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Call for Bloggers

Attention Canadian career professionals! The ContactPoint Blog is looking for regular contributors who are interested in writing about the practice of career development for their peers in the sector. If you like writing and think you have a unique perspective or expertise to share, this might be an opportunity for you. What’s in it for me, I hear you say? Establish an online presence and vi... Read More »

Career Buzz Podcast: What’s it like to live and work in Turkey?

“If you are working you should get paid,” Gokce Ucar told Career Buzz listeners (July 29, 2015) when I interviewed her in the Izmir airport on a recent trip to Turkey. When she graduated university, Gokce, like many Turkish new entrants to the job market, she reluctantly did an unpaid internship to get a toehold into the job market. The internship led to paid work after six months. Bas... Read More »

Looking for Work? Your Health is Your Most Important Asset: 10 Ways to Stay Healthy After Losing Your Job

  By Lesley Taylor, M.Ed. Have you recently lost your job, or helping out a client who has? Losing a job, even a job that you hate, involves change and this can cause stress. Some stress is good, but when stress threatens to overwhelm us, we need to ensure that we are healthy so we can be ready when new opportunities present themselves. What are the signs of stress? Headaches Muscle tension H... Read More »

Career Buzz Podcast: From traumatic childhood to business and philanthropic success

“Skateboarding and some great teachers changed my whole life,” Jay Mandarino, CEO of CJ Group of Companies, told Career Buzz listeners (June 17, 2015). As a child Jay had many problems and almost didn’t make it. But skateboarding “helped me learn self-confidence and to believe myself.” Confined to bed after an injury in his early 20s Jay started selling printing jobs.... Read More »

Don’t just look for a job, conduct a job search!

  What’s the difference between looking for a job and conducting a job search? On the surface, it doesn’t appear to be much since the end goal is the same. There are, however, major differences between the two. Both psychological and tactical advantages can be obtained when you tell people you’re conducting a job search. The key to any successful job search is all about thinking strategically... Read More »

Reimagining High School Career Education

With another school year behind us, I’ve been thinking once again about how the services provided to students could be improved in future school years. Not surprisingly, one of the first areas that comes to mind is the delivery of career education. Currently, there is a course offered to Grade 10 students in Ontario about career planning, but I’ve heard from many sources that it isn’t the most eng... Read More »

10 Ways to Shift into a Narrative Mindset and Language – and avoid saying ‘Labour Market Information’ Part One

  By Mark Franklin After training more than 350 helping professionals in our narrative framework and method of practice I’ve noticed that while most trainees pick it up and run with it, others aren’t as quick to embrace new ideas, methods and language. I really appreciate the adventurous career professionals who learn a new skill then bear with it through the awkwardness of early use until th... Read More »

Employment adventures for unemployed Canadian youth

Benjamin Guth loves making a difference so when the rules for Canada’s temporary foreign worker program changed, Benjamin started to put unemployed Canadian youth to work. He told Career Buzz listeners (May 27, 2015), “I get to send them on adventures. It’s probably the most fun I’ve ever had in my life.” How the clues apply to you: That podcast also f... Read More »

Career Services Readiness Assessment: Are you prepared for the talent revolution?

  By Lisa Taylor The Conference Board of Canada has dubbed 2010-2020 the “Talent Decade,” elevating the work of career professionals as leaders. Shifting demographics and other dynamics are challenging traditional approaches to career planning, engagement and program delivery. In this Talent Revolution, career services are more critical than ever. Are you prepared? Which of the statements bel... Read More »

Beware the Job Search Zombie

  By Dan Walmsely Your client sits across from you and you don’t know why exactly but you wish they had gone to another employment counsellor. You have a feeling of frustration, as though this client is not someone you can help. It makes you doubt your abilities as a counsellor, saps you of your drive and positivity. When you ask them what kind of work they want to do, they answer, “any... Read More »

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