What do Sheryl Sandberg, Tina Fey and Beyonce Have in Common?

A favorite question to pose little children is who their heroes are. The answers are often similar - firemen, mom, police officers, ballet dancers, astronaut, nurses. And they will often surround themselves with symbols of that hero -  astronaut bedsheets, fireman rain boots, or pictures of little ballerinas all over the room.  Children envelop themselves in the world of their heroes, because it's one way that they learn about the world and their values. Unfortunately, as we grow up, we think that we don't need heroes....more

The 2 Things You MUST Do in a Job Interview

For all the advice I give you, or that you read on other websites, or that you hear from career coaches, I want to tell you that it's really so simple.  There are literally only two things you must do in an interview....more
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How (and Where) to Find Mentors

We've talked about the huge role that mentors can play in your career. But how do you find them? While some mentoring relationships begin quite organically - someone senior in your company, or a respected professor. More often, however, we find ourselves needing advice or guidance, with no one on hand to help....more

Finding the Right Mentor for Your Career

   You've likely heard it before: find a mentor! A mentor is someone who provides career advice, guidance and assistance. They can help you answer questions about your career and gain industry insights....more

3 Reasons Your Resume Will End Up in the Trash

You know all about getting your resume noticed. (Clean layout! Accomplishments, not duties!) But do you know what’s on the flip side? What you might be doing that could cause recruiters to overlook your resume—or worse, toss it in the trash?Gasp! The trash? ...more
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How to Handle Strange Interview Questions

You're sitting in your interview, it's going well, you're feeling confident... and then the hiring manager asks you, "How many light bulbs are in this building," or "If you were a kitchen utensil, which would you be?"It's one of the most bizarre things to experience in an interview - the weird question. Some recruiters or hiring managers claim that it gives additional insight into the candidates, their analytical skills, logic or personality....more

Managing Your Ever-Growing To-Do List

How many times has this happened to you: You begin your day with a clear and simple to-do list, feeling energized and ready to tackle it. By the end of the day, however, not only have you not crossed anything off the list, but you've added to it. Time management is a difficult skill to master, and takes daily practice to stay on task....more

How Creative Should Your Resume Be?

Resumes are getting fancier and more creative.  Applicants are playing in Photoshop, adding design elements and various colours. I've received resumes on CDs, as video links, and even wrapped around a plate of doughnuts. With all the advice out there on grabbing the attention of hiring managers and being memorable leads to a common question: how creative should you get with your resume?   The answer is so subjective....more

Soft Skills for the Workplace

Whether you've just started a new job or have been with the same employer for a few years, it's important to remember that your skills and experience will only take you so far. Employers are also looking for people with great soft skills who can fit into their culture.That phrase could mean a million different things, depending upon the employer or industry. But there are a few key things to keep in mind, regardless of where you work....more

Grammar Tips for Cover Letters and Resumes

Yesterday we talked about the importance of having a resume and cover letter that are free of typos and grammatical errors.  You know what to look for with typos – did you write teh instead of the, or you forgot to pluralize a word or misspelled someone’s name.  Typos happen, and are forgivable- sometimes.  What aren’t forgivable are grammatical errors.    Grammar and the way that we use language say a lot about us, and whether we like it or not, we are judged by it.  Everything that we do – whether it’s personal or professional – invo...more