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The Heart of Resilience: A Blessing, Key Questions and Core Beliefs – Part 1 of 4

By Denise Bissonnette As often happens in my work, the inspiration to create new material, whether for a workshop, a curriculum, or even an issue of this newsletter, arrives in subtle and sometimes surprising ways. Last year I had the opportunity to develop a four-part webinar entitled The Resilience Series which has just been made available for on-demand viewing.  What I would like to share with ... Read More »

Expanding Employer Engagement in Career Development

By Phil Jarvis, Director of Inspire Partnerships, Career Cruising A minority of all career professionals are engaged in K-12 career development. Nonetheless, we all deal with clients who are products of public education. With 12 years under their belts one might expect high school leavers to have a sense of purpose, direction and confidence as they embark on adult life. Regrettably, the majority d... Read More »

Managing Your Career While Going Through Cancer Treatment

Listen to this episode of CareerBuzz at Cancer strikes without prejudice – but people from all walks of life and within all levels of the cancer community can be united in a common goal of coping with this life-altering event. People living with cancer can and do play a significant and powerful role in their own journey. Kim Adlard has first hand experience witnessing how involvem... Read More »

Accessibility in the Job Search Phase

You are working with one of your clients who has a disability and, through your connections, learn of an upcoming position that matches his interests and skills. He is very much interested in the job, but you are told that he must apply online – a significant challenge given his visual impairment. The Employment Accessibility Standard of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act ... Read More »

Learning to Live with Risk: A Career Strategy

  by Lesley Taylor “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.” ~JK Rowling, Harvard Commencement Address We can either choose to live a safe life or to push ourselves to take risks when opportunities present themselves. When I hear the words, “risk taking” I think of p... Read More »

Don’t Make Any Assumptions: Inside U of T Mississauga’s Career Centre

Listen to this episode of CareerBuzz at “Don’t make any assumptions,” said self-confessed career geek, Felicity Morgan, “about what you think about any career area.” Felicity is director of the career center at the University of Toronto at Mississauga. The UTM career centre serves over 13,000 students, with 15 staff. When we make assumptions we risk “not see your own biases and no... Read More »

Key Competencies that Matter: A Mixed-Method Research Approach

By Vedran Tintor What key competencies will help an individual land a job? Which qualities matter the most? What do employers really look for in a candidate? These, and many other questions, prompted researchers from Humber Research Analyst Postgraduate Program to explore what key competencies matter most, using a growing job occupation: market research analysts.   This study explored the per... Read More »

6 Easy Steps to Optimize your LinkedIn Profile: Tell your Story and Own your Brand

Listen to this episode of CareerBuzz at “LinkedIn is the site where we’re investing time, not wasting time,” Leslie Hughes, LinkedIn optimization specialist and owner of PunchMedia, told Career Buzz listeners. “Linkedin is not the sexy social media site, it’s not the one everyone goes to gleefully every morning,” said Leslie, but it is the business network,... Read More »

Wading into the workplace: Employers’ tips for recent graduates or inexperienced workers

By Jay Gosselin As throngs of recent university and college grads begin to wade into the mysterious waters of today’s job market and countless high school students search for summer jobs, I wanted to share some tips you can pass on to your clients – tips that come from employers themselves. Working as a co-op program coordinator for one of the largest universities in Ontario over the past two and ... Read More »

Is Mandatory Co-Op the Future for Ontario?

I read an article recently which stated that all Ontario students, enrolled in secondary and post-secondary institutions, might soon face mandatory co-op placements prior to graduation. The idea arose as a recommendation from a “highly skilled workforce expert panel,” convened in December 2015 to develop an integrated strategy to better link the education system with the future job needs of Ontari... Read More »

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