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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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Mentoring: Where Do You Fit In?

I quite often encounter individuals that would like to give back to the community in a meaningful way but are unsure of what that looks like.  I always reply in the same way; “Have you considered becoming a mentor?”   To this question I usually get a variety of...

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‘Do What You Love’ And Realize your Small Business Dream

Lindsay Brock certainly thought owning and managing her own business was something she could do. Last August, with her husband Joe Hay, she opened Amusé Coffee Co. at 641 George Street North (at Edinburgh Street). The menu at the French-inspired café features Paninis, pastries and, of course, an array of coffee and tea varieties.

Of note, Lindsay credits FastStart – a youth entrepreneurship training partnership between Trent University, Fleming College and the Innovation Cluster – with giving her the guidance and confidence needed to take things to the next level. Also in the mix was assistance from StarterCompany and Community Futures Peterborough.

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Commission vs Salary: Passion Is Common To Sales Success

Oldies 96.7 Retail Sales Manager, Jef Dueck talks to Paul Rellinger about commission sales jobs.
“There used to be a saying that a good salesperson can sell anything. Those days have passed – any schtick sales approach can be smelled from a mile away. In today’s world of knowledge and information, you have to a specialist of your product/category and be able to present it with genuine passion in order to be a true asset to your company and solve the needs of your customer.”

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Internships: A Win-Win When Done Right

During my recent conversation with Cammie Jaquays, director of Trent University’s internship program for business administration students, she made a point of noting a large number of Peterborough employers are committed to giving students workplace experience. “We’re...

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Internships: Understanding The Real Value

  Over the course of several years as an editor with Peterborough This Week/mykawartha.com, I was privileged to play a role in the mentoring and training of a number of co-op students, or interns, both of the college and the secondary school variety. To witness a...

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Practical Ways of Using LinkedIn to Find Jobs

LinkedIn is a hugely helpful convenience for job seekers although this is probably not apparent to casual LinkedIn users. You have to do much more than updating your profile from time to time while hoping that recruiters reach out to you. The social networking site...

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How Do I Write a Job Landing Resume?

Standing out among numerous employment seekers can be a challenge. Using unique and special techniques are needed to stand out from the from the rest. While you are looking for a job or planning to have a fresh start, following are the things that you need to consider...

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DAVIES’ HINTS ON FORMAT FOR APPLYING TO MNR JOBS

Hints on preparing your submission in response to a job advertisement for the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources prepared by Chris Davies. Your application package should contain 3 parts as follows:  Part 1 – Introductory letter Identifying the competition number...

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