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Meet Daisy Wright Daisy

Daisy Wright is an award winning career coach, author and certified resume strategist who collaborates with mid-level professionals, managers, and executives to develop attention-grabbing resumes, LinkedIn profiles, and other career marketing documents that focus on telling their career stories and getting them hired FASTER!

Visit her website at www.thewrightcareer.com

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Women Coached Less Often Than Men

Novations Group, a global consulting and training organization based in Boston, surveyed more than 3,000 senior human resources professionals on the coaching provided by their organization.

Of those companies that give such support, one-fifth provide it to women at a lower rate than their share of the organization’s workforce.

Nevertheless, a large majority of employers who offer coaching provide it at a rate in proportion to women’s presence in the organization’s workforce.

Although progress has been made, many women still don’t have access to coaching, and this deprives them of equal career opportunity, said Novations Senior Consultant Deborah Felton.

Read the full story at http://www.wpsmag.com/newscenter/newsdisplay.asp?id=5793

Featured in WE Magazine for Women

WE magazine for women may well be the first international Digital business magazine focusing on the total women. In addition to women who want to learn more about doing business on and off the WEB, WE’s audience consists of women who want to explore great destinations, improve their outlook on life, learn quick and easy ways to get and stay healthy, find out about the latest technology gadgets and information, get some networking tips, become inspired as they read about women making a difference in the world and even ideas for great entertaining and socializing. WE magazine for women made it debut last with its fall issue. See my story on Page 65.

To read the Inaugural issue of WE visit: http://www.wecai.org/we%20magazine.pdf. We magazine for women is published by WUN Publications, Inc. a publishing firm whose focus is on publications by, for and about women. To contact the publisher, write Heidi Richards at 10890 SW 27 Court, Davie FL 33328, call her at 1-877-WISDOM7 (947-3667) or visit her website: www.heidirichards.com

Greater Toronto’s Top 50 Employers

Want to know who Toronto’s Top 50 Employers are? Get a copy of the October 14, edition of the Toronto Star, Section D5-D11. If you are a job seeker, you will need this information to help you determine which companies you need to target.

According to the Star, every year, Toronto Mediacorp examines the recruitment practises of more than 60,000 employers across Canada to create its Top 100 list of employers. For its 2007 edition Mediacorp also used its proprietary process to determine the Top 50 employers in the Greater Toronto Area. The organizations were grade on seven factors:

**Physical Workplace
**Work and Social Atmosphere
**Employee Communications
**Health, Financial and Family Benefits
**Vacation Allowance and Time Off
**Performance Management
**Training and Skills Development

The companies are also evaluated on their Community involvement and charitable efforts.

Source: Toronto Star, October 14, 2006, Section D.

Jobseekers’ Biggest Inteview Mistake

Job seekers are often told to research the company or companies prior to the interview, but many do not believe that research is important. A national survey developed by Accountemps revealed that lack of company knowledge was the biggest interview mistake made by job seekers. See the results below:

Executives were asked, “What do you think is the most common mistake candidates make during job interviews?” Their responses:

** Little or no knowledge of the company 47%
** Unprepared to discuss skills and experience 17%
** Unprepared to discuss career plans and goals 9%
** Limited enthusiasm 9%
** Lack of eye contact 3%
** Monopolize interview 2%
** Focus on salary/benefits/perks 2%
** Lack of self-confidence 2%
** Inappropriate dress 2%
** Late arrival 2%
** Don’t know/no answer 5%

It may begin to sound like a cliché, but research is a key part of your job search.

Read the press release at:

www.accountemps.com, click on About Us, then Press Room.

One Tip Before Posting Your Resume Online

The following tip was taken from Kent Jacobson’s article on www.syndicatedwriters.com:

Make sure the last page of your résumé includes an additional 5 to 10 key words; hide the viewable color by changing the text to white (so these are not printed out). Why? The search engine spiders will find these key words, but they will not show up the print copy.

Be aware that only 20% of people actually find a job via the Internet. Guess how the other 80% got their job? Through personal and professional networking!

Kent Jacobson
www.shortcut2success.com

Set SMART Goals in 2006, Don’t Make Resolutions

Let 2006 be the year you set SMART goals instead of make resolutions. Resolutions, in my opinion, are fleeting, transitory, short-lived. Goals, on the other hand, seem real; things that I can touch and feel. As a result, I favour setting goals instead of making resolutions.

Most people are familiar with the SMART approach to goal setting, meaning goals should be:

S-pecific

M
-easurable

A-chievable

R-ealistic

T-imely

In addition to the above, I am suggesting another approach:

S-erious. Be serious and committed to your goals. Don’t just say “I need to get a new job”, then sit around waiting for the job to fall in your lap. Think of the steps you need to take to make it a reality.

M-ake it happen. Write down your goal(s)and make it happen. Only you have the power to make your goals and dreams happen. Others can help, but you have the final say.

A-ction. Take some action. There’s no point in writing down your goals if you are not prepared to take action.

R-each out for help. If you cannot do it by yourself, reach out for assistance from family, friends, coworkers or associates.

T-ake T-ime. Take the time to reward yourself for each step you have taken towards your goal. Those tiny rewards will serve as motivators for you to keep on going.

So, let 2006 be the year you set SMART Goals and watch them come to pass.

A Happy and Prosperous New Year from The Wright Career Solution, the company that noves your career forward…one step at a time!

Daisy

The ABCs of Networking…You Can’t Excel Without Them!

It is said that Bill Gates’ rise to the top may have resulted from an act of networking. Apparently his mother sat on the same Board of Directors as an IBM president, and that contact led to IBM purchasing the MS DOS operating system from Bill. Think about that! As timeworn as the word networking is, it is through this process that approximately 65% to 80% of available jobs or opportunities are discovered. Networking opens the doors to the hidden job market, and if you’ve not learned this art, many opportunities may be passing you by. Here is my ABC list of networking tips that I have put together to help you move your career forward.

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Reference & Background Checks…What you Need to Know

I participated in a webinar hosted by an international HR company in July. The reference checking section is partially summarized here and is for the reader’s general information only.

Reference and Background Checks

Employers are finding out that it costs them thousands of dollars when they make a wrong hire, so they are conducting thorough background and reference checks more often these days. Candidates, on the other hand, must be aware that these checks are going to be done, and must give their permission. They should also be advised that they’ll be dismissed if it is found out that they have given false information.

Reference Checks are conducted to confirm what’s outlined in one’s resume and what was discussed during the interview, but also for verification of dates, positions, titles, and responsibilities.

Background Checks are performed to validate education and other credentials; the number of years studied and professional certification obtained.

Criminal Record Checks are done to determine if one has any prior convictions.

Credit Checks HR professionals advise that credit checks should be obtained but only if it’s a bona fide part of the job.

Media Checks are becoming very common and it’s customary for some employers to ‘google’ someone to find out if there’s any mention of the person on the Internet or in the newspapers.

Reference Letters Employers prefer to contact references directly rather than accept reference letters. If they do accept letters, they also follow up with telephone calls. This is to make sure that the person does exist, and that the candidate did not make an agreement with a friend, relative or other person to “put in a good word” on their behalf. Employers are also aware that some candidates engage the services of reference checking agencies to find out what their named references will say about them.

So, be on your guard…let the buyer beware!