Getting a reference from an employer who fired you?

Can you use a previous employer as a reference if they terminated your employment? One reader wanted to know. Hi CareerBeacon! I worked for my most recent employer for over a year. I was fired in January. Can I still get a reference letter from them, even though I was let go? – Jim. First…

Survey: People are telling (mostly) the wrong lies in their job applications

It turns out that most people lie in their resumes and during job interviews, and companies hire them anyway. Those are the findings of a new survey conducted by the ethical hiring practices firm, Checkster. For this research, the team surveyed 400 job applicants and 400 hiring managers, HR professionals and recruiters about honesty in…

Loud talkers and chatterboxes are sucking Canadian workplace productivity

A new survey finds that open concept offices are killing your workplace productivity, and the worst offenders are people who talk too loud and too much.  Canadians are distracted at work and this is affecting workplace productivity. This is according to a new survey that….hey! What’s that over there? Sorry. What was I talking about?…

Some of the best summer jobs for 2020 are hiring now

It’s time to find your summer job for the 2020 season right now. Wait, what? You may be thinking that it’s February, there is so snow everywhere, and the windchill factor is going to be mentioned in weather reports for the next two months. All of that is true, which is why many people don’t…

Workplace dating in the post #MeToo era

Workplace romance has always happened, but can you still find love at the office in the wake the #MeToo scandals and revelations? Following the numerous high-profile scandals, people are much more sensitive to issues of sexual harassment and misconduct now. And this is a good thing. No one should ever feel pressured to endure uncomfortable…

The most and least annoying corporate jargon phrases

Do you speak in corporate jargon? A survey has found the most and least loved phrases.    We love to hate corporate jargon. But it’s also very useful. How else do you know what to say when you’re suddenly called on to speak up in a meeting and you actually have no idea what anyone…

Canadian economy surprises experts with double the expected job creation

Statistics Canada released the Labour Force Survey for January this morning, and it’s a good news report. The country’s economy added 34,500 jobs last month, bringing the national unemployment rate down to the near record low of 5.5 per cent. The lowest it has been in the over forty years Stats Can has been collecting…

Essential career tool: Prepare your elevator pitch

Whether you are actively looking for a new job or are just open to potential opportunities that come your way, it is a good idea to have an elevator pitch honed and practiced. It’s an essential career tool for networking, connecting with potential employers, and marketing yourself. Your elevator pitch is a short couple of…

Two cities in Atlantic Canada are tops for hiring right now

It’s a job seeker’s market. Across Canada, employers plan to increase their headcount in the first quarter of 2020. A new survey of 1,900 Canadian employers from across regions and industries reveals where the most employment gains are expected to be for the coming months. For this research, Manpower interviewed a representative sample of over…