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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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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The Unexpected Will Happen – Guaranteed. What Will You Do?

By Stephanie Clark. Early in my entrepreneurial journey I conducted the odd client interview at a mutually agreed-upon local coffee shop. On the occasion I have in mind, I lost the interview notes. Thank goodness that it was a junior client that I interviewed as I could not find my typed notes anywhere on my laptop. I mitigated a potential disaster…

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Lori Jazvac MCRS: Newest Member of an Elite Professional Group

By Cathy Milton. Lori Jazvac of Creative Horizons Communications recently became the newest member of a small, elite group of CPC members. Lori has earned the prestigious Master Certified Résumé Strategist (MCRS) designation. What made you want to pursue the MCRS designation? I was serious about taking my skills to an advanced level in order to offer my clients the very best résumé…

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You Say You Don’t Have Time? Submit Your CPC Award of Excellence Nomination Now!

By Maureen McCann. For me, it was a game-changer. Things really took off for me professionally after winning my first CPC Award of Excellence. None of us have the time. We have to make the time. Trust me when I say that doing so can make all the difference. I recently shared the following post about winning my first Award…

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The Benefits of Partnering with a Professional Association

By Lori Jazvac. Are you a team member in a career-related organization? Have you ever wondered what the benefits might be of having your group join the membership of a professional association? Whether you’re a manager, administrator, consultant, educator, or career professional in a not-for-profit agency or a for-profit enterprise, there is great value in joining the inclusive community of…

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How to Squeeze Even More Value From Your CPC Membership

By Maureen McCann. Have you ever wondered how to make better use of the tools and resources CPC membership provides? Do you want to take full advantage of the resources, tools, and tips that are available but can’t quite figure out where to start? Here’s what I did. Volunteer CPC used to host orientation calls for new members. On one…

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What is the Magic Behind Client Retention?

By Stephanie Clark. When I was aspiring to apply to a newly created Manager of Customer Service position with my then-employer, the City of Kitchener, I dove into a study of customer service. Out of the several books I read, “Be Our Guest,” the Disney Institute’s book of customer service secrets, continues to influence my business processes. Disney offerings extend…

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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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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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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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Assessing Annual Performance – How Did Your Year Measure Up?

By Stephanie Clark. A business owner since 2007, I’ve not always been as attuned to business as I could have been. If I were to begin again, I would incorporate an annual business review into my practice. Why? Because you don’t know what to fix if you don’t know what’s broken! Admittedly, I am not an entrepreneur at heart; I…

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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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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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