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Category: Career Development

Caution: A Reference Letter that Says You’re “Convivial” Might Be Code for “Alcohol Problems”

You wouldn’t think it, but “He has contributed with his convivial way to improving the working atmosphere” actually means “He has alcohol problems”.

At least it does in Germany.

It’s a code. In Germany, employers are legally obliged to provide a positive, written reference for every employee. In fact,  if an employer does not give you a good … Read More »


How to Stay Motivated by Tracking Your Achievements (With Notecards, Not Whiskey)

Posted on May 15th, by Henry Goldbeck in Career, Career Development, Just For Fun, Kelly Diels-Rostant. Comments Off on How to Stay Motivated by Tracking Your Achievements (With Notecards, Not Whiskey)

Let me tell you about my morning: I have four kids and NONE of them wanted to go to school today. There were tears, there were tirades, school buses were missed. I was half an hour late for work and when I arrived, I asked my boss if he had any whiskey stashed in a drawer somewhere. He did not. It’s been a very disappointing morning.

Let me tell you about my week: NOTHING worked. I’m trialling new email service providers and I’m not happy with any of them. That’s good information (time to move on!), sure, but it takes a lot of woman-hours to test them out…uploading contacts, segmenting, drafting new campaigns, testing, testing, testing, sending, sending, sending, failing, failing, failing.

Let me tell you about my month: see above. It’s basically the same story.

So: A lot of activity, very little achievement. Or so it seems. There is, of course, an antidote…and here it is.


Build Real Relationships. Advice For New Grads

Posted on February 21st, by Goldbeck Recruiting in Career Development, In The Media, Vivian Fung. Comments Off on Build Real Relationships. Advice For New Grads

Don’t network just to get a job; network to build real relationships. The point of informational interviews is not to get a job, but rather to learn more about the company and establish a relationship with the person you’re speaking with. That goes with any networking opportunity you come across. As someone who has spoken at both large and small scale events, Vivian says that nothing bothers her more than people who are apparent about wanting something from you. “Don’t expect a job.” Network to build a genuine relationship with the person first; ask them what they do, and at most, exchange contact information to stay in touch.


How to Write Awesome LinkedIn Recommendations

Posted on February 20th, by Henry Goldbeck in Career Development, Caroline Lau. Comments Off on How to Write Awesome LinkedIn Recommendations

I compare writing a LinkedIn recommendation to crafting an Amazon product review. As a consumer, I use it to research whether the product is reliable and the delivery of its promises. I want to know specifics like how long you have had it for and, how it helped alleviate some of their daily chores. I pay no credence to reviews that say “It is great, would recommend” or “it was cheap.” To compare, this is equivalent to saying “Hardworking, nice coworker”. That does not tell me anything about you.


Henry Goldbeck’s Live Interview with Ian Hanomansing of CBC News

Posted on February 19th, by Henry Goldbeck in Career Development, In The Media. Comments Off on Henry Goldbeck’s Live Interview with Ian Hanomansing of CBC News

CANADA FALLS IN MATH RANKING
Canada Down to 13th Place in OECD Ranking  in Math Skills

HANOMANSING: We are wondering how important is math in the workplace, so we are joined now by a headhunter, somebody who is involved in trying to find the right people for great jobs, Henry Goldbeck. Henry, thank you very much for … Read More »