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Sep 11th, 2018
Job interviews are stressful.  You have to navigate tough questions and figure out how to position your skills and experience in a way that is attractive to employers.  Many candidates freeze up and are not able to effectively communicate what they can do.  Confidence is key.  If it's apparent that you know that you can do the job well, you will be a much more attractive candidate.  If you're nervous, the good news is that you can fake it!  Here are a few strategies that will help you project confidence: Manage your body language.  As human beings, we... + continue reading
Aug 23rd, 2018
When you are looking for a job, it is important that you find the right fit.  You don't want to just leap at the first opportunity that comes your way.  It is better to find an organization that matches your values.  The problem is that from the outside, it can be difficult to assess the organizational culture.  The employer will want to make a good impression, so they may give you an idealized perception of what it's like to work there.  Here are a few tips that will help you get an accurate picture of the organizational culture: Ask employees.  Current and... + continue reading
Aug 18th, 2018
If you are trying to find a job, you absolutely HAVE to network.  Your competition is doing it and it is the single most effective job search strategy.  The problem is that a lot of job seekers are uncomfortable with it because they feel awkward or phony.  If you aren't using your network in your job search, you are putting yourself at a disadvantage.  You can start small.  Here are a few steps that you can take in the next thirty days which will get you off to a strong start: Master your professional introduction.  Before you get out there to start meeting... + continue reading
Aug 14th, 2018
When you are looking for a job, it is important for you to be strategic.  You need to be focusing on positions where there are actually jobs available.  You can be the best puppeteer in the world, but if there are no jobs available, you are never going to get hired!  Do the research and then pick a job to target.  According to Randstad, here are the top 15 jobs in Canada for 2018: General Labourer:  This is usually physical work but tasks can include cleaning, lifting, or general handy work.  This work requires you to be physically fit and willing to take on any... + continue reading
Aug 13th, 2018
When you are first starting out in your career, you may find yourself working in customer service.  It's not an easy job and it may feel like it's not going anywhere but the skills that you are gaining might be more valuable than you realize.  Many people use customer service experience to launch themselves into fulfilling careers.  Here are some skills that you can acquire through your customer service position: Customer Service Skills.  In some ways, customer service skills is more of an attitude than a skill set.  It means that you are willing to put the customers... + continue reading
Aug 09th, 2018
The best way to persuade an employer to hire you is to show them what you can do.  If you are looking for a job in design, marketing, web design, videography, photography or any other creative profession, prospective employers may be expecting to see a professional portfolio.  Although this may feel intimidating, especially if you are just breaking into the field, it is actually an excellent opportunity for you to showcase your skills and stand out above your competition.  If you don't have a portfolio, now is the perfect time to get started.  Here are some tips that will... + continue reading
Aug 03rd, 2018
When filling leadership roles, most employers prefer to hire from within.  By promoting their own employees, the manager motivates the team and gets someone in the role who is familiar with the organizational culture.  Also, the manager trusts the employee and knows what to expect from their work.  However, even if there is an opportunity available, not every employee will be considered.  Here are a few tips that make you a strong candidate for promotion: Be aware of the priorities.  In every job, there are tasks that are extremely important and there are tasks that... + continue reading