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…

How to interview for a job after being fired

A CareerBeacon reader wrote in for some advice on her career dilemma. She was recently fired from her job, and she is afraid the situation will prevent her from landing future employment. Here’s a summary of her question. “I worked at my last job for almost a year before being terminated. The project I was…

129 ways to get a job

An article is going a bit viral this week. It’s from a 1958 issue of McCall’s Magazine and is titled 129 Ways to Get a Husband.  As I’m sure you can imagine, it’s amusingly outdated and contains all sort of ridiculous suggestions like “Stand in a corner and cry softly. Chances are good that he’ll…

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…

9 jobs for stay at home moms that don’t require a degree

Stay-at-home moms are often in the market for jobs we can do from home with the little spare time we have. Who doesn’t need extra money? And even better if you can make it while breastfeeding and wearing pyjamas, right? I’m assuming that if you are in a specialized field with high-level training and qualifications,…

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…

11 things you should never do on social media

You probably know that your social media presence has a big impact on your career. But sometimes people need a reminder. I’ve seen some pretty bad things on social media lately – racist jokes, nasty fights, name calling, insults… maybe we’re just getting so used to the online world that we forget that, unlike our…

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…