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Oct 09th, 2018
How do you handle it when an interviewer asks you about your weaknesses?  Do you break into a cold sweat?  Do you start chattering about how you are a hard worker and you do everything perfectly and that is your weakness?  There is a better way to answer that question without giving the employer a reason not to hire you.    Genuinely answer the question.  Consider this question from the employer's point of view.  They know that you are not going to give them a reason not to hire you.  So why would they ask you this question?  Likely, the employer... + continue reading
Oct 04th, 2018
Have you ever considered becoming an entrepreneur?  According to Randstad Canada, "if you add up all the contingent workers, freelancers, independent contractors and consultants, you are talking about 20 to 30 per cent of the Canadian workforce being "non-traditional workers" already. That percentage is only going higher. Eighty-five per cent of the companies surveyed by Randstad figure that they will increasingly move to an "agile workforce" over the next few years".1 This phenomenon is often referred to as the "Gig Economy", which moves away from permanent, full time work and towards... + continue reading
Sep 27th, 2018
Job interviews can be emotional roller coasters.  You feel so proud and excited to have been chosen from the (likely hundreds) of applications to be interviewed.  You spend days preparing so that you'll be able to perform well.  However as the interview progresses, you get the distinct impression that the interviewer is less than impressed.  Perhaps your mind went blank or you are struggling to answer the questions.  Or maybe just by reading the interviewer's body language, you can tell that they aren't buying what you are selling.  Whatever the reason for your... + continue reading
Sep 11th, 2018
Job interviews are stressful.  You have to navigate tough questions and figure out how to position your skills and experience in a way that is attractive to employers.  Many candidates freeze up and are not able to effectively communicate what they can do.  Confidence is key.  If it's apparent that you know that you can do the job well, you will be a much more attractive candidate.  If you're nervous, the good news is that you can fake it!  Here are a few strategies that will help you project confidence: Manage your body language.  As human beings, we... + continue reading
Aug 23rd, 2018
When you are looking for a job, it is important that you find the right fit.  You don't want to just leap at the first opportunity that comes your way.  It is better to find an organization that matches your values.  The problem is that from the outside, it can be difficult to assess the organizational culture.  The employer will want to make a good impression, so they may give you an idealized perception of what it's like to work there.  Here are a few tips that will help you get an accurate picture of the organizational culture: Ask employees.  Current and... + continue reading
Aug 18th, 2018
If you are trying to find a job, you absolutely HAVE to network.  Your competition is doing it and it is the single most effective job search strategy.  The problem is that a lot of job seekers are uncomfortable with it because they feel awkward or phony.  If you aren't using your network in your job search, you are putting yourself at a disadvantage.  You can start small.  Here are a few steps that you can take in the next thirty days which will get you off to a strong start: Master your professional introduction.  Before you get out there to start meeting... + continue reading
Aug 14th, 2018
When you are looking for a job, it is important for you to be strategic.  You need to be focusing on positions where there are actually jobs available.  You can be the best puppeteer in the world, but if there are no jobs available, you are never going to get hired!  Do the research and then pick a job to target.  According to Randstad, here are the top 15 jobs in Canada for 2018: General Labourer:  This is usually physical work but tasks can include cleaning, lifting, or general handy work.  This work requires you to be physically fit and willing to take on any... + continue reading