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The Best Type of Email Address for Job Seekers

I just received an email from someone whose email address started with a single letter and seven numbers asking me about resumé advice. Guess what my first suggestion is going to be? That’s right – change your email address. Your email address is one of those...

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What’s Your Biggest Weakness? How to Confidently Answer This Question

When it comes to tough interview questions, this is without a doubt the most common one I get asked about. Let me tell you about a time I was asked this question in Canada and goofed it up. I was interviewing at a tech company, and this is what I answered: “I’m generally the...

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How To Get Top Quality LinkedIn Recommendations

Yesterday I was binge shopping for little items I needed around the house on Amazon. I had no idea what would be a good brand to buy. So I turned to the one thing I rely on in situations like this – Amazon reviews. In the marketing world, the technical term for this is called...

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5 Interview Red Flags at a Toxic Workplace

I’ll never forget that interview where I was glad I did not get the job. I was on time, but the hiring manager started the interview 30 minutes late. Even though I was thoroughly prepared, I was not prepared for this level of negativity at the interview: What are your...

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Networking Exhausting You? Try This Approach Instead

Have you been reaching out to people on LinkedIn, only to get ignored and rejected? Or perhaps you are getting a few people to respond to you, but before you know it, they start ghosting you. They just disappear and you never hear from them again. When this happens enough times,...

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In a Job Search, Never Lead With Your Education. Do This Instead

Yesterday an article caught my eye. The title was “Former IBM CEO says employers should stop hiring based on college degrees“. It reminded me of all the times when I was coaching clients, and when I asked them the question, tell me about yourself, the first thing they talk about...

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The Most Important Skill Asked By Employers Today

According to a recent LinkedIn study, the one skill asked by most North American companies today is – you guessed it – communication skills. I challenge you to find a single job description out there right now that does not list this skill. Now before you close this window...

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Should My Resumé Be In PDF or Word?

The quick answer to this question – MS Word or Google Docs Unless… The online job application instructions specifically asked you to attach your resumé as a PDF. So why is MS Word or Google docs the preferred choice? As you may know, if you’re applying for a job online,...

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A Little-Known Trick to Creating Killer Resumés

Want to know one thing that professional resumé writers do for you? They use Action Verbs. An action verb is a single word you use to describe your experience, that places direct emphasis on the result or accomplishment of that responsibility. I get asked a lot, “Connel,...

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The 10 Steps of Recruitment and How To Win The Job

As a business analyst myself, I’m always encouraging my team to understand process. When you understand a process, you gain perspective of how the people you are trying to influence think. Then, you can strategically align your efforts to meet their needs and meet your goals....

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