The invaluable lessons summer jobs teach young people

Apart from looking good on your resume, summer work experience demonstrates that you have what employers want

The invaluable lessons summer jobs teach young peopleAnother school year is over. It’s time for high school and post-secondary students to land a summer job. The good news is there are lots of jobs. Walk down any commercial or industrial street and you’ll see “We’re hiring” signs in many businesses’ windows. Many of these jobs are entry-level with fairly low pay. And…

7 tips to effective body language on stage

Leaders can sabotage a great presentation if they underestimate the power of body language

7 tips to effective body language on stageOnce upon a time a group of rising-star executives gathered at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to take part in a special competitive event. Each was to present a business plan to be evaluated by the entire group. The best ideas would then be recommended to a team of venture capitalists for final evaluation.…

Changing jobs? Check out corporate culture first

Put vision, culture and pay/benefits together, and you have the essential ingredients of a perfect match

Changing jobs? Check out corporate culture firstPeople often take jobs for reasons that are far different from the ones that keep them rooted to the same job. Unfortunately, most job-seekers never think about that. If they did, there would be far less turnover, not to mention angst accompanying job-changing. Why do career-builders choose some jobs over others? They match their skills…

A demotion doesn’t have to be demoralizing

Often when positions don't work out and workers are moved into lesser positions, they welcome them, even though it means a salary cut

A demotion doesn’t have to be demoralizingOne day out of the blue, your boss calls you into his office and says that you've been "reclassified." You have no idea what it means, but it sounds exciting. One thing is certain: You weren't canned. Maybe it's a new job, more power, and yes, a bigger paycheck. Sorry, it's none of the above.…

Tips to finding a good (business) story to tell

Stories are a compact way to communicate vividly, practically and persuasively

Tips to finding a good (business) story to tellStories are a compact way to communicate vividly, practically and persuasively. You can quickly capture people's attention, illustrate abstract principles in action, and appeal to emotions. However, telling stories well is often easier than finding good stories. Almost all of the books, articles, websites, and storytelling conventions on storytelling are about how to craft and…

Finding the right career path

Knowing which companies are hiring is meaningless if you're unsure about which career path to take

Finding the right career pathKnowing which companies are hiring is meaningless if you're unsure about which career path to take. Everyone knows dabblers who have tried their hands at countless jobs yet never settled permanently into one they really love. There are many reasons for job wanderlust. Often, it stems from impatience. The result is never sticking around long…

Uptight about being laid off? Six tips for holding onto your job

Job hunters who demonstrate proficiency in one or two areas – areas that also happen to be critical to organizational success – are in the best shape

Uptight about being laid off? Six tips for holding onto your jobKeeping your job when others around you are being laid off isn't easy. A 30-year Gallup survey, "Investing in Strengths," of more than two million workers revealed that employees who refined their talents stood a better chance of being promoted than employees who turned weaknesses into strengths. More specifically, rather than boning up on several…

You’re fired! So what comes next?

Whether laid off, terminated or fired, it all means the same thing. You've been de-jobbed, out of work, no more paycheque

You’re fired! So what comes next?It's happening all the time: Workers get the proverbial boot. But whether laid off, terminated or fired, it all means the same thing. You've been de-jobbed, you're out of work, and there's no more paycheque. It means pounding the pavement and looking for a new job. It's natural to be overwhelmed with negative emotions –…

How to nail the ‘Tell me about yourself’ job interview question

Answer in professional terms primarily; prepare, rehearse and then relax. Just let your personality and qualifications shine through

How to nail the ‘Tell me about yourself’ job interview questionOne question always makes an appearance at job interviews: “Tell me about yourself.” Almost without exceptions, candidates struggle to come up with a good answer. It’s almost as challenging as that other dreaded interview question: “Where do you see yourself in five years?” Fortunately, there are ways to answer that are sure to impress any…

Psychological resilience a key for entrepreneurial success

‘The word entrepreneur is synonymous with stepping out of your comfort zone’

Psychological resilience a key for entrepreneurial successPsychological resilience enables entrepreneurs to cope with challenges more effectively. A recent study conducted by Smith School of Business at Queen's University, in partnership with Concordia University, revealed how resilience alone accounts for an eight per cent greater chance of business survival. When mixed with the ability to interpret challenges or setbacks as puzzles to…
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