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Résumé Writing Tips from a Subcontract Writer

As a subcontract writer, I don’t meet with clients face-to-face. My client intake starts when my vendor asks me if I’m available to interview a client over the phone. To prepare for the interview, I ask the client to send me a few job advertisements that represent the position(s) he or she is seeking, and…
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Retire Tired Words in Your Next Résumé

You may have participated in some thought-provoking online debates between résumé writers and discovered that some strategists feel that certain words used in résumés are “dead,” while others find them to be valuable and descriptive. In my professional opinion, you should never discount or include any specific word in your client’s résumé unless you have…
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Make the Shift From Résumé Templates to Branded Résumés

For most career and employment practitioners, it is a well-known fact that a résumé template will not compete effectively against a branded résumé in a competition for a prime opportunity. It may be no big revelation to you that résumé templates are rampant — in applications like Microsoft Word, and even in online résumé building…
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Happy Victoria Day!

Victoria Day is a Canadian holiday celebrated on the Monday preceeding May 25 in every province and territory. It honours the birthday of Queen Victoria, who was born on May 24, 1819. In Quebec, this holiday is called “National Patriotes Day” (Journée nationale des patriotes). Enjoy this long-weekend in May. It’s the unofficial start of the…
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Helping Clients Handle Inappropriate Interview Questions

The interview is going along smoothly and your client is feeling confident. Suddenly, he is caught off guard by a blatantly offensive, discriminatory, or illegal question. He is being asked to disclose information that has no relevance whatsoever to the position for which he is applying. Somehow, your client must display professionalism in dealing with this…
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Happy Mothers Day!

Mother’s Day in Canada occurs every year on the second Sunday of May. It is not a statutory holiday (federal or provincial), but it is a day specially designated for us to show appreciation for our mothers. On Mother’s Day, we celebrate and honour motherhood by showing gratitude for our mothers and others who represent mother figures…