How to interview for a job after being fired

A CareerBeacon reader wrote in for some advice on her career dilemma. She was recently fired from her job, and she is afraid the situation will prevent her from landing future employment. Here’s a summary of her question. “I worked at my last job for almost a year before being terminated. The project I was…

The career-killing move more than half of us admit we’re making

New research released this week suggests that most Canadian workers don’t see a problem committing this unprofessional career blunder. It turns out that most of us feel confident searching for new jobs from our current workplace. In a survey from global staffing firm Accountemps, 79 per cent of workers said they would feel at least…

One thing I always look for in candidate resumes

Consciously or subconsciously, we are always looking for patterns, for stories we can relate to. This is even true while we read resumes. When considering your application, employers will be looking for the story of your career. Demonstrating a clear plot can be the key to a winning resume. When I am evaluating resumes, I…

Canadian economy adds over 11,000 jobs in October

Statistics Canada has just released the latest Labour Force Survey, and it is another positive update. The Canadian economy added 33,900 full-time jobs in October, but these were partially offset by losses of 22,600 part-time positions. Statistics Canada reports that the net gain of 11,200 jobs nationwide is too small to be statistically relevant. This…

Canadian employers boosting wages to attract the staff they need

A flurry of new reports have just been released offering an eye-opening look at the Canadian labour market – and what employers are doing to hire the staff they need. Here’s a summary of the latest data. A record number of small businesses in Canada say that they are currently experiencing a shortage of skilled…

Confessions de recruteurs: six secrets qu’ils préféreraient garder pour eux

Une enquête réalisée dernièrement auprès de responsables du recrutement révèle le côté sombre du recrutement: souvent, les recrteurs ne se préparent pas pour les entretiens d’embauche et il ne font pas de suivi . netQuote a parlé à plus de 800 responsables du recrutement au sujet de leurs habitudes de recrutement et les résultats sont…

How to focus your application on the most important part of a job posting

Reading through job ads can be discouraging. All too often candidates see a high-level job title and a lengthy list of degrees, certifications, and years of experience in the requirements section and get scared off from applying. The thing is that job titles vary widely from company to company. In some companies a ‘manager’ might…