Coach for a Confident Interview: Here’s How

By Stephanie Clark. The interview is not well understood. Few job seekers, in my opinion, realize that they can enhance their interview skills without joining Toastmasters. That level of accomplished public speaking is beyond most of us. Besides, it does not reflect the interview at all, which is a conversation, not a speech, and is best fluid, rather than composed…

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ChatterHigh: The Host of Canada Career Month’s National Event

By Cathy Milton. November 2017 is Canada Career Month, an annual initiative of the Canadian Council for Career Development. This year, the flagship event is Canada’s Most Informed School Competition, hosted online by ChatterHigh. If you’re wondering who or what ChatterHigh is, read on! ChatterHigh’s Beginnings Since the 1950s, higher education and career organizations participate in annual “Career Day” events,…

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Happy Halloween!

Halloween (All Hallows’ Eve) is the night in the year when we enjoy spooky fun all across Canada. Halloween safety tips from Health Canada. In days gone by, some believed that the spirits of the dead cross over into the world of the living during All Hallows’ Eve. These days, Halloween is more fun than frightening. From coast-to-coast across Canada, we have family-friendly…

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Incorporate a Powerful Career Narrative in Resume Building

By Lori Jazvac. The best resumes are crafted with a career narrative. They convey career stories that enrich the reader’s understanding of the candidate’s background and offerings. As career professionals, we need to help clients view the resume as more than a document outlining skills and responsibilities so that they can effectively communicate why and how they stand out. By coaching our clients to view…

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Professional Resume Writers Deliver Client Value

By Kamee Gilmore. “If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional, wait until you hire an amateur.”  Red Adair While we all have strengths, resume writing is very rarely at the top of most people’s list of skills, especially when it comes to writing their own. As recently as a decade ago, a resume was often just a simple…

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Client Confidentiality in the Canadian Careers Sector

By Maureen Farmer. Without a doubt, serving as a career professional is rewarding; helping people win a promotion, get a new job, or change careers is the pinnacle of success. In performing this vital work, you are trusted with important information, which you must keep confidential. As a business owner and career professional, I have noticed a phenomenon that alarms me: breach of…

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How Much Does a Canadian Resume Cost?

By Maureen McCann.  “Resume writers are not just typists who can make a document look nice. It takes a trained individual with knowledge in labour market trends and job search techniques, as well as with solid skills in interviewing, information gathering, strategic thinking, technical savvy, wordsmithing and so much more.”  Christine Cristiano, CCS I recently set off to answer the question,…

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10 Ways to Help Clients Find More Meaning in Their Careers

By Lori Jazvac. Dr. Viktor Frankl, a neurologist and psychiatrist, believed that the search for meaning of human existence, coined as “Logotherapy,” represented one of humanity’s most powerful driving forces. Translated into our world of career management, when clients lack meaning, they may experience career stress and anxiety. For employers, a deficit in meaning might produce higher employee absenteeism, high turnover, and low…

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Pressed for time in your employment service? Go digital.

In your employment service, you need to increase clients’ knowledge, understanding, and skills, and motivate behaviour change. That’s not new.  What is new, and has been evolving in recent times, is your funder’s expectations. You are doing more with the same resources, and sometimes with even less, yet with greater accountability than ever before. It is time to reflect on your practices, as…

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Selling career services: what is the return on your client’s investment?

Do you have prospects who question your value? Clients want to know the return on investment (ROI) of career services. Maureen McCann helps you answer your client’s “Why should I hire you?” question. By Maureen McCann. According to the Canadian Education and Research Institute of Counselling (CERIC), against the backdrop of an increasingly freelance economy and the rapidly shifting nature of…

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10 Bold Tactics to Tap the Hidden Job Market

By Skye Berry-Burke. Career Professionals employ many strategies and approaches to guide clients to access the hidden job market. The “hidden job market” is a broad term used to describe jobs that aren’t posted online or in advertisements. With more than 80% of positions being filled by direct and indirect job leads, clients need to go beyond online job boards and search engines to…

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Positioning Clients to Excel in Their Performance Reviews

By Lori Jazvac. The performance review is a useful evaluation and planning tool. A good appraisal can direct an employee to negotiate a raise or work towards a promotion. A poor evaluation prompts an employee to either improve his or her performance or to search for another position. As a Career Practitioner, you can help your client see the performance…

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Congratulations to our 2017 Awards of Excellence Recipients!

By Sharon Graham. It is my pleasure to announce Career Professionals of Canada’s 2017 Awards of Excellence Program recipients. This year’s competition proved rigorous, with 58 candidates selected from all the submissions received.  I’d like to offer special thanks to our judging team who were presented with the difficult challenge of selecting the recipients this year – this was not an easy task! CPC’s  membership…

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Storytelling in Career Development

Lysa Appleton

By Lysa Appleton. Throughout history cultures have embraced storytelling to help people understand their origins and how they belong. We all have stories about who we are and how we fit into the world, and we make choices in our lives according to our stories and how they fit with a particular situation and time. Our stories continue to shape our…

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Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Tips from Digital Marketing in a Week

By Joanne Savoie Malone. For potential clients to find your career service on the internet, you need to have a website that attracts them. “Digital Marketing In A Week: Brilliant Online Marketing In Seven Simple Steps ” by Nick Smith is an ideal resource if you want to learn more about SEO (Search Engine Optimization). SEO is defined as the things you do…

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