Career Tips

Big Expectations for Today’s Executives

Globe and Mail article, Hit the ground running, by Wallace Immen relays the reality of expectations for immediate and measurable success from today’s executives. Stephen Smith, regional vice-president for Canada of Servisair Inc. said, “There was a huge agenda of things I was expected to do immediately”.  In the first week he had to make personnel changes […]

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Lot’s of HEART

Heart Business Journal For Women, is just that, lot’s of HEART within a very professional magazine.  Inspiring and thought provoking from cover to cover.  Valuable information and positive advice on everything from Human Resources: “Recognizing and Building Talent” to Personal Development: “Transform Your Life and Work”. AmyK Hutchens, Founder and CEO of AKI, Inc., shares her expertise on, “Building a Brilliant

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Cultural Diversity and a Name

The Government of Canada,  Cultural Diversity: A Canadian Perspective, reports, “Approximately 200,000 immigrants a year from all parts of the globe choose Canada, drawn by it’s quality of life and it’s reputation as an open, peaceful and caring society that welcomes newcomers and values diversity”. Statistics Canada reports, “By 2017, visible minorities are expected to

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A Branding Success, Personal and Corporate

Recently I received an email from Lynn Marie Caissie, through an organization called HAPPEN, regarding an experience she had on a flight with WestJet.  Much has been written about creating your personal brand and even more about corporate branding; the objective, to develop a “unique and influential” persona or company.  WestJet is truly a branding success story, not just because this

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Public/Private Companies, Their Executives and Board of Directors

Blogging on a daily basis involves a great deal of researching, which inevitably results in more time spent reading or listening than writing.  The information available online is infinite!  If you have an insatiable desire for news, data, facts, general knowledge or simply the pleasure of enjoying an amusing anecdote, professional blogging is a dream job!  What makes it even more fulfilling

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Your Online Profile – Will it get you hired or fired?

CareerBuilder has a great article by Selena Dehne on the impact your social networking profile could have on getting hired or fired.  She suggests that many people have no idea, or maintain an, “it won’t happen to me” attitude when it comes to posting derogatory statements or lewd photos that may cost them the job of their dreams.  Also

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Is A Professional Resume Writer Worth It?

Is a professional resume writer worth it was the question Jason Alba answered without any doubts by sharing his personal experience on Jibberjobber, My Number One Resume Problem. He says, “I forfeited thousands of dollars of income.  Just a few hundred dollars, invested in a resume writer, could have changed that.” Retaining the services of a Certified Professional Resume

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What is Career Coaching?

Career Coaching is a methodology available to help people achieve job and career satisfaction.  If compared to career counseling, coaching is more results oriented, less structured and more guided by the clients’ agenda.  While similar to consulting, which focuses on solving problems through providing the right answers, coaching focuses on asking the right questions.  Unlike therapy, which deals

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Investing in Soft Skills

How much time and money have you invested in your soft skills? Developing soft skills and hard skills are equally important in moving forward in your career. Despite this fact, you’ve likely invested a great deal more in your hard skills. Investing in hard skills, such as a university degree, is an important element in your career.  Your hard skills will be impressive on your resume

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Your Job Interview – Will you receive an offer?

The job interview is over and you would love to know how you did.  You may already have a good idea that you will receive an offer, or not.  If you really are not sure the following questions may provide you with a little better insight. Did the interviewer provide you with a specific date or timeline for when a decision will be made? Were

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Beware of Distractions

Recently I had a discussion with a colleague about a blog I had written, Job Interviews and Tattoos and was surprised that the feedback I received was their belief that most potential employers have a negative perception when it comes to tattoos and body piercings.  It is highly likely that many of these people are also sporting tattoos and possibly body

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Personal and Professional – Women in Business

HEART Business Journal for Women has just launched their premier edition which offers tools to guide you in your personal relationships and professional career. Their “men allowed” philosophy is further to their research and a survey of men, which resulted in the majority stating that this magazine would act as a resource to help them better connect with the females in

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Bizarre Behaviour in a Job Interview!

In a recent survey, OfficeTeam asked executives to recount the most embarrassing job interview moments they had heard of or witnessed.  Yes, in a job interview, the time you really want to put your best foot forward.  The opportunity you are given to present an exemplary first impression! The following are just a few of the responses: “The candidate

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