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Mar 21st, 2017
Is somebody at work making you miserable?  Do they tell insulting jokes, show you offensive pictures, embarass you over phone or email, verbally abuse you, or make unwanted sexual advances or comments?  Harassment can come from your coworker, client or even your supervisor.  Being harassed at work is a terrible experience because it can be impossible to avoid the person.  You begin to feel powerless.  The truth is that you have the right to feel safe at work and the person who is harassing you is violating that right.  Here are some things that you can do to make... + continue reading
Mar 17th, 2017
Recently there has been a lot of buzz about mindfulness.  It has been lauded as a way to improve your health, increase your focus and make your relationships better, but can it help you in the job search process?  The answer is a resounding yes.  Mindfulness is a type of meditation that allows you to gain more control over your thoughts, emotions and behaviour.  It helps you understand the value of slowing down and it teaches you how to do it.  Here are some ways that mindfulness can have practical benefits on your job search: Identify your values. ... + continue reading
Mar 12th, 2017
You've managed to capture the attention of an employer and you've been invited to an interview.  You've practiced and you are ready to impress.  It's time to pack your briefcase and now you are beginning to wonder what to put in in it.  Here are a few ideas: Copies of your resume.  The interviewer will only be able to give you proper consideration if they are looking at your resume.  If, for whatever reason, they don't have a copy of your resume, it is in your best interest to give them one.  Also, it makes you look professional and organized.  Questions... + continue reading
Mar 06th, 2017
You spend so much time and energy trying to get the attention of employers but it is important to remember that it's only half of the equation.  You also need to ask yourself if you would actually enjoy working at this company.  Here are some points to consider when trying to determine if a job is your perfect match. Your lifestyle.  How would this job impact the rest of your life?  Is the compensation sufficient to support your current lifestyle?  Does the employer offer health and dental benefirs?  What are the hours of the job?  Would you be expected to... + continue reading
Feb 23rd, 2017
Millennials who are trying to break into the job market are facing more barriers than any generation before them.  It's not as easy to get that first career job as it used to be.  If you are tired of being unemployed and you are ready to work hard, here's what you need to do: Recognize that it's a competitive job market.  For the first little while you are going to put in a lot of effort and you are going to send a lot of applications and you won't receive any response.  When you do start getting interviews, you will perform perfectly, you'll get lots of positive feedback... + continue reading
Feb 21st, 2017
It is extremely difficult to get anything done at work without the help of your coworkers.  Their advice and support as you struggle to complete a task can make the difference between meeting a performance goal or falling flat.  It is absolutely essential that you take the time to recognize their contribution.  If you say thank you, they will be more likely to assist you in the future: Just say thank you.    Often a smile and a simple 'thank you' is all you need.  Your sincere appreciation acknowledges their effort and shows them that you value their time.... + continue reading
Feb 16th, 2017
Each of the steps of the job search process is stressful, but the reference check is particularly nerve-racking because the job seeker has absolutely no control over it.  The potential employer has a conversation about you with your previous employer who (hopefully) says all sorts of nice things about you.  But what if they don't?  What do you do if your previous employer is giving you a bad reference which is negatively impacting your ability to get a job?  If you have lost more than one potential job at the reference-checking stage, then it's a good sign that you need to... + continue reading