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Expert advice to get ahead in your job hunt Tips to make your resume and cover letter stand out

Applying for jobs can be tedious, overwhelming, and draining, leaving people confused as to where to begin.

Mark Parsons, human services representative at MacEwan University, said, “The general rule of thumb is to make sure that your resume, cover letter, and any answers to pre-screening questions align with the job posting.” For example, if the job posting is looking for five years of experience, but you only have three, don’t apply. Continue reading Expert advice to get ahead in your job hunt Tips to make your resume and cover letter stand out

Opportunity comes in strange disguises The slow fade of a job brings to light a new career

With all the changes happening at Northlands, my job is going away and with it, my future is up in the air, with no known destination.

A large part of my income will be gone as of the new year when the division of Northlands as we know it will begin. Then, at the end of the horse racing season, the rest of my income will dry up.

The slow fade of watching the paycheques becoming smaller and smaller is terrifying. Should I call it quits now before the paycheques become too small? Or do I ride it out as long as possible? Continue reading Opportunity comes in strange disguises The slow fade of a job brings to light a new career

Why you need to stand out in a job search Reflecting on a long stretch of unemployment

Four hundred and four.

The number stares back at me from the screen, its audacity fit for the Neon Sign Museum. How does someone who has spent over 10,000 hours pouring over resumes, interviewing candidates, and hiring people apply for 404 jobs and not land a single one? By most measures, I would be considered an expert. I know what recruiters look for. In any other industry, my level of insider knowledge would put me on a fraud watch-list. I should have an advantage so overwhelming that Floyd Mayweather would be jealous. Continue reading Why you need to stand out in a job search Reflecting on a long stretch of unemployment

Sharpening your job-hunting skills Accessing and using resources and support when looking for work

Been job hunting for awhile, with no luck? The truth is, there are a lot of people looking for work in this city.

According to Statistics Canada, as of January 2016 Edmonton is facing a 6.2 per cent unemployment rate, up from 4.4 per cent a year ago. This means the number of unemployed Edmontonians has risen from roughly 34,000 to 51,000. While these statistics may paint a grim picture of Edmonton’s employment landscape, there are resources available to support you in your search.
Continue reading Sharpening your job-hunting skills Accessing and using resources and support when looking for work