Before you send a Currriculum Vitae
in response to a position, check, re-check and check again for typing errors!
(did you catch this
one??) If you did e-mail us:
Ensure that your CV is in either
Do not include any personal information: such as
Date of Birth, Gender, Marital Status, and most importantly, never include your Social
Do not include hobbies or leisure activities unless it
is pertinent to job application. The same rule applies with
including your photo.
If you are using a personal
e-mail address that has a descriptive instead of your name, create a
new e-mail address with your name that promotes professionalism: here are
some examples not to use (people actually used these when sending their
CVs: hotlips@..., tulipe6494@...,
When you create your CV, save
your last name, your first name.doc
using names such as:
CV.doc, CV new.doc, resume.doc, CVNOV2002.doc
to Work Supplement
Did you know
that Emploi-Quebec offers qualified individuals a lump sum payment of $500
to give you the extra boost to return back to the job market.
links to their site.
you sell compressors for Air Conditioners or a $20,000 software program or
you are trying to sell yourself, there are 5 steps in the "Framework of
Explain how product/service
functions: Who does what, where and when...anticipate
questions and objections.
Describe the benefits:
How will they
benefit in the short, medium and long term...how will benefits satisfy
Propose an easy next step: The easiest action to get moving NOW... something that could be done by
yourself or the client.
face it. At one point or another, you have to sit through
a job interview. Here is a couple of
pointers to ensure that your experience is a pleasant on rather that a
- Ensure you know the exact location of
meeting place. This includes directions, parking facilities,
- Have a clean error-free copy of your CV
- Have a copy of any transcripts,
Educational certificates (diplomas, attestations etc).
- A portfolio of your recent work Research
the company by internet, library or through you network of contacts.
- Dress appropriately.
Day of Interview:
- Arrive between 5-10 minutes earlier.
If you are too early, you may throw off the interviewer's schedule.
- Demonstrate confidence in your demeanor.
This means offering a firm hand-shake, smile and most importantly
- When asked specific questions such as in
scenario-type, ensure that your example clearly covers their question.
- If your in a
panel-type interview. Maintain eye-contact with the individual who
is asking the question then during your answer, direct your eyes to the
other panel members and when your have finished, your eyes should return
to the panel member who asked the question.
- Upon terminating the interview, let them
know that you are enthused about the position and re-iterate the fact
"that you are the ideal candidate for this position because..."
Then while maintaining eye-contact, smile,
thank them for the opportunity they have given you, and a firm
- Follow-up with a thank you letter by email.
Ensure that the letter is specific to their company and job information.
Attitude, attitude & attitude!!
is a primary part of the employers selection process. If you answer
their questions, clearly and concisely
an energetic, optimistic attitude, you give
yourself and edge to a second interview.
What would I see if I
stood outside at 5 o'clock? Would everyone be smiling? Staying late or
leaving early? Would they be taking work home with them?
What is your "learning
plan" for me in my first six months?
What competencies do you
propose I will develop that I don't currently have?
Which individual in the
department can I learn the most from? What can they teach me? Can I meet
Does the company have a
specific program to advance my career?
What are some examples
of the decisions I could make in this job without any approvals? Can you
show me the degree of autonomy and control I will have in this position?
How many hours a week do
you expect the average person on your team to work? How many hours does
the average person work? Are there work/life programs in place to
promote a healthy work/life balance?
How will my performance
be evaluated? What are the top criteria you use? What percentage of my
compensation is based on my performance? Is there a process whereby the
employees get to assess their supervisor?
If I do a great/bad job
in the first 90 days, how specifically will you let me know? What are
the steps you would take to help me improve?
What is the first
assignment you intend to give me? Where does that assignment rank in the
What makes this
assignment a great opportunity for me at this particular point in my
How many hours of your
time can I expect to get each week for the first six months on the job?
How often will we have scheduled meetings?
If I were frustrated
about my job what specific steps would you take to help me overcome that
frustration? How about if you were frustrated with me?
Can you show me examples
of what you have done for others in your group in the past year to
overcome any frustration?
What are the "wows" of
this job? What are the worst parts? What will you do to maximize the
former and minimize the latter?
What are the biggest
problems facing this department in the next six months and one year?
What makes this company
a great place to work? What outside evidence (rankings or awards) do you
have to prove this is a great place to work?
When top performers
leave the company, why do they leave and where do they go?