Self-Reflection and Self-Discovery in a Career Practice

By Donna Norcott. I don’t know if this is something unique to me, but even though I don’t have children, I love the back-to-school season! The colourful binders, notebooks, and new pens and pencils inspire my creativity and I look forward to “sweater weather” as being an ideal time to reflect, reorganize, and turn a fresh, new page for a season…

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5 Keys to Excellence for Your Career and Life

By Skye Berry-Burke. The other day, while visiting my child’s pediatrician, I saw an article about the “8 Keys of Excellence” for making great kids greater. Five of these “keys” were immediately etched in my mind and I continued to think about how these principles for achieving excellence apply to all of us – young and old, career pros and…

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How to “Get” Clients for your Private Practice

By Nel Slater. So you’re looking for clients, eh? As I contemplate the topic of how an independent career practitioner “gets” clients, I realize that my own practice has grown organically over the past 5 years; however, there are a few intentional things that I do as well. If you’d like to attract and secure more clients for your private…

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How to Recognize and Overcome Job Burnout

By Kevin Waldbillig. Work is busy. Life is busy. But, I find that summer does offer a bit of relief from the hectic pace of both. Why not take advantage of the season by doing a bit of self-reflection and self-care? Ask yourself these questions: Am I feeling more cynical at work towards clients and colleagues? Do I feel disillusioned…

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Marketing Clients With Disabilities To Employers

By Brent Warman. I work as an employment services coach at a not-for-profit agency in Calgary, Alberta, supporting developmentally disabled clients with their employment needs. I’m often asked what it takes to be successful in finding work for my clients. My answer to that question is that it involves the ability to “think outside the box.” Many of the strategies and…

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How to Become a Successful Résumé Writer

By Wendi Weiner, Guest Contributor. Career Professionals of Canada is the only Canadian association that supports independent résumé writers with training, certifications, and awards. There are several US-based résumé writing associations that offer certifications and training, promote the industry, and maximize the credentials of résumé writers: The National Résumé Writers’ Association The Professional Association of Résumé Writers & Career Coaches…

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4 Free CPC Resources to Help You Prepare for the Future of Work

By Maureen McCann. Much of the research about the future of work points to the importance of upskilling, reskilling, and/or learning. As career professionals, our Standards & Guidelines tells us we must be continuously learning. Specifically, in the Core Competencies section, you’ll find: C1. Professional Behaviour C1.2 Demonstrate a commitment to professional development C1.2.2 Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning Thankfully, Career…

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The Power of Neuro-Linguistic Programming: Transforming Careers and Lives

By Lori A. Jazvac. Shellie Deloyer, founder, coach, and trainer at Bright Futures Solutions describes Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) as “a set of tools, techniques, and skills that empower people to create lasting and transformative changes so they can create the results and outcomes they’re looking for.” I recently attended Shellie’s three-part webinar series, Activating Potential: How to Apply Mindset Tools…

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Top Ten Tips for Working with Youth

By Tanya Kett. Part of me is hesitant to generalize about the student population I work with at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, but, through my experience as a Career Development Advisor, I’d like to share the insights and tips I’ve gathered about building successful working relationships with young adults. Generation Z is the generation that is currently in university, born…

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5 Tips for Tackling Social Media to Boost Your Career Practice

By Maureen McCann. Using social media to promote career services doesn’t have to be overwhelming. In fact, it can be as simple as leveraging what you already know and applying it to social media posts. Frank Parsons, considered the father of career development, suggested that career practitioners possess: an accurate understanding of our traits, a knowledge of the labour market,…

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5 Tips to Enhance Your Private Career Practice

By Michelle Precourt. I’ve come to realize that operating a private practice requires a multi-faceted skill set and approach. I cannot simply sit in my home office and hope that clients will find me. Certainly, some have found me on their own, and that is always exciting, but connecting with others is very important. I do this in a few…

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Zoom: A Helpful Tool for Busy Career Professionals

By Giselle Mazurat. I recently volunteered to be a newsfeed contributor for the CPC Communications Team and I attended my first team meeting in February. During the meeting, Sharon Graham announced that Career Professionals of Canada (CPC) was going to start using an online application called Zoom for CPC meetings and events such as webinars. You may be asking yourself,…

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Volunteerism: The Vehicle for Driving Change in the Community

By Lori Jazvac. National Volunteer Week takes place April 7-13, 2019. This year, we are celebrating “The Volunteer Factor – Lifting Communities”. Volunteerism plays a vital role in our communities. The theme of this year’s celebration is a wonderful reminder that we can achieve significant milestones when we unite together to accomplish shared goals. The documents in this campaign kit…

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RBC Report: An Automated Future Could Play to Women’s Strengths

By Cathy Milton. Maureen McCann’s recent post about the future of work highlighted the thought that career development professionals owe it to their clients to develop strategies for navigating the increasingly-automated world of work. On March 5th, 2019, Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) Economics released a report titled Advantage women: how an automated future could play to women’s strengths describing how technological…

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10 Tips to Sharpen Your Résumé Writing

By Stephanie Clark. I am a writing snob. I drool over a superbly written piece. It gives me heart palpitations and genuine joy. There are poets who can pen a line of poetry that remain forever in the realm of “memorable.” Take the recently departed Mary Oliver’s final two lines of her poem, The Summer Day: Tell me, what is…

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