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Do You Know What Employers Think of Your References? (Part II)

As mentioned in Part I of this series, reference checking forms a crucial part of the hiring process. If you are a candidate who is being seriously considered for a position, your potential employer is going to need performance verification from … [Continue reading]

What You Need to Know About Job References – Part I

Most job seekers spend a lot of time on their resumes. A smaller number spend some time preparing for interviews, but not very many give the job reference process the priority it deserves. In fact, many treat it as the easiest part of the job search. … [Continue reading]

25 Random Quotes from Women That Will Inspire You

Happy International Women's Day to all the women in my circle. You are awesome. Keep doing your good works. It's not how much you do, it's the impact you are making. PS: I thank my daughter for putting these quotes to create this infographic. She, … [Continue reading]

Caught in a Salary Negotiation Trap? NEVER, EVER Do This…

When it comes to salary negotiations, experts will tell you to postpone such discussions until you have been offered the job. That does not mean you should wait until that time to craft your negotiation story. Imagine this: You have moved to a … [Continue reading]

Warning! You Could Be Damaging Your Brand With This Resume

Want to distinguish your resume from every other resume on the recruiter's desk? Yes, you can! And you don’t have to create one that looks like a patchwork quilt. This type of a resume is one where an individual copies phrases and sentences from … [Continue reading]

It is 2016: Do You Know Where Your SMART Goals Are?

It is 2016! Do you know where your SMART goals are? Abraham Lincoln once said, “A goal properly set is halfway reached.”  Wise words indeed, but, how many people really set goals, even though they believe in the concept? Not too many. Goal … [Continue reading]

You Are the CEO of Your Career: Take Charge!

As the New Year looms, some people are rethinking their career strategy. Competition, layoffs and uncertainty are forcing them to assess themselves to see how they can take charge of their careers. A chief operating officer of a financial company … [Continue reading]

How to Make Sure You Get a Seat in the House

After a 22-year hiatus, baseball playoff fever hit Toronto (well, all of Canada for that matter), and it was contagious. I couldn’t watch, tweet or read enough about the Blue Jays (until Game 6 of course), but one story in the Toronto Star of October … [Continue reading]

STOP Scaring Recruiters With Your Bare Bones LinkedIn Profile

It’s not yet Halloween, but your LinkedIn Profile could be scaring away recruiters and potential contacts in obvious and not-so-obvious ways. Recruiters and hiring managers source LinkedIn all the time for great candidates. When they stumble on an … [Continue reading]

A Thank-Note…Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!

I don't usually send emails on weekends, but it's Thanksgiving Weekend here in Canada, and as I was pondering on the things I am grateful for, I felt the urge to send a thank-you note to my clients and supporters. (This was sent to each client this … [Continue reading]