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Jan 12th, 2018
The best way to find a job is always changing.  As a job seeker, you can't just pick a strategy and stick with it.  You need to pay attention and stay sharp.  If you are using outdated methods, it will be difficult for you to get the attention of employers; you must change your approach.  Here are few tips to follow when looking for a job in 2018: Use keywords.  This isn't new but it is worth mentioning.  With most large employers using applicant tracking systems, your application will not even be seen by human eyes if it doesn't contain the correct keywords.... + continue reading
Jan 10th, 2018
It's a new year, which means that it is an excellent time for a fresh start.  If you were feeling that your job search had stalled, you can take this opportunity to reboot it.  Unfortunately, it is unlikely that a job is just going to fall in your lap, but if you are willing to work hard, you can make it happen!  Here are some New Years' resolutions that will help you get things moving: I will clarify my goals.   If you don't know what you want, it is going to be difficult for you to build any momentum in your job search.  Your efforts will be scattered and... + continue reading
Jan 05th, 2018
Job seekers often undervalue their skills.  You gain knowledge and skills from all of your experiences, but you need to identify them in order to market them to prospective employers.  Even less glamorous jobs can help you gain skills that will be an asset as you progress in your career.  For example, here are a few of the skills that you can gain while working in a call centre:  Problem solving.  When you are on a call with a customer, you never know what problems you will encounter.  The call centre representative needs to be able... + continue reading
Dec 27th, 2017
You know that networking is an effective job search strategy but how is it working for you?  Many people believe in networking in theory but have trouble executing it to get results.  If your networking efforts have been disappointing, here are some tips that will help you get it right:  Focus more on others.  If you are thinking about networking primarily as a means of furthering your career goals, that is precisely the impression you will make on everyone you meet.  Of course you are using networking as a job search strategy, but you can't make that your main focus... + continue reading
Dec 23rd, 2017
Networking events are a great way to make new connections.  However, if you are a bit of an introvert, they can be positively painful.  Here are a few tips that will help you navigate these events and network effectively: Show up early.  If you arrive at the event a little early, there will only be a few people there.  This gives you an opportunity to find a spot and get comfortable.  It is less intimidating to approach people because there is usually just a handful of people standing around.  Building these connections right away can give you the confidence... + continue reading
Dec 21st, 2017
The holidays are here!  Does this mean that you can take a break from your job search?  While it's definitely tempting to spend all of your time at holiday parties and watching mindless television, you could be wasting a valuable opportunity.  This time of year can be important to your job search, but you have to stick with it.  Here are some tips to help you stay on track: Keep submitting applications.  It may surprise you to learn that there are jobs available during the holidays.  People quit, retire and move on to other opportunities.  Since many job... + continue reading
Dec 15th, 2017
Do you ever feel like you are sending your resume out into a black hole never to be heard from again?  Perhaps you are.  Most large companies use Applicant Tracking Systems, which are essentially automated systems that screen resumes.  When you consider that Applicant Tracking Systems screen out roughly 70% of the applicants, you can see that it is essential to optimize your resume for this type of screening.   Here are some strategies that will get your resume through the Applicant Tracking System so that a human will actually read it: Include relevant keywords in... + continue reading