Career Advice;

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.

The Importance Of Intergenerational Networking

Evan Thompson | Posted 05.25.2016 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

Intergenerational networking is when different age cohorts interact, providing participants with fresh ideas and inspiration to build their business and rejuvenate their careers. It can take place on an informal, conversational basis at work or in a social setting. It can also be a structured process within an organization where employees share ideas and insights into how to improve business and build trust internally.

What I Learned When My Life Went Up In Flames

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 05.20.2016 | Canada Living
Sarah Vermunt

During the same four year period of chronic illness and injury, I made a radical and terrifying career change, went through a devastating divorce, sold the only home I ever owned, tried to force myself to finish a PhD I hated, lost almost all of my money, and had a personal identity crisis.

5 Hard Truths All Successful Entrepreneurs Can Relate To

Lindsay Gee | Posted 05.19.2016 | Canada Business
Lindsay Gee

Business is really hard. Being successful is even harder. But, through all the bad days, all the mistakes, all the lessons learned, all the doubts and all the worries, if you can get up and do it anyway, it's worth it. All the sacrifices you need to make, all the sleep you won't get and all the money you won't see for awhile... it'll come.

Raising Your Workplace EQ: The Value Of Creating Connections

Marcia Sirota | Posted 05.19.2016 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

Being talented, driven, confident, curious, creative, courageous and ambitious are all necessities if you want to be a success in any field, but they're not enough. The interpersonal component can make or break even the most promising career. The bottom line is that if you don't know how to relate to other people it will be difficult, if not impossible, to succeed in your career.

Seeking Employment? Your Title On LinkedIn Is Sabotaging Your Job Search

Jessica Glazer | Posted 05.19.2016 | Canada Business
Jessica Glazer

Even though you want people to know you are looking for work. No one is going to conduct a search for someone "seeking a job". It is completely understandable to want your network to know you are looking for work. You want your network to look out for you and be aware of your employment status or lack thereof but you are doing yourself a disservice.

Why Women Should Consider A Career In Tech

Sheryl Boswell | Posted 05.11.2016 | Canada Business
Sheryl Boswell

The technology industry is a diverse field that offers those working within it opportunities to be creative, to be innovative and to do some truly unique work. But there's one well-documented issue -- technology remains a male-dominated field. This isn't just an issue south of the border.

The Path To Career Success Isn't What It Used To Be

Eric Quon-Lee | Posted 05.11.2016 | Canada Business
Eric Quon-Lee

Globally, employees are increasingly feeling the pressure of an unstable business environment. From disappearing manufacturing jobs to growing youth unemployment, employment opportunities are far and few between.

Flip The Script On The Negative Voice In Your Head

Betty Ann Heggie | Posted 05.06.2016 | Canada Business
Betty Ann Heggie

The voice in your head so badly wants to be the all-knowing wizard that it labels, judges, exaggerates and takes things personally, all in an effort to control. Labeling and judging people and circumstances makes us feel as though we have a handle on them and so the voice obliges, evaluating, slotting and categorizing.