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Career Transition: From Corporate Recruiter to Independent Career Practitioner

January 21, 2022 |
Career transition

There are many reasons why people transition from employee to entrepreneur or from one career to another. For me, it was a lifelong existential question; which role was meant for me? Which one would give me satisfaction and make me feel fulfilled? Pursuing a business degree was a decision my family made for me; there was no formal career exploration or assessment done at the time. In fact, the concept did not even exist! Questions about my likes and dislikes, my values, and what I was good at were never…

10 Reasons to Join CPC’s Mastermind Mentoring Program

October 22, 2021 |
Mastermind Mentoring program

When I signed up for the CPC Mastermind Mentoring Group, I had no idea what to expect. In early 2020, I had started my private career practice as a side gig to formal employment before deciding to transition to full-time entrepreneurship. I joined Career Professionals of Canada and saw the Mastermind program listed on the Upcoming Events page of the website.  I joined CPC’s Mastermind Mentoring group because I had never participated in anything similar before. I was intrigued to know more. I’d like to share 10 reasons why you…

How to Craft the Best Canadian Résumé

October 15, 2021 |
A magnifying glass focusing in on what it takes to craft the best Canadian résumé

If you had asked me about résumé writing eight years ago as I was starting my career practice, I would have said that it is as much an art as it is a science. Résumé writing requires comprehensive research, forethought and strategic planning, and an ability to gather the right information. It’s all about presenting the client’s value through high-quality content, yet design and formatting are equally important if you want to catch the reader’s eye. I’d like to share what I’ve learned over the years about how to craft…

How to Employ Active Learning Strategies

October 8, 2021 |

As careerpros we often impart information to our clients through lectures, workshops, and seminars. Clients learn more when they participate in the process of learning, whether it’s through discussion, practice, review, or application. When we employ active learning strategies in our practice, clients engage, participate, and collaborate. Active learning techniques can be used in large groups and in one-on-one consulting. “Telling” is not always “teaching.” And “listening” is not always “learning.” Incorporate active learning strategies into every component of your career services. Instead of having clients memorize information, have them…

11 Ways to Grow Your Customer Base

October 1, 2021 |
Grow your customer base, magnet attracting new clients

Are you thinking of starting an independent career services practice or do you have one in place now? You might worry that you may not attract enough customers to have your business generate a sustainable income. Targeted advertisements, social media posts, or word-of-mouth may be some of the most common ways to raise awareness about your practice. But, there are many other ways that can be just as — if not more — effective. To help you get started, I’ve listed 11 ways to help you grow your customer base.…

Top Tips for Résumé Writing and Editing

September 10, 2021 |
Top tips for résumé writing and editing

Ernest Hemingway is misquoted to have said “write drunk, edit sober.” In fact, it’s believed that the quote actually originated with American editor and writer, Peter De Vries. If there’s any value to this idea, it’s that your writing can be fast, but editing has to be slow and careful. As a résumé writer, you may have been following your employer’s style sheet or have created your own. As a writer and copyeditor, I’ve developed tactics and strategies that work to make my clients’ documents effective and readable. In this…