Career Advice

Teach Your Kids That Money Isn't the Only Reason You Work

Brynn Harrington | Posted 04.15.2014 | Canada Living
Brynn Harrington

Somewhere, somehow, during his short time in the planet, my son has absorbed the idea that people work to make money, and if money were no object, people might make different decisions. In part, he's right. For most of us, money is one reason we work. But I want him (and his sister) to grow up believing that it's not the only reason.

Why I Quit My PhD to 'Strip'

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 03.24.2014 | Canada Living
Sarah Vermunt

Three months ago I quit my PhD to become a stripper. Of course, I was afraid of what people would think, but my old life wasn't working for me, and so I decided to change it. I'm not taking my clothes off, but this stripping of mine makes me feel free and, yes, naked and vulnerable, too. Layer by layer, I'm stripping away thoughts and beliefs that were toxic.

10 Ways to Boost Your Networking Skills

Bobby Umar | Posted 03.14.2014 | Canada Living
Bobby Umar

So often people exchange business cards and never contact each other. Or they add each other on LinkedIn and the networking dies there. Remember you are building a relationship and you want to be memorable. Following up is critical to making networking work effectively. In fact, by following up you are setting yourself apart from most networkers.

How To Unleash the Next Generation of Talent

Jessica Knox | Posted 03.13.2014 | Canada Living
Jessica Knox

We know there is a slew of young talent out there with impressive skill, agility and creativity. They lack professional experience but also demand more autonomy, responsibility and fulfillment in work than ever before. So how do we get what we need from them, while giving back what they seek from us as employers?

How to Get Yourself a Red Carpet Career

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 02.27.2014 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

The Oscars is where we celebrate the best of the best in film -- the spine-tingling performances, the cream of the crop. You want the best of the best for your career too, and so why not look to the Oscars for a little inspiration. Here are six tips to help you create a career that's an Oscar worthy show-stopping success.

Why Dress For the Life You Want? Because it Works

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 02.19.2014 | Canada Style
Sarah Vermunt

If you've ever watched an episode of What Not to Wear, you can recall fashion expert Stacey London telling women to "dress for the job you want, not the job you have." I'm not sure who first coined that phrase, but it's a good one.

Five Tips for Making Money as an Artist Entrepreneur

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

There's a ton of information out there for anyone looking to create a traditional scalable business. And there's no shortage of incubators for tech startups in search of money and mentorship. But what about artists who are going solo and getting paid for their art?

You Need to Think Beyond the Dollar

Kelly Lovell | Posted 03.24.2014 | Canada Business
Kelly Lovell

Money shouldn't dictate your success or potential. While it may be more difficult without funding to bring your idea to reality, it doesn't mean it can't be done.In fact in some ways it can be a blessing in disguise. Your passion will be put to the test, your vision will be challenged and with each roadblock your determination will strengthen as your vision grows.

4 Things Every New Entrepreneur Should Splurge On

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 03.05.2014 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

There are investments you need to make as a start-up -- like design and marketing, for example -- that seem like a non-negotiable no-brainer. But there are other, perhaps less obvious, investments that are important to the long-term success of your business. You need to invest in yourself. Your professional development. Your personal growth.

6 Ways to Figure Out What to Do With Your Life

Nikki Fotheringham | Posted 03.05.2014 | Canada Business
Nikki Fotheringham

I have a veritable smorgasbord of friends in their late twenties and early thirties who are universally dissatisfied with life. "I don't know what I want to do with my life, but it's definitely not this," here's how to go about finding the right career for you.

Five Ways to Grab Hold of Your Career

Sandra Boyd | Posted 02.17.2014 | Canada Business
Sandra Boyd

People today need to deal with greater uncertainty in the marketplace and a good way to do this is to take ownership of your career. It is clear that individuals who consciously invest in their careers stand out from other employees. To take your career in your own hands, here are five important tips from Knightsbridge.

New Year, New Life: Setting Goals for 2014

Anita Saulite | Posted 02.12.2014 | Canada Living
Anita Saulite

The beginning of a new year is the best time to start fresh and get your life moving in the direction you really want. It doesn't matter how much money you have or make, or whether you are just starting out or have a successful career, by opening yourself up to new possibilities through goal setting, you will start living the life you want.

Education for Career or Education for Life?

Eric Quon-Lee | Posted 01.31.2014 | Canada
Eric Quon-Lee

It is accurate that corporations could have their employee shortages solved overnight if more students entered high demand fields, but the question is whether or not they should.

How to Conquer Millennial Career Paralysis

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

Twenty-somethings often find themselves paralyzed with indecision as they anxiously deliberate the creation of career, family, and future when on the doorstep of graduation. So what's a twenty-something entering the workforce to do? Consider these three steps.

How Public Speaking Can Catapult Your Career

Andrea Lekushoff | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Andrea Lekushoff

Many studies reveal that people's top fear is public speaking. Their second is death. Although I find that shocking, it's also unfortunate. Like it or not, if you're trying to build a name for yourself (or for your business), you'll benefit from sharing your insights and expertise in a public forum

"Entrepreneur" Shouldn't Be a Dirty Word

Eric Quon-Lee | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Eric Quon-Lee

Entrepreneurship is a dirty word for many MBA candidates. Synonymous with extreme financial distress, entrepreneurship for many MBAs is a deep chasm of despair, particularly considering the high debt load that most MBAs have post-graduation. These attitudes and misconceptions have hurt MBA grads instead of helping them.

Why Having a 'Contract' Job Instead of a Permanent One is a Good Thing

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

Some people chose to work part-time or temporary contracts. But even for those looking for a full-time and permanent job, staffing services offer a leg up. It is especially true for immigrants, the reason being that when they graduated or were trained abroad, they have a harder time convincing future employers of their skills. Staffing services provide an opportunity to be evaluated on the job.

What Savvy Business People Can Learn From Drake

Jay Rosenzweig | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Jay Rosenzweig

Drake was recently announced as the new "global ambassador" for the Toronto Raptors. In doing this, Drake showed loyalty to his hometown NBA team. He also took a critical step in building his personal brand. This was a terrific move to add breadth to his career and leave open a path for a post-music career.

How to be a Fierce Female Entrepreneur

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Sarah Vermunt

In the course of my work as a career and entrepreneur coach, I have crossed paths with some fierce female entrepreneurs. Here, three of them -- a change agent, an artist, and a healer -- offer the inside scoop on what it's really like to start your own business.

Believe it or Not, Millennials Are Most Prepared for This Economy

Eric Quon-Lee | Posted 12.13.2013 | Canada Business
Eric Quon-Lee

Yes, the Millennial Generation. The generation born between 1982 to 2002 that has been mischaracterized by many employers as lazy, incompetent and entitled, is the same Generation that is the best prepared for the changing nature of work. The reality is that the demands of today's Millennial Generation are the same demands that enable their own survival. The Millennial Generation is merely being motivated by self interest and self protection given today's economic and social constraints.

Treat Yourself Like a Corporation

Eric Quon-Lee | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Eric Quon-Lee

With all the changes occurring in the wake of the Great Recession, one wonders how anyone can succeed in this work environment. The simple answer is to emulate those who have profited and thrived, and no group has thrived more than corporations. So why not treat yourself like one?

Searching For Your Dream Job? Better Check Your Ego At The Door

Jay Rosenzweig | Posted 11.27.2013 | Canada Business
Jay Rosenzweig

A client recently hired our firm to find a new chief executive. We presented several high-quality candidates and one, on the surface, intrigued me: He had mountains of experience and success in this particular industry. But the job went to another of our candidates, and this particular executive didn't even get a second interview.

What to Say When Someone Asks 'Can I Pick Your Brain?' And You Don't Really Want Them To

Kelsey Ramsden | Posted 11.18.2013 | Canada
Kelsey Ramsden

We all want to help, but when do we have time amongst our busy lives of work and home? I never want to feel like a jerk and say -- "Sorry man, I am too busy to listen to your life's passion for 5 minutes." That is the thing, every time I had to turn someone down I felt like a jerk... but not anymore baby!

Oh, You Failed? Maybe You Just Weren't Good Enough

r/ally | Posted 11.11.2013 | Canada Living
r/ally

Rarely a day goes by where I don't come across a headline or blog post that celebrates failure in some way and while I agree that it can serve a higher purpose, I remain skeptical that failure is always a good and necessary part of our development. Sometimes, failures just hurt and we need to mourn them before moving on.

The Only Career Question You'll Ever Need to Ask

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 10.28.2013 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

In our work lives, we are constantly asking questions, evaluating our options, and making decisions. This swirl of considerations can be overwhelming at times, and with so many questions to ask it can be hard to know which is more important. The most important career question you'll ever ask is only three letters long, but packs one heck of a punch. The question is...why?