Everybody needs one, but not everybody has a good one. Yes, we’re talking about resumes. The average time spent reading a resume is 5-7 seconds, so making a good first impression is mission critical. To get a professional opinion, Emma Bullen spoke to executive recruiter Joanne Acri from Ari Agency Digital Recruitment in Toronto.
One of the things I get asked most often by my friends is if I can take a look at their resume. I love my friends, and I’m always flattered to be asked for my opinion. I’ll tell them when I think they’re selling themselves short and help them find pesky spelling mistakes, or get rid of information they simply don’t need.
The thing is, there are a lot of questions I have about resumes myself. So I thought, why not talk to a recruiter? They have to look at resumes all the time — from the lacklustre to the outstanding – so they know what makes a CV stand out. Curious about what separates a good resume from a bad resume? I asked Ari Agency’s Executive Recruiter, Joanne Acri to spill the beans.
Emma Bullen: What common mistakes do you most frequently see in resumes?
Joanne Acri: Other than spelling mistakes and inconsistencies, it has to be formatting. Different computers view documents differently, and sending a Word document from a Mac to a PC can make your font and layout change completely. I’d always recommend sending in your resume as a pdf. It locks down the design, so it looks the same on every device.
The other thing is the length. If your resume is longer than two pages, you’d better be Barack Obama. Most recruiters don’t have time to read a three page resume. There’s no excuse not to keep yours succinct and cut it down to two pages.
Whether you’re looking for a new role, or you’re looking for a new hire, company culture can make or break your decision. According to a recent survey, 81% of employees think a company lacking in culture is doomed to mediocrity. Yet, it’s something we can all play a part in building. We spoke to Corey Wagner, Co-founder and CEO of Bananatag, whose own company culture went from broken to brilliant, about how to build a great team culture.
Bananatag started in 2012 as a tool to help sales teams measure how clients interact with their emails. But the close-knit startup was quietly surprised when their audience started using their service to track employee engagement. Initially, they didn’t understand why their customers needed to measure internal engagement. But as the team moved into new offices and began to rapidly expand, they realized they had engagement issues of their own.
I was recently having coffee with a friend who was trying to offer advice to an aspiring designer. “It’s really difficult,” they told me. “I can’t really give someone advice about being a designer unless I know what kind of designer they want to be.”
Even when you can see it coming, the shock of redundancy can feel lonely and overwhelming. Smart hikers know that you should never ask advice about climbing mountains from someone who has never climbed a hill. With this in mind, we spoke to writer and content strategist, Michaela Alexis who has not only climbed the mountain, but conquered it.
Frame it as an Opportunity
Michaela was laid off from her job in 2016 and describes it as a distinctly surreal experience. It wasn’t until she shifted her mindset that she was able to reframe and ultimately change her situation.
“I felt like my emotions were all colliding in my mind. I felt embarrassed and distressed by feelings of failure,” she says, “But, I was relieved to be dismissed from a company culture that I didn’t align with, and weirdest of all, I felt liberated. Once it happened, and I realized that I was still standing, it completely shifted my perspective. I started looking for the career that I deserved, instead of just a steady pay check. I almost wish that I was laid off earlier on in my career so that I wasn’t paralyzed by the fear of it!” Continue reading
What’s dangerous about not being passionate? A few words from entrepreneur Evan Carmichael on the problems of getting caught up in a financial opportunity that you don’t really care about.
I think far more dangerous than being passionate too early is not being passionate at all. I see it over and over and over again, and when I think about “don’t fool yourself,” this is what comes immediately to mind for me. Because they say the devil always comes carrying a bag of cash, and you make the wrong decision because you see a pile of money on the table that you think is yours and so you go for it only to find out that you’re never gonna get that money.
I see it all the time where people say, “Join my network marketing company.” You know, you can make tons of cash. It’s easy money, no problem. You know, within three months you’ll be up and running and the money will just keep pouring in. Now there’s nothing wrong with network marketing. It just isn’t the best fit for everybody. Continue reading
Simon Sinek tells us we’re addicted to our phones and it’s ruining our relationships. So how can we create a strong online presence, without spending every passing hour maintaining our social media feeds? Is it even possible to create and maintain a healthy online/offline balance? We asked Vancouverite, serial entrepreneur, and strategic advisor Meredith J. Powell for her advice.
In his book, Leaders Eat Last, Simon Sinek talks about how we’re all becoming dopamine addicts — getting that rush of endorphins every time we get a new email or a text message. When you’re building an online brand, that chemical imbalance can start creating problems in our personal life. But it is possible to build a brand without it taking over our live.
Creating and maintaining a strong online presence takes energy. Being authentic is key to maintaining balance. It’s important that your brand is intuitive and natural to any company, founder or individual. A great example is fellow Vancouverite Sunny Lenarduzzi. You meet Sunny, and she truly radiates positivity, embodying her online presence and messaging. Continue reading
Ah, 2016… or 20-suck-steen as it’s been called in our house a few times. Can’t wait to see the back of it? Us too. Many people are starting the New Year with the goal of finding a new job. If you are, you’ve come to the right place. Make it your best year yet, with 7 secrets from FreshGigs that will help you land a new job, and plan for future career happiness, to create a kick-ass 2017.
Clarify what you want from life
Feel like you’re spinning your wheels, but not getting what you want? Or are you focused on material things, but still feeling empty? Getting caught up on the wrong details can lead you away from what’s meaningful in life. So, before you go chasing the next big opportunity, take time to set the right goals and you’ll create a bigger impact. Continue reading
Do you feel like a failure when you don’t get the feedback or success you’re looking for? A few words from entrepreneur Evan Carmichael on how getting caught up in the numbers game can distract you from what matters—personal growth.
I think there’s a real danger in judging the success of your work only by the results that it gets you.
We’ve talked a lot about this on the channel, that it’s not just about the outcome, it’s not just about the goal, it’s about the process. That how you get there is way more important than the fact that you got there. And I think, again, a lot of people think that because they put a lot of work into something, but it doesn’t get that success that they’re looking for, that it was a failure. Continue reading
Trying to lead an initiative, but getting nowhere fast? Maybe your strategy needs an overhaul. Writer Emma Bullen has tips on how to create a strategic plan that will knock your boss’s socks off.
Chinese General and author of the Art of War, Sun Tzu once said, “All the men can see the tactics I use to conquer, but what none can see is the strategy out of which great victory is evolved.”
In the office, as on the battlefield, a brilliant strategy can often lead to a great victory. The critical element is making sure your strategic plan is as bright as day to your work colleagues so they can help you implement and execute on it. Continue reading