There’s No Need to Fear Keywords

One of the most common questions a resume writer gets asked is: “Do you know how to work with keywords?” Usually, the questioner thinks that keywords are some arcane combinations of words that magically ensure that their resume will receive favourable consideration. There are even software programs that analyze job ads and come up with [...]

By |2023-07-13T09:56:51-07:00July 7th, 2023|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Bot Interviews: Beating the Odds

The pandemic moved many HR processes online. One such is virtual, or pre-recorded job interviews, increasingly guided by artificial intelligence (AI). Such interviews allegedly make it easier for companies to find the right talent. To discover which type of AI interview you face, check the fine print in the email you received. Terms like: “machine learning, [...]

By |2023-07-05T16:27:44-07:00July 5th, 2023|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Don’t Hide the Truth When You Write Your Resume: Part 1: The Bad Stuff

Every three months or so, you’ll see an article in a business magazine. So-and-so, a senior executive at such-and-such organization, gets caught for lying on his or her resume twenty years ago when they joined up. It’s always tempting to hide the black marks and awkward situations in your work history whenever you write or [...]

By |2023-05-24T12:54:30-07:00May 10th, 2023|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Can ChatGPT Write Your Resume?

ChatGPT is much in the news these days. Articles and news reports describing this chatbot’s effectiveness in writing or debugging computer programs, mimicking celebrity CEOs, writing business pitches and student essays, and answering test questions follow one another on almost a daily basis. So, can it help you write your resume? Not really. While ChatGPT [...]

By |2023-04-26T12:55:53-07:00April 26th, 2023|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Reference Dos and Don’ts

A reference is a crucial tool that helps persuade employers that you are the candidate they need by illustrating your performance in past positions. So how can you get persuasive references? Choose between three and five professional colleagues (managers, fellow employees, vendors, customers or other stakeholders) who appreciate your work and can speak to it [...]

By |2022-12-15T09:23:52-08:00December 12th, 2022|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Leaving an Unethical Employer  

How do you explain to a prospective employer that you want to leave your present employer because of its smelly ethics? One of my favourite employment resources, Nick Corcodilos of, recently discussed that question. His post and readers’ responses are found at, ( but I'll give you the highlights with my comments. Nick’s answer [...]

By |2022-11-09T11:29:31-08:00November 8th, 2022|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Don’t Forget the Glicken

You’ve studied state-of-the-art resume writing and you’ve cut your job descriptions to the bone. You’ve selected accomplishments that match each job ad’s requirements and presented those achievements in ways that highlight all the benefits you’ll bring to your next employer. If you’ve done all that, congratulations! You are now among the five per cent of [...]

By |2022-05-15T16:18:23-07:00December 4th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments
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