Career Change

A Head Hunter Shares 8 Blunt Reasons Why No One Is Hiring You

Jessica Glazer | Posted 09.01.2015 | Canada Business
Jessica Glazer

As a headhunter, I call people who are sitting at their desk already working, and as a recruiter, I get resumes and emails from people seeking employment. The difference between the two is extraordinary. If you are looking for work and wondering why no one is calling or emailing you back, here are the real reasons you aren't getting a job.

This Is What Fear Makes You Do

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 08.26.2015 | Canada Living
Sarah Vermunt

Just think of all the things you've done because of fear. Stayed in a shitty relationship. Failed to speak up. Studied the wrong thing. Did what you were told. Kept the soul-crushing job. Stayed small. Held back. Watched from the sidelines.

It's Never too Late to Change Careers

Dr. Marie Bountrogianni | Posted 08.21.2015 | Canada Business
Dr. Marie Bountrogianni

What does a university dean's resumé look like? I would guess that most have diverse leadership experience in a number of varied roles. My own work history includes stints as a barista, psychologist, professor, corporate executive and politician -- to name just a few of the hats I've worn during my career.

10 False Assumptions About Money and Finding a Fulfilling Career

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 08.21.2015 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

A client of mine liked to think in black and white. In her mind, you could either do a job you hate and make a ton of cash, or do a job you love and be dirt poor. No iPhone. It was one or the other. Without knowing it, she had tied the concepts of fulfilling work and poverty together.

How to Find Your Dream Job

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 08.12.2015 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

A lot of people beat themselves up because they think they're supposed to know exactly what their ideal career looks like. So they refuse to experiment or to commit to even minor changes until they know what the big picture will look like in exacting detail.

Moving Across Canada Helped Me Understand What Home Means

Lisa Abram | Posted 08.11.2015 | Canada Living
Lisa Abram

Once the wheels were in motion to sell our house, I started to reflect on the idea of change and what that would mean for us. I'd have to quit the job that I loved, working in the culturally rich Winnipeg arts community and vacate the life that I set up for myself since moving to Winnipeg from Toronto.

Why quitting your job may not be the answer writes @corinawalsh

Corina Walsh | Posted 08.07.2015 | Canada Business
Corina Walsh

Throughout my career I worked for some pretty awful companies. They were awful mostly because a couple of key people at the top were successful in creating a toxic work culture. Exclusion, discrimination, and bullying were the daily norm.

You Should Ignore Bad Advice, Even From People With Good Intentions

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 07.15.2015 | Canada Living
Sarah Vermunt

Every human being on earth crafts a unique set of biases based on his or her own experience -- you, me, and everybody else. We use this experience to dish out advice. But what works for one person (say, someone who loves you and wants only the best for you) might not work for you.

Six Ways Continuing Education Can Close Canada's Skills Gap

Dr. Marie Bountrogianni | Posted 07.08.2015 | Canada Business
Dr. Marie Bountrogianni

Ask an employee from just about any industry in Canada, and they'll tell you: there is a huge gap between the training required to move up the career ladder and the training provided by their employers. While 71 per cent of employers agree they have a responsibility to provide career management programs for their employees, only 29 per cent actually offer them.

Want a happy career? Indulge your obsessions

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 05.26.2015 | Canada Living
Sarah Vermunt

My brother, Brad, has an undergraduate degree in mathematics and a master's degree in biology. Right now you're probably picturing him working as a scientist and wearing a white lab coat at work every day. If so, you're wrong. Dead wrong. He's a television writer.

Don't Resign Yourself to Doing Work You Hate

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 05.05.2015 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

What excuses are you making for not going after what you want? And do they really have to stop you? If you've really invested in your excuses, and their hold on you feels too strong, you may have let them break you down to the point of resignation.

5 Ways to Preserve Good Habits During a Transition

Jen Lawrence | Posted 06.22.2015 | Canada Living
Jen Lawrence

Whenever I talk to someone who is making a big career change such as going back to work after staying home with kids, or leaving the corporate world to become an entrepreneur, one of the key stressors is the loss of routine. Habit disruption adds to the stress of an already stressful time.

Reinvention Is Just as Much About Loss as it Is About Gain

Kate Hilton | Posted 03.10.2015 | Canada Living
Kate Hilton

Reinvention is about loss as well as gain. It involves the shedding of an old life, a life that may not fit any longer, but a life that was known to you. It involves the creation of a 'you' that didn't exist before. And, as with all new ventures, it involves failure.

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.

Why I Quit My PhD to 'Strip'

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 05.24.2014 | 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.

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.

"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.

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.

Eight Steps to a Better Work-Life Balance for Women

Andrea Lekushoff | Posted 12.17.2013 | Canada Living
Andrea Lekushoff

In just a few short decades, the workplace has radically changed. Today, women constitute nearly half of the workforce. There have never been so many women in leadership positions around the world. And there has never been so much talk about being a woman in business. In fact, there has never been a better time in history to be a woman.

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.

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?

Five Playlists That Will Get You Through Anything

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 09.20.2013 | Canada Music
Sarah Vermunt

A period of major change in one's life often provokes fear or anger, before making way for angst, uncertainty, and melancholy. And then, eventually, a more buoyant feeling of hope, optimism, and happiness. I have playlists of my own to help me through the change cycle -- for each stage.

On the Verge of a Breakdown? Do This

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 09.13.2013 | Canada Living
Sarah Vermunt

I have had two breakdowns -- one after the end of my marriage, and a second one of the career/identity variety. Based on my experience from the first, I handled the second one differently. I fought the first one. Hard.