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Why not make the job search less of a drag by gamifying it?
Recruiters read each resume for an average of 10 seconds.
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It can be a bit shocking when a manager, and especially a direct boss is shown the door.
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When you've already got a job, job-hunting can require some tact, strategy and stealth.
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You know the drill: You submitted your job application, complete with a cover letter and resume. You were selected for an interview. Then you headed to your potential-future-employer to shake some hands and answer every single interview question. But what if some of those questions seem a little ... off?
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There are few scenarios more stressful than feeling like your days of employment are numbered. Whether you're convinced that your performance isn't up to snuff or you know you can't manoeuvre away from an impending round of job cuts, going to work with a sense of impending doom can make just about anyone panic.
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Show your resume to a career coach, and they'll likely highlight some big fails. Some are obvious (a six-page resume can be a snooze to read) while others are a bit more surprising (those catchy buzzwords everyone uses might not be a great idea after all). We asked three career coaches and resume writing experts for the top mistakes they see over and over, and how you can break these bad habits to make your resume stand out from the rest -- in a good way.
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When you reach the end of a long, tedious job search, you most likely will want to accept the first job offer that comes your way. The thing is, there is almost always room for negotiation. Is the salary offer lower than your expectations? Does it meet industry standards? What is the current state of the job market?
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For many of us, the weekend flies right by and before we know it, we start gearing up for the week ahead. Well, we have a little something up our sleeves that will help get you through your weekday dilemmas with our 10 amazingly delicious lunch recipes. Now you won't have to wait for the weekend to roll around to enjoy a hearty meal. You'll be too excited for lunch to even think that far in advance!
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What does your handshake say about you? Does it proclaim to the world that you're confident and bold? Or does it mumble and look away, letting everyone know that you're shy and neurotic? The good news is, if you don't like what your handshake says about you, you can change the conversation.
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February serves as an annual reminder to celebrate all the things we adore and cherish. When you think about those things, does your job make the list? Or are you still holding out hope that you'll fall head over heels for a job?
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When you're looking for a job, the more skills you have, the better, right? If you pack your resume with everything you've learned and all the things you can do, you'll appeal to that many more employers and turn up in more all-important keyword searches. That's the theory that many job seekers have, but it's wrong.
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The important thing is that 2016 is done, and while you may want to just forget it, we'd encourage you to take a good long look instead. No, we're not being sadistic. There's actually a lot we can learn from the year that was. Here are some lessons from 2016 that can help you land a job in 2017.
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It's very common for people to take time out of their careers to travel, work on personal projects, and care for loved ones, among many other reasons. It's no longer frowned upon in the way it may have been 10 or 20 years ago, so it's OK to be upfront about time out on your resume.
After discovering that the grass wasn't as green on the other side, you may find yourself gazing once again at the lawn you abandoned - but leaving is always easier than returning.
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In the day and age of emails, you need to find a way to stand out - and the thank-you letter just might be your gateway to do so. If done poorly, however, it could also mark the end of your rat race.
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You need to be absolutely sure you want to leave if you are to move your career ahead versus sideways. The thought that, "I'll see what's out there and then decide" can be a waste of your time, not to mention the people who interview you. Your job performance will suffer and your stress will be extended.
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happen to believe that airports have a unique opportunity to engage those around us and welcome newcomers to the neighbourhood. After all, our surrounding communities rely on one another to grow and thrive, and without one, we do not have the other.
"Move to Canada" searches hit all-time high.
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More than half of all Canadians use LinkedIn for job search and a whopping 97 per cent of recruiters are active on the site. But if that's all you're using it for, you may be holding yourself back. You don't need to be on the hunt for a new job to gain value from LinkedIn -- it can also help you grow within your current role.
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Searches for jobs in Canada quadrupled after the Brexit vote.
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Job searches are stressful, right? They don't have to be. Conducting a job search can be an empowering experience if you do it the right way.
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To prepare a resume for a senior management position is not an easy task since you will likely have to distinguish yourself and lead in a fiercely competitive field of tremendously qualified and highly experienced candidates. Your resume needs not only to be well prepared, but it will also have to stand out from the competition.
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An interview is a two way street. The company has a void that needs to be filled and the candidate is hoping to land a better career opportunity. In order to stand out the candidate must be asking thought-provoking questions that will not only assist in collecting valuable information but break the ice to distinguish them from all the other applicants.
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I'm shocked and amazed by how few people do informational interviews. Hell, a lot of people don't even know what they are. An informational huh? What is that? Well pull up a chair, sonny. You're about to get schooled. Here's what you need to know about informational interviews and how to score one for yourself.
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Counting on your cover letter is shooting yourself in the foot. Your resume itself has to be customized to every job you apply for -- highlighting your core credentials that are most relevant for that specific job.
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"Careful" is a helicopter parent's mantra. These kids have grown up in the shadows of fear, always too afraid to take risks, too cautious to make sound decisions alone and too callous to stand up for themselves as they have never had to. In their childhood their parents made all their decisions and as young adults they have no clue how to fend for themselves.
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Even though you want people to know you are looking for work. No one is going to conduct a search for someone "seeking a job". It is completely understandable to want your network to know you are looking for work. You want your network to look out for you and be aware of your employment status or lack thereof but you are doing yourself a disservice.
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In Canada, there are more Google searches for summer jobs in April than any other time of year, and globally, LinkedIn sees more students active on the platform than any other time of the year. For those of you that haven't yet found a role, there's no need to panic.
Many professionals emphasize networking and strategies to build networks, however, there is little focus on network maintenance. The best networks are the ones we can call on for support when needed. For example, are we comfortable asking for a favour from someone we spoke to once at a party a year ago? In this case, the quality of the relationship is more important than the number of contacts in the address book.
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Every person reacts to a layoff in a different way. In the immediate aftermath, you'll likely experience a range of emotions, from sadness to anger, to fear and frustration -- possibly even relief. And at some point while you're processing this unexpected life change, you'll be met with a big question: Now what?
My clients -- your target companies or organizations -- do not even know you and I exist until we reach out to them. It is our responsibility to make that first touch.There are passive (i.e.: social media) and active (in-person) ways to connect with people you don't currently know but want to. So here is my secret.