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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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There are a multitude of formats you can use to build your resume. Depending on your current situation, your industry and the strengths you want to highlight, your format can be customized to suit your particular needs. Unfortunately, there are also a thousand ways you can diminish the effectiveness of a CV, many of which most applicants may not even realize.
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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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It's a new year and in the new year, people start thinking new beginnings: "It's time to start looking for a job." The problem is, how can you make your resume stand out amongst all the others? How can you be the chosen one? Here are five tips to make your resume stand out in front of the virtual crowd.
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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.
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With recruiters spending an average of 10 seconds on an initial scan of your resume, it's crucial that you are able to capture their attention quickly. If you fail to make an impact within the first few seconds, then you may find that many recruiters skip over your resume -- without even reading it.
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I'm often asked about the most valuable steps that people should take to further their careers -- especially as the fall approaches and people are back to work with a refreshed sense of ambition. While several things will move your CV to the top of the pile -- academic excellence, measurable accomplishments and impressive recommendations -- this is a surefire where to make you stand out from the crowd.
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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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In a world of selfies and sharing photos of what we're eating for breakfast, it's strange that we still hold back from promoting ourselves: 53 per cent of Canadian professionals admitted that talking about their achievements feels like they're bragging, while 55 per cent said they'd rather talk about their colleagues' achievements than their own.
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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.
It's not surprising that young people are Canada's most active volunteers, representing about 66 per cent of those who give their time for a cause. Time is, after all, on their side. But our country's volunteering numbers might surprise you. In 2013, 4 out of 10 Canadians volunteered, putting in 1,957,000,000 total hours. This week, National Volunteer Week, we celebrate them, while also asking: How do they do it?
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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?
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"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.
International education is more accessible now than ever before, yet only a margin of North American students pursue this option. Other than it having the obvious appeal of travel, fun and new experiences, how valuable is it to a student's educational and career goals?