Ah, Valentine’s Day – a day when we celebrate love, romance, and relationships. But what if you’re one of the millions currently searching for a job? How can you incorporate the spirit of Valentine’s Day into your job search? Here are some parallels between job searching and finding love: 1. Know what you’re looking for: When searching for love, you likely have an idea of what you’re looking for in a partner. Maybe you’re attracted to people who are kind, funny, and adventurous. Or perhaps you’re drawn to those who share your values and interests. The same is true when […]Continue readingMore Tag
Job search is marketing
I noticed that many job seekers don’t recognize that their job search is actually a marketing effort. Similar to a business, job seekers must market themselves to prospective employers in order to find employment. Planning, strategy, and execution are essential for job search, just like they are for any effective marketing campaign. These strategies are key to differentiating yourself from the competition and highlighting your unique value proposition. Here are a few: 1. Know Your Target Market: The first step in your job search, just like any marketing campaign, is to determine your target market. This entails knowing the kinds […]Continue readingMore Tag
How does fear express itself for a manager and what can be done about it?
Fear is a powerful emotion that can have a profound impact on a person’s behaviour, thoughts, and actions. For those in managerial positions, fear can be especially pronounced and can manifest in a variety of ways. Here are a few: Impostor Syndrome: This is one of the most common and it refers to the feeling of self-doubt and insecurity that one is not qualified for their job, despite evidence to the contrary. This can be particularly pronounced for managers who may feel as though they are constantly under scrutiny and that any mistakes or missteps will be immediately noticed.This is […]Continue readingMore Tag
4 mistakes you may be making on your resume
A well-written resume is crucial to landing a job in today’s competitive job market. A poorly written one can be an obstacle to finding employment. You might be making the mistake of not taking the time to properly prepare your resume, which can have consequences in terms of your job search such as not getting pre-selected and not getting contacted at all. Here are some: 1. Not tailoring it to the job you are applying for: Many resumes are generic, with little to no attention paid to the specific skills and qualifications required for the job. This is a problem, […]Continue readingMore Tag
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. […]Continue readingMore Tag
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. […]Continue readingMore Tag
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 […]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
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