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.

Can Showcasing Your Failures Land You a Job?

Bobby Umar | Posted 07.16.2015 | Canada Business
Bobby Umar

Most successful people will concede that they've achieved their success because they understand that failure taught them how to succeed. We learn and grow from our failures. They teach us how to deal with adversity and disappointment, what it takes to achieve goals, and they give us an appreciation for the journey.

Don't Ask for a Raise, Go Get it as an Entrepreneur

Charlotte Ottaway | Posted 06.10.2015 | Canada Business
Charlotte Ottaway

I've always had an entrepreneurial drive. I still hold vivid memories of picking pears from the large tree that grew beside the trampoline in the backyard of my childhood home. I remember packing them into plastic grocery bags (we weren't all that environmentally conscious back then) and loading them into my little red wagon.

Getting Married at 25 Is the Best Decision I've Ever Made

Charlotte Ottaway | Posted 05.26.2015 | Canada Living
Charlotte Ottaway

My husband is my greatest fan in life. He is constantly encouraging me to chase my dreams, pushing me to face my weaknesses. He inspires me; he balances me. He supports me in everything I do. When you have someone standing beside you, ready to nudge you forward and catch you when you fall, it feels like anything is possible. I'm 27 now, and I still have a lot to learn about married life. But I already know the choice to wed my husband was the greatest decision I've made so far. Being a wife has changed my life in ways I hadn't ever considered.

What Do We Mean When We Say Someone Is "Successful"?

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 06.01.2015 | Canada Living
Sarah Vermunt

I have nothing against the word success or even it's traditional definition. It's just a word, after all. But let's call it what it is. It's a benchmark for performance and attainment -- a measuring stick. Tangible metrics are important and have their place, particularly in the business world. But if you're looking for personal fulfillment, it's not likely that traditional measures of success are going to get you there.

How to Stay on Track When Driving Your Career Forward

Colleen Albiston | Posted 05.08.2015 | Canada Business
Colleen Albiston

There are times when you need to stop accelerating, adjust your gears and realize that not even the best race car driver takes the turn at full throttle. This approach translates when navigating your career too.

7 Reasons Why Working for Free Is Great for Your Career

Shannon M. Nelson | Posted 01.06.2015 | Canada Business
Shannon M. Nelson

Is there any real benefit to working for free, other than what the company you're working for gets? You bet there is! And if you ask around in today's entrepreneurial world, you'll find that working without financial compensation has helped many people move toward achieving their career and business goals.

Dad Was Right, You Should Change Careers At Least 3 Times In Your Life

Suzanne Ma | Posted 12.15.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Suzanne Ma

Since I was a little, I knew what I wanted to be: a journalist. My career aspirations helped define my personality and helped shape my world view. It influenced where I went to school, what I majored in, and who I hung out with -- until suddenly, one day, those aspirations changed.

The Biggest Mistake That Job Seekers Make

Peter Harris | Posted 11.18.2014 | Canada Business
Peter Harris

Look the employer up online. Read their website. See if they are mentioned in articles on other sites or in news stories. Talk to people in your network who may have company or industry knowledge. Think about what the future of the industry is and what the challenges of the job might be.

Five Easy Steps to Discovering Your Personal Brand

Bobby Umar | Posted 05.28.2014 | Canada
Bobby Umar

Words can be a powerful expression. So too can a personal brand be a powerful beacon for you and others. But most of all, each of you can be a leader. You just need to know who you are, know what you want and then ultimately make that positive impact with your brand, your promise and your legacy.

The Career Adventure

Thomas Gelmi | Posted 04.14.2014 | Canada Business
Thomas Gelmi

Increasing complexity and diminishing workplace security define our society. We live in a time in which straight careers with long lasting company aff...

12 Questions to Lead You Through 2014

Eileen Chadnick | Posted 03.19.2014 | Canada Living
Eileen Chadnick

January is an important time to reflect and get clear on your priorities for the year ahead. To do that well, it's just as important to take a look behind at the year past as it is to take a good look ahead. Each year, I put together a list of reflections and questions to help you do that.

How to Conquer Millennial Career Paralysis

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

Twenty-somethings often find themselves paralyzed with indecision as they anxiously deliberate the creation of career, family, and future when on the doorstep of graduation. So what's a twenty-something entering the workforce to do? Consider these three steps.

My Top 10 Secrets to Success

Erica Diamond | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Erica Diamond

As a Certified Women's Life, Business and Success Coach, I have worked with hundreds of women as a coach, consultant and mentor for almost 15 years. I have always been fascinated by success and what makes someone successful, and I don't just mean success from a financial standpoint.

Treat Yourself Like a Corporation

Eric Quon-Lee | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Eric Quon-Lee

With all the changes occurring in the wake of the Great Recession, one wonders how anyone can succeed in this work environment. The simple answer is to emulate those who have profited and thrived, and no group has thrived more than corporations. So why not treat yourself like one?

It's Okay To Be Selfish After Loss

Elizabeth Berrien | Posted 11.17.2013 | Canada Living
Elizabeth Berrien

It can be so easy to become overwhelmed with what you think you should or shouldn't be doing with your time. Yet, when you've experienced the loss of a family member who was so close, you need to remember that it is okay to be a little selfish about how you run your life.