Work emails: Judgement required

From a formal “Dear” line and asking about your weekend, to one-word messages and emojis, to swear words and jokes that toe the line into being NSFW. There are many different approaches to how people write emails at work. A friend and former colleague, Amanda, recently sent me a hilarious video of sketch from CBC’s... Continue Reading →

Stand out with these 3 traits

A resume can get your foot in the door when you’re looking for a job. But, oftentimes hiring managers want a new hire to fulfill criteria that can’t be expressed on paper. Why? These traits will help hiring managers ensure that the candidate will benefit the organization in ways that go beyond just fulfilling their... Continue Reading →

What makes you feel good about your work?

In his TED Talk, behavioural economist Dan Ariely shares what motivates us to go to work every day. Spoiler alert: it’s more than just a pay cheque or bonus! Other things, like ownership of tasks, attaining goals and being challenged, play roles in making work meaningful. These factors continue to be important, even in the... Continue Reading →

What’s behavioural finance and how can it help me save more?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzcw_02ZB1o A while ago, I watched this TEDTalks video by economist Shlomo Benartzi called Saving for tomorrow, tomorrow. Although it's a few years old, and is based on U.S. data, many points resonated with me and still do. Benartzi discusses how the general population's lack of saving is a result of behavioural challenges related to self-control, loss-aversion and immediate... Continue Reading →

How do I write a cover letter?

Once you've spent hours refining and proofreading your resume, writing a cover letter can seem like very challenging and time-consuming task. But, it doesn't need to be.  It's important to remember that a cover letter is your first opportunity to build a relationship via a piece of paper (or email) with the person who's doing the hiring, as described... 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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