Careers

The Sharing Economy Is Transforming How We Learn

Martha Turner | Posted 04.27.2016 | Canada Business
Martha Turner

As young people enter an increasingly over-credentialed job market, new forms of qualifications and ways of acquiring them are beginning to gain traction in an increasingly competitive environment. This not only helps candidates better market themselves, but also helps meet the emerging skills required in a vastly changing career landscape.

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 Reasons Millennials Should Be Sold On A Career In Sales

Dave Borrelli | Posted 04.22.2016 | Canada Business
Dave Borrelli

When thinking about a career in sales, it's not uncommon for young people to picture a used car salesman or a huckster selling home appliances door to door. But a career in sales is much different today than those clichés we're used to seeing on TV or in the movies.

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.

You Have My Permission To Put Career On The Back Burner

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 04.06.2016 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

Yes, you read that right. Sometimes your career should be your LAST priority. Like, dead last. I bet that sounds crazy coming from a gal like me, right? I'm a career coach -- one who believes very strongly in career as a pillar of happiness, fulfillment, stability and even health.

What Are You Going To Do With A History Degree?

Maija Leivo | Posted 04.06.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Maija Leivo

It was a question that many of us were asked repeatedly during university, at family functions, hanging out at the pub or making small talk during tra...

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?

Find Your Next Hire Over Beers And Barbecue

Brian Scudamore | Posted 03.31.2016 | Canada Business
Brian Scudamore

We made the mistake of overlooking the "fit factor" before, and morale and productivity plunged. It was difficult to turn it all around. Now we prioritize compatibility during the hiring process -- we want people who work hard and play hard together. Attention to culture fit has not only made our company a better place to work, it's boosted our ROI.

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.

Stop Making Sexist Career Suggestions For My Baby

Jean Lomas-Hamilton | Posted 03.23.2016 | Canada Parents
Jean Lomas-Hamilton

"Look at her kick those legs! She's going to be a dancer when she grows up!" It's an innocent enough comment, and I know it's mostly just a way to make conversation, but it's really starting to irk me. I think it has to do with the sexist assumptions embedded in these kinds of statements.

Your Wardrobe Affects How People Perceive Your Personal Brand

Evan Thompson | Posted 03.16.2016 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

The way you appear drastically affects the way others perceive you. First impressions are often based on appearance, and it's hard to reverse people's opinions based on an instantaneous visual assessment.

Learning To Have Fun At Work Is A Vital Skill

Paul S Hillier | Posted 03.14.2016 | Canada Business
Paul S Hillier

Having fun with work was easy because all I had to do was model my behaviour from my father. Looking back on the experience, the moral continues to be clear: my father was teaching me about personal responsibility -- throughout my career it would be up to me to ensure that I was having fun.

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.

The Hidden Meanings Behind Common Job Interview Questions

Peter Harris | Posted 03.09.2016 | Canada Business
Peter Harris

It's not the actual interview questions that cause difficulties for candidates. It's understanding why the interviewer is asking them in the first place. What is it that they really want to know? The information that employers are after is often quite different from the literal answer to the question asked.

Who Are We Kidding With The Idea Of Work-Life Balance?

Clare Beckton | Posted 03.10.2016 | Canada Business
Clare Beckton

Some time ago I began to question this whole idea of work-life balance. I asked why do we frame the debate as if work and life are not one and the same? Do we not think work is part of the continuum that makes up our life? For me, anyway, and I suspect many others, work is an essential part of life and how we contribute to our society.

Companies Need To Start Showing Millennials Some Love

Sheryl Boswell | Posted 03.02.2016 | Canada Business
Sheryl Boswell

Millennials are particularly sensitive to recognition, as only 40 per cent of millennials are happy with the rewards and recognition their company offers. The same survey found that while 50 per cent of millennial employees crave recognition, just 32 per cent say their company offers a recognition program.

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?

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.

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."

Meet Barbara Philip, Canada's Only Female Master Of Wine

Marlisse Silver Sweeney | Posted 02.17.2016 | Canada Living
Marlisse Silver Sweeney

While sipping and swirling, Barbara can be found hosting wine events and judging competitions around the world, as well as recommending wines to CBC's On The Coast listeners. Want to be her? Here's how she got there.

Banish Buzzwords And Elevate Your Professional Brand With These 5 Tips

Julie Dossett | Posted 02.12.2016 | Canada Business
Julie Dossett

Motivated about your career? Passionate about your work? Keen to showcase your strong leadership skills? I'm afraid I have news for you: so is everyone else! So why is it important to banish the buzzwords and rethink how we present our professional brand?

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.

What To Do If Your Promotion Takes You Out Of Your Comfort Zone

Sheryl Boswell | Posted 01.26.2016 | Canada Business
Sheryl Boswell

It's finally happened: after working hard, paying your dues and mastering your assigned responsibilities, you've been recognized with a promotion. Having the opportunity to advance within a given company is something that many employees value. But what should you do if these changes leave you feeling overwhelmed?