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Youth Employment: Our next generation must make sound career decisions

May 29, 2013 |

By Sharon Graham. Canada’s economy is dependent on a productive and versatile labour force. Our youth are the key to our nation’s future. If they make thoughtful career decisions today, they can position themselves for success in years to come. Unfortunately, many are not prepared to make informed educational, occupational, and employment choices. This “youth disconnect” might be one of the most important strategic challenges for the prosperity of our country and its people. Statistics Canada’s publication on Employment Instability Among Younger Workers suggests that there is a “growing pool…

Clients Negotiating Compensation? Don’t forget the perks.

May 22, 2013 |

By Sharon Graham. Shifts in the Canadian economy drive our labour market and the compensation that employers are willing to offer employees. The recent recession has caused a downward pressure on salaries and benefits. As a result, negotiation has become trickier than ever. The compensation negotiation is an inevitable part of the interview process. To secure a job offer, every candidate must be able to negotiate confidently and effectively. Yet many dread the prospect of negotiating a salary. No doubt, your next client will encounter the question, “What is your salary…

The Aging Workforce and the Canadian Career Practitioner’s Role

March 27, 2013 |

By Sharon Graham. According to Statistics Canada, our workforce is aging. A growing number of people in the labour market are choosing to work rather than to retire. Yet, new research says that across Canada we find deep-rooted societal and cultural discrimination against older workers. A recent Revera Report on Ageism said that despite an aging population, ageism is the most tolerated form of social discrimination in Canada. As career practitioners, we need not stand aside on this growing concern. We must become advocates for our older clients. The evolving…

Keep a pulse on the Canadian Labour Market

February 22, 2013 |

By Sharon Graham. The Canadian Labour Market may finally be poised for a modest turnaround. Despite all the recent difficulties for the US and Europe, the Canadian economy continues to moderately outperform many other countries. Of course, it is impossible to predict the future with complete certainty, but current trends suggest that certain Canadian career, employment, and business opportunities will be opening up soon. This year, Statistics Canada is reporting that our economy is returning to modest growth. In the last year, Canadian employers opened up more than 300,000 new full-time…

Are your clients exploiting the Canadian Labour Market?

February 20, 2013 |

By Sharon Graham. I enjoyed Career Professionals of Canada’s recent Telenetworking Session on future trends tremendously. It was invigorating to share labour market information with knowledgeable professionals from across Canada. Predictions for shifts in regional, economic, and industry futures were eye-opening. There is no question about it. The labour market affects our clients’ job search and their career development outcomes. Yet, as coaches, counsellors, and consultants, we can only advise clients in areas where we have direct knowledge and training. We cannot fully understand all positions and industries. Nor can…

QR Codes in Job Search: Really?

January 24, 2013 |

By Sharon Graham. If you’re a career practitioner or resume writer, I’m sure you’ve heard the latest hype about QR codes. Some evangelists swear that they are the “next big thing” in job search strategy. Others believe that this is just another fad that will completely disappear into the fog of technology past. As an innovative professional, you’re likely curious about all the buzz. If using a QR Code can be beneficial to a job search, you don’t want to be left out of the loop. I don’t proclaim to…