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Apr 22nd, 2018
Going to a job interview can be terrifying.  Your nervous energy can make it difficult to complete the most simple of tasks, such as hanging up your jacket or shaking the interviewer's hand.  You have likely been preparing for this interview for a few days, but what you do in the last few minutes can make ALL the difference.  Here are some tips to help you use the 30 minutes before the interview to put you in a head space where you can WOW the employer: Try to centre yourself.  If you are in a relaxed state of mind at your interview, you will be more focused when you are... + continue reading
Apr 17th, 2018
Job interviews can be extremely stressful.  You do your best to prepare and then you spend an hour or so trying to convince them that you are the person that they want to hire.  The reality is that as much as you are playing a game, the employer is playing one too.  There are lots of things happening beneath the surface that can have a huge impact on whether or not you get the job.  Here are a few secrets that the employer is definitely not telling you:     They judge you on your appearance.  Generally, the employer has formed an impression of you before... + continue reading
Apr 15th, 2018
What is your career goal?  Where do you see yourself in five years?  If you don't have a clear answer, these questions can easily send you into a cold sweat.  There are so many options available but none of them feel exactly right.  What happens if you choose a career and it ends up being a mistake?  The good news is that you can always change your career goal if needed but you will achieve more if you are working from a plan.  Here are a few tips to help you get started in the career planning process: Look at the labour market.  Even if you are perfectly... + continue reading
Apr 12th, 2018
Do you hate your job?  Do you spend a lot of your working hours just looking at the clock and waiting for it to be over?  It doesn't have to be like this!  At some point in their lives, most people find themselves stuck in a job that they don't enjoy but you don't have to stay stuck.  The reality is that your situation is unlikely to change unless you change it.  Here are some tips to help you get "un-stuck". Acknowledge your feelings.  Many people walk around for months or even years feeling unsatisfied in their career.  Often they don't address those... + continue reading
Apr 08th, 2018
Congratulations!  You have successfully passed through the interview stage and you've been offered a job!  Take a moment to celebrate; this is a significant accomplishment.  However, your work is not done yet.  Part of your job offer will include your salary and that's the tricky part.  It is important that you at least consider negotiating your salary.  If you don't, there is a good chance that will not be paid what your skills are worth.  Since employers will expect you to negotiate your salary, your first offer is often at the bottom of the range approved... + continue reading
Apr 06th, 2018
After months of submitting applications and attending interviews, you have finally been offered a job.  You were so excited to get to this point but now you have to make a decision.  Do you accept the job or do you let it pass? If you already have a job, this can be a difficult decision.  Here are some factors to consider:   How will this job impact your finances?  Even if this employer is offering you a slightly higher salary, you may actually end up bringing home less money.  How will this new job impact your health and dental benefits?  If you accept... + continue reading
Mar 30th, 2018
How do you feel about shaking hands?  Does it make you uncomfortable?  Are you afraid that you might have a bad handshake?  In today's business environment, a professional handshake is essential.  The good news is that it's an easy skill to master.  Here are a few tips: Make sure you are handshake ready.  If you are attending a networking event, you can be reasonably sure that you're going to be shaking a few hands.  Depending on the situation, this can require a bit of preparation.  If you wash your hands, make sure that you dry them thoroughly.... + continue reading