Tim Collins's Blog (9)

Balance Thursdays - Does Less Stress Equal More Productivity?

Work/life balance. We all want it but how do we acheive it? Let me tell you about a little experiment we're trying in our office this month called Balance Thursdays.

I've been commuting to Toronto… Continue

Added by Tim Collins on June 11, 2010 at 10:22am — No Comments

Resume SEO: How to Pump Up the Keywords Without Turning Off Recruiters

How do you pump up the volume of keywords in your resume and still make it readable? The secret is to insert keywords in ways that improve readability without making your resume invisible to search engines. If you insert keywords in the right places it helps both recruiters and search engines read your resume.

What is Resume SEO? Recruiters use keyword searches to mine for resumes in job boards and resume databases. SEO (Search Engine Optimization) for resumes means… Continue

Added by Tim Collins on May 20, 2010 at 12:13pm — No Comments

Kawasaki's “1 Page Resume” Rule Revisited

What is the ultimate length for a resume? It depends. A one-page resume might be appropriate when you’re a junior candidate. But if you’re more experienced you’ll need several pages to show your stuff.

In my controversial blog, “My Take on Guy Kawasaki’s 1/2/3 Rule of Resume Writing,” I quoted Kawasaki’s resume rule #1:…


Added by Tim Collins on April 12, 2010 at 10:19pm — 6 Comments

Guy Kawasaki's 1-2-3 Rule of Resumes

In Reality Check Guy Kawasaki urges people to "think of your resume as pitch for you, the product". Here's Kawasaki's 1-2-3 rule of resumes and my… Continue

Added by Tim Collins on April 7, 2010 at 6:30am — 17 Comments

How to Land a Job in 7 Minutes

What does the weather, last night's Raptors game or traffic conditions have to do with landing a job? A lot if you want to make a good impression.…


Added by Tim Collins on March 25, 2010 at 9:44pm — 5 Comments

It's Time to Spring Forward

The clocks spring forward today. We'll lose an hour of sleep. But who needs sleep with spring in the air?

Do New Years Resolutions Work?

Is New Years Day really the best time to make resolutions for self improvement? The dead of winter is a good time to cocoon and do the internal work, to analyze where you are and where you want to go. But mid January doesn't feel like the best time to go on a diet or start a new venture.… Continue

Added by Tim Collins on March 14, 2010 at 5:00am — No Comments

Should You Incorporate? Sole Proprietorship vs. Incorporation

It can cost $1000 or more to incorporate your business. But is it worth it? This article compares the pros and cons of the two most common types of businesses that we see in Canada: Sole Proprietor and Incorporated.

Tip: You can change the legal structure of your business as it grows. Many small businesses start out as a sole proprietors or partnerships and become incorporated as the business grows.

  1. Liability

    One of the main…

Added by Tim Collins on March 8, 2010 at 2:31pm — No Comments

The Job Market Longtail

The Long Tail Book Jacket Chris Anderson's The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business is Selling Less of More describes how shifting technologies create opportunities for some businesses and ruin others. It turns out that when we have unlimited access to everything for nearly free we purchase more niche products and less blockbusters. How has the Long Tail influenced the job market?


Added by Tim Collins on March 3, 2010 at 4:00am — 2 Comments

How to Get a Recruiter to Open Your Resume

It's not easy to get your resume noticed in this job market. Spamming companies with unsolicited resumes doesn't work. The best way to get a recruiter to read your attached resume: Put the job title in the subject line and summarize your qualifications for that job in the body of your email.

The reality. A recruiter will not be likely to open an unsolicited resume. Recruiters are focussed on the job opportunities they are trying to fill right…

Added by Tim Collins on February 18, 2010 at 4:30pm — 5 Comments


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