Career

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.

Are You Being Selfish Enough At Work?

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 04.26.2016 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

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?

5 Ways Students Can Score A Summer Job By Graduation Day

Julie Dossett | Posted 04.25.2016 | Canada Business
Julie Dossett

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.

Career Advice: It's OK To Burn Bridges

Peter Harris | Posted 04.25.2016 | Canada Business
Peter Harris

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.

6 Career Lessons Your Cat Is Trying To Teach You

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 04.22.2016 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

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.

Is Your 'Strong Work Ethic' Killing You?

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 04.14.2016 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

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."

Millennials Need To Change These 5 Attitudes About Work

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 03.24.2016 | Canada Business
Kathy Buckworth

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.

How To #PledgeForParity On International Women's Day

Sandy Cimoroni | Posted 03.09.2016 | Canada Impact
Sandy Cimoroni

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.

The Right Way To Apologize When You've Screwed Up At Work

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 02.26.2016 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

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.

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.

Bridging The Boomer-Millennial Gap And Overcoming The Succession Challenge

Pierre Somers | Posted 12.17.2015 | Canada Business
Pierre Somers

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.

Dear Courageous Soul, Read This When You Need To Be Brave

Kyana Miner | Posted 12.07.2015 | Canada Living
Kyana Miner

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.

The Skills Most Likely To Land You A Job In 2015

Peter Harris | Posted 12.01.2015 | Canada Business
Peter Harris

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.

Dear 20-Somethings, Stop Settling

Laila Eman | Posted 11.13.2015 | Canada Business
Laila Eman

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.

6 Ways To Promote Yourself Without Bragging Or Being A Jerk

Rick Gillis | Posted 11.12.2015 | Canada Business
Rick Gillis

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.

You Must Choose to Succeed in Order to Get Ahead

Anne Day | Posted 10.07.2015 | Canada Business
Anne Day

I've found that once I've made a major decision, it wasn't as scary as I thought it was, and I wonder what too me so long. When you step outside your unhappiness, you find that there is a life and it is there for the taking. It is just getting over that first hurdle of making a move and once you've jumped that... you can win. You can get ahead.

How Writing About Being a 'Drunk Mom' Changed My Career

Jowita Bydlowska | Posted 10.02.2015 | Canada Living
Jowita Bydlowska

I drank while taking care of an infant. I was full of fire, ready to tell my story. The book got published; it became a bestseller; I received lots of praise, but also lots of criticism and even the occasional death threat. One of the most challenging and interesting gigs that Drunk Mom brought on was ghostwriting somebody else's memoir. We recognized each other beyond our differences. We were both addicts.

This Is Why I'm Happy With My Life Choices

The Purple Fig | Posted 10.02.2015 | Canada Living
The Purple Fig

When I hit 30, I noticed my social media fill with announcements of engagements, weddings, new homes, new pregnancies, thriving careers and growing families. I began to contemplate the state of my life over the past few years and even jumped on the bandwagon for a time. There is something wrong with me; I am not living how I should be, doing what I should be, and feeling like I should be.

The One Skill on Your Resume That Matters Most to Employers

Peter Harris | Posted 09.28.2015 | Canada Business
Peter Harris

While the content is ostensibly what you have done in the past, the real subject of your resume should actually be what you can do in the future. Your past accomplishments as evidence of your future potential. There's really only one skill that matters at the end of the day. It is your ability to achieve results -- they care about what you can do with what you know.

Helping Students Picture the Future's Most In-Demand Jobs

Linda A. Franklin | Posted 09.24.2015 | Canada Business
Linda A. Franklin

More needs to be done to identify the careers of the future -- this is especially important as the demand for a more professionally trained and highly skilled workforce continues to grow. It is more essential than ever to identify the future opportunities for young people and ensure students and parents know what qualifications are required to pursue those careers.

These 4 Books Will Bring out the Entrepreneur in You

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 09.24.2015 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

If you're an aspiring entrepreneur, your heart is filled with excitement and fear, probably in equal amounts. You want it so bad but you're afraid. I've been there. These books will inspire you to find the courage to get out there and make shit happen.

5 Money Hacks for Reducing Student Debt

David Lester | Posted 09.18.2015 | Canada Business
David Lester

The average Canadian comes out of school with around $27,000 worth of debt and, based on an entry level job, the monthly payment will take up a significant amount of your disposable income. When I graduated, I traveled Europe for three months and then bought my first condo. It was all because of the steps I had taken when I was in school. Make sure that you sow the seeds of your financial success now.

Tips for Getting Your Business Back on Track for Fall

Jane Blaufus | Posted 09.03.2015 | Canada Business
Jane Blaufus

One of the things that entrepreneurs often find challenging during the summer is staying focused and on track. Many have confessed to me that one day off for a break led to two, which led to three, which led to weeks off in some cases. Now, they are dreading trying to get the engine up and running again so that September is not a write-off.

5 Easy Steps for Reaching Your Long-Term Goals

Shanita Hubbard | Posted 09.03.2015 | Canada Business
Shanita Hubbard

Life happens, and it's easy to get distracted. This is especially true when you have long term-goals. As silly as it sounds, sometimes a plan FOR the plan is needed in order to stay focused.

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.