Unemployment in Canada reaches a new 40-year low

A lot of Canadians started new jobs last month. Those are the findings of the latest job numbers from Statistics Canada, released this morning. The economy added over 94,000 jobs in November, bringing the national unemployment rate in this country down to 5.6 per cent. That marks the lowest level that the unemployment rate has…

Why you’re probably going to want to change jobs in 2019

If you want a raise, next year might be your prime time to look for a new job. A new survey of Canadian employers reveals that most are putting their resources into offering higher salaries to new hires – while existing staff will only receive minimal increases. The survey conducted this fall by the recruitment…

Three tips for negotiating a higher salary

The current labour market in Canada favours job seekers as employers are struggling to fill job openings. The low unemployment rate we’re experiencing has companies increasing the salaries they are offering in order to attract staff. So, if you are changing jobs in the near future, this is a great time to negotiate a better…

Don’t worry. Getting fired is often a great career move

It might sound counter-intuitive to suggest that getting fired is a positive thing to happen for your career, but I’ve seen it happen many times. I’ve been corresponding with a woman who was fired from her job after a failed project. She wrote to the CareerBeacon team asking how to handle the situation in future…

The career-killing move more than half of us admit we’re making

New research released this week suggests that most Canadian workers don’t see a problem committing this unprofessional career blunder. It turns out that most of us feel confident searching for new jobs from our current workplace. In a survey from global staffing firm Accountemps, 79 per cent of workers said they would feel at least…

Canadian economy adds over 11,000 jobs in October

Statistics Canada has just released the latest Labour Force Survey, and it is another positive update. The Canadian economy added 33,900 full-time jobs in October, but these were partially offset by losses of 22,600 part-time positions. Statistics Canada reports that the net gain of 11,200 jobs nationwide is too small to be statistically relevant. This…

Canadian employers boosting wages to attract the staff they need

A flurry of new reports have just been released offering an eye-opening look at the Canadian labour market – and what employers are doing to hire the staff they need. Here’s a summary of the latest data. A record number of small businesses in Canada say that they are currently experiencing a shortage of skilled…

Want to give your career a boost? Take some time off.

The best thing you can do for your career? Take a break. Those are the findings of a new study examining the benefits of leisure travel. According to the survey, those who travel reported better emotional and physical health and improved relationships and productivity at work. Additionally, overall well-being is one of the biggest advantages…