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A Job Seniors Can Bank On

On May 15 I wrote an article on “Cool Jobs for Seniors” but omitted a job that the Wall Street Journal brought to my attention. According to the WSJ if you are over 60 and you know a computer language …

Why You Should Hire an Overqualified Person

Many people are overqualified for their jobs. They may have higher education than the position they are in demands, they may have held higher positions previously , they may have many more years of experience than their company required when …

Does a Vacation Make You More Productive?

Have you ever wondered how work started in the first place? Work evolved slowly from the division of labour in primitive hunter-gatherer tribes to medieval farming systems through the industrial revolution, the movement into cities, and the real organization of …

Dress for Success While You #PressforSuccess

Women should celebrate being women – buy a fun new outfit, go out and toast their age-old mystique and whatever powers and talents men have always known or feared that females possess. Or go see Wonder Woman!! They can still …

What a Difference a Class Makes

Carly Fiorina gave the 2001 commencement address at Stanford University. The most valuable class she took when she attended Stanford was not in Economics or Psychology. It was a graduate seminar in “Christian, Islamic, and Jewish Political Philosophies of the …

Before You Send a Resume, Do These Things

The main purpose of a resume is to generate an interview but a few intermediate steps occur between the time you complete and send the resume. One of the most important things you can do is have the resume proof …

Why it Makes Sense to Give Your Staff an XMas to New Year’s Break

Why it Makes Sense to Give Your Staff an XMas to New Year’s Break “The winter solstice, also known as midwinter, is an astronomical phenomenon marking the day with the shortest period of daylight and the longest night of the …

Women in the Male Dominated Workplace: Plight and Progress

Dr. Molly Shoichet has recently been appointed Ontario’s FIRST Chief Scientist. She holds the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Tissue Engineering and is University Professor of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry, Chemistry and Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering at the …

When Does Using a 3rd Party Recruiter Save You Time & Money?

One of the difficult questions facing HR department heads is whether it is better to build up a strong internal recruiting department or leave the headhunting side to a third party. A lot of this depends on the size of …

What is Corporate Cultural Fit?

Whichever side of the divide you are on – either hiring or applying for a position, cultural fit is something that comes into play, and that you have experienced. Cultural fit is the likelihood that a job candidate will be …

Why Hire a Recruiter on an Exclusive Basis?

What does this mean? Hiring a recruiter on an exclusive basis means just this – you choose one recruiting firm for your assignment and this firm, normally within a reasonable time-frame, has the mandate to find your number 1 choice …

Should a Man Wear Brown Shoes to an Interview?

What is the big deal? Brown leather and black leather are … leather! Why the concern? Dressing for success has always been a purposeful, meaningful, activity. So when it comes to what shoes men should wear to an interview: Some …

Why is Retirement so Challenging?

Retirement involves change. And change is never comfortable. We remember how many times we wanted to exercise more, eat healthier, and lose those nagging few pounds that make us unhappy. And we try to forget how few times we succeeded …

When is it time to look for a new job?

You have been working for Company A for a number of years – along the way, you may have had a promotion or two or three, with more responsibility and the ability to provide more input. Co-workers have come and …

Getting over the Sluggish Blues

You wake up in the morning feeling sluggish. You drag yourself to the gym with that lethargic feeling, thinking that a good workout will get the neurons moving. But it’s still a struggle. You get to work and you are …

What is CRISPR-Cas9 and Gene Editing anyway?

The term CRISPR – Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats – refers to the unique organization of short (partially palindromic) repeated DNA sequences found in the genomes of bacteria and other microorganisms. These sequences form a crucial component of their …

Dating and Your Workplace – Do or Don’t – But Most Do

Is it illegal to have a romantic relationship with someone in the workplace in Canada? The real answer is “No”. Discrimination on the basis of family status is illegal, but of course your date is not (at least not yet) …

10 Ways to Work from Home Efficiently

More and more people are working from home – either for themselves, or for an employer who is happy with having them ‘telecommute’. If you are employed by an organization within driving range, you may be expected to appear at …

How do Deal with Annoying People at Work

So you finally have the great boss/job you were looking for. But that guy/gal in the next cubicle or office or down the hall – it could be a loud voice, rude or off-colour remarks, warming up food with pungent …

Is a Manager Entitled to Overtime Pay in Ontario?

Overtime is the amount of time someone works beyond normal working hours. The term is also used for the pay received for this time (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overtime). Actual hours and rates may vary from province to province in Canada, but it seems …

What are the Disadvantages of Hiring Contract vs Full-Time?

1. Lack of continuity 2. Contractors expect freer rein in what they do as they are the subject matter experts 3. Your permanent employees may find comings and goings of contractors disruptive – People they have just formed working relationships …

Mind the Gap!!! And How to “de-Gap” your Resume

So you have been off work for a few months, either due to the labour market, or the labour (maternity) market, or because you had worked for 10 or 15 years, or more, and seriously wanted a break, or due …

How to Hire the Best Talent

With over 7 billion people out there, certainly there is someone who can fill the position you are hiring for. Of course they do not all live in North America, or the UK, etc. but when you put out the …

5 Reasons to Hire a Consultant

1) Specialized knowledge and expertise 2) No long term commitment 3) Load balancing 4) External unbiased perspective 5) Financial People have two kinds of families; work families and home families. And if it’s a family business the two families are …

The “Pink Collar” Man in the Glass Elevator

Once upon a time, in a society far far away, rules were rules. Men worked in traditional male roles, such as construction, mining, medicine, accounting, management, executive roles, school principalships, science, mathematics, actuarial, and so on (http://ca.askmen.com/top_10/entertainment/top-10-male-dominated-industries_3.html). In fact, in …

How do You Find a Summer Job in Ontario?

1. Do you need a job this summer? “The Ontario government — and its partners — offer many programs to help students find summer jobs. You need to apply for most programs. In some cases, the government can connect you …

How to Keep Employees Happy and Motivated

Someone I interviewed once told me he was writing a blog on this subject. He said he was not happy and motivated at his workplace, and was writing this so that his boss could read it and shape up!!! All …

Who or What is Generation Z?

According to Statistics Canada, people born between 1993 and 2011 fall into this group, which represents 22% of the Canadian and 25% of the US population respectively. Other groups, e.g. in Australia, assign a similar but slightly narrower range – …

How to Annoy your Recruiter

How to Annoy your Recruiter One situation that occurs for example is as follows: A recruiter asks the candidate whether they have applied to a specific company and they say “no they haven’t”. In good faith, the recruiter submits the …

Should Candidates Ask Questions During an Interview?

An important factor to remember about an interview is that it is a two-way street. Certainly the hiring manager wants to ascertain if you are the right person for the position, based on countless factors such as knowledge, experience, team …

How Hiring Managers are Using Social Media to “Vet” Potential Candidates

It is only natural for us to want to separate our work persona from our social, family, friend, school self. Our kids, pets, vacations, hobbies, relationships should be another world away from our place of employment, or potential place of …

Rearing the “All Digital Generation”?

Who makes up the all-digital generation? Lately I was in a restaurant – at the next table, a mere child, no more than 2, was playing with a cell phone, thumbs flying, obviously entrenched in some age-appropriate game or other. …

Is the traditional resume disappearing?

In this age of LinkedIn profiles and personal photos, one may well ask if a traditional resume is on the endangered species list. The answer is “No” – but it can no longer be the only source of information out …

No Future for Voicemail on Land Lines

Most of us have a pretty good idea of the history of the telephone but if you don’t, just Google it. With rotary phones, when it rang you answered it and if no-one was there it kept ringing until it …

Online Programmatic Advertising

According to Wikipedia, “online advertising, also called online marketing or internet advertising, is a form of marketing and advertising which uses the Internet to deliver promotional marketing messages to consumers. It includes email marketing, search engine marketing (SEM), social media …

The Internet of Things

If you are confused about the constant references to “The Internet of Things”, IoT, rest assured that you are not alone. An excellent introduction is an article by Bonnie Cha (http://recode.net/2015/01/15/a-beginners-guide-to-understanding-the-internet-of-things/). Bonnie quotes colleague Walt Mossburg’s succinct definition: “The broad …

Women and the Boardroom 2014

Towards the end of 2014, the Women’s Executive Network published Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winners for 2014 (https://www.wxnetwork.com/top-100/top-100-winners/). Positions are distributed across arts and communications, finance, telecommunications, broadcasting, retail, education, and more. Globally, “women fill 13 % …

FitBit and the Workplace

In 2013, ABI Research (New York) predicted that “over the next five years, more than 13 million wearable devices with embedded wireless connectivity will be integrated into wellness plans offered by businesses”. (https://www.abiresearch.com/press/corporate-wellness-is-a-13-million-unit-wearable-w/. Why would this be so? Companies are …

Working for a Younger Boss

How do you deal with the fact that you suddenly have a boss who is younger than you are? Why did this happen? What should you do? The cold, hard fact is that the workplace is now a meritocracy – …

Stephen Poloz and Working for Free

In November, 2014 Mr. Poloz who is the Bank of Canada’s Governor told a Toronto audience that “Adult children stuck in their parents’ basements because they can’t find adequate employment should take unpaid work to bolster their resumes as they …

How Important Are Reference Letters?

A letter of reference is one in which the writer assesses the qualities, characteristics, and capabilities of the person in question in terms of that individual’s ability to perform a particular task or function. It is somewhat general in nature …

Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace

The National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (the Standard) is the first of its kind in the world. As Canadians, we should be very proud of this. “Launched in January 2013, it has already …

Ideas on Changing Careers

1. Make sure you figure out the real reason you want to do this – a passion for a field you never thought of in college, something you have always wanted to do, a new tech field that didn’t exist …

Back To The Future

Recently Google allowed people who access “Street View” to go back up to 7 years on selected streets so you could see for example how the new Freedom Tower evolved or how the Olympic Stadium in Rio came together. It …

10 Telephone Interview Tips

Remember that the purpose of the telephone interview is to get an invitation for a face to face interview – Here are a few tips on achieving success: 1. Receive the call in a private place if possible, allotting enough …

On Edward Snowden and Privacy Issues

It is well known that Edward Snowden was recently interviewed by Brian Williams (NBC Nightly News Week of May 26, 2014). Apart from the logistics queries as to why his asylum in Russia, it was interesting that Snowden reported that …

The Second Most Important Issue Facing a Small Company

There are a multitude of issues facing small companies the first of which is cash flow which includes such mundane but essential items such meeting payroll (which is really part of money management). The question is what is the second …

What is Bitcoin – What Are Bitcoins?

If you are confused about what Bitcoin is/ bitcoins are, you are not alone. What they are not is a way of converting all your heavy pocket change into a little digital card by depositing coins into a corner machine …

WXN Top 100 Most Powerful Women 2013

The December 2013 Financial Post Magazine devoted ¾ of its publication to listing and describing the achievements of 2013’s 100 extremely impressive Canadian female executives in the Private, Public, and NFP Sectors in 013. Amongst their ranks were 46 CEOs/Presidents/Founders, …

The Dollar Cost of Employee Turnover

Employee turnover has a surprisingly high cost, yet very little is being done to contain and/or reduce this expense – something which can significantly increase corporate profits. Assumptions: • Turnover in general in Canadian corporations is ~ 7% • Turnover …

Five Most Important Reasons a Company Should Hire Contract Staff

5) Financial – Benefits like life insurance, stock options, pension or portion of CPP/QPP or EI are not paid to independent Contractors allowing a company to have a stable cost base and better budget control 4) Flexible – Variable work …

Use of Contract Workers in the Biopharmaceutical Industry

What are contract and temporary workers? Temp workers are short term employees often used to fill short term staffing needs – e.g. holidays, sickness, whereas contract workers are often strategically required specialists, often running special projects or assignments. Recently due …

Metadata Monsters

If a stranger came up to you and asked for your phone number, address, email address, birthday, credit card numbers, SINs, or SSNs, passwords, and similar information on all of your family and friends, you would be horrified, tempted to …

Tips on Conducting Video Interviews with Candidates

In order to save on initial interviewing expenses, many hiring managers or HR managers are now conducting initial and even follow-up interviews using Facetime or Skype. Some companies are making hiring decisions based entirely on video interviews. 5 main related …

What is Epigenetics?

Epigenetics is the study of changes in gene expression or cellular phenotype (observable characteristics) caused by mechanisms other than changes in the underlying DNA sequence – hence the name epi (over, above, outer) genetics, some of which are able to …

Toronto HotDocs Exposé of the Dangers of the Internet

Generally the birth of the internet is regarded as 1993, when Mosaic, the original web browser, was released. [Of course Sir Timothy John “Tim” Berners-Lee, a British computer scientist, is best known as the inventor of the world wide web, …

A Job Seniors Can Bank On Why You Should Hire an Overqualified Person Does a Vacation Make You More Productive? Dress for Success While You #PressforSuccess What a Difference a Class Makes Before You Send a Resume, Do These Things Why it Makes Sense to Give Your Staff an XMas to New Year’s Break Women in the Male Dominated Workplace: Plight and Progress When Does Using a 3rd Party Recruiter Save You Time & Money? What is Corporate Cultural Fit? Why Hire a Recruiter on an Exclusive Basis? Should a Man Wear Brown Shoes to an Interview? Why is Retirement so Challenging? When is it time to look for a new job? Getting over the Sluggish Blues What is CRISPR-Cas9 and Gene Editing anyway? Dating and Your Workplace – Do or Don’t – But Most Do 10 Ways to Work from Home Efficiently How do Deal with Annoying People at Work Is a Manager Entitled to Overtime Pay in Ontario? What are the Disadvantages of Hiring Contract vs Full-Time? Mind the Gap!!! And How to “de-Gap” your Resume How to Hire the Best Talent 5 Reasons to Hire a Consultant The “Pink Collar” Man in the Glass Elevator How do You Find a Summer Job in Ontario? How to Keep Employees Happy and Motivated Who or What is Generation Z? How to Annoy your Recruiter Should Candidates Ask Questions During an Interview? How Hiring Managers are Using Social Media to “Vet” Potential Candidates Rearing the “All Digital Generation”? Is the traditional resume disappearing? No Future for Voicemail on Land Lines Online Programmatic Advertising The Internet of Things Women and the Boardroom 2014 FitBit and the Workplace Working for a Younger Boss Stephen Poloz and Working for Free How Important Are Reference Letters? Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace Ideas on Changing Careers Back To The Future 10 Telephone Interview Tips On Edward Snowden and Privacy Issues The Second Most Important Issue Facing a Small Company What is Bitcoin – What Are Bitcoins? WXN Top 100 Most Powerful Women 2013 The Dollar Cost of Employee Turnover Five Most Important Reasons a Company Should Hire Contract Staff Use of Contract Workers in the Biopharmaceutical Industry Metadata Monsters Tips on Conducting Video Interviews with Candidates What is Epigenetics? Toronto HotDocs Exposé of the Dangers of the Internet

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