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“Are You a Leader or Follower?” – How to Answer

Leadership is a hot topic these days in corporate North America. Here is the expectation – everyone, regardless of whether you have direct reports or not, must have leadership qualities. That’s because in North American culture, leadership does not mean command and direct. It...

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“What Type of Animal Are You” – How To Answer Strange Interview Questions

Headspace is my mediation app of choice. One of the things I love about it are these cute short animated clips, while the narrator is narrating life advice and lessons about meditation. Recently, I saw this new clip about how approaching your mediation practice is like how an...

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5 Old-Fashioned Job Search Tips That Still Work Today

Remember that time when a senior in our family said the phrase “Old is Gold” and we rolled our eyes? Well, in some life situations, that cliché advice can benefit you. Certainly in a job search. I’ll never forget how I got one of my job offers in Canada. The recruiter called...

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Never EVER Say This in a Cover Letter

Your cover letter has three goals: To show off your communication skills in writing To explain why you want the job To demonstrate you’ve done your homework That last goal is arguably the most important one. While every other candidate is using the precious real...

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“Why Do You Want This Job?” – How To Answer This Critical Question

It’s just as important for the hiring manager to feel you want this job as much as being qualified for it. That’s right, it’s not just about your education, qualifications and experience. The hiring manager wants to have some peace of mind that you’re going to stick around this...

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Should You List Hobbies On Your Resumé?

Sometimes when I review resumés, I see at the end the job seeker has listed their hobbies. And I cringe. I’m not sure why candidates feel the hiring manager wants to know the sports they are interested in, or their weekend relaxation activities such as reading and watching...

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5 Critical Reasons To Use Resumé Bullet Points

When a recruiter opens a resumé for the first time, they know in seconds if they are interested in reading the rest of the document or not. An eye-tracking study conducted in 2018 by Ladders confirmed that recruiters scan a resumé for 7.4 seconds before deciding if they...

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Three Work-From-Home Interview Questions You Must Prep For

We are living in times where work-from-home is now the norm for most back-office staff. Depending on the organization and the role, especially if you’re applying for a job at a large enterprise organization, chances are the position is, for now, going to be based from home. As...

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How To Deal With Job Search Rejection

I’m not going to tell you to “keep your chin up” and “don’t take it personally” or any other cliché advice like that. Rejection is hard. Period. There’s no sugar-coating it. Add to the fact that not having a job means bills are piling up, and you wake up every morning...

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Three Things a Manager Thinks in Seconds Of Meeting You

It is said that it only takes 7 seconds to form a first impression of someone. Imagine how critical those seconds are when you’re meeting your future manager for the first time at a job interview. The person who knows s/he’s about to give the job to someone s/he has to deal with...

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