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Oct 18th, 2018
As an employee, you never expect to get sick or injured while you are at work.  Unfortunately, it happens every day.  Employers are responsible for keeping their employees safe and they can face stiff penalties if they don't fulfill their obligations.  However, it is important that you always take responsibility for your own safety.  A good place to start is to be aware of your rights and responsibilities as a worker: In Ontario, under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, workers have three rights: 1.  The right to participate in the health and safety process.... + continue reading
Oct 14th, 2018
Often when you are on your way to an interview, you are so focused on trying to impress the employer that you don't consider your rights as an applicant.  That is, until the employer asks you a question that doesn't feel quite right.  What is the best approach in that situation?  How do you know if an employer is allowed to ask a specific question?  It's tricky, because some questions that would seem to be illegal are allowed in certain circumstances.  While this is not an exhaustive list, here are some examples of questions that employers should not be asking you at... + continue reading
Oct 09th, 2018
How do you handle it when an interviewer asks you about your weaknesses?  Do you break into a cold sweat?  Do you start chattering about how you are a hard worker and you do everything perfectly and that is your weakness?  There is a better way to answer that question without giving the employer a reason not to hire you.    Genuinely answer the question.  Consider this question from the employer's point of view.  They know that you are not going to give them a reason not to hire you.  So why would they ask you this question?  Likely, the employer... + continue reading
Oct 04th, 2018
Have you ever considered becoming an entrepreneur?  According to Randstad Canada, "if you add up all the contingent workers, freelancers, independent contractors and consultants, you are talking about 20 to 30 per cent of the Canadian workforce being "non-traditional workers" already. That percentage is only going higher. Eighty-five per cent of the companies surveyed by Randstad figure that they will increasingly move to an "agile workforce" over the next few years".1 This phenomenon is often referred to as the "Gig Economy", which moves away from permanent, full time work and towards... + continue reading
Sep 27th, 2018
Job interviews can be emotional roller coasters.  You feel so proud and excited to have been chosen from the (likely hundreds) of applications to be interviewed.  You spend days preparing so that you'll be able to perform well.  However as the interview progresses, you get the distinct impression that the interviewer is less than impressed.  Perhaps your mind went blank or you are struggling to answer the questions.  Or maybe just by reading the interviewer's body language, you can tell that they aren't buying what you are selling.  Whatever the reason for your... + continue reading
Sep 11th, 2018
Job interviews are stressful.  You have to navigate tough questions and figure out how to position your skills and experience in a way that is attractive to employers.  Many candidates freeze up and are not able to effectively communicate what they can do.  Confidence is key.  If it's apparent that you know that you can do the job well, you will be a much more attractive candidate.  If you're nervous, the good news is that you can fake it!  Here are a few strategies that will help you project confidence: Manage your body language.  As human beings, we... + continue reading
Aug 23rd, 2018
When you are looking for a job, it is important that you find the right fit.  You don't want to just leap at the first opportunity that comes your way.  It is better to find an organization that matches your values.  The problem is that from the outside, it can be difficult to assess the organizational culture.  The employer will want to make a good impression, so they may give you an idealized perception of what it's like to work there.  Here are a few tips that will help you get an accurate picture of the organizational culture: Ask employees.  Current and... + continue reading