Archives for 2010

Use Holiday Parties to Network!

Many people view the holidays as a “slow” time for any business, except retail. A time when businesses prepare for year end, putting new projects on hold and instituting hiring freezes until after the holidays. But viewing this as a time to put away your business cards and shelve your resume could be a big mistake.

The holidays are a great excuse to network and because of the often relaxed and jovial atmosphere of a party, you can be poised to make a lasting impression in a much more personal way.

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How Self Confidence Impacts your Leadership

Coaching clients in senior roles is often necessary because they lack self confidence.  As a result, they are not seen as leaders.  Instead, they all seem to have one quality in common.  They all have a fear of making the necessary decision required of their position. Self perception affects everyone in both their personal and professional lives.  However, for individuals in positions of authority, it’s important to understand how self confidence impacts your leadership. [Read more…]

The Job Interview Question Hated by Most: “Tell me about yourself”

When you are looking for a job, being called in for a job interview is very exciting.  Out of all the applications submitted, there is something about yours that stood out above the rest.  You have made the final cut.  Then, you realize that the interview will determine whether you are employed or back to sending out more resumes. What can you do to ensure job interview success? What do you say?  How do you answer that inevitable question: “Tell me about yourself”? [Read more…]

The Creative Resume

I recently volunteered to review a client’s resume.   She was applying for a job at a large Financial Institution.  She had her artistic husband design a very creative resume, which showcased his graphic design skills.  The resume looked great, if she was applying for an artistic position.  You want your resume to be memorable and stand out from the others in the pack, but the design should match the position you are applying for and the company environment.

Unless you are applying for a very conventional job with a conventional employer who will not appreciate a creative resume, you want a job resume that will set you apart for the other individuals vying for the job.  You want a resume that is creatively smart and will best reflect your qualifications, giving you the opportunity to sell yourself to a potential employer. [Read more…]

Manage Yourself for the Career You Want

“Your past cannot be changed, but you can change tomorrow by your actions today.”
– David McNally

The career you want doesn’t drop in your lap prefabricated the way it used to be.  To have the career you want, you have to design and initiate your own path. In the past, on-the-job training was a popular means of creating the perfect employee.  Businesses had the time and resources to teach workers what they needed to know, in order to develop a career with their company.  Today, as companies are downsizing and restructuring to remain competitive, career-minded individuals must be that much better than others vying for the same position; and, they must be prepared to hit the ground running.  You have to go after the job you want. [Read more…]

Quote of the Week- August 23

“There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self”. ~ Aldous Huxley (1864-1963) English Novelist

“A man can fail many times, but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.” ~ John Burroughs, writer and American naturalist

Mentoring Builds Future Solution Leaders Event

When: Thursday, October 28, 2010 from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM (ET)

102 Adelaide St East
2nd floor
Toronto, Ontario M5C 1K9

Contact for registration details. [Read more…]

Resume Facts

You hired a professional to create an excellent resume marketing your Value Proposition.  You’re getting interviews – however,  you are not landing your dream job – Why?  Could be you’re not good at selling yourself verbally, and you’re not able to “speak to” to your resume?  The resume gets you the interview.  It’s up to you to get the job based on your “WOWING” interview.

The following 3 tips will market yourself in the interview:

Quote of the Week – Aug 9

“Complaining about the boss won’t make the boss a better boss. It will make you a bitter employee.” ~Schlesinger

Quote of the Week – August 2

The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it.

– Chinese proverb

The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials.. the most money… or the most awards.  They simply are the ones who care the most!

~ The Charles
Schulz Philosophy

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