How not to destroy your career on Zoom

Now that we’re all in virtual meetings all the time, the Zoom gaffe is something to worry about. Here’s how not to destroy your career on Zoom. Virtual meetings and interviews have become the norm during the COVID-19 pandemic, with Zoom and Google Meet topping the list of popular platforms. In fact, these face-to-face online…

New research says many Canadians working harder, longer hours since COVID

It turns out that the pandemic can’t slow Canadians down. In fact, the opposite is true. New research finds that since many people transitioned to remote work, they find themselves working longer hours than ever before. (However, many of these workers are starting to feel their efforts are under-appreciated.) The team at Robert Half surveyed…

Why you won’t be getting a pay raise in 2021 (Thanks, COVID-19)

As Canadian employers plan for the year ahead, nearly half (43 per cent) of organizations have modified their salary increase plans for 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Those are the findings from the 2020/2021 Salary Planning Survey for Canada from global consulting firm Gallagher. The survey captured data from business leaders, human-resources professionals, and…

How to clean up your social media for the job search

Most managers check you out online and that could cost you opportunities. Here’s how to clean up your social media to get the job. Your social media presence may be costing you job opportunities. You might want to do an audit and clean things up. This should go without saying but employers are checking out…

The best places to work in Canada for 2021

Sure, it would be great to land a new job at an employer that offers great benefits, an awesome workplace culture, and the opportunity to acquire new skills. But how can you find those companies? Fortunately, the list of Canada’s top employers has just been released by the folks at the Globe and Mail. The…

The most common video conference pet peeves

Are you sick of Zoom meetings yet? It turns out that many Canadians are. A new study from staffing firm Robert Half shows that video calls are starting to grate on workers. Almost three-quarters of professionals surveyed (72 per cent) said they participate in regular virtual meetings. Those respondents reported spending about a quarter of…

New report lists the skills you’ll need in 5 years

Work is changing due to the rise in technological advances and the COVID pandemic. A new report lists the skills you’ll need in 5 years. Critical thinking and problem-solving top the list of skills employers will be looking for in the next five years. This is according to the third edition of the World Economic…

The highest paying IT certifications for 2020

Considering a career change amidst the economic turmoil of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic? It turns out that despite everything else going on in the world, the tech sector is booming right now. Employers are experiencing critical skills and labour shortages in the IT fields, and acquiring the most sought-after certifications can give your salary a…

Job seeking while unemployed no longer the worst thing you can do

Being unemployed once made you unemployable. Thanks to COVID-19, Job seeking while unemployed is not the worst thing you can do anymore. If you’re looking for a job, don’t be afraid to tap your network and let people know you’re unemployed. It’s OK to do that now. Things have changed, for the time being at…

Decoded: The five words most often appearing in job postings

What are employers looking for in candidates? Analysis of online job postings can reveal the most often repeated skills and attributes that are sought-after for the majority of jobs. Just what are employers really seeking with those frequently repeated words in their job descriptions – and how can you demonstrate that you have them? Here…