Some clients argue that prices are expensive. Others argue that prices are cheap! But what are factors to consider when it comes to developing a professional résumé / CV? Let’s go through a few: Years of experience in résumé / CV writing and working with certain types of clients that pose specific types of challenges (local, international, fresh grads, experienced, executives, career changers, entry after long period of unemployment, etc.) Years of experience in an industry that brings perspective and better understanding of expectations (ex: HR/Recruitment/Counselling etc.) Professionals come from different backgrounds. Can someone without recruitment experience who never used the […]Continue readingMore Tag
DossierPro 2021 Statistics
DossierPro’s clients Source: – Referrals: 61.9% – Social Media: 38.1% (Mostly Twitter!) Education: – Master’s degree or a PhD: 55% – Bachelor’s degree: 40% – Vocational degree: 5% Experience: – More than 20 years of experience: 24.5% – Between 10 and 20 years of experience: 56% – Less than 10 years of experience: 19.5% Countries clients come from: – Based in Lebanon: 60% – Based outside Lebanon: 40% Countries clients want to relocate to: – Canada: 27% – France: 21.6% – UAE: 16.2% – Others: 35.2% Popular DossierPro program(s): – Dossier ProFILE (Résumé + Cover Letter + LinkedIn): 60.9% – […]Continue readingMore Tag
Canada Career Month
November is Canada career month. This year’s theme is “It’s possible”. I love this infographic because YES, it’s possible!Continue readingMore Tag
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 […]Continue readingMore Tag
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 […]Continue readingMore Tag
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 […]Continue readingMore Tag
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 […]Continue readingMore Tag
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 […]Continue readingMore Tag
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 […]Continue readingMore Tag
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 […]Continue readingMore Tag