Summer is Over – It’s Time to Get to Work

You graduated from university or college this spring.  You and your family attended your convocation and had a wonderful time celebrating your success.  You may have applied for a few jobs but were not successful in landing one.  So, you took the summer off and perhaps did some travelling, spent some time at the cottage…

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Passion is a Problem for Recent Grads – and What to do About it

Conventional career advice frequently given to recent grads is “Follow your passion”. Unfortunately, this is very bad, and wrong, advice. Developmental psychology says that we do not really have a clear understanding of ourselves until we are in our thirties. How can you expect to figure out your passion when you are not yet who…

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CONSIDERING A GIFT FOR A RECENT GRAD?

If you have a son, daughter, grandson, granddaughter, niece or nephew graduating from university this year they will be entering a very challenging job market. In 2018 there will be approximately 300,000 graduates from 195 Canadian universities – up from 100,000 from 65 universities in 1985. The world has changed. Research by the Parliament Budget…

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Networking Your Way Back

You have taken some time from your career to focus on other priorities – perhaps your family – and you are now ready to return to return to work. You have thought about doing something entrepreneurial however, have decided it is not for you and that you want to return to a full-time role in…

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The Downside to an International Education

Many students are drawn to attend universities outside of their home country, at both the undergraduate and post-graduate levels. While the school may have a great reputation internationally and be highly ranked, there is a downside and that is the absence of an alumni network in the geographic area where they want to work after…

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Canadian Universities Are Not Serving Their Clients Well

A 2015 study by the Treasury Office of the Treasury Board indicated that 56% of university grads under the age of 25 are underemployed – working in jobs that do not require a university degree. You may have a recent grad living in your basement.  You have made a significant investment in your child’s education.…

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Interviewing the Interviewer

The questions candidates ask interviewers are important and the vast majority of interviewees fail to ask good ones. Asking good questions will set you apart from most other candidates and differentiating yourself from the competition is critical.  Questions provide insights into the state of mind and thought processes of candidates and are an integral part…

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6 Reasons Why Launching Your Career is a Sales Process

Many people think that they need to “sell themselves” in a job interview when the entire process should be viewed and executed as a sales process. Here are the reasons why. The Competition is Intense   Everyone who is making a buying decision has a significant number of choices – there are hundreds of pairs…

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Recent graduates

Passion is a Problem for Recent Grads – and What to do About it

Conventional career advice frequently given to recent graduates is “Follow your passion”. Unfortunately, this is very bad, and wrong, advice. Developmental psychology says that we do not really have a clear understanding of ourselves until we are in our thirties. How can you expect to figure out your passion when you are not yet who…

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6 Steps to Productive Informational Meetings

Informational meetings are an integral, and arguably the most important, step in the process to launch your career. Unfortunately, most people do not manage these meetings well enough to capture full value from them. The primary purpose of an informational meeting is to get referrals to other contacts in the network of the individual with…

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11 Tips for Effective Networking at Events

Although the following tips are written for any events occurring during the year, they are certainly applicable to the myriad occasions throughout the Holiday Season. Events, whether they be social or professional can be great networking venues.  Here are some tips for capturing full value from them. 1.Set Goals Establish goals for your networking at…

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