11 things to remove from your resume

Posted by admin on December 1, 2017 in Contact Us with Comments closed |

I read the following on a career support web site (Nexxt.com), written by John Krautzel.

I do not necessarily believe that all of these are ‘gospel’ per se, as every resume must be approached in a customized manner. I.E.: there are no templates, but there are guidelines.

These may help some of you who are doing some house cleaning of your document or prepping it for a resume specialist like me:


“When preparing your cover letter and professional resume during your job search, it’s important to stay on top of industry trends. Employers usually look for something different in resumes and application materials that go beyond what a general template includes. Craft a resume that captures the attention of hiring managers by removing these 11 things from your document.

1. Non-Industry Jobs

When crafting your professional resume, only list jobs and duties that are relevant to the position for which you’re applying. Include detailed achievements and skills directly related to the job to keep the employer’s interest.

2. Clichés

Stand out from other candidates by eliminating clichés or overused phrases, such as “team player” or “enthusiastic worker,” from your resume. These phrases don’t mean anything to the employer and take up space you can use to provide more detailed examples of your work.

3. Abbreviations

Avoid using acronyms or abbreviations that are not well-known within the industry so that your professional resume is concise and clear.

4. Bulky Paragraphs

Offer information about your qualifications and experience in a format that is easy to absorb. Instead of writing lengthy paragraphs, use bullet points so the key information is easy to identify.

5. False Information

Employers do check references and perform background checks, so make sure your professional resume and cover letter includes details that are accurate, honest and free from exaggerations.

6. Complex Words

There’s no need to impress an employer with an expansive vocabulary. Keep your wording concise, and avoid words that are complex, especially if you can use simpler words.

7. Objectives

The days of including an objective on your professional resume are long gone. Clearly, if you are applying for a position, your objective is to get the job. Use this space to expand more on your qualifications.

8. Unprofessional Profile Names

Prior to crafting your resume, change your email and web addresses to names and domains that are professional. Try reserving your first and last name versus including an odd-sounding email on your application materials that could taint your credibility.

9. Hobbies

Stick to professional skills and experience when submitting application materials versus including personal information, such as hobbies. Unless the hobby is relevant to your ability to complete the job duties, leave it off of your resume.

10. Salary Information

Discussions about salary requirements should be reserved for after you are offered or a job or at the end of an interview. Avoid including your current or former salaries on your resume, as this might disqualify you for consideration.

11. Job Loss Details

Never include details or explanations about why you left a previous position on your professional resume. An interview is the appropriate time to offer such explanations.

Concise application materials help to increase your employment opportunities. Refrain from including irrelevant information on your professional resume, and stick to concrete examples of your success in the industry.”


Good luck and reach out with any comments or indicate how my services may benefit your efforts.




Changing our ways

Posted by admin on November 24, 2017 in Contact Us with Comments closed |

Several months ago, I adopted a three-year old dog from the Humane Society. Well, they told me she was three years old … she’d been seized by the police from her previous home and kept in protection for a month prior to her adoption. The past five months have been a real challenge for both of us, adjusting to each other and trying to harmoniously mesh our patterns to share a living space. I needed help.

My research led me to a national breeder and head of the Chinese Crested Club of Canada, who happens to be a judge and has many CKC championships to her name and her dogs. She has helped me immensely to shed my previous methods of house training, obedience and cohab-ing with my new addition. I had viewed myself as a confident, loving and life-long pet owner, but this dog had suddenly robbed me of all my confidence and replaced it with incredible frustraIMG_4453tion and despair. I’ve agreed to surrender all my earlier beliefs about crating, pee pads, house training and resist my engrained ‘instincts’ to embrace some hard-nosed approaches to making this dog not only more comfortable, but providing her the parameters that I had not realized she was missing. If this new relationship was going to work, it would be me who needed to change my ways.

It’s a real grind, but I’m hopeful that with my new ideologies and methodologies, we will find a way to grow and value our mutual existence for a long time to come. My goal is to evolve my dog into a wonderful pet, rather than this animal she currently seems to be. This analogy made me contemplate how many of us go through our lives as an expert in our professional field, always having done certain things a certain way, because that’s how we were trained, or that’s what’s always worked …this goes for our personal relationships also. Often we force what might be best left alone, or fail to see other means of reaching successes. There may come a time when we may be forced to examine just how good (or expert) we really are, when the factors around us shift wildly and our ways no longer work.




Why Does Your Resume Get Rejected?

Posted by admin on September 23, 2017 in Contact Us with Comments closed |

While no two resumes are identical, there are some general guidelines or ‘rules’ that will increase attraction and impact of the document. I found this recent blog post, on www.Nexxt.com, that I wish to share with you. I may not agree completely with all the points, but there is much value to be gained for those considering why their resumes are not being read.

Who Gets Called for the Interviews?

Posted by admin on August 9, 2017 in Contact Us with Comments closed |

It seems that no matter what type of job posting, there are usually hundreds of people applying. I thought this was a very interesting article publish by Harvard Business School, in light of all the rhetoric regarding immigrants, multi-cultural issues and corporations striving hard to hire ethic candidates:


I’d love to hear your thoughts.




Shifting Landscapes

Posted by admin on May 31, 2017 in Contact Us with Comments closed |

I’ve spent the past year or so collaborating on a global career handbook, teamed with a global recruiter based in Canada. Much of our content applies to local career landscapes and industry professionals as it does on a global perspective.

The biggest factor I can attest to when adjusting your skills and abilities to align with a new or foreign environment is ensure you research the differences from what you may expect are normal. Quite often what is normal to you in your current environment or industry is offensive or detrimental in another location.

I recommend Kiss, Bow or Shake Hands by Terri Morrison as a tool if you are planning to do business or attract opportunities in other countries. The essence of this book is “When in Rome …”

Stayed tuned for the announcement of my next publication due out this summer.



Calculated risks for your next position

Posted by admin on February 28, 2017 in Contact Us with Comments closed |

Here is an article I felt worth sharing. Many careers improve when risks are part of the strategy. I believe some of the ideas share by the author of this piece (Christopher Dottie) may be just what many of us need:

Five risks smart job seekers​ should take




Mentoring generates huge profits

Posted by admin on February 9, 2017 in Contact Us with Comments closed |

One of the highlights of my past year has been mentoring a second-year journalism student from Mount Royal University. There is pure joy in experiencing the thrill of a very publication, even if the writer never received payment for it. Such is the typical path of most new writers.

This article just happens to see me as the subject, but the pride for the writer surpasses my own pride at being featured for the second time in the Calgary Journal; the first time following the release of my first novel in 2007.

As Monique LaBossiere quotes my words, ” …to be really fulfilled as a writer, I’ll have to write that thriller.”



Strategy …the name of the game

Posted by admin on February 1, 2017 in Contact Us with Comments closed |

……any game, really.

I’m a huge futball fan, of most varieties: English Premiere, Scottish League, Euro, Calgary Women’s …..

No matter the game, soccer, football, hockey or corporate politics ….strategy is the underpinnings to the Big Win. I sat with a client today, who decided at a late stage in career (inside an extremely competitive timing of both job and economic market) to completely alter his entry back into the job market. He’d already convinced himself, so I was an easy sell: an engineer cum sales profiteer!

What does it take to re-enter into a space that no one in your knowing circles would attach to your past abilities, or (worse yet) align to your new ones? The answer is Strategy. And why the heck not?

We tell our kids they can be anything. Do anything. We remind them they are only limited by their inability to believe in themselves. Okay. So now what?

All I can attest to this notion of somewhat (seeming) impossibility is ….why the heck not? If you can pull from your past the proof of your ability to fly, then display the feathers and be ready to make them flap. If you claim to hold the secret to the best tasting salsa, then build on that dream and your ability to make palates dance. But before you lay the claim or show your glory, do yourself a flavour and take the care to strategize your moment:

plan your unveiling

build up the anticipation

take measures to mitigate the risks

be prepare to answer the awkward questions

surround yourself with safe catches

underscore your desire

….then jump in!

A Fresh Start

Posted by admin on January 1, 2017 in Contact Us with Comments closed |

Today I am grateful for many things, my growing list of clients is one of them. I have had a tremendous year working with some of the most successful and illustrious professionals I could ever hope to meet, let alone collaborate with.

I wish every one of you a feeling of hope as you open a new calendar year. May success find its way to you as you put forth your very best skills, energy and aspirations.

Thank you for a solid 2016 and I look forward to your referrals and continuing to endorse your efforts in the year ahead.


Interview Stumbling Blocks

Posted by admin on October 7, 2016 in Contact Us with Comments closed |

I’ve recently begun a new project: co-authoring a career handbook on how to land your dream job anywhere in the world. Expectedly, I’ve been doing a lot of research lately, as well as talking to a lot of people at network events, my own resume clients and striving hard to inject positivity into what many westerners consider to be a gloomy job market. While the gloominess does linger where the energy industry lays, there are indeed many good things happening in other industries (technology, agriculture, tourism and sports) all around us. It is my full belief that corrections are required and from these cyclical downturns we can only ever go back up again.

Today I happened upon this video that I would like to share with you. It is a video advertisement from a career coach who would like you to buy his module. I am by no means endorsing his business, and I don’t believe you need to watch much past five (of the eight) minutes of the entire video.  Much of the content he speaks about mirrors topics in my new book and some of the my views, and those of my writing partner (who is a global networker and career placement expert) are not in accordance with his. The value, nonetheless, is how he encourages job seekers to think critically about how they project themselves to their market, and he highlights many of the ways that most job applicants fail:

His platform is Interview Success Formula, and I believe he may be American. His advertorial is a bit quirky with cartoon-like drawings, which is a nice change from watching a single person stand before you and preach. If anyone does decide to purchase the product for $97 (USD, I believe), I’d be curious to learn if it is helpful.

In the meantime, stay focused on what it is you need to advance through your current roadblocks, whether they are at the interview stage, the search itself, career coaching or the resume. It is my wish that you will find the ways to source the very best of tools that will in return surface the best in you from which will result your most exciting career stage imaginable!

Best in career successes,


(Source of video: http://www.interviewsuccessformula.com/job-interview/job-interview-answers-wp/)



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