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7 Behaviours That May Harm Your Career

Have you ever felt angry at being passed over for a promotion? Or felt the disappointment of not receiving the raise you wanted? And when you feel these emotions, do you look for someone else to blame? If you’re like most human beings, your
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How Much Notice Should You Give?

The Labour Standards Code (or equivalent) in every province specifies the minimum notice period you must give your employer should you decide to quit your job. Notice period is the amount of time from when you tell your employer you are leaving and when
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Create a Failure Resume

The other day, I picked up Daniel Pink’s new book, The Power of Regret: How Looking Backward Moves Us Forward. I’ve not finished it yet, but already I have gleaned valuable insights into how acknowledging our regrets—something most people never do—can lead to a
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What To Look For In A Job Offer

I know of a person who was made a verbal job offer in the morning, only to have it withdrawn that same evening. Unfortunately, in the interim, he resigned from his current job. When he asked for his old job back, his employer refused.
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The Best Resumes Have These 5 Features

I have read a lot of resumes over the years. Several were nothing more than a few poorly-constructed paragraphs. The longest was 76 pages! I didn’t quite get through that one. I’ve said many times that strong candidates often get overlooked because they haven’t
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Do Fears Prevent You From Reaching Your Career Potential?

I encounter many people who lead a “fear-based career.” By this, I mean that some underlying fear influences their career decisions and prevents them from achieving their full potential. Here are a few examples. Jim A marine biologist, Jim has an irrational fear of
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Simple Questions to Help You Better Prepare for the Interview

When searching for a new job, you may encounter a variety of interview formats ranging from completely unstructured interviews—which end up being causal conversations over coffee—to highly-structured ones—where the interviewer asks pre-planned questions in an organized way. For some candidates, the latter style feels
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Decline the Offer Without Burning Bridges

There are plenty of reasons why you might turn down a job offer even after you’ve been through a series of interviews, meetings, and testing. However it can be awkward, especially if you’ve been indicating your interest in the job all along by continuing
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How to Overcome a Less-Than-Stellar Performance Review

A disappointing performance review can be devastating, especially one that caught you off guard. You may experience a range of emotions like anger, embarrassment, denial, failure, confusion, or shock. You might even be worried that your job is in jeopardy. For sure, it will
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It’s Time to Update Your Resume

The new year is a time of excitement and renewal for many people with pledges to get fit, volunteer more, and generally incorporate positive habits into their life. If one of your goals this year is to pursue a new career, the first place
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