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Holiday Job Search

Should you continue your job search throughout December? Yes! Employers hire people in every month of the year. In December and January, they may be hiring for positions that are newly funded in the new calendar year. Don’t postpone your job search until January! During the holidays, take advantage of the networking opportunities by accepting [...]

By |2017-11-19T12:41:29+00:00November 19th, 2017|CV Writing Tips|Comments Off on Holiday Job Search

Download your LinkedIn data before the update

Jobseekers: Do This Before LinkedIn’s Next Update In September 2016, LinkedIn announced a redesign of its desktop (non-app) user interface. The announcement noted, “This is the largest redesign since LinkedIn’s inception.” The design update is expected to bring the desktop experience closer to what users of the LinkedIn mobile app are used to seeing. The [...]

By |2017-01-28T15:04:42+00:00December 5th, 2016|CV Writing Tips|Comments Off on Download your LinkedIn data before the update

CV REWRITE TIPS

FORMATTING All CV information should be in the main body of the Word document because of the way applicant tracking systems (ATS) process documents during the selection phase of recruitment. The software may not parse the information correctly if the text is placed within tables, frames, the header, or the footer. KEYWORDS Study relevant job advertisements [...]

By |2017-01-28T15:04:42+00:00September 20th, 2016|CV Writing Tips|Comments Off on CV REWRITE TIPS

Make a Great First Impression: 4 Elements of Professional Presentation

A good first impression is imperative when you interview for a job. You should have a controlled appearance and positive demeanor that will impress your potential employer and won’t detract from the presentation of your qualifications. Make sure you are well equipped for scrutiny in the interview and post-interview process — both in-person and online. [...]

By |2017-01-28T15:04:42+00:00January 13th, 2016|CV Writing Tips|Comments Off on Make a Great First Impression: 4 Elements of Professional Presentation

Women Leading Women: The Impact of Female Mentors

Former first lady and renowned activist Eleanor Roosevelt once said: "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." These timeless words of wisdom still ring true today, but perhaps for some young women, they are not heard clearly enough. Though women's suffrage and the fight for equality have brought forth wondrous progress, in this [...]

By |2017-01-28T15:04:42+00:00September 28th, 2015|CV Writing Tips|Comments Off on Women Leading Women: The Impact of Female Mentors

Hit the Ground Running When Your Parenting Leave Expires

There is no perfect time to go back to work after you’ve taken maternity or paternity leave. Your employer may decide it’s time to return, or your pocketbook might dictate that you get back to the office. Whether you have a job waiting for you or you plan to look for a new one, we [...]

By |2017-01-28T15:04:43+00:00August 27th, 2015|Career Development, CV Writing Tips|Comments Off on Hit the Ground Running When Your Parenting Leave Expires

3 Tips for Using Your Mobile Device to Apply for a Job

For decades, the only way to apply for a job was in person. After perusing the classified ads or spotting a “Help Wanted” sign, you had to visit the company office, speak with a manager and fill out a paper application. Times sure have changed. Now, thanks to a variety of job-related websites and our [...]

By |2017-01-28T15:04:43+00:00July 8th, 2015|CV Writing Tips|Comments Off on 3 Tips for Using Your Mobile Device to Apply for a Job

Transform a Responsibility into an Achievement

Although not every duty/responsibility can be transformed into an achievement, it can be helpful to ask yourself the following questions: How can I elaborate on how well I performed this duty/responsibility by adding action verbs, adverbs, adjectives, or statistics? In what ways did I do this more efficiently, quicker, or better in other ways than anyone [...]

By |2017-01-28T15:04:43+00:00July 1st, 2015|CV Writing Tips|Comments Off on Transform a Responsibility into an Achievement

Make Your CV or Resume Stand Out – Highlight Your Side Projects

Back in the olden days—you know, maybe 1995 or so—peoples’ CVs and resumes were pretty much boring pieces of paper filled with work experience, education and references. These days, the classic resume may not be enough. Many potential employers don’t even take the time to call those stellar references or do a background check on [...]

By |2017-01-28T15:04:44+00:00June 21st, 2015|CV Writing Tips|Comments Off on Make Your CV or Resume Stand Out – Highlight Your Side Projects

Why you need an up-to-date CV

The most obvious reason you might need a CV is when you are looking for a job. However, there are many other reasons you might want to put together a CV now, even if you are not seeking new employment just now. Your work situation can change in a heartbeat. For instance, the company could [...]

By |2017-01-28T15:04:45+00:00May 12th, 2015|CV Writing Tips|Comments Off on Why you need an up-to-date CV

Interests and Hobbies on your CV

“In a survey by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), 71% of recruiters admitted to screening out a candidate because of their interests or hobbies.” Should you include an Interests & Hobbies section? NO: For an infinite number of reasons, your interests could be used as a reason to screen you out. In a survey by the Recruitment [...]

By |2017-01-28T15:04:45+00:00April 15th, 2015|CV Writing Tips|Comments Off on Interests and Hobbies on your CV

Referees for Job Candidates

Who should be a referee? Deciding whom to use as a reference can be complicated. Your referee has to know first-hand about your job skills and personality, but also, they have to support your job application. If they do not care whether you get the job or not, the information, they give your potential employer [...]

By |2017-01-28T15:04:45+00:00April 15th, 2015|CV Writing Tips|Comments Off on Referees for Job Candidates

Five Steps to a Cover Letter

Tips on how to write a cover letter in 5 steps How would I write a cover letter? A job is hard to come by for the majority of people at present, no matter how qualified you are or perfect for each and every role you see advertised. Some people are in a position to walk [...]

By |2017-01-28T15:04:45+00:00April 15th, 2015|CV Writing Tips|Comments Off on Five Steps to a Cover Letter

Top tips for breaking into the charity sector

Tired of the daily grind? Want something new, exciting, challenging and rewarding? Do you want to actually feel you are making a difference? A switch of positions into the charity sector can be even more fruitful than you may have imagined, but don’t be fooled, competition is fierce, even for the best voluntary jobs. You [...]

By |2015-04-15T10:45:31+00:00April 14th, 2015|CV Writing Tips, Job Hunting|Comments Off on Top tips for breaking into the charity sector

Career Coaching Questions

Questions of the Week from Career Directors International: Is a Job Objective really necessary on a CV? Coach's Answer: There are several types of generic job objectives that are simply a waste of precious review time. However, providing key direction to a reviewer about why the CV has been presented (beyond the fact that the [...]

By |2017-01-28T15:04:46+00:00April 14th, 2015|Career Development, CV Writing Tips, Interview Advice, Resume Writing|Comments Off on Career Coaching Questions