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Trying to achieve that elusive work-life balance suddenly feels like more work than work or life itself.
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People are talking about the recent article claiming that the loss of a job is harder to bear than death of a spouse or divorce. When the loss of work means more than the death of a spouse, then I have to question what has happened to our values and the meaning of relationships.
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Having been through this process once, I can safely say it does NOT get any easier. Each child is different. End of story. Here's what I've observed and learned over the course of having one child and now the second apply for postsecondary education.
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LinkedIn is being corroded by the abuse of this feature. It's not intended to be used as nonchalantly as Facebook likes. Its purpose is to provide a professional, legitimate endorsement of someone for whom you would actually write a recommendation letter.
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The Lady Gaga we fell in love with 10 years ago is back and better than ever. The icon who carved out an indelible brand persona has finally returned to her fans, her roots, her senses, and to her betrothed little monsters. She has reclaimed her trademark pedigree that made her the irrepressible image we all fell in love with. And she did it without any outside help or needless controversy.
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We have been raised all of our lives with the world trying to suppress who we are and telling us who we ought to be to fit in. How bizarre is it that we try to change who we are, to try and fit, versus just being more of ourselves and finding the opportunity that actually fits us?
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People are realizing that, without the weight of gendered expectations, they can embrace skills, talents and passions irrespective of gender, which benefits individuals, corporations and the world. It is a long way from where we once were, labelled "pink" or "blue" at birth and put into our gender-specific boxes.
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Canadian employers, recruiters and postsecondary admissions staff are beginning to recognize the value of taking a gap year, but just taking time off from school or work doesn't quite cut it.
Wouldn't it be nice if one of your hobbies -- an activity you purely enjoy -- could make you money instead of costing you money? If you've been asking that question, you are not alone. In fact, many people are making money from their hobbies. So how can you join them?
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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.
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The rise and fall of BlackBerry is a well-documented. The BlackBerry was an iconic product and a Canadian tech success story. However, with the launch of the iPhone in 2007, Apple went beyond handsets and showed that the real value lay in what is called by product marketers, the whole product.
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Improving the maternity leave system is seen as a crucial way of encouraging women to have children whilst continuing their jobs. The percentage of women taking maternity leave in Japan is quite is ar...
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Imagine choosing your path according to your strengths and passion whether you are a man or a woman, whether it's profitable or not. Imagine if you could explore your talents in an early age and respond to your calling as soon as you start working. If you have a job you don't like and want to find your passion, it's never too late.
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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.
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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.
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Be early: Never, ever be late for a meeting or appointment. I am routinely over an hour early for meetings. Not only does it relieve stress (yours) and frustration (theirs) but that hour gives you ample preparation time, or time to finish other work and errands while you have a coffee.
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.
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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.
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The word "selfish" has a bad rap. I get it. Being "concerned chiefly or only with yourself" seems like kind of an asshole move, but is that always the case? I don't think so. The "Screw you, suckers!" variety of selfishness deserves its critics, but what about the kind of selfishness that simply means you're putting yourself first?
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It is OK to leave bad jobs and toxic managers. And it is actually important to let employers know this is why you are leaving. Bad managers cost companies money, resources, time, and talent. And there is no need to be afraid of them or their impact on our future success. They need to be called out.
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In Canada, there are more Google searches for summer jobs in April than any other time of year, and globally, LinkedIn sees more students active on the platform than any other time of the year. For those of you that haven't yet found a role, there's no need to panic.
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Have you ever seen your cat burned out? Of course you haven't. That's because he's a MASTER relaxer. Lounging in the sun, having a little stretch, a big yawn, an afternoon nap (they don't call it a cat nap for nothing) -- your cat really knows how to chill. So learn from it.
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Last week I worked with a client who prides himself on his strong work ethic. Hard work and excellence matter to him (which is awesome!). The problem? He's burning himself out with 14-hour workdays. And he's calling it "strong work ethic."
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So, what makes you look bad? Trying to upstage your manager, particularly if you are a lot younger than them. New ideas are always welcome, but you should always be taking them to your manager first. I see many hardworking, successful millennials in the workforce, but there are some I wish I could just course-correct a little bit.
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How many women do we know -- colleagues, friends, family members, ourselves -- who are pursuing a career while tending to other priorities, like raising a family? No doubt more than we can count on two hands. But how closely do we consider what it's like to walk in these women's shoes? We all stand to gain by talking to women about their aspirations and how they can best achieve them. What better day than International Women's Day to start the conversation.
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We're human, even at work. Which means that every now and again we're going to screw up. When that happens (and it will) apologize and do better next time. Not sure how to stumble through an apology at work? (Because... um, hello, awkward!) Here's how to get it right.
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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.
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The problem is that right now, for every two retiring senior executives, there is only one suitable successor waiting in the wings. We are in the midst of a serious succession challenge that needs to be tackled head on.
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Fear is a natural part of being alive. No matter how many mountains you climb, how many stages you perform on, how old and wise you become; there's always going to be something new. Something uncertain. Something that scares the shit out of you.
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Digital literacy is becoming essential for most jobs. Keeping up with the trends and technologies of how people communicate and share information is also essential for career success. Once upon a time, reading and writing were considered the basic skills for most jobs. Digital literacy has become the new literacy.
I am urging you to stop settling, don't settle for the job that "pays" enough or gives you that "title" you want, because in the end it will only give short-term happiness. If we stop settling and start fighting for the job/lifestyle we want to invest our years with, we will then get a real sense of happiness and fulfillment.
In today's intensely competitive, hyper-social work world, self-promotion is no longer just a professional responsibility. It's a career survival skill. Employers must know your real value. Otherwise you'll frequently find yourself on the losing end professionally.