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Job Development: Tips for the Holiday Season and Beyond

December 3, 2021 |
Holiday season decoration with lights and greenery

Job development is about engaging with employers to create opportunities for our clients. I’ve worked for many years in not-for-profit employment services where I support clients of all abilities. It is my role to connect with employers and get jobs for my clients. Now that the holiday season is upon us, I’m reminded that it’s time to lay the groundwork for a successful 2022. I would like to share some job development tips for the holiday season and beyond. These tactics have worked for me and, more importantly, to the…

10 Tips for Supporting Clients in Career Transition During the Holidays

December 1, 2021 |
Career transition during the holidays

The autumn season is coming to a close and the holidays are just around the corner. For clients in career transition, especially those facing unemployment, the holidays can be challenging. As career professionals, we can champion our clients to make the most of the holidays by thinking purposefully and positively — and taking initiative. Here are 10 tips for supporting your career-transitioning clients during the holidays: 1. Encourage your client to see every chance event as a ripe opportunity for success. Whether it is an informal or formal gathering, or a…

November is Canada Career Month: It’s Possible To Create A Bright Future

October 29, 2021 |
Create a bright future

November is Canada Career Month. This year, the theme is it’s possible. This coming month, CPC’s News Feed will feature a series of posts that builds on that theme. We believe it’s possible to create a bright future. Happy Canada Career Month! Every November we celebrate career development across our nation. This year, we’re having a national conversation about what’s possible in career development. To celebrate Canada Career Month, we’re running a series of posts discussing how it’s possible to create a bright future. Career professionals strive to help clients construct…

Job Development: How to Establish Solid Employer Relationships

September 24, 2021 |
Establish solid employer relationships in job development, supported employment

Job development is about engaging with employers to place clients in new positions (jobs). It’s also about supporting our clients in maintaining positions they already hold. In job development, establishing solid employer relationships positions us for success as we help our clients achieve their personal and professional goals. I work as an Employment Services Coach at a not-for-profit human services agency in Calgary, Alberta. In this role, I help clients with developmental and intellectual disabilities find and maintain employment. I’d like to share some practices that have proven effective in…

Using Metaphor to Unlock Career Narratives: The Sailboat Metaphor

August 27, 2021 |
Sailboats at sunset, metaphor to unlock career narratives

As career professionals, we utilize creative tools and strategies to unleash our client’s career story in a compelling way. One of the strategies I’ve enjoyed success with is metaphor. Recently, while driving to visit my parents, I was about to cross a bridge. Before I could cross, I had to wait for a ferry to pass by. Watching the ferry gave me time to ponder about using metaphor to unlock career narratives. Crossing the Bridge It was a beautiful ferry. I was immersed in the scenery and captivated by the…

Create Value for Clients with a Skills Inventory

August 13, 2021 |
Skills toolkit, skills inventory

I’m delighted to have received my Certified Career Development Practitioner (CCDP) designation last month! Putting together my application was time consuming, but it was also worth it. As I documented my skills inventory, I reflected. Looking back at the many clients I have helped and the experiences I’ve lived through was extremely rewarding! It reminded me of an important job we have as career development professionals. When we guide our clients in developing and maintaining their own skills inventory, we create immense value for them. It’s one way to help…