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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The Value of a Career Counsellor: My Personal Story

By Kevin Waldbillig. I know that a happy and fulfilling career change is possible. I know this to be true because I’ve experienced it first-hand. Don’t think, though, that the change transpired without some feelings of fear and reluctance. Let me give you the background of how I came to seek out the services of a skilled and supportive career…

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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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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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How to Transform Your Clients into Preferred Candidates

By Lori Jazvac. I’ve learned that: You never know where your career journey will take you – it’s about remaining true to your values, having faith that things will work out better than imagined, and managing your career growth and satisfaction! I encourage my clients to embrace the same belief about their own careers. Have any of your clients ever…

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Book Review: How To Be Everything

By Christine Cristiano. This book, written by career coach, artist, and community-builder Emilie Wapnick, has a very compelling subtitle. The book’s full title is How to Be Everything: A Guide for Those Who (Still) Don’t Know What They Want to Be When They Grow Up. I was turned on to this book by one of my clients. This particular client is the…

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The Skills You Need to Succeed in 2020

By Avil Beckford, Guest Contributor. This article was first published in Forbes. 2020 isn’t that far away. As a professional, have you been paying attention to the changes happening in your workplace and how they are affecting you? How has your role evolved over the past five years? Do you consider yourself skilled for the jobs of the future? Do…

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How to Help Clients Turn Office Politics into Positive Outcomes

By Lori Jazvac. Your client has recently landed a new customer service role after you created a stellar résumé portfolio and provided career coaching. She established a nice rapport with the employer at the interview and is now eager to start her new job. She’s full of enthusiasm, excitement, and optimism. A few days pass, and then weeks. Your client,…

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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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