs, also just to name a few, have been written about sharing information online and the consequences, positive or negative that can result.  The basic message really is, use a little common sense when you post information to your online sites.

The Influence and the Power of Your Words

Online Posting and Your Reputation

Social vs. Professional Online Networking Sites

Hundreds of articles continue to show up regarding the demise of individuals who are not using common sense when posting information online.  Virgin Atlantic sacks 13 staff after Facebook criticism!  Yes, 13 of Virgin Atlantic’s cabin staff were sacked after they made a conscious decision to go online and criticize the company that employed them and the customers that support the company!  A spokesperson for Virgin Atlantic said, “There is a time and a place for Facebook.  But there is no justification for it to be used as a sounding board for staff of a company to criticise the very passengers who ultimately pay their salaries”.

Using a little common sense when sharing online information will help to serve your best interests, especially if consideration is given prior to posting it for the world to see.  News travels fast.

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President of Sales, VP of Sales, Sales Manager, Sales Associate

Friday, October 31st, 2008

In today’s economic crisis, the number one job available is in SALES!  These positions are currently the most sought after as an increase in sales could potentially be the key factor in the survival of many companies caught up in today’s economic turmoil.

Increasing sales is one of the few definitive options available to the decision makers of many companies and organizations at a time when so much is beyond their control.  The fluctuating dollar, volatile stock markets and wavering economies of neighbouring countries have resulted in widespread, growing concerns over the viability of many businesses.  An economic crisis, forecasted by some, as the worst since the Great Depression of the 30′s.

Many people are currently in career transition and those who are not could potentially be in the near future.  Statistics show a continuing decline in the length of tenure in all executive positions.  Although it may not seem to be at the time, this transition can be a positive opportunity for your career development.  By acquiring knowledge and a clear understanding of current trends in our market place, recognizing the significance of fulfilling your own needs, focussing on your strengths and following your passion you can set the goals needed to create a path to success.

If you require the professional advice of a career transition coach, professional branding strategist or master resume writer please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Revitalize Your Resume…

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

As a professional resume writer and career coach, I am often involved in a wide variety of speaking engagements.  “Revitalize Your Resume to Make an Impression” is the topic of my next presentation.  Next Wednesday, November 5th, I will be presenting to a networking group called Happen, which is an organization dedicated to assisting executives in career transition.

Your number one tool to get you a job interview is your resume.  It must impress the reader if you are going to make a strong enough impression to call them to action and invite you for an interview!

The following are a few points that I will be elaborating on to help you revitalize your resume and make an impression:

  • Resume Formats
  • Projectives
  • Your History/Accomplishments
  • STAR; Situation, Task, Action, Result
  • Continuing Education/Skills

Attention will be given to packaging, positioning, personality, professionalism and PUNCH!  Let’s make an impression!

Call for a free resume critique today!

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Steady Employment Growth for Skilled Trades

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

Plumbers, carpenters, masons, electricians, machinists, mechanics and crane operators have provided work for about one million people in 2007, as reported by Statistics Canada.  Other than a brief decline in the mid-1990′s, skilled trades have seen a steady employment growth to date.

The proportion of trades employment varied by province, with an increase from 9% in 1987 to 15% in 2007 in Alberta, due to the oil and gas boom.  Whereas Ontario experienced a significant decrease in trades workers from 41% in 1987 to 36% in 2007 coinciding with the decline in the manufacturing industry.  In 1946 Canada’s total employment in manufacturing was 26% and in 2007 it has declined to just 12%!

Studies have shown that 51% of immigrants from 2001 to 2006 arrived with a university degree, far higher than the 20% for the Canadian-born population.  Since educational requirements for the trades are below university level it is not surprising that fewer immigrants are employed in the trades, 17% in 2007 compared to non-trades at 21%.

97% of all workers in the trades have full-time jobs and 97% are men.  The proportion of men in other occupations has seen a decline in the past, from 54% in 1987 to 50% in 2007.

A CBC article, “Who’s your plumber?”, generated some interesting comments, including one from an individual describing the trades as low prestige, labour intensive, dirty work requiring long hours and travel noting that women don’t want that but they should be encouraged to be equal!  It may be significant to note that in a 2006 Census, women accounted for 60% of university graduates.

Any industry reporting steady employment growth, despite the current economic turmoil is welcome news, even if it is a male dominated industry.

Do you have an enticing resume as a skilled trades worker?  Call now for a free resume critique!

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Web sites available to answer all your questions

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

Are you looking for a job?  Are you interested in a specific company?  Would you like to know the name of the CEO or who’s on the Board of Directors?  How many employees are there?  How many locations do they have?  How long have they been in business?  Are you interested in speaking with a past employee?

Regardless of what information you are looking for it is very likely you will find it online.  There are vast numbers of web sites available today that can provide a wealth of information and answer any questions you may have.  The following are just a few Web sites that you may find of interest:

www.businessweek.com Search 42,000 public and 322,000 private companies worldwide.

www.hoovers.com More global companies.

www.profilecanada.com Information on Canadian companies.

www.linkedin.com One of the best online networking tools available.  Connect to people and companies.

www.directoryofrecruiters.com One of many sites available providing a list of recruiting companies.

www.monster.ca or www.monster.com Online jobs and career advice for Canada and the U.S.

www.eluta.ca Online jobs posted by companies.

www.aneliteresume.com Providing executive career management services.  Ask for a free resume critique!

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Follow The Rules

Monday, October 27th, 2008

If you have received specific instructions and rules related to a company’s hiring process, do not deviate from them.  Choosing to make up your own rules will most likely result in a lost job opportunity and a tarnished reputation.  You may even put the reputation of others at risk so follow the rules.

Recently, I learned of an individual who had an inside track on a great job opportunity within his company and chose to share it with an organization giving them very specific instructions how to apply for the position.  Three of four candidates applying followed the instructions as given, however, the fourth candidate chose to ignore the instructions and contacted the principal of the company directly.  Not only did that person violate the trust that had been extended to him, the individual’s reputation was put on the line and the professionalism of the organization was called into question.  Needless to say, only those candidates who chose to follow the rules were contacted for an interview.

Following the rules or specific instructions established by a company regarding their employment processes is not something to be questioned if you are interested in obtaining a job with them.  Do you recall your grade school days when tests were given with clear, “read first” instructions?  If you didn’t follow them, you failed!

Innovation, persistence, determination and creativity are all wonderful personality traits and may lead you away from a common path in your job search but if you are provided with specific instructions from a potential employer, I recommend you follow their rules if you want to succeed in obtaining a job interview.

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Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 2007

Friday, October 24th, 2008

Passion, integrity, perseverance and determination!  These were the words used to describe recipient’s of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 awarded to 40 exceptional Canadians under the age of 40 who are outstanding leaders in their chosen fields and who are shaping our country’s future.

The Globe and Mail’s full page ad this week lists the selection criteria as follows:

  • Vision and Leadership
  • Innovation and Achievement
  • Impact
  • Growth/Development Strategy
  • Community Involvement and Contribution

This national program, founded and managed by The Caldwell Partners, is designed to promote mentorship and professional development by introducing these leaders to the established business community and by promoting them as role models for young Canadians.

To nominate someone on-line, visit www.top40award-canada.org by November 3rd.

Best of luck to all nominees!

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