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Conferences great opportunities for career building

Conferences great opportunities for career building Caitlin Crawshaw, for Canwest News Service At busy conferences, it’s easy to feel bogged down by the sheer volume of presentations and people. But if you’re strategic, conferences can be great opportunities to expand your career horizons, says Alan Kearns, founder of Toronto career-coaching firm Career Joy (www.careerjoy.com). "Today,

Cold calls can lead to hot jobs

Cold calls can lead to hot jobs By: Matthew Campbell Approaching potential employers out of the blue can seem daunting, but career experts say it can be a powerful weapon in the job-hunting arsenal, especially in a softening economy. When Jeff Morrow returned to Toronto last spring after graduating from Montreal’s McGill University with a

Survivor's Syndrome

Survivor’s syndrome By: Sarah Boesveld When co-workers are laid off and you’re spared the axe, you can’t help feeling guilty and relieved at the same time. Susan has learned that seniority, a good work ethic and kind colleagues are no match for the layoff axe sharpened by the current financial crisis. In July, after nearly

Out or In?

Out or in? Caitlin Crawshaw, edmontonjournal.com At the LGBTQ (Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgendered-Queer) youth group he volunteers with, Blair Croft has noticed an interesting phenomenon: while teens are becoming increasingly confident about their identities, they’re still careful who they come out to — particularly at work. “Even though kids are coming out at younger ages, and there’s a

The New Networking

The new networking Speed dating? That’s so 2003. Speed mentoring is the latest way to get a quick dose of career guidance REBECCA DUBE From Monday’s Globe and Mail March 31, 2008 at 9:20 AM EDT When the bell rings, dozens of strangers pair off and size each other up. They shake hands and start

Conferences great opportunities for career building

Conferences great opportunities for career building Caitlin Crawshaw, For Canwest News Service Published: Saturday, March 29, 2008 EDMONTON — At busy conferences, it’s easy to feel bogged down by the sheer volume of presentations and people. But if you’re strategic, conferences can be great opportunities to expand your career horizons, says Alan Kearns, founder of

'Hotelling' makes a comeback in major cities as companies seek to save money on valuable office real estate

ALEXANDRA SHIMO From Monday’s Globe and Mail January 21, 2008 at 9:33 AM EDT Arriving at the office on his first day as a consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Tom Broen felt he’d been misled. It wasn’t the work or the upper five-figure salary that upset him. But after five years of experience, he thought he

Nimble Careers

Nimble Careers By / Par Genevieve Paiement The fast company has begotten the fast employee. “Staying in one place is a career hindrance. Within a few years, you appear to be a liability,” says Alan Kearns, head coach of Canadian career coaching company CareerJoy. “The people who are getting ahead are the ones who have

No time to retire

No time to retire By Naomi Carniol OTTAWA — When Denis Colbourne started a consulting company just months after retiring from Nortel, his friends thought he was crazy. As the former chairman of Shanghai Nortel and vice-president of Nortel Semiconductors, Colbourne had more than enough stock options for a comfortable retirement. After 33 years with

Boss your career

Boss your career Laura Bogomolny Canadian Business magazine "Income without leaving your home!" promises one online advertisement. "Achieve and enjoy a lifestyle of wealth and freedom," guarantees another, promising to teach you how to earn millions while lolling about in your pyjamas all day long. Copious amounts of advice, respectable and otherwise, are available for