Do you have dated information/gaps in your resume? Should you cover work experience that goes back 20 or more years? What do you do if there is a break in your work history? Should you try and cover up that information? Dated Work History The bottom line is, your resume should include any information/ history that is relevant to the position … [Read more...]
Nail your Elevator Pitch!
Nail your elevator pitch! Your what? What is an elevator pitch? Have you ever been at a social event, or a business meeting, or even in an elevator, when you have to make small talk? And after you finish talking about the weather, you are asked, "What do you do?" If it's truly just small talk with someone you aren't likely going to see … [Read more...]
Are you Targeting your Resume?
Are you targeting your resume to the job for which you are applying? In working with my clients, I have observed a few things that seem to be consistently overlooked. So I thought I would take some time to remind you of a few key points when writing your resume. I have spoken before about targeting each section of your resume to the job poster. … [Read more...]
Resume Writing 101 – Back to Basics
Resume Writing 101 - Back to Basics What are the basics that we need to remember when writing a good resume? We all know that you need to understand what the Hiring Manager is looking for in a prospective employee. And we know that you must submit a resume that demonstrates that you meet those needs. But what about the basic errors that you … [Read more...]
How much is too much information at an Interview?
How much is too much information at an Interview? This is a challenge for most people. How much detail do you need to provide? You certainly want to make sure that you give the interviewer enough information to make an assessment. Are you the "right fit" for the job? Do you possess the required skills and experience? Do you meet the … [Read more...]
Firefighter Interview: Situational Based Interview Questions (Part 2 of 3)
Missed the full firefighter interview series? Catch up here: Part 1: Firefighter Interview: Behavioural Interview Questions Part 3: Firefighter Interview: Conventional Interview Questions The interview board will likely use two components when questioning you during the firefighter interview. The first is the conventional interview. … [Read more...]
Behavioural vs Situational Interview
Behavioural vs Situational Interview. Do you know the difference? What interview type will you be attending? How do you prepare? I recently wrote a post about attending a Behavioural Interview and how to prepare. The theory of the Behavioural Interview is that past behaviour demonstrates future behaviour. With this interview type, the … [Read more...]
How do you answer the interview question, “Do you have any questions for us?”
How do you answer the interview question, "Do you have any questions for us?" As a coach, I often get asked by clients how they should answer that question. And it certainly is an innocent enough question, isn't it? But when it's the last question you are asked in an interview, it's not so simple. So there you sit, wondering what you are … [Read more...]
What do hiring managers really look for in an Interview?
What do Hiring Managers really look for in an interview? Are they just looking for skills and experience, or is there something more? There is no mistaking that you must be qualified for a position to be considered. However, is that the only thing that's important? What about those non tangible traits? Do you think it's important for the … [Read more...]
Do you have strong communication skills?
Do you have strong communication skills? Like anything else, in order to be good at something, you need to work at it. And strong communication skills are something that will benefit you in all aspects of your life. Whether you are communicating with family, friends, co-workers or clients, your communication skills will be the difference between … [Read more...]
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