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Awake at the wheel: Combatting burnout and strengthening resilience

  By Denise Bissonnette As career coaches, employment counsellors and job developers, I can’t think of a timelier topic than that of Resilience and Staying the Course which I will be exploring through a four-part webinar series this spring. In my training this last year to employment professionals, in various locations throughout the US and Canada, I have been astounded at the number of peopl... Read More »

Helping Introverts Ace the Job Interview

  By Lesley Taylor “A high school student of mine who was an excellent candidate for a demanding summer position at a hospital is an introvert and does not always appear enthusiastic when she meets someone new. Once you get to know her she is warm and an excellent conversationalist.” Victoria Unfortunately this young woman did not get the job. I heard a similar story this weekend about anothe... Read More »

Stop blaming yourself. Find an employer who invests in its workforce

Hear the Podcast: Tom Zizys on fixing our dysfunctional employment market and why you should stop blaming yourself “Canadians have answered the call,” economist Tom Zizys told Career Buzz listeners (Feb. 11, 2015). “We have a large proportion of people with college and university degrees,” said Zizys, a Metcalf Foundation Fellow, but they’re “working in entry le... Read More »

Researching a Company, to Determine “Fit”

  Career development literature is full of information about how employers decide which candidates they will interview, and how job seekers should best present themselves to become one of those candidates. Job seekers are told to set themselves apart from their competition, and are made acutely aware that employers are scrutinizing their every action and communication during the application a... Read More »

If You’re Concerned About A Shortage of Skilled Workers – Start by Recognizing the Potential of Introverts

  By Lesley Taylor According to a new report from The Conference Board of Canada the continuing shortage of skilled workers is negatively impacting our economy to the tune of billions of dollars every year. There are a number of reasons for this shortage. The first concern cited in the report is the large number of workers who do not have the necessary skills to fill the jobs that are current... Read More »

Avoid being the career frog boiling in the water

“My inner voice was speaking loudly saying, ‘you don’t want to do this for the rest of your life,’” Kate Hilton told Career Buzz listeners (Jan. 7, 2015). She realized leaving her law career “would become more and more difficult. I didn’t want to be the frog boiling in the water.” Kate’s working identity was becoming more ingrained, so she quit... Read More »

How side projects became Mike’s next career

“On the road there’s a lot of off time,” former touring-musician, Mike Kirsh, told Career Buzz listeners (Dec. 31, 2014), and that’s when his side projects began to fill the gap. After shooting video during the day, Mike, the bass player, said, “I picked up the camera and just started editing on the bus. I’d create whatever I wanted like a fun little tour blog.”... Read More »

How can a six-month-old baby be the best career counsellor ever?

Naguib Gouda had been working in financial services while at the same time volunteering for non-profits on the side. But, as he told Career Buzz listeners (Dec. 10, 2014), “what I was doing was not enough.” Then, 12 years ago when his daughter was six months old, Naguib said, “she gave me courage to make that career change” into meaningful work in the non-profit sector. How... Read More »

The Career Buzz Podcast: Craig Dowden on fixing disrespectful workplaces

The Career Buzz Podcast: Craig Dowden on fixing disrespectful workplaces What happens in a respectful workplace? “People feel understood, they are comfortable expressing who they are, and they respect each other’s boundaries,” Craig Dowden, PhD, told Career Buzz listeners on Nov. 26, 2014. Craig was the MC of this year’s Your Workplace conference and as a leadership and org... Read More »

Helping Introverted Clients to be their Best

  I finally got around to reading the very popular book “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking,” by Susan Cain, and found it to be an excellent read. In it, Cain details the many skills and strengths introverts contribute to the world, and puts forth the idea that introverts should be celebrated for these traits, rather than encouraged to change to better fit in wi... Read More »

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