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Friday, February 27, 2015

5 Common Lies in CVs to Avoid

It’s only natural to want to present yourself as the best candidate for a job you’re applying for. But, as tempting as it may be to stretch the truth (or even outright lie) on your resume, you may find yourself standing out for all the wrong reasons. Below you’ll find five of the most common resume lies that recruiters see.

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1. Employment Dates

Whether you’re trying to hide a gap in employment or over inflate your experience in a role, fudging dates on your resume rarely goes unnoticed by recruiters. Date lies usually come unstuck either in a reference check or when you can’t substantiate your ‘long work history’ in the role. Be honest – whether you were traveling, unemployed or raising a family, gaps on your resume don’t automatically mean being overlooked for a position, but getting caught out in a lie almost definitely does.


2. Why You Left a Previous Role

You don’t actually need to put your reason for leaving your last job on your resume, but don’t think that you can lie by omission either because it will almost definitely come up as a topic in an interview. If you’re not sure how to explain being fired or leaving on bad terms, consider approaching a jobs agency like the Chandler Macleod Group to get some help with applying for new positions.


3. Qualifications

A surprising amount of people lie about the qualifications they have achieved, believing that once you have a certain number of years in your career the ‘piece of paper’ doesn’t matter as much. This is a bad idea for many reasons – not only are some certifications required by law for you to be able to perform a particular role, you may be asked to provide copies for your personnel file if you are successfully employed in the position.


4. Job Titles

This is another area where job-seekers incorrectly assume they won’t get found out on. A running gag on the TV sitcom ‘The Office’ was one of the characters incorrectly referring to himself as Assistant Regional Manager instead of Assistant to the Regional Manager. Just as Dwight was always corrected by his boss, so too will you be in a thorough reference check. Use the selection criteria to accurately demonstrate how your skills and experiences can be applied to the role you’re vying for instead of faking titles on your resume.


5. Language Fluency

Being able to count to ten or say hello in another language doesn’t mean you speak it fluently. Sneaky job-seekers will often embellish language proficiency on their resume in an attempt to seem worldly and more cultured. This is another area where it is so easy to get caught out on that it just isn’t worth the risk.

It’s important to remember that recruiters potentially look at hundreds of resumes each week so are very adept at picking up any red flags that may indicate a candidate is stretching the truth.

Have you ever caught an applicant out in a lie on their CV? What resume blunders have you stumbled across? Share your experiences and thoughts in the comments below.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Matters of the Heart #ONatural

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The month of February is a good time to reflect upon matters of the heart.  Not just the lovey-dovey affairs of the heart either.

It is a good time to consider our heart health.  

Throughout the years, I've found myself a couple of times in the cardiac care unit of the hospital, undergoing a cardiac ablation.    I've had to take numerous medications to control my racing heart beat, as well as the procedures,  so heart health is something I take very seriously.  I know what it is like to live with a heart condition, and while right now all is quiet I am aware that at any time I could find myself back on prescription medications, or back in the ablation lab.  And, let's face it:  even though cardiac ablation is a pretty simple procedure, it is still a surgical procedure on the heart (and that can be scary).

In an attempt to keep my heart as healthy as possible, I try to do my best to keep my overall health good.  It is important to me to get enough rest, eat well, and find a way to incorporate some kind of exercise in my day.   Orange Naturals offers Heart Health tincture, which helps to regulate your heart beat and most importantly for me - helps to slow a rapid heart beat.  {Note: consult your physician to make sure there are no drug interactions with Heart Health.}

Keep your heart healthy.  I read in this month's edition of #ONatural newsletter that heart disease and stroke takes one life every seven minutes here in Canada.    Orange Naturals is aiming to raise awareness and reduce the risk of heart disease.  Tips on how to control your heart health naturally is only one aspect of the newsletter.  By subscribing to the newsletter, you'll also find recipes, tricks and real people, just like you and me.

From my heart to yours - let's all keep our hearts healthy!

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Disclosure: I am part of the Orange Naturals Mom Ambassador Program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own. 

Monday, February 23, 2015

Flash Giveaway-Win a Downy Prize Pack: Keep Comfortable This Winter with Downy #RipYourClothesOn #PGMom

Most people I know are in starting to get a little sick and tired of the winter weather we've been experiencing.   Even though, I feel we are fairly lucky to have had a late start to winter, here in southern Ontario, it now feels like winter has a stronghold and that it doesn't want to give up.

With the deep cold settled in upon us, we tend to spend more and more time in our homes, cuddled and snuggled.   With having the heat cranked, also comes the dryness within our homes, which also leads to dry, itchy and uncomfortable skin.

Downy to the Rescue this Winter

Downy is encouraging Canadians to share their favourite fashion looks and what it is about that particular clothing that makes you want to Rip Your Clothes On!  How can this be, you may be asking, when most of us are going crazy by the touch of clothing on our dry winter-ravaged skin?

Sprinkle a little DownyUnstopables into a load of laundry and your clothes will smell so fresh that you’ll just have to cuddle up with your loved ones! Add Downy Infusions fabric softener to leave your clothes feeling extra soft with an added boost of irresistible scent.
Loblaws has what you need to keep those clothes on - check out the laundry care aisle where you will find Downy Unstoppables and Downy fabric softeners.  While there, I often take a peek through the Joe Fresh department for something new and comfy to wear.

Enter to Win a $25 gift card to Joe Fresh and a Downy Prize Pack ($45 value - total) 
Canadians, please use the form provided to enter to win.