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Career Transition On-Site Notification Assistance – Who Benefits?

By | February 7th, 2019|Career Transition|

One of the comments we often hear when organizations are downsizing one or more individuals and contemplating the offer of career transition or outplacement assistance is “We don’t need to have you on-site for the notification.  We’ll handle it internally and just advise the individuals to contact you.”  Is this the best choice?  Are there [...]

Cover Letters – Why Bother?

By | January 22nd, 2019|Career Transition|

One of the most common questions I get asked in both one-on-one client meetings and workshops is related to the cover letter.  Are cover letters necessary any more, or have they gone the way of the dodo and, potentially, the business card?  Does anyone read them any more? I’ve conducted some ad hoc research (just [...]

Terminating Employment with Respect

By | January 14th, 2019|Career Transition, Uncategorized|

Loss of employment ranks right up there with other major life losses in terms of stress levels. This is true for everyone. Reactions and emotions may be further amplified depending on whether individuals have been through job loss before and what is going on in their lives at that particular moment. Separation, divorce, a sick [...]

Out of Work for Longer than a Year? Part II

By | November 16th, 2018|Career Transition|

If so, you are part of the so called “long-term unemployed” folks. This is Part II of our 2-part series (please see Part I for tips 1 to 4) designed to assist people in this situation. While things seem to be improving on the Calgary employment scene, we still have a high percentage of long-term [...]

Out of Work for Longer than a Year? Part I

By | November 14th, 2018|Career Transition|

If so, you are part of the so called “long-term unemployed” folks. This is obviously not a fun place to be. While things seem to be improving on the Calgary employment scene, we still have a high percentage of long-term unemployed workers; 20.3% of total unemployed people are classified as long-term unemployed. What to do? [...]

Getting the Most out of Working with a Career Consultant

By | October 24th, 2018|Career Transition|

So … you have your first meeting with a Career Consultant after exiting an organization. What do you need to do to prepare? We’ve put together some tips for preparing for the start of your new journey. 1. Self Assessment How are you feeling about this next stage? Are you excited; does the world seem [...]

Remote and Recorded Interviews: 7 Tips for Success

By | September 25th, 2018|Career Transition|

There are a number of Calgary-based organizations that are using video interviewing platforms such as Skype for live interviews and HireVue for recorded interviews. Proponents claim that the tools reduce bias and increase diversity, candidate flexibility, and recruiter productivity. What is your take on these tools? Approaching either of these interview situations requires some preparation. As a [...]

5 Tough Questions… Are you Ready?

By | August 9th, 2018|Career Transition|

At its worst, an interview becomes a series of stilted questions and answers.  At its best, it is a conversation between people invested in the discussion and keenly interested in learning more about one another. We don’t advocate memorizing answers to interview questions.   You should, however, spend time determining what information you want to share [...]

Job Loss and Mental Health

By | May 7th, 2018|Career Transition|

Working in the field of career transition reveals that each person’s situation and reaction to job loss is uniquely their own.  Some individuals come to us fired up and ready to work on their resume, LinkedIn profile and networking strategy. However, sometimes we meet individuals who are tired, scared, and having trouble envisioning a positive [...]

The Overwhelming Rise of Recruitment Technology (part 2/2)

By | December 12th, 2017|Career Transition|

In part 1 of this 2-part series I told you about a recent experience I had with job seekers who were overwhelmed by impact technology has had on job search over the past 10 years. We discussed embracing change and letting the technology work for you. You can read part one here In this second [...]