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Why You Should Attend a Job Fair

Wed, 01 Feb 2012 10:42:53 PDT

Whether you’re gearing up to graduate or there’s a hiring fair in your area, the calendar year is front-loaded with job fairs. Most people think of job fairs as over crowded, competitive marketplaces with few opportunities compared to candidates. This may be why most people who attend job fairs do so casually, and come under dressed and under prepared, and so their negativity becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. The good news is, by taking extra time to prepare, you can turn stand out from the competition and make your mark with a standout company.

7 Habits of Highly Ineffective People on the Job

Wed, 18 Jan 2012 09:05:49 PDT

No matter how hard you work, how early you arrive and how late you stay at the office each day, no one gets more than twenty-four hours in their day. Everyone wants to be more organized, more efficient, more effective, and better at using their time. There are many ways of learning and honing those skills and everyone has their own challenges and priorities. Instead of telling you what to do to be “highly effective” professionally, whatever that means to you, here is a list of 7 habits that are guaranteed to keep dragging you down.

Stay Sane While on the Job-Hunt

Wed, 09 Nov 2011 09:15:38 PDT

So you’ve been unemployed for a while now, and you’re tearing your hair out with boredom and frustration. Read our tips on how to stay sane and motivated while looking for that dream job:

10 Steps To a Smooth Start in a New Job

Wed, 26 Oct 2011 09:59:49 PDT

It’s scary starting a new job. For some, the first day is preceded by a pitiful night’s sleep leaving the apprehensive newbie groggy rather than laser-focused. And then there are those who leap in in a blaze of glory to prove themselves worthy … and step on toes along the way, which leads to the need for damage control! Is there a better way to start a new job?

Staying Motivated Even During the Downtime

Wed, 05 Oct 2011 10:59:03 PDT

How do you handle rejection in the job search? Do you need some down-time so that you can recoup your energy in order to refocus your job hunt? Staying motivated to push past the WALL of rejection is hard, but as long distance runners know, a lot of the motivation is mind over matter.

Employment Resource Centres: Helping you with your job search

Thu, 01 Sep 2011 10:25:37 PDT

Are you looking for work? If you are like thousands of people across B.C., your local Employment Resource Centre offers tools and resources that can help you succeed in your job search. Employment Resource Centres are funded by the Province of British Columbia, and services are provided at no cost to you.

Hot Fun In the City - How to Keep Your Job Search Cool This Summer

Wed, 27 Jul 2011 07:58:32 PDT

Whether you are looking for seasonal employment or searching for your next career opportunity, it is important to adapt your job hunting techniques to gain a competitive edge this summer. A common myth exists that no hiring gets done once the thermostat rises; however this isn’t always the case. With important initiatives often commencing after Labour Day, many companies need to increase their headcount now to anticipate higher workloads. So what are some tips to find a job as the temperature rises?

Mature Age Job Seeker Tips

Wed, 13 Jul 2011 05:50:11 PDT

Q:?I am returning to work after taking time out to raise a family. The most recent contract positions I have held have all been obtained through word-of-mouth. What I struggle with is the anonymity of the Internet as a selection /recruitment tool and the level of service provided by recruitment agencies. What do you feel is the most successful way for mature age job seekers to approach finding employment?

3 Essential Job Search Strategies

Thu, 09 Jun 2011 10:31:51 PDT

The 3 “P”s = Planning + Preparation + Proactive Participation! While these three steps may sound simplistic enough, unfortunately they are not always all carried out! I can give you some clear examples…

Free Career Webinars offered during June

Wed, 01 Jun 2011 09:21:29 PDT

We’ve put together a list of Free Webinars being offered during June: What You Don't Know Could Hurt Your Next Career Move... What's "The Plan" for the Unexpected? Top Tips for Landing a Job after 50 Beyond Job Satisfaction

Stanley Cup Playoffs -- A little like career planning?

Tue, 03 May 2011 08:01:26 PDT

After a nail biting first round, the Canucks are now facing the Predators in round two of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Hopefully this will not go seven games or I may find myself going prematurely grey. As I was watching Burrows’ overtime goal, I was thinking about how some lessons learned in the game of sport can apply to one’s career. Here are a few I came up with:

Are you at the top of your game?

Wed, 23 Mar 2011 08:49:13 PDT

Professional training and development make the difference. Teams on top of their game are more engaged. Developing your professional skills is an excellent idea in any economy but particularly important when the labour market is highly competitive. With more players on the scene, those who continually invest in their own skills and talents have significant advantages.

Free Webinars offered during March

Wed, 16 Mar 2011 07:58:04 PDT

For something a little different this week we’ve put together a list of Free Webinars:

Guerrilla Job Search Secrets of the Homeless Man with the Golden Voice

Wed, 09 Mar 2011 10:45:47 PDT

Maybe you’ve heard the “golden voice” of YouTube sensation, Ted Williams. He’s the formerly homeless, formerly unemployed man who was hired — literally off the street — by the Cleveland Cavaliers for his dream job as an announcer. Other job offers are still pouring in from around the country. If you’re unemployed, you can learn a lot from Ted Williams’ Guerrilla Job Search.

E.I. Options for the Self-Employed

Wed, 02 Mar 2011 08:56:36 PDT

I have received many enquiries of late regarding the recently-implemented opportunity for self-employed persons to opt into the Employment Insurance program. It seems to me that the criteria for participation and the impact of opting in are not widely understood as of yet. Historically, only true employees were eligible for EI coverage. Not having that aspect of our social security net to fall back on was just one of the many risks of being self-employed and operating as an independent contractor.

Under Construction

Wed, 23 Feb 2011 10:31:46 PDT

Changes to the Criminal Record Legislation and More Since Bill C-23A was introduced in Parliament in 2010, there have been a lot of changes to pardons and criminal records legislation. How does that affect you? Here are the statistics:

Need a Job? Want More Work? Get a Blog – Now.

Wed, 09 Feb 2011 08:55:58 PDT

Seth Godin wrote a blog post this week about the fact that people hiring for jobs should realize that past performance is the best predictor of future performance and not be swayed by the way a person dresses or how they can spin a tale. As a psychologist, I know this to be the ultimate truth as much as sometimes, wish it were not, “If only she’d…. show up for work…not drink so much… get along with the team … complete what she starts….she’d be great”.

New Year, New Career -- In a minute or less?

Wed, 12 Jan 2011 08:49:55 PDT

It is that time of year, the time when people vow to lose weight, eat healthy, quit a bad habit, or improve their career. For some, this might mean finding a new job, whereas for others, they may be looking for a salary increase, greater responsibility or promotion to that coveted corner office. The problem with resolutions, however, is that they are often created and not followed through upon. The secret is making easy to accomplish, measurable goals and sticking to them throughout January and hopefully the rest of the year.

How Long is Too Long?

Tue, 16 Nov 2010 10:00:13 PDT

As the economy works to pull itself out of recession, there are still many Canadians who are struggling to find work. These individuals hail from the blue collar factories to the white collar boardrooms and comprise everyone in between. It has been a challenging period for many, although with long-term joblessness on the rise, the effects can be devastating. The Globe & Mail has created a comprehensive report looking at this very issue.

B.C.’s Top 100 Companies

Mon, 08 Nov 2010 09:44:00 PDT

Every year the Vancouver Sun compiles and releases its lists of B.C.’s Top 100 Companies. In essence, these are two lists of publicly traded companies -- one highlighting the 100 strongest companies, and the other the 100 fastest growing companies. For job seekers, this is a wealth of information when looking for new career opportunities.

Benefits of a Seasonal Job

Thu, 21 Oct 2010 07:54:09 PDT

Seasonal jobs are good for more than earning extra spending money or awesome discounts at retailers for holiday shopping (though, let’s face it – who could resist based on that alone?). In fact, taking on a seasonal job can be a great stepping stone on the way to beginning or getting back into a career.

How Social Media Can Cost Your Your Job

Fri, 08 Oct 2010 09:44:50 PDT

Today I read a blog post on ’30 Ways to Lose a Job on Twitter’. While it gave me a good chuckle with such 140 character posts as -- - just lied to my boss to leave work for a starving counts as a family emergency right? haha - Today was my first day. I did nothing. I lied to my boss about my day. it worked. Obviously I am not the unprofessional one. - totally just lied on my application lol...

The death of the Canadian dream? Not necessarily...

Thu, 07 Oct 2010 07:57:49 PDT

In a National Post article by Andrew Mayeda, he discusses the challenges faced by the Millennials -- those born after 1980 -- in finding a job in today’s economy. Specifically he profiles an individual with a master’s degree in international affairs and volunteer experience working abroad for non-profit organizations. At 27 she is finding it challenging to find full-time employment and has been forced to take a contract job.

Five Statistics That Matter for Your Job Search

Tue, 05 Oct 2010 11:57:51 PDT

Each year for the past nine years CareerXroads has conducted a survey about the sources of new hires. The most recent survey (full report available here) solicited source of hire stats for 43 large companies, who collectively filled 176,000 positions in 2009. While the sample size is small, and arguments can and have been made about the accuracy and applicability of the statistics, the survey results are nevertheless revealing, and have some important implications for how jobseekers invest their job hunt energy.

Statistics Canada Labour Force Survey

Fri, 10 Sep 2010 18:08:44 PDT

Today Statistics Canada released its monthly Labour Force Survey and the results are slightly more positive than economists had anticipated. There were 35,800 jobs created in August and the unemployment rate edged up a tenth of a percentage point to 8.1%, due to higher participation in the labour market. The Canadian job market has now regained nearly all of the jobs lost during the recession, however, the unemployment rate is roughly 2 per cent higher than it was prior to the start of the decline. This may be partly...

Self-promotion: How to Move up the Ladder at Work with a Personal Publicity Campaign

Sun, 23 Nov 2008 17:45:18 PDT

Using self-promotion can help you move up the ladder at work. Have you ever wondered why you can’t seem to get a promotion, while a co-worker with the same level of experience,

Employment Resource Centres – access help with your job search

Fri, 08 Apr 2011 10:11:52 PDT

Have you accessed your local Employment Resource Centre for help with your job search? If you’re looking for work or need help managing your career, your local Employment Resource Centre can help.

Work productivity: making a smooth return From vacation

Sun, 23 Nov 2008 17:50:14 PDT

Nothing dispels that rosy, post-vacation glow faster than returning to a mountain of unfinished paperwork on your desk, a barrage of messages in your voice mail and dozens of missives in your e-mail inbox.

Business casual dress code: understanding “business casual” attire

Sun, 23 Nov 2008 17:52:53 PDT

Business casual dress code interpretations vary widely. What fits the business casual dress code at one firm may not pass at another. Relaxed business attire, one of today’s most popular workplace perks, has made “dressing for success” more of a challenge:

Adult going back to school: should you go back to school?

Sun, 23 Nov 2008 17:55:06 PDT

For an adult, going back to school involves a delicate balancing act. Going back to school in some form can have a huge effect on your career. Ongoing professional development is vital to your career growth,

Job skill training: how to ask about job skill training

Sun, 23 Nov 2008 17:57:10 PDT

Job skill training can make or break your career. Prospective employees should ask some pointed questions about job skill training and career development opportunities before accepting an offer.

Job search database tips - Searching a job database

Sun, 23 Nov 2008 17:58:42 PDT

Job search database tips can help you improve your chances of finding the right job. When you use a job search database, you can view a wide range of opportunities at once.

International summer jobs | Summer jobs

Sun, 23 Nov 2008 18:01:12 PDT

International summer jobs provide the opportunity to work in a foreign country. Many students pursue international summer jobs as a way to build language skills, learn about new cultures, gain global work experience and fund a trip abroad.

Jobs for people with disabilities

Sun, 23 Nov 2008 18:04:24 PDT

Jobs for people with disabilities do exist. But people with many different types of disabilities often find job search a frustrating process that creates unforeseen barriers. You can sometimes feel that your skills and abilities are being ignored and that people are looking only at your challenges.

Returning to work | Returning to work when you’re entry level at 40

Mon, 24 Nov 2008 09:35:14 PDT

Returning to work after years away from the workforce poses special challenges. You may fear that employers will see negatives in your lack of work history.

Personal motivation | Finding personal motivation at work

Tue, 10 Nov 2009 10:18:40 PDT

Personal motivation may be the key to your career success. Personal motivation often overrules other traits. You may think you can excel in business with talent, skills and knowledge alone, but it’s your day-to-day work habits that are the key to maximizing these traits.

Returning to work after maternity leave

Mon, 24 Nov 2008 09:40:29 PDT

Returning to work after maternity leave becomes complicated when you don’t have a job to which to return. Many mothers take an extended break from the paid workforce while raising their children.

Professional development tips: take control of your professional career

Mon, 24 Nov 2008 09:42:26 PDT

Professional development tips remain key, regardless of where you are in your career. Continually developing your professional skills is critical to maintaining your marketability and shoring up your job security.

Tax preparer jobs - tax season is perfect for project work

Mon, 24 Nov 2008 09:47:46 PDT

Tax preparer jobs and other opportunities for accounting and finance professionals to explore temporary and project work exist year round. Still, tax season presents perhaps the best chance to investigate jobs in the tax preparer career path.

Coping with Burnout

Mon, 24 Nov 2008 09:50:24 PDT

Your boss just asked you to write a presentation for a conference she is attending in three days. You’re flattered, but this is just the latest in a series of last-minute projects you’ve been assigned.

Rebounding From a career setback

Mon, 24 Nov 2008 09:52:17 PDT

Career setbacks happen to everyone. Whether it’s a poor performance review, a missed promotion or the loss of a job, professional difficulties have challenged even the most accomplished executives. Although these kinds of events may make you doubt yourself, the true test of success is in the rebound.

Inspired by a Dream, Goal Setting

Mon, 24 Nov 2008 09:54:39 PDT

Every journey begins with knowing where you are, choosing a destination, and planning how to get there. Plan for your future success.

Skills Inventory

Mon, 24 Nov 2008 09:56:19 PDT

If you’re looking for a new job or trying to think of new career options one key exercise for you to do is a skills inventory. This inventory is a list of the skills you bring with you from all of your past work, volunteer and personal experiences.

Considering a move to Vancouver, BC , Canada?: Know what you’re getting into

Mon, 24 Nov 2008 09:58:09 PDT

You’re deep in talks with a company in Vancouver. They desperately want you to join them. You are flattered, very interested, but something in your gut tells you to be cautious. Have you considered all the options? What’s missing from your checklist?

Career Portfolios

Mon, 24 Nov 2008 10:02:43 PDT

A Career Portfolio is an evolving collection of documents showing your professional development, work history, qualifications, and accomplishments.

Advice for Older, Bolder Job Seekers

Mon, 24 Nov 2008 10:04:04 PDT

Approaching retirement age doesn’t mean an end to your career. In fact, as a professional with decades of experience under your belt, you may have more employment opportunities today than ever before.

Finding Professional and Personal Balance

Mon, 24 Nov 2008 10:06:57 PDT

Striking a balance between job and family demands is a common dilemma for working parents. Dads and moms alike are juggling deadlines and play-dates, presentations and soccer practice, business travel and family trips.

Career Relocation – Is It a Good Move?

Mon, 24 Nov 2008 10:10:06 PDT

You’ve been offered a job that will require you to relocate across the country to manage a division for a new company. Or maybe you’re considering a transfer to a new location with your current employer. Should you accept the job?

Finding Your Balance:

Mon, 24 Nov 2008 10:11:06 PDT

Laid off recently because her firm went out of business, Mary is searching for a position with a company where she hopes history won’t repeat itself. Not only is she looking for an employer with a solid financial footing, but she also would prefer a job that doesn’t require her to work both nights and weekends.

How to Ask for a Raise: Increasing the Odds of Earning the Pay You Seek

Mon, 24 Nov 2008 10:12:01 PDT

Over the past few years, many workers have seen slim raises or none at all. But now with a strong shift to the economy and ongoing optimism, you may be considering asking your boss for a much-deserved bump in pay.

Be Your Own Agent

Mon, 24 Nov 2008 10:13:04 PDT

Who is looking out for your career - your boss? Probably not. Your accountant? Doubtful.

Shift Happens

Mon, 24 Nov 2008 10:15:32 PDT

Work lives are constantly changing, just like our personal lives. Sometimes, just when you really love it, shift happens.

Assessing a Job Offer

Mon, 24 Nov 2008 10:16:33 PDT

No matter what your reason for seeking employment, searching for a job is hard work: scanning help-wanted listings, researching companies, sending out resumes and attending multiple interviews can be a lengthy process.

Everything is Negotiable

Mon, 24 Nov 2008 10:17:30 PDT

It's all negotiable. Every new job - every performance review, in fact - is an opportunity to negotiate base salary, various kinds of bonuses, benefits, stock options, and other incentives that add to job satisfaction and provide financial security.

Career planning goals - make some resolutions

Mon, 24 Nov 2008 10:19:28 PDT

Career planning goals contribute to your success. But, when many people think of New Year’s resolutions, they concentrate on personal goals such as losing weight or joining a gym. However, it’s also critical to make setting career planning goals a priority.

Work productivity killers - a cure for work productivity killers

Mon, 24 Nov 2008 10:21:19 PDT

Work productivity killers – what’s zapping your work productivity? Meetings that run long. A computer bug that takes half a day to resolve. Organizational red tape. We can all recognize snags that sap our work productivity. But do we identify less obvious work productivity suckers that waste time and energy just as easily?

Vacation request: how to make a vacation request

Mon, 24 Nov 2008 10:25:13 PDT

Vacation request on your mind? With summer upon us, chances are someone in your department is on vacation this week. If you have your own dreams of getting away, your first hurdle is a vacation request.

Quitting Your Job - How to Leave Your Job on a High Note

Mon, 24 Nov 2008 10:27:07 PDT

When you’re quitting your job, timing is crucial. Many people think the best time to change jobs is when they no longer feel challenged, when they have a personality conflict or when the company they work for no longer aligns with their values.

Using Emotional Intelligence in Your Job Search

Mon, 24 Nov 2008 10:29:19 PDT

Using emotional intelligence can help you succeed in your job search. But what is emotional intelligence, and why is it that success in life sometimes seems unrelated to intelligence?

Getting Fired: 10 Ways to Tell It’s Time to Find Another Job

Mon, 24 Nov 2008 10:31:41 PDT

Getting fired, sacked, canned or axed hurts. It does nothing for your self-esteem and it doesn’t look great on your resume. You’re always better off leaving your position on your own terms than getting fired. But how can you tell when your job may be on the line? Here are 10 things to look for.

Using Keywords for Your Job Search

Mon, 24 Nov 2008 10:32:51 PDT

Online job banks and job search databases use keywords to catalogue and sort the wide variety of jobs posted by employers so that they are easily searchable by job seekers like you. To find jobs that match your skills and experience, you need to input keywords similar those used in the database.

Want to Work in Canada? Here’s How.

Mon, 24 Nov 2008 10:34:23 PDT

Want to work in Canada? Non-Canadians can become eligible to work in Canada by becoming a Permanent Resident of Canada or obtaining a temporary work permit:

Planning a Career for the New Economy

Wed, 26 Mar 2008 08:30:04 PDT

In the last few decades, the world of work has dramatically changed how people earn their living and plan their work lives. This new labour market is evolving at accelerating speed as old industrial-age jobs are replaced by knowledge-based work and information technology continues to alter how we work, play and learn.

The Most In-Demand Jobs in Canada

Fri, 21 Nov 2008 14:48:46 PDT

Give your career a boost by targeting the most in-demand jobs in Canada. According to JobFutures, the jobs with the best prospects through 2009 will come from science and engineering, health and caring and law.

Mid-life crisis: changing careers mid-stream

Mon, 24 Nov 2008 10:36:47 PDT

You’re 40-something. You’re underemployed, or worse unemployed, you’re tired of the daily grind, you’re bored (or frightened) and you’re wondering where your future went. Join the club.

Getting fired: strategies for dealing with getting terminated

Mon, 24 Nov 2008 10:38:12 PDT

Getting fired used to be something that many people figured would ruin their career. Obviously, getting terminated isn’t an ideal situation but it’s certainly something that can be dealt with.

Could you become a consultant?

Mon, 24 Nov 2008 10:41:35 PDT

Want to run your own business? Consider a career as an independent consultant. Be your own boss, call your own shots, work when and how you want – sound good?

Second thoughts after changing jobs

Mon, 24 Nov 2008 10:44:14 PDT

Having second thoughts is not uncommon when you have recently changed jobs. The 4-6 weeks after switching jobs are when you will most likely think that you made a mistake. Shortly after starting a new job, it isn’t out of the ordinary to have second thoughts and wonder if you made a mistake by leaving your previous employer and/or joining your new employer.

Recruitment Cycles – The Best Time to Apply for a Job

Mon, 24 Nov 2008 10:45:39 PDT

Many employers schedule their recruiting efforts according to a specific recruitment cycle. The recruitment cycle may be determined by factors such as seasonal needs, graduation cycles of local schools, annual holidays or other pre-determined growth periods.

Jobs in demand: Occupations that will experience high demand in BC in the coming decade

Wed, 24 Sep 2008 09:36:54 PDT

There will be many jobs in demand in BC in the coming decade. Although skills shortages are difficult to predict, particularly when looking well into the future, it is possible to predict which occupations will be in particularly high demand.

Labour market information can change your life

Mon, 24 Nov 2008 10:51:59 PDT

Labour market information is information about the world of work, including about different types of work and learning opportunities. It also includes labour market trends and forecasts about future employment growth.

The services of a career coach

Mon, 24 Nov 2008 10:53:06 PDT

A career coach guides you through a four part process to identify a suitable career direction. This process includes assessing yourself, imagining your ideal future, researching career ideas and plans, and launching your career plan.

Can’t find a job despite the boom? Here’s what to do

Mon, 24 Nov 2008 10:54:15 PDT

Can’t find a job and wondering how that could be possible in an economic boom? No matter how great the economy is, there’s always going to be a certain rate of unemployment. People will graduate from school, leave the military, move to new cities, quit jobs, finish seasonal work, wrap up temporary work, transition from full-time parenting and so on.

Generations in the workplace

Mon, 24 Nov 2008 10:56:08 PDT

Generations in the workplace – the workworld is abuzz with discussions of generational workstyles in the New Economy. Today, you can find Millennials, Gen C, Baby Boomers and Veterans in the same organization, sometimes even on the same team.

Manpower Employment Outlook Survey Reveals Employers Expect a Positive Hiring Climate for the Fourth Quarter of 2008

Mon, 24 Nov 2008 10:57:52 PDT

Canadian employers expect a positive hiring climate for the October to December period of 2008 according to the latest results of the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey, the most extensive, forward-looking employment survey in the world.

Employer complaint letters - think twice

Thu, 20 Nov 2008 13:43:16 PDT

It’s the last resort for the frustrated employee who is burned out and fed up with his boss — the final step before walking out the door and finding a job elsewhere. It’s the employer complaint letter, directed to higher authorities within the organization.

Career advancement -seven tips for picking a job where you can move up

Thu, 20 Nov 2008 15:38:02 PDT

Want to choose a job that will allow you to move up the ladder? If you’re the kind of person who draws motivation from potential for increased responsibilities, workload, salary and opportunities, you’ll want to evaluate potential job offers with an eye to advancement. Here’s how.

Employers are searching your online profiles

Wed, 17 Dec 2008 10:53:20 PDT

Employers are looking up job seekers online – make no mistake. And, while many employers seek out job candidates through searches of online databases, an increasing number turn to the Internet to screen out potential hires.

Three Persistent Job-Search Myths

Fri, 19 Dec 2008 10:03:56 PDT

In good times and bad, some people struggle to find jobs, while others seem to succeed almost effortlessly. What's the difference? I submit that successful job seekers aren't hamstrung by any of the following three myths. Are you?

Clues to your Strengths & Passions

Fri, 20 Feb 2009 10:16:05 PDT

One of the first steps you should take when beginning your career exploration and planning process is undergoing a thorough self-awareness process that looks at your preferences, what motivates you, and your past successes.

Brand You – Who do you think you are?

Tue, 10 Mar 2009 09:51:08 PDT

Companies have them. At least, the good to great ones do. But have you ever considered if you have one and what people think about you? Some people might call it your image. I see it as far more than that. And the proof is found when good to great companies connect with you.

Still Standing

Mon, 09 Mar 2009 12:02:59 PDT

Many professionals have felt the shock of layoffs during these difficult times -- including those who kept their jobs. According to administrative staffing firm OfficeTeam, employees who survive corporate downsizings often must manage heavier workloads and stay motivated while worrying that their jobs could be eliminated next.

Online audit of Internet persona

Mon, 16 Mar 2009 13:31:10 PDT

Did another job slip away from you? Did you feel like you got fired before you got hired? Ever wonder why? There are so many dos and don’ts when it comes to jobsearch etiquette, yet many fail to mention painfully obvious and everyday things that could actually cost you a job.

Right Time, Right Type Training

Tue, 17 Mar 2009 10:17:36 PDT

Have you heard the term life-long learning a lot lately? It’s the catch phrase used in the career and education sectors to emphasize the need to stay up to date with the relevant knowledge and skills required in our fast paced knowledge based economy. Although I must agree with the underlying concept of staying ‘up-to-date’, it can all sound so overwhelming and disheartening. Life Loooooooong Learning – schooling for life, night courses forever – ugh!

Play to your Strengths

Fri, 24 Apr 2009 10:41:32 PDT

Let’s face it –there are high expectations in our society regarding our performance, professionalism, output and activities. It seems I’m supposed to be a high-output, multi-tasking entrepreneurial networker, who’s up-to-date on the latest advances in technology and trends in my sector, while also managing my many relationships and arriving at meetings on time. Whew!

Career Power: Get Ahead at Work

Thu, 21 May 2009 12:17:35 PDT

Here’s a practical list of my top 10 career strategies to employ if you want to advance your career this year.

Targeted Wage Subsidies for Job Seekers

Mon, 09 Nov 2009 13:59:53 PDT

Targeted Wage Subsidies is an employment program that helps individuals who are experiencing difficulty finding work, by providing temporary wage subsidies to assist employers to hire them. Normally, the subsidy will lead to permanent employment.

Recession-Proofing Your Career

Mon, 29 Jun 2009 09:25:28 PDT

Within the current economic climate, reports of job losses and personal bankruptcies affecting Canadians across the country remind us of the volatile and uncertain nature of work. Rapid increases in the unemployment rate can create a sense of worry, panic, dread, and anxiety – even among people whose industries feel fairly “recession proof” (e.g., healthcare, K-12 education, career management practitioners).

Selling Air: Marketing Your Entry-Level Career

Mon, 29 Jun 2009 09:22:53 PDT

If you could go back in time thirty years and tell someone people would actually be buying water in 2005 for prices higher than gasoline, you would probably be severely ridiculed. Go back fifteen years and tell someone that you would actually be able to purchase air in an oxygen bar and they would think you had been hitting the sauce. Water and oxygen are interesting products because they are readily available, free, and vital to life. There has been a demand created for them out of, well, thin air.

Do what you do best!

Fri, 25 Sep 2009 07:31:23 PDT

When I was a kid, I thought I knew exactly what I wanted to do with my life. I knew the things I enjoyed and I knew what I was good at. But somewhere along the way I lost that dream. Looking back, I realize that it was conditioned out of me. Well-meaning people who loved me and cared about me nudged me in more sensible directions and I conformed to their wishes.

Volunteering 101

Fri, 18 Dec 2009 13:49:59 PDT

Many people think of volunteering as ‘the thing you just do’ when you are passionate about something. And while this is true, volunteering can unlock some incredible opportunities for your career.

Looking for Work? Check Your Work Ethic!

Fri, 18 Dec 2009 13:58:14 PDT

Don't let poor work habits keep you from finding work. It's said that finding a job is a full time job, and your job search needs to be approached with the same good behavior. Exhibiting good work habits when seeking employment is just as important as it is when you have a job.

Topsy-Turvy Job Market - Temp it out for a change!

Tue, 26 Jan 2010 09:11:31 PDT

With an unmistakably topsy-turvy economy you may find yourself stumped in your job search. For many of you in this situation, this is a most frustrating dilemma. Temporary staffing is an excellent resource to utilize during times like this. While many companies might not be hiring for as many permanent positions at this time, taking on a temporary assignment might actually win you a job in a great company!

Be Strategic About Your Job Hunt

Tue, 26 Jan 2010 09:12:39 PDT

Wonder why you didn’t hear back from the hiring manager after submitting your resume? After discussing job search mistakes with some of my Recruitment team, we readily agreed that this is a ‘must know’ topic and worth reviewing again and again.

Job-Searching, Social-Networking Canadians

Thu, 25 Feb 2010 10:46:41 PDT

When online social networking became hugely popular in Canada a few years ago, people were looking to connect socially. Today, an ever-growing number of social networkers are looking for career connections.

Redundancy - what now? Part 1

Thu, 25 Feb 2010 10:47:52 PDT

The blow has been dealt. Ok. One day, you feel sorry for yourself, the next you're ready to take action. Who knows where this road will take you? A new challenge? Let's face it – it's been a while since you've felt this invigorated! So have faith in yourself and project confidence...

Blacklisting Liars, Losers, and Misfits

Tue, 23 Mar 2010 11:58:48 PDT

According to the Globe & Mail, employers and recruiters are assembling a “blacklist” of people considered unfit for hiring. Apparently, if you are a liar, a loser, or a misfit then the chances are good that your name will end up on such a list.

Redundancy - what now? Part 2

Tue, 23 Mar 2010 12:00:29 PDT

Voluntary redundancy - the options Voluntary redundancy can be viewed as a financially rewarding opportunity, but if you are considering it, take care. Voluntary redundancy may be offered when a company is looking to reduce its number of staff and instead of enforcing redundancies offer employees the chance to resign in exchange for a healthy redundancy settlement.

Should You Consider Mentoring?

Mon, 26 Apr 2010 09:56:18 PDT

Having a mentor is a fantastic way to enrich your career. Mentors can teach you skills, share knowledge, help you see opportunities and challenges that you might not have seen on your own, and provide advice and guidance through many situations. While mentoring can occur in many different forms, it traditionally refers to a one-on-one relationship between a more experienced person (a mentor) and a less experienced person (a protégé), which is intended to advance the personal and professional growth of the less experienced individual.

Tips on Handling Counter-Offers

Thu, 27 May 2010 07:22:43 PDT

So you've been through the palaver of job hunting, you've nailed a great role and you've successfully handed in your letter of resignation. Your boss definitely wasn't happy about it (mind you, how would you feel if he was?) but he seemed to accept it ok. Since then, you've been rubbing your colleagues' noses in it and planning the biggest leaving bash the company has ever seen. Then what?