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3 Bullet Points That Convert Your Informal Interview Requests To Meetings

I’ve always said that the quickest way to end your job search is to get into conversations with people who have the power and authority to hire you – this is the ultimate goal of networking. Leaving your contact with a “Let me know if you hear anything” message is not networking. I...

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How To Beat Over-Qualification

Every now and then as I read through career advice and job search articles, I come across something bizarre. Check out this article I saw yesterday: I know what you might be thinking – “What a crazy guy!” And certainly, in the article, this 60-year old CEO thought the same...

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The Final Question You Should Ask In Your Interview

In a job interview, it’s important to create a great first impression. You know this already. What you may not know, is it’s just as important to leave a great last impression. We tend to get so caught up in being a “right fit” with our skills, our qualifications and our...

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How To Access The Hidden Canadian Job Market

When I was job searching in Canada, do you know what my secret weapon was? Posting my resumé. Not a blog post, not a social media post. It was the good old-fashioned, snail-mail, envelope-licking, stamp-sticking post. This ensured the hiring executives were actually...

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How To Make The Most Money From a Salary Negotiation

My first job paid me close to 40% higher than I was expecting from my first job in Canada. 5 years and two promotions later, every increment and bonus I’ve had since then has been a percentage anchored to that first salary. I owe a big part of my lifestyle today to that...

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The Best Type of Email Address for Job Seekers

I just received an email from someone whose email address started with a single letter and seven numbers asking me about resumé advice. Guess what my first suggestion is going to be? That’s right – change your email address. Your email address is one of those...

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What’s Your Biggest Weakness? How to Confidently Answer This Question

When it comes to tough interview questions, this is without a doubt the most common one I get asked about. Let me tell you about a time I was asked this question in Canada and goofed it up. I was interviewing at a tech company, and this is what I answered: “I’m generally the...

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How To Get Top Quality LinkedIn Recommendations

Yesterday I was binge shopping for little items I needed around the house on Amazon. I had no idea what would be a good brand to buy. So I turned to the one thing I rely on in situations like this – Amazon reviews. In the marketing world, the technical term for this is called...

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5 Interview Red Flags at a Toxic Workplace

I’ll never forget that interview where I was glad I did not get the job. I was on time, but the hiring manager started the interview 30 minutes late. Even though I was thoroughly prepared, I was not prepared for this level of negativity at the interview: What are your...

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Networking Exhausting You? Try This Approach Instead

Have you been reaching out to people on LinkedIn, only to get ignored and rejected? Or perhaps you are getting a few people to respond to you, but before you know it, they start ghosting you. They just disappear and you never hear from them again. When this happens enough times,...

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