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Online Privacy: Something to Think About

prWhile spending almost a year teaching and researching about digital citizenship in the education sector, I have come across many interesting facts and recurring issues related to this matter. In the 21st century, we are irrefutably living in two worlds that are closely connected: the virtual world and the non-virtual world; however, for many, these two worlds are strongly bound and make up one ultimate reality.

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Job Interview Tips & Techniques

intIt is a common fact that whether in your professional or social life, people will judge you within the first 90 seconds of meeting you. Harsh, isn’t it? Well, no one ever said you have to please everyone…but when in a job interview, that’s kind of the point. The whole idea of an interview, whether group or individual, is to sell yourself to the best of your ability and attempt to come out on top… so get ready to be a crowd pleaser! Going to an interview is single-handedly one of the most stressful experiences you will have to face throughout your life, but it is inevitable. In realistic terms…you are being judged, by someone who doesn’t know you, every aspect of you – the way you look, act, dress and your bank of knowledge and experience are all put on display for someone to critique. This doesn’t have to be ultra-stressful, so don’t make it be and look at it as a beneficial learning opportunity.

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Confidence Is Key

confidence_1It’s been a couple of weeks, but I’m back! I would’ve liked to post something earlier, but unfortunately I’ve been running around like a chicken with its head cut off due to all the assignments, homework, tests, and presentations I’ve had in just the last two, three weeks.  (more…)

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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A quick look at LinkedIn

based-impressive-workplace-ecard-someecardsNothing compares with your online resume. You own it. You have total control over the information contained in it. It gives you so much exposure within your industry, not to mention the effects on your reputation and credibility.

Lately, some successful platforms such as LinkedIn have developed tremendous SEO tools to keep you on top of the list when you look for new challenges. LinkedIn offers to build up your reputation and contact or be contacted by decision makers with basic and free features, and others, more advanced, at a fee. To pay for some added features is entirely up to you since LinkedIn offers tools that help you manage your information in real time and build up your contacts. The time you spend and accessibility might improve if you take your wallet out.

Personally, I have not paid a cent since I started using it back in 2009 but let me tell you I invested a lot of time!

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Know your rights as an employee!

rightsforallworkersSure, discrimination in the workplace in 2013 seems a bit rare and scandalous (newly proposed Charter of Values I am looking at you) , but I can almost guarantee you, you have been a victim of rights violation at a point or another either in a job’s selection process or at the workplace. Whether direct or systematic, pre-employment discrimination on the grounds of race, gender, civil status, sexual orientation, age, ethnic origin, among others, have tainted the pages of Canadian labour history for decades. In fact, although the Canadian Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms section on the “prohibition of discriminatory questions in employment application forms or during employment-related interviews” has been around since 1982, there are still illegal discriminatory actions taking place everyday in many Canadian workplaces (like a lot) (Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, 1982). And who is the main group affected here? Well, us, students in our “ignorance is bliss” kind of state. So listen up guys and keep reading; know your rights when it comes to recruitment and employment in general. (more…)

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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What not to wear: Interview Edition

intervieweditionToday I wanted to do a little spinoff of the popular TLC show: “What not to wear” (^Check out my mad photoshop skills guys!) The thing is, after working as a Recruitment Consultant at one of the, so called, “Big 5” consulting companies, you can be unpleasantly surprised by what a person decides to wear for an interview. Don’t take me wrong, most people do an okay job just by using common sense, but there is always the person who decides to wear sunglasses for an interview (Real story, I kid you not). So, in this post I wanted to give you some tips not only to get by, but to positively stand out in an interview, first impression-wise, even under our constricting student budget.  (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…)

Clothes that Give You Confidence

“I have always believed that fashion was not only to make women more beautiful, but also to reassure them, give them confidence.”
— Yves Saint Laurent
“Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.”
— Marilyn Monroe
“Elegance is not the prerogative of those who have just escaped from adolescence, but of those who have already taken possession of their future.”
— Coco Chanel
Both men and women can gain confidence from dressing well.  Thus, it is important to pay attention to what one wears to work and to interviews.  I have selected a few photos to give you some inspiration for what to wear.  (more…)
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