You Say You Don’t Have Time? Submit Your CPC Award of Excellence Nomination Now!

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By Maureen McCann.

For me, it was a game-changer. Things really took off for me professionally after winning my first CPC Award of Excellence.

None of us have the time. We have to make the time. Trust me when I say that doing so can make all the difference.

I recently shared the following post about winning my first Award of Excellence on my Promotion Career Solutions Facebook page.

“On this very day, 11 years ago, I won my first career-related award from Career Professionals of Canada. It was May 12, 2007, and the award was for Outstanding New Career Professional.

It was a challenging year for me.

I was working a full-time job at a non-profit in Ottawa helping newcomers to Canada find meaningful work in their chosen fields. What made the job especially challenging was that all of these people faced multiple barriers to employment.

At the same time, I was studying career counselling online through Athabasca University and raising my one-year-old while my husband was serving in Afghanistan.

My CPC colleagues Wayne Pagani and Paul Roche were incredibly understanding and supportive in a way I had not previously experienced. I am eternally grateful for their generosity.

Today, I encourage career professionals to join a supportive professional community so that they, too, may experience the care and support I was blessed with. My career community is Career Professionals of Canada.

On reflection, I am so proud of this achievement. I really believed that I had no time to submit my Award of Excellence nomination, but I found the time and I did it!

I talked to Skye Berry-Burke about her honourable mention for the 2018 Career Innovator Award with Career Directors International. Here’s what she shared with me.

“I set a goal for 2018 to not only survive but THRIVE!

After a difficult day of self-reflection, I was beyond blessed to open my email and discover that I had received an honourable mention for the 2018 Career Innovator Award with Career Director’s International.

Most are not aware of this fact, but I crafted the “innovator” presentation during a time my marriage was falling apart back in 2016.

In March 2018, while sitting at my computer in tears during a period when the pressure of being a full-time (work-from-home) single mother of two seemed overwhelming and daunting, I submitted the nomination package for this award.

The moral of my story is – never stop believing in yourself or your dreams – even when it feels like life is working against you.”

We’re all busy. We all have struggles. We’re all going through something. Neither Skye nor I had the time or the energy to submit our nominations, but we did! We got it done and the results paid off for each of us.

Even if I hadn’t won, I was very proud of my submission and proud of myself for investing in me, something we advise our clients to do.

The deadline for submissions is July 1, 2018. I hope to see your nomination in this year’s Awards of Excellence!

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