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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Helping Clients Identify Their Ideal Workplace Culture

By Lori Jazvac. Organizational culture is an important, but often overlooked aspect of career-related exploration and decision-making. This component should be addressed with clients in order to help them secure a rewarding role aligned with their particular career goals and values. Workplace culture: the glue that holds an organization together Clients often share that they dislike the way things are…

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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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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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Storytelling in Career Development

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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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3 Strategies to Help Clients Make Change

Contributed by Richard Hamilton. In career counselling, our clients come to us needing to make a big life change -to become employed or improve their employment situation. There can be obvious substantive benefits to succeeding in this challenge, including improved work life, home life, sense of personal accomplishment and/or improved financial well being. Given such rewards, our clients should be…

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How You Can Build Your Client’s Resilience During Tough Times

By Lori Jazvac. The labour market is increasingly competitive. Employer and recruiter expectations, changing technology, and shifts within certain industries are forcing job seekers to stay relevant or reinvent themselves. None of us wish to go through challenging career transitions. But, the reality is that we do not have a crystal ball to forecast career changes, and career transformations can arrive quickly – at…

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A Holistic Approach to Career Development

By Conny Lee. Holistic, as defined by the Oxford Dictionary, is “characterized by comprehension of the parts of something as intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole.”  In considering this, it seems natural that we should approach our careers holistically as well. There is more to our lives than our careers alone and more to our careers than earning…

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Work/Life Balance Primer

By Rachael Maxcy. Work/Life balance is important to career development in many ways. Here are three self-help articles that are sure to stimulate thought on how you can gain balance between your personal and professional lives. Personal Time: How To Regain Balance In Your Life Overview: Helps the individual to evaluate what is important to him or her and then how to use…

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Career Success The SMART-T Way: Steps to Reaching Goals

By Lysa Appleton. There is a Japanese proverb that says:   A vision, (goal, objective) without action is a daydream; an action without vision (goal, objective) is a nightmare. By now, you’ve likely seen a plethora of news posts regarding resolutions, goal setting, intentions, etc. I was reminded this week that according to research conducted by Stephen Covey, the author of 7…

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How Maslow’s Theory Stands up Today

By Lori Jazvac. Do you ever wonder why some clients leave their roles after only a few weeks or months while others remain in the same role for years? As career practitioners, we can use Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs to identify and weigh our clients’ career values and engagement levels as they encounter the various stages of the hierarchy. Maslow’s Hierarchy suggests that self-actualization is…

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Your Career Resolution Checklist

By Lise Stransky. This is a great time to reflect on the last year and consider what we want to do differently in the new year.  As we say au revoir to 2016 and bonjour to 2017, instead of proclaiming another resolution for change, review this calendar action plan to get you thinking about your career resolutions for 2017. Every year,…

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Guiding Principles of Career Development

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With a goal of bringing greater clarity and consistency to our national conversations about career development, the Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling (CERIC) has developed a set of Guiding Principles of Career Development. These Guiding Principles reflect multiple voices at CERIC and are intended as a starting point to inform discussions with clients, employers, funders, policy-makers and families….

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