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Live your work life as if you could die tomorrow

Live your work life as if you could die tomorrow

Recently I have been reminded of the importance of death... When we think about our own death and what might be our legacy after we have left this world, it can have a big impact on how we live daily. It has a lot of weight on how we treat people at work, in our...

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Turning Twitter into a giant job board

Turning Twitter into a giant job board

Not one who needs to use a lot of words in a day?  You probably find that Twitter is a favourite social media space and it turns out that many employers feel the same way.  Hundreds of thousands of jobs are posted by employers using a mere 140 characters everyday, and...

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Gerard Keledjian: An immigrant success story

Gerard Keledjian: An immigrant success story

About four years ago I migrated to Canada from Dubai, UAE, bringing with me over 15 years of experience and the dream of starting an exciting, new chapter in my life. However, like most new immigrants, I struggled to find my footing. In my search for solutions, I made...

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Is online learning for you? Let’s find out

Is online learning for you? Let’s find out

Online learning isn’t for every professional. It might work for you, let's find out. For me, I have been taking and creating online courses for several years now, and it occurred to me that I should look at the characteristics of successful online learners to see if...

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Getting through to your boss

Getting through to your boss

Have you experienced any of these issues with your boss? Your boss tells you to do something that is completely the opposite, or in contradiction to what he/she told you to do earlier Your boss forgets what he/she asks, and repeats things you already know, or doesn’t...

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Want more confidence? Try these steps!

Want more confidence? Try these steps!

Have you ever found yourself watching someone else participate easily in a conversation with a stranger and wondered, “How did he/she do that?” Or perhaps you watched a presenter put forth a series of ideas with brilliant logic, a great sense of humour, or...

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Virtual introductions: The “why” and “how”

Virtual introductions: The “why” and “how”

When you are anxiously looking for work or trying to find a client, where do your thoughts go?  After reading this post, hopefully they will zero in on one tiny, often overlooked but immensely powerful practice: the virtual introduction. The four categories of people...

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The power of a true vacation, and why you should harness it

The power of a true vacation, and why you should harness it

“You can’t do a good job if a job is all you do.” - Artifact Uprising “A vacation is over when you begin to yearn for your work.” - Morris Fishbein I have a confession to make. Since I started my business 10 years ago I have only taken one vacation – ONE vacation, ONE...

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Getting a job with your degree – 12 tips that work

Getting a job with your degree – 12 tips that work

Many university students are now finding themselves in the same boat as immigrant trained professionals: they have the education but cannot land jobs in their field. According to Stats Canada, of those who are earning money while completing their degrees, a whopping...

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Work experience – does it really matter?

Work experience – does it really matter?

People with experience on their resumes tend to receive more interview requests, and experience  is certainly good for personal brand and increasing perceptions of competence. Surprisingly, however, a meta-analysis [1] about the effects of work experience on job...

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Me biased? 3 strategies to find out

Me biased? 3 strategies to find out

It is pretty easy to tell other people what they should do, how they should fix a work issue and how to fix their personality foibles. We can quickly see when someone else is so much in favour of a person or a project they can’t see the forest for the trees. We can...

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“If it ain’t broke” – Workplace lessons for the entitled

“If it ain’t broke” – Workplace lessons for the entitled

Here’s a workplace attitude comparison I think you will find interesting. Recently social media evangelist Jill Rowley’s employment termination at Oracle has made the headlines. Rowley was portrayed as a talented creative whose free spirit did not fit the "old school"...

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