“There are plenty of career opportunities for today’s executives and professionals, if they know the rules of the new job search game. Hear executive expert MARTIN BUCKLAND share the new ground rules. How has the face of resumes changed? Is it enough? What are the key ways we can leverage social media? What else do […]
Boo! Are you scaring away opportunities or the competition?
Scare away your competition not your opportunities! Successfully managing an Executive Career requires the maintenance of a current resume, establishing a personal brand, career planning, networking, an impressive attire and an updated and professional online photo. If you wish to be noticed and to have a positive influence on those in a position to offer you new opportunities […]
Google It and Avoid a Scam!
If you are currently a job seeker or expect to be in career transition in the near future you are aware that it can become an extremely stressful time. Concerns increase over time regarding the emotional and financial stability of a household and fear of the unknown can result in a feeling of desperation and vulnerability. Despite the […]
Twitter – We are the voice!
Real-time content provided by millions of individuals utilizing social media, specifically Twitter has given power to the voice of the people like never before in our history. After an earthquake was felt by thousands of people, The Globe and Mail and CNN were contributing simply by retweeting tweets on Twitter provided by those witnessing the quake. xkcd […]
Posting Comments Online
Everything you do online will influence your personal and professional brand! How are you perceived? What impression do you want to leave with colleagues, friends and decision makers? Recently I wrote, Heated Conversation Threads after reading far too many negative personal responses “gone public” and it seems that no one is paying attention. Of course we are all […]
Job Search Strategy
From massive lay-offs to hiring frenzies. Who is hiring? Where are the jobs? How many recruiting agencies are searching to fill positions? Who are they? What positions are they trying to fill? Are there really that many job boards? Regardless of the answers to any of these questions, it is more critical to focus on a job search strategy that […]
Job Search or Holidays?
Summer is fast approaching and plans for summer holidays have likely been in the works for awhile now inspired by an early start to the cottage season due to unusually temperate weather during the month of April. If you are in an active job search, are you coordinating your holidays around your job search? If you are considering a long term […]
Job Search Strategy – Notes for Networking
What job search strategies are you utilizing? Since we know that networking is the most effective and successful job search tool available have you made it your top priority? If so, are you prepared to network in person and online? Professional networking opportunities are easily discovered but don’t ignore opportunities to network at any social venue […]
Networking for Job Opportunities
The most dramatic changes we have seen in networking for job opportunities are related to Internet use and specifically, social media. Gone are the days when your entire network consisted of friends, family and co-workers. Today we are able to connect with millions of people and target specific industries, companies and people opening up a whole […]
Is there a cultural fit or a shared vision?
Which companies are you targeting in your job search? Have you given consideration to a cultural fit or a shared vision? In a previous blog post, What Skills Should You Be Flaunting, a cultural fit and shared vision were given top priority in a decision to hire. Are you interested in a company that publicly communicates sustainability objectives or […]
Job Search Strategies
How are you conducting your job search? What strategies are you implementing? Are you utilizing the vast array of social media tools available? If it has been awhile since your last job search, you will find that effective job search strategies have changed dramatically! There are still many basic strategies that have remained constant as follows: […]
Nothing to Hide
“Nothing to hide” for most suggests, genuine, honest, reputable, all good and no bad. The obvious transparency that is inevitable with the exploding advent of social media will have a huge impact on those who do have something to hide. Of course there will always be those who will work at avoiding detection but this will also become more difficult in time […]
What skills should you be flaunting?
During a job search, your hard skills and soft skills are your key assets but what skills should you be flaunting? At CB Online, “The 7 traits of super staff”, Brian Scudamore, CEO and founder of 1-800-GOT-JUNK attributes his success as one of “Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies” to hiring the right people. His key factors in determining the ideal candidate […]
Are you prepared for a job search?
Are you prepared for a job search if you lost your job tomorrow? Randy Woods writes, You may want a new job, but are you ready? He provides results of a recent poll which showed over 80% of respondents were either “somewhat prepared” or “very prepared” to start searching if they lost their current job tomorrow. That’s good, right? It […]
Over 40 and Job Seeking?
Be sure to look for “OVER 40 & YOU’RE HIRED”, written by Robin Ryan, a leading job search expert. “Robin Ryan’s market-tested plan shows you how to effectively stand out and appeal to employers amid age discrimination and floods of competition.” There is nothing in the job search process that is overlooked in this book, which covers […]
Career Trends and Transition 2010
If you are interested in advancing your career in 2010 your number one task should be a thorough research of emerging career trends. Even if you are not one of the hundreds of thousands of executives who found themselves unexpectedly thrown into a career transition in 2009, you may be influenced by your research to voluntarily consider […]
Industry Expertise Not Enough
A recent study by Accountemps provides some interesting results on the significance of “people skills” in your job search. Although most job seekers may believe industry expertise to be their key selling point, it may not be enough to secure your next position according to the results from a national survey of 270 CFO’s. CFOs were asked, “If two candidates […]
Social Media Update
Are you between the ages of 30 and 40 years old? If so, according to Susannah Fox, “Twitter and Status Updating, Fall 2009“, you represent the median age for all three of the top social media sites, Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter. If you thought social media was just for kids, think again. An article by John […]
Season’s Greetings and Your Job Search
Don’t stop your job search during this holiday season but rather, ramp it up! Sharing Season’s Greetings and an active Job Search are a great deal more compatible that you may think. No other time of year presents as many opportunities to get together with friends and family and even strangers than the many events that are planned throughout […]
Positive Signs for Job Seekers
November 2009 showed some positive signs for Job Seekers as both Canada and the United States experienced a slight decline in unemployment rates. Although Canada’s unemployment rate dipped by only 0.1 percent to 8.5 the really good news is the fact that we are seeing any decline at all! All of the experts in both countries predicted increases in unemployment rates for the […]