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The Silver Lining of Missing Out

5149283023_2f41929ebaI believe there’s already a post geared towards the benefits of volunteering, but since that’s what I’ve been doing during my French classes, it doesn’t hurt for me to talk about my own experiences.

But before I get into the bulk of this post, I’d like to publicly admit (more…)

Extracurricular Activities

Screen Shot 2014-09-25 at 5.21.17 PMHere it is, the period of the semester where companies representatives can be seen strolling around campus for their information session or for their career fairs happening soon. Having just assisted a couple of sessions and mentally (and physically) preparing myself for the engineering tech fair, everyone on campus is polishing and updating their CV’s.

And so the famous section “Extracurricular Activities” should be filled. Dreaded by most students, this section of your resume is, what I believe, the best way to represent yourself, your values and your capacities. How? Why? Well I am going to answer those 2 very important questions right now…

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LinkedIn: How to get endorsements?

Octavio-Cardenas-LinkedINYour Linkedin profile is almost ready to go! However, once you entered soft and hard skills in your profile, there is an important step that needs to be taken: asking for endorsements.

That’s the one most important item that can lead you to obtaining and keeping a very solid reputation on Linkedin. To tell the truth, how many profiles have you visited lately and reading profiles, you have had that feeling that behind those fancy words something is missing?

We build our public image based on trust. That is right! You profile is ready to go but…who will trust you if nobody can back up your skills? The most popular personalities or commercial pages are based on the amount of “likes” on Facebook, correct?  Well, Linkedin’s version of “likes” are endorsements. This feature enables members to endorse each other’s skills and expertise. It works pretty much like the recommendations. It helps members recommend each other and by doing that not only will you get more social proof, but also global branding, exposure and trust. In addition, it will generate more visits to your profile and if your profile shines, then people will want to connect with you.

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What to include in your e-resume?

google-homepage-ecards-someecardsContent is key – as online gurus would say. And let me tell you, they would be absolutely right!

The objective is to tell a potential employer more about you. Your e-resume needs to reflect how you process your area of expertise in your head, and how you can express it into words. For some candidates it is quiet of difficult to get to this point, but for others it’s just a matter of finding keywords to get a better position in the organic search.

You do not need to be a techy guy (or gal!), you only need clear, targeted words.

First, your professional image needs to be reflected in your pages layout. You can play a bit with creativity and intelligence. This is entirely up to you.

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Broadcast your resume!

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The number of hiring managers who use search engines to find the most qualified people in the market place have increased exponentially.  

As mentioned before, Internet is the fastest way to find the right candidate for the right position without having to deal with opening or closing hours or even location. Head hunters use the Internet just like you would: with keywords. These are based on work experience, schools, skills and also your social life.

If you really want to be found, you need to broadcast your resume like any other organization would advertise its product to get customers: via your own website.

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Everything for a Reason

ssssFirst day of university. Ever. Way tougher than high school thats for sure. A 30% midterm and a 70% final?! Totally gonna have a nervous breakdown during my first 70% final. First day has already proved that getting good marks is going to require lots of hard work and time. But juggling that with other responsibilities as a first year that lives alone is going to be tough. Firstly, let me tell you why I live alone:  (more…)

Get Published!

Writing is the ultimate form of intellectual self expression. Whereas debate and discussion carry considerable likelihood for error, it is well understood that a written piece of scholarship should be free from technical errors of all kinds. (more…)

How to email your resume to potential employers

Remember when you had to actually hand your resume in person or mail it?! Look how times have changed! With evolving technology you can now send your C.V. by a click of a button.

The other day I stubbled across a great article on etiquette for sending your resumes by email. Since some of you haven’t changed jobs in years, there was no need to touch up your C.V. However, if you decided to change career path after a long time, be careful just don’t send your resume without doing these steps first… (more…)

Résumé and Interview Tips from the Boss

Seven years ago, I applied for my first job, got an interview, and was fortunate enough that the interviewer/my boss later got together with me and we reflected on my resume and interview performance.  The tips she gave me – be like Elle Woods and use the 5 point method – were exceptionally helpful for me later on as I applied for other jobs.  I would like to share them with you! (more…)

The Art of Email

At first glance, writing an email is a simple procedure. A poignant subject line, a brief introduction and a clearly stated objective are not hard to come by. However, upon closer examination it should become evident that drafting an email – especially as a young person – should not be taken lightly. (more…)

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