Responding to “What are Your Weaknesses”? for Recent Grads

This is probably one of the most frequently asked questions in interviews and is critical. It provides an opportunity to demonstrate self-knowledge, honesty, commitment to self-improvement and perhaps a little self-deprecating humour.  There is a strong likelihood that you will be asked this question and therefore you can prepare for it and perhaps a follow…

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Responding to “What Are Your Strengths?” for Recent Grads

“What are your strengths?” is a question often asked in interviews. Many candidates do not answer this question well. You should anticipate and prepare for this question as it is an opportunity for you to highlight your capabilities and differentiate yourself. Interviewers ask this question to determine whether you have the skills and knowledge to…

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Body Language in Interviews

Research tells us that people form an impression of someone within 30 seconds.  Body language is the unspoken element of communication that we use to reveal our true feelings and emotions. Our gestures, facial expressions and posture, for instance. In the late 60s, a psychologist conducted several experiments to find out just how important gestures…

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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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