Impostor Syndrome: What it is, Why it Matters

By Cathy Milton. I live in the bush. I’m not joking. Anywhere I need to go is–at minimum–a 45-minute drive one way. This means that I spend a lot of time driving and while I’m driving I like to listen to CBC radio. Recently, I heard an interesting show about Impostor Syndrome. The people who shared their stories were from…

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3 Myths About the Future of Work (and why they’re not true) – Daniel Susskind

By Cathy Milton. Maureen McCann has really started a trend at CPC. She’s got us talking about the future of work. It’s an exciting conversation to be having. Yes, there are many potentially scary unknowns, but there is also the potential for many exciting new possibilities. If you talk to friends and family about what the future world of work…

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10 Tips for Uncovering and Showcasing Your Clients’ Accomplishments

By Lori Jazvac. Accomplishments represent career story generators, brand builders, conversation starters, self-esteem boosters, and even life-altering game-changers for many jobseekers. Accomplishments are the most critical part of a résumé, yet jobseekers often underestimate their importance. Duties-and-responsibilities résumés rarely make the cut. A résumé can quickly be screened out by an employer if it fails to emphasize what sets the…

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Teaching Clients How to Find “Real” People in a Job Search

This article has been edited for a career practitioner audience. The original was published on Jobscan.co on February 26th, 2019.  By Maureen McCann. Technology is constantly evolving and changing the way people search for work. Years ago, technology made it easy for job seekers to connect with employers via email, but with thousands of résumés being sent to human resources (HR) inboxes,…

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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 for Improving Your Work Life

By Maureen McCann. Whether you’re a career practitioner in private practice, in a not-for-profit agency, or in a for-profit company, you owe it to yourself to conduct regular self-reflection sessions about your work life satisfaction. After all, we do spend a lot of time occupied in our chosen professions. Why not make that time as fulfilling as possible? Strengthen your…

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How to Disagree Productively and Find Common Ground

By Maureen McCann. This is a synopsis of a TED Talk presented in Toronto in October 2018. The speaker is Boston Consulting Group’s Julia Dhar. It’s probably an understatement to say that in the latter part of this decade, the media has been bombarding us daily with polarizing politics. Before you know it we’re picking sides on issues while thinking…

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Career Professionals: Are We Ready for the Future of Work?

By Maureen McCann. According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) Skills for Jobs report published late last year, there has been a shift in the global labour market. The change is a result of technological progress, globalization, and demographic changes. In essence, there is a misalignment between the skills available in the marketplace and those needed to fill jobs…

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Be Your Clients’ Champion

By Lori Jazvac. Many clients I work with talk about being behind in the plans they have for their lives. They tell me that they harbour regrets about not being able to achieve their cherished dreams and goals in what they view as the optimal timeframe. Yet, sometimes external circumstances such as industry changes, labour market trends, employer expectations, individual…

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Building Career Resilience

By Tanya Kett. Is failure such a bad thing? It sure feels that way in the midst of it but think back to a time you failed at something, whether it was your driving test as a teenager, an exam as a university student, or maybe you received less-than-positive feedback from a client. These things are bound to happen, but there…

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Inspired by “Insider Secrets from CareerPros” – 15 Additional Resources

By Cathy Milton. I’ve read the words of advice from the expert contributors to CPC’s recently published ebook Insider Secrets from CareerPros several times now. The beauty of this accessible, helpful career development guide is that there is something for everyone. Regardless of your field of work and whether you’re well-established in your career or job-seeking, you’ll find inspirational ideas that will…

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Reflection on Canada Career Month’s Theme – “I Know I Can Because…”

By Stephanie Clark. Browsing through the Canada Career Month 2018 website led me to reflect on this year’s theme, “I Know I Can Because…” It is an optimistic phrase and so fitting for an event that focuses on the breadth and depth of skills found in our Canadian workforce. It seems to me that when we are young, we are encouraged…

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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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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 Value of Skills

By Tanya Kett. Recently, I read some interesting CPC Facebook Group posts on the topic of career-changers and the challenges they face. Those posts sparked the idea for this article on the value of skills. Job Seekers Often Need Help Deciphering Job Postings I work with job seekers who frequently misinterpret job postings. They mistakenly determine that they should not…

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