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Your Education and Certificates Need to Align the Job Requirements



After your professional experience, your education/certifications (verified skills) will be the next section on your resume the reader will use to judge whether you go into the “to be interviewed” pile. 

Many job seekers apply to job postings knowing they don’t have the education/certification requirements. They believe their “experience” will compensate. With so many highly qualified job seekers now on the job market this is rarely the case. If your education/certifications align with the job requirements, the education section of your resume will play a critical part in setting you apart from all the “spray and pray” job seekers.

Suppose a job posting for a Director of Finance lists as a qualification “Canadian Accounting Designation (CPA).” You have a university degree and 15 years of experience managing a mid-size company’s finances, but no CPA—don’t bother applying. Job postings generate an influx of applicants. Undoubtedly there’ll be many applicants who possess a CPA applying. There’s also the employer’s ATS to consider, which likely has been programmed to scan for “CPA.”  

Education background information you should provide:

  • Degree/certification obtained 
  • School’s name
  • Location of school
  • Period of attendance
  • Relevant coursework
  • Honors, academic recognition, extracurricular activities, or organizations participation worth mentioning

When it comes to presenting your educational background keep your ego in check. You may have impressive education background; however, it may not be impressive for the job you’re vying for. Prioritize relevancy over perceived prestige.

Here’s my suggestion how to present your education/certificates (there’s no hard formatting rule):

BS Biomedical Science

University of Calgary, Calgary, AB — 09/1992 – 06/1996


  • Principles of Human Genetics
  • Organismal Biology
  • Principles and Mechanisms of Pharmacology
  • Advanced Bioinformatics

PMP® Certification

Ryerson University Continuing Education, Toronto, ON — 10/2001 – 04/2003


  • Planning and Scheduling
  • Leadership in Project Management
  • Project Cost and Procurement Management
  • Project Risk and Quality Management

As I’ve pointed out in previous columns— there’s no universal hiring methodology. No two hiring managers assess candidates the same way. Depending on the job requirements respective employers search for different things when it comes to a candidate’s education. Read the qualifications in the job posting carefully. Then present your education/credentials accordingly. Don’t hesitate to add/remove courses to better tie in your education towards the job. It’s for this reason I suggest you list courses, not just your degree/certification. Listing of courses is rarely done, doing so will give your resume a competitive advantage.

You’ll have noticed my examples indicated start and end dates. Many “career experts” advise against this. The thinking being dates, even just the graduation year, will give employer’s a sense of your age, which if your over 45 can hinder and prolong your job search. This advice is supposed to be a workaround to ageism. However, these same “career experts” unanimously agree employment dates (month/year) need to be indicated. To me, this is a mixed message.    

I believe in complete transparency from both sides of the hiring process. Full transparency ensures the likelihood of there being a solid fit for both parties. At some point, whether when the employer checks your digital footprint or interviews you, your interviewer will have a good indication of your age. Besides, not mentioning dates, which I call “obvious” information, is a red flag. 

If your age is a deal-breaker with an employer, they aren’t the employer for you. The job search advice I give most often: Seek employers who’ll most likely accept you, where you’ll feel you belong—look for your tribe.

Some professions, such as finance or healthcare, require specific certifications or degrees. In such cases, show you have the necessary “must-have” (a deal-breaker if you don’t) credentials by placing your education at the top of the page just below your contact information before your professional experience.

One last note: Often overlooked is education in progress. If relevant, this should be included in your resume. In this case, list pertinent courses and the month/year you intend to graduate.

Using suggestions in this and previous columns you are now able to create a resume that “WOWs.” Next week, I’m going to begin discussing cover letters. Yes, many hiring managers, like myself, do read cover letters, which have one purpose—to give the reader a reason to read your resume.


Nick Kossovan, a well-seasoned veteran of the corporate landscape, offers advice on searching for a job. You can send him your questions at

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Nova Scotia reports 93rd COVID-19 related death; no new cases Thursday – CTV News Atlantic



A woman in her 50s in Nova Scotia’s Central zone has become the province’s 93rd COVID-19 related death.

“On behalf of all Nova Scotians, I wish to extend my deepest condolences to the family and friends of the woman who has passed away,” said Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health in a release. “Please get vaccinated as soon as you can, get tested on a regular basis and follow the public health measures.”

Nova Scotia is reporting no new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, as 11 active cases remain in the province.

Public Health says it is closely monitoring all four health zones for community spread.

Nova Scotia labs processed 3,012 tests on Wednesday, and have now processed a total of 1,006,957 since the start of the pandemic.

There have been 5,880 cumulative COVID-19 cases in Nova Scotia. Of those, 5,776 people have recovered, and 92 have died due to COVID-19.

There are currently no Nova Scotians in hospital due to COVID-19.

Since April 1, there have been 4,138 positive COVID-19 cases and 27 deaths. Of the new cases since April 1, 4,100 are now considered resolved.

There are cases confirmed across the province, but most have been identified in the Central zone, which contains the Halifax Regional Municipality.

The provincial government says cumulative cases by zone may change as data is updated in Panorama, the province’s electronic information system.

The numbers reflect where a person lives and not where their sample was collected.

  • Western zone: 293 cases (one active case)
  • Central zone: 4,664 cases (nine active cases)
  • Northern zone: 301 cases (no active cases)
  • Eastern zone: 622 cases (one active case)

The provincial state of emergency, which was first declared on March 22, 2020, has been extended to July 25, 2021.


The province’s COVID-19 online dashboard provides an update on the number of vaccines that have been administered to date.

As of Wednesday, 1,256,787 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered, with approximately 75.1 per cent of the province’s overall population having received at least one dose. Of those, 415,523, or 54.3 per cent of Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

The province says it has received a total of 1,354,970 doses of COVID-19 vaccine since Dec. 15.

All Nova Scotians are encouraged to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as they are eligible. COVID-19 vaccination appointments can be made online or by phone at 1-833-797-7772.


Nova Scotia health is introducing several new walk-in testing centres and mobile units across the province.

Testing is open to anyone and can be convenient for out-of-province visitors arriving in Nova Scotia, public health said in a release.

A list of locations offering walk-in PCR COVID-19 testing in addition to testing by appointment can be found on the health authority’s website. Rapid tests will not be offered at these locations.

Testing is available for all ages, for those who have symptoms, no symptoms (asymptomatic), have travelled or been to a potential exposure site and have been a close contact with a positive COVID case.

Public health is strongly encouraging Nova Scotians to seek asymptomatic COVID-19 testing, particularly if they have had several social interactions, even with their own social circle.

COVID-19 tests can be booked through the province’s online self-assessment COVID-19 tool, or by calling 811.

People can also visit one of Nova Scotia’s rapid pop-up testing sites that continue to operate throughout the province.

Thursday, July 22:

  • Alderney Gate (60 Alderney Dr., Dartmouth) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Dartmouth Summer Sunshine Concert Series (94 Alderney Drive, Dartmouth) from 6 to 8 p.m.
  • The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 160 – Cole Harbour (703 Main St, Dartmouth) from noon to 7 p.m.
  • Halifax Convention Centre, 1650 Argyle St, Halifax) from noon to 7 p.m.
  • The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 95 (1772 Bedford Hwy., Bedford) from noon to 7 p.m.
  • James McConnell Memorial Library (50 Falmouth Street, Sydney) from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.


Canada’s COVID-19 Alert app is available in Nova Scotia.

The app, which can be downloaded through the Apple App Store or Google Play, notifies users if they may have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.


Anyone who experiences a fever or new or worsening cough, or two or more of the following new or worsening symptoms, is encouraged to take an online test or call 811 to determine if they need to be tested for COVID-19:

  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Shortness of breath
  • Runny nose/nasal congestion  

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Why AMC, GameStop, and Virgin Galactic Were Falling Today – Motley Fool



What happened

Shares of AMC Entertainment (NYSE:AMC), GameStop (NYSE:GME), and Virgin Galactic (NYSE:SPCE) were all falling by mid-single-digit rates or more in morning trading Thursday even as the market indexes themselves were mostly flat as they digested the latest jump in jobless claims.

So what

The shares of these so-called meme stocks typically aren’t tethered to business fundamentals or macroeconomic concerns, and today’s moves don’t seem tied to any specific company news either. Volatility is just how they do.

AMC was down 7%, GameStop was off 4%, and Virgin was declining 6.3%.

Man holding head in front of an arrow pointing down.

Image source: Getty Images.

Now what

Investors who’ve bought into these stocks shouldn’t be wavering in their support. Although I think AMC is the weakest of the three, it does have the cash to survive for quite a while, so there will be plenty of time to panic-sell later on if the movie theater business just can’t recover from the pandemic and the launch of so many movie streaming services.

GameStop has a lot to prove with the online-oriented business model that it’s transitioning to, but there is a real chance it can do it. It has lots of cash, no debt, and a clearly defined goal of where it wants to go. 

Virgin Galactic, for its part, is also a risky venture in that space tourism is not something that will be happening anytime soon. However, this week’s launch of Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin into the under reaches of space, following the same sort of trip Virgin made a week ago, shows it could be a viable opportunity.

This article represents the opinion of the writer, who may disagree with the “official” recommendation position of a Motley Fool premium advisory service. We’re motley! Questioning an investing thesis — even one of our own — helps us all think critically about investing and make decisions that help us become smarter, happier, and richer.

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Sask. reports 26 new COVID-19 cases are active cases continue to rise – CTV News



Saskatchewan reported 26 additional cases of COVID-19 Thursday, bringing active cases in the province up to 287 from Wednesday’s 276.

Fourteen of Thursday’s new cases were recorded in the Far North West, where active cases sit at 83.

Twenty more recoveries were added. There were no new deaths related to the virus reported.

The seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases is 30 or 2.5 new cases per 100,000 people.

New cases were reported in the Far North West (14), Far North East (one), North West (two), North Central (one), Saskatoon (five), Regina (one) and South Central (one). One case is pending location details. One case was reassigned to the North West zone. Five cases, which were Saskatchewan residents tested out-of-province, were added to Regina (four) and the South East (one).

Fifty-nine Saskatchewan residents are being treated for COVID-19 in hospital, including 11 in the ICU.

Saskatchewan healthcare workers administered 7,286 more doses of COVID-19 vaccine. Seventy-four per cent of those over 12 have received their first dose and 60 per cent of those over 12 are fully vaccinated.

No new lineage results were reported for variant cases on Thursday. Of the 7,961 variant cases with lineages identified by whole genome sequencing 7,027 are Alpha (B.1.1.7), 505 are Delta (B.1.617.2), 419 are Gamma (P.1), and 10 are Beta (B.1.351).

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