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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
How are You Managing Your Job Search?
According to a recent article, Job Seekers: Personal Connections Still Matter, most people are likely to rely on personal connections and their own experiences with potential hiring organizations when searching for a job. A survey of those who were unemployed and searching for work, as well as those who were recently employed, (within six months), showed […]
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. […]
Recession Proof Your Career with the 3i Formula
On June 12th, 2008 the Wired Woman Society presents: Recession Proof Your Career with the 3i Formula. I will be one of three keynote speakers for this presentation, along with two of my colleagues, Paul Copcutt and Amy Casson. We will be providing the very latest strategies to build and maintain a successful career regardless […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
As a Certified Professional Resume Writer, I am privy to thousands of “wrong” resumes; those that will not get you the job interview you are seeking. The satisfaction I am able to enjoy in my career is having the expertise to “right” your resume and to make you stand out from the competition. Most of us will humbly agree that we are […]
You Need a Cover Letter!
A resume should never be sent without a cover letter. It is your opportunity to introduce yourself, show an interest in the company or position you are seeking, draw attention to your resume and motivate the reader to interview you. Usually your cover letter is the first contact you have with a potential employer so be sure it […]
Am I me yet?
Authenticity, Corporate Pressures, and Values-Based Careering. You have worked arduously over many years to achieve your career success. Now you’re a true executive. With all the well deserved perks and pleasures. A lovely home in a prestigious part of town. The respect of your peers. And admiration from those who know they will never quite […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Bummed out at work? Join the club
The article, “Bummed out at work? Join the club”, by Tavia Grant and Wallace Immen and based on a survey commissioned by Desjardins Financial Security, suggests Canadians are increasingly stressed on the job, leading to rising levels of burnout and depression. “Stress, burnout and depression create huge fallout in the workplace that far exeeeds taking a sick […]
Are you prepared to respond to your HR Interviewer when it is suggested that you are either overqualified or underqualified for the job position you are seeking? Tony Martin’s article, “When skills aren’t a perfect fit” provides advice from four of the top recruitment specialists, including David Perry, Managing Partner of Perry-Martel International. If there is one common […]
Secrets for searching for a job during a recession
Educating clients on how to optimize their job search is one of the many services I provide. As a Certified Job Search Strategist, I am always sourcing processes and materials I can share. Recently, I came across an excellent article written primarily for I.T. professionals, however, the content is applicable to all job seekers in […]