Miranda Vande Kuyt
Miranda is a youth pastor's wife, a mother of three, an older sister and a friend.
Typically lots of short-term employment can wreak havoc on your resume, leading employers to believe that you are unreliable, flaky and worse – unemployable. The truth of the matter is seasonal employment is one of the only acceptable reasons for short-term work. That said, what are the benefits of seasonal employment and how do you use it to make you look good on your resume? Read more…
I recently met with a client who was quite concerned about including a picture of themselves on their LinkedIn profile. Most often the concern about whether to include a profile picture revolves around discrimination. No one wants to be discriminated against, especially because of their age, race, or gender. The truth is everyone makes conclusions about a person when then view their profile. What does your profile picture say about you?
Employers are looking for someone with energy, a positive attitude, and determination. Is that what they will see when they look at your profile picture? It doesn’t matter what age you are, the colour of your skin, or which bathroom you use – your profile picture can be used to present the best image of you and make a good first impression. By “image” I mean someone who is with it, current, positive, and enjoyable to work with. How can you capture this in a photo? Begin by removing any selfies, wedding pictures, Walmart portraits, and photos with friends cropped out. Then get someone to do a mini photo shoot with you wearing nice clothing, in front of a non- distracting background, with a nice smile, and bright eyes. Present your best self in your photo, just as you would present your best self for an interview.
You can’t stop discrimination, but you can be sure that your profile picture is the best image of you. Don’t think about going with no profile picture either – that just looks like you have something to hide. Take the time to capture your energy in your profile picture, it could make the difference between employed and un-employed.
This post was written by Miranda Vande Kuyt a career development practitioner and communications consultant.
I’ve done some reading about effective LinkedIn profiles. Ok, maybe that’s an understatement – I’ve done a lot of studying about effective LinkedIn profiles and usage. One thing I read a while back was to make sure you have at least 500 connections, because if you have under 500 connections everyone can see the size of your network, but if you have over 500 connections LinkedIn just states your network size as “500+”. After reading that I sent out more invitations to connections that I met through conferences, associations, education, etc. Then I started to get invitations from people I didn’t know. Not just 1 or 2 here and there, I mean – I started to get 10+ invitations a day from people I didn’t know. Somehow my email address was put on an open networking list (LION) and the invitations just coming. Within a short period I had reached the 500+ mark, but it wasn’t what I hoped it would be. My news feed and inbox were flooded with information that held no value to me. I started to ignore invitations and pretty soon I had over 50 invitations in my inbox that I didn’t know what to do with. I had to ask myself, “Should I have sacrificed quality for quantity?”
Here’s my recommendation to those who are struggling with the same question. If you’re all about the numbers, then go ahead and connect with whomever sends you an invite, but hear this warning: LinkedIn may lose its effectiveness if you do so, and it will be more work for you to sift through the valuable invitations from the worthless ones. You may be better off to send and accept LinkedIn invitations for people that meet a certain criteria (e.g., they work in your field, live in your area, are in a field that you’re interested in, etc.). If you are going to send invitations to people you don’t know, but share a common connection (e.g., are in the same professional group, went to the same college, etc.), then be sure to customize your LinkedIn invitation to them stating how you know them and why you want to connect. This will increase your likeliness of getting an accepted invitation. It may take a bit longer to grow your network, but you’ll be certain your network is a valuable one.
This article was written by Miranda Vande Kuyt a self-employed career development practitioner and communications consultant.
Careerealism is one of my favourite career development sites. They’re continually updating with new blog posts, webinars, and videos. Here’s one of their videos that does a great job explaining what a hiring manager is considering during the interview and throughout the hiring process. Do you have anything to add?
“The latest Canadian labour-force report landed with a thud on the first Friday of April. Fifty-five thousand Canadians found themselves out of work in March, pushing the national unemployment rate up 0.2 percentage points to 7.2%. That’s more than one million able-bodied Canadians looking for work. Numbers like these are enough to make anyone simply thankful for having a job, any job, let alone one that pays a decent wage.
But before you shy away from asking for that raise or taking a leap of faith to pursue that dream job, consider this: most of the jobs lost in March were a few specific sectors: accommodations and food services, public administration and manufacturing. All but public administration are sectors that have been shedding jobs for the past decade. Employment in all other industries was relatively unchanged, and in some sectors, there is still plenty of growth.
In these sectors, employers are hiring, workers are treated well and the pay is getting higher and higher. These are the jobs you’ll find listed in this, our 2013 edition of Canada’s Top 50 Jobs. Read more…”
“Sometimes you can’t see the forest through the trees.” Have you ever heard someone say that? It sounds very similar to Steve Jobs during his Stanford commencement speech in 2005. He talks about his somewhat non-traditional career path, and how when you look back you can connect the dots. Kind of like when you get to the top of the mountain you can see the forest from which you’ve emerged. After 10 years in the working world you can look back and see how your career has evolved, you can connect the dots and make new plans for the future.