Author: Carol Vanecko

Are you an Introvert or Extrovert?

You probably already know but just to be sure it would be a good idea to consult Mr Google. Basically, introverts prefer space and time alone to function optimally.  While they may find that crowds and/or large groups of people are idea-forming and fun for short periods, they also tend to deplete them. Extroverts, on the other hand, tend to draw their energy from people in social or large work situations and don’t do well in small or isolated work spaces.   Tips & Tricks for Introverts Open plan offices are usually noisy and not built for introverts who find that they challenge their ability to concentrate. They can:   take a short walk; a coffee break and work from home occasionally.   use noise-cancelling headphones.   come in earlier or stay later than anyone else.   book small meetings with colleagues if possible.   make a point of checking in with colleagues in the morning to keep up with social activities to limit the number of colleagues dropping by unexpectedly.   construct a cubicle of their own. Tips & Tricks for Extroverts It goes without saying that if they are an extrovert they usually only function best working with other people in fast-paced, busy work environments.   they should never consider an isolated work space (office) that colleagues won’t enter unless there was a need to do so....

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Does Your Resume Give Away Your Age?

Of course, we are only human and have learned to be proud of our academic and professional accomplishments. After all, who wants to feel inferior when applying for a job. However, there is an art and science to crafting a perfect resume. I am not exaggerating. Read on to find out why. Reread what I have just written. How many spaces are there after periods? What font face have I used? Double spaces after a period or any mark that ends a sentence are old-fashioned. This is a hard habit to break for long-time keyboarders like me and you. I’m saying that if you are reading this blog. Please forgive me because I celebrate the wisdom and experience that the years have brought me. The font you use should be Arial 11 or 12. 12 is easier to read without glasses but sometimes it is better to use 11 to save space in a long document. Do not include dates on education or certifications that are older than 15 years. Programs are constantly being upgraded and criteria for professional designations have changed a great deal in our fast-moving, technological world. The same caveat applies to work experience but I usually only recommend going back 10 years. However, you can list experience under Objective-Related Experience and Other Experience. For more information, please contact me by telephone at 705-743-0058 or by...

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Perfect Cover Letters in 2017

Cover letters serve to lead into your résumé and begin to showcase you to recipients.  They should not exceed one page.  I have always followed this rule during the 18 years I have been helping people write successful job applications because that is what employers want.  They want to see how you present yourself, therefore, your cover letter and résumé constitute “a portrait of you in words”.  They are more personal than résumés and show how you will communicate in an interview or “on the job”.  Be sure to use only clear concise business language and delete unnecessary words. Layout: Center and bold your personal letterhead on 4 lines – name; street address; city, province, postal code; telephone numbers and finally e-mail address. Place date at the left-hand margin.  (Variations can be used in some circumstances). The name and title of the addressee are next and their full business address (use initiative to find it/them if possible).  If the only way to respond to an ad is by e-mail, the e-mail is used in place of the address. Position/balance the salutation attractively on the page.  It could read:  Dear Sir,/Ms./Manager/Human Resources/Search Team/To Whom It May Concern. Center, bold and underline the reference line exactly as described. last paragraph – 3 lines.  Please consider me for … State why you feel qualified. 2nd paragraph – 6 lines.  Your post-graduate diploma...

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Job Hunting – Finding Good Employers

Keeping in mind my previous blog – Remedy for Bad References, I thought it might be a good idea to offer some guidance on how to find good employees.  There is a wealth of information on the Internet and with patience, you can use Google and Social Media Sites to locate work situations that you can fit in with well and be happy in. Look at social media profiles for companies you think you might be interested in.  I recently met a Barista who worked at Starbucks and she told me that they offered flex hours and often promote their employees if they show promise and have leadership qualities.  This person, in fact, has been asked to help manage the new Starbucks location to open this year.  People love their coffee and are willing to pay premium prices for a ready smile and proficiency.  Of course, you also need to be the kind of person stays outwardly calm, cool and collected under pressure.  I call this “unflappable”. Another good place for flex hours is TD Canada Trust and you will always have a good backup there if you need it.  How many times have I had to wait for a little because my Customer Service Representative had trouble opening my Safe Deposit Box and needed help with all the keys.  Sometimes, the ATM may have problems too and once...

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Remedy for Bad References – Be Honest!

Some good may come of a bad reference from employment in a previous job if you are careful about what you say to your interviewer. Explain that it wasn’t the happiest of situations but that you used it to turn things around in the future and correct the failing that maybe you weren’t aware of when you took the job.  It is rare that this hasn’t  happened and not many people escape untarred from a bad job.  Personally, I had that experience once because I simply wasn’t aware of my weakness and rectified it with a good post-graduate college course. I also know of a gentleman and very nice person who accepted what looked like an ideal position only to find that he simply could not work with his boss.  He was courageous enough to resign before he was let go.  Try not to be embarrassed or traumatised – it happens!  We have all had these experiences and it is best that you talk to your interviewer in a courageous and positive manner about your bad experience or a bad reference.  Given a bit of luck, it won’t be held against you.  Keep in mind that an interviewer has heard your unhappy story before. Show honesty, humility and respect to win present or future points.  Never lie or be less than honest.  Clearly, demonstrate that you have mastered the...

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