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My Contributions to the Career Professionals of Canada Blog

Here is a list of articles I wrote for the Career Professionals of Canada Blog: 23 September 2022 – How to Support Clients Re-Entering the Workforce 16 September 2022 – Members Matter! Meet Rita Kamel 11 March 2022 – Journaling for Job Search Success 21 January 2021 – Career Transition: From Corporate Recruiter to Independent Career Practitioner 22 October 2021 – 10 Reasons to Join CPC’s Mastermind Mentoring Program 01 October 2021 – 11 Ways to Grow Your Customer Base 20 August 2021 – Working as a Career Professional in a Difficult Country 23 July 2021 – How to Support International […]

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What to do when an interview is set but you changed your mind?

When a recruiter or a hiring manager set an interview with you, it means they allocated time specifically for you. You have all the freedom to change your mind for whatever reason but in terms of best practices, I highly recommend calling to cancel as soon as possible. It is very inconvenient to wait for someone to arrive to a meeting they willingly confirmed but then not to show up. Many times, recruiters call candidates back to ask if they had an accident on the way but they wouldn’t even pick up to explain what happened. Some recruiters will even […]

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How to overcome the work authorization barrier as an international job seeker?

Here are 7 things that can be done to overcome the work authorization barrier as an international job seeker: 1. You work in a multinational and there’s a vacancy elsewhere. Check the internal rotation rules. NB: Some multinationals can do this, others can’t for legal reasons. 2. What you do is in high demand. Companies can’t find employees locally/regionally and they’re ready to pay for a work visa. NB: This requires networking skills. 3. Look for a job in surrounding countries with which your country has strong “positive” ties which would have “easier” work visa conditions. NB: These may change […]

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What are the in-demand certifications?

Here are some in-demand #certifications: Computer network engineering certifications: – Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) – Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) Project Management certifications: – Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) – Project Management Professional (PMP) – PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) – Certified Scrum Master (CSM) / Professional Scrum Master (PSM) Business Analyst certifications: – Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP) – IIBA Agile Analysis Certification (IIBA-AAC) Supply Chain certifications: #Canada: Supply Chain Management Professional (SCMP) #USA: – Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) – Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) – Certified in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution (CLTD) #Europe: ELA […]

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A live résumé review on Twitter

So @Ramyand3others on Twitter set up a great personal website ramiatrouni.com and shared CV. With his permission taken, I created a thread with insights on what to do to move towards international standards. Assumptions: -Looking for Full Stack Dev role in Canada -Sample Job: https://t.co/jSBHyeEBso Disclaimer: We will be collaborating live on Twitter for educational purposes. Plz note that this is going to be a high level intervention to keep the thread manageable. Also note that each case is different. My usual process is extremely more detailed. You are under no obligation to use any info. provided. This based on […]

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What is the résumé writing mill problem?

Someone called me to say they had their résumé professionally by a well-known company. They even had an “Interview Guarantee” but person didn’t get ONE SINGLE CALL. Here are some notes from the perspective of someone who delivers a customized service: 1. Photo: Most countries are leaving this requirement off to avoid discrimination & bias. 2. Irrelevant personal information: This only enforces discrimination & bias which is against human rights. 3. LinkedIn link with numbers after the name: Easily editable in LinkedIn settings. 4. No title & no branding: Leaving the reader guess which role you’re looking for is a […]

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How best to answer: “What are your salary expectations?”

This is a question that many people hope will not pop. But if the employer was straight forward and transparent from the start about their budget for the position; this question would not feel uncomfortable for many. Also, what’s the point of going through many interviews and later discover that the proposed salary is way below expectations? Yet, I don’t see that this will stop from happening soon because some employers think that it’s better for the salary expectation to come from the candidate first to see if they can or can’t match. (Many don’t have a salary scale or […]

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10 reasons the recruiter disregarded your Résumé

There are many reasons why a recruiter may end up disregarding your résumé. Here are the most common 10 reasons: 1. The photo on your résumé is a selfie with a duckface in a car or a nightclub: Not very professional, remove the photo altogether. 2. You are lying: Professional recruiters are trained to find those inconsistencies; good luck with that. 3. You applied to 5 totally different job vacancies in the same company: Err, where exactly do you think you fit? This shows that you are not targeted and don’t know what you want. 4. You applied to a […]

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10 quick things not to forget before a job interview

Before going to a job interview, you need to remember 10 quick things as a candidate: Check the company’s website As son as you are called for a job interview, check the company’s website. Find out more about the history, the products, and services offered as well as the careers’ section. Most of the employers will ask you “What do you know about us?” to see how much you actually know. For them it is also a sign of how much you care and how much you prepared. In work situations, you will have to do a lot of research […]

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J.W. - Qatar

Account Manager
I approached Rita during an interview process at one of the tier 1 global technology vendors. Based on her extensive experience in HR, Rita unveiled to me the tricks and methods I should adopt to stand out among hundreds of other applicants.

She guided me through a set of actions in a very scientific manner, fine-tuned my strategies and not only made them unique, but uniquely relevant. Not to mention the grade of encouragement she had conveyed to deliver my presentation and get selected for the role.

I would highly recommend Rita for any type of guidance, consultation and career advice.

F.T. - Lebanon

NGO Project Coordinator
Rita opened my eyes to what I was doing wrong in my pursuit to find a new job. She showed me in a short time and efficient way how to make my experience more appealing to recruiters. She showed me another perspective to finding a job and made me realize why I didn't stay for a long time with previous organizations I worked for. Rita helped me put things into perspective and taught me that I should appreciate my achievements and champion them in order to land the right job for me while having what I want for a job as a priority.

M.R. - Cyprus

Senior Project Manager
Choosing to work with Rita was a great decision. As someone looking to change careers, she helped me put on paper how my experience and skills are relevant to my target industry. Rita's methodological approach also allowed me to take an outside look at my career so far in a new light and reminded me of achievements I have forgotten about. Throughout the process, Rita was always responsive, attentive, and always had useful advice and feedback.

A.F. - Canada

Chief Operating Officer
Your advice helped significantly improve my interview performance and the relevance of my answers. Thank you so much for your help.

R.G. - Lebanon

Marketing Manager
I love how confident I feel after talking to you and how my story about myself gets uplifted as if I'm Chanel or Dior!

R.M. - Lebanon

Teacher
Thank you Rita so much. I enjoyed our conversation, it made me look at everything in a different perspective. You were able to make me realize how to change my outlook when it comes to jobs. I felt so confused for a while until we spoke, you helped clear the fog. Your guidance was much needed.

A.K. - Lebanon

Sales Manager
Rita has helped me in more ways than one and I found just one session with her very enlightening. She helped me realize many things I was not aware of and gave me several tips on how to tackle and improve the job search. I can only imagine how she can help when given more than one session, kudos to you Rita!

G.J. - Lebanon

Lead Accountant
Thanks to Rita’s feedback, I was able to figure out some important points behind the reasons my LinkedIn profile and CV aren’t getting noticed. Added to that, her words were much needed to reaffirm my confidence and boost my motivation. With her I am sure one will land the desired opportunity.

A.H. - KSA

Senior Regional Manager
As a Career Strategist, Rita's valuable insights and advice are a game changer when it comes to resume writing and job search. There's no one size that fits all and Rita guided me on how to think outside the box by showing my capabilities in the loudest way possible. It's worth to approach her!

M.H., PhD - UK

Senior Researcher & Consultant
The DossierPro package provided me with the necessary tools and questions to figure out my career path at a very critical phase. What made the experience rich and worthwhile was Rita's many talents, from her ability to research thoroughly before the meetings, show up well versed in your field, and finally her gift to connect and motivate. She was an eye opener, and has the gift of knocking down the many walls that surround us, our aspirations, and dreams.
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