Career Advice;

Are You Being Selfish Enough At Work?

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 04.26.2016 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

The word "selfish" has a bad rap. I get it. Being "concerned chiefly or only with yourself" seems like kind of an asshole move, but is that always the case? I don't think so. The "Screw you, suckers!" variety of selfishness deserves its critics, but what about the kind of selfishness that simply means you're putting yourself first?

5 Ways Students Can Score A Summer Job By Graduation Day

Julie Dossett | Posted 04.25.2016 | Canada Business
Julie Dossett

In Canada, there are more Google searches for summer jobs in April than any other time of year, and globally, LinkedIn sees more students active on the platform than any other time of the year. For those of you that haven't yet found a role, there's no need to panic.

Career Advice: It's OK To Burn Bridges

Peter Harris | Posted 04.25.2016 | Canada Business
Peter Harris

It is OK to leave bad jobs and toxic managers. And it is actually important to let employers know this is why you are leaving. Bad managers cost companies money, resources, time, and talent. And there is no need to be afraid of them or their impact on our future success. They need to be called out.

5 Reasons Millennials Should Be Sold On A Career In Sales

Dave Borrelli | Posted 04.22.2016 | Canada Business
Dave Borrelli

When thinking about a career in sales, it's not uncommon for young people to picture a used car salesman or a huckster selling home appliances door to door. But a career in sales is much different today than those clichés we're used to seeing on TV or in the movies.

6 Career Lessons Your Cat Is Trying To Teach You

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 04.22.2016 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

Have you ever seen your cat burned out? Of course you haven't. That's because he's a MASTER relaxer. Lounging in the sun, having a little stretch, a big yawn, an afternoon nap (they don't call it a cat nap for nothing) -- your cat really knows how to chill. So learn from it.

Prioritizing Instead Of Panicking Will Help You Work Smarter

Rhonda Scharf | Posted 04.20.2016 | Canada Business
Rhonda Scharf

So often as professionals do we end up responding to the loudest voice or the most pressing demands. Sometimes that means we never get caught up, let alone feel in control of our workload. We need to work smarter, not just harder. And while that's easier said than done, it is possible.

Is Your 'Strong Work Ethic' Killing You?

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 04.14.2016 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

Last week I worked with a client who prides himself on his strong work ethic. Hard work and excellence matter to him (which is awesome!). The problem? He's burning himself out with 14-hour workdays. And he's calling it "strong work ethic."

3 Ways To Pull Yourself Out Of A Professional Rut

Evan Thompson | Posted 04.14.2016 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

We all feel "stuck" from time to time -- when your personal brand suddenly (but hopefully temporarily) loses much of its appeal to prospects, clients, and yourself. You are stuck in a rut and it's time to figure out what grounded you and then get airborne again. Here are three potential scenarios to help you get back on track.

Here's What Great Business Leaders Have In Common

Dina Vardouniotis | Posted 04.12.2016 | Canada Business
Dina Vardouniotis

Post the industrial revolution, the complexity of larger organizations brought about a plethora of skills that business person needed to have -- finance, people leadership, sales, marketing, relationship management, just to name a few. The concept of business leadership evolved.

You Have My Permission To Put Career On The Back Burner

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 04.06.2016 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

Yes, you read that right. Sometimes your career should be your LAST priority. Like, dead last. I bet that sounds crazy coming from a gal like me, right? I'm a career coach -- one who believes very strongly in career as a pillar of happiness, fulfillment, stability and even health.

How Starving Artists Can Create A Stable Income

David Lester | Posted 03.31.2016 | Canada Business
David Lester

All the tips on budgeting are based on people who get paid on a regular schedule, but if you're an actor, musician, etc., you'll get a chunk of change all at one time and then often have a dry spell. It's so easy to blow through the money that you get paid and then have nothing left for the few months that you're waiting for that next gig.

Find Your Next Hire Over Beers And Barbecue

Brian Scudamore | Posted 03.31.2016 | Canada Business
Brian Scudamore

We made the mistake of overlooking the "fit factor" before, and morale and productivity plunged. It was difficult to turn it all around. Now we prioritize compatibility during the hiring process -- we want people who work hard and play hard together. Attention to culture fit has not only made our company a better place to work, it's boosted our ROI.

What You Need To Stop Putting In Your Resume

Peter Harris | Posted 03.30.2016 | Canada Business
Peter Harris

"Oh gimme a break, not another 'results-oriented, hard-working, team player.'" Self-descriptions like these turn up in so many resumes that they don't serve to differentiate candidates anymore. In fact, they have the opposite effect by making the job seeker appear generic and cookie-cutter. Stop trying to describe yourself.

5 Ways Women In Tech Can Advance Their Career Trajectory

Jennifer Osborne | Posted 03.30.2016 | Canada Business
Jennifer Osborne

When it comes to women in tech, we know there needs to be a shift in attitude. Especially for females first entering and aiming to follow a progressive career path. While many emerging into the industry from technology programs worldwide, once in their field, there is still little advancement into upper management positions.

Studying Abroad Is The Key To Success In A Global Workforce

Maria Boublil | Posted 03.29.2016 | Canada Living
Maria Boublil

International education is more accessible now than ever before, yet only a margin of North American students pursue this option. Other than it having the obvious appeal of travel, fun and new experiences, how valuable is it to a student's educational and career goals?

Motivation And Reflection Can Come From Unexpected Sources

Judy Mann | Posted 03.28.2016 | Canada Living
Judy Mann

Who hasn't looked at their fortune in their fortune cookie and thought, "Yes, that's exactly what I needed to read today!" Or you see a tweet that gets you going when the going is tough.

Millennials Need To Change These 5 Attitudes About Work

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 03.24.2016 | Canada Business
Kathy Buckworth

So, what makes you look bad? Trying to upstage your manager, particularly if you are a lot younger than them. New ideas are always welcome, but you should always be taking them to your manager first. I see many hardworking, successful millennials in the workforce, but there are some I wish I could just course-correct a little bit.

To Get Ahead, Stop Being Nice And Start Being Real

Marcia Sirota | Posted 03.18.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

Being too nice is meant to promote harmonious relationships, but in reality, it creates dishonest interactions in which the other person doesn't know the real you and therefore will never be able to respond to your real needs.

A Creative Approach To Problem-Solving Sparks Innovation

Dale Turken | Posted 03.17.2016 | Canada Business
Dale Turken

The trouble with innovation, though, is that it isn't easy. Creating the next big thing requires the stars to align. Hard work and luck are both parts of the equation, but there's another trait that makes innovation possible -- creativity. Creativity is the key to innovation, and it's what makes entrepreneur culture so enticing.

Your Wardrobe Affects How People Perceive Your Personal Brand

Evan Thompson | Posted 03.16.2016 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

The way you appear drastically affects the way others perceive you. First impressions are often based on appearance, and it's hard to reverse people's opinions based on an instantaneous visual assessment.

3 Ways To Build Yoga Principles Into Your Work Life

Dina Vardouniotis | Posted 03.15.2016 | Canada Business
Dina Vardouniotis

Yoga practice is as much about the mind, as it is about the body. The ritual of opening your practice with a dedication, moving through poses with intention and finally, finishing with gratitude is familiar to most who practice but here's we how could bring these concepts to the workplace.

Learning To Have Fun At Work Is A Vital Skill

Paul S Hillier | Posted 03.14.2016 | Canada Business
Paul S Hillier

Having fun with work was easy because all I had to do was model my behaviour from my father. Looking back on the experience, the moral continues to be clear: my father was teaching me about personal responsibility -- throughout my career it would be up to me to ensure that I was having fun.

Canada's Highest-Paying Jobs For People Who Hate Math

The Huffington Post Canada | Daniel Tencer | Posted 03.14.2016 | Canada Business

Who knew police detectives make more than lawyers?

What Personal Baggage Are You Bringing To Work?

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 03.11.2016 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

If you're feeling frustrated or exhausted or stuck in your career, maybe it's not your job that's the problem. Maybe it's you. I may be right or I may be wrong, but you should at least consider the possibility. A lot of people bring a lot of baggage with them to work.

The Hidden Meanings Behind Common Job Interview Questions

Peter Harris | Posted 03.09.2016 | Canada Business
Peter Harris

It's not the actual interview questions that cause difficulties for candidates. It's understanding why the interviewer is asking them in the first place. What is it that they really want to know? The information that employers are after is often quite different from the literal answer to the question asked.