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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 »

Importance Of Toys and Play In Learning and 3 Immigrants Share Their Secrets Of Success In Canada – CareerBuzz Podcast

Listen to this episode of CareerBuzz at Ever wonder what it’s like to immigrate to Canada? In this episode of CareerBuzz Mark interviews 3 immigrants from the Toronto Region Immigration Employment Counsel (TRIEC) about the strategies they used to find success and ways immigrants can make new connections, integrate into the Canadian workforce and learn to love their new home. Also ... Read More »

Successful Job Placement and Retention Through Workplace Accommodation Identification

My previous post provided an overview of the types of task challenges faced by people with disabilities, and the need to understand these challenges in order to determine the appropriate accommodations.  This post explores accommodation options for various types of barriers to work performance, as well as how to request them.  For the purpose of this article, accommodations refer to strategies, ad... Read More »

Starting Over at 35 – Inspiring Story of Career Change

Listen to this episode of CareerBuzz on On the surface Melissa Hughes had it all. In her words “On the outside, my life at 35 looked great  —  a promising career, a doting partner, an elegant home, things, vacations, a big engagement ring, money in the bank… There was just one problem: I wasn’t happy.” After a series of career error corrections Melissa sums up her care... Read More »


“What makes most speakers memorable is their ability to tell stories,” Wali Shah told Career Buzz listeners (March, 16, 2016). “One of the things I feel I am able to do well is tell stories.” One of Canada’s Top 20 Under 20, Wali Shah is a South Asian speaker, poet, and advocate for Bullying Prevention and Mental Wellness through Bell Let’s Talk. Listen to the p... Read More »

Lessons from the Road: Soft Skills Yield Smashing Results

Soft Skills Yield Smashing Results This is the second part of a three-part blog series on youth career development by Clinton Nellist from Road to Employment, a project developed by two post-secondary graduates who travelled across Canada exploring youth unemployment and underemployment. For more about their project visit The year after I graduated from university I worked at ... Read More »

Managing Personal Energy Can Make or Break a Career – Some Tips to Help Young Introverts Succeed

By Lesley Taylor Have you heard about the extrovert ideal? The extrovert ideal is the belief that the ideal self is gregarious, alpha and comfortable in the spotlight. The term, which has become part of our vernacular was originally coined by Susan Cain in her book Quiet and has implications for career development practitioners who work with younger people. There are a lot of positive sides to the... Read More »

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