Reinventing yourself – Is it time for a career makeover?

Careers are like sharks, especially at the upper levels. They need forward momentum to stay alive, especially in today's constantly shifting workplace

Reinventing yourself – Is it time for a career makeover?Reinvention means different things to different people. Take Bill, for example. In his sixties, Bill started his first job before the invention of the personal computer, cell phones or even fax machines. All work was done with pencils, ledger pads, typewriters, land lines and messenger services. OK, he never touched an Abacus, but it all…

Dealing with “ambiguity” in the workplace

You may have come across the phrase 'must be comfortable with ambiguity' in a job description and thought to yourself, 'Isn't that a bad thing?

Dealing with “ambiguity” in the workplaceYou may have come across the phrase 'must be comfortable with ambiguity' in a job description and thought to yourself, 'Isn't that a bad thing? How can a company acknowledge ambiguity exists within their system without taking steps to correct the situation?' Ambiguity, which often is defined as 'vagueness,' can also mean directions that can…

Taking your first steps up the management ladder

Leaders who advance to a new echelon often underestimate the challenges they are about to confront

Taking your first steps up the management ladderIn the U.S. military, they call them 'Mustangs' – personnel who have advanced from the enlisted ranks to positions of leadership. Some of them have gone all the way to the top, winning general's stars and recognition as history's finest leaders. The same thing can happen in the business world. Outstanding men and women, rewarded…

What to do when the boss is the problem

Sometimes the only way to deal with a truly difficult boss is to change jobs

What to do when the boss is the problemSome bosses are gems and others ... not so much. While every person's personality can, on occasion, clash with another's, some supervisors seem to make a habit of making life miserable for the rest of us. But what can you do when the person in control of a large portion of your life (and your…

ADHD can stall your career

Millions of people are walking around unaware they suffer attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or how it affects their live and careers

ADHD can stall your careerMillions of people are walking around with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD, and are not aware of it. You could be one of them. ADHD has been called a learning disability but, actually, it's a learning disorder. There's a big difference. A learning disability makes it difficult to understand whatever is being taught. ADHD,…

Contrarian approach to job hunting pays off

The herd mentality myth holds that, since many people are working together to accomplish a goal, they must be right. They often aren't

Contrarian approach to job hunting pays offThe myth of the herd mentality goes this way: Since many people are responding or working together to accomplish a goal, it must be the best course of action. But studies at the UK's University of Leeds found this not to be the case. Researchers discovered that it takes a minority of just five per cent…

How to build a strong self-image

Your self-image plays a major part in how you live your life. It determines the quality of your life and, often, how successful you will be

How to build a strong self-imageYour self-image plays a major part in how you live your life. It determines the quality of your life and, often, how successful you will be. It also sets the tone, rhythm and meter for all your relationships, both personal and professional. According to psychotherapists, a strong self-image can be the foundation for achieving a…

The real costs of informal caregiving in Canada

National strategy needed for unpaid caregivers in the workplace

The real costs of informal caregiving in CanadaOne in every three workers in Canada is assisting a chronically disabled person – many of them seniors – with transportation, household maintenance or day-to-day tasks, according to one report. The 6.1 million employed workers who are providing such care, free of charge, to a family member or friend are more likely to experience interruptions…

10 helpful hints to writing a winning resume

A compelling resume should be a concise, well-written statement of your abilities

10 helpful hints to writing a winning resumeWriting your first resume isn't fun. Whether it's after you graduate high school, or a community or four-year college, it's a tedious, time-consuming chore requiring thought and concentration. It comes down to hard work. Considering that the average recruiter spends only seconds skimming resumes, grabbing a human resource or hiring manager's attention long enough to trigger…

Who is reading your resume?

Understanding who, or what, reads your resume will increase your chances of getting hired

Who is reading your resume?Once upon a time, in a world seemingly far, far away, a job seeker would sit down with the classified section of the Sunday newspaper and a red pencil (it always was a red pencil, wasn't it?) and circle jobs that were perfect for them. They would attach a well thought-out cover letter to their…

Is your bad behaviour risking your retirement?

Choosing investments that fit your emotional limits will help you to minimize your bad investment behaviour

Is your bad behaviour risking your retirement?There are three main reasons why investors consistently under-perform the investment indices: bad investor behaviour high investment costs, and high investment Portfolio Turnover Ratios (PTRs) Of the three reasons listed above, No. 1 (bad investor behaviour) is the biggy – accounting for over half of all lost investment returns. When it comes to our investment…

Overcoming the fear of public speaking

Tips to improve your public speaking

Overcoming the fear of public speakingHave you ever met someone who appears comfortable in front of a crowd of people delivering a speech, making a presentation, cracking jokes or performance acting? Wouldn’t you like to be like them? Now imagine how you would react if you were told that part of your job would include giving presentations and talks? It…

Perfecting your elevator pitch to land a job

A few small extra steps can be the difference between unemployment and actually getting hired

Perfecting your elevator pitch to land a jobUnder every rock, there’s another snake that claims that a candidate must have an “Elevator Speech.” Unfortunately, the vast majority of elevator speeches are long enough to last the time it takes to ride the elevator to the top of Toronto's CN Tower. Eyes roll back in respective heads and sleep beckons. Following are the…

Four top mistakes made by job hunters

To be the winning job candidate, your attitude must convey a passion for the employer's business and an eagerness to participate in the corporate vision

Four top mistakes made by job huntersEven with the hundreds of career books published every year, not to mention the thousands of articles about how to write a perfect resume and ace job interviews, job hunters keep making the same mistakes. Every job hunter fumbles parts of the tedious job-landing process, but the four following mistakes can seriously slow the process,…

6 tips for inspiring innovation in your employees

Make innovation a priority with these six tips, and you'll be surprised at the ways your workplace and employees transform

6 tips for inspiring innovation in your employeesWhile not every company aspires to innovate, every company would nevertheless benefit from increased creativity in the workplace. Whether it ends up revolutionizing your product line, improving your supply chain's efficiency, or simply boosting your office's morale, innovation in the workplace should not only be welcome but encouraged. Instead of waiting for the lightning of…