Career Advice

How to Reset After Self-Doubt Paralyzes You

Dina Vardouniotis | Posted 04.27.2015 | Canada Living
Dina Vardouniotis

I started to blog for the Huffington Post last year after I told a friend casually that I love to write. After submitting a piece, they asked asked fo...

You Can Become More Confident, Right Now

Marcia Sirota | Posted 04.25.2015 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

Do you wish you were the person who takes a leadership role in the workplace and who is often given roles of greater responsibility by the bosses? Do you want to become the person who is rarely beset by self-doubt, self-criticism, or insecurities about your abilities? It's all possible. You simply need to gain confidence.

Etiquette for a Coffee Chat

Shannon Kelly | Posted 04.19.2015 | Canada Business
Shannon Kelly

If you're 5+ years into your career, chances are you've been asked to meet over a cup of coffee. While I typically say yes to these coffee chats -- I think it's good karma energy to give back -- you have to be prepared for the worst, and hope for the best. For those looking to chat someone's ear off, here's a guide to not pissing them off in the process.

Job Titles Don't Matter: Here are Tips to Overcome Yours

Shannon Kelly | Posted 04.14.2015 | Canada Business
Shannon Kelly

Your job title is only holding you back because you're reading way too much into it. Titles are entirely self-fulfilling, they make you, and only you, feel like you matter. So don't get bogged down in the "level game" because we're not all on the same playing field.

The Ladies of 'Black Girls Rock' Give Powerful Life Advice

Giselle Phelps | Posted 04.03.2015 | Canada Living
Giselle Phelps

I attended the taping of BET's 'Black Girls Rock' award show in Newark, New Jersey. Since my blog talks about all things a "hot mess," I decided to ask the carpet walkers for some advice on a living hot mess-free!

What Do We Mean When We Say Someone Is "Successful"?

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 04.01.2015 | Canada Living
Sarah Vermunt

I have nothing against the word success or even it's traditional definition. It's just a word, after all. But let's call it what it is. It's a benchmark for performance and attainment -- a measuring stick. Tangible metrics are important and have their place, particularly in the business world. But if you're looking for personal fulfillment, it's not likely that traditional measures of success are going to get you there.

Are You Lost or Are You Just Afraid?

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 03.28.2015 | Canada Living
Sarah Vermunt

Most of the people I work with come to me because they feel lost and they don't know what they want. At least, they think they don't know what they want. But more than half of the time - heck, most of the time - the problem has nothing to do with knowing; it's the fear associated with the desire.

Leadership Skills Learned From Cinderella

Jen Lawrence | Posted 03.17.2015 | Canada Living
Jen Lawrence

In an era where women are still struggling to be recognized and paid for their leadership skills, it is a frustrating message that one's best shot at elevating her status is to wait patiently for opportunity to appear. Rather than sitting around waiting for a Fairy Godmother to magically deliver your next promotion, here are five movie-inspired steps you can take to prove you are a capable leader and elevate your status at work.

How To Create a Standout Resume After Being a Stay-At-Home Mom

Jen Lawrence | Posted 03.05.2015 | Canada Living
Jen Lawrence

Going back to work after taking time off to stay at home with your kids can be a daunting experience. By following these six tips, you can fill the resume gap with the unique skills you developed while staying at home and be on the way to landing your dream career.

Sex & Work: Why The Two Should Never Mix

Sarah Julien | Posted 03.02.2015 | Canada Living
Sarah Julien

Anyone who has dealt with unwanted advances at work knows the feeling of shame that ensues. The truth is, I had no idea what to do. I had never talked about it, even with my most trusted female mentors. It is not the kind you can prepare for, it is all consuming.

6 Ways to Own Going Back to Work After an Absence

Jen Lawrence | Posted 03.02.2015 | Canada Living
Jen Lawrence

Once upon a time, you decided to take a few months away from your career to spend time with your new baby, or tend to a sick relative, or start your own business. Perhaps those months turned into years and you now find yourself wanting to return to the workforce. Don't despair. By following the six steps below, you can take control of the back-to-work process and will restart your career in no time.

10 Tips From a Millionaire

Alana Hurov | Posted 02.10.2015 | Canada Business
Alana Hurov

What does it take to become a millionaire? I posed that question to 52-year-old, self-made millionaire Bobby Genovese. With a net worth of over $200 million dollars, the venture capitalist seems like a pretty perfect person to offer up some valuable advice.

Why Does Everyone Keep Telling Me To Get A 'Real' Job?

Kelly Lovell | Posted 02.08.2015 | Canada Living
Kelly Lovell

The definition of a traditional career does not lend well in today's innovation and technology driven economy. Workplaces are changing. No longer must you come into the office everyday for business meetings when you can stay at home and with a click of a button, video conference with executives around the world.

Get Ahead By Getting Away From It All

Andrea Lekushoff | Posted 02.01.2015 | Canada Business
Andrea Lekushoff

As a business owner and mom, I always have a million things to do. I know this will never change because I throw myself 100 per cent into being a mom and running a business. By taking this trip, I got the chance to reconnect (albeit briefly) with myself, the person I had unwittingly buried with both personal and professional responsibilities. And it felt great.

10 Ways Ambition Can Wreck Your Career

Evan Thompson | Posted 01.26.2015 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

Success defines many of us. We are often judged by our lifestyle, our clothes, our cars and the company we keep. Whether we truly love the work we do and look beyond our job status as a way of validating ourselves varies from person to person. If ambition trumps all else, here are 10 ways that it can wreck your career.

Would Your Daughter Want Your Job?

Dina Vardouniotis | Posted 01.12.2015 | Canada Living
Dina Vardouniotis

If you ask your daughter (or son for that matter), if they would want your job or your life and they pause, maybe you should too. Just because you can do the impossible, doesn't mean you need to. A wise woman said, "I wasn't there all the time but I was there when it mattered most."

Why Female Experts Are Quoted Less Than Male Experts -- And How To Change That

Andrea Lekushoff | Posted 12.28.2014 | Canada
Andrea Lekushoff

Female experts are quoted less often than their male counterparts in newspapers and on TV. Why? Because many women falsely believe someone else knows their area of expertise better than they do. This prevents them from stepping into the spotlight that they have earned and deserve.

'Entrepreneur' Is Not a Dirty Word

Kelly Lovell | Posted 12.28.2014 | Canada Business
Kelly Lovell

If you are an entrepreneur, be proud to hold this title and live up to its name. Also understand that you are leading a long overdue generational shift across sectors and it will take some time before your path may be embraced by all. Don't let the resistance discourage you from your ambitions.

Stop! Are You Making These Five Career-Limiting Moves?

Peter Harris | Posted 12.21.2014 | Canada Business
Peter Harris

The scary fact is that any of these bad career moves can be really easy to do in a moment of thoughtlessness. And they can all damage your professional reputation in ways that put your current job at risk and make finding future employment that much harder. The good news is that they can be avoided by taking a moment to think strategically before you act.

How To Get So Much Career Momentum You'll Always Have Work

Brian Carter | Posted 12.20.2014 | Canada Business
Brian Carter

Everyone has at least one cowbell -- it's your unique, profitable talent people pay you for or your company's unique offering. It's something people have a fever for. When you discover it and give those people a ton of it, you gain success and happiness for both yourself and others. It's a win-win.

Lessons Learned on This Woman's Career Journey

Andrea Lekushoff | Posted 12.14.2014 | Canada Business
Andrea Lekushoff

For many successful women, their careers are journeys that don't always turn out the way they planned -- often in a good way. If success and learning are your goals, it's your job to leverage what you learn at each stage of your journey. Here's my best advice on how to do that.

How I Turned My Passion Into a Career

Lina Duque | Posted 11.25.2014 | Canada Business
Lina Duque

While I'm not an entrepreneur in the traditional sense, I choose my clients, control my hours and most importantly, do what I love. Here's what I did to position myself as a subject matter expert. It all started with an invitation to speak on social media at a marketing event.

It's Harder Than Ever for MBA Candidates to Succeed

Eric Quon-Lee | Posted 11.19.2014 | Canada Business
Eric Quon-Lee

It's the dream of every MBA candidate who registers to a prestigious MBA school. A coveted position in investment banking or consulting, with a salary only heard of in the movies. While this reality does occur for a small percentage of MBA candidates, the reality is far different since the overall economic and MBA dynamics have changed.

How Being Vulnerable at Work Can Work for You

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 11.09.2014 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

Whether it's making amends with a colleague, asking for a raise, requesting help, admitting you don't understand, or going for the promotion, good things can happen when you take down your walls. Yes, bad things can happen too, and there is the risk of disappointment.

Your Boss Has a Posse and You're Not In It!

Dina Vardouniotis | Posted 11.05.2014 | Canada Business
Dina Vardouniotis

Consistently, one of the top reasons that people leave their organizations is cited as their boss. Don't leave your relationship with your boss to chance. This is the most critical relationship you have in your workplace so spend time to think about the best strategies to build a productive working relationship that benefits you and most importantly your organization.