When searching for a job, what’s in a name?

I recently heard about a new process in Canada’s federal government that will help reduce bias around who is contacted following a job application in an interview on Toronto’s Metro Morning. Six federal departments are piloting a blind recruitment strategy with the goal of increasing equity and diversity in its workforce. This process will remove... Continue Reading →

Should I start my career with an internship?

Last week, Bank of Canada head honcho Stephen Poloz recommended that unemployed young Canadians should take on unpaid internships to gain experience in their professional fields. The fact that top government officials accept that unpaid work is the only way to get ahead indicates that internships have become commonplace in today's economy. Further, the competition to... Continue Reading →

Setting SMART goals

I'm in the process of writing my professional goals for the next year at work. So, it's a good time to focus on some best practices for goal-setting. Rather than just shooting blindly for the stars, I'm going to set SMART goals so I can prove I've reached them during my annual review. What are SMART goals?... Continue Reading →

Tips for working from home

Working remotely or from home can be a big perk of a job. In an earlier post, I shared some benefits of working from home. I’ve also been fortunate enough to occasionally work from home in my current role, which has been great for work-life balance. Whether you’re in a role that lets you work from home... Continue Reading →

Digging up the truth about dogs at work

Having dogs at work can have a positive impact on a workplace’s culture. If a dog-friendly office is a good fit, it can be a great way to bring people together, reduce stress and add some fun to the everyday routine. Check out this recent article from the Huffington Post, which highlights some research on... Continue Reading →

How do I dress for a job interview?

I love the tips that Stacy London and Clinton Kelly from What Not to Wear share for dressing for a job interview, whether you're just entering the workforce or looking for a new job. For example, they suggest starting with a neutral suit look, and then adding other prices that show your personality to more... Continue Reading →

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