Career Skills




Garden Sketch DesignYou have to know what skills are needed for the career you want before you know if you have what it takes to land a job. Download this free list of career skills to assess your own readiness. If you don’t have the skills for the jobs you want, you should set about obtaining those skills!

Career Skills Lists

Track Your Leads




1338212_business_manThis Excel Spreadsheet will help you keep track of your job leads. It is a free download and feel free to share it with anyone who’s out looking for a job. You can download either an Excel spreadsheet or a pdf format.

Job Seeking Spreadsheet  (Excel Format)

My-Leads (pdf format)

Career Pathway




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You have to know where you’re going! Most careers involve a series of steps along the way so it’s wise to plan those steps out, understand what is required to reach each of them, and then undertake the training and gain the skills and experience you need to reach them.

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100 CV Action Words




jumping guyEmployers want people who are capable of action! Since the employer reads your CV before your interview, you’ll need to convince them in writing that you ARE that action hero. Use this free download of 100 action words to bring your CV into motion!

100 CV Action Words

Post Interview Review




success-signA rejection hurts and there’s no getting around that. But you cannot ignore some truths about the situation. First is that you did a lot of things right to get the interview. So your application process is strong. Your CV is good and your cover letter made the initial sale. Now you may not have gotten the job for a number of reasons but take a moment to review your performance in the interview using this simple, free tool. Don’t miss this chance to learn so that the next time you will ACE it and land the job!

Post Interview Review

Informational Interview Process




Opportunity-name-tag-300x199An informational interview with a company is a great way to learn more about the company and make contacts inside. You can often gain an invitation to conduct an informational interview just by calling the HR department and asking for one. Use this handy guide on the process of requesting and conducting an informational interview. Start by choosing the top five companies where you want to work!

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Interview Fashion Tips




Business SilhouetteYour appearance sets the tone for your interview. When you walk into the room your appearance either gives the interviewer confidence in your, or create questions about your appropriateness for the job. Dress for success by looking your best. Use this free download to check your preparation.

Looking Your Best

LinkedIn Tips




linkedinLinkedIn.com is a great site where job seekers network, do company research prior to interviews, and find job opportunities. There are many ways to use LinkedIn wisely for job seeking but get started by establishing a profile! Download this ten tops from LinkedIn about how to use the site for job hunting.

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Interview Preparation Checklist




checklist-300x256A key to successful interviewing is preparation. Use this helpful download adapted by Yale University to help candidates prepare for an interview and be successful!

Interview Preparation Checklist from Yale University

Cover Letter Tips




1338212_business_manJob seekers are often confused about the cover letter because it can be called a variety of things. A motivational letter, a cover letter, or a letter of application are all different terms for the same thing. A cover letter is where you make the case in narrative form that you are the right candidate for that particular position. It is a big mistake to have one cover letter for all jobs. Generic won’t do! Create a new letter for each application!

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Identify Your Career Skills




woman-writing-a-letterSometimes a job seeker keeps their job search too narrow! Do you know what your skills may qualify you for in terms of careers? Download this useful sheet to see what skills apply to which careers and see what kinds of jobs you might be eligible to apply for.

Career-Skills-Lists

Resignation Letter




silhouette-of-man-with-blue-tie-300x300You may want to resign from your job for a variety of reasons. But resigning in a proper way is important. Even if you never intend to work for that company again, it is a mistake to set fire to the bridge as you leave. Remember that you are not the only person who will leave that company and continue to work within the industry. In all likelihood within your career, you’ll run into some of the same people again. So leave with grace and class. Use this resignation letter sample to help you construct a letter you’ll always be proud of even after you’re not mad any more.

Sample-Resignation-Letter

CAR Strategy




The CAR Strategy can help you organise your thinking about behavioural questions before you even hear them! Practice using this strategy with a friend. 1) Give your friend a list of questions. 2) You friend asks you the questions. 3) You use the CAR Strategy to organise your answers. It may also help to write them down on a piece of paper. The infographic below illustrates the CAR Strategy and you may download the illustration and share it if you like!

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First Interview Worksheet




guyrunning-300x225Get ready to run through your first interview with this helpful worksheet! Many first interviews are similar so the questions asked will also be similar because it is kind of a “get to know you” session. Please use this free worksheet to prepare your answers. On some of the questions you are directed to use the CAR strategy in which you describe a specific example using Challenge-Strategy-Result as the structure for your answer. You may read more about the CAR strategy here.

 

First Interview Questions Worksheet

Employer Concerns Worksheet




professional-black-womansmallYou need to understand what the interviewer is thinking. Think about the job you are applying for and what they would want in an employee. If it is a sales position, they want someone outgoing and friendly, someone who is convincing and has a positive attitude. Use this worksheet to help you understand what the employer concerns are likely to be and then you’ll be ready to give your best interview!

Employer Concerns Worksheet

Transferable Skills Worksheet




man-welding-300x200Your skills may qualify you for many jobs. Job seekers who narrow their focus to one specific job title may miss many other job opportunities. Download and complete this free worksheet to analyse your job skills. It will help you take a broader look at the job market so you do not miss any job opportunities.

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