Job Seekers

In addition to helping you find your dream job, we consult with candidates on resumes, interviews, compensation and your career. Our blog is one of the ways we provide advice to help you with your job search and insight into the latest workplace trends.

How to Ace Behavioural Interviews

The Headhunters hosted a webinar with guest speaker Angela Champ on How to Ace Behavioural Interviews. If you’ve ever been in a job interview where you were asked questions that started with, “Tell me about a time when…” then you’ve experienced a behavioural interview. If you’re not used to this style of interview, [...]

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Getting Back to Work After Parental Leave

Allison Ford, Vice President at The Headhunters, was recently interviewed for an article in Today's Parent on how to go back to work after an extended maternity leave. As a recruiter with over 20 years of experience and a mother herself, she has seen first hand how many parents who take time off from [...]

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4 Reasons Why You Should be Job Hunting this Summer

Summer is a notoriously tough job hunting season, but don’t despair, we like to think of it as a great opportunity for job seekers to get ahead of the game. And here’s why: 1. Less competition. While it’s true a lot of decision-makers take holidays over the summer, it’s similarly true that job seekers [...]

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How to Optimize LinkedIn to Build Your Personal Brand

The Headhunters hosted a webinar with guest speaker Dr. Howie Outerbridge on How to Optimize LinkedIn to Build Your Personal Brand. He shared several great tips on how to use LinkedIn to its full potential! WATCH WEBINAR RECORDING Dr. Howie Outerbridge is Vice President Client Solutions of Logan HR. His background includes [...]

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Time to Upgrade Your Skills? Here’s Our Pick of the Best Online Learning Resources

Continued learning makes for a fulfilling career and an interesting life. You will never know everything and you can never know too much; as Michelangelo famously said at 87, “I am still learning.” Whether you are looking to upgrade your skills for your current role, seeking to make a career change or simply have [...]

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Using LinkedIn to Stay Connected to the Job Market

Whether you’re seeking your next great employment adventure or happily employed but keeping an eye on the market for future opportunities, we cannot stress enough how important your LinkedIn profile is! LinkedIn is the largest professional network on the internet, with over 500 million members globally1 and over 12 million in Canada.2 While it might [...]

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CBC Interview: Preparing Young Graduates For Work

Barry Milne, VP of our MB/SK branch, was recently interviewed by the CBC about young graduates and how they can better prepare themselves for the job market. Barry's advice includes:  Seek out opportunities to gain real world experience Sharpen your communication skills Dress appropriately for work Learn what language is suitable for emails   Listen [...]

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10 Lessons Job Seekers Can Learn From Olympians

Over the last week our team has been enthusiastically cheering on our fellow country men and women as they compete in the Olympics. We are in awe of not only the Olympians' physical abilities, but also their unwavering commitment to their sport. As a team, we have been reflecting on the athletes' performance and have drawn several [...]

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Get Happy, Be Productive [TED TALK]

How to be more productive is one of the most discussed topics of today. Authors, psychologists, business professionals and I'm sure even your fellow colleagues, are forever offering up their strategies to help you become more productive. Write 'to do' lists, don't write 'to do' lists, do your planning at the end of the day, set [...]

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To Be A Successful Sales Professional In 2016 & Beyond You Need To Do These 3 Things

Technology has impacted just about every aspect of our lives and the sales profession is not immune. In fact, in my role as a specialized Recruitment Consultant, I have been witness to a remarkable evolution. Across the world, progressive organizations and innovative sales professionals are using technology to re-engineer the sales process. So, what does [...]

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5 ‘Must Read’ Articles For Job Seekers

Searching for a job is tough. Navigating the highly competitive market, staying current and keeping positive throughout the process can be overwhelming. As Recruitment Consultants, we are here to help you on your journey by sharing knowledge and advice. We read a lot of industry blogs and news articles to ensure we remain at the [...]

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7 Tactics To Help You Stand Out During Your Job Search

Today’s job market is fiercely competitive and it can be hard to get noticed in a sea of applications. That said, there are some strategies you can apply to help you break through the noise and land your dream role. We spoke to our team of Recruitment Consultants to gather their 7 best ideas for improving [...]

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Fresh From Our Desk: What’s Hot In IT

Fresh From Our Desk: What's Hot In IT Across Western Canada, the tech boom has given IT professionals a lot of choice in where they can work. The industry is rapidly evolving, with business needs changing, new technology launching, and start-ups taking off. IT job seekers often come to us curious about the hiring trends [...]

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Canadians: Happy At Work, Happy To Leave [INFOGRAPHIC]

Canadians: Happy At Work, Happy To Leave A new Mercer survey of Canadian workers goes a long way to cementing the idea that modern employees are a fickle bunch. It turns out that up to 59 percent of Canadians who enjoy their current job have one eye on the door. Mercer calls this an “engagement [...]

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Beyond The Basics: Resigning Gracefully

Beyond The Basics: Resigning Gracefully So, you have made the decision to leave your current job. Congratulations, you are embarking on an exciting chapter in your career! At The HeadHunters and TempsAhead we work closely with our clients when key roles like yours become vacant. Over the years, we have learned a thing or two [...]

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Three Ways To Celebrate Temping In Your Resume

Three Ways To Celebrate Temping In Your Resume At TempsAhead and The Headhunters, we love to see temporary work experience on resumes because it tells us that the applicant likes to stay busy between permanent jobs. In other words, such candidates are hardworking and keen to develop transferable skills. However, many job seekers feel like [...]

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Etiquette Tips For Foreign Workers In Canada

Etiquette Tips For Foreign Workers In Canada Canadians are famously polite. For a new citizen, permanent resident, or skilled foreign worker in Canada, this is not always a good thing.  You see, some Canadians are too polite to tell a foreign worker that they have made a misstep in the workplace. That’s why we are happy [...]

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Body Language To Improve Your Interviews

Body Language To Improve Your Interviews Award-winning author, James Borg, maintains that the most accurate way to gauge feelings, attitudes and emotions is through analysis of body language. So, to convince people—especially people we are meeting for the first time—that what we are saying is really true, we cannot allow our body language to devalue [...]

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Four Soft Skills New Graduates Should Bring To Work

Four Soft Skills New Graduates Should Bring To Work One 2013 survey reported that 60 percent of employers felt that new graduates lacked the soft skills to communicate effectively in the workplace. While your post-secondary qualifications will do wonders for your career, polished soft skills will boost your prospects even more. That’s why The we have [...]

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Three Ways To Enhance Your Job Search Etiquette

While setbacks in the final round of interviews are gut-wrenching, the recruiter or hiring manager, when asked, will likely tell you where you could improve in the future. Such feedback, however, is a benefit of making it to the interview stage. But what about improving the earlier stages of your applications? Apply these three tactics to sharpen your job application [...]

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Coffee: An Employee’s Best Friend [INFOGRAPHIC]

Humourist Dave Barry once quipped, “It is inhumane, in my opinion, to force people who have a genuine medical need for coffee to wait in line behind people who apparently view it as some kind of recreational activity.” Talk to your java-inclined coworkers at 8:31 a.m. and Barry’s opinion might not be taken as a [...]

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Five Answers: ‘What Would You Like To Improve About Yourself?’

Five Answers: 'What Would You Like To Improve About Yourself?' Some “stock” interview questions are relatively easy to prepare for and provide with you an opportunity to highlight your value as an employee. Nevertheless, as an interviewee, you should also be prepared for those stock questions that trip-up even the most qualified candidates. “What would [...]

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Five Lessons From The Recent Federal Election

Five Lessons From The Recent Federal Election Oh, Canada! On October 19th the nation spoke and there were winners and losers from coast to coast. Job seeking is often as gruelling as the election campaigns of our dear leaders. But there are many lessons job hunters can learn from the recent election: 1) Accentuate the [...]

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Five Interview Questions That Might Scare You

There’s an urban legend that Microsoft liked to test the analytical thinking of its potential recruits, asking them brainteasers to see how they handled them. Legend has it that when Nobel Prize winning physicist, Richard Feynman, was interviewed, Microsoft asked him to explain why most manhole covers are round (as opposed to square). Perhaps offended, [...]

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Trick or Treat? Employees’ Halloween Celebrations Gone Wrong

Halloween has the potential to be the perfect bridge between summer and Christmas workplace festivities. Candy, decorations and silly costumes! What more could you ask for to lighten the mood around the office? Well, for a few misguided individuals, the traditional approach wasn’t enough and they found themselves in serious trouble in the workplace… [...]

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From Our President: A Shout Out To My Business Partner

I'm so proud of my business partner, Danielle Bragge, that I wanted to share the news about the incredible work she is doing in Nicaragua. Currently Danielle is leading a group of fifteen ladies to work with an orphanage in one of the poorest places within the country. Danielle and her team, including Recruitment [...]

How To Master Your Memory [INFOGRAPHIC]

It seems that memory is not the essential tool it once was now that the digital age has put the world’s answers at our fingertips. You will likely agree that it is passé these days to learn vast swathes of information. That being said, it is still advantageous as an employee or manager to be able [...]

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9 Tips To Ace A One-Way Video Interview

Video interviews are becoming an increasingly popular medium for conducting interviews. They can be ran either in real time, a.k.a a live interview, or be recorded with pre-set questions asked, a.k.a a one-way interview. As virtual interviews are relatively new, they still remain a foreign concept to many job seekers. However, their usage is likely to [...]

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Don’t Let the Job Hunt Get You Down

  Your job hunt may be a long, hard road at times, especially if you are seeking a specialized position in a tough market. While true success is rarely struck upon easily, there are many ways to improve your job search, both in practical and emotional terms. Take it from some of the most iconic [...]

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As Canadians We Have Plenty To Be Grateful For This Thanksgiving

"In a world darkened by ethnic conflicts that tear nations apart, Canada stands as a model of how people of different cultures can live and work together in peace, prosperity and mutual respect." - Bill ClintonWhat a wonderful quote to usher in Canadian Thanksgiving, encapsulating a self-image that many Canadians embrace. These words are Bill [...]

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The 10 Job Skills You Will Need In 2020 [INFOGRAPHIC]

The job market is evolving at a rapid pace. Literally overnight some jobs are becoming redundant, while new industries are being born. Across the world technology, globalization and shifting demographics are having a profound impact on the kinds of jobs available. Consequently new skills are required for the emerging vocations. The below infographic from The [...]

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Using Technology When Searching For A Job

  As early as 2009 reports showed that 45 percent of employers in some industries were already using Facebook to screen candidates. Since then this statistic has only increased, and now it is a common step in the recruitment process for many hiring managers. What does this mean for you as a job seeker? Well, [...]

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Stories Of Creative & Quirky Job Applications

Sometimes the competition for a job can be so intense that candidates go the extra mile to get noticed during the application and interview process. In our industry we often come across great stories about the unusual ways people have applied for jobs, here's some of our favourites: (Just remember, if you get inspired and [...]

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Techniques To Help You Manage Workplace Stress

    Stress affects job performance. The odd stockbroker or Formula One driver might say that they thrive on it, but for most people stress is exhausting. Typically when people get stressed they find less pleasure in their work. Furthermore, Sun Life Insurance reports that stress is a major contributor to employee absenteeism. Clearly, no-one benefits when [...]

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Want To Be A Better Conversationalist?

  In the digital age people's ability to connect with others and strike up meaningful conversations is weakening. In fact, many employers have to search harder these days to secure employees who possess strong interpersonal skills. Whether you are looking to get hired or get more connected in your current role, accentuating your conversational skills will no [...]

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A 3-Step Process To Keep Your Technological Skills Up To Date

  Technology, especially business software, evolves quickly and dramatically. In just a few years we have seen applications such as Dropbox, Google Docs and Skype for Business become essential to many industries. What is more, in 2013 some of the world’s most familiar software programs such as the Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative suites, implemented cloud-based systems [...]

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Ask A Recruiter: Knowing when to make a career move

A motivated employee recently asked our Recruitment Consultants:   "How and when should I decide to make a move in my career?" As a high achieving and progressive recruiter, we asked Senior Recruitment Consultant Sam Lawson to share his advice on how to make a change. If you are a proactive individual that is focused on [...]

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Want A Job With Flex Appeal? Consider Temping

Maybe you are between jobs, you've just relocated or you are looking to expand your experience and network. Whatever your circumstance, temping can be a great option if you are looking for flexible employment. In addition, the summer months are ripe with opportunities so it is the prefect time to experience the many benefits of temping: [...]

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LinkedIn Profile Must-Haves [INFOGRAPHIC]

LinkedIn is an incredibly powerful resource for your job search; it enables you to promote your professional profile, network and get involved in industry discussions. If your profile is lackluster it may be detrimental your professional image and job search efforts. Most employers will review a potential candidate's LinkedIn profile during the hiring process. The [...]

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The Importance Of A Good Handshake In Your Job Search

It’s one of the first and last impressions you’ll leave with an interviewer so it’s time to revisit one of our favourite topics – The Handshake. Your handshake says a lot about you, it can exude confidence, enthusiasm, anxiety, honesty... this list goes on. So what’s your handshake saying about you?   The Wet Lettuce: The [...]

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Why Happiness at Work is Important [INFOGRAPHIC]

As a society we are obsessed with happiness: finding it, keeping it, measuring it and sharing it... why? Because happiness feels good and when we are happy we have better relationships, health and an overall sense of wellbeing. Happiness also has a big impact on work place performance. The infographic from Growth Engineering below, Why Happiness [...]

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22 Tips to Make Networking Less Awkward

Networking can be an awkward experience even for the well initiated. Here are 22 quick tips to freshen up your networking skills and make it more fun and fruitful: Set yourself networking goals, e.g. “I will meet 5 new people tonight”, “I want to have a meaningful conversation with John Smith” Take a buddy with [...]

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Workaholism Doesn’t Work [INFOGRAPHIC]

These days, workaholism is the norm. With the evolution of smartphones, cloud services and better carrier plans, employees are almost always connected. The below infographic from Cornerstone gives us a snapshot of the state of workaholism in the U.S. and the toll it's taking on employees and employers. While the stats come from the U.S., we see similar [...]

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7 Signs it’s Time for a New Job

  Struggling with the daily grind? Or maybe you're stuck in a rut and you don't even know it. Below are seven signs you might need to start looking for a new job, and it's not just about lack of motivation. 1. You struggle with your workload If you’re struggling to keep up with your work, [...]

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Five Phone Interview Tips for Employers

When first starting the hiring process, employers typically review resumes, create a shortlist and contact applicants for interviews. It seems like an extra step, but a valuable method for expediting the process is through initial phone interviews with promising applicants. This preliminary screen by phone gives employers the opportunity to distinguish better qualified candidates and save time later on [...]

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What Are Your References Saying About You?

Did you know that as many as three in five employers (62 per cent) have contacted a reference who had negative things to say about the candidate? You may think that references are just an administrative hoop to jump through, but negative references have resulted in candidates being taken out of the running and even [...]

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Ace a Job Interview with Body Language [VIDEO]

Did you know that 93% of our communication is non-verbal? This means that when you're in an interview, those prepared answers you have in your head are only 7% of the equation. This video from behavioural investigator, Vanessa Van Edwards, shares some great do's and don'ts of non-verbal communication to ace your next job interview. [...]

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How to Brand Yourself on LinkedIn Without Sounding Like Everyone Else [INFOGRAPHIC]

Are you a motivated, creative and strategic professional? Well, apparently so are a lot of other LinkedIn users. If you're looking to spruce up your personal brand in 2015, a punchy LinkedIn profile is key. But far too many of us are filling our profiles with empty buzzwords that fail to differentiate you from the pack. [...]

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Top Blog Posts of 2014

Another year comes to a close and we’re wrapping it up with our annual list of our Top 10 Blog Posts of 2014. It’s been a fun year on the blog, we’ve done some back-to-basics stories, as well as broken new ground on upcoming trends.For job seekers, interview tips continue to be our most-read articles. [...]

Ask A Recruiter: How to Get Promoted

An eager employee asks how to get promoted: I have been at my job for 18 months and have always been a hard-working team member and received good performance reviews. I work for a fairly large organization and it's not uncommon to receive promotions after only a year or so but my manager hasn't mentioned anything to me [...]

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When Do You Have Power to Negotiate?

When it comes to salary negotiations, not all positions are created equal. However, the payoff can be considerable. In a study of new graduates it was found that those who negotiated were able to increase their starting salaries by 7.4 percent on average. While there can be a strong case to negotiate in most circumstances, [...]

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How to Make the Most of an Entry-Level Position

Consider your entry-level position as your foot in the door, a stepping stone, on your way to greater things.  You now have the opportunity to gain the knowledge you need and practice the skills necessary for advancement.  If you are struggling to remain positive about your entry-level position, remind yourself that most Fortune 500 CEOs [...]

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5 Things that Scare Away Potential Employers

At Halloween we all like a good scare; haunted houses, gory costumes and ghost stories are all part of the fun. But when it comes to your job search, we want to make sure there’s nothing scary about it at all! Below are five things that jobs seekers often do which unintentionally scare away potential [...]

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Decoding Common Interview Questions

We’ve all been through an interview process or two, and some of us have heard similar questions in multiple interviews. So, why do all employers ask these questions to candidates? What are they looking to get from the answers? Here are some popular interview questions broken down, and some suggestions on what interviewers are looking [...]

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4 Tips for Making a Contract Position Permanent

Getting a temporary or contract position can be a great way to get yourself some experience in the workplace. But when your contract is coming to a close, it often leaves people in the same boat as they previously were. So how can you capitalize on contract positions and gain permanent employment? Here are a [...]

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3 Ways to Gain Work Experience

You’ve just finished school and you’re starting to apply for jobs. However, every position seems to require you to have experience, but how do you get experience when no one will hire you? This is a vicious circle that traps many recent grads, and it can be very hard to get out of. Here are [...]

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11 Incredible Reasons Why Having Friends At Work Is Important (INFOGRAPHIC)

Having office buddies not only makes work more fun but it affects your bottom line as well! When coworkers get along not only is morale boosted, but engagement increases and retention is higher. This fun infographic from Officevibe shares 11 incredible stats that prove that having friends at work is great for business! KEY TAKEAWAYS: 70% of employees [...]

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Getting Hired in a Digital World [INFOGRAPHIC]

Job hunting has evolved beyond the type of paper you use and the quality of your cover letter. In our digital age, recruiters and employers have more access to information about you than ever before. This infographic from Brighton School of Business and Management walks through the state of digital recruitment today and what you can do [...]

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How to Get Promoted at Work

You might wonder how to get promoted at your job. If you have been at your workplace for any length of time you have undoubtedly seen people move in and move up along the way. How do they do it?  There are plenty of paths you can take for how to get promoted. Here are [...]

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Why Comic Sans Can Prevent You from Getting Hired: A List of Little Known Resume Mistakes

When someone is reviewing your resume, you only have a few short seconds to make a positive impression. In this time, you should effectively do everything within your power to captivate your reader, which doesn't include any of the following common but little known resume mistakes. Weird or Small Fonts Even though Comic Sans or Papyrus [...]

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What is a Behavioural Interview and What to Expect

Behavioural interviews are becoming more and more almost all industries. Employers use the behavioural interview method in order to assess their prospective employee's potential for success by considering his or her past experiences and actions. The person conducting the behavioural interview will have already identified what skills and qualities the company seeks in an employee and will [...]

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Top 10 Jobs of the Future [INFOGRAPHIC]

Mirror, mirror on the wall, what career should I pursue in the Fall?  For students contemplating their career prospects, Collegeatlas.org has released an infographic on the top 10 jobs of 2022. While many jobs listed are already experiencing hot growth, others may surprise you (Veterinarians?!). When it comes to picking what career path you should head down, [...]

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Changing Careers in Your 30s and 40s

One of the more difficult things any of us has to do in our lives is choose a career. When we were at school we were much younger and not necessarily sure what it is that most inspires us. Parents and teachers may have told us things to push us in one direction or another [...]

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Getting Through a Group Interview

  Congratulations! You have made it to your job interview. The bad news is that you have discovered that it is a group interview. It is hard enough to interview for your perfect job, but doing so in a group setting can be even more nerve-wracking.   Group job interviews are often used by employers who [...]

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The Headhunters Co-Founder Named EY Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist

We’re proud to announce that Danielle Bragge, Co-Founder of The Headhunters Recruitment Inc, has been selected as a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur of the YearTM 2014 Prairies Award.   Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates the contribution and spirit of entrepreneurs everywhere. The Canadian program is in its 21st year of honouring the country's most [...]

How Your Social Media Profile Can Impact Your Job Search

When you are looking for a job, you make sure everything is perfect to impress future employers. For example, your resume is perfect, your references are on speed dial and you've even picked the outfit. Unfortunately, what you may not realize is that the personal things you enjoy doing may have unintended consequences. One Facebook post, a [...]

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How to Change Your Career

Are you thinking of changing your career? Lots of people do at some point in their lives, and it’s becoming more and more common. Sometimes, a career change can be just the thing you need to get out of the rut you are in and give yourself a chance to achieve your dream. However, most [...]

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Interview Tips and Tricks that Work

Being unprepared is one of the biggest mistakes you can make when it comes to a job interview. Employers are on the lookout for well organized, informed candidates that stand out from the competition. Increase your wow-factor by following these interview tips and tricks to find yourself at the head of the pack: Don’t get [...]

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Ask A Recruiter: How to Ask for Time Off

A young professional asks us about taking time off in the summer: This is my first full-time job after college and I’m not sure what the proper etiquette is for asking for time off. I work in a large office and lots of people in my department have booked in their vacations already.  I have [...]

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What You Need to Know About Recruitment Agencies in Canada

Recruitment agencies can have different roles in different countries. In this post, we’ll be breaking down what you need to know about working with recruitment agencies in Canada – from what fees apply, to what service they provide.   Employment agencies exist for three main purposes: Assist employers with recruiting fitting employees. Match job seekers [...]

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How to Find a Mentor

A great professional mentor can bolster your career and provide invaluable professional development. But how do you even go about finding a mentor? Where should you look, what do you say?   Let’s walk through the basics for finding a mentor -   Establish Your Mentorship Goals Be clear from the start what goals you [...]

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A Quick Guide to Finding the Right Career

Whether you live in Edmonton or Vancouver, finding the right career requires research, understanding yourself and acquisition of new skills and knowledge. Oh, and there’s another thing. The courage and ambition to pursue a new career path! Let’s break down your career discovery journey into four steps: Identify interesting occupations. Evaluate your skills and strengths. [...]

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Back to Basics: How do Employment Agencies Work?

A temporary employment agency has a very unique place in the community compared to other recruitment agencies. The role of temporary employment agencies is to solve staffing shortages affecting the profitability of other businesses.   How do employment agencies work for employers? Most people assume that temp agencies only provide workers to fill in for [...]

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13 Resume Do’s and Dont’s

When it comes to submitting your resume to a recruiter, you have to keep in mind that we receive literally hundreds of resumes in a given month.  That’s a lot of reading material! So keeping your submissions concise and engaging will get the attention you’re seeking. With that said, there is no silver bullet when [...]

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How to Search for a Job Online

Building a career or finding a job takes one step at a time. In fact, knowing how to search for a job online can be the key in speeding up the steps to landing your next job. The first step to learning how to search for a job online is understanding the options for online [...]

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How to Find Contract Work

The changing nature of employment is indicative of the changing nature of business. Employees and organizations alike are navigating new approaches to work, the latter to pave their own career paths and the former to adjust and adapt to the demands of the market. A particularly salient example of this is the proliferation of contract [...]

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No Degree? Some Jobs to Consider

The Headhunters President, Cam Macmillan, was quoted in today's Financial Post article discussing job prospects for people without degrees.   EXCERPT BELOW -    Getting a university education usually translates into a higher paying job. But if you don’t have a degree, don’t despair. According to a recent study by Adzuna.ca, a job search engine, a [...]

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5 Essential Cover Letter Tips

Your cover letter is your opportunity to inject personality into your application and set yourself apart from the competition. Don’t waste the space simply regurgitating your resume, instead follow these five essential cover letter tips to stand out.   1. Speak Their Language You’ve probably heard of “mirroring” tone and body language as a way [...]

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Ask A Recruiter: Job Hunting as an Entrepreneur and Business Owner

A job seeker asked us how to overcome some of the hurdles entrepreneurs and business owners face when they decide to begin a job search  - I am a young entrepreneur who is currently in the process of separating from co-ownership of his company. Having only one job prior to working for himself, my concern [...]

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What to Consider before Changing Careers

It seems as if today everyone is talking career change, but is it right for you? There are a number of things to consider before changing careers, questions to ask yourself, here are just a few of them -   What are my strengths? Your current job may no longer be challenging you, or you [...]

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How to Make a Good Resume

Your resume plays a vital role in your quest for a job. It is a form of self-advertisement that highlights your strengths, educational background and work experiences. In other words, it is a basis used by prospective employers in determining why they should at least invite you for an interview. Here are some tips that [...]

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Do’s and Don’ts of Goal Setting

Ok, we’re nearing the end of February, so how is everyone doing with their new year’s resolutions? Do you even remember what they were??   If you’ve lost track of your goal progress, don’t be discouraged! Let’s take a moment to look at those goals and make sure you’re setting yourself up for success.   [...]

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Habits of the World’s Wealthiest People [INFOGRAPHIC]

Do you wake up 3 hours before work? Do you exercise aerobically at least four times per week? Do you make your children volunteer at least 10 hours per month? Well, some of the world's wealthiest people certainly do. In this infographic from NowSourcing, the habits and traits of the world's richest people are on display. [...]

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Adding Structure to Your Job Search

“You should treat job hunting like a full time job.”   At face value, this common piece of job search advice makes a good point while at the same time seeming totally unrealistic. Are you really going to commit 40 hours a week to trawling job boards and crafting cover letters? We hope not!   [...]

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Not Everyone Can be a Temp

When you’re out of work and looking for a new role, you’ll often hear from others “why don’t you just do some temporary or contract work?” But taking on temporary assignments isn't as straightforward as some might think, and not all job seekers will find it a great fit. Ioana Bucsa, one of our TempsAhead [...]

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Do Men Have Better Work/Life Balance? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Turns out men are happier than women in the office, at least according to a recent survey by digital media company Captivate Network. After polling 673 white-collar professionals, men reported being 25% happier at work and generally more satisfied with their work-life balance than women, despite working longer days on average.

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Holiday Networking Tips [VIDEO]

Over the next few weeks, many of us will be attending a number of professional and personal networking events. The holiday season is a peak networking season so don't let it go to waste! This video from career consultant J.T. O'Donnell is a good reminder that if you dread networking - you're probably doing it [...]

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Ask A Recruiter: How to Change Industries

A candidate asks about how to start a career in a new industry: I’ve been working in the Finance industry for 9 years and would be considered a ‘top performer’ in my field. I’ve enjoyed regular career progression and promotions but I’m starting to tire of the industry and can feel myself burning out. I [...]

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Resume Writing: Old School vs New School

When it comes to writing your resume there’s a lot of old and outdated advice out there. But not all the “old” ways are necessarily irrelevant. On the flipside, not all the shiny new resume trends out there are worth following blindly.   Let’s take a walk through the different stages of preparing your resume [...]

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Tattoos and Piercings: Is There a New Workplace Norm?

With tattoos and piercings rising in popularity, especially amongst Millennials, is there a new workplace standard for professionalism? Gen Y tends to value individuality and self-expression, so do employers have to be more accepting of body art or should Millenials just suck it up and toe the line?   Questions like this pop up quite [...]

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How to Nail Your Entry-Level Job Search [INFOGRAPHIC]

There’s no magic formula for catching the attention of every employer, but there are several ways you can gain an edge during your job search. The below infographic from InternMatch shares a few tactics new grads and inexperienced job seekers can use to an nab entry-level job. Some Highlights: 69% of companies with 100+ employees offered full-time [...]

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The Soft Skills Gap

  When we look at our ageing workforce and the growing ‘skills gap’, most of us assume we’re talking about a technical skills gap. But a recent survey of 500 U.S. senior executives found that the soft skills might be the real area of concern.   44 per cent of respondents cited soft skills — [...]

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The Art of Exiting Conversations Gracefully

Guest post by Gayle Hallgren-Rezac Sometimes exiting a conversation at a network event can feel awkward. So how do you do this gracefully?   We tell people that exiting a conversation is one of the harder things to do when circulating in ‘the pond’. It requires a little bit of tough love.   Find a moment [...]

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Temporary vs Permanent Work: You don’t have to choose

Lots of job seekers are conflicted about taking on temporary work, thinking it will jeopardize their permanent job search. It's a dilemma we coach a lot on, so our own  Lily Brewer shared her thoughts on the matter. With summer now over, the number of new opportunities are more prevalent this time of year, both contract and [...]

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What Recruiters Look for on Your LinkedIn Profile

All our consultants use LinkedIn to source and research potential candidates. And it’s not just us; a survey by Jobvite found that over 93 per cent of respondent companies use LinkedIn for recruiting.   Unlike most other social media, the majority of LinkedIn users don’t use and update their profile regularly. Our recruitment consultants are [...]

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Brain Boosting Work Snacks

Not all snacks are created equal. There are snacks that slim you down, snacks that wake you up, and then there are some snacks that will keep your brain fighting fit!   Here are six healthy brain boosting snacks to keep around the office when your stomach starts growling -   Blueberries   Evidence accumulated [...]

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LinkedIn Etiquette: 20 Do’s and Don’ts [INFOGRAPHIC]

LinkedIn is an essential job search tool for today's job seeker. It's ideal for personal brand building and nurturing your professional relationships.   But just like all social networks, LinkedIn has it's own unwritten rules of etiquette that users tend to follow. The below infographic from Top Dog Social Media lists 20 of their top Do's [...]

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Cover Letters: What’s the Point?

Does anyone read cover letters anymore? Why should I include one? Isn’t it just a repetition of what’s on your resume?   These are questions constantly being asked by hungry job seekers across the country. And we get it. Job hunting is tough and spending that extra time crafting a witty customized cover letter is [...]

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5 Movies Lessons About Teamwork

Hollywood loves a good teamwork flick, and so do we! Here are five of our favourite team-based movies and the valuable lessons they teach us about teamwork: The Avengers Trying to bring together competing egos is tough enough in a regular team environment; imagine trying to battle the egos of six A-type Superheroes! In The [...]

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Fake It Till You Become It

Following on from last week's post about job hunting tips for introverts, we'd like to share this fascinating TED Talk by social psychologist Amy Cuddy. Her research showed that our body language not only affects how others see us, but it also effects how we see ourselves. She studied "power posing" and what physiological changes [...]

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Job Hunting Tips for Introverts

Between one third to half the population is introverted. Unlike extroverts, introverts draw their energy from internal resources and find interactions with other people draining. This means parts of the job hunting process, like interviewing and networking, can be uncomfortable and exhausting for an introvert. But introverts shouldn’t feel at a disadvantage in their job [...]

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The Glowing Introduction Technique for Networking

Guest post by Gayle Hallgren-Rezac A Glowing Introduction™ is a technique that all good networkers and connectors use.  Most people take the easy way out and say things like: “This is Jasmine, we work together.” or “This is my better half.” (Seriously, do people still say this?  Yes, they do, and it’s cringe-worthy.)  Instead of these lacklustre ways [...]

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Bad Resume Advice You Should Ignore

There’s so much resume advice out there for job seekers, just googling “resume advice” returns over 158 MILLION results. Yikes! Plus there are those pearls of wisdom from your mum, your dad, your professor, your neighbour, your old colleague… the list goes on.   Unfortunately most of the advice out there is either outdated or [...]

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Ask A Recruiter: Job Hunting as a New Grad

You can’t get a job without experience and you can’t get experience without a job. Ever hear that saying? For new graduates looking for that first job, those words strike fear in the hearts of the unemployed. We’ve received a couple of emails lately from new grads asking for advice to help land that elusive first [...]

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How to Apply for a Job You’re Overqualified for

You may wonder “What’s wrong with being overqualified? Why wouldn’t they want someone with much more experience than required??” But a hiring manager doesn’t just see impressive qualifications; they look down the track to a few potential problems: You will get bored You are just looking for ‘any job’ and will leave once something better [...]

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Asking Your Company to Pay for Training

For most people, asking your company to pay for training and development falls under the “awkward conversations I wish I could avoid” umbrella. But asking for training shouldn’t be as scary as you think. For starters, most employers expect  these conversations and a reasonable manager isn’t going to penalize an employee for simply bringing up [...]

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How To Succeed In Any Job Interview [INFOGRAPHIC]

Over the phone, in a group, technical testing, intimidating interviewers, clueless bosses - it's an unpredictable world out there for job seekers going on interviews! But you can prepare yourself for any type of interview and interviewer with the help of this infographic put together by Interview Success Formula. They look at 5 common types of [...]

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Branding Yourself Online: The Basics

  Investing time in building a ‘Personal Brand’ online can seem intimidating but it can lead to some incredible opportunities. Just take a look at Anthony De Rosa or Piper Weiss. De Rosa was a relentless social media news machine through his Twitter feed and Tumblr, in addition to his regular day job as Product [...]

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4 (out of 17) Ways to be Happier at Work

Respected sales blogger Geoffrey James recently wrote a post suggesting 17 ways to be happier at work. It’s a great list and worth the read when you have the time.   Meanwhile, we'll take a look at four which really stood out and our own takeaways from it.   1. Don't compare yourself to others. Everybody, [...]

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International Women’s Day

It's International Women's Day and today we're celebrating women in the workforce. We love this video made for International Women's Day - Celebrating Working Women. It highlights some of the interesting inventions by women, as well as just how far we've come in the fight for equality in the workforce worldwide. While we still [...]

The Happy Secret to Better Work [INFOGRAPHIC]

It's like the chicken and the egg. When it comes to work, does success lead to happiness or is it happy workers who breed success?   This infographic by MyCareertopia.com is based on the work of Shawn Achor in his book, The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work. It takes [...]

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Zeroing in On Your Dream Job

Guest post by Heather Magee     When in the midst of job hunting, many of us try to maximize our opportunities, applying for any role that seems applicable. Especially if you’re in between jobs, having been laid off, or choosing to leave your previous employer because you were downright miserable. There’s a certain sense [...]

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How to Change Careers like Mark Wahlberg

Rapper. Model. Actor. Producer.   Marky Mark managed to break free from the Funky Bunch and not only have one, but multiple successful careers in the spotlight. He’s one of a small handful who has managed to transform his status from 90s teen idol to Oscar-nominated producer.   While most of us would be hard [...]

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The Truth About Lying on Resumes [INFOGRAPHIC]

Just how much can you trust a resume or CV? This latest infograhpic based on data from The Society of Human Resource Managers shows the most common lies told by job applicants.   Some Highlights: 46% of resumes submitted by job applicants have some measure of false information. 70% of college students said they would [...]

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Top 10 Most-Read Job Seeker Blog Posts of 2012

It’s been a big year for The Headhunters Blog and we’re taking a look back at some of the most popular posts of 2012. We've been happily doling out advice and tips on everything from how to sanitize your social media presence to what’s the best sport for networking. But topping the list this year (and [...]

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Are You The Office Grinch?

Rudolph or Santa? Elf or The Grinch? There’s a slew of quirky Christmas characters we’ve come to know and love, but have you met their workplace counterparts? We take a fun look at some of the office stereotypes with a jolly twist! Rudolph   A pioneer who lights the way forward, ignoring the ridicule of [...]

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Top 10 Overused Buzzwords on LinkedIn

As 2012 counts down we start to see some interesting and entertaining 'year in review'-type lists. One of our favourites is LinkedIn's Buzzwords list! Scouring the 187 million profiles of its members, LinkedIn compiles this annual list of the most (over)used professional buzzwords. View last year's list here. For the second year in a row, [...]

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Questions to Ask an Interviewer

"Do you have any questions for us?"... Silence. A lone tumbleweed blows through your mind. Sound familiar?   At the end of an interview it’s standard procedure to save some time for the candidate to ask any questions he or she might have. Yet surprisingly so many hopefuls end an interview without asking a hiring [...]

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What’s the Best Sport for Networking?

Golf has been synonymous with business networking for a long time but there are a few other sports that are great for your health and your career!   Golf We’ll start with the classic; the gentleman’s game has been a stalwart for the (mainly male) business community. With plenty of downtime to actually talk and [...]

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Take A Break [INFOGRAPHIC]

Is your office chair slowly killing you? We all know sitting at our desk and staring at a computer screen for hours on end is bad for us. But did you know it can increase your chance of heart disease by 64 per cent? Also, you are 30 per cent more likely to get prostate [...]

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Ask For The Job

At the end of an interview, most candidates ask “what’s the next step?” - great question. But if you’re really interested, why wouldn’t you ask for the job?   “Dave, thank you so much for your time to today. I have to tell you I’m so excited about your opportunity and I would love if [...]

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Turn Your References into Job Search MVPs

References can be some of your most valuable players in your job search but are often an afterthought for job seekers. Your references can either make your application sizzle or fizzle, so why aren’t you giving them a little more TLC? Here are our tips to enlisting a stellar lineup of references so that they [...]

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7 Ways to Tank a Phone Interview

It might seem like it is “just a phone interview” but it is a very important step in the way a company assesses your application and your fit for the role. It can increase your chances in getting an in-person interview or end your application all together. You prepare for an in-person interview, so why [...]

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10 Creative SlideShare Visual Resumes

In this digital age job seekers have a wide range of useful tools at their fingertips to help them stand out from the pack. One of our favourite alternatives to the traditional resume is a SlideShare visual resume. SlideShare is the world's largest community for sharing presentations. Users can upload a presentation and easily share it [...]

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7 Quick Boosts for your Afternoon Slump

We’re all susceptible to the occasional afternoon lull. That 3pm slump where it’s hard to concentrate, you find your mind wandering. Well here’s 7 quick tips from the team about how to give yourself a boost at work.   1. Chew Gum Remember when you used to get in trouble for chewing gum in class? [...]

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Resigning the Right Way

When it comes to handing in your notice there is definitely a right and wrong way to do it! Quitting your job can be a liberating experience, but be careful not to let your ego get in the way of respect. While the thought of slamming the door in your boss’ face and publicly calling [...]

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Free Workshop: How To Get Hired

HOW TO GET HIRED: FREE JOB SEEKER WORKSHOP, EDMONTON Want to know how to stand out from hundreds of resumes? Ever get tongue-tied during an interview? We're offering a FREE workshop for Edmonton job seekers to help you stand out from the crowd. Don't resign your job search to the rejection pile! Get practical advice [...]

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