16 10, 2014

I Just Checked Out Your Facebook Page!

October 16, 2014|Job hunting tips|

Yep. You sent me your résumé earlier today to apply for a position I am advertising and before calling you (or actually not) I Googled your name and checked out your ‘digital footprint’. I know that it sounds stalker-like and I used to scoff at the idea of looking up job seekers’ personal pages online. [...]

27 05, 2014

3 Things That Make Your Manager Cringe

May 27, 2014|Job hunting tips|

When discussing a new opening with a hiring manager, recruiters usually zero in on personality traits a potential hire must demonstrate. Many tend to be fairly cliché – autonomous, cooperative, pleasant, friendly, and so on. I like asking something different: “What makes it difficult for you to manage someone? What makes an employee average?” I [...]

20 05, 2014

Should you hide your criminal record?

May 20, 2014|Job hunting tips|

Years ago I met a candidate who was in the running for the position of Executive Assistant. She came across as polished, professional and demure throughout all of my conversations with her, including of course an in-person interview. My client, President of a Montreal-based distribution company, interviewed his prospective assistant twice and was eager to [...]

13 05, 2014

Ditching résumés from the interview process!

May 13, 2014|Behind the Scenes, Hiring advice, Job hunting tips|

How surprised would you be to walk into an interview with a recruiter who does not have your CV? No, not because he expected you to bring a copy, but because of the new trend - resumes banned from interview rooms. According to Anna Lambert from Shopify, Ottawa-based high tech success story, this innovative approach [...]

5 05, 2014

Recruiters, enough with misguided and self-serving advice!

May 5, 2014|Hiring advice, Job hunting tips|

Long gone are the days when supply outweighed demand and job seekers had to go an extra mile to stand out and appease recruiters and hiring managers. While top headhunting firms are now recognizing the need to differentiate in order to engage potential candidates, outdated advice to job seekers still abounds.   Let’s take for [...]