Archive | August, 2012

Updating Your Resume

With this entry, we begin a series by Deb Walker on when to update your resume. The motto “Be prepared,” isn’t just great advice for Boy Scouts; it’s also great career advice. You never know when the perfect career opportunity will present itself. If a recruiter called you today with your dream job, would you […]

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Edmonton Meet-up

Rachelle and I are in Edmonton, Alberta for the Fringe Festival, and there’s been some interest in having a local meet-up, so let’s have one! Here are the details: When: 11:00 AM on Sunday, August 26, 2012 Where: Meet at the gazebo at the NE corner of 83rd Ave NW and 104th St NW. This […]

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Go Ahead! Lie to Me!

I am not a great fan of network television but up until last year there was an interesting crime show called Lie to Me, in which Tim Roth played Dr. Cal Lightman, a consulting psychologist who had the uncanny ability to be able to tell when people were lying through their facial expressions. I always […]

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Happiness First, Then Everything Else

If you accept a job, a relationship, or a lifestyle that you merely tolerate — but don’t appreciate — you’re putting other concerns ahead of your own happiness. Social conditioning may have convinced you that sacrificing your happiness to maintain a certain bank balance, to send timely payments to corporations to which you’re indebted, or […]

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Bullet Points Add Reader-Friendliness

Bullet points can break up the text of your cover letter and draw the reader’s eye to your most compelling selling points. Be sure you don’t re-hash your resume’s bullet points. And unlike bullet points on a resume, those on a cover letter should either be in complete sentences (instead of clipped, “telegraphed” resume language) […]

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Are You Creative?

If you think of your career goals as a problem to be solved, then creativity would be a wonderful asset to have. Indeed, being considered “creative” has a wonderful ring to it and brings up all kinds of positive associations. Yet only a small percentage of people would describe themselves as creative. Why?

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You Already Have All the Motivation You Need

One of his most important premises is that everyone already has all the motivation they need to change. If you’re like me, that statement makes you stop to think. Everyone already has all the motivation they need? Really? That puts us all out of the motivation business – bosses, speakers, parents, bloggers… Pantalon’s point is that people already know the reasons they’d like to make a change, and they may have nothing to do with why you’d like them to make the change.

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What You See May Not be What You Get

The term heuristic, which Wikipedia says comes from the Greek word for ‘find’ or ‘discover,’ “refers to experience-based techniques for problem solving, learning, and discovery. Where an exhaustive search is impractical, heuristic methods are used to speed up the process of finding a satisfactory solution.” We call heuristic approaches “intuition” and “guessing” as well.

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Mon 8/13 – What do hiring managers want in interview?

Looking to get some solid advice from me? Well, here’s a good opportunity to attend a free job seeking class. The class is about “what hiring managers are looking for in an interview“. Location: LDS Professional Services group at LDS Business College. Date/Time: Monday, 8/13/12, 9:45am (NOTE: There will be a speaker before me at […]

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