Peter Harris is a Montreal writer transplanted to Toronto. He is the co-founder of Yackler, a content marketing start-up. <br> <br> 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. <br> <br> He writes and speaks frequently on career, workplace, education and technology issues as well as on trends and changes in the Canadian job market.
When you're interviewing for a job, you need to detail your past work experience, particularly your accomplishments. What did you achieve in the role? How was the company more successful because of your contributions? The trouble is, many of those accomplishments will be as the results of team efforts.
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.
02/07/2017 07:35 EST
Is your resume failing to get the response you're looking for from potential employers? Maybe they're not even reading it.... there are some common resume blunders that can turn employers off even before they get to the sections describing your skills and experience.
09/26/2016 08:48 EDT
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
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.
05/31/2016 11:51 EDT
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
"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
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
When looking for a new job, timing can be everything. February has more job openings becoming available and fewer applications for them than January. From now through the spring could be the right time to make your move.
02/01/2016 04:40 EST
There are three phone numbers on my business card: my cell, the landline and, a fax number. In my fifteen years of professional working life, no one has ever faxed me. Speaking of business cards, they're done too. Social media profiles are the new business cards.
12/11/2015 09:32 EST
Digital literacy is becoming essential for most jobs. Keeping up with the trends and technologies of how people communicate and share information is also essential for career success. Once upon a time, reading and writing were considered the basic skills for most jobs. Digital literacy has become the new literacy.
12/01/2015 04:01 EST
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
Since there is no way to calculate chemistry and charisma, can something as interpersonal as a job interview be reduced to a formula? Sure thing. These simple equations can help take your performance to the next level. Here's what it means.
08/06/2015 04:51 EDT
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
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
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
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 13:41 EDT
There are quite a few questions that come up in almost every job interview, and one in particular that you are sure to be asked. The best way to ace an interview is tailor your answers to be as specifically relevant as possible to the challenges of the job at hand - especially for the questions that you know are coming.
04/30/2015 07:49 EDT
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
Look the employer up online. Read their website. See if they are mentioned in articles on other sites or in news stories. Talk to people in your network who may have company or industry knowledge. Think about what the future of the industry is and what the challenges of the job might be.
09/18/2014 05:22 EDT
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