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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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

Lysa Appleton

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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