The Pursuit of Work/Life Balance: Step Back to the Shore

By Adrienne Tom. It’s been almost 10 years since I became a mom and a business owner, back to back.  I tried my best to prepare, but each role involved a lot of “learn as you go.”  One of my biggest personal challenges was finding a way to simultaneously meet the needs of both of these high-demand roles. When things…

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Understand Employment Strategy and You’ll Write Superior Resumes

Lori Jazvac

By Lori Jazvac. You cannot hone your craft of resume writing without truly understanding employment strategy. The world of work is shaped by complex and shifting demographic, social, political, and economic factors. As a resume strategist, you are not only a writer. You are a change leader, a brand innovator, and a value enabler. Using your ability to craft a resume,…

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Do Resume Writers Need to Study Grammar?

By Marian Bernard. Do we resume writers need to study grammar? Although we might knee-jerk react and answer “no” to this question, I would beg to differ. Just as our clients keep current on up-and-coming events in their respective industries, we are obligated to do so as well. I speak from personal experience. Let me take you back to 1996,…

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What’s Your Career Competence? Try Our New Self-Assessment Form

Career Professionals of Canada is very pleased to introduce you to Career Competence, a free self-assessment and professional development website and planning tool. Career Competence http://careercompetence.ca/ Career Competence is an interactive form for Career Development Practitioners to assess competencies against The Canadian Standards and Guidelines for Career Development Practitioners (S&Gs.) Feel free to download the interactive Career Competence pdf form. The document will allow…

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Canadian Resources for Career Development Practitioners

By Natalie MacLellan. Resources for Career Development Practitioners Whether you are new to the field or have been around for years, a good practitioner realizes it’s not possible to know it all. What you do need to know is where to find the answers when you need them. The following report is by no means an exhaustive guide to the…

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Career Professional Paths: Career Coach, Career Counsellor or Career Consultant

By Christine Cristiano. The majority of career professionals enter into the profession with a passion for helping jobseekers to navigate the job market and secure suitable employment. However, it can be confusing for the practitioner to determine where his or her skills fit into the career vocation equation. Likewise, for individuals seeking professional career guidance, the difference between coaching, counselling, and…

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Target Your Career Service for a Specific Client Segment

By Marian Bernard. “Not everyone is your customer,” said Mark Imperial, the Chicago-based marketing genius behind www.imperialaction.com. When I first heard Mark utter these words, I thought, “You are SO right on, Mark!” It is far easier for me to partner with clients with whom I can share my experience and equip them with the knowledge they need to advance…

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How to Brand Your Business for Success

By Adrienne Tom. Career professionals are well aware of the importance of branding as part of both a personal and professional strategy.  Many of us provide branding support to clients, but sometimes we forget to give our own brand the required time and attention it deserves. Solidifying and fostering a strong business brand is a key component to business success….

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Certification Has its Privileges…Jump on Board!

By Daisy Wright. In the current economic climate where career change has become the norm, many people have started to think of ways of becoming more competitive and staying ahead of their peers. While some are enrolling in certificate, diploma, or degree programs, others are earning certification in their specialized fields. As a career professional – self-employed or not –…

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What We Learned at Cannexus17

Cannexus17 was a whirlwind of professional development and networking for CPC members and career practitioners across Canada. We would like to share some of our learnings from Canada’s largest bilingual National Career Development Conference. What an adventure! This 11th edition of Cannexus featured more sessions and delegates from the career development field than ever (some of whom travelled from around the globe),…

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Careerpro Ethics – Is Honesty Always the Best Policy?

By Cathy Milton. I have a good friend who was recently looking for permanent work. She enjoyed one of those unexpected, and exciting, periods in her job search where it all seemed to be coming together at once. She had four potential employers interested in her, and she was attending a series of second and third interviews. While she would…

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2017 Alberta Career Development Conference: The Evolution of Career Development

May 3 & 4, 2017 Fantasyland Hotel, West Edmonton Mall, Edmonton, Alberta The Career Development Association of Alberta (CDAA) is honoured to host the fourth annual Alberta Career Development Conference (ACDC) at the Fantasyland Hotel, West Edmonton Mall, Edmonton, Alberta on May 3 & 4, 2017. This year’s conference offers Two internationally recognized keynote speakers, both highly respected in the…

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Is This Your Year to Pursue Professional Excellence?

By Daisy Wright. As career practitioners, it’s easy to become so engrossed in our role of guiding clients along their career paths that we sometimes neglect our own professional development. It is a good idea to regularly examine where we are on the professional development spectrum and look at ways we could advance our own careers. During this introspection, we should…

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CPC Member Appreciation – January 2017

CPC Member Snapshot: Ahmad Ismael brings international experience as one of Career Professionals of Canada’s newest members. In Lebanon, he ran a business in training and career coaching. He then traveled the middle east providing corporate training and career coaching/consulting in countries including, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Kuwait. During his career journey, he has helped hundreds of corporate and individual clients to…

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Top 10 Reasons for Earning a Certification

By Daisy Wright. Ben Franklin said it best in this quote: “An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” Earning a certification is an investment in knowledge and certainly pays dividends. It indicates that you are skilled, knowledgeable, and competent.  Here are 10 additional reasons for you to become certified in your specialized discipline: Certification: Shows you are committed…

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