Rescuing Resume Bullets from Mediocrity

By Stephanie Clark. We’re into snappy tweets and pithy memes. A resume may cause reader’s fatigue when overly explanatory, but may fail to impress when too short.  What is the professional resume writer to do? Optimizing Point-Form Content The resume is mainly constructed of point-form writing, a list of bullets with each one ideally making one point.  As writers, we…

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Coach for a Confident Interview: Here’s How

By Stephanie Clark. The interview is not well understood. Few job seekers, in my opinion, realize that they can enhance their interview skills without joining Toastmasters. That level of accomplished public speaking is beyond most of us. Besides, it does not reflect the interview at all, which is a conversation, not a speech, and is best fluid, rather than composed…

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Interview Practice: A Perfect Summer Activity

By Lori Jazvac. Now that summer is in full swing, it’s the perfect time to supplement your client’s resume package with interview role-play sessions. Interview practice now will position your client to secure a rewarding role in the fall. While there are different styles of interviewing, behavioural or situational interviews are quite common. They are actually designed to elicit clear, detailed, and specific…

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Do you practice handshaking with your clients?

By CPC Mastermind, Lori Jazvac. SET THE SCENE: In the employer’s waiting room, Jane, your client, feels well prepared. Because you’ve helped her practice how to respond to various questions, she is now primed to showcase her expertise. Walking into the interview room, she meets the prospective employer who extends a firm hand. She reaches out with initial jitters, responding with a…

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Informational Interviews: A valuable networking tool for career transitions

By Lori Jazvac. When a client starts experiencing increasingly demanding employer expectations, the decision to leave may seem like a rational choice. A career change can fuel one’s passion, maintain work-life balance, and enable a client to get off the beaten path. But wait. A quick move may not prove to be the best option. Remind your client to consider the…

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Addressing career related obstacles in the interview

By Lori Jazvac. Because of the last decade’s unpredictable economy, downsizing and sabbaticals are now a common occurrence. However, many job seekers still do not know how to address employment gaps in an interview. In the past, you may have accepted a position without really doing your research to have only found out later that it was not the ideal role for…

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The Job Interview Follow-Up

By Sharon Graham. Preparing for your job interview is important. But even if you’ve had a great interview, you must take some key steps in the final stages of the employment interview. During the interview you should note the name, title and contact information of each person involved in the recruitment process.  Get their business cards, if possible. Ask the interviewer what the next steps…

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Win the Employment Interview with Visibility, Value and Vision

By Sharon Graham. Case Study: After retaining an employment consultant, Mary successfully landed an interview and won her “dream job.” A seasoned professional, Mary had been promoted and transferred many times over the years. Her progressive experience was broad, covering many different areas. But, finding herself out in the job market for the first time, Mary felt unequipped. Feeling alone and uninformed, she decided to search out and retain a…

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The Interview Mistakes Candidates Make (Without Even Realizing It), According to CareerBuilder.ca Survey

News Feature

TORONTO, March 5, 2015 /CNW/ Much like a highly anticipated first date, a job interview can go from pure potential to pure disaster in mere minutes. According to a new survey from CareerBuilder.ca, 51 per cent of employers know within the first five minutes of an interview whether a candidate is a good fit for a position. By minute 15,…

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The Phone Interview: A Valuable Screening Tool

By Lori Jazvac. Leading up to the traditional interview, behavioural interview, situational interview, and panel interview, there is usually a phone interview. Many candidates forget the importance of this type of interview and consider it “just a brief phone call.” Well, think again. The phone interview is part of the selection process and represents a critical screening tool before the actual face-to-face…

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3 Benefits to Interview Coaching

By Stephanie Clark. I have offered interview coaching for some seven years now. I love empowering my clients with this critical career management skill, and yet, I honestly don’t feel that enough people engage me for this service. Those that do sign up for interview coaching reap the rewards with confident skills that lead to great offers. Here are three of…

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The One Thing that Will Dramatically Improve Your Interviewing Success

CPC Interview Confidence

By Stephanie Clark. A few weeks ago I was interviewed by a journalist for an upcoming article. One of her questions was “what one thing will improve people’s interviewing success”? It’s hard to pinpoint one, but, I truly believe that the one over-riding thing that can improve your interviewing success, and dramatically so, is attitude. Now, it may not be what…

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Being Real in the Interview

By Stephanie Clark. This article, Real is the New Sexy, was written about personal relationships. It’s easy to make a case for being yourself as an essential key to falling in love with the right person, attracting good friends, and feeling like you fit in the world. But I know that this message holds truth for the working world as…

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Career Storytelling: capture interest in your next interview

CPC Networking

By Sharon Graham. It’s one thing to be the person asking questions in a job interview – but it’s completely another thing when you are being asked the questions. Job seekers need to be able to tell their career stories comfortably and confidently. Most successful professionals have rarely had to sit in an interview. Often, they are promoted into positions or…

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Hire an Interview Coach: Job Interview Preparation in Canada

When was the last time you were interviewed for a job? Do you know about traditional, situational, and behavioural interview questions? Can you easily pitch your value and close deals in job interviews? Partner with a member of Career Professionals of Canada to gain confidence in job interviews! “In a job interview, you only have one opportunity to sell yourself…

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