Rethink Résumé Keywords and Key Phrases

By Sharon Graham. Résumé keywords and key phrases are words (or strings of words) used to identify good prospects for a position. Keywords help recruiters and employers search through a batch of résumés to select appropriate candidates. Companies, search firms, and job boards often use Applicant Tracking System (ATS) software to automate this process. In the last decade, the job…

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Two Inescapable Rules to Alleviate Job Search Fears

By Stephanie Clark. Fear keeps job seekers stuck in a sort of shallow-breath, anxiety-ridden, deer-in-the-headlights stance throughout the job search. Writing the résumé has them biting their fingernails. Emailing the résumé has them hoping that it will travel safely through cyberspace. Answering a call to book an interview can make them bumble their way through the simple selection of a…

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving weekend is a time for showing gratitude and I have a lot to be grateful for. I want to take a moment to wish all our CPC members and colleagues a very Happy Thanksgiving! CPC is a social enterprise, and I want to especially thank all our colleagues and members for participating so actively in our various events, programs, and forums. As…

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Canada Career Month – November 2018

Career Professionals of Canada is proud to promote Canada Career Month (CCM) with three exciting new initiatives in November…Here’s how you can get ready for CCM! The 2018 CCM theme for November 2018 is “I Know I Can Because”. Throughout the month, Canadians will be invited to share their skills on social media using the hashtag #iknowicanbecause. We also want Canadians to…

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20 Ways a Simple “Thank You” Can Transform Your Career

By Sharon Graham. When it comes to your career, saying “thank you” is much more than good manners. This simple act of showing gratitude has the potential to transform the trajectory of your career. It is true that saying thank you can improve your career opportunities because it changes the way people perceive you. Just as importantly, it can change…

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Value Proposition Model: Applying a Holistic Approach to Career Transition

By Sharon Graham. Employment consultants typically support clients who are going through career transitions. They strive to provide these clients with the knowledge, tools, and confidence to perform a successful job search. For this to happen, clients need to be able to articulate their value clearly and confidently from the beginning to the end of the job search process. We…

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Happy New Year!

By Shellie Deloyer. Wait – what? No, I didn’t get the date wrong! The kids are back to school and we, in our roles as career professionals, are back to our routines now that September is in full swing. For many, this particular time is like starting a new year. Many of us operate and schedule our lives on a…

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Join CPC at the Cannexus19 Conference in January in Ottawa!

The Cannexus19 National Career Development Conference is taking place January 28-30, 2019 at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa. Register by November 7 for the Early Bird rate. Members of Career Professionals of Canada benefit from an additional 10% discount during this period. Registration for Cannexus19, Canada’s National Career Development Conference is now open with both 3-day ($450) and 1-day ($225) packages…

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14 Career Documents to Boost Any Job Search

By Sharon Graham. Job seekers can use various strategies to connect with employers and distinguish themselves from the competition. A portfolio of career documents has the potential to strengthen a candidate’s confidence and credibility, yet some are reluctant to invest the time it takes to create such a portfolio. Some job seekers may feel that all they need is a résumé. However, they will eventually notice…

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Meet CPC Member Maureen McCann

By Cathy Milton. Maureen McCann is a well-known and very active member of CPC. In this interview, she shares some thoughtful wisdom and insights into her work and personal life. Tell us a bit about your business. ProMotion Career Solutions came to be in August of 2007. Being a busy new mom (at the time) and military spouse didn’t keep…

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Join CDPCBO for their Annual General Meeting on September 27th, 2018, in Toronto

Join the Career Development Practitioners Certification Board of Ontario on September 27th, 2018 for an evening of learning, networking, and professional development at The Forth, located at 629 Danforth Ave, Toronto, Ontario. The evening kicks off at 5 pm with the Annual General Meeting. All CDPCBO members are welcome to join the Board and Advisory Committee to hear about the organization’s…

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Career Development Association of Alberta: Ignite Your Passion 2018

The CDAA is pleased to host Ignite Your Passion 2018, an annual event featuring a full day of quality and affordable professional development in four locations across Alberta: Calgary, Lethbridge, Red Deer, and Edmonton.  Earlybird registration is now open. This year, CCDA is presenting: CONNECTING CAREER DEVELOPMENT & MENTAL HEALTH IN PRACTICE, THOUGHT, AND CONVERSATION This topic was specifically requested…

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Congratulations to our 2018 Awards of Excellence Recipients!

By Sharon Graham. It is my pleasure to announce Career Professionals of Canada’s 2018 Awards of Excellence Program recipients. This year’s competition proved rigorous with 40 candidates selected from all the submissions received.  I’d like to offer special thanks to our 2018 team of judges who were presented with the difficult challenge of selecting the recipients this year – this was not an easy…

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What is Your Personal Theory of Career Development?

By Maureen McCann. Career Development is defined in the Canadian Standards and Guidelines for Career Development Practitioners as the lifelong process of managing learning, work, and transitions in order to move toward your preferred future. If career theory is new to you, you may enjoy reading Charmaine Johnson’s article titled “Applying Career Development Theory” or CPC member Lori Jazvac’s post on “Chaos to Clarity – The Chaos Theory…

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Recruiters: Do You Look Beyond the Job Posting?

By Tallys Moreth.  One of the most challenging elements in the hiring process is the creation of a good job posting. Although seemingly a simple thing, if not done well a job posting may turn off potentially great job-seeking candidates. Instead of attracting candidates, the job advertisement may instead form an unintentional barrier between the organization and the people they…

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