Helping Clients Succeed in the Gig Economy

By Lori Jazvac. As the world of work evolves, many can expect to change jobs frequently. Loyalty to one employer, once a commonly held value, is now giving way to the gig economy, which requires a complete shift in mindset. Investopedia defines a gig economy as one in which “temporary, flexible jobs are commonplace and companies tend toward hiring independent…

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Want to Start a Home-Based Résumé Service? Meet CPC Member Marian Bernard

By Cathy Milton. Marian Bernard is one of the founding members of Career Professionals of Canada. Throughout her long association with the organization, Marian has been an enthusiastic participant and volunteer, generously sharing her knowledge and experiences. She is an active contributor to CPC’s Social Media Team and the Tele-networking Team. Here’s your opportunity to get to know Marian a…

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New to the Career Development Profession? Welcome!

By Maureen McCann. Recently, a new career professional reached out to me after one of my LinkedIn blog posts caught his attention. He had some questions for me related to starting out on the path to joining the career development profession. Our exchange may be helpful and of interest to others in the same situation. New Career Professional: If you have time,…

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The Power of Networking

By Cathy Milton. You don’t have to look too long or hard to find several articles on the internet supporting the fact that up to 85% of job seekers landed their current job via networking. Even when presented with that impressive statistic, some clients may be skeptical. I recently sat down with a friend and neighbour, a brilliant young man…

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Do You Make Assumptions About Clients?

By Lori Jazvac. At one time or another, we’ve probably all done it, possibly without even realizing it; made assumptions about prospective or existing clients. Making assumptions about clients could impact our intake processes, client relationships, résumé and career coaching outcomes, and even our credibility. How can we avoid making assumptions about clients? First, we must recognize that they exist….

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The Five Books That Inform My Work

By Stephanie Clark. Book One: Résumé Magic: Trade Secrets of a Professional Résumé Writer Author: Susan Britton Whitcomb When I first began studying Career Professionals of Canada’s primer, The Canadian Résumé Strategist, I started to grasp the concept of how to communicate solid value. And while integrating the lessons I found in this excellent resource, I also looked into the…

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The Rich Repository of Resources in CPC’s Facebook Group

By Christine Cristiano. It’s been said that one of the keys to success is to surround oneself with like-minded people; the CPC Facebook Group enables group members to do just that. Whether you are flying solo in your own private company or working within an organization helping individuals along their job search journey, having access to a platform to connect and…

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In Support of Clients With Disabilities

By Tanya Kett. When people ask “What do you do?” many of us will answer in a way that indicates that we define ourselves by our career. This is not necessarily a bad thing. Careers foster self-esteem, status, social responsibility, and well-being. All of these things are benefits of a satisfying career, and things that non-disabled people can easily take…

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Supporting Mental Wellness in The Workplace

By Lori Jazvac. Are your clients feeling stressed at work? Today’s continuously changing workplaces are increasingly fast-paced and competitive, and it seems that employers have ever-higher expectations and demands. Examples of themes and scenarios contributing to workplace stress are: High-end technologies and artificial intelligence are enforcing the requirement for additional training related to the development of new and marketable skills….

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Text-to-Speech – A Helpful Assistant for Every Writer

By Cathy Milton. During Canada Career Month in November 2017, CPC Masterminds Maureen McCann and Kamee Gilmore hosted a panel of eight top Canadian résumé strategists. The result was a very popular “Résumé Expert Q&A” podcast. One of the experts contributing to the podcast was Kristin Vandegriend. Kristin had conducted a survey of 60 hiring managers and HR professionals, so…

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How to Set Goals That “Stick”

By Tanya Kett. Whether you are helping clients set goals, or doing so for yourself, the beginning of the year is a great time for a fresh start. It’s a time to make plans and set targets, but unfortunately, good intentions often fall by the wayside in a few short weeks. To help improve your own chances for successfully achieving…

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The Power of Community

By Conny Lee. “Great things are brought about and burdens are lightened through the efforts of many hands anxiously engaged in a good cause.” – M. Russell Ballard When Career Professionals of Canada launched a Facebook Group, I wasn’t sure what to expect. What I quickly learned, though, is that the members of this CPC group are amazing in their…

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Five Popular Employment Interview Styles

By Sharon Graham. Interviewers use various strategies to uncover and identify each job-seeker’s “fit” for a particular position. Here are five major styles of interviews that our clients might encounter. The Traditional Interview is historically the most common interview style that employers utilize in Canada. In most cases, the interviewer will start with a cursory review of the client’s résumé…

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Forget “To-Do” Lists in 2018: “Ta-Dah” Instead!

By Lorraine Morris. The idea of creating a values-based daily plan came to me when I realized that after slashing through years of daily To-Do lists, I felt very little sense of control and focus. My lists were almost completely business-driven and did not in any way reflect the “whole me.” I was out of balance, and I knew it….

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The Inside Scoop on CPC’s Facebook Group

By Marian Bernard of The Regency Group. “I’m always looking for opportunities to connect and share industry insights with fellow career professionals – [Career Professionals of Canada’s] Facebook Group allows just that. I can post a question or insight and typically read feedback within hours. I love the themed days and enjoy contributing to and reading the responses and feedback from…

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