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.

How To Connect With Me

If you like what you’re reading here and you’d like to stay in touch or hang out on line, here’s how to do it. I have two Facebook pages. Here the link to my career talk Facebook page. If you’re into social media and online marketing, you might enjoy my marketing tips Facebook page.

You can sign up for email notifications when new posts are published here (there’s no set schedule but I average about once per month). The signup form is directly below. (If you don’t see a box to input your email address it means you’re already following this blog. Instead, you’ll be given a link to manage your subscription.)

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

My other social sites are here.

About me

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.

Thank you for visiting and for taking the time to read this. You’re most welcome to leave a comment. I read every single one and I try my best to respond quickly.

Wishing you a great day ahead!


24 thoughts on “About

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    • swrightboucher says:

      Hi there,

      Thanks for asking. WordPress.com uses Akismet. It’s excellent and it’s free. I don’t even have to moderate comments before they’re posted so my readers can view their contribution immediately instead of waiting for me to notice it and hit the ‘approve’ button.:)



  2. Victoria says:

    Great blog Susan! I taught social media here locally for a few years and spent years in the social media arena. Retired from it all last year to travel and spend time with family. Blogging is the only thing I do now and really enjoy it.


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    Excellent post. I used to be checking continuously this blog
    and I am impressed! Extremely helpful ino specially the final section :
    ) I take care of such information much. I was seekng this particular info for a long time.
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  4. edenland says:

    Susan, thank you SO MUCH for the comment you just left on my blog. Wow – you have no idea how much I needed to read that today. Comments like that … from people like you … make me keep blogging.

    Thank you. XOX


  5. Gwyn Teatro says:

    Susan, in reviewing some of my own blog posts, I discovered that you had made a comment on one that I failed to respond to. Ironically, it was a post about empathy….


    As it is my usual practice to write a response to all the people who take the time to read and then write a comment on my blog, I just wanted to apologize for my oversight.
    Thank you for coming by. I hope you will come again.



  6. OurKudos says:

    Susan, thanks for getting in touch on my blog, motivating me to check yours out. Now I’m going to have to spend my Sunday reading and learning from you!
    Vancouver B.C. holds a special place in my heart – I proposed to my wife there while teaching a workshop at UBC. We always said if we ever relocated, Vancouver was our top choice. What an amazingly beautiful place. Great city nestled between the ocean and mountains. Spectacular!


  7. Rebekah says:

    Hi Susan

    I am a Langara journalism student writing a piece about sleep deprivation and would love to talk to you about your “Sleep Deprivation Oneupmanship” blog post and your inspiration for writing it. Let me know a time that works for you to talk.

    Rebekah Funk


  8. Donna Foster-Larocqaue says:


    You never cease to amaze me. You are such a caring, warm and inspirational person and you always take advantage of every opportunity to share your knowledge with others and network! You are an inspiration. I’m glad that we are still in constant communication. You are one of the benefits of social networking!

    Best wishes,


  9. Angela MacKay says:

    I love your blog…. it’s fabulous and takes me back to many a best practise learned in our meetings.

    But mostly I want to say that I love the picture of you kayaking best. Simply put — glad to see that you ARE kayaking , enjoying nature and having fun.
    Work hard, PLAY HARDER.
    Warm regards,


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