Category Archives: success

This resume got 150 job offers in just a few days!!!

you are hired






Alisa Abasova, a resident of Kyiv, Ukraine, has received 150 job offers in just a few days after posting her resume on Facebook. She has also got almost 6K likes and more that 2.5K shares.

Please comment below on your social media platform what information in her resume, in your opinion, has attracted job offers. Do employers look for certain skills, but won’t say it explicitly? Here is the full version of her resume, translated from Russian. Feel free to use Alisa’s ideas and present your skills in a unique way to potential employers. Enjoy!

Hello, I am Alisa, and I am looking for a new job.

I can be your right hand, your left hand, your legs, your eyes and a few extra new brain curves.

resume 150 offers Alisa

I get along with a wide range of people. Many individuals like me – children, retirees, hipsters, creative youth, mommies on maternity leave, sharp men in suits, gay, lesbian, hetero- and bisexuals.

I am ready to do everything and even more, if I know that it will bring real benefit to the company or to a person for whom I work. And of course, I expect that my work will be valued accordingly.

I will not go with you to bury a corps, but I will quickly google 12 most effective ways of utilizing a corps in city limits, as well as five companies that will do it for you.
I learn quickly and adjust. It is easy for me to begin a new task. I have endurance.
I am good at analysing situations.

Having borrowed wisdom of Jewish women, I have filled out a notepad with beneficial contacts and advice for any life situation. I will help you with finding a vet for your tarantula Gosha, or fresh strawberries in February for the pregnant wife of the distant cousin of your important client.
My Eastern roots help me keep quiet when it’s necessary. And I will loyally say “yes, Sir” or “yes, Ma’am” when my boss is not in their best mood.
But when necessary, I turn into a cold-blooded employee. I will take only clear requests, I want my deadlines met, and I demand respect for people’s work and objectivity.

I have experience in wholesale and retail sales, in accounting, copy-writing, content management and even in baby-sitting.

I used to own an internet store. I am familiar with context advertising, algorithm of promotion in social media, and some publishing.
I am knowledgeable in
1c, Photoshop, Word, Excel, Google-documents.

I can effectively plan my day. I do not like to waste my time.

My level of English: I easily understand foreigners and they understand me.
I am fluent in Ukrainian, which is not surprising.

Some personal info:
I was born and grew up in Kyiv. I know the coziest places in the city where you can hide from the crowds. I can show the best sight-seeing to visitors, and places where you can have a great meal and a cheerful drink.
I am 25. I am young and full of stamina. I have a 6-year-old son. His age is just perfect for staying with baby-sitters and grandmas. He rarely gets sick and I do have to worry about his graduation exams and unsuccessful marriage.

Extra bonuses:
I can ride a horse
. I am gifted in choosing the best deals.
I write well. Therefore, it will be a fantastic read about my super awesome new job that I am about to get soon.
I know four words in French and two in German (besides numbers).
I can photograph a brick in such a way that people take it for a piece of meat or tiramisu.

I would appreciate your share of my resume on social media.

Look forward to meeting you. Alisa

Ten Reasons to Hire and Promote New Moms

Many moms hurry to return to work when their newborn is just a few months in order to maintain their career. Quite often employers believe that a maternal leave is a period of doing nothing. But this couldn’t be farther from the truth! The skills that new moms obtain during their maternity leave are quite valuable. Let me give you ten proofs that a woman after her maternity leave becomes stronger, wiser and more professional. I am confident that these proofs will help employers to make a decision about hiring or promoting a new mom, and for those new moms who are ending their maternity leave this information will help build their confidence.

Hispanic mother with baby working in home office

Continue reading this article on LinkedIn

Career Advancement Program

The Career Advancement Program runs for two months and includes:
1) Full assessment of your current career status
2) Design and implementation of the Eight-Step Program
3) Full support by your coach Larysa Grant by unlimited emails and scheduled meetings and phone calls
4) and so much more…

Take this step and dramatically improve your life and your career!

Payment option

BACS – Direct Bank Transfer

Login to your online bank account and select Send Money.

Create a new Payee – Intelligence Connect. Follow simple instructions to send the Career Advancement Program amount of either $497 CAD in full or the first installment of $275 CAD.

Please remember to send us your password answer at in a separate email for us to accept your payment.

Please use your Order ID as the payment reference.

If you prefer to use a different payment method, please contact us at

Do You Know How to Fix Social Media Blunders?

Getting messages mixed up on social media platforms happens to many of us. Maybe it’s sending a message to the wrong person or posting or tweeting something too personal, before remembering that your business colleagues are also your friends and followers. Avoid this embarrassment by doing a few quick checks before you click that ”post” button.

I had been interviewed by the Canadian Immigrant magazine and shared my real life and social media tips. Enjoy the article and let me know if you have your own suggestions on how to “fix” mistakes on social media and in real life.


About two months ago I have asked for your stories of real life immigrant faux-pas. Please enjoy two select stories (unabridged) from the Intelligence Connect community.


Boris: “I had some funny and embarrassing situation many years ago when I just arrived to Canada as immigrant.

About 2-3 weeks after arrival I went to supermarket to do grocery shopping. So I was moving along the different section and noticed Pepsi cola  bottles on the shelf. The label on the bottles stated the writing “Pepsi Free” which meant caffeine free but being a new immigrant I did not know that.. So I loaded my shopping cart with bottles of Pepsi cola and headed to the cashier. She started counting the bottles and calculating the charge. When she told how much I had to pay, I became really mad and asked her in my broken English why she was charging me showing her the label on the bottles with “Pepsi Free” on them. I said it is free and you cannot charge me and then she obviously started laughing so hard and when finally stopped, she explained to me everything but as I was leaving the store, I heard her laughing again. 

I definitely made her day and even if she was in the bad mood before, I helped her a lot.”


 Victoria: “In 2010, Natasha and I decided for a long weekend + a couple more of vacation days to travel to Quebec ( Montreal, Quebec City, Tadoussac to see whales).

On July 1st we stayed in Quebec City assuming that it would be a beautiful city to see fireworks which we have here in Toronto. We found a nice restaurant, which was half empty sipping coffee we asked a waitress who brought a bill,  what time the fireworks should be.
Waitress: – What fireworks?

I : – Canada Independence  Day fireworks

Waitress: – Oh, I don’t know (seeing our dilated/ surprised eyes  and being polite she said)- Let me ask the manager.

We never received an answer. We thought that young people who worked in the restaurant, may not know. Only a couple of months late we learned that some regions in Quebec do not celebrate Canada Day “because July 1st is the day when the majority of rental leases are renewed and people are busy moving in and out”:-)”

Self-talk Yourself Into Success

One of the best ways to handle a stressful situation, like a presentation, an interview, or meeting with a client, is using self-talk, believes renowned psychologist Ethan Kross. And not just any self-talk, but the correct self-talk, addressed in the third person, as if talking to a friend.

Many of us practice mantras, like “I am strong”, or “I can do it”, which is using the first person. These types of mantras are not as effective as a conversation with ourselves in the third person, or self-distancing. Kross’ research contends that people are better at dealing with others’ problems than with their own. Self-distancing can bring clarity in thinking about conflicts and concerns in various social and business situations.

mirror key

Here is an example of a beneficial self-talk I have with myself on the eve of giving my career seminar.

“Larysa, what are you nervous about? It’s not the first seminar you’ve delivered. I know you like helping people, but take it slow and stay calm. Even if it doesn’t go perfectly, it won’t be the end of the world. You’re capable, intelligent, and accomplished. Just do your best and let the chips fall. Chill, Larysa”

Why is this type of self-talk the most helpful?

First I create distance by addressing myself by name, as if I were a friend.

I remind myself of my purpose – I like helping people, I like to serve. Then I tell myself to be calm.

And thirdly, I take away anxiety from the situation with a few self-affirmations. I have what it takes to deliver a great seminar and will not be upset if the seminar does not go the way I intended. Everything will be ok.

“Inner talk is one of the most effective, least-utilized tools available to master the psyche and foster life success”, says Kross.

I encourage you to write down a self-talk conversation you want to have with yourself in preparation for an important event. Make a small card with the self-talk on it, carry it with you and practice it as often as possible. Your stress level is guaranteed to go down and your success – all the way up!


Larysa Grant

Career and Business Coach and Strategist


Inspired by an article about Kross’ research in Psychology Today

Do You Bank Smart?

I could not help sharing with you the following promotion by Tangerine.

happy money

A Savings account is offered at 2.10% annual interest until the end of this year! It is much higher than other banks’ offers in Canada. If you are in for a worry-free investment, why not keep your money and make 2.10%? By the time winter holidays begin, you may have some extra money for gifts – for your friends and family and, of course, for yourself!

What else is free? A Checking account at Tangerine! If you are still paying for your checking account, I think it is time to save some money. I know, I know, banks offer no-fee checking accounts if you keep $1,000 or $1,500 in there, but again, it your money sits there just to avoid fees, why not invest it and make some cash – see the previous paragraph…

If you open either a checking or a savings account and deposit $100 dollars or more, you receive $25 dollars, a gift from Tangerine! To qualify for it, you are welcome to use my Orange Key 44035553S1. Do talk to Tangerine to learn more details.

Why would  career coach talk about money, you ask? By saving your money with a free checking account and making some cash with the savings account, you will have more fun and feel good about yourself. Such a mood will improve your everyday job, guaranteed!

To your smart career!


Larysa Grant

Career Coach, Speaker and Author

Why Habits Hit The Snooze

By Edwin Zapata, contributor for Intelligence Connect

Edwin Zapata

Imagine you wake up in the morning to the sound of your alarm clock and decide to hit the snooze. You think to yourself “a few more minutes” or “I don’t feel like going today”.  So maybe you give in just once, or maybe not at all. No matter who you are, just know we have all thought those things at least once. This is just one example of the many challenges we face in our every day lives when it comes to habits. To overcome challenges you feel have some sort of domination over you, you must remind yourself these habits took some time to develop. All this means is that it can also take some time to change a bad habit into a positive one. If you, like most people, do not consider yourself a morning person, but would like to be one, or just change any other habit in general, I am sure there are times you may struggle with the feeling of “It’s hopeless”. That being said, I would like this article to shed some light of hope back into your life.

Believe it or not, there is a secret to overcoming almost every challenge or habit. We have all heard the expression “the journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step”. That’s great! However, nobody is going to start walking on a thousand mile journey anytime soon. So what does this really mean? It means start small. It means if you need to start by setting 2 alarm clocks in the morning, instead of 10, then do so! For those seeking fitness goals, if it means exercising once a week, then go for it! How about business? If it means making ONE phone call instead of 10 or ONE appointment instead of 10, then start small! As long as you begin the act of starting, you will continue to do it again and again until it becomes a natural habit. It’s easy to be consistently inconsistent. Therefore, it is very important to keep in mind that building good habits takes commitment.

So the next time you wake up in the morning and feel like making excuses, just remember to start small, get up, and take the first step!


How consistency can beat the competition

By Edwin Zapata, contributor for Intelligence Connect

Learn about Edwin

When many of us look to apply for a new job or begin a new career path, we tend to let the lack of resources or our own inexperience get in the way of our desired success. In many cases, we let internal and external dialogue influence our judgements on how we believe things ought to be. Sometimes we even fail to consider that consistency can be just as valuable, if not better, than a skill. If you don’t know how to get to where you want to be, it never hurts to seek counselling or guidance from someone who is there or has already been. In the end it is up to you to create and pave your own path, but a few words from another person’s experience could save you countless years of trial and error.

During my early teen years I was very eager to become an auto mechanic. I was willing to learn anything and everything there was related to the field, thus centring my world around the auto mechanics industry. Whenever an opportunity presented itself, I never thought twice about ceasing it. Therefore, since my uncle was an auto mechanic, I saw it as an opening where I could offer to work with him for free. Every conversation with him was a chance to say “Hey! If you need a hand fixing a car let me know and I’ll head over there right away.” Thinking about it I figured, “If he can earn more, I can learn more.” However, make no mistake, when I finally got to work with him I made sure to prove my labour was worthy of financial pay. The reason for this was NOT to actually get paid myself, but to show him that my presence wasn’t meant to slow him down.

As the partnership with my uncle grew, he shared his own philosophy with regards to my inexperience. Since I only worked with him during the night, he took it as an opportunity to comment on the work he had done earlier in the day. I also learned that my uncle had been assigned an experienced apprentice and, in comparison, I felt out-shined and embarrassed due to my lack of expertise. At that point, my uncle then said “I would rather have a helper that knows nothing and wants to learn everything, over someone who thinks they know it all and doesn’t want to do or learn anything else.”

Even though I am currently in a different profession, I share this story for the message that it represents. The consistency I had in wanting to learn a skill helped me land a job in the automotive department of an upside down red triangle store, and they weren’t even hiring. I remember like it was just yesterday. I was sitting in the interview office when the owner’s wife pointed to a box FULL of resumes and said, “The reason you are here is because YOUR resume stood out from all the rest because of all the experience you have!” Needless to say I got the job, while two years later I moved on to a local two letter German auto maker dealership.

Therefore, no matter what you are after, the only thing really stopping you from getting there is YOURSELF. There will always be others more qualified and skilled than you, but your work ethic and consistency can help you surpass any limitations. Before you know it, YOU will be that person who holds the advantage. So remember, the next time you decide to go out there and face the world, step onto the ground fearlessly and don’t hold back. Just get it!