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How to Navigate the "Prediction Season" for 2015

Jeff Quipp | Posted 12.04.2014 | Canada Living
Jeff Quipp

As the holiday season nears and 2014 comes to an end, we're at the cusp of being inundated with countless lists and predictions about what 2015 holds. Everybody has the desire to gain insight into what's on the horizon. But with such a huge number of resources to turn to, how do you cut through the noise and find what is truly valuable?

5 Lessons in Leadership From Ryerson's Top Female Executive

Lina Duque | Posted 11.27.2014 | Canada Business
Lina Duque

This week marks a major milestone in Julia Hanigsberg's career as she steps down as Vice President of Administration and Finance of Toronto's Ryerson University to take on the top job at the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital.

Why You Hate Digital Marketers

Sajeel Qureshi | Posted 11.12.2014 | Canada Business
Sajeel Qureshi

The next time you love talking to a digital marketer will probably be the first time you love talking to a digital marketer. They blabber more than Steve Urkel and act less than Mark Hamill after Star Wars. These are the idiotic things digital marketers say that drive the rest of the working world crazy.

Should Children Inherit Parents' LinkedIn Accounts?

Sulemaan Ahmed | Posted 12.16.2014 | Canada Business
Sulemaan Ahmed

Recently, it dawned on me that LinkedIn (and possibly other social networks) might consider allowing their members children to inherit their parents' accounts. Why? As Porter Gale once stated, "Your network is your net worth."

How to Get Over Getting Dissed

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 09.16.2014 | Canada Living
Sarah Vermunt

My wise self knows that I created my company to help people become their happiest and most authentic selves at work. I believe very firmly in being yourself, yet I questioned the value of my own authenticity at the slightest critique. The irony is not lost on me.

How to Carve Out Personal Time Away From the Computer

Linda Lauren | Posted 09.09.2014 | Canada Living
Linda Lauren

Computers afford us a lot, and social media has its pluses and minuses, but what the Internet can't truly replicate is the spirit when all our senses are engaged and we are participating in life outside the screen. That's what's missing. That's why there's less time for living. Here's how to use social media and create a balance so that you enjoy the moments of living more fully.

What I Learned This Week: What I Would Do If I Were 22 (Again!)

Andy Nulman | Posted 08.16.2014 | Canada
Andy Nulman

I am very conscious of what and how I eat. And I am exercise-obsessive, not just working out like a grunting fiend, but also evangelizing my tools of choice TRX and Rip-Trainer to anyone who will listen, and many who won't. These two immutable elements of a healthy lifestyle were unfathomably foreign to me back then.

Making My Social Media 80% We and 20% Me

Sulemaan Ahmed | Posted 06.16.2014 | Canada
Sulemaan Ahmed

Social media is great but I sometimes wonder if it feeds an unnecessary amount of insecurity and narcissism. Think about it. The most popular tweet ...

10 Ways to Boost Your Networking Skills

Bobby Umar | Posted 05.14.2014 | Canada Living
Bobby Umar

So often people exchange business cards and never contact each other. Or they add each other on LinkedIn and the networking dies there. Remember you are building a relationship and you want to be memorable. Following up is critical to making networking work effectively. In fact, by following up you are setting yourself apart from most networkers.

Seven Blogging Blunders Your Business Should Avoid in 2014

Jeff Quipp | Posted 03.29.2014 | Canada Business
Jeff Quipp

By now, most businesses have bought into the idea that blogging is an important piece of their marketing communications strategy. But the ability to reach an audience through blogging can work both ways. Here are seven frequent blogging blunders that should be avoided.

Is 13 Too Young To Be On LinkedIn?

Sulemaan Ahmed | Posted 03.17.2014 | Canada
Sulemaan Ahmed

Should 13 year olds think about which university to attend? They have their entire lives to worry about academics, pedigree and careers. As a father, I'm torn as I already feel guilty about too much structure, classes, and tutoring in my child's life. And before you know it they are no longer children.

These Words Are Chronically Overused In LinkedIn Profiles

CP | LuAnn LaSalle, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.09.2014 | Canada Business

MONTREAL - In this case, being responsible is overrated.It's the No. 1 most overused buzzword on LinkedIn profiles in Canada, and globally, in 2013.Pr...

More Canadians Using Social Media To Find Jobs: Study

CP | Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Business

Ignore that request from LinkedIn or Twitter at your peril — it might be a job offer, according to a global study released Wednesday.The study, comm...

This Time I Took My Parent to Work

Leigh LePage | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Leigh LePage

My chosen career is one of the top 10 most misunderstood jobs by Canadian parents. In response to the growing need to bridge the generation gap when it comes to the world of work, LinkedIn held the first annual LinkedIn Bring In Your Parents Day on November 7. I, along with employees from across the globe, walked into my office with my parent.

Can Social Media Actually Benefit Relationships?

Natasha Koifman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Natasha Koifman

Social media often gets a bad reputation for how it impacts relationships; however, I truly believe it has the ability to benefit and enhance personal interactions. And it's not just for romantic interests, although that is something that is becoming more popular; social media offers opportunities for creating and maintaining relationships, whether with family, friendships or partners.

Why Websites Should Kill Their Comments

Mitch Joel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Mitch Joel

Whether we like it or not, the great discourse and online conversations are being clouded and polluted with spammy comments. If you have ever blogged, you will note how difficult it can sometimes be to sort the wheat from the chaff.

Why Getting LinkedIn Endorsements Doesn't Mean You're Special

Jeff Chatterton | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Jeff Chatterton

When I get an endorsement "Jeff Chatterton is great at event planning," I know it's the latter. It's just someone trying to curry favour. How do I know that? I hate event planning. I don't do it, because I suck at it, and I know that. Here at Checkmate Public Affairs, if I need to stage an event, I have other people that I know will do a better job than I do the work. I've had one person, who I met at a speech I gave in Iowa, endorse me upwards of 20 times. Another former colleague is running for political office, and I've probably received a dozen endorsements from him. All it does is clog my inbox.

When Communicating in Business, It's Synch or Swim

Paul Barter | Posted 09.25.2013 | Canada Business
Paul Barter

Do you ever leave a voicemail for someone and get an email back? Have you had people text you while you're in a meeting and then get grumpy if you don't immediately respond? Different communication styles can be generational or cultural. Wherever they come from they're important and they will materially affect your career success.

The LinkedIn Loophole That Really Stinks

Sulemaan Ahmed | Posted 09.23.2013 | Canada Business
Sulemaan Ahmed

The way LinkedIn works is such that you cannot see someone else's LinkedIn connections unless they agree to connect with you (i.e. a 1st connection). What's concerning is some LinkedIn users are now leveraging an option in their privacy and settings where their 1st connections are hidden from their other 1st connections. In my view this defeats the entire point of LinkedIn.

15 Ways To Make Social Media Work For You

Anne Day | Posted 06.28.2013 | Canada Business
Anne Day

It's not all about you. Yes, you can promote your own programs, services and products, but if that is all you do, you won't attract the following you want. Just as in face-to-face networking, givers gain. Try to make it 80 per cent about your industry and 20 per cent about your business.

When Should You Reject A LinkedIn Invite?

Sulemaan Ahmed | Posted 06.26.2013 | Canada Business
Sulemaan Ahmed

The days of potential employers, employees, investors and/or clients simply contacting three references you provide are over. Should they do some due diligence and are connected to someone within your LinkedIn network and ask about you, what would that shared connection say?

How Many Social Media Sites Will Survive?

Randall Craig | Posted 05.21.2013 | Canada Business
Randall Craig

As we all know, the social web is here to stay. But is this sustainable? Has the equation changed? Evidence suggests that it has. By some reports, there are some 500+ social media sites that exist. A number of them -- maybe a majority, will go down for the count.

5 New LinkedIn Features for Gen Y Job Seekers

Sue Varty | Posted 05.20.2013 | Canada Business
Sue Varty

Many of you have the skills to get to where you want to be. You just need to be found. One way to get yourself out there is to use LinkedIn.com -- this job-focused social network has been flourishing and only growing in popularity, especially in the last five years. Here are 5 recently added LinkedIn features you can take advantage of as a Generation Y job seeker.

How LinkedIn Helped My Business

Steven Uster | Posted 05.19.2013 | Canada
Steven Uster

Everyone said I had to use LinkedIn when I was working to launch Zillidy. I currently have over 600 LinkedIn connections, which according to the website links me to over 10.5 million professionals. So why is LinkedIn such a powerful tool for small business? I believe it's because of the following reasons.

Welcome to Digital Narcissism

Mitch Joel | Posted 05.19.2013 | Canada
Mitch Joel

Is it any surprise that flashy headlines and fake celebrity death memes on Twitter get so much attention? In this era of digital narcissism, where our gateway to content is through the lens of the people we like and admire most, traditional and digital publishers must now grasp for attention in an even flashier way.