Throughout my career in the recruitment industry, something always bothered me:
I saw great candidates lose out on job opportunities because they made mistakes.
Easily corrected mistakes. Except that once your resume is placed in the ‘no’ pile, you rarely get a second shot at the job.
Some mistakes are the result of really bad job search advice, like telling people they should apply for every job advertised whether they possess the qualifications or not. Or this especially bad idea: Send your resume out to as many email addresses as you can and wait for something to stick. Ugh. Both those tactics are resume spamming. You don’t want that label when you’re looking to make a career move.
Other mistakes — like not preparing really good questions to ask your interviewer — come from not understanding what recruiters and hiring managers are looking for and how they make decisions.
The One Thing I Want You To Know
Looking for a job and managing your career path require information.
Read as much as you can. Talk to as many different ‘experts’ as possible. Decide for yourself which bits of advice make sense. Don’t believe everything you hear, and that goes for the advice I dole out on this site, too. I won’t knowingly steer you in the wrong direction but I have irrefutable proof that I am capable of spectacular errors.
I don’t sell anything on this site and I don’t accept corporate sponsorships. Everything here is based on personal experience and opinion.
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Susan Wright-Boucher here. I’m the writer behind Plugged In Work, the blog that has been serving up articles on career management, job search, the workplace, social media, marketing and business development since 2009.
I also write career and HR articles for Canadian businesses and do ghost writing for companies that don’t have the time or internal resources.
My work was mentioned in Working At A Distance: A Global Business Model for Virtual Team Collaboration by Cassandra J. Smith and I had the pleasure of serving as a pre-publication beta tester for The Art of Social Media by Guy Kawasaki and Peg Fitzpatrick.
I’ve spent most of my career in marketing and senior operations roles within the recruitment industry. My work with two global staffing companies and one of Canada’s largest, privately owned recruitment firms has taken me right across the country; I’ve managed staffing operations in every major city in Canada.
These days, I do freelance writing and marketing from my home office in Vancouver, BC.
I spend my free time drawing and learning everything I can about vector graphics and photo editing software. The banner on this page features some of my art.
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Wishing you a great day ahead!