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ATS and how to work with the resume bot

  You have undoubtedly heard that you only have 6 seconds to grab the hiring manager’s attention. It is about to get worse. Research shows that nearly 40% of employers use resume pre-screening technology – also called Applicant Tracking System (ATS) – to better manage the ever-growing pool of job candidates. Here’s everything you need

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How can I address career gaps on my resume?

Dear PrepCan: I’m moving to Canada soon, and I haven’t yet secured employment there. How can I address potential career gaps on my resume? Sincerely, Gappy Job Seeker Dear Gappy Job Seeker: Career gaps happen for many reasons – starting a family, completing a bridging program, caring for a loved one, and moving to a

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Answer the “What is your biggest weakness?” interview question

Written by Arcelia Camacho, PMP “What is your biggest weakness?” can seem like a tricky question in a job interview. After all, you have learned to put your best foot forward during the hiring process. Why should you talk about your flaws at this stage of the process? Why do hiring managers keep asking the

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PrepCan Insiders: Why People Ignore Your LinkedIn Invitations

Dear PrepCan: I want to grow my professional network before arriving in Canada. I have sent LinkedIn invitations to hundreds of people in Canada, and I’m not getting any responses.  Please help me understand why people ignore my LinkedIn invitations. -Eager Networker Dear Eager Networker: Congratulations on your initiative to grow a professional network in

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How to answer the “What are your greatest strengths?” interview question

Written by Arcelia Camacho, PMP “What are your strengths and weaknesses?” is a common job interview question you need to prepare to answer. People who were taught not to brag about themselves can struggle to answer this particular question. Here’s an exercise you can follow to come up with well-thought answers to this typical job

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