Job search is an art that few people know how to navigate well. Over my time as a career coach, I’ve seen many people fumble and fail to land a job simply because they are unaware of how to plan and execute a job search. Job search is an art that few people know how […]
Networking is an important part of managing your career, but there are some common mistakes to avoid. Here is a brief list of the no-no’s that can undermine your efforts to network, connect, and grow your career. Confusing networking with a sales opportunity. You’re there to build connections that will last a career, not sell […]
One of the leading causes of dissatisfaction with one’s career is when your career does not align with your personal values. You may think that this is something you would be able to look past and still effectively do your job, but over time this misalignment weighs on you. It is almost impossible to detach […]
Managing your career is not your employer’s job, nor your favourite recruiter’s. It’s your job. No one else has the same interest and commitment to your career and future as you do. In addition to social media maintenance, networking, and personal branding, every adult should spend some time every month on plans and goals. Below […]
Social media management is one of your best tools for career growth. Many of my colleagues focus on LinkedIn as the primary social media platform for job seekers, and it is important. Making use of these top tweeting strategies can extend your social media presence beyond traditional business boundaries and get you noticed. You never […]
How can you prepare for a job interview well enough that you have the holy grail, a no-blank interview where you answer every question without a single blank, frozen silence? Practice and perspective! Practice Rehearse your elevator pitch. Practice introducing yourself and mentioning the characteristics that make you a great match for the job. Research. […]
Resume keywords are vital. Having the right buzz words will boost your resume’s chances of being chosen by the scanning machinery and passed on for human eyes.
Are you in charge of your career? I suspect not, and you know what? You’re not alone. Here are five thought-provoking tips that will help you define your career goals, advance your career, and make you an employable and enticing candidate.
You are in charge of managing your own career, not your employer. Want to know more? The ABC’s of career management can help!
Hiring influencers do ask questions from your resume, such as your skills, education, and experience, but they also ask behavioural questions. These are questions about previous situations, the choices you made, and what you learned from the results. You can plan ahead for behavioural interview questions by reviewing a variety, planning which examples to use, […]
Knock down those roadblocks to personal branding and speed up your career!
Connect with purpose. Seek to “friend” or “link” with people who are in your industry, do business with you, or those who are valuable network connections for you. Check who sees your LinkedIn profile, who likes your Facebook posts, and consider adding them to your contacts. Connect personally. Never use the form email offered on […]
Understanding your team, colleagues, and management is important to being effective and productive. Learn more about the four generations in the workforce today.
It takes a professional approach to continuously manage your LinkedIn profile during career transition or when gainfully employed.
When an executive recruiter phones you, this conversation could lead directly to a new opportunity. Tips for how to be inquisitive.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Turn a basic cover letter into a knockout document by following these 10 steps. #1: Define the purpose of the cover 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, […]
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, […]