Archive | January, 2014

Saving for a rainy day might just save your career

28 Jan '14

Short version: If you do not have a rainy day fund you risk losing control over your own career. Long version: I recently met with a successful professional faced with a tough decision in the midst of a job search. On the one hand, she could join a large respected company in her field in […]

The one thing CEOs know that you don’t

21 Jan '14

You’re at the mall to pick up your dry-cleaning when a vividly-lit store seemingly beckons you. Immediately, a particularly striking luxury handbag you’ve been fantasizing about for weeks catches your eye. And it’s on sale – today only. Can we say, “Uh-oh?”  To splurge or not to splurge; that is the question. Decisions, decisions One of […]

13 Surprising Things That Affect Whether You Get Hired

20 Jan '14

The hiring manager uses the interview to determine whether you’ll be a good fit for the job. And you know the drill, so you arrive on time, dress impeccably, and answer all of their questions intelligently. But there are many more small details that overtly or subconsciously affect the way you’re perceived. For example, does […]

Calgary’s barriers to competitiveness

07 Jan '14

I hate to worry, but I think I am pretty good at it. It must be genetic for my grandmother was a worrier. My mother is a worrier. I too am a worrier. It isn’t fun, for as all the inspiring quotes tell me that when I worry I rob today and tomorrow of their […]

Orange is NOT the New Black: Best and Worst Colors to Wear in a Job Interview

07 Jan '14

Women in orange jumpsuits may have won over Netflix audiences everywhere, but wearing orange to a job interview won’t win over too many hiring managers. Voted for by 1 in 4 employers, orange topped the list for the worst color to wear to a job interview and was most closely associated with unprofessionalism. Good old […]

How the Staffing Industry Can Help Tighten the Skills Gap

07 Jan '14

At companies across the United States, executives are facing a possible talent shortage as individuals with valuable technical experience and skills near retirement age. Many organizations today are scrambling to find the right talent to fill critical positions. Though clients and business partners believe the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) skills gap is real, […]