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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.

How To Prepare If You Sense You're About To Get Fired

Evan Thompson | Posted 09.08.2016 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

Feeling like you are about to be fired can be one of the most stressful experiences you can face. It can stir up a range of emotions including fear, anger, low self-esteem, panic, loss of trust in others and self-pity, to name a few.

I Left My Job, Failed At A Startup, And Changed My Life

Kurtis Wilkinson | Posted 08.23.2016 | Canada Business
Kurtis Wilkinson

Many people in corporate roles fantasize about breaking free and launching an entrepreneurial venture. Three years ago I took the plunge and did just that, leaving behind a senior role in management consulting to start a talent marketplace for freelance consultants. Unfortunately, my business model didn't gain traction, but the experience was the best thing that ever happened to me professionally speaking.

Resilience Dictates How You Pick Up The Pieces After Loss

Deborah Nixon | Posted 08.17.2016 | Canada Living
Deborah Nixon

How individuals face these tough situations depends on their character and personality. Some are stoic and recognize that they need to make major changes in their lives and their assumptions. They get down to work and rebuild, creating something new out of what remains.

So You Want To Be A Data Scientist

Murtaza Haider | Posted 08.10.2016 | Canada Business
Murtaza Haider

In a recent blog on Forbes.com, Meta S. Brown, the author of Data Mining for Dummies, gave four reasons not to get an advanced degree in data science. I, on the other hand, believe that a structured learning environment is exactly what many need to enable the career change they have contemplated for years but have not moved on it.

The Most Important Sentence To Say In Every Job Interview

Peter Harris | Posted 08.10.2016 | Canada Business
Peter Harris

In a job interview, employers will be looking to see how savvy you are, how confident you are, and how personable you are. There will be some questions about your work experience and skills, of course, but if the prospective employer didn't think you could do the job, they wouldn't waste time interviewing you. What they really want to see is how you handle pressure. How well you can communicate. If they like you. And that decision is made quickly, often in their very first impression.

Your Business Should Be In The Gig Economy

Michael Carter & Caleb Rubin | Posted 07.22.2016 | Canada Business
Michael Carter & Caleb Rubin

Research regularly shows that the millennial generation are actively looking to work differently and are increasingly drawn to the type of careers the gig economy offers. As the gig economy grows, so do the opportunities for organizations of all sizes to increase their impact and profits in a way that is cost effective and creative.

Learning Languages Boosted My Career Opportunities

Steve Kaufmann | Posted 06.30.2016 | Canada Business
Steve Kaufmann

The biggest benefit of speaking languages I've seen in my career is that it increased the opportunities that came my way. You do have to have other things working for you too, of course. You have to have other skills, like knowledge of a specific sector or market, the ability to do business and the ability to be a reliable, energetic person in any number of fields.

How I Went From Snowy Slopes To The Corporate Ladder

Emily Brydon | Posted 06.21.2016 | Canada Business
Emily Brydon

One of the hard realities of retiring so young from such a competitive industry is that your personal identity is often so intertwined with your professional personality that it's hard to separate the two. I found myself asking "who am I, if not the skier?" It was like starting from scratch.

How To Not Hate Your Job Search

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 06.16.2016 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

Job searches are stressful, right? They don't have to be. Conducting a job search can be an empowering experience if you do it the right way.

5 Selling Points For Starting A Sales Career After You Graduate

Dave Borrelli | Posted 06.15.2016 | Canada Business
Dave Borrelli

Not only can a career in sales provide exposure to different industries and emerging markets, it can serve as a launchpad for an intriguing and fulfilling career path and can be a good fit for any personality type. In fact, a strong background in sales could lead straight to the C-suite.

3 Steps To Success In The Executive Gig Economy

Michael Carter & Caleb Rubin | Posted 06.09.2016 | Canada Business
Michael Carter & Caleb Rubin

More so than any other time in the history of the post-industrial career, how work happens can be tailored and adapted to reflect individual needs and goals. Make the most of these opportunities by investing the time to create the foundations for your own version of a successful gig career.

The Most Impressive Questions You Can Ask In A Job Interview

Jessica Glazer | Posted 07.05.2016 | Canada Business
Jessica Glazer

An interview is a two way street. The company has a void that needs to be filled and the candidate is hoping to land a better career opportunity. In order to stand out the candidate must be asking thought-provoking questions that will not only assist in collecting valuable information but break the ice to distinguish them from all the other applicants.

Why You Need An Informational Interview - And How To Get One

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 06.02.2016 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

I'm shocked and amazed by how few people do informational interviews. Hell, a lot of people don't even know what they are. An informational huh? What is that? Well pull up a chair, sonny. You're about to get schooled. Here's what you need to know about informational interviews and how to score one for yourself.

Two Ways Your Cover Letter Can Kill Your Career

Peter Harris | Posted 05.31.2016 | Canada Business
Peter Harris

Counting on your cover letter is shooting yourself in the foot. Your resume itself has to be customized to every job you apply for -- highlighting your core credentials that are most relevant for that specific job.

Learning To Embrace The Professional #Humblebrag

Julie Dossett | Posted 05.26.2016 | Canada Business
Julie Dossett

In a world of selfies and sharing photos of what we're eating for breakfast, it's strange that we still hold back from promoting ourselves: 53 per cent of Canadian professionals admitted that talking about their achievements feels like they're bragging, while 55 per cent said they'd rather talk about their colleagues' achievements than their own.