Helping Clients Succeed in the Gig Economy

By Lori Jazvac. As the world of work evolves, many can expect to change jobs frequently. Loyalty to one employer, once a commonly held value, is now giving way to the gig economy, which requires a complete shift in mindset. Investopedia defines a gig economy as one in which “temporary, flexible jobs are commonplace and companies tend toward hiring independent…

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The Power of Networking

By Cathy Milton. You don’t have to look too long or hard to find several articles on the internet supporting the fact that up to 85% of job seekers landed their current job via networking. Even when presented with that impressive statistic, some clients may be skeptical. I recently sat down with a friend and neighbour, a brilliant young man…

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Five Common “Worst Job” Scenarios

By Maureen McCann. Some days our clients may feel that they have the worst jobs in the world. Every once in a while we are there to remind them that perhaps when compared to other jobs, their jobs aren’t as bad as they might seem. As career professionals, we know there’s no such thing as the “worst job” or “best…

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Helping Clients Network for Success!

By Lysa Appleton. It is no secret that  networking is an integral part of any job search, and an essential activity for long term employability. So, how can we support and guide our clients in networking successfully? To begin, I believe that we need to clearly define what networking is – and what it is not. Networking is not about…

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December: A Great Time for Job-Seeking Clients

By Makeda Waterman, Guest Contributor. There is a popular misconception that December is an unfavourable time for clients to find quality job opportunities. Clients may believe this for various reasons. They may think that most organizations do not have the budget at year end to hire new employees, that it is a busy time of the year for human resources to…

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10 Bold Tactics to Tap the Hidden Job Market

By Skye Berry-Burke. Career Professionals employ many strategies and approaches to guide clients to access the hidden job market. The “hidden job market” is a broad term used to describe jobs that aren’t posted online or in advertisements. With more than 80% of positions being filled by direct and indirect job leads, clients need to go beyond online job boards and search engines to…

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A Secret to Alleviating Job Search Stress – Yoga

By Lori Jazvac. I recently worked with a client who landed an exciting entry-level engineering role with a growing and innovative company in Halton. During our coaching sessions, he asked me how he could relieve his job search stress. Along with thorough dedicating practice and preparation while remaining optimistic, I suggested a hobby that has helped me stay energized and balanced when…

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Mining for Strengths – Questions to Build Self-esteem and Motivation

By Richard Hamilton. Unemployment can have a profoundly adverse impact on our client’s self-esteem and motivation. Clients come to us with some feeling of failure, fully focused on their short comings rather than their strengths; we need to move that self-doubt out of the way.  By exploring our client’s interests and related successes, we can help reconstruct self-esteem and activate…

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Build Client Motivation BEFORE The First Appointment

By Richard Hamilton. Amongst the many innovations that the founders of Solution- Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) have introduced to the world of counselling is the exploration of pre-session changes. These changes can lead to a treasure trove of useful motivational strategies, if you know how to tap into them.   Research has shown that 40% of clients have made some improvement…

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Helping Clients Survive the Recruitment Experience

By Laurie Neave. Pre-interview – clients report suffering from stomach ache, sleepless nights, fear, excitement, and exhaustion. Do these things sound familiar? Post-interview – “the blues”, emotional swings, crankiness, sleeplessness, sadness, anxiety, and nausea may follow an interview experience. Have you had clients describe these things to you? Believe it or not, there is actually something worse than anything listed above…that…

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21 Job Search Tips and Trends

By Giselle Mazurat. I love trend research because without it we wouldn’t have a clue about where the world is going. As career practitioners, if we don’t know where things are going, we might share outdated information with our clients, leaving them improperly equipped to compete in the marketplace. We need to see the coming trends so we can position our…

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Case Study: How Language Impacts New Immigrant Outcomes

By Lori Jazvac. I sometimes get asked by clients whether their language and pronunciation will affect career outcomes. I relate the story of my mother, Anica (aka “Annie”), a determined immigrant who once ventured to Canada with relatively few English communication skills. Annie’s Canadian Workplace Career Transition Back in the mid-60s, the hiring manager at Hamilton’s leading glass factory was recruiting…

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Workplace Flexibility On the Rise

By Lori Jazvac. In my earlier career, a manager suggested that I start working from home to perform collection calls in the evening. At the time, I declined. I had grown up with the notion that a traditional “9-5” role constituted working only outside of the home, an assumption likely formed because my parents worked shifts in a factory for over…

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Budget Creates Flexibility and Opportunity for Canadians Seeking New Skills, Education and Jobs.

News Feature

March 22nd, 2017 (OTTAWA) – Career development professionals from across Canada are applauding the federal government’s agenda for increasing labour market participation. The 2017 Federal Budget, tabled today in Ottawa by Minister Morneau took important steps to invest in labour force participation for underrepresented groups, especially youth, women, indigenous populations and veterans. While the government did not commit to a national…

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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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