Job-Winning Tools

 The Importance of Social Media

The Importance of Social Media

Career Resources Toolkit for Job-Seekers

Use the clock/calendar that’s already on your cell phone to store appointments and create alarms/reminders for free.  Or instead/also, Google Calendar is a contact and time-management web application offered by Google.  

2 Year Unemployed Person Gets 37 Different Job Offers in 2 Weeks Using LinkedIn


How to brand a useless Degree 

“We’re becoming a workforce where the amount of time you spend in the chair is not the issue.” – “It’s the results of the work. It’s about what’s been achieved.”


How do I Apply for a Job?

Applying for a job in North America typically involves three steps:

  1. a resume;

  2. a cover letter; and

  3. company and job research.

 50 Resume Objective Statements

How an Older Worker Can Get the Interview 

How To Find A Job During A Recession

Who will have a thriving career, and who won’t? Find out what will drive America’s workforce  –  Jobs in 2020 »

The New Concerns of an Evolving Workforce

Today’s corporate catchphrases will become tomorrow’s commonplace practices

 General Interview Questions

General Questions
Be prepared to answer the most general interview questions like:

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • Why did you leave your last job?

Sample Interview Questions

Sample Interview Questions
  • Why did you apply for this position?
  • How do you establish a working relationship with new people?
  • What computer programs are you familiar with?

Types of Questions

Types of Questions
  • Open-ended Questions
  • Closed-ended Questions
  • Hypothetical Questions
  • Leading Questions

Job Specific Questions

Job Specific Questions
Questions related to a specific job position:

  • Can you do the job?
  • Do you want the job?

Illegal Interview Questions

Illegal Interview Questions
  • Age? Date of Birth?
  • Marital/ Family Status.
  • National Origin/ Citizenship
  • Race/Color/Religion

Behavioral Interview Questions

Behavioral Interview Questions
Behavioral interview is based on the idea that the best way to predict your future performance is to examine your past and present performance in a similar situation.

Questions About Disabilities

Questions About Disabilities
  • Is it legal for a job interviewer to ask me if I have a disability?
  • What type of question is an interviewer allowed to ask?

Questions by Function

Questions by Function What background do you have that would be helpful in consulting?…


Teacher Interview Questions

Teacher Interview Questions
  • How will/could you involve students in your research?
  • What courses could you teach here?

Clerical Position Interview Questions

Questions for Clerical Positions
  • What are some of the positive things about working in the clerical field?
  • What is the busiest recent work situation you have worked under?

Lab Position Interview Questions

Questions for Laboratory Positions
  • Describe your experience with analytical instrumentation.
  • Describe your experience with knowledge of Quality Assurance and Quality Control Analyses.

Hospitality Interview Questions

Hospitality Position Interview Questions
  • Why did you decide to work in the hospitality field as a manager?
  • Why are you pursuing an MBA vs. a Master’s in Health Administration?

How to find a new job using LinkedIn?



Without effective action, we face a future with large numbers of unskilled workers looking for jobs that require skills they do not possess, and a large number of jobs that will go unfilled. 

Employability Skills 2000+                     Le Conference Board du Canada


Employability Skills 2000+ are the critical skills

you need in the workplace—whether you are

self-employed or working for others.

Employability Skills 2000+ include communication,

problem solving, positive attitudes and behaviours,

adaptability, working with others, and science,

technology and mathematics skills.



Employability Skills 2000+ can also be applied beyond

the workplace in your daily and personal activities.


You can develop your Employability Skills 2000+

at home, at school, at work and in the community.

Family, friends, teachers, neighbours, employers,

co-workers, government, business and industry can

all play a part in helping you build these skills.

Essential Skills

Maybe you’d like to find out what skills you have. This information might influence your career or learning choices. Although this is an informal test, it will give you a good idea of how your skills match the ones described in more than 200 occupations posted at HRSDC’s Essential Skills site.
1. Print the SCORE SHEET.  You will need this to track your results.2. Read important information about your score.3. Select the Skill

  Reading text

  Document Use


what is TOWES?

What is TOWES

Across Canada, employers, educators, labour organizations and governments are working together to ensure that Canadians have the Essential Skills needed for full participation in home and community life.

TOWES – the Test of Workplace Essential Skills offers valid, reliable and effective assessments, curriculum and training support for organizations and individuals looking to assess and improve Essential Skills.

What are Essential Skills

Essential Skills are the skills needed to carry out everyday tasks for work, learning and life. They are not the technical skills required by a particular job; they are the skills applied in all occupations.


Essential Skills:

• help us to perform the tasks required by our occupation and other activities of daily life.

• provide us with a foundation to learn other skills.

• enhance our ability to adapt to change.

There are 9 Essential Skills:  Reading Text, Document Use, Numeracy, Writing, Thinking Skills, Oral Communication, Working With Others, Computer Use, and Continuous Learning.

TOWES assesses the first three skills, which are often referred to as adult literacy skills

More Essential Skills Videos

Watch these videos to learn more about how Essential Skills are used in the workplace. The videos identify the key Essential Skills required in all jobs across Canada and provide examples of why these skills are important in the workplace.

Learn why Essential Skills are important when working with others.

[Transcript: Essential Skills for a Winning Team]

Learn how Essential Skills can help you better meet workplace goals.

[Transcript: Essential Skills for Managing Change]

Learn how Essential Skills can help you adapt and succeed at work.

[Transcript: Essential Skills to Get Ahead]

Why You Should Never Turn Down an Interview

Why You Should Never Turn Down an Interview

5 Terrible Things to Say at an Interview (Don’t Say These Things – Ever)

Bad Interview

Dealing with an Unprofessional Interview

Dealing with an Unprofessional Interview

Take notes from the following video as you watch and listen:

Job Video Tips from Toastmasters Video  –

Job Search  Preparing for a Job Interview

 VIDEO:  Preparing for a Job Interview  [with transcript]

Showing up to a job interview without preparation is like showing up to a test without studying. Learn what you should do before your interview so that you look professional and knowledgeable on the big day.

VIDEO:  How to Dress for a Job Interview

 Male Western dress code

Before the job interview

Know the company.
Your knowledge of the prospective employer will contribute to the positive image you want to create. Research the company before the interview. Talk to others who work there; ask for information about the firm and for a job description when the interview is set up; use the Internet and your local library’s reference books on public and private organizations.

Know the job.
Learn everything you can about the job you’re interviewing for and how your previous experience and training qualify you for this position.

Know yourself.
Review your resume before the interview to have it fresh in your mind, because it will be fresh in the mind of the person who interviews you. Better yet, have it in front of you on the table.

Prepare questions of your own.
Employers are as interested in your questions as they are in your answers. And they’ll react favorably if you ask intelligent questions about the position, the company and the industry. (Examples: Where does this position fit into the company as a whole? Is there any problem on this job with waste/accuracy/meeting quotas, etc.? What is the largest single problem facing your staff now?).

Get the big picture.
Visualize the entire interview, from start to finish. See yourself as performing with style and confidence. How will the interview end? Will you get a job offer or be called back for a second interview? How much salary do you want? What kind of benefits? The research you do ahead of time will give you an idea of what to expect.

Salary Negotiation Etiquette

During the interview process, salary discussions and negotiations are usually, if not always, the last thing discussed. This is often after numerous interviews that may be rigorous in nature. When you think about it, how the whole thing works really is kind of humorous.

Hotel and restaurant managers spend all day long figuring out, and talking about, how they can enhance the guest experience so they can make more income for their owners or shareholders. There is nothing wrong with that, after all, because hotels and restaurants are businesses, and businesses are in business to make money, right?

Then why is it taboo to talk about salaries up front in an interview? What’s wrong with discussing early in an interview how much income the candidate can make for themselves or their family to support the necessities that come with living or having the funds to support education, retirement, etc.? Aren’t these good and reasonable questions? Is it really an issue of tradition or etiquette, or is it an issue of an individual’s motivation? Is wanting to earn more money and talking about it up front considered shallow? Individually, it might be considered that way, although a business has the same aspirations. So what’s the difference?

The difference is that businesses are looking for individuals who are passionate in what they do, and therefore money is a reward, not the primary driver. Businesses want people who are motivated to be of service to others. In the hospitality industry, this is what drives guest satisfaction and, in the end, what drives profits. Proper etiquette says that if you want the job, and if you want a better chance at getting the salary you want then first do a good job of showing your value to the business and let salary be the last item on the agenda!

Body Language Expert – Business Secrets Revealed on NBC

Deliver High-Impact $100k+ Employment Interviews

Did you know that most successful $100k professionals have never had to do a six-figure job interview? Think about this for a moment, and you’ll quickly figure out why:  Successful people are usually promoted from within or sought out by their colleagues and competitors for their well-known expertise.

In this economic environment, many $100k+ professionals are now finding that they have to compete in their first-ever six-figure job interview. They don’t know what to expect or what they should be doing to sell their value effectively.


How to Ace a Job Interview – The Body Language of Business

Job Interview Body Language

Video:  What to Do When You Start a New Job

VIDEO:  What to Do When You Start a New Job  [with transcript]

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