QR Coded Resumes?

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As part of our Accelerate Your Career event on April 20th, we will have great team on hand to review resumes between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm. This will be your chance to spring clean your resume, seek advice, and brainstorm. We asked one of our volunteers, a local human resources manager, a few questions to get the conversations started:

Carrie, some career practitioners are suggesting that job hunters include profiles in their resumes, as opposed to an objective, at the start of their resume. Is a brief synopsis of who you are and what you can do (2-4 sentences) more effective?

I think that the most important part to a resume is the cover letter, regardless of having an objective/profile. I believe that this is a non-negotiable piece of a resume that should be included with every submission for a position. I do agree with a profile instead of objective. However, I think that the cover letter is where a person should really be explaining themselves, their intent, and the fact that they are better than all other candidates. If a job seeker feels that they still want some sort of ‘introduction’ on their resume, the profile can be like a short business card to give a quick overview of who they are.

What about live links to blogs, web pages and portfolios in a resume? Do you see an increase in the inclusion of URL’s and QR (Quick Response) codes to link readers to additional materials about the job seeker?

This all depends on the job seeker, the requirements of the position, and the job seeker’s background. If someone has great experience in web work, marketing or drafting, then there should definitely be some sort of tie in to their portfolio. If the job seeker isn’t familiar with these strategies, then I would always recommend having a top-notch resume. Be good at one thing (your resume) instead of being ‘ok’ at a couple things: QR code, a website, etc. A job seeker should only include information, links, etc. if they feel that they are valuable pieces of information for the company to review that showcase abilities.

When you think back to some of the best resumes you have seen in the last 6 months, what stands out for you?

I can easily remember the worst: spelling mistakes, wrong company in the cover letter, or not formatted correctly. The not-so-good resumes stay in my mind much more easily! As for the best, I would say the people who really wanted to stand out from other candidates explained what they wanted to do and how they would benefit the company. They didn’t have the same cover letter for each position (it’s easy to tell if it is just an automatic template) as well as personalizing the resume to fit the job posting. I can understand that it is a lot of work to apply for positions. However, I see it as its your ‘job’ until you get the position. How are you showing that you are behind your job seeking 100% and putting your full attention to starting your career?

Is the first 3rd of your resume still the most important, to grab the employer’s attention?

Hmm... that is a tough one to answer. I personally look at the whole resume, no matter what. The first third rule may apply for longer resumes, however my thoughts are that there aren’t too many resumes that should be longer than 3 pages. All information should be relevant to the position that the job seeker is searching for. If a job seeker is trying to set out most important to least, then the last page is obviously the ‘less’ important information.


Interested? Want to spruce up your resume? Call 403-260-2782 to book your 30 minute resume review

Make Your Mark

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Would you like to know that the work you do daily has a positive impact on the lives of Canadians? For the first time, Calgary Public Library is welcoming staff from the Public Service sector to take part in our Career Conversations event on April 20th as part of our Accelerate Your Career event, where they will answer questions about working for both the federal and provincial government. Representatives will discuss the wide variety of jobs available, so we asked them a few questions to get the conversation started:

Jackie, the Government of Alberta features several of the benefits of working for the federal government, but we’re wondering what you see as the top “selling features?”

To start, there are such a wide variety of jobs available. So although it’s one employer, there are many opportunities. For example, someone like me moved from a front line position, then pursued further education and switched to a support position in Human Resources , and then progressed into a management role. Employees also have the ability to make a huge difference to clients through the services they provide. We also know the importance of the work we do and are in it for the long term. Lastly, we get to work in a fast paced environment with the support of having good benefits and job security.

Are there any occupations or fields that are experiencing high demand?

Currently, we have a need for Social Workers in the Child Protection areas, Occupational Health and Safety Officers, and careers in our policy areas.

Jackie, what are some of the common questions that are asked by job seekers at career events, and what advice can you offer?

Questions are usually about the hiring process, specific jobs availability, training opportunities, and locations where new hires could work. As for advice, I would recommend that individuals interested in public sector careers should:

  • Look at all levels of government (e.g. www.govjobs.ca)
  • Given that opportunities are vast and varied, explore areas that you are passionate about. For example, environment, education, health care
  • Explore what type of work you are interested in, such as policy, direct-service delivery (aka front line), technical, etc.

Does the Public Service ever use social media to scout for talent or recruit?

Governments are looking at innovative ways (e.g. Web 2.0) to recruit individuals to the public service including:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter (e.g. @jobs_gc)
  • Second Life (Public Service Commission did a trial run and provided information booths and interacted with potential candidates)
  • LinkedIn (frequent posts from various government agencies are often posted on LinkedIn)

Career Conversations Meet one-on-one with twenty professionals from high-demand industries to learn more about their careers

11:00 am–3:00 pm

Main Floor Sign up during event First-come, first-served

Career Conversations 2013

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Connect with industry professionals: explore career possibilities

and find out what it's like to work in these industries:


Automations Engineer

Barrister & Solicitor

Canadian Supply Chain Sector Council (logistics)

CGA: Corporate finance, tax, accounting

EIT Engineer in training accredited project manager

Entrepreneur, Web Designer, Apple Technology Trainer

Geologist: ERCB

Human Resource Specialist

MAC Automation Project Manager

Manager of Financial Planning and Analysis CMA, MBA

Manufacturing and Pipeline: Consultant (Technical)

Public Service Careers: Federal and provincial

Registered Nurse, College of Registered Nurses of Alberta

School of Construction: SAIT


Mechanical Engineer




Join us for one-on-one sessions:

Central Library, Main Floor

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


No registration required, sign up upon arrival.
Note: this is not a hiring event

See the entire day's events!

Accelerate Your Career—Saturday, April 20th

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Back...and better than ever

Accelerate Your Career 2013

A full day of career programs at the Central Library



Location and Registration

Career Conversations
Meet one-on-one with twenty professionals from high-demand industries to learn more about their careers

11:00 am–3:00 pm

Main Floor
Sign up during event
First-come, first-served

Resume Help
Register for a 30-minute session with a career professional to review your resume

11:00 am–3:00 pm

Main Floor
Preregister by calling 403-260-2782. Drop-ins may be accommodated

Career Serving Agencies
Come talk to staff from BVC Career Connection, Alberta Human Services, Directions for Immigrants in the Trades and Professions, and Bredin

10:30 am–3:00 pm

Main Floor

Moving Forward with Mentorship
Discover the merits of mentorship along with local mentorship opportunities. Hosts: Calgary’s Corporate Readiness Training Program and the Calgary Region Immigrant Employment Council

10:30 am–12:30 pm

Third Floor Open Area
Register online or by calling 403-260-2620

Personality Types: Understand, Connect and Work Better
Learn how Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) can help you understand you own and others personality types in order to be happier at work. Presented by Calgary Career Counselling

10:30 am–12:30 pm

Lower level Meeting Room 1

Phone and Skype Based Interviews: Master Techniques
Learn insider tips for acing your telephone or web based interview from Calgary recruiter Sabina Souliere

12:30–2:00 pm

Third Floor Open Area
Register online or by calling 403-260-2620

How To Shine at Work
Learn how to build confidence and workplace connections . Presented by Bow Valley College Career Connection and Directions for Immigrants in Trades and Professional Careers

2:30–4:00 pm

Third Floor Open Area Register online or by calling 403-260-2620

Ed2go Launch: Overview of new educational resource for Calgary Public Library cardholders. Learn how to access 300 free online courses for professional and personal educational development

10:30 am, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm

Third Floor Learning Lab: drop in

Register by calling: 403-260-2620 or online at calgarypubliclibrary.com

Rattling the Chains

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In celebration of Adult Learner’s Week, the Calgary Public Library recently welcomed Dr. Dianne Roulson, Diversity Manager at Calgary Board of Education. She provided fascinating insights into her research and the work of leading adult learning. For me, it was a time to look inward to discover “how we can gather around our core purpose” and help others to learn and excel.

Dr. Roulson reminded us that most effective leaders are those who are committed to learning. What was interesting is that her research showed that while we are constantly seeking harmony in our work and lives, that we often make the biggest gains in understanding and learning when we are in a state of unease or in the midst of disjuncture. As those of us who lead learners, we should be prepared to expect the unexpected and to “rattle chains around a good idea.”

She moved on to propose that good leaders should be prepared to sharpen their abilities to listen and respond in challenging situations, but should resist moving too quickly. That while we should be willing to wander into the middle of a situation that’s causing a stir, we should take the time to evaluate the current situation, who’s involved, and what’s currently happening. I know that I often try to respond as quickly as possible to solve a crisis, and this makes me wonder if a wiser approach might be to sit back and think a bit longer.

And on that note, she also stressed how important is it to carve out time every day to study and read what’s notable and meaningful in our jobs or industry, to gather new ideas, and take time to contemplate. In an era of constant email and increasing workloads, it’s often tough to refocus in stressful times. But she certainly provided a compelling argument to make it happen.

For more ideas on work, learning and leading, check out many of the Calgary Public Library's books, such as The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work by Alain de Botton. And don't forget about the wide array of databases for research on this and other topics.

The New Retirement

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The New Retirement

Brian Lambier, Career Vitality Popular presenter Brian Lambier will be at the Crowfoot Library on Wednesday, March 27 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. talking about new and traditional models of retirement.

In his retirement transition workshops, Brian has found people's concerns tend to fall under the following common themes:

  • How do I move from deriving a great deal of my personal identity from "what I do" to "who I am?"
  • I want to continue to work after I retire from my present job. What work options do I have?
  • I have been working for 30 plus years. How do I fill my time once I retire?
  • How do I balance my retirement plans with additional family responsibilities? (e.g., children, caregiving)

The New Retirement will focus on an overview of the traditional and new models of retirement, as well as a presentation of 15 factors in the key life arenas of self, family/relationships, work/career, leisure, health/wellness, spirituality/personal development and finance that will help attendees better understand the steps they need to take to plan and live a successful retirement.

Below are some books on the topic of retirement transitions (and managing change in general):

Brian Lambier is the owner of Career Vitality Services Inc. in Calgary, Alberta and specializes in career and retirement transition coaching and corporate training. He can be reached at 403-978-9134 or brian@careervitality.ca. He will be presenting The New Retirement at Crowfoot Library on Wednesday, March 27, 2013. Register online or by calling 403-260-2620.

New and Notable Career Resources

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Join us this Friday, March 15 on the third floor of the Central Library for New and Notable Career Resources, a free program featuring Calgary Public Library Career Specialist Roberta Kuzyk-Burton highlighting new and notable career resources, including:

  • Career and Learning databases and resume builders, including Job and Career Accelerator
  • Social Media for Career Search: resources
  • Employer Research: Beyond Google

New and Notable Career Resources

Friday, March 15 • 11:45 am to 1:00 pm
Third Floor, Central Library, 616 Macleod Trail SE
No registration required • Coffee will be provided

New and Notable Career Resources is part of the Career Development Speaker Series, a monthly, noon hour speaker series on a variety of topics of interest to Calgary's Career Practitioners presented in partnership with the Career Development Association of Alberta. Members of the public are welcome to attend these sessions, which are held on the Third Floor of the Central Library on the 3rd Friday of each month

Paper Still Has Power

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During a recent Strategic Networking session at the Central Library, the hot topic was business card strategies. But that begged the question: Are they still effective and relevant?

Even amidst the growth of social media and apps, the consensus seems to be that they still hold value. In his recent Mashable post, Todd Wasserman maintains that paper isn't dead and still holds a vital role. For example, even with iPhone apps such as CardMunch that effectively digitize cards and save the information as a contact, the print business card still needs to be used.

A more valuable discussion might be how to capitalize on the use of the card. Ann Handley, in her great article in Entrepreneur, argues that cards are still a "vital part of the business landscape", especially if social networking links are employed, along with strong visuals and unique content. She even suggests ditching boring content such as your full street address, when your City will suffice.

Some authors have suggested controversial methods, such as including a picture that would match your professional photo on LinkedIn. In his article 10 Features of a Memorable Business Card, Brent Peterson adds that it's worth spending the extra money on color fonts. Business cards that stick in my mind are those where key competencies listed on the back side, a mini resume of sorts. The bottom line: make the card a personal and memorable reflection of who you are.

It seems they are here to stay, at least for now. I recently talked with a very tech savvy, young, IPhone toting colleague who surprised me with her penchant for business cards. She explained that to her, the exchange of business cards is still a valuable and memorable networking ritual. She noted that they are a tangible reminder of the person and transaction, not just data that lives in her phone. Ditto.

Your Career Development Agency

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Lisa Moon, ChampionsJoin us this Friday, February 22 on the third floor of the Central Library for Your Career Development Agency, a free program that will examine how to improve your career and employment related business.

The career and employment services industry faces constant financial cutbacks while faced with an increasing and increasingly-complex demand. Presenter Lisa Moon, Executive Director of Champions Career Centre, will join us for this lunch hour program to talk about ways career serving businesses can be more efficient, effective and profitable.

Your Career Development Agency
Friday, February 22
Central Library, Third Floor Open Area
11:45 am to 1:00 pm

Your Career Development Agency is part of the Career Development Speaker Series, a monthly, noon hour speaker series on a variety of topics of interest to Calgary's Career Practitioners presented in partnership with the Career Development Association of Alberta. Members of the public are welcome to attend these sessions, which are held on the Third Floor of the Central Library on the 3rd Friday of each month from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. For more information, call (403-260-2600) or email us.

The Upside of a Greying Population

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I was stumped at a recent career Lunch and Learn at the Central Library when career practitioners in the audience asked a great question:

What is the upside of an aging population, and where are the growth opportunities for Canadian industries?

While there is much written about the negative economic implications of a retiring boomer generation, we had a lively discussion over the potential positive aspects. Well, there's nothing Library staff love more than a good research challenge, so we set off to find out more.

In her Financial Post article "Boomers a Booming Investment," Patricia Lovett-Reid identified a list of key sectors that might well benefit from an aging population. She argues that companies who concentrate on providing services in health care, anti-aging and assisted living facilities might fare well.

Health care is no surprise, but what's interesting is that in the United States, companies have figured out that they need to deliver health care services in new ways, as many seniors want to manage and direct their care and have high expectations for service. According to the authors of Serving Aging Baby Boomers, clinics for education and care programs are appearing in retail locations such as supermarkets.

Big changes are coming to senior living as well. Boutique senior living is making headway, including onsite services such as travel agents, learning courses and even spas. Living the Boutique Lifestyle, by Alicia Jones, overviews a new type of services model and highlights opportunities for operators.

Today's seniors are also living more independent and healthier golden years that their predecessors, realizing that aging can be a positive, constructive and exciting journey. As a result, leisure and travel sectors are also poised to grow, given that this age group is also consuming and spending more than their grandparents did. As well, Lovett-Reid also predicts that companies that cater to the specific financial and investment needs of older clients will be able to take advantage of growing portfolios.

The opportunities for senior-related businesses are ripe for those with a little imagination and who know how to do their research. For help researching your business questions, contact our reference team at 403-260-2782 or centralinformationservices @ calgarypubliclibrary.com for help with your research, including details about accessing our many relevant online journals.

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