Careers

Take Your Professional Brand to the Next Level With These Tips

Kathleen Kahlon | Posted 05.02.2015 | Canada Business
Kathleen Kahlon

Your professional brand is the sum of many aspects of your professional life, so it's important that you are always representing your best self. Don't shy away from announcing promotions or career milestones and updating your profile.

Ace Your Next Job Interview By Knowing the Right Answer to This Question

Peter Harris | Posted 04.30.2015 | Canada Business
Peter Harris

There are quite a few questions that come up in almost every job interview, and one in particular that you are sure to be asked. The best way to ace an interview is tailor your answers to be as specifically relevant as possible to the challenges of the job at hand - especially for the questions that you know are coming.

The Class of 2030 Should Start Using These 5 Tech Tools Now

Martha Turner | Posted 04.28.2015 | Canada Living
Martha Turner

Much like the landscape of careers Canadians' perceptions of the classroom is changing. What tools should our children start using to better prepare them for the classroom for the future? Based on what we've seen these are the top five tech trends preschool children will begin adopting to better prepare them for the future of learning.

Are You Lost or Are You Just Afraid?

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 03.28.2015 | Canada Living
Sarah Vermunt

Most of the people I work with come to me because they feel lost and they don't know what they want. At least, they think they don't know what they want. But more than half of the time - heck, most of the time - the problem has nothing to do with knowing; it's the fear associated with the desire.

Reinvention Is Just as Much About Loss as it Is About Gain

Kate Hilton | Posted 03.10.2015 | Canada Living
Kate Hilton

Reinvention is about loss as well as gain. It involves the shedding of an old life, a life that may not fit any longer, but a life that was known to you. It involves the creation of a 'you' that didn't exist before. And, as with all new ventures, it involves failure.

How to Deal With a Management Bully

Shirley Williams | Posted 02.21.2015 | Canada Business
Shirley Williams

Does your manager have the traits of a bully? You may be dealing with a Hirogen Manager, an organization's hunter that sees his or her employees as prey. Here is the test. Are the following quotes familiar to you?

Maintaining Your Career Skills While Caregiving

Eva Zatrak | Posted 02.14.2015 | Canada Living
Eva Zatrak

Over eight-million Canadians currently provide care for chronically ill or disabled friends and family members. If you're a caregiver, you know how demanding it can be. Your role as a caregiver, can greatly interfere with all other aspects of your life. Although you may feel as though your career is being negatively affected, there are ways to keep your career skills sharp.

How to Tell Your Kids That Work Can Be Boring

Leah Eichler | Posted 02.07.2015 | Canada Living
Leah Eichler

How do you prepare your kids for the likelihood that some work days, perhaps even a lot of them, won't feel especially fulfilling? According to professionals with children, that conversation needs to come early and often.

10 Ways Ambition Can Wreck Your Career

Evan Thompson | Posted 01.26.2015 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

Success defines many of us. We are often judged by our lifestyle, our clothes, our cars and the company we keep. Whether we truly love the work we do and look beyond our job status as a way of validating ourselves varies from person to person. If ambition trumps all else, here are 10 ways that it can wreck your career.

Why Female Experts Are Quoted Less Than Male Experts -- And How To Change That

Andrea Lekushoff | Posted 12.28.2014 | Canada
Andrea Lekushoff

Female experts are quoted less often than their male counterparts in newspapers and on TV. Why? Because many women falsely believe someone else knows their area of expertise better than they do. This prevents them from stepping into the spotlight that they have earned and deserve.

'Entrepreneur' Is Not a Dirty Word

Kelly Lovell | Posted 12.28.2014 | Canada Business
Kelly Lovell

If you are an entrepreneur, be proud to hold this title and live up to its name. Also understand that you are leading a long overdue generational shift across sectors and it will take some time before your path may be embraced by all. Don't let the resistance discourage you from your ambitions.

This Man Has the Coolest Job in Canada

Lisa Jackson | Posted 12.17.2014 | Canada Living
Lisa Jackson

For some people, it would be a dream job to travel across Canada and eat in some of the country's finest restaurants. For Canadian writer and international food and wine journalist, Andrew Braithwaite, it's just another day at the office.

What Successful Working Moms Really Talk About

Dina Vardouniotis | Posted 11.19.2014 | Canada Living
Dina Vardouniotis

The point is that working moms need a village to be successful. They need short-cuts and tips that make life easier. With precious little time at home, it's things like swifters and crockpots make a difference. If you don't have a support system that can help you find the things that can help you feel like a better mom, build one. It's worth it.

Why Schmoozing Works, However Bad It Feels

University of Toronto News | Posted 11.18.2014 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

Significantly, people who had more power in the office were less likely to report feeling dirty when it came to networking, and engaged in it more often. That effect can make it harder to penetrate existing power structures, because it means those already in power are more comfortable with networking and continue to reinforce and advance their positions.

How Being Vulnerable at Work Can Work for You

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 11.09.2014 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

Whether it's making amends with a colleague, asking for a raise, requesting help, admitting you don't understand, or going for the promotion, good things can happen when you take down your walls. Yes, bad things can happen too, and there is the risk of disappointment.

My Dad on His Best Job Interview Advice

Caitlin McKay | Posted 11.04.2014 | Canada Business
Caitlin McKay

Recently, my daughter began to come to me for advice. The Junior Child, so named because she is the youngest, called me, her father, to get input on job interview techniques. Job interviews can be intimidating for those who are just entering this hyper competitive job market.

How to Keep Your Personal Brand True to You

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 10.08.2014 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

For some, the idea of building a personal brand feels a little, well, icky. You might wonder, How do you build a personal brand without feeling like you're selling your soul? Actually, selling your soul is exactly what you should do. Stick with me, here...

Stop Complaining About Self-Entitled Millennials in the Workplace

Dina Vardouniotis | Posted 09.30.2014 | Canada Business
Dina Vardouniotis

So who are these self-entitled and demanding employees? They're your kids! As you struggle to keep up-to-date on the latest technological innovation and manage the relentless stream of news sound bites by the second, you also busy playing the role of your millennial kids' career coaches and life counsellors for fear that they might move back home. So where did you go wrong?

We Can't Get Jobs - Are We Going to Be OK?

Katie Boland | Posted 09.09.2014 | Canada Living
Katie Boland

My friend is a few years older than me, has two degrees and has been published in almost every major Toronto paper. She is an incredibly talented screenwriter and filmmaker. She is well connected and well liked. I would argue that she knows how to get a job. She just can't.

Redefine Success in Your Life

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 07.28.2014 | Canada Impact
Sacha DeVoretz

It was the year 2000. I was at my first 'real' job with a major international company. I thought this is my time, my career would finally be launching and I would be living the professional life, having it all. Instead, I worked long hours, gained weight and was under a tremendous amount of stress. A few months later, I ended up taking a stress leave from the job.

Finding Healthy Work-Life Balance in a Wireless World

Andrea Goertz | Posted 06.22.2014 | Canada Business
Andrea Goertz

Work-life balance used to be a straightforward concept: you worked during the day and your evenings and weekends were yours. Today however, mobile technology keeps us constantly connected. In order to promote healthy work-life balance in a wireless world, companies need to create an environment that supports a new model: work-life integration.

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.

Why I Quit My PhD to 'Strip'

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 05.24.2014 | Canada Living
Sarah Vermunt

Three months ago I quit my PhD to become a stripper. Of course, I was afraid of what people would think, but my old life wasn't working for me, and so I decided to change it. I'm not taking my clothes off, but this stripping of mine makes me feel free and, yes, naked and vulnerable, too. Layer by layer, I'm stripping away thoughts and beliefs that were toxic.

How to Get Yourself a Red Carpet Career

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 04.29.2014 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

The Oscars is where we celebrate the best of the best in film -- the spine-tingling performances, the cream of the crop. You want the best of the best for your career too, and so why not look to the Oscars for a little inspiration. Here are six tips to help you create a career that's an Oscar worthy show-stopping success.

Youth Unemployment: The Chicken and the Egg Problem

Rumeet Billan | Posted 04.26.2014 | Canada Business
Rumeet Billan

It's no secret that the job market for youth graduating from post-secondary education is competitive and challenging, with youth unemployment rates being twice the national average in Canada. A combination of both education and experience can be the ticket to an initial interview, however, youth are often faced with the 'no experience, no work; no work, no experience' dilemma.