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A Simple Lesson to Successful Networking: Get in the Flow!

May 13, 2010 |

By John-Paul Hatala Ph.D. You’ve most undoubtedly heard the saying “Knowledge is Power.”  Most likely you’ve acknowledged the fact that this old adage is quite accurate and basically common sense.  The more knowledge you possessed as a student in high school on a particular topic, the better you were at writing your exams. The interesting concept of exams is that if you don’t know what is going to be on the test you’re basically going to have to review the entire content in order to be successful.  Think back to…

Business Etiquette

May 12, 2010 |

You’ll find that business associates are much less forgiving about etiquette faux pas than your friends and family. Be sure you know what’s expected and follow the guidelines here: INTRODUCING YOURSELF AND SHAKING HANDS If you remember one thing about introductions, remember this: whoever has the most gold, whether it is a financial, social, or political fortune, is deemed the most honoured. Power and hierarchy determine introductions in the business world; the person who has the greatest honour takes precedence. Therefore, the person of lesser honour is always introduced to…

The Much-Maligned Mission Statements: Let’s stop complaining about them and use them properly

December 31, 2009 |

If an organization does not have a written mission statement that is embraced by all of its members, profits and productivity suffer. Organizations professing to believe in their vision and mission statements, but which do not practise their values, are worse off than companies with no written direction at all. Saying one thing to employees and doing another kills a company’s credibility and causes employee commitment and productivity to nose-dive. Here are the results of interviews with 500 employees and managers. About 95 per cent of the employees interviewed said…

Listening for Unspoken Messages

November 30, 2009 |

by Bob Love Good listening skills are essential for every career professional. To be of greatest service to our clients and others, we must learn to really listen to what they’re saying. But good listening goes beyond just the words that are spoken to us. It also requires listening for unspoken messages. This ability is sometimes called “listening with the third ear” and is something that most of us can develop with practice. For various reasons, people don’t always state or express the real issue when they speak to us.…

Adding Cybercounselling to your Skill Set

October 31, 2009 |

By Sandra Lim, CPRW, CCM, CECC, Cert. Cybercounseling In this day and age, just about everything we want can be accessed on-demand through the Internet. Not surprisingly, with employees’ lives growing progressively more hectic – with longer hours spent at the office, active social lives, gym memberships, and possibly childcare and eldercare responsibilities –more and more people are seeking career services from their home computer. It’s not only busy individuals that are attracted to the convenience of receiving service in the comfort and privacy of their homes. Cybercounselling clients generally…

Get the Most from Critiquing Résumés at Career Fairs

December 31, 2008 |

By Audrey Field, CPC PR & Marketing Advisor The career fair is not the appropriate venue for charging to critique résumés. You are in a room full of employers, surrounded by many candidates who have no job or are looking for better employment. The résumé is already printed. When they approach you, they are hopeful, insecure, and looking for encouragement. They just want some comment about what their strengths are. They don’t need to hear what’s lacking. Try to highlight the positives and offer what you could help them with…