Careerpro Ethics – Is Honesty Always the Best Policy?

February 3, 2017 |

By Cathy Milton. I have a good friend who was recently looking for permanent work. She enjoyed one of those unexpected, and exciting, periods in her job search where it all seemed to be coming together at once. She had four potential employers interested in her, and she was attending a series of second and third interviews. While she would have been happy at any of these firms, there was one that she particularly had her heart set on. She called me one day, excited and happy, to tell me…

10 Steps to Letting an Employee Go With Respect

March 26, 2014 |

By Sharon Graham. Having to let an employee go is an unpleasant, but often necessary, part of business. Canadian legislation is specific about how employers deal with termination of employment. Proper handling of a termination will minimize legal repercussions and demonstrate your respect for the individual. It is important for an employer to show every employee respect and dignity throughout his or her affiliation with them. The final phase of this relationship is no different. When an organization handles it well, they display substance and humanity. If you are an employer, you…

Remind Job Seekers: Beware of Identity Theft

January 16, 2013 |

By Sharon Graham. In the information age, job seekers have found many new and interesting ways to market themselves online and gain exposure to a worldwide job market. Our clients are able to e-mail resumes to countless recruiters and a myriad of potential employers with a few keystrokes. They can even post a personal profile and history into databases and Internet job boards for all to see. Our clients’ eagerness to jet a job, and the widespread use of the Internet, has created a new means for criminals to easily obtain and…

…’tis the season to be scammed

November 7, 2012 |

By Sharon Graham. As the holiday season approaches, we have seen an escalation in job search scams targeting Canadians. Job seekers need to be extra diligent these days. As Career Professionals, we are all advocates for ethics and integrity in our market. Advise your clients to be on the watch for these RED FLAGS: FAKE JOB POSTINGS – If your client types in a job title on a job board, looking for postings and the result turns out to be a sales pitch to buy career services — tell your client to…

A Mere Four-year Old Boy Leads Them All

May 14, 2010 |

By Faith West. A four year old boy went to visit his next door neighbour.  The elderly gentleman had just lost his wife in death and he was crying.  The mother watched as her little boy climbed onto the neighbour’s lap and sat there, silently, for several minutes.  When he returned to his mother, she asked him what he was doing.  “Helping him cry,” was the little boy’s answer. This story has been attributed to the author and lecturer, Leo Buscaglia, who participated in a contest to find the most…

The Canadian Employment Embarrassment

May 12, 2010 |

By Bill Caswell. Canada, the land of beauty, designated as the best place in the world to live by the United Nations four years in a row, tops in fresh water reserves in the world, number seven in economic wealth despite a population of only 30 millions – what a place!  Yes indeed what a place – one, however, if you look deeper, should have all Canadians hanging their heads in shame. The message goes out for all the world to hear: “Emigrate to Canada where opportunities abound especially for…