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Aug 18th, 2018
If you are trying to find a job, you absolutely HAVE to network.  Your competition is doing it and it is the single most effective job search strategy.  The problem is that a lot of job seekers are uncomfortable with it because they feel awkward or phony.  If you aren't using your network in your job search, you are putting yourself at a disadvantage.  You can start small.  Here are a few steps that you can take in the next thirty days which will get you off to a strong start: Master your professional introduction.  Before you get out there to start meeting... + continue reading
Aug 14th, 2018
When you are looking for a job, it is important for you to be strategic.  You need to be focusing on positions where there are actually jobs available.  You can be the best puppeteer in the world, but if there are no jobs available, you are never going to get hired!  Do the research and then pick a job to target.  According to Randstad, here are the top 15 jobs in Canada for 2018: General Labourer:  This is usually physical work but tasks can include cleaning, lifting, or general handy work.  This work requires you to be physically fit and willing to take on any... + continue reading
Aug 13th, 2018
When you are first starting out in your career, you may find yourself working in customer service.  It's not an easy job and it may feel like it's not going anywhere but the skills that you are gaining might be more valuable than you realize.  Many people use customer service experience to launch themselves into fulfilling careers.  Here are some skills that you can acquire through your customer service position: Customer Service Skills.  In some ways, customer service skills is more of an attitude than a skill set.  It means that you are willing to put the customers... + continue reading
Aug 09th, 2018
The best way to persuade an employer to hire you is to show them what you can do.  If you are looking for a job in design, marketing, web design, videography, photography or any other creative profession, prospective employers may be expecting to see a professional portfolio.  Although this may feel intimidating, especially if you are just breaking into the field, it is actually an excellent opportunity for you to showcase your skills and stand out above your competition.  If you don't have a portfolio, now is the perfect time to get started.  Here are some tips that will... + continue reading
Aug 03rd, 2018
When filling leadership roles, most employers prefer to hire from within.  By promoting their own employees, the manager motivates the team and gets someone in the role who is familiar with the organizational culture.  Also, the manager trusts the employee and knows what to expect from their work.  However, even if there is an opportunity available, not every employee will be considered.  Here are a few tips that make you a strong candidate for promotion: Be aware of the priorities.  In every job, there are tasks that are extremely important and there are tasks that... + continue reading
Jul 19th, 2018
It is estimated that the average person changes careers more than five times in their life.  The decision to take a different path is a courageous one and it can lead you to a more fulfilling and meaningful career.  However, if you're switching careers, you'll need to make BIG changes to your resume and this can be a little overwhelming.  Here are a few tips that will help you modify your resume so that it supports the new direction that you plan to take:     Emphasize your education.  If your education is more closely related to your target job than your work... + continue reading
Jul 16th, 2018
According to the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, an estimated 1 in 4 Canadians has a degree of depression serious enough to need treatment at some time in his or her life.  Many people with depression find it difficult to maintain employment.  If you are suffering from depression, just getting to work and doing the basic functions of your job can take more energy than you have.  It is possible to work while you're depressed, but it helps to have strategies.  Here are some tips that will help:     Be selective about the job that you accept.  ... + continue reading