Resume Writing in 2009 is not quite the same as it was as few as five years ago! Your competitive advantage still hinges on a professional resume but is it up-to-date? Here are a few tips to ensure your resume is up-to-date and keeps you in the running: Do not include basic computer skills. If you are not computer literate in 2009 […]
Does Your Resume Have The WOW Factor?
If you are going to get your resume noticed, it must have a “WOW” factor. Simply put, it must catch the attention of the reader! 1,000’s of resumes are being submitted for the same job and unless your resume stands out above the rest, you will not be given the opportunity to be considered for the position […]
Resumes, Cover Letters and Your Job Search
The competition is fierce! HR professionals are receiving more resumes and cover letters than ever before. Will your cover letter and resume get noticed if it is 1 of 1,000? With so many resumes being submitted for available positions the goal of all HR professionals or Recruiters is to reduce that number to a manageable list of viable candidates. A common […]
Manufacturing Job Losses
For many people not involved in the manufacturing industry, our current ecomomic state is somewhat of a shock. I’ve been asked, “How can we suddenly be in a recession?”. The following statistics from Statistics Canada will provide a better perspective on where our economy has been heading for the past nine years. The last time we saw any growth in […]
Corporate responsibility? Corporate branding? However you look at it, it’s a little bit of good news for the 11.6 million currently unemployed in the U.S. Fedex Corp. is offering a one day event at over 1600 of their FedEx Office Print and Ship Centres in the United States to provide customers with 25 free copies of […]
Online Resources for Your Job Search
Your job search must entail a wide range of methods and strategies if you are going to succeed in today’s competitive job market. Job search tools that will elevate your visibility include a professionally written resume, extensive networking and utilizing online resources. If no one knows who you are or that you are looking for a job, how will you be found? You […]
Does your resume include your contact information?
Silly question? Not really. You would probably be very surprised by the number of individuals who do not include their contact information in their resume. Reasons include everything from simple negligence to a fear of sharing personal information. Regardless of the reason, it should be obvious that without your contact information you are wasting your time sending out your […]
Your resume and keywords
If there is one critical element to getting your resume noticed, it’s keywords! Most resumes are scanned, not by people but by computers, which locate specific keywords that are pertinent to their search. If those keywords are not found in your resume, you will not be found. Similarly, keywords have a huge impact on the visibility of a website. If you’re “surfing the web” to find a supplier of candy, […]
Your Resume will be given 20 to 30 seconds
When your resume lands in the hands of a recruiter or HR professional it is likely to be one of hundreds of resumes. The time it would take to read every single resume is just not feasible. The perusal of your resume will last approximately 20 to 30 seconds, unless you are able to entice the reader to read more. In […]
Online resources offer volumes of information related to your job search on resumes, cover letters, personal branding, networking and more. Here are just a few articles available online offering valuable information: Top 10 Tools for Landing a Better Job, by Kevin Purdy on lifehacker. Number 1. Write a killer resume for a new career path! A Cover Letter is […]
Resume and Cover Letter
As far back as you can remember in your job search you needed a resume and cover letter. Today, despite what you hear about Web 2.0, social media, online job sites; despite what you hear about the current economy, job losses, record unemployment rates, a 1.3% job growth rate and despite what you hear about developing a personal brand, you still […]
Do you need a degree to get a job?
Much has been said for achieving a post secondary education and increasing your chances to be the selected candidate in your job search, especially in today’s highly competitive job market. Keppie Careers provides an informative article and some valuable advice in, “How important is a college degree for your job prospects?”, written by Miriam Salpeter, who says, “No matter […]
Joshephine Lim writes, Transferable skills paramount, published in today’s MetroNews.ca Calgary. Colleen Clarke, a career specialist with monster.ca said, “Emotional intelligence skills – a person’s personal, social and emotional skills are a big part of what a person needs to succeed in life.” Martin Buckland, Principal of Elite Resumes was also interviewed and advises the importance of continued learning. […]
Job Search Tips and Resources
Job search tips and resources are so abundantly available today that the time required in order to read all of them them would probably take you into retirement! In order to help you sort through the mountains of blogs and articles I’m sharing some tips and resources that I have recently come across from industry colleagues that will be of interest and […]
Your Resume is Your Foundation
Whether you are building a house or managing your career your success will be determined by a strong foundation. In your career, your resume is your foundation. Your career can take you in many directions but your advancement, your success, will be directly related to opportunities. By maintaining a professional resume you will ensure your opportunities for job interviews are secured and not lost. Your […]
Current affairs are offering little inspiration these days with the media focused almost solely on the current economic melt down. Few are not directly affected by the severe market downturn and resulting job loses. For many it will be a test of perseverance unlike any they have ever known. Throughout this test of time, it is imperative to […]
How are you finding your job?
If you are new to finding a job, you may be a little overwhelmed by the increased number of job search tools available today, especially online. According to a recent survey, Monster is listed as one of the elite in the online employment industry. Another study to determine where 15,600 respondents found their last job reported that 13.3% […]
Are You In Charge of Your Career?
During the past decade or so the philosophy behind career management has changed tremendously. Not so long ago a company was in charge of your career. What a reverse we have seen recently. You are now in charge of your career; take the reins and jump on the ride to career success! To manage your […]
Bad Grammar and Typos Can Cost You Opportunities
As a Master Resume Writer who provides a free critiquing service, I see too many mistakes, inexcusable errors that will cost you an interview opportunity. First impressions count; there is no room for a mistake. A resume is one of the most important documents you will create; it can make or break you, so make […]
Moving in a Positive Job Search Direction
Job searching is challenging, emotional, time consuming, stressful and depressing. It can be a rocky road that plays out within the family environment and all persons in the house can be affected in some way or another. It’s a time for active support and guidance to open up new job search channels and travel from […]