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Using a Personal Relationship to Gain Employment

By: Kimberley Dart

We all know the term “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know”.  To a degree, that’s true.  Knowing someone can often help you to get your foot in the door, or at least move your name to the top of the list.  However knowing someone is not a guarantee that you will find a job.

One of the blessings (curses?) of working for a recruitment firm is that people will approach you to help them find new employment.  It’s not unheard of for friends, family members, neighbours, or even clients to send me their resume asking me for help.

I received the following e-mail from an old acquaintance.  From what I know of her I would say that she is very hard working, determined, with a sunny disposition.  Based on her e-mail I formed a new opinion.  Look for yourself:

can send a recent redume.
Looking for work as Executive Assistant

Where to start?  Lack of a greeting, punctuation, capitalization, contact information, and a spelling error is what jumps out at me first.  Second, she wants a job as an Executive Assistant?  How could I possibly recommend her to one of my clients based on this?  All it took was eleven words for me to form a new opinion.  That has to be a new record!

Just because you have a personal relationship with someone who may be able to help you find a new role doesn’t mean that you can leave your professionalism at the door.

If you would like to use your network to help you find a new position I would suggest approaching it like this:

  • Call the person directly and explain what you are looking for.  Find out if s/he can even help you out (or if s/he knows who can)
  • Ask if you can send your resume for his/her review
  • Be professional.  Spelling and punctuation is ALWAYS important!
  • Do not treat this as a casual conversation just because you know the person.

Remember, you only get one chance to make a first impression!

Can your internet presence lose you the job?

By: Kimberley Dart

Help Wanted


It’s a whole new world out there.  Just recently I was cleaning out the drawers in an old desk that my mother gave me and I came across 5 job ads that were cut out of the classifieds of the newspaper.  These ads were about 20 years old – so really, not THAT old.  One posting actually asked for a handwriting sample.  Times sure have changed.  Back then to learn about a job applicant you had to scrutinize the resume and really grill the references.  I know of one company owner who even took a course on handwriting analysis to try to get the inside scoop on a potential employee.

Today all an employer has to do to learn more about an applicant is to type his name into Google (or another similar search engine).  Most people today (my mother included) have an online presence.  It may be as simple as a Facebook profile, or they may have several links.

Have you ever “Googled” your name?  Go ahead and try it, you might be surprised at what comes up.  Whatever you see is exactly what a Recruiter or business owner will see. 

In a recent blog post, Alison Green of Ask a Manager addresses how your online presence may actually end up hurting your career prospects.  She received a question from a reader about whether or not to tell a candidate that they were not going to extend an offer of employment because of the questionable content of the applicant’s MySpace page.  You can read the post by clicking here.

So remember, when sending your resume to an employer, before you click “send” be sure to look at what comes up when you search your name.  You might be surprised at what you find.  If you don’t have an online presence, start a LinkedIn account, as some online presence is actually better than none at all (plus LinkedIn is a great way to network). 

We're Back!

By: Kimberley Dart


Back in October 2009, the first FRIDAY blog was born (go check it out, the articles are really good, I promise).  But after a maternity leave, a few staff changes, and a lost password, it was eventually abandoned.  But  now we are back!

I'm excited to get our blog started again, just in time for our 25th anniversary!

As before, articles will be for both the Job Seeker and the Employer.  Your input and feedback is welcomed and encouraged.  If you have an idea for a topic please leave a comment below.

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