Author: Carol Vanecko

Dare To Dream

Let me begin by asking you if you have ever wondered if you could remake your life to make it more perfect. You will probably nod your head and think about things that you regret doing or saying. More than likely you will recall instances of being tactless or insensitive to someone’s troubles or frailties because you just didn’t know better. Wisdom does come with age, unfortunately! I used to chide my mother for walking slowly not understanding that often people do walk slower as they age. I had a boss once who had ulcers that made him cranky sometimes until I served him his afternoon milk. That was long ago. He had a very important executive position that required him to drink quantities of alcohol during long business lunches. Now I understand the stress he was under to fulfil his hosting duties with clients. O.K. let us now dare to dream a new and more exciting career. What would be an ideal position for you at this stage of your life? The answer lies in what suits your particular personality and current lifestyle. Are you a person who loves to be crazy busy working for days on end and then having met your goal of income generation after being on a roll stop doing business and relax? More than likely you are the kind of person who will...

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Safety & You

This may seem like a departure for me from writing about “professional job designations” as the Job Savvy Blogger but it isn’t really. I have always regarded people who work for a salary as “professionals” – not just those with post-secondary training. This blog will talk about a dirty, un-appreciated job labelled among the Top 10 Most Dangerous Jobs in Canada. Traditionally, it was probably filled by unskilled workers with not a lot of education but today it is well-compensated and protected by contracts. I am talking about Garbage, Recycling and Yard Waste Collectors. It takes more than brawn and a strong back to fill these important positions in our community. Rather than disrespect for these workers, let’s show them respect and appreciation for the work they do to keep our streets clean and neat. I have seen many people stuff their black plastic garbage bags full of objects that should be disposed of in other ways. Electrical wires, chemicals, paint cans, unwrapped broken glass, insulation, upholstered cushions from chairs and sofas, plastic foot stools. These are just a few examples. These bags are frequently overweight and necessitate the collector having to stop and attach a tag notifying the culprit of his or her misdemeanour. Overweight (23 kg. or 50lbs.) and hard to reach garbage and recycling containers can hurt collectors too. One bend the wrong way and picking...

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Relocating & Homesickness

This may sound like a strange title for a job blog but homesickness can be a fact of life for many people. Recently while driving and listening to a FM radio station, the DJ played “Lara’s Song” the theme song from “Dr. Zhivago”. It brought back some very vivid memories. Years ago, shortly after the film’s release, I was living and working in London, England. I was wandering around Piccadilly Circus, an entertainment hub, when I decided to spend my afternoon watching a recently-released movie “Dr. Zhivago”. I no sooner saw the vastness of the Russian blue sky after Yuri and his first family left Moscow for their summer home in Siberia than I started to cry. The crying continued for days and my emotional state was painful BECAUSE I was homesick for Canada. O.K., St. Catharines is not Siberia, but Southern Ontario does have huge stretches of open blue sky. Fast forward another 30 years to Laval University in Quebec where I was doing a post-graduate course in French one summer. A girlfriend from Calgary, met at a previous immersion course at McGill University in Montreal, was also there so we chummed around in our spare time. She was uncharacteristically quiet and it was hard to understand what was bothering her. Less than half-way through our session, she announced she had decided to return to Calgary. She missed...

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Résumés, C.V.’s & Cover Letters

Writing a résumé is both an art and a craft that develops over time with education, professional development and experience – in my case 18 years.  I belong to many business organizations and am in constant contact with employers to learn their needs.  As a résumé writer I have to be very logical, clear-thinking and systematic.  My challenge is to make you so interesting that employers can’t wait to interview you. A résumé is a picture in words – it is objective and gives an overview of your professional experience.  Mostly, I write for executives, trades people, educators and college and university graduates.  A specialty I have developed is helping people transition into different careers for various reasons.  Sometimes clients are forced to find new opportunities because they have become redundant or their company has ceased operation.  Another category I see are retirees who only want part-time work to supplement their pensions. The format I use has never varied because it works.  It was developed out with employers and is reviewed from time-to-time.  Letterhead, Highlights of Qualification, Summary, Experience, Community Involvement, Education; Accomplishments.  Sometimes, I add a Skill Set section.  Curriculum Vitaes are somewhat different in that they are for college and university professors. The process involves two meetings of approximately 1-2 hours.  The first is for fact gathering and the second is to proofread and finalize what I have...

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Résumé & Cover Letters – The Question of Costs?

2016 hasn’t been easy for new job hunters and especially those who are upwardly mobile. In plain language “wanting to better them”. Often, I get calls from a parent or spouse asking how much I charge for a “simple résumé”. I answer that my prices are very reasonable but that there is no such thing as a simple résumé. Each person is unique and so are their attributes, experience and career goals. As a seasoned professional résumé’s writer familiar with most professions, 18 years of experience and a proven track record my fee structure reflects my expertise and knowledge. Just as an electrician, a plumber or mechanic have rates, I do too. Résumé and cover letter packages including a free in-person, one-hour consultation, a quality-check and a stringent finalization process typically involve 10-14 hours of work on my part. The cost to clients ranges from $15.00 – $225.00. My prices are actually mid-range but definitely more than downloading free templates from the Internet or paying an unknown, online writer you will never meet by PayPal. Beware of paying separately for a cover letter, the number of résumé pages and no review process who probably just uses a custom template that does not individualize applicants. For more information, please contact me by telephone at 705-743-0058 or by e-mail at cvanecko@cogeco.ca. I’d love to help! Sincerely, Carol The Job Savvy Blogger...

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