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 to […]

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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 negative […]

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Business Casual – What to Wear to Work

If you want to succeed at work, you need to dress the part.  This is not a myth but a reality.  Your appearance represents your employer and your respect for your job as much as it represents your personal style.  Because of this, employers take very seriously the image that you create for yourself and […]

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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 that […]

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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 a […]

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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, […]

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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; […]

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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, […]

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You are your own PR agency

Remember: Everything that you do, every letter or phone call that you make is a representation of you. Because of this it is important to invest some time in developing a tool kit of job search resources that you can use.  Also, it is important to go through a variation of a branding process that […]

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Your On-Line Presence – Networking and Image

On-Line Networking: These days, over 50% of employers Google prospective employees before they hire them.  This means that you need to be paying attention to your on-line image.  So Google yourself! See what comes up. Keep your private life private. You can still have personal information on the web. Just make sure that it’s only […]

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