Author: Carol Vanecko

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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Writing Your Résumé

Top-Quality, High-Impact Résumés are vital if you want to create the right first impression.  They have to be tailored to your own specific qualifications.  Please do not use downloaded templates because they are not designed to truly reflect you and your unique talents.  Remember you are unique and an individual not one of many people looking for a job.  You have to know what to put in, what not to put in and what kind of spin to put on your résumé to ensure that yours will stand out from the crowd.  Your résumé needs to give you the best possible chance to get the job you want and know you are ideal for.  How valuable is this for you?  Can you put a price on that? 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...

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Job Interviews

If experience is required, show how yours fits.  Know what is in your résumé and take along extras for your interviewer(s).  If you are asked what salary requirements you have, hedge and respond with a salary range starting at the lowest you would accept.  Naturally, you will have calculated all your personal household expenses as well as continuing education and professional membership fees. When it comes to references, you could reply that when an offer is on the table, they will be supplied or take along a list of three business people (names, titles, organization, address, telephone number).  Be sure to inform these people that you have given their names and that they might be contacted.  Ask them to speak to some aspect of you that they like about you.  That way, they will be prepared and be sure to present you well.  If they are contacted at an inopportune moment, they could say so and return the phone call at a better time.  Remember to make eye contact with your interviewer(s) and speak in a positive, confident manner. 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...

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Good Words To Use In Resumes & Cover Letters

Here is a list of good words for you to use in your resume and cover letters.  Be careful to support every word you use with an example: Objective Highlights of Qualifications Experience in Chronological Order Well-regarded Respected Solid Progressive experience Transferable skills Observe High-energy Enthusiastic Punctual Multi-tasker Innovative Problem-solver Organized, prioritize Computer literate Professional Experienced High learning curve Troubleshooter Busy Fast-paced Changeable work environment All ages Walks-of-life Referrals Word-of-mouth Commendation Congratulated Esteemed Go-to person Yearly review … 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...

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