Career Advice;

What To Do When You Know You're Getting Fired

Workopolis | Posted 05.26.2017 | Canada Business

There are few scenarios more stressful than feeling like your days of employment are numbered. Whether you're convinced that your performance isn't up to snuff or you know you can't manoeuvre away from an impending round of job cuts, going to work with a sense of impending doom can make just about anyone panic.

Imaginary Arguments In Your Head Will Only Get You So Far At Work

Rhonda Scharf | Posted 05.17.2017 | Canada Business
Rhonda Scharf

A former colleague holds complete conversations in his head with people with whom he is angry. He rarely speaks directly with the other person. This anger in his mind continues to build because of his frustration, yet he never lets the other person know that he is frustrated and subsequently angry.

Lessons From My Mother: Growing Up With An Executive Pioneer

Andrea Stairs | Posted 05.12.2017 | Canada Business
Andrea Stairs

Like every person who makes their career a priority, my mother had to make tradeoffs between her personal and professional life. My mum's deep engagement in her career meant that attending every sports match and weeknight dinner was not an option.

Thank Your Mom For All The Lessons She Has Taught You

Dr. Marie Bountrogianni | Posted 05.11.2017 | Canada Parents
Dr. Marie Bountrogianni

My daughter once said to me, "even if you were not my mom, you would still be my role model." Beyond a doubt, this was the best compliment I could ever receive. Throughout my life, I have been asked many times if I personally have a role model. My answer to this is simple: my mother.

May The 4th Be With You: Career Lessons From George Lucas

Workopolis | Posted 05.15.2017 | Canada Business

We tend to mythologize the idea of people pulling themselves up by their bootstraps, becoming successful by the sheer force of their will and talent. Many successful people, however, have had someone to show them the ropes. In the case of George Lucas, this was Francis Ford Coppola.

How To Pitch Yourself And Land The Job Of Your Dreams

Brian Scudamore | Posted 04.27.2017 | Canada Business
Brian Scudamore

In a buyer's market, job seekers have to be the world's best salespeople. You have to spark an interest, craft your pitch, and prove the worth of your top product: you. If you can't sell yourself as the best and brightest for the job, you'll never close the deal. Not a natural sales person? That's OK.

This Word Hurts Your Credibility Most In A Job Interview

Peter Harris | Posted 04.27.2017 | Canada Business
Peter Harris

When you're interviewing for a job, you need to detail your past work experience, particularly your accomplishments. What did you achieve in the role? How was the company more successful because of your contributions? The trouble is, many of those accomplishments will be as the results of team efforts.

5 Reasons Why Students Should Give Back To Their Community

Laura Plant | Posted 04.03.2017 | Canada Living
Laura Plant

Today's young people are giving their time to the social causes they care most about -- be it the environment, education or access to clean drinking water -- and whatever the cause, they are vocal about it. For them, especially, social media has served as a great platform to make this happen.

How To Stay Productive While Working From Home

Workopolis | Posted 03.10.2017 | Canada Business

You might be tempted to work from your bed, or sit on the couch while working, but those are places associated with free time and relaxation -- and they should stay that way. Sitting at a desk with a clear workspace puts you in the right state of mind to be productive. Geller suggests having a space in your home set up as an office, devoted solely to work.

When Your Work Load Doesn't Match Your Job Description

Evan Thompson | Posted 03.09.2017 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

Everyone wants to be recognized by their employer for the work they do, especially if it's above and beyond their job description. It happens often, whether you're asked to complete a task outside your scope of work or you want to outshine your competition and win that VP role that just opened up. Unfortunately, usually the more you do, the more expectations of you rise and as the work piles up, your performance slips and your stress increases.

How To Fall In Love With Your Work (If You Haven't Already)

Sheryl Boswell | Posted 02.13.2017 | Canada Business
Sheryl Boswell

February serves as an annual reminder to celebrate all the things we adore and cherish. When you think about those things, does your job make the list? Or are you still holding out hope that you'll fall head over heels for a job?

These Skills In Your Resume Are Why You Weren't Hired

Peter Harris | Posted 02.07.2017 | Canada Business
Peter Harris

When you're looking for a job, the more skills you have, the better, right? If you pack your resume with everything you've learned and all the things you can do, you'll appeal to that many more employers and turn up in more all-important keyword searches. That's the theory that many job seekers have, but it's wrong.

The Single Biggest Career Trend In 2017

Jim Beqaj | Posted 02.06.2017 | Canada Business
Jim Beqaj

We have been raised all of our lives with the world trying to suppress who we are and telling us who we ought to be to fit in. How bizarre is it that we try to change who we are, to try and fit, versus just being more of ourselves and finding the opportunity that actually fits us?

5 Ways To Attract A Potential Employer With Your Resume In 2017

Jessica Glazer | Posted 01.18.2017 | Canada Business
Jessica Glazer

It's a new year and in the new year, people start thinking new beginnings: "It's time to start looking for a job." The problem is, how can you make your resume stand out amongst all the others? How can you be the chosen one? Here are five tips to make your resume stand out in front of the virtual crowd.

Let Social Media Be Your New Mentor For The New Year

Karin Campbell | Posted 01.16.2017 | Canada Business
Karin Campbell

In today's connected world, the Internet and social media can provide millions of more appropriate and qualified mentors. Indeed, the web has democratized mentorship and made it easier than ever to solicit guidance and advice from people all over the world who have previously beaten down a path much like the one you're trying to follow.

How The Nightmare Of 2016 Can Get You A Job In 2017

Workopolis | Posted 01.16.2017 | Canada Living

The important thing is that 2016 is done, and while you may want to just forget it, we'd encourage you to take a good long look instead. No, we're not being sadistic. There's actually a lot we can learn from the year that was. Here are some lessons from 2016 that can help you land a job in 2017.

I Happily Blew Up My Old Life At Age 50

Theresa Albert | Posted 01.16.2017 | Canada Living
Theresa Albert

It took me two years of planning in the form of mulling, soul-searching and researching (even though on the outside it came as a surprise to everyone). Once you have done this work, though, the change happens fast and it simply won't go back in the box.

Busting Gender Stereotypes Can Benefit Men In Life And Career

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 01.04.2017 | Canada Living
Betty Ann Heggie

People are realizing that, without the weight of gendered expectations, they can embrace skills, talents and passions irrespective of gender, which benefits individuals, corporations and the world. It is a long way from where we once were, labelled "pink" or "blue" at birth and put into our gender-specific boxes.

8 Ways To Make The Most Of Your Gap Year

Workopolis | Posted 12.23.2016 | Canada Business

Canadian employers, recruiters and postsecondary admissions staff are beginning to recognize the value of taking a gap year, but just taking time off from school or work doesn't quite cut it.

Leverage The Office Christmas Party To Build Your Network

Dr. Marie Bountrogianni | Posted 12.22.2016 | Canada Business
Dr. Marie Bountrogianni

Before you walk through the door, however, create a target for how many new connections you plan to make. Perhaps push yourself to meet 10 new contacts, or exchange 20 business cards. Are you hesitant to approach someone you do not know? Consider asking questions to break the ice.

A Friendly Warning Before You Return To Your Former Employer

Workopolis | Posted 12.14.2016 | Canada Business

After discovering that the grass wasn't as green on the other side, you may find yourself gazing once again at the lawn you abandoned - but leaving is always easier than returning.

Hiring Trends For 2017

Jessica Glazer | Posted 12.12.2016 | Canada Business
Jessica Glazer

With this year coming to a close, now is the perfect time to understand and evaluate the year ahead, as there a few hiring trends that you should be a...

3 Ways To Bulletproof The Third Quarter Of Your Career

Dina Vardouniotis | Posted 12.06.2016 | Canada
Dina Vardouniotis

Recently, a friend sent me this article from the Wall Street Journal sharing the good news: older workers are the fastest growing demographic in the ...

Jumpstart Your Career Through Coaching

Dr. Marie Bountrogianni | Posted 11.30.2016 | Canada
Dr. Marie Bountrogianni

In the spring of 1985, John Fogerty had a hit song called "Centrefield". While you may not be familiar with the song itself, you would no doubt recogn...

A Flawless Post-Interview Follow-Up Is The New Cover Letter

Jessica Glazer | Posted 11.21.2016 | Canada Business
Jessica Glazer

In the day and age of emails, you need to find a way to stand out - and the thank-you letter just might be your gateway to do so. If done poorly, however, it could also mark the end of your rat race.