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Why is Retirement so Challenging?
Posted: May 19, 2017

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 …

When is it time to look for a new job?
Posted: April 28, 2017

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 responsibi …

Getting over the Sluggish Blues
Posted: March 28, 2017

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 neu …

What is CRISPR-Cas9 and Gene Editing anyway?
Posted: February 20, 2017

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 pal …

Dating and Your Workplace – Do or Don’t – But Most Do
Posted: January 15, 2017

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 …

10 Ways to Work from Home Efficiently
Posted: December 20, 2016

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 …

How do Deal with Annoying People at Work
Posted: November 4, 2016

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 …

Is a Manager Entitled to Overtime Pay in Ontario?
Posted: October 20, 2016

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 …

What are the Disadvantages of Hiring Contract vs Full-Time?
Posted: September 20, 2016

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 pe …

Mind the Gap!!! And How to “de-Gap” your Resume
Posted: August 29, 2016

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 wo …

How to Hire the Best Talent
Posted: July 31, 2016

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 A …

5 Reasons to hire a consultant
Posted: June 19, 2016

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 t …

The “Pink Collar” Man in the Glass Elevator
Posted: May 19, 2016

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, medic …

How do You Find a Summer Job in Ontario?
Posted: April 28, 2016

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 n …

How to Keep Employees Happy and Motivated
Posted: March 17, 2016

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 …

Why do Companies Post Fake Job Ads?
Posted: February 15, 2016

Why do Companies Post Fake Job Ads? There is no doubt that this happens – some companies will even admit this is you speak with them. For a candidate looking for employment, or for …

Who or What is Generation Z?
Posted: January 17, 2016

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 populati …

How to Annoy your Recruiter
Posted: December 28, 2015

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 the …

Should Candidates Ask Questions During an Interview?
Posted: November 28, 2015

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 ascert …

How Hiring Managers are Using Social Media to “Vet” Potential Candidates
Posted: October 28, 2015

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 …

Rearing the “All Digital Generation”?
Posted: September 30, 2015

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 ce …

Is the traditional resume disappearing?
Posted: August 27, 2015

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 …

No Future for Voicemail on Land Lines
Posted: July 4, 2015

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 answ …

Online Programmatic Advertising
Posted: June 1, 2015

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 of Things
Posted: May 24, 2015

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 introduct …

Women and the Boardroom 2014
Posted: April 28, 2015

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.co …

FitBit and the Workplace
Posted: March 28, 2015

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 b …

Who are the Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Generation Y?
Posted: February 28, 2015

Who are the Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Generation Y? People love to classify – hence the classification of all of us into 4 main groups: 1. The Traditional Generation (born pr …

Working for a Younger Boss
Posted: January 15, 2015

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 f …

End of 2014 IT Salary Information
Posted: December 18, 2014

End of 2014 IT Salary Information In the first quarter of 2014, Dice (dice.com) released its annual IT salary survey(1). Several points were of interest: 1. The average IT salaries …

Stephen Poloz and Working for Free
Posted: November 17, 2014

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 b …

How Important Are Reference Letters?
Posted: October 3, 2014

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 …

Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace
Posted: September 1, 2014

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 …

Ideas on Changing Careers
Posted: August 15, 2014

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 …

Back To The Future
Posted: July 15, 2014

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 evolv …

10 Telephone Interview Tips
Posted: June 15, 2014

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. …

On Edward Snowden and Privacy Issues
Posted: May 15, 2014

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 logisti …

Canadian Salary Updates – IT and Biotech Spring 2014
Posted: April 15, 2014

Canadian Salary Updates – IT and Biotech Spring 2014 Toronto, ON Mean Annual Base IT Salaries End of 2013 http://www.itworldcanada.com/salarycalculator Help desk/Technical Support …

The Second Most Important Issue Facing a Small Company
Posted: March 15, 2014

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 essent …

Job Losses and Gains 2013
Posted: February 15, 2014

Job Losses and Gains 2013 A recent Vault study taken from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics found the following 20 industries led the gains in employment Especially the sectors peo …

What is Bitcoin – What Are Bitcoins?
Posted: January 15, 2014

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 chang …

Canadian Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Industry 2013
Posted: December 9, 2013

A look at the Industry Canada web site will tell you that Canadian pharmaceutical sales represent 2.6% of the global market, the 8th largest market globally, and the fastest growin …

WXN Top 100 Most Powerful Women 2013
Posted: November 9, 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 t …

Privacy and Your Data
Posted: October 9, 2013

Privacy and Your Data Recently one of our blogs dealt with Metadata Monsters (http://hessjobs.mobi/metadata-monsters/). Further to this, Edward Snowden, whom we all know is a forme …

Laboratory Workplace Psychological Health
Posted: October 7, 2013

LABORATORY WORKPLACE PSYCHOLOGICAL HEALTH Research indicates a strong correlation between psychological health, and obviously health and safety in general, at work and the increase …

The Dollar Cost of Employee Turnover
Posted: September 14, 2013

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 signi …

National Biotechnology Week 2013 Sept. 20 to 27
Posted: September 9, 2013

National Biotechnology Week 2013   Sept. 20 to 27 2013 saw the marking of Canada’s 10th annual National Biotechnology Week across the country. Cross country events were hosted …

Five Most Important Reasons a Company Should Hire Contract Staff
Posted: August 23, 2013

5 Important Reasons to 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 a …

Use of Contract Workers in the Biopharmaceutical Industry
Posted: August 9, 2013

Use of Contract Workers in the Biopharmceutical Industry What are contract and temporary workers? Temp workers are short term employees often used to fill short term staffing needs …

Women Executives in Canada 2012
Posted: July 23, 2013

Women Executives in Canada 2012 Every December for the last 10 years, the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) has chosen to honour 100 of Canada’s most powerful professional women in t …

Metadata Monsters
Posted: July 9, 2013

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 informa …

Is There a Hidden Cost to Hiring?
Posted: June 24, 2013

View from the Recruiting Front The three most disturbing aspects of the employment situation from a recruiting point of view over this last year have been (1) Turnaround Time – not …

Tips on Conducting Video Interviews with Candidates
Posted: June 9, 2013

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 follo …

What is Epigenetics?
Posted: May 21, 2013

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 underl …

2013 Toronto HotDocs Exposé of the Dangers of the Internet
Posted: May 9, 2013

2013 Toronto HotDocs Expose 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 …

2012 Pharma/CRO Employment/Salary Picture
Posted: April 22, 2013

2012 Pharma/CRO Employment/Salary Picture Employment in the US pharmaceutical or clinical research segment has been devastated, over the past few years, with several elements at fo …

2012 IT Salary Ranges
Posted: April 9, 2013

2012 IT Salary Ranges In late January, 2013, DICE released an inclusive survey of ~ 15,000 US Information Technology specialists. They looked at salaries based on positions, metro …

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 Why do Companies Post Fake Job Ads? 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 Who are the Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Generation Y? Working for a Younger Boss End of 2014 IT Salary Information 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 Canadian Salary Updates – IT and Biotech Spring 2014 The Second Most Important Issue Facing a Small Company Job Losses and Gains 2013 What is Bitcoin – What Are Bitcoins? Canadian Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Industry 2013 WXN Top 100 Most Powerful Women 2013 Privacy and Your Data Laboratory Workplace Psychological Health The Dollar Cost of Employee Turnover National Biotechnology Week 2013 Sept. 20 to 27 Five Most Important Reasons a Company Should Hire Contract Staff Use of Contract Workers in the Biopharmaceutical Industry Women Executives in Canada 2012 Metadata Monsters Is There a Hidden Cost to Hiring? Tips on Conducting Video Interviews with Candidates What is Epigenetics? 2013 Toronto HotDocs Exposé of the Dangers of the Internet 2012 Pharma/CRO Employment/Salary Picture 2012 IT Salary Ranges

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