Idiom 13

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Meaning: To be engaged in too many activities at once.

Example: We should have bid on that contract but we were caught with too many irons in the fire.

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On being overqualified

Many foreign-trained professionals who want to continue their career in Canada choose to apply for jobs that are entry-level or intermediate in responsibility. This is a recommended strategy as it provides workers the opportunity to gain Canadian work experience and deepen their understanding of cultural workplace issues.

Employers however can have a different view of hiring someone who appears to be overqualified. An article that ran in the Wall Street Journal looks at how people are paring down their resumes in order to lessen the appearance of being overqualified and sums up the fear of employers.

In the past eight months, Jamaica Eilbes, an information-technology recruiter for Milwaukee employment agency Manpower, has had to weed out more overqualified résumés than usual from the stacks that cross her desk each day. “I’d never feel comfortable putting a really high-level candidate into a lower level position,” says Ms. Eilbes, who recruits for Manpower and other clients. “We don’t want to take you on if we think you are going to jump ship.”

If you are applying for jobs that you are obviously over-qualified for you have a choice. You can try and prune your resume in an appropriate manner in order to re-frame your employment history or address the issue directly in a cover letter.

Idiom 12

logo_96Hot off the press

Meaning: Information that has newly become public.

Example: The budget forecast is hot off the press.

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Idiom 11

It’s been a while but here is another idiom for you to consider:

logo_96At the drop of a hat

Meaning: To respond quickly to new information or changing circumstances.

Example: If we land that new contract we have to be ready to act at the drop of a hat.

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Idiom 10

logo_96A Raw Deal

Meaning: An unfair outcome

Example: Dennis got a raw deal when he was passed over for promotion.

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Resume review

If you haven’t’ had a job interview in awhile and have been actively looking for work it may be time to take another look at your resume. I have found some articles that you can use as inspiration for giving your resume a make-over. As always you can ask Dan or myself for help if you are not sure about how to integrate some of these ideas

Many of our clients have technical backgrounds. This article provides ten technical resume writing tips to make sure you are giving employers the information they expect (and need) to see.

Those of you who like charts will be impressed with this resume rubric that allows you to quickly gauge how effective your resume is.

In my experience many job seekers understate their accomplishments. Check out these tips for showcasing your “Home Run” accomplishments.

Note that “Home Run” is one of those sports idioms that shoes up in the business world on a frequent basis. Check out this page for a list of English sports idioms.

Idiom 9

logo_96Keep a lid on

Meaning: To keep information private or confidential

Example: Let’s keep a lid on our expansion plans.

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Idiom 8

logo_96Pull the plug

Meaning: To discontinue a practice or to stop an event from happening.

Example: This product is not selling well, maybe it’s time to pull the plug.

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Idiom 7

logo_96On the same page

Meaning: To be in agreement.

Example: Before we have our conference call, let’s make sure we are all on the same page about staffing issues.

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Idiom 6

logo_96Muddy the waters

Meaning: To make something unclear or confusing

Example: Putting a new system in place now will just muddy the waters.

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