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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

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

How To Make Your Boss Take Notice

Have you been passed over for a promotion and not understood why? Instead of doing what most people do—blame the boss—why not take an honest look at yourself and ask this question: Does my boss even know who I am and what I can

Should You Ask for that Raise?

Have you been thinking about asking for a raise but not quite sure how to bring up the subject with your boss? Here are a few things to think about first: Forget the old criteria for granting raises. Long gone are the days when

Avoid Making Career Decisions You’ll Later Regret

Many people wander through their career without direction, moving from one job to the next without a clear sense of purpose. Then one day—usually around mid-career—they wake up and wonder how they ended up where they are. Most times, the emotion expressed is regret.

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. For example, in Nova Scotia, you must give one week’s notice if you have worked with an employer

The Benefits of Working For A Small Company

I am a big fan of small business and always encourage young people to consider this route when thinking about where they will work. Many people (falsely) believe that a big company will provide lots of job security and offer a great career path.

My New Year’s Wish List

I am sure you will agree that 2020 has been an extraordinary year and no doubt many people will be happy it is over. As we mark the holiday season, many of us will look back over the past year and reflect. At the

What Should You Do If You Suddenly Lose Your Job?

Earlier this week at a local news radio station, eight people—including a couple I know well—lost their jobs unexpectedly. Admittedly, they are in an industry that is susceptible to economic swings. But it’s still a shock, and it brought to mind the question: What
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