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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5 Steps to Implement Your Networking Strategy

You have developed your networking strategy and identified people with whom you would like to network (See my Blog 4 Steps to Developing Your Networking Strategy) and now you need to implement it. As is the case in business, strategy development is much easier than its implementation. The latter requires skills that most people do…

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4 Steps to Developing Your Networking Strategy

    Networking is an integral, and arguably the most important, element of a job search. Eighty percent of the jobs that get filled are never advertised, posted on the internet or otherwise made known to the general public.  Effective networking by others is one of the reasons that your on-line job application disappears into…

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6 Critical Points of Contact for Recent Grads

You have spent a lot of time developing your resume (see my blog 5 Elements of a Compelling Resume for Recent Grads). You now need to ensure that everyone of your “touch points” – places where you connect with people where they will find you – reflects the image and feel you have created with…

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