Tips for Creating an Effective LinkedIn Profile

LinkedIn is a great tool for researching prospective careers, building your network, and reaching out and connecting with people.  This should be an entirely professional social media tool, so keep your personal life out of it.  It really should function as an on-line resume and professional networking tool.  It takes some time and effort toContinue reading “Tips for Creating an Effective LinkedIn Profile”

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Advice on Giving Advice

I am sure that you have experienced a time when you turned to a friend, family member, or colleague when you were upset or frustrated hoping that you could share with him/her what was bothering you only to receive an earful of unwanted advice in return.  Rather than feeling heard, you felt irritated and disengaged.Continue reading “Advice on Giving Advice”

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Email Best Practices

When dealing with email communication I am frequently stunned by the lack of professionalism that I encounter.  Many times I receive emails that have no salutation or sign-off and no capitalization, grammar or sentence structure.  If these habits continue when the sender enters the workforce he/she will find that it will have a significantly negativeContinue reading “Email Best Practices”

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Ahead of the Game – Forming Great Professional Relationships

At just under 5’3” you may be surprised to find me every Wednesday at the Rec. Centre basketball courts ‘dominating’ a game of pick-up with 6’2”+ colleagues from across campus.  When I first started playing about 3 years ago my most recent experience had been when I was on the grade 8 team.  At thatContinue reading “Ahead of the Game – Forming Great Professional Relationships”

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What Not to Do In An Interview – The Dick and Jane Series Contd.

Do not show up late, but don’t be too early either:  Take the time before the interview to find out exactly where you are going and how long it will take to get there and then plan to be there about 10 minutes early.  If you end up getting there a lot earlier, take aContinue reading “What Not to Do In An Interview – The Dick and Jane Series Contd.”

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Preparing for an Interview – the Dick and Jane Series:

I would like to say that this video is an extreme example of what not to do; however, I have been told many tales from employers that make Dick look like a pretty good candidate. The reality is, like everything in life, you get from it what you put into it.  If you want to impress,Continue reading “Preparing for an Interview – the Dick and Jane Series:”

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To Be Out or Not To Be Out? That is the Question

When completing my master’s degree I lived with three other roommates, all of whom were gay.  Being immersed in the life of three partially-closeted women gave me great insight into how challenging it can be to manage your personal and professional life.  Some were not ‘out’ with family but were at work or at school;Continue reading “To Be Out or Not To Be Out? That is the Question”

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Do’s and Don’ts for On-line-Networking

We have all heard of some of the worst-case scenarios that can happen when you are not careful about your virtual-image and what you or others post to the internet.  At my institution there was the now infamous case of the “Saugeen Stripper”. An 18 year old, who performed a striptease in a dorm room,Continue reading “Do’s and Don’ts for On-line-Networking”

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Beyond Business Casual – Personal Branding Part 2: Creating a Professional Image

Studies show that most people will make decisions about who you are within the first 30 seconds of meeting you and some of those impressions can be difficult to alter once formed.  This is one of the reasons why I emphasize the importance of dressing professionally particularly when you are going to a networking eventContinue reading “Beyond Business Casual – Personal Branding Part 2: Creating a Professional Image”

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Personal Branding and Creating a Professional Image – Part 1

Match your shoes to your hem-line, always wear panty-hose, if you wear a little make-up it gives the impression that you pay attention to details . . . As a feminist, much of this seems offensive; however, working in a profession where I advise young people on how to present themselves in a professional manor,Continue reading “Personal Branding and Creating a Professional Image – Part 1”

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