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Maximizing Clients’ Visibility through Online Technology

November 20, 2013 |

Career Professionals of Canada’s Career Innovators Mastermind Group recently completed a comprehensive analysis and review of existing and emerging online technology. The study focused primarily on maximizing clients’ visibility through social media (online tools) and social networking (online networking). Here is a snapshot of their recommendations for Canadian Career Practitioners. Keep up with innovations in online technology In general, many Canadians are conservative about leveraging online technologies. However, we need to be open to the fact that recruiters and employers increasingly value and employ virtual tools and resources. As the…

How are we helping the long-term unemployed?

October 23, 2013 |

By Sharon Graham. Although the average duration of unemployment in Canada is about five months, many Canadians face an extended search. Since the start of the recession, the number of individuals who have been looking for work for over a year has more than doubled – and it seems that this number is still rising. A strong support system is crucial to success for those who find themselves in a protracted job search. We need to do what we can to help with current concerns and potential ramifications. Career transition…

Proposed Canada Job Grant Program Round Table Report

October 21, 2013 |

October 2nd Round Table on the proposed Canada Job Grant (CJG) Program. Report by Sareena Hopkins, Co-Executive Director of Canadian Career Development Foundation (CCDF) on behalf of the Canadian Council for Career Development. I want to thank all who shared their thoughts and/or submitted written statements re: the proposed program.  These were enormously valuable in shaping my perspective. Second, I want to note this as a bit of a watershed moment for our field.  We have long bemoaned the fact that we have not had a strong policy/advocacy voice.  The invitation…

Canadian Employment Legislation

August 15, 2013 |

By Sharon Graham. In Canada, discrimination in employment is illegal. The Canadian Human Rights Commission produces a guide called “Prohibited Grounds of Discrimination in Canada,” which provides comparative information on the grounds of discrimination covered by federal, provincial, and territorial human rights legislation. The document lists the grounds of discrimination that are prohibited in employment both under the Canadian Human Rights Act and by provincial regulations. It is against the law for any employer to discriminate based on: Race or Colour Religion Physical or Mental Disability Age Sex (Some provinces…

Expertise Trumps Age: Experience is a Valuable Commodity

July 17, 2013 |
CPC Career Team

By Sharon Graham. Age is relative and the definition of an “older worker” is expanding. The labour market is dramatically shifting into a new phase, with the percentage of Canadians in the workplace who are over 50 doubling every decade. Older workers are quickly becoming a valuable commodity in a market that needs the expertise. Ageism is an issue we have dealt with over the years. Older workers have experienced deep-rooted societal and cultural discrimination. However, as our pool of experienced professionals starts to dwindle, we should consider the laws of…

5 Reasons You Are Being Ignored on LinkedIn

June 25, 2013 |

By Daisy Wright. Are you being bypassed on LinkedIn? Are your invitations being rejected? If you are a manager or emerging executive who is not attracting influential contacts, or who is not on the radar of recruiters and decision makers, you are probably being ignored on LinkedIn because of these blunders: You have chosen to keep the ghost-looking blank box. Without a professional headshot, hiring managers, recruiters and potential contacts assume you are invisible or that you don’t exist. People are more inclined to accept your invitation if they can…