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Should staffing within University Career Centres be tied to the employment success rate of students upon graduation?

By Dorothy Keenan

I just read the recent article in CBC news “It’s not a guarantee: University no longer comes with promise of stable job” by Nick Purdon and Leonardo Palleja and firmly believe that Universities and Post Secondary Career Centre’s in Canadian schools need to read this article and take note of it. According to Purden and Palleja’s …

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75% of resumes don’t make it through an ATS, is yours one of them?

By Dorothy Keenan

Both recruiters and job seekers are frustrated by Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS). Some great candidates have not made it through the system and you may well be one of them! The reality is that there are close to 200 different applicant tracking systems that companies are using to find candidates and to make it even …

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Are you thinking about moving to Canada?

By Dorothy Keenan

Not sure where to start when looking for work? Make your relocation process less stressful by doing some of the leg work before you board the flight: ensure that you have a strong Canadian style resume; develop an updated LinkedIn profile that positions you as a desirable industry professional; and, most importantly, know where to …

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Searching for jobs in Canada

By Dorothy Keenan

From personal and professional experience, here are some of Eilidh Sligo’s most valuable tips for people considering making the same move. 1. Determine the best city for your industry Just like the UK, different cities and provinces in Canada are home to different industries. Before you make your decision as to which city to move …

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How to successfully work with recruiters from head hunting firms

By Dorothy Keenan

You have decided that you want to reach out to a recruiter and gain their assistance in your job search. You have contacted several of them, but none of them have responded and you can’t understand why. I have had several of my clients get jobs through recruiters, so thought that I would share how …

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The truth on how résumés get eliminated

By Dorothy Keenan

Have you sent out hundreds of résumés and received NO response? Are you getting frustrated? Why are you getting eliminated? In this blog, I am going to explain the harsh reality of what happens when you apply, and provide some tips on how to help your résumés to be viewed and land you an interview. …

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The elusive Canadian work experience for new immigrants

By Dorothy Keenan

“Canadian employers value Canadian experience”. As newcomers to Canada, this is something that we hear a lot during our initial job search and it can be very disheartening. This does not mean, however, that your international employment experience is not valuable. Here are some tips on how to best present this to potential employers. Make …

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What questions should you ask of a recruiter who calls you about a job?

By Dorothy Keenan

For some of you, a recruiter will connect with you on LinkedIn, or by email or phone. While it can be flattering, you need to ask questions so you understand the process and how that individual recruiter works. As a reminder, recruiters are paid for by the employer and you are their “product”. The recruiter …

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What NOT to do when working with recruiters

By Dorothy Keenan

Here is some information you should know before commencing to work with a recruiter. Never ever agree to pay any money to a recruiting agency for their services, or agree to any future financial obligations – e.g. re-paying their fees if you leave a job before their guarantee period is up. Recruiters are paid for …

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