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Networking and Your Twitter Bio

Twitter.com is being described as “micro blogging” – a cross between instant messaging and blogging – because you’re allowed only 140 characters.  We all understand the importance of Networking when searching for a job and Twitter is one more tool that is available.  Kevin Donlin recently wrote, “How to Get Found By Recruiters” by using Twitter.  Getting noticed by […]

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The “Talent Shortage”?

“Talent Shortage Emerges as No. 1 Employer Concern” “Our population will begin to shrink and our workforce will dry up.” “Schools in peril across Ontario” “Census Points to shrinking households” “Retirement of baby boomers may reverberate in workplace”, “Enrollment Shrinking, says education minister”, “The Talent Shortage Myth”, The Immigration Squeeze” These are only a few of

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Do you want to be an Astronaut?

The Canadian Space Agency is conducting a national astronaut recruitment campaign at the end of May 2008 to select astronauts to join its Canadian Astronaut Corps. It would be difficult for me to think of an occupation that I have not created a resume for, including a banana grower, a Roman Catholic Nun, a nude model and a ceramic potter, just

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Employees Looking for Work/Life Balance

According to a recent Survey published by Monster, 89% of respondents look for work/life balance programs when evaluating a new job.  Only half of the HR professionals agreed on the importance, which is probably why only 29% of employees who participated in the online survey rated their company’s work/life balance programs as good or excellent. The 2008 Executive Job Market Intelligence

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Networking and Your Career

Are you actively networking?  If not, you are in the minority.  You are likely missing out on opportunities for advancement in your current career and if you are searching for a job, you are facing a much greater struggle than necessary. Recruiters list networking as one of their most effective means of finding senior managers and more than two-thirds of executives listed networking

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A Global Priority!

If you are not convinced that hiring female executives should be a global priority, you will be when you read National Post’s article, “A champion of women”. The most compelling information in this article is the statistics provided by Catalyst, a non-profit advisory group who looked at the relationship between women’s representation in corporate-officer positions and board-of-director positions in the U.S.

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Job Sites

Recently, I came across a very interesting job site, Bayt.com.  Interesting because I have had a number of clients that have relayed their intent to pursue a career in Dubai, one of the fastest growing populations among the major cities of the world.  Listed as the #1 job site in the Middle East, Bayt.com boasts more than 26,000 employers and over 2 million registered

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Communication skills are improving but is our work force ready for today’s increasingly competitive global economy?

According to a recent News-press.com article reporting on a study by the Society of Human Resource Management, written and oral communications are getting better!  The survey on work force readiness shows such skills have improved nearly 20% during the past 3 years. How long ago did you use your cell phone or Onstar to call someone?  When was the

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The Hardest Jobs to Fill

Engineers, machinists and skilled trade workers are among the nation’s most challenging postitions to fill according to this year’s survey of the hardest jobs to fill, released annually by Manpower Inc., as reported by U.S. employers. Jonas Prising, President of Manpower North America said, “From our research it is clear that across the country employers are experiencing

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Executives Support “Green Initiatives”

And it is not just talk!  The latest Executive Quiz from Korn/Ferry International showed that 75% of Executives would be willing to forgo a portion of their salary in support of “green” initiatives.  When these executives were asked about current resources their employers have dedicated to “green” issues, 49 % reported that existing staff have been

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PASSION, INTEGRITY, PERSEVERANCE and DETERMINATION!

These are some of the words used by winners of, Top 40 Under 40 2007, in describing their personal qualities relating to their success.  This award was founded in 1995 by Douglas Caldwell, chairman of Caldwell Partners Inc. and honours those under 40 who have shown vision, leadership, innovation, achievement and have made an impact and been involved in their community.  Mr Caldwell

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DO NOT Use a Microsoft Word Resume Template!!

As a Certified Professional Resume Writer, this is definitely my most major peeve!  Not only does it appear that Microsoft did little research in creating their resume template, they have also never felt the need to update it either!  A viable, highly employable, potential employee will be eliminated from further consideration simply by choosing this template. “I am seeking a challenging

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Do you follow-up after your job interview?

Resumes and cover letters aren’t the only documents that could have a positive influence in securing your next career move.  Follow-up letters after your job interview are just as important. They can position you in the drivers seat! As a Career Management Professional, I am constantly amazed at the number of people who don’t recognize the significance

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2008 Executive Job Market Intelligence Report

Each year ExecuNet publishes a comprehensive report on the current status of the executive job market.  As always these surveys make for interesting reading, especially the 2008 survey which suggests that even though our minds are constantly being directed to a slowdown in the economy, some key points from this report suggest otherwise. ¬ “Thanks in part to

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