Career Tips

Professional References

You have presented an impressive cover letter, an enticing and professionally written resume and you are contacted for the job interview.  Once there, you are nothing less than brilliant during your interview in front of a panel of three!  So why was that the last time you heard from them?  One of the most common reasons a highly qualified job applicant is eliminated as a […]

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Working While On Vacation….

….Planning vacations while working!  According to a new online survey of visitors to, only 43% of 1439 Canadians said they “do not work at all” during vacation. “Many Canadians seem to be missing the point when it comes to taking holidays”, said Monster Canada vice-president of sales and general manager Peter Gilfillan, noting that

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Social vs. Professional Online Networking Sites

LinkedIn, Naymz, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, VisualCV and the list goes on and on and on.  Studies, reports, polls and surveys on the subject of social vs. professional online networking sites are as prolific as those on work-life balance or the skills and talent shortage!  In a recent Globe and Mail poll, 84% of over 5000 respondents said they would not

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Famous Quotes – Career, Success and Choices

“I’ve been in the twilight of my career longer than most people have had a career.” — Martina Navratilova “Don’t drive people working under you; inspire them.” – J. Donald Walters “The decisions you make about your work life are especially important, since most people spend more of their waking lives working than doing anything else.

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Future Trends in the Workplace

Emerging Technology, globalization and demographic changes continue to have a significant impact on our workplace. In a recent article in the Baltimore Sun, John A. Challenger, chief executive of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, a Chicago outplacement firm identifies some workplace trends of the future that could transform office culture.  He begins by saying, “Teleconferencing could end business travel.”  Audio, video and Web

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Little Evidence of 2000 Bell Canada Managers Online

According to a Financial Post article, BCE insiders say more than 2,000 people out of approximately 15,000 managers will lose their jobs during a “100-day plan” unveiled by new chief executive George Cope, to change the public image of BCE’s main unit, Bell Canada. Despite this announcement, I am surprised to see, or I should say,

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Work and Family

Managing the work-family conflict by Judith Maxwell, and published in the Globe and Mail adds to the thousands of blogs and articles verifying the ever increasing acknowledgement of the importance of a healthy balance between work and family.  And I continue to follow up further to previous blogs, “Employee’s looking for work life balance” and “Bummed out at work?” Barack

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Retirement or Career Transition?

Most of our grandparents and parents reached the age of “retirement” and did just that, they retired.  But today the trend is changing and it is becoming more and more common for those reaching retirement to continue working, negotiate alternative working arrangements or embark on entirely new careers. An increased life expectancy is only one of many factors contibuting to this trend.  Although

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Privacy and Your Online Presence

Recently I posted, Social Networking Sites and Your Job Search. Basically, I wanted to caution job searchers about being somewhat discrete with the personal information they choose to share online since it could have a negative impact on their job search. Today, I’d like to talk about the information that you had better be willing to share or you will be wasting

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Women in IT Careers

A recent ariticle, Why women quit technology careers, by Kathleen Melymuka relays some startling research from this month’s Harvard Business Review.  Women, between the ages of 25 and 30 are excelling in the science, engineering and technology fields making up 41% of the young talent with related credentials.  Unfortunately, 52% of this talent drops out, most significantly

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Inspiring Quotes

Are you inspired or motivated by quotes?  Recently, I purchased a coffee from Starbucks and enjoyed quote #283 printed on the cup just as much as I enjoyed the coffee.  It read, “The most important thing in life is to stop saying “I wish” and start saying “I will”.  Consider nothing impossible, then treat possibilities as probabilities.” –David

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