Author: Carol Vanecko

Personalization in Résumés – How much personal content?

The answer is none.  Why?  Your résumé is a business document with the sole aim of finding a job for you that sells your professional knowledge in a related labour market.  It could be sales – inside or outside, health care, teaching, social work …Your birth date, nationality, religion, hobbies do not belong.  They could easily allow recipients to toss your résumé because of their personal bias.  So, beware. The only personalization I use is somewhat indirect and is a Community Involvement Section. It documents your involvement in your community and how you contribute to it.  An example could be Volunteer/Driver, Community Care, Peterborough.  April 2009 – Present.  Community Involvement says a lot about you especially if you combine it with your day job.  It shows time management, energy, concern for others, interpersonal and public relations skills and work ethic. What you put here, if you can, indicates how you might fit in with a company’s image of themselves. For more information, please contact me by telephone at 705-743-0058 or by e-mail at I’d love to help! Sincerely, Carol The Job Savvy...

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How to Work Part-time to Finance Your Education

Are you a high-school student who needs part-time work to help finance your college or university studies? Are you already an out-of-town college or university student who needs extra income to pay their living expenses? I bet that the last thing you want is debt and more than likely you are looking at a sizeable one. Probably the easiest way is just to take the bus and/or walk around somewhere close to where you live and that is easily accessible. Look for signs. Nearly every business needs you~ However, I don’t recommend going in unprepared. Being prepared means having a good one-page resume showing how you can help them. Don’t phone. Walk in. Good Tips Be appropriately dressed, well-groomed and shine your shoes (employers look). Have your unfolded, unsealed resume in an 8 x 11 envelope. Print your resume on buff coloured paper if you are female or on gray paper if you are male. Always ask to speak to the manager, or person-in-charge of hiring.  Competition is fierce and an employee might just not hand in your application.  Don’t take chances. Ask when the person you need to talk to will be in. Your resume should state your name, address, phone number and e-mail.  As an objective have part-time work. Next state the skills you are offering.  Make a list:  good oral, written and customer service skills.  Under experience...

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Do You Have Experience?

Everyone needs to show EXPERIENCE on a resume but what if you have never worked? One way I have solved this problem for high school and college students are asking them to consider volunteer work.  Sure, they are giving away their time for free but what they gain is worth more than a few dollars.  Many of these same students might sit at home doing nothing really valuable for themselves or for society.  They need to show their families, friends and future employers that they have initiative, a strong work ethic and a desire to contribute to society in general in a positive and meaningful manner. These young people need to look within themselves to determine where their interests lie, e.g., animals, cognitively and/or physically handicapped persons, entertainment, fund-raising, lawn care, seniors, tutoring, swimming, etc.  Are they extroverts or introverts, early-risers or night-hawks? The majority of not-for-profit organizations are only too happy to have good, hard-working and reliable volunteers for their events.  A few might be the Peterborough Humane Society, Music Fest, The Canadian Cancer Society, The City of Peterborough, The Canadian Diabetes Society.  In return for a few hours of work, students will be able to put the experience on their résumés. Finally, I might add that all work is honourable.  Coffee shops, fast food restaurants and some grocery stores continually look for part-timers who are willing to...

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