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Recruiter’s Advice

Receive A Job Counter-Offer? Don’t Take It

This article written by Hal Reiter was published on forbes.com on June 30, 2008. Pitting your employer against another in a bidding war for you is often career suicide. A few years ago, I recruited an executive to run a mid-level company. The night before he was supposed to start his new job, the executive…

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Kicking bad habits for the good of your career

This article was originally published by the Globe and Mail on Thursday, June 24, 2011 and written by Wallace Immen. It wasn’t only his cocaine use that got Charlie Sheen booted from the popular TV show, Two and a Half Men. His studio bosses gave three other reasons for giving him the axe – reasons…

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References matter.

While a great resume may land the candidate an interview, glowing references will seal the deal.  Whether a candidate has years of experience under their belt or is entering the workforce, the quality of references can act as a powerful lever in the job hunting toolkit.  While time and effort is usually spent on ensuring…

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The Importance of Connecting with Colleagues

Evidence indicates that high “self-monitoring” can make or break a career. When she started her job as an accounting associate, Heather Moseley was assigned to a cubicle right outside the office of one of her organization’s top supervisors, Kelly McVicker. Everyone in the office was curious about McVicker. She was poised, stylish, quietly intense, and…

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Don’t get caught lying on your résumé

On paper, his résumé was impressive: He had earned an MBA, was a past vice-president of Hudson’s Bay Co., and a holder of the prestigious Order of Toronto. But after he was hired and complaints started rolling in about his performance at work, his employer decided to dig a little deeper into his background. And…

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How to deal with gaps in your résumé

As many people hit by layoffs in this economy find the search for new work taking longer, experts offer advice on how to deal with gaps between jobs and the bigger blanks on their résumés. This report by Wallace Immen was published in the Globe and Mail on Wednesday May 5, 2010. As Bryan Webb’s…

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The New Job Is in the Details

With so many qualified professionals still seeking work, even the slightest misstep can cause you the job. During the screening process, it’s best to pay attention to even the smallest details – think through potential cultural differences, be aware of eye contact, and avoid rambling replies. Keep in mind that anxiety about being out of…

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How not to ruin a job interview

This article was published on Friday, November 20, 2009 in the Globe and Mail. It can take months to get an interview but just seconds to blow it. Wallace Immen talked to hiring experts about some of the biggest gaffes candidates make – and how to avoid them. The interview was going well enough –…

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Runner-up? Then follow up

If you don’t get the position you wanted to be hired for, stay in touch, the experts say. It seemed like a dream match for Lawrence Franco. In successive rounds of interviews this spring for the job of chief executive officer of Toronto database services provider Teranet Inc., “I clicked with the board and had a strategy…

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Why That Plum Job Abroad Could Be a Rotten Move

With eight years of international experience on two continents under your belt, you figured you were on a fast track to a C-suite job.  Well, think again. Monika Hamori and Burak Koyuncu of Spain’s IE Business School examined the careers of 1,001 executives from the largest companies in the U.S. and Europe and found that…

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