Happy Thanksgiving!

One of the best things about being an American in Canada is gaining a second Thanksgiving. I’ve seen a lot of posts about the differences between American and Canadian Thanksgivings but, from experience, I can say they both still boil down to two things…pie and family, two things we should all find more time to celebrate.

So Happy Thanksgiving, again, New Brunswick. I’m thankful for having the opportunity to celebrate with you.


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How to Turn Real Heads with a Virtual Presence

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I met Zach Brown, a Seattle based headhunter, last Friday during the Twitter chat OpenMicCareerChat (@OMCchat), a no-holds-barred career/job search chat for both recruiters and job seekers. As a job seeker, the advice and support I have gotten from this group of top notch recruiters and HR professionals has been wonderful.

My goal in creating hiremeNB for my career search, is to build a brand for myself that showcases both my skills and my individuality. In his latest blog post “Build Your Personal Brand If You Want To Reach Your Professional Goals”, Zach relates my development of hiremeNB.ca as an example of how to “turn real heads with a virtual presence…”

Kathryn Basham has used her job campaign to make sure that someone who has never met her in person can feel comfortable forwarding along her video, her link, or her blog to anyone connected with the possibility of a job in Moncton. That is personal branding — building an impression in the minds of people that you have never met that will drive them to endorse or at least mention you.

He also muses on why someone would ever leave Bourbon Country for the Great White North. I considered titling this post “New Brunswick is Better Than Bourbon!” but was afraid my family might disown me! I may miss the bluegrass and bourbon sometimes but I have found a home in the province and people of New Brunswick that I am in no way ready to leave.

You can read the full post by clicking the ZBWrites banner below!

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Interview Time! [minigame]

I’ve had a great few weeks of coffee chats and interviews but I am still looking New Brunswick. Help me get ready for my next big interview by playing my new minigame, created with Photoshop and Captivate, and sharing it anywhere you think someone in your network might benefit from my unique skill set.

In this game you get to mix and match, paper doll style, to create the perfect interview outfit. Classy or crazy? Plaid or plain? Flying the NB flag or rocking the lobster? You decide. Put together your favorite or silliest outfit, snag a screenshot, and tweet it to @hiremenb.

Thanks NB! Click on the image below to play!
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Made in Canada

Ok Canada, I will give you most of these. From 5 billion  Swedish fish a year to minting coins for 60 different countries, there truly are some amazing facts included in the Readers Digest CA slide show “13 Awesome Things You Didn’t Know Were Made in Canada.” New Brunswick even makes the list twice with French fries and cymbals.


However, as a Louisville native, I cannot agree with number 3 on the list.


Nope, no way. I have embraced many changes in my quest to become a Canadian and New Brunswicker; that when I order tea in a restaurant it will be either hot or from a soda fountain (and not the iced, sweet tea of the south); that I will use far more Us when spelling than I ever did before and learn to recite the alphabet X,Y,Zed; and that the snow plow is both my best friend and worst enemy. As a Louisville native though, it is going to be a hard sell to convince me that Louisville Sluggers are not the world’s best baseball bats. Besides, at 120 feet tall, our giant bat is twice the size of this one!

What other awesome things are made in New Brunswick that I don’t know about? Fill me in @hiremenb on Twitter!

Interactive Infographic

I always love hearing feedback on my projects, especially feedback that pushes me to try something different and improve on it.  Yesterday someone suggested that they would enjoy an interactive version of my New Brunswick Giant Objects infographic; one that they could view within a screen without needing to scroll throughout the skinny, long form version.

My first thought was to utilize the rollover function in Adobe Captivate, however, that function is not supported by their html5 publication. Instead the map is now embedded with click boxes that allow the viewer to click on the small size object icon to learn more about it.

Click the image below to check out the new interactive version.

Which version do you prefer?  Let me know on Twitter @hiremenb!

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A hiremeNB Guide to New Brunswick’s Giant Objects [Infographic]


A hiremeNB Guide to New Brunswick's Giant Objects

A hiremeNB Guide to New Brunswick’s Giant Objects

One of the things that continues to delight me about New Brunswick is its obsession with over-sized statuary of animals and everyday objects.  I was amazed when I started searching to see just how many there are around the province. I counted at least 22!

From seafood and instruments to a dapper veggie and migrating fruit, I’ve included a few of my favorites in this infographic guide. I chose the bright colors and cartoon style to convey my childlike joy at seeing these creatures dotting the landscape.

Which other New Brunswick giants would you have included?

Click here to download a full size PDF of the infographic.