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Tattoos and Job Search

In today's precarious and difficult employment world one needs to be very flexible and willing to give up over-the-top apparel, hair cuts, facial hair and TATTOOS.  Over-the-top clothes and shoes might be suitable in some boutique stores and the same might be said for...

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Calligraphy & You – Focus on Your Handwriting

Basically, calligraphy means beautiful penmanship or handwriting in general. In my last blog, “Turn Hobbies Into Jobs", I said that I would talk about the need for, and history of, writing. From the beginning of time, people have tried to record what matters in their...

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Turn Hobbies Into Jobs

O.K., you have done all that you can possibly do to move your work status from unemployed or temporary worker status. You have followed so-called expert advice but change has not happened. Unfortunately, the labour market is not good at the moment and conditions are...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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Using LinkedIn for Your Career Move

LinkedIn is a platform designed especially for the business community. The basic purpose of this social networking website is to allow the users who have registered on LinkedIn to establish a network with people they know and trust on them. Registration is free but...

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