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Peter Harris

Career and marketing expert, Peter Harris has served as chief editor @ Workopolis, Yahoo!, Sympatico, MSN & Monster. Co-founder of Yackler, a content marketing start-up.

Peter Harris is a Montreal writer transplanted to Toronto. He is the co-founder of Yackler, a content marketing start-up.

A marketing and careers expert, Peter began his career as a travel writer and advertising copy writer, and went on to build the original Canadian content for Monster.ca, serve as editor-in-chief of Workopolis, and deliver the country its daily breaking news and features as the homepage editor of both the Sympatico / MSN portal and Yahoo! Canada.

He writes and speaks frequently on career, workplace, education and technology issues as well as on trends and changes in the Canadian job market.
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The Most Important Sentence To Say In Every Job Interview

In a job interview, employers will be looking to see how savvy you are, how confident you are, and how personable you are. There will be some questions about your work experience and skills, of course, but if the prospective employer didn't think you could do the job, they wouldn't waste time interviewing you. What they really want to see is how you handle pressure. How well you can communicate. If they like you. And that decision is made quickly, often in their very first impression.
08/09/2016 08:51 EDT
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Career Advice: It's OK To Burn Bridges

It is OK to leave bad jobs and toxic managers. And it is actually important to let employers know this is why you are leaving. Bad managers cost companies money, resources, time, and talent. And there is no need to be afraid of them or their impact on our future success. They need to be called out.
04/25/2016 11:39 EDT
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What You Need To Stop Putting In Your Resume

"Oh gimme a break, not another 'results-oriented, hard-working, team player.'" Self-descriptions like these turn up in so many resumes that they don't serve to differentiate candidates anymore. In fact, they have the opposite effect by making the job seeker appear generic and cookie-cutter. Stop trying to describe yourself.
03/30/2016 03:06 EDT
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The Hidden Meanings Behind Common Job Interview Questions

It's not the actual interview questions that cause difficulties for candidates. It's understanding why the interviewer is asking them in the first place. What is it that they really want to know? The information that employers are after is often quite different from the literal answer to the question asked.
03/09/2016 05:49 EST
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The Hidden Meanings Behind Common Job Interview Questions

It's not the actual interview questions that cause difficulties for candidates. It's understanding why the interviewer is asking them in the first place. What is it that they really want to know? The information that employers are after is often quite different from the literal answer to the question asked.
03/09/2016 05:49 EST
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The One Skill on Your Resume That Matters Most to Employers

While the content is ostensibly what you have done in the past, the real subject of your resume should actually be what you can do in the future. Your past accomplishments as evidence of your future potential. There's really only one skill that matters at the end of the day. It is your ability to achieve results -- they care about what you can do with what you know.
09/25/2015 08:45 EDT
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Signs You Should NOT Take That Job

It may seem counter-intuitive to advise someone to turn down a job -- especially when the market in much of the country remains soft and positions can be hard to come by -- but there are times when it's really better just to walk away.
07/27/2015 05:03 EDT
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How to Land a Job With One Question

You can convey your competence and confidence, your job-readiness, to an employer much more impressively with the questions you ask than the ones you answer. Smart questions can demonstrate that you have some knowledge of the industry, and that you're already thinking about how you can contribute to it.
06/26/2015 05:27 EDT
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10 Words to Delete From Your Resume Now

The first impression that employers most often have of candidates is through their resume. It is critical to stand out from the crowd of generic applications with a document that really sells your skills and accomplishments. This deserves more than a cut and paste of new job details into an old template.
06/11/2015 12:32 EDT
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How to Lock Down Your First Job After Graduation

It's that time of year again: new grads are leaving school and entering the job market. Your first real job can be the most difficult one to get hired for. So how do you get that very first gig? We took a look at some recent analyses of Canadian job postings for entry-level candidates and surveys of hiring managers to see what they're looking for the most.
05/22/2015 05:41 EDT
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Stop! Are You Making These Five Career-Limiting Moves?

The scary fact is that any of these bad career moves can be really easy to do in a moment of thoughtlessness. And they can all damage your professional reputation in ways that put your current job at risk and make finding future employment that much harder. The good news is that they can be avoided by taking a moment to think strategically before you act.
10/21/2014 09:16 EDT