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Minimizing Termination in Interviews

Termination from employment is often shocking to employees, and creates its own set of personal issues. Beyond the personal ramifications, termination can also shed a poor light on an interview. Depending on the circumstances and length of service, loss of references and recommendations can be devastating. When dealing with termination, there are several ways to minimize the issue in an interview: Continue reading

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Making a First Impression

It is often said that we only get one chance at a first impression. As dubious as this statement is, it is in fact true. Before any interviewer has had a chance to ask any questions, they have already made judgements toward your suitability for their environment. By being mindful of your first impression, you can use it to your advantage! Continue reading

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How to Apply for Jobs in Canada

There are several major ways individuals secure employment in Canada. Interviews are customary for interviewers to select the right candidate. How one secures an interview with an organization may be different for every opportunity. Interviews are generally obtained through the submission of résumé, by phone or by visiting the location in person. Employment centres exist across Canada to assist job seekers in completing the necessary self-marketing documents to execute a successful search. Continue reading

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Not Following in the Steps of Dad

I enjoy uncovering the motivation behind why people choose the career paths they do. Some choose careers in their passion. Some choose careers because they believe that is where the money is. Many young men told me that they had chosen their career goals based on what their father had done during their lifetime. Continue reading

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Interviews with Personality Assessments

Employers today understand that the “fit” of an individual in their environment is as important as the skills they bring to the table. The personality of new employees can either enhance or hinder the existing employment environment, thus more employers utilize personality related questions and exercises to determine the viability of the candidate in their environment. Candidates whose personality is not a fit, may bring down the productivity of the entire team, regardless of how productive they are themselves. Understanding your own personality type will assist in deciding your best employment prospects, and how to answer questions most effectively. Continue reading

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Guerrilla Job Search

Résumés, cover letters and references are all standard items utilized in job search. Many people, once they have created these documents, believe that their work is done, and that the documents will sell themselves. While this is often true for individuals who have strong résumés and experience, it is not the case for everyone. This is especially true for individuals who choose (right or wrong) not to use cover letters. Continue reading

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4 Dreaded Interview Questions

One of the paralyzing issues for job seekers are interview questions. Applicants are often unsure how to answer questions, and are afraid of how to make their disadvantages an advantage. The questions that interviewers use have changed over the years; as has the way we attack them. Continue reading