Texts to reflect on

Salutation To The Dawn Look to this day! For it is life, the very life of life. In its brief course Lie all the verities and realities of your existence: The bliss of growth The glory of action The splendour of achievement. For yesterday is but a dream And tomorrow is only a vision, But today well lived makes yesterday a dream of happiness And every tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well, therefore, to this day! Such is the salutation to the dawn. (Poem by Indian dramatist, Kalidasa) Just For Today 1. Just for today I will be happy. […]

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Look How Far You’ve Come!

Look How Far You’ve Come! What my résumé doesn’t say: – I started a blog a few days after the war started in 2006. I used to write a lot out of anger and the need to express myself. A post reached 50,000 views on a dark day in 2013 when a politician’s car was bombed but a teenager who was there at the wrong place at the wrong time passed away. (This misery happened many times before and many times later). I received threats from people who wanted to silence me. I got tired and stopped 10 years later. […]

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15+ factors affect the price of a professionally developed résumé / CV. What are they?

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 […]

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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% – […]

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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: 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 Job Seekers

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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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B.M. - Canada

Technical Services Director
I am ecstatic about the results; I strongly recommend Rita Kamel’s professional resume writing services. Rita took me on a journey to update and revamp my resume and interview preparation “do’s & don’ts”. Her expertise, coupled with her collaborative and innovative spirit, made her the go-to expert in this area.

From my first e-mail interaction with Rita, you can tell that her engagement is very professional, and the review process is both elaborate and well-structured. She made me go over my experience from the start and extract my achievements, which reflect and align with the new target position.

J.A. - UAE

General Manager
Having been in full-time employment since leaving University and deciding to take some time out from work, I realized my old CV would require serious updating before making the return to work life. After making several enquiries Rita came highly recommended by an acquaintance to assist me with updating my CV. Rita has proven herself to be an extremely experienced professional and responsive person with great attention to detail. Her proactive and honest, yet friendly approach has made it a pleasure working to update my CV and LinkedIn profile. I now feel much more confident: my redesigned CV is tailored toward gaining a suitable position in a competitive industry.

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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