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May 01st, 2019
Many job seekers set up their LinkedIn profile years ago and haven't looked it since.  If you are wondering if there is anything that you can do to make your profile a little stronger, the answer is YES!!!  Your Linkedin profile should be a dynamic site that you regularly review and update.  If your profile is getting a little stale, follow these tips to freshen it up:  Update your photo.  Is your picture clear, bright and professional?  Does it capture your personality?  If you've had it up for more than a year, then everyone is bored with it; get a new... + continue reading
Apr 23rd, 2019
You know that when you are looking for a job, you need to promote your skills.  You have to persuade the employer that you are the best candidate for the position.  However, since you don't like to brag, you are uncomfortable with this.  You would rather just let your experience speak for itself.  Unfortunately, that approach only works in a relaxed job market, where there are a lot of positions available.  The current labour market is competitive, and if you aren't willing to promote your skills, there are hundreds of other applicants who will.  If you want the... + continue reading
Apr 08th, 2019
How do you approach your cover letter?  Do you carefully customize it for each position?  Or do you just slap a generic letter onto each resume?  The cover letter is probably the most underused job search tool.  It gives you the chance to show them the person behind the resume, to demonstrate your passion for your work, and to draw a connection between your skills and the requirements of the job.  Here are some tips that will help you make the most of this opportunity: Use keywords.  Since many employers will be using an applicant tracking system to screen... + continue reading
Mar 31st, 2019
You know that networking is the most effective way to find a job, but the truth is that you'd rather have a root canal!  What is it about networking that makes it so painful?  Some people don't like asking for help.  The idea of networking makes them feel like they are asking someone to hand them a job.  If you are the type of person who likes to do things on your own, that can be uncomfortable for you.  Also, an important part of networking is telling people that you're amazing at what you do.  Self-promotion makes a lot of people feel awkward.  It almost... + continue reading
Mar 19th, 2019
Have you ever considered working with a job developer?  If you have always handled your job search on your own, it can be a bit of an adjustment but job developers are able to connect you with employers and opportunities that you may not have previously considered.  Here are a few tips that will help you work with your job developer in a way that will be beneficial to your job search: Be honest.  It is much easier for a job developer to help you if you are open and honest with them.  Be clear about what you want (and don't want).  If the job developer is proposing a... + continue reading
Mar 15th, 2019
Performance appraisals are extremely stressful for many employees.  You might be afraid that your manager is going to make negative comments about your performance.  While the process can be uncomfortable, it is also an excellent opportunity for you to impress your employer and develop your career.  Here is what you can expect from your performance appraisal and a few tips that will help you make it a positive experience: Hearing about what you have done well.  Most managers will begin your performance appraisal with positive feedback.  It is always great to hear... + continue reading
Mar 12th, 2019
Looking for a job can be an emotional roller coaster.  Sometimes you send out a lot of applications and you don't hear anything back.  After a few months of this, it can start to be discouraging.  You begin to feel like you will never get an interview.  If this describes the situation you are in, here are a few steps that you can take to improve your response rate:   . Incorporate keywords.  If you are targeting medium or large employers, chances are that they will be using an applicant tracking system.  In this case, a human being won't even see your... + continue reading