Have Executive Experience – Will Travel: The Interim Executive Phenomenon

December 19th, 2012

Interim management – bringing in heavyweight executives to manage an organization during a period of crisis or transition – is a staffing strategy that began in the Netherlands in the early 80s in response to stringent labour legislation that made it costly to hire and terminate permanent employees. The concept has since been adopted in [...]

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Resilience In a Tough Times

November 28th, 2012

I live in a town with a high percentage of first generation immigrants. They came to North America in the ‘50s and ‘60s seeking a better financial future than was possible in their home towns in post World War II Italy, Greece, Portugal, Poland, Yugoslavia. Many of them arrived with little money, bare minimum English [...]

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Cool Tools for Jobseekers – Self-Assessment

February 22nd, 2012

A little self-awareness can go a long way in helping you get clear on the next best move for your career. There are lots of resources available online to help you with your self-assessment. Some of my favorite free tools include: ClearFit A candidate assessment tool that was designed for employers, Clearfit has a module [...]

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The New Job Didn’t Work Out. Now What?

February 17th, 2012

It was a whirlwind romance. They wooed you, you wowed them. Fine, you had a couple of misgivings, but you ignored them because this employer liked you. They really, really liked you. And who can afford to turn away an offer in today’s job market, right? You tell all your friends about your great new [...]

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FreshTransition – Project Management Software For Your Job Search

January 2nd, 2012

With its intuitive design based on a thorough understanding of what it takes to plan and executive a Strategic Job Search in today’s job market, this is exactly the tool I have been seeking for my clients.

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Be Volunteer-Savvy for Your Career

September 19th, 2011

Some of my favorite business entrepreneurs worked pro bono for many months in order to acquire the skills and knowledge they needed to make their next career move.  Others felt deeply committed to give back to the community – locally or globally – in some capacity, or were driven by a passion for a cause. [...]

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The Twitter Wars, or, How Not to Get Noticed By Recruiters

September 11th, 2011

Never let it be said that twitter can’t be a great learning experience, especially if you can learn from other people’s mistakes. Here’s the take away lessons I see for people thinking of using twitter for professional branding.

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Fresh Start – Books Worth Looking At For Your Job Search

September 7th, 2011

(Part II of my September Fresh Start series) September marks the start of a new reading season for me. While my summer reading list typically includes flights of fancy and fiction, I find myself drawn to business, strategy and how-to books by the time autumn rolls around, books that will teach me something I didn’t [...]

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Fresh Start – Make an Annual Strategic Plan for Your Career

September 6th, 2011

This weekend the temperature in our neck of the woods plummeted, and suddenly it was Autumn. Despite what the calendar says, to me the start of the new year always coincides with the start of the school year. Although it’s been (unspecified number of) years since I was in school full-time, I still get that [...]

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“Apply With LinkedIn” App Could be a Game Changer

June 2nd, 2011

The plug-in may end up being a tool for large corporations only, but with the right business model it could become the must-have tool for applicant-employer interface, no matter what the company size.

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Meet Karen Siwak

An award-winning Certified Résumé Strategist, Karen has crafted top calibre career transition packages for thousands of clients. Her specialty is helping people identify and articulate their unique brands and value propositions, and she is passionate about empowering clients with the tools, strategies and confidence to take control of their career search. Read more...

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