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 […]
Too much job search/career advice?
There is a vast amount of advice for those in career transition and sometimes it may seem a little overwhelming; professional resumes, cover letters, branding, coaching, job search strategies, social media and what may appear to be far too many mundane details! In a different job market you might have the opportunity to pick and choose which professional advice you would […]
Lost Jobs – Increased Competition
What are you doing to compete in today’s fiercely competitive job market? Job losses in Canada have pushed the unemployment rate to 8.6% and the United States has reached double digits, currently at 10.2%. That translates to 1,587,400 potential job seekers in Canada and almost 16 million in the United States. What will set you apart from candidates who […]
Are you a mystery?
Everyone loves a good mystery and there are many who are intrigued by vagueness or anonymity. With Hallowe’en fast approaching the excitement is in the air for children and adults alike who are preparing to don their costumes and transform themselves into a totally new character. Hiding who you really are at a costume party is […]
Job Search Advice After Landing
There is no better job search advice than that which is provided by those who have successfully landed a job. Their experiences can provide a wealth of knowledge and encouragement for those who are still seeking a new job. The following advice has been shared after landing a new job: Persistence! Persistent follow-up with prospective employers is necessary but don’t expect that it will result in […]
Let the Job Search Begin!
The checkered flag is down! Let the job search begin! Labour Day is behind us and the Fall season is nearing. This is the time many people across North America have been anxiously waiting for. Get ready, get set, go! The leaves may be falling but don’t let your job search fall. Do you have a job search plan? […]
If you are unable to clearly articulate a voice message, how are you ever going to find a job? When leaving a message, do you repeat your name and your phone number? Do you concentrate on the clarity of your message and the speed at which you are speaking? Did it ever occur to you that the reason people […]
Pay Attention to Detail!
If you don’t pay attention to detail when sending out critical documents such as your cover letter and your resume, what message do you think that sends to an employer? If your lack of attention to detail results in spelling or grammatical mistakes in your cover letter or resume do you think an employer will want to hire you […]
Questions For The Recruiter
Higher Bracket, a leading executive job board recently shared an article, “8 Questions To Ask A Headhunter”. It is common that the recruiter/headhunter will have lots of questions for you but are you aware of the questions you should be asking them? It is important for the recruiter to discover if you will meet their needs as a potential candidate but equally […]
Online Job Boards
The question is, which online job boards actually have viable job listings? If you are in a job search, you are online. You are building your online profile, establishing your brand and searching online job boards. Time management is crucial in any endeavour but when it is related to a job search and you are not receiving any income it becomes even more […]
Tweeting For Jobs
If you are tweeting, you’re using Twitter and it is fast becoming an excellent resource for your job search. Twitter continues to see a tremendous increase in users every day and so it only stands to reason that more and more organizations are recognizing the potential of a growing talent pool and posting available jobs on Twitter. […]
Do you have a Linkedin Profile?
Do you have a completed LinkedinProfile? If you are questioning the significance of a presence on Linkedin, please take the time to review the 2009 Social Recruitment Survey Results from Jobvite. You may not be in career transition today but there’s no guarantee that you won’t be next month, next year or the year after that. Here are […]
Job Search Advice From Lessons Learned
Job Search advice is available from a variety of mediums and many an expert but none seems as valuable or as heartfelt as the advice provided by those after they’ve landed their new job based on lessons learned! HAPPEN is a leading Canadian Networking organization providing an excellent venue for those seeking employment to share leads, advice and eventually the celebratory events of landing the job! […]
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 […]
Your Twitter Bio
You may not be searching for a job today but most organizations are taking drastic measures to weather the economic storm including massive layoffs, downsizing and mergers. It means that you may be in career transition sooner than you think. So what does all of this have to do with your Twitter bio? Your Twitter bio […]
New Realities in Today’s Job Search
Wallace Immen writes, “JOB HUNTING 101… A Guide For The New Realities of These Tougher Times” for the Globe and Mail. According to career coaches, Ward Garven, Stanton Chase Int’l; Wayne Pagani, WP Consulting Assoc; Sharon Graham, Graham Managment; Molly Fletcher; Heidi Allison, Allison & Talylor Inc and Cassandra Gierden, Profit Coaching, it is safe to say […]
Stay Positive in your Job Search!
At CNN.com John D. Sutter writes, “To find a job, ignore doom-and-gloom news, experts say”. John A. Challenger, chief executive officer of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, a prestigious job-placement consulting organization says if you want to work, you need to block out the doom-and-gloom news about the economy, “It’s not relevant to any one person’s (job)search”. He […]
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 […]