Career Advice

Job Search Supports When Money’s A Problem

Mark Swartz · Nov. 6, 2018

Free job search coaching, funding, and donated interview clothing: there are resources for low-income folks in need. Job hunters with low incomes have some extra hurdles. Some can’t afford proper clothes for interviews. Lots of others would never get good search help if it weren’t subsidized. Thank goodness there’s a whack of resources out there. Whether paid for by our taxes or charitable giving, being jobless doesn’t have to mean being penniless.

Kids of Canadian Immigrants Who’ve Rocked Like Freddie Mercury

Mark Swartz · Nov. 1, 2018

Bet you didn’t know the real name of Queen’s late frontman is Farrokh Bulsara. Canada also has famous crooners born of newcomers. Immigration rocks! And rolls too. Where would Queen have been without its genre shattering lead? Who knows, had Mr. Bulsara and parents not schlepped from Zanzibar to Britain. Canada too boasts music celebrities whose forebears come from away. There’s Able Tesfaye, slightly better known as The Weeknd. Nelly Furtado is of Portuguese descent. And who can forget worldwide rap star, Aubrey Graham? (He’s sometimes called Drake, btw.)

The Right To Disconnect From Work In Canada

Neil MacIntosh · Oct. 31, 2018

Fed up with after hours e-intrusions from the job? No specific law protects you, yet! Nasty beeps and buzzes from work after hours. They’re today’s unpaid overtime. Barging into your private world. Next asshole who texts you from work at 9:52 p.m. – expecting an answer – must be slain (metaphorically). Value your Netflix-and-chill moments? But shook that dodging dings from the office makes you disloyal? Bad news: Nowadays the right to disconnect’s a grey zone.

Don’t Let Your Halloween Costume Haunt Your Career

Joanne Richard · Oct. 29, 2018

Does this costume make me look… inappropriate? Having some Halloween fun at the office can be a good thing but releasing your inner superman or killer zombie could be a scary career move. The last thing you want to do is spook away that promotion, or even drive a deadly wedge between you and management. Taking into account the popularity of Halloween and the fact that adult costume sales have eclipsed children’s, be prepared for stranger things to come alive in your office. But remember you’re not a kid, and there’s no tricking allowed. Your costume is part of your professional brand.

Should You Disclose Your Moonlighting?

Mark Swartz · Oct. 26, 2018

There’s no Canadian legal ban against side hustles, but that doesn’t mean it’s always acceptable. Damn you, butt dialling! It chewed a well-paid IBM Canada employee in the behind. Some pocket-produced calls exposed his moonlighting. Got him fired from his real job. He took it to court but lost. Should folks with a full-time job who side hustle start fessing up? While there’s no specific law banning secondary work, certain factors make it risky. Whether to reveal or not thus depends on what’s shaking.

Treat Your New Job’s Pre-Start Like The NBA Pre-Season

Mark Swartz · Oct. 17, 2018

In the time between accepting the offer and start-day prep to make succeeding nothing but a swish. Pay rapt attention. No, even Raptor. NBA superstar Kawhi Leonard has transferred to Canada (at least for 2018-19). How’s this California native prepping for his moose and Mountie debut? A lot like you before starting a new job. He’s using pre-season – the half-time after offer signing and before officially starting – to ensure his game’s lit. No reason you should be a basket case on your first day. Not if you follow the playbook.

Project Plan The Way Canada’s NHL Teams Do

Steve Mahoney · Oct. 10, 2018

An NHL season’s plotted in stages, with goals, resources and managed expectations. Sound familiar? Go Canucks go! Carry on, Canadiens! The 2018 NHL season’s in force. With it comes valuable lessons on how teams design their tactics, gather resources and leverage collaboration. Seems a hell of a lot like project planning. Your own projects won’t start with a puck drop in October, or end with a Stanley Cup in June. Yet no matter if yours takes a few days or more than eight months, follow the steps Canada’s hockey squads do.

A Star Is Born Shatters 5 Dream Job Chasing Myths

Mark Swartz · Oct. 4, 2018

Go Gaga when going after a passion career, but don’t look away from this movie’s messages. Love Cinderella? A Star Is Born’s latest remake pays homage. Complete with evil meanies (no stepsisters though) and a fairy-tale rescue, its core’s about wishing for a dream job, This time Lady Gaga (aka Ms. Stefani Germanotta) plays Ally, an unknown bun-nosed waitress, plucked from obscurity into music’s dizzying heights. Her prince is Jackson (Brad Cooper), a broke down fabled singer. Aside from retelling an enchanting story, the film shatters plenty of myths about pursuing your passion career.

Flip Your Work Bitching Into Positive Changes

Neil MacIntosh · Oct. 1, 2018

Who the hell wants to hear you complain? Channel your harsh feelings into improving conditions. Do you want to get your ass fired? Moping around all bitchy at work. Complaining constantly. Not lifting a finger to try and fix your issues. Won’t take long for others to clue. Some’ll defriend your miserable hiney. Then the boss criticizes your sucky attitude. Hey, you’re halfway out the door!

Skills Needed For The 2025 Manager

Mark Swartz · Sep. 27, 2018

Get ready for meta-cognition, AI integration and other emerging aptitudes. Hey there modern managers! You’re so damned up to date. Brimming with emotional intelligence. A master at communicating. And tech-savvy? All your mobile apps auto-sync to teamware. Who cares what a recent major study by Royal Bank says; how massive skills changes will slam Canadian jobs by 2025. No one’s more future-proof than you. That said, maybe curb the hubris a tad. Experts predict managers will need some magnum new talents.

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