Job Search

Company Perks

Companies are offering more and more “perks” in an effort to retain and attract employees.  Beer Friday, a massage two times a week and a games room!  According to an article in the Seattle Times, the employees at F5 enjoy a variety of team-building activities and company perks all contributing to a happy workforce. Here are a number of other company perks […]

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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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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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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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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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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

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Overqualified? Underqualified?

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

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Job Search Tip #2

Make your resume look polished!! The ‘wow’ factor, and the look of your resume are direct reflections of you! Many employers and recruiters say that a clear, concise, accomplishment-based resume  will not only secure more attention, it is more likely to get the candidate hired.  A resume is not just ready to go because you have

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