TalentEgg and Creative Niche team up to offer job hunting tips to Canada’s Next Top Ad Exec finalists

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At the Canada’s Next Top Ad Exec event in Toronto last week, the Top 10 finalists attended a seminar with Kimi Abdullah and Craig Hodges from Creative Niche, and, of course, Lauren from TalentEgg!  

Check out our videos from the seminar as well as the main points each speaker discussed with the finalists.

What do you think about two-page resumés?

Lauren says:

  • If it’s not relevant experience, get it off
  • For most students and new grads, you probably don’t have two pages worth of relevant experience
  • Know what you want to do, target and forget the rest

Craig says:

  • Include things which are relevant to the job you’re applying to and support your credibility
  • When you start to pad your resumé, it begins to diffuse your message
  • Focus on your talents and skills
  • Tailor your resumé to something that you really want to do
  • Some employers only care about the brands you’ve worked with, so be sure to include those

Can a Facebook page be a positive thing for a candidate?

Lauren says:

  • Yes, sometimes, but be careful
  • Put your privacy settings as high as possible
  • Some employers have policies against checking someone’s page (but that doesn’t necessarily stop them!)
  • LinkedIn is the place to be for the professional side

Kimi says:

  • Have two separate profiles, one professional and one personal
  • Some recruiters use Facebook to check a candidate’s previous work experience, interests and hobbies

Craig says:

  • It’s a great way to network
  • Use a professional Facebook account to join fan pages that reflect a good business sense
  • It’s also a great way for people to see you, so make sure your profile picture is a nice one

How do you show off previous projects and what are the benefits of having a LinkedIn page?

Kimi says:

  • Link projects into your LinkedIn profile
  • Add a slideshow and video app to your page
  • Keep everything in one place so hiring managers can find it
  • You’re still going to need a resumé
  • Many recruiters rely on LinkedIn to find and research candidates
  • It’s a great place to be, take advantage and really beef up your profile

Craig says:

  • Having a rich Linkedin account will add to your credibility
  • Make sure your profile impresses and puts your best foot forward on LinkedIn
  • Use it as your personal calling card
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