A Guide to Creating Meaningful Accomplishment Statements

By Sharon Graham. Canadian job seekers who write their own résumés often list job duties and responsibilities. For the typical employer, the candidate’s contact information followed by a simple compilation of job descriptions is meaningless. To find and select the best candidate, the employer needs to understand the differences between applicants. The best way to help an employer select a…

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Rethink Résumé Keywords and Key Phrases

By Sharon Graham. Résumé keywords and key phrases are words (or strings of words) used to identify good prospects for a position. Keywords help recruiters and employers search through a batch of résumés to select appropriate candidates. Companies, search firms, and job boards often use Applicant Tracking System (ATS) software to automate this process. In the last decade, the job…

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14 Career Documents to Boost Any Job Search

By Sharon Graham. Job seekers can use various strategies to connect with employers and distinguish themselves from the competition. A portfolio of career documents has the potential to strengthen a candidate’s confidence and credibility, yet some are reluctant to invest the time it takes to create such a portfolio. Some job seekers may feel that all they need is a résumé. However, they will eventually notice…

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What’s Involved in Creating a Professionally Crafted Résumé?

By Kamee Gilmore. Following the Canada-wide résumé pricing survey Maureen McCann and I conducted last fall, I was interested in taking a behind the scenes look at the résumé development process in order to gain a better understanding of the time that professional writers actually invest in crafting a strategic, value-focused résumé. I compiled the following information after receiving feedback from seven…

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Lori Jazvac MCRS: Newest Member of an Elite Professional Group

By Cathy Milton. Lori Jazvac of Creative Horizons Communications recently became the newest member of a small, elite group of CPC members. Lori has earned the prestigious Master Certified Résumé Strategist (MCRS) designation. What made you want to pursue the MCRS designation? I was serious about taking my skills to an advanced level in order to offer my clients the very best résumé…

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10 Résumé Tips from Best Canadian Résumés

Lori Jazvac

By Lori Jazvac. Five years ago, I decided to challenge myself and become an entrepreneur and serve job seekers by launching Creative Horizons Communications. I found Career Professionals of Canada (CPC), a proudly Canadian organization that caters to career professionals who support jobseekers across Canada as well as globally. By collaboratively partnering with masterminds and members within CPC, I gained résumé writing…

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Incorporate a Powerful Career Narrative in Resume Building

By Lori Jazvac. The best resumes are crafted with a career narrative. They convey career stories that enrich the reader’s understanding of the candidate’s background and offerings. As career professionals, we need to help clients view the resume as more than a document outlining skills and responsibilities so that they can effectively communicate why and how they stand out. By coaching our clients to view…

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Professional Resume Writers Deliver Client Value

By Kamee Gilmore. “If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional, wait until you hire an amateur.”  Red Adair While we all have strengths, resume writing is very rarely at the top of most people’s list of skills, especially when it comes to writing their own. As recently as a decade ago, a resume was often just a simple…

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How Much Does a Canadian Resume Cost?

By Maureen McCann.  “Resume writers are not just typists who can make a document look nice. It takes a trained individual with knowledge in labour market trends and job search techniques, as well as with solid skills in interviewing, information gathering, strategic thinking, technical savvy, wordsmithing and so much more.”  Christine Cristiano, CCS I recently set off to answer the question,…

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Strategic Résumés for Challenging Clients – Real-World Résumé Strategy

Join Sharon Graham and Wayne Pagani at CANNEXUS18 Sunday, January 21, 2018 Pre-Conference Workshop– Half Day 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Today’s résumés are strategic. They address each client’s unique value proposition, barriers and obstacles. A lot has changed in résumé writing. You can’t just use templates anymore. If you haven’t attended any résumé training in a while, then you need to…

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Top 150 PLUS Canadian Resume Tips

By Adrienne Tom. Professionals can employ a wealth of tips and best practices to raise the value of a resume. Recognizing that no two job seekers are exactly alike, the following resume tips offer a variety of starting points and next-level improvements for both Canadian career practitioners and job seeking clients. Apply the tips that best suit your resume creation…

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Resume Writing Tips from a Subcontract Writer

By Giselle Mazurat. 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 to think…

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Client Intake Process Development / Optimization for Resume Writing Services

By Kamee Gilmore. As career professionals and resume strategists, we often say that “first impressions count.” The intake process for resume writing services is where the initial communication occurs and vital information is exchanged. It also sets the tone of your client’s overall impression and experience. You want to ensure that it is a memorable one! The “intake process” is the interface…

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Industry-Leading Advanced Resume Development Certificate Program

 Not sure how to write a strategic resume? You’re not alone. Build your credibility…  …and your resume writing skills. Advanced Resume Development Certificate Program Next 5-week fully facilitated online program is scheduled for May 2017 If you are serious about advancing your expertise in resume writing, or if you are considering applying for your Certified Resume Strategist (CRS) Certification in the…

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Resume Development: A Recruiter’s Perspective

By Joanne Savoie Malone. As a recruiter, I read resumes daily and I appreciate a well-written one. I recognize that putting together a resume is personal and everyone has an opinion. But, there is more to resume writing. To be a good resume writer, you need excellent interviewing skills in order to assess your client’s background, experiences, and abilities. It’s…

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