Looking For Your First Job

This is the time of year that university students start looking for their first “real” job. After conversations with some younger friends, I thought I would put together some thoughts about how entry-level candidates should approach their first job as they apply to a number of companies and evaluate offers. Optimize for growth vs. pay Many entry-level students graduate with …

How to: Job Search Time Management

315 words, 3 minute read. Finding a new job can be time consuming, and challenging, work. Below you’ll find tips to be a more effective and efficient job search candidate. How do I make the most of my time? Keep a standard schedule Build a specific workflow for your job search. Having a daily routine can help you focus on …

The Fast and Easy Network Outreach Guide

270 words. 3 minute read. People in your network can help. Your personal and professional networks are crucial to helping you find your next job opportunity. Beyond being able to point you towards the right people, connections may be able to offer you a referral, which can dramatically improve your chances of getting hired. In fact,  referred candidates are 3 …

4 Things to Look For Before an Interview

210 words. 3-minute read. Research the company interviewing you. Despite the opportunity to set yourself apart from other interviewees, many strong candidates waste it by not doing thorough research on the company interviewing them. This leaves the interviewer with a bad impression and you without a job. What information should I be looking for? Basics Mission Statement Primary clients and …

5 Essential Resume Tips

390 words. 4-minute read. Your resume is your chance to make a good first impression. Follow these simple steps to make sure yours don’t end up in the recycling bin. The average job posting in 2017 receives over 150 resumes. Here’s how to make yours stand out.   What makes a good resume or cover letter? 1. It is free …

Deadly Mistakes to Avoid: Typos and Grammar

250 words. 2-minute read. Job seeking is competitive. Something as little as a typo in your resume or cover letter is often enough to knock you out of contention for a position. Follow these simple tips to make sure your application isn’t ending up in the recycling bin. How do I avoid spelling and grammar errors? Read over your work …

How To Organize Your Job Search with CareerJSM

240 words. 3-minute read. Not organized in your job search? You are missing great opportunities. Ever found the perfect opportunity only to forget where you found it? Even worse, have you ever been poorly prepared for an interview because you forgot what was in the job description? You’re not alone. Most job seekers use a wide range of different job …

Career Detour: Why Not Knowing Your Next Career Move Might be a Good Thing

Lawyer. Teacher. Journalist. Event Planner. These are all fake aspirations that I have rotated between throughout high school and university. I really wanted to have a solid answer every time the dreaded Job Question surfaced, if only to seem sure of myself, to quell my parents’ anxieties, to justify thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours spent. In reality, I …

The Job Interview Is Not Just About You

Wait… what? Before you tear your resume into shreds, read on. When you walk into an interview, you have already been carefully selected from a hefty stack of other applicants. Your technical skills and education have been assessed, and you are now being brought in to be evaluated beyond what is written in ink. What are you like, how do you solve problems, are …