Career Change

Laid Off? Take A Moment Before Diving Into The Job Hunt

Sheryl Boswell | Posted 04.01.2016 | Canada Business
Sheryl Boswell

Every person reacts to a layoff in a different way. In the immediate aftermath, you'll likely experience a range of emotions, from sadness to anger, to fear and frustration -- possibly even relief. And at some point while you're processing this unexpected life change, you'll be met with a big question: Now what?

3 Little Words Can Change Your Life

Shelagh Meagher | Posted 03.11.2016 | Canada Living
Shelagh Meagher

Over the past couple of years I've written quite a lot about the virtue of tenacity. My writings are a tiny blip in the mountain of other words telling us about all the miraculous stuff that's happened in the world because someone stuck with it, through thick and thin, to the point of victory.

What Personal Baggage Are You Bringing To Work?

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 03.11.2016 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

If you're feeling frustrated or exhausted or stuck in your career, maybe it's not your job that's the problem. Maybe it's you. I may be right or I may be wrong, but you should at least consider the possibility. A lot of people bring a lot of baggage with them to work.

Is Your Job Making You Sick? Listen To Your Body

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 03.02.2016 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

Think of all of the crap that is going on with your physical health, especially any recurring issues. Only you and your doctor can determine what might be causing these symptoms. But if you have an unresolved chronic issue, or recurring health issues, or multiple health issues, it's possible that some of that is rooted in some neglected stress. Don't you think?

Why Playing It Safe Is Actually A Myth

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 02.19.2016 | Canada Living
Sarah Vermunt

You can always be fired, downsized, or replaced. Your company could fold. The economy could tank. Depressing, I know. But, oddly enough, it's also empowering. Knowing there's no 100% guarantee frees you from pressure fall in line, fly under the radar, cave to the pressure, and suck it up, all for the sake of "security."

Advice For The Recently Laid Off From Someone Who's Been There

Kim Fox | Posted 02.08.2016 | Canada Living
Kim Fox

I hope this helps someone who's going through tough times. In my 20 years as a techie/journalist, I've been laid off three times. The first time, I was 25, and it destroyed me. I was young and had very little experience; I lacked a map for navigating.

How To Reinvent Yourself In Business

Evan Thompson | Posted 02.03.2016 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

Looking at the rapid arrival and departure of independent businesses in Canada, it's clear that sometimes we have to move on and try something else. For many professionals and business owners who are fully committed to their work, this is almost unthinkable. How do you know when it's time to reinvent yourself; to move on and try something else? And, how do you do so while taking advantage of the professional profile you've built up over several years?

Don't Let Money Fears Stop You From Chasing Your Dream Job

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 02.02.2016 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

You are an intelligent and talented person. You are not going to up and quit your job tomorrow without putting some kind of plan in place. Yes, there is some risk involved, but you're a smart cookie and you would never let it come to that. Stop the horror stories, already.

5 Ways To Disrupt Your Career In 2016

Lina Duque | Posted 01.14.2016 | Canada Business
Lina Duque

When I decided to start my own social media consulting business three years ago, I felt like I was jumping off a cliff; I could soar, or fall flat on my face. Could I pull it off? What if I didn't get enough business? What would people think? I was terrified. Going from full-time employee to entrepreneur was risky, but the upside was that I was doing what I loved. You can do it too.

New Year, New Job, New You

Jessica Glazer | Posted 01.13.2016 | Canada Business
Jessica Glazer

It's a new year and you are one week into eating salad, and exercising more. You want to make more money but you aren't sure how. You think, "I will find a new job!" So in 2016 how will you make this year different? Without goals you will fail so just like any resolution you need to know what your true goals are and then narrow it down.

How To Transition Into An Encore Career

Lyndsay Green | Posted 01.06.2016 | Canada Living
Lyndsay Green

Are you on life's last lap and have yet to make a real difference? That's the angst of some boomers who came of age believing they would change the world, but then life got in the way. Now retiring from the jobs that derailed them from their dreams, they're hoping it's not too late to leave a legacy.

17 Skills Employees Need Today -- And Tomorrow

Dr. Marie Bountrogianni | Posted 12.11.2015 | Canada Business
Dr. Marie Bountrogianni

By tracking and responding to relevant trends, you can ensure you have the training you need, today and tomorrow, to maintain your competitive edge and to stretch yourself, limbering up, as you start the next chapter of your career.

Your Approval Hang-Up Is Killing Your Career

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 12.08.2015 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

Imagine that you didn't have to take flak from anyone, disappoint anyone, or impress anyone. Or pretend that everyone was so concerned with his or her own business that they wouldn't pay any notice to your own career choices. What would you choose if nobody was looking?

The Dos and Don'ts of Job Hopping

Sheryl Boswell | Posted 10.23.2015 | Canada Business
Sheryl Boswell

t job we get post-graduation is not going to be the one we remain in for our entire career. The days of spending decades at the same company are, by and large, behind us. Some may switch jobs once or twice, but others may have to cut their teeth in a dozen positions before finding the right fit.

3 Tips to Navigate Career Confusion

Eileen Chadnick | Posted 09.29.2015 | Canada Business
Eileen Chadnick

Have you heard the expression "change is messy"? It's something I've heard and said many times over the years working with clients creating and navigating career (and other) changes. And in my own life, I've experienced my share of personal and professional change over the years. Who hasn't? Who won't?

3 Reasons Why Now Is the Perfect Time to Change Your Life

Cheryl Muir | Posted 09.16.2015 | Canada Living
Cheryl Muir

Change isn't easy. No matter which way you slice it or dice it, change is never going to be a breeze. So is there ever a perfect time to embark on change? And this isn't some high-level theory of "Start today, there's no such thing as tomorrow." I'm talking about a more practical approach -- what time of year is best?

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.