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Top 5 Recruitment Firm Myths – Debunked

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Disclaimer: you should know that I recently re-watched Jerry Maguire this past weekend so I apologize in advance for the TomCruise-ian undertones of this post.

To begin, it is just plain unreasonable for we Recruiters to expect you to know our process.  I want to peel back the onion and take the opportunity to give you an idea of what the process looks like from our side of the table.  Read More…


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How to Amplify Your Job Search During a Downturn

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Let’s be honest:  searching for a new job doesn’t usually excite most people. Update your resume or catch the newest movie? Search job ads or scroll through YouTube? Practice for interviews or hang out with friends? I know what I’d rather be doing.

Multiply that lack of a good time by throwing in an economic downturn and the pressure rises.  Read More…


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How to Answer the Top 10 Interview Questions

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We all know that good preparation is the key to success at interview. One aspect of this is thinking through the type of questions you are likely to be asked and having a killer answer up your sleeve. To get you started, we have compiled a list of the top 10 most common questions asked at interview and some pointers on the kind of approach you could take to answer them. Read More…


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Should I Lie on My Résume?

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As a professional resume writer, HR manager and career coach for over 10 years, I have come across this controversial issue more times than I can count. Let’s say you have been actively pursuing employment for over a year and keep being told you’re over qualified by recruiters, so you start thinking to yourself, “maybe I should remove some of my older jobs or change the job titles to something less managerial.” For example, if you wanted to effectively lie on your resume, you’d want to remove the job title of your previous employer from District Sales Manager to Sales Representative and remove any verbiage related to leading teams or managing daily operations. Read More…


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What are the top 8 biggest interview blunders you could ever make?

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No one likes being taken off-guard. When it comes to preparing for an interview, we all do what it takes in advance to be as ready as we can. We research the company, we (hopefully) dress to impress and fundamentally, we go in there guns blazing and super confident. So what happens when, despite all your preparations, something goes terribly wrong? Read More…


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Advice for Graduates: Advancing in the Workplace

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Seize the opportunity. One of the best things about being in the front of a classroom is building trust with upcoming grads. Once trust is established, the students really begin to open up to you and the class time becomes much more interactive. Even better, students begin to look to you for insight and advice on their upcoming career in the business world.

“What’s the best way to get ahead once I am working? Is there a way to ensure I can advance?”

Students majoring in accounting and hoping to pursue an accounting designation have a very clear program to follow, in terms of the post grad process. In addition, each accounting body sets clear guidelines for the type of work experience they require to successfully designate. Read More…


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Personal Branding

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It's exactly what it sounds like: promoting and packaging yourself as a viable product that serves to create an impression about who you are and, by extension, your accomplishments, services, and offerings. Crafted correctly, your personal brand will illicit as well as impart an emotional connection in the minds of recruiters that will differentiate you from other job applicants.

The concept of personal branding was originally formulated by Tom Peters in 1997. However, it is only in recent years that its application has proven effective for job seekers. Dan Schawbel, a guru within this discipline, states that “personal branding, by definition, is the process of marketing ourselves” (source). While reading his definition, I was reminded of a marketing class I took that introduced me to the 4 P’s of marketing: product, price, placement, and promotion. Read More…


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Recruiters: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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How do you choose a recruiter, and what should you know? Do they care about you, are they just trying to make a placement? Are they really concerned with your best interests? Here are a few things we think you need to know.

Let’s be honest, many recruiters are bottom feeders; they speak at you, sounding like they are reading from a script, and worse yet, they really don’t care about your career aspirations! The best recruiter out there will take an interest in you, understand what is important to you, know your career aspirations and want to build a long standing professional relationship with you. Read More…