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Jun 20th, 2017
When you are looking for a job, your resume is your main marketing document.  When there is a problem with your resume, it becomes difficult for you to secure interviews.  If you have been submitting lots of resumes without much of a response, it might be a good idea for you to review your resume.  Here are five items that you can definitely leave off: Irrelevant Skills.  Everything that you put on your resume should directly relate to the specific position.  If you possess additional skills that don't relate to the job, take them off your resume; they are... + continue reading
Jun 15th, 2017
The time has come for you to land your first job so now you need to write a resume.  The question is- how do you write a resume if you don't have any experience??  The good news is that you have more experience than you probably realize.  Here are some tips that will help you write your very first resume: Use your volunteer experience.  Remember when you volunteered as a basketball coach at the community centre?  Didn't you used to be a kitten feeder at your local animal shelter?  All of this experience demonstrates that you are both responsible and community... + continue reading
Jun 03rd, 2017
Working in the non-profit sector gives you the opportunity to earn an income while making a difference in the world.  However, if you have never worked at a non-profit, you might not know where to start.  Here are some tips that will help you be a competitive candidate when looking for a job in the non-profit sector.  Volunteer.  Unlike other sectors, there are lots and lots of opportunities to volunteer in non-profit.  This can allow you build up your skills, make connections and get a new reference.  If possible, try to volunteer at your target organization.... + continue reading
May 25th, 2017
Lately it seems like we can't get through the day without hearing about disappearing jobs.  With jobs being lost to outsourcing overseas and automation, it makes you wonder what jobs will be left?  The good news is that there are some jobs that can only be done effectively by human beings that are physically present.  The key is to find which skills are required for those types of jobs so that you can position yourself as a competitive candidate.  Here are a few skills that will always be in demand.  Interpersonal Skills.  Jobs that require the ability to make... + continue reading
May 15th, 2017
The easiest and most effective way to get a job is through networking.  Managers are always more comfortable hiring people they know, or that are at least in their network.  However, getting a job through somebody you know can be tricky.  You need to handle the situation carefully or you risk burining the bridge.  Here are some tips that will allow you to make the most of this opportunity: Be appreciative.  Make no mistake- this person is doing you a huge favour.  By referring you as a candidate, they are taking a risk and making it significantly more likely... + continue reading
May 01st, 2017
Looking for a summer job can be exciting but if it's your first time looking, you may not know where to start.  There are lots opportunities available  but you have to know what you want.  Once you have a target job in mind you can focus your resume and your job search efforts.  Here are some options to consider: Camp Counsellor.  Many kids spend their summers in camp which means that there are a lot of opportunities available.  There are overnight camps, sports camps, hose back riding camps, city day camps, robotics camps, theatre dance camps, and anything else... + continue reading
Apr 25th, 2017
There is one particular skill that will be an asset for virtually every job.  All organizations value this skill and it will always work to your advantage if you can demonstrate that you possess it.  Most people are surprised when they find out what this skill is.  The skill that is almost universally valued by employers is customer service.  You might be thinking, "but I'm not interested in a customer service job" or "this doesn't apply to me!"  but you would be wrong.  The reality is that customer service applies to every single role.  Whether you are the... + continue reading