Careers

Five Easy Steps to Discovering Your Personal Brand

Bobby Umar | Posted 03.28.2014 | 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 03.24.2014 | 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 02.27.2014 | 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 02.24.2014 | 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.

Why Dress For the Life You Want? Because it Works

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 02.19.2014 | Canada Style
Sarah Vermunt

If you've ever watched an episode of What Not to Wear, you can recall fashion expert Stacey London telling women to "dress for the job you want, not the job you have." I'm not sure who first coined that phrase, but it's a good one.

Spring Ahead: How to Achieve the Unthinkable in Your Life

Anita Saulite | Posted 04.16.2014 | Canada Living
Anita Saulite

The first day of spring is just around the corner. The colder winter months will soon be gone and with spring on our door step, it's time to get moving in the right direction with your life and working on your goals. It's also a great time to reflect on where your life is heading as every new season offers new possibilities and a time for renewal.

Robyn Doolittle, Stop Making Journalism Seem Glamorous

Jennifer Hough | Posted 04.15.2014 | Canada Living
Jennifer Hough

It's not the Jon Stewart show, Gawker parties, and book deals. With the circulation of most newspapers in freefell and ad revenues shrinking daily, its outsourcing, lay-offs, cutbacks -- a race to the bottom. And it's proving yourself; working all hours to get the story. It's standing in the cold waiting for the story. Staying late to cover the budget. Getting hate mail, and being sworn at by angry readers (and your news editor). It's also about getting lucky, getting a break, being in the right place at the right time and digging deep like a dog with a bone.

Five Tips for Making Money as an Artist Entrepreneur

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

There's a ton of information out there for anyone looking to create a traditional scalable business. And there's no shortage of incubators for tech startups in search of money and mentorship. But what about artists who are going solo and getting paid for their art?

You Need to Think Beyond the Dollar

Kelly Lovell | Posted 03.24.2014 | Canada Business
Kelly Lovell

Money shouldn't dictate your success or potential. While it may be more difficult without funding to bring your idea to reality, it doesn't mean it can't be done.In fact in some ways it can be a blessing in disguise. Your passion will be put to the test, your vision will be challenged and with each roadblock your determination will strengthen as your vision grows.

4 Things Every New Entrepreneur Should Splurge On

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 03.05.2014 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

There are investments you need to make as a start-up -- like design and marketing, for example -- that seem like a non-negotiable no-brainer. But there are other, perhaps less obvious, investments that are important to the long-term success of your business. You need to invest in yourself. Your professional development. Your personal growth.

6 Ways to Figure Out What to Do With Your Life

Nikki Fotheringham | Posted 03.05.2014 | Canada Business
Nikki Fotheringham

I have a veritable smorgasbord of friends in their late twenties and early thirties who are universally dissatisfied with life. "I don't know what I want to do with my life, but it's definitely not this," here's how to go about finding the right career for you.

Five Ways to Grab Hold of Your Career

Sandra Boyd | Posted 02.17.2014 | Canada Business
Sandra Boyd

People today need to deal with greater uncertainty in the marketplace and a good way to do this is to take ownership of your career. It is clear that individuals who consciously invest in their careers stand out from other employees. To take your career in your own hands, here are five important tips from Knightsbridge.

Put These 8 Leadership Books Under the Tree

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 02.14.2014 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

A quick Google search will yield a number of lists for the best management books, so let's not waste our time on the undisputed classics. Here are a few recommendations that are a little less obvious.

New Year, New Life: Setting Goals for 2014

Anita Saulite | Posted 02.12.2014 | Canada Living
Anita Saulite

The beginning of a new year is the best time to start fresh and get your life moving in the direction you really want. It doesn't matter how much money you have or make, or whether you are just starting out or have a successful career, by opening yourself up to new possibilities through goal setting, you will start living the life you want.

Your Career Ain't Over Till It's Over

The Purple Fig | Posted 02.12.2014 | Canada Living
The Purple Fig

A better day comes along, and I tell myself that it's not that I'm unwilling to commit, it's that I haven't found my career true love yet. I am unwilling to settle. I'm making progress, improving and learning with each step I take, getting stronger at understanding what I love and what I won't grit my teeth through anymore.

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.

How Public Speaking Can Catapult Your Career

Andrea Lekushoff | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Andrea Lekushoff

Many studies reveal that people's top fear is public speaking. Their second is death. Although I find that shocking, it's also unfortunate. Like it or not, if you're trying to build a name for yourself (or for your business), you'll benefit from sharing your insights and expertise in a public forum

"Entrepreneur" Shouldn't Be a Dirty Word

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

Entrepreneurship is a dirty word for many MBA candidates. Synonymous with extreme financial distress, entrepreneurship for many MBAs is a deep chasm of despair, particularly considering the high debt load that most MBAs have post-graduation. These attitudes and misconceptions have hurt MBA grads instead of helping them.

What Savvy Business People Can Learn From Drake

Jay Rosenzweig | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Jay Rosenzweig

Drake was recently announced as the new "global ambassador" for the Toronto Raptors. In doing this, Drake showed loyalty to his hometown NBA team. He also took a critical step in building his personal brand. This was a terrific move to add breadth to his career and leave open a path for a post-music career.

Believe it or Not, Millennials Are Most Prepared for This Economy

Eric Quon-Lee | Posted 12.13.2013 | Canada Business
Eric Quon-Lee

Yes, the Millennial Generation. The generation born between 1982 to 2002 that has been mischaracterized by many employers as lazy, incompetent and entitled, is the same Generation that is the best prepared for the changing nature of work. The reality is that the demands of today's Millennial Generation are the same demands that enable their own survival. The Millennial Generation is merely being motivated by self interest and self protection given today's economic and social constraints.

How Arianna Huffington Inspired Me to "Sleep" My Way to the Top

Andrea Lekushoff | Posted 12.02.2013 | Canada
Andrea Lekushoff

What I learned from Arianna is that the risk of burning out is far greater than the risk of not growing fast enough or not agreeing to unrealistic deadlines. So, I'm committing to far fewer late nights at work. I'm committing to grow my business while taking better care of myself and my family.

Generation Y Is Ambitious, Not Unhappy

Elizabeth Hawksworth | Posted 11.17.2013 | Canada Living
Elizabeth Hawksworth

Wild ambition is the fuel for the engine, but the engine is represented by hard work. You can't get anywhere without both, and that's something that I've taken from living as a Gen Y'er. We've all made our own happiness. That's what life is about.

Reporter's Notebook: Why I Became a Journalist

Jill Langlois | Posted 11.10.2013 | Canada Living
Jill Langlois

What a journalist does involves more than just writing. It takes a keen eye to spot the right story. It takes time and dedication to chase down the facts and figures. It makes a difference to tell someone's story. So always do what makes you feel pure bliss. If you do, it will make a difference.

The Only Career Question You'll Ever Need to Ask

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 10.28.2013 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

In our work lives, we are constantly asking questions, evaluating our options, and making decisions. This swirl of considerations can be overwhelming at times, and with so many questions to ask it can be hard to know which is more important. The most important career question you'll ever ask is only three letters long, but packs one heck of a punch. The question is...why?

Guess Who Gets More Flex Time -- Men or Women?

r/ally | Posted 10.26.2013 | Canada Business
r/ally

Flexible hours, a term that has almost become code in the workplace for women searching to accommodate both their professional life and childcare, is granted more often to women than men, right? Think again. Researchers from Yale, Texas and Harvard found that managers actually grant requests for flexible work schedules to men more often than women.