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How To Say “No” At Work

    Photo Credit _Abhi_ When I was 25, I started in my first professional position after graduate school, as an assistant at a financial institution. I was the primary line of contact for 3000+ clients, and 2 pension plans, and I had 16 phone lines that came straight to my desk. It was busy…

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5 Tips for Continuing Your Education

  Photo Credit CCAC North Library Starbucks recently announced a tuition subsidy program to help employees complete their undergraduate degree. Fantastic news for those just starting out, but what if you already have a degree and you’re looking to advance your career, or move into a different field? The mistake that many people make is…

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Want To Be More Productive? Take A Vacation

  Photo Credit Fifth World Art  It might seem counter-intuitive, but studies have shown that if you want to be more productive, you should take some time off work. Ahhh if only it were that easy! Many employers offer paid time off (PTO) as part of the benefits package, but set roadblocks to actually accessing…

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Do You Have an Exit Strategy?

  In her first two weeks at home, Ella got her entire head stuck in the baby gate 3 times. Once was frightening, twice was hard to believe, but after the third time, I realized that she doesn’t have any sense of consequences. She just acts without any kind of planning. In short, she doesn’t…

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Are You a Job Snob?

Photo Credit Joanna Poe About 7 years ago I made a potentially big career mistake. I saw a posting for a newly created management role in the department where I work at McMaster, but I didn’t apply for it. The job description focused on the administrative components of the role rather than the professional/managerial aspects.…

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Hiring & Recruitment

  Photo Credit Flazingo Photos This weekend I spoke about hiring and recruitment at the Beyond the Professoriate conference (#beyondprof on Twitter). I love giving presentations, but what I love even more is the opportunity to surprise people by making them think differently about their career strategies. If you’re trying to advance, change, or break…

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A Netiquette Lesson

Photo Credit Nan Palmero A few weeks ago, I got an email cry for help from an HR colleague. Like many of us, she was on the receiving end of yet another generic LinkedIn connection request. The problem? Well, the requester wasn’t exactly putting their best foot forward. When Janine got the invitation, she replied…

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Networking – How to Keep Your Contacts

Image Credit Thomas McMahon My post How to Work the Room Like a Pro got some attention (thanks for the shares) and I received lots of follow up questions. What most of my readers, clients, and LinkedIn contacts want to know is: once you’ve connected with someone, what exactly do you do with them after that…