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How To Stay Productive While Working From Home

Workopolis | Posted 03.10.2017 | Canada Business
Workopolis

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
Workopolis

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
Workopolis

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
Workopolis

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.

Finding Happiness Through Self-Expression

Lisa Abram | Posted 11.08.2016 | Canada Living
Lisa Abram

I recently read a heart-wrenching essay in The Globe and Mail's Facts and Arguments section. It's about a woman named Sally who is going through a difficult emotional time and questioning the universe while having a spa day. Her turmoil was palpable, her angst was raw, and her self-doubt was heart-wrenching.

How To Look For A Job While You Are Still Employed

Evan Thompson | Posted 11.02.2016 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

You need to be absolutely sure you want to leave if you are to move your career ahead versus sideways. The thought that, "I'll see what's out there and then decide" can be a waste of your time, not to mention the people who interview you. Your job performance will suffer and your stress will be extended.

The Most Important Retirement Planning Decision We Don't Get to Make

Kevin Press | Posted 10.26.2016 | Canada Business
Kevin Press

Canada's seven per cent national unemployment rate masks the very real fear older workers have about job loss in the years leading up to their retirement. It is true that many employers are developing progressive policies that cover how to accommodate an aging workforce.

Are You Career Hacking Or Job Slacking?

Dina Vardouniotis | Posted 10.26.2016 | Canada Business
Dina Vardouniotis

Your time is the biggest resource that you have. How you manage it, is the value you offer your organization. Being productive is important and this is often measured by management in the output you document in performance reviews. What doesn't get documented however is the way you achieved those results.

When And How To Negotiate A Raise

Evan Thompson | Posted 10.20.2016 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

While research increasingly places feeling valued and getting promoted on the same level as being well paid, we still need to feel we are being fairly paid. I have always felt that compensation is another way of keeping score and of measuring your professional value.

5 Tips To Help You Succeed In University

Dr. Ivan Joseph | Posted 10.11.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Ivan Joseph

The average college freshman changes their major seven times. It's okay if you don't know what to be. But work on finding out what you want. Childhood was the time for well-rounded approaches, but as a young adult, you'll need to narrow your focus in order to achieve excellence. Getting by will not attract the right connections and opportunities you'll need to enter the job market.

5 Reasons Employers Hate Your Resume Before They Even Read It

Peter Harris | Posted 09.26.2016 | Canada Business
Peter Harris

Is your resume failing to get the response you're looking for from potential employers? Maybe they're not even reading it.... there are some common resume blunders that can turn employers off even before they get to the sections describing your skills and experience.

The Best Career Advice I'll Ever Get Came From This Photo Of My Mom

Maham Abedi | Posted 09.22.2016 | Canada Living
Maham Abedi

My mom grew up in the 1970s in Pakistan, at a time when women -- if they studied past high school -- were expected to get married right after college. What my mother did was very different. And the story's best told with this photo of my 25-year-old mom working as a chemist in Pakistan. The only woman among men.