The real costs of informal caregiving in Canada

National strategy needed for unpaid caregivers in the workplace

The real costs of informal caregiving in CanadaOne in every three workers in Canada is assisting a chronically disabled person – many of them seniors – with transportation, household maintenance or day-to-day tasks, according to one report. The 6.1 million employed workers who are providing such care, free of charge, to a family member or friend are more likely to experience interruptions…

10 helpful hints to writing a winning resume

A compelling resume should be a concise, well-written statement of your abilities

10 helpful hints to writing a winning resumeWriting your first resume isn't fun. Whether it's after you graduate high school, or a community or four-year college, it's a tedious, time-consuming chore requiring thought and concentration. It comes down to hard work. Considering that the average recruiter spends only seconds skimming resumes, grabbing a human resource or hiring manager's attention long enough to trigger…

Who is reading your resume?

Understanding who, or what, reads your resume will increase your chances of getting hired

Who is reading your resume?Once upon a time, in a world seemingly far, far away, a job seeker would sit down with the classified section of the Sunday newspaper and a red pencil (it always was a red pencil, wasn't it?) and circle jobs that were perfect for them. They would attach a well thought-out cover letter to their…

Is your bad behaviour risking your retirement?

Choosing investments that fit your emotional limits will help you to minimize your bad investment behaviour

Is your bad behaviour risking your retirement?There are three main reasons why investors consistently under-perform the investment indices: bad investor behaviour high investment costs, and high investment Portfolio Turnover Ratios (PTRs) Of the three reasons listed above, No. 1 (bad investor behaviour) is the biggy – accounting for over half of all lost investment returns. When it comes to our investment…

Perfecting your elevator pitch to land a job

A few small extra steps can be the difference between unemployment and actually getting hired

Perfecting your elevator pitch to land a jobUnder every rock, there’s another snake that claims that a candidate must have an “Elevator Speech.” Unfortunately, the vast majority of elevator speeches are long enough to last the time it takes to ride the elevator to the top of Toronto's CN Tower. Eyes roll back in respective heads and sleep beckons. Following are the…

Four top mistakes made by job hunters

To be the winning job candidate, your attitude must convey a passion for the employer's business and an eagerness to participate in the corporate vision

Four top mistakes made by job huntersEven with the hundreds of career books published every year, not to mention the thousands of articles about how to write a perfect resume and ace job interviews, job hunters keep making the same mistakes. Every job hunter fumbles parts of the tedious job-landing process, but the four following mistakes can seriously slow the process,…

6 tips for inspiring innovation in your employees

Make innovation a priority with these six tips, and you'll be surprised at the ways your workplace and employees transform

6 tips for inspiring innovation in your employeesWhile not every company aspires to innovate, every company would nevertheless benefit from increased creativity in the workplace. Whether it ends up revolutionizing your product line, improving your supply chain's efficiency, or simply boosting your office's morale, innovation in the workplace should not only be welcome but encouraged. Instead of waiting for the lightning of…

Chronic compromising why most small businesses fail

Learning how to start with no, rather than starting with yes or maybe, will boost your business success

Chronic compromising why most small businesses failThe mortality rate for small businesses is scary. Approximately seven out of 10 new small businesses survive at least two years, half almost five years, a third more than 10 years, according to research. And 25 per cent last 15-plus years. The reasons for the high mortality rate changes little year-to-year. High on the list…

4 steps to getting your boss to listen to your great ideas

If you present them in the right way, you’ll have a better chance of actually seeing them come to life

4 steps to getting your boss to listen to your great ideasIt seems that every guide to career success has the same advice: Be a creative problem solver at work, and you’ll get ahead. “Bosses hate it when you just bring up issues without providing solutions,” guides say. “Always have some ideas for solving the problems before you bring them up.” And chances are, your boss…

Volunteering is good for your career

Employers like to hire candidates who have volunteering experience

Volunteering is good for your careerEmployers like to hire candidates who have volunteering experience. In fact, many companies encourage their employees to volunteer a few hours a week; others run their own volunteer programs. But the importance of volunteering for a worthwhile cause transcends a paycheck and career advancement. The true payoff is the heartfelt satisfaction that comes from improving…

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…

No going back from suddenly becoming a caregiver

There are a few basic truths that reveal themselves in almost every story of sudden-onset caregiving. The first is that love remains intact

No going back from suddenly becoming a caregiverFalling into caregiving is a particularly apt descriptor for anyone whose spouse has suffered a stroke or received a cancer diagnosis. The day of a loved one’s serious head injury is the marker for a family life before and after caregiving. A catastrophic event or diagnosis catapults a caregiver into another land – a territory…

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…