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In a Job Search, Never Lead With Your Education. Do This Instead

Yesterday an article caught my eye. The title was “Former IBM CEO says employers should stop hiring based on college degrees“. It reminded me of all the times when I was coaching clients, and when I asked them the question, tell me about yourself, the first thing they talk about...

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The Most Important Skill Asked By Employers Today

According to a recent LinkedIn study, the one skill asked by most North American companies today is – you guessed it – communication skills. I challenge you to find a single job description out there right now that does not list this skill. Now before you close this window...

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Should My Resumé Be In PDF or Word?

The quick answer to this question – MS Word or Google Docs Unless… The online job application instructions specifically asked you to attach your resumé as a PDF. So why is MS Word or Google docs the preferred choice? As you may know, if you’re applying for a job online,...

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A Little-Known Trick to Creating Killer Resumés

Want to know one thing that professional resumé writers do for you? They use Action Verbs. An action verb is a single word you use to describe your experience, that places direct emphasis on the result or accomplishment of that responsibility. I get asked a lot, “Connel,...

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The 10 Steps of Recruitment and How To Win The Job

As a business analyst myself, I’m always encouraging my team to understand process. When you understand a process, you gain perspective of how the people you are trying to influence think. Then, you can strategically align your efforts to meet their needs and meet your goals....

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“Are You a Leader or Follower?” – How to Answer

Leadership is a hot topic these days in corporate North America. Here is the expectation – everyone, regardless of whether you have direct reports or not, must have leadership qualities. That’s because in North American culture, leadership does not mean command and direct. It...

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“What Type of Animal Are You” – How To Answer Strange Interview Questions

Headspace is my mediation app of choice. One of the things I love about it are these cute short animated clips, while the narrator is narrating life advice and lessons about meditation. Recently, I saw this new clip about how approaching your mediation practice is like how an...

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5 Old-Fashioned Job Search Tips That Still Work Today

Remember that time when a senior in our family said the phrase “Old is Gold” and we rolled our eyes? Well, in some life situations, that cliché advice can benefit you. Certainly in a job search. I’ll never forget how I got one of my job offers in Canada. The recruiter called...

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Never EVER Say This in a Cover Letter

Your cover letter has three goals: To show off your communication skills in writing To explain why you want the job To demonstrate you’ve done your homework That last goal is arguably the most important one. While every other candidate is using the precious real...

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“Why Do You Want This Job?” – How To Answer This Critical Question

It’s just as important for the hiring manager to feel you want this job as much as being qualified for it. That’s right, it’s not just about your education, qualifications and experience. The hiring manager wants to have some peace of mind that you’re going to stick around this...

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