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  • by Cathy Francois - December 19, 2014
    A seasonal position can be more than just an opportunity to make some extra cash. It could also serve as an opportunity to network within an organization, or feel a position or industry out. When searching for seasonal opportunities, consider your long term career plan and the skills you would like to acquire or enhance. These skills may include customer service, sales, marketing, communication, inventory management, loss prev...
  • by Cathy Francois - November 13, 2014
    I have reviewed thousands of resumes as a career coach. I find that every resume provides clues about the person behind it and have a personality all on their own that may be a reflection of the author. Sometimes it’s spot on and other times unfortunately a false representation that often does not work in the job seeker’s favor. If I were to assess your resume it would be classified under at least one of the following four res...
  • by Cathy Francois - October 16, 2014
    Have you ever been to a virtual career fair and felt like one in a swarm of bees competing for employers’ attention? And then, when you finally get to a chat session, you’re just referred to the company’s website? Don’t give up! Next time, try these tips to gain the attention of employers and maximize the opportunity that a virtual career fair (VCF) offers.Maximize Your Time by Conducting Research Research the participating em...
  • by Cathy Francois - August 1, 2014
    This post is inspired by a recent conversation with a friend of mine, who, it turns out, was making career decisions based upon assumptions, not facts. This friend was interested in pursuing a career in a highly specialized healthcare field, and picked her current major believing the coursework would satisfy the necessary prerequisites for this career. Being an experienced career coach, I knew this was not the case. However, r...
  • by Cathy Francois - November 27, 2013
    I love what I do and believe it’s my personal calling to help others move forward in their careers. Whether I’m working with a student or doing private consulting I assist people of all walks of life with career planning, updating resumes, job search techniques and even motivation. However, with all the benefits of having a coach guide you through the sometimes complex job search process there are some things career coaches ca...
  • by Cathy Francois - September 19, 2013
    As a former classified sales representative it is too easy for me to distinguish a legitimate employment ad from a phony one. It’s like trying to give me a Chucky Cheese game token and telling me it’s a dollar coin. However, I have found that for many others these differences that I see plainly might not be so obvious. There are many innocent, desperate, or otherwise unsuspecting job seekers who fall victim to scams. The sear...
  • by Cathy Francois - June 18, 2013
    If you’re a jobseeker and after a period of about 60 days you haven’t gotten any responses from employers, something might be wrong. The following are possible reasons why and tips to increase your job application response rate. 1. You don’t qualify. Plain and simple, you do not meet the requirements. In today’s competitive job market, do not waste your time applying to anything that comes your way hoping an employer will have...