Archive for May, 2012

What the executive office looks like »

The corner office isn’t where most of us sit (if we get to sit at all on the job). For the average worker, senior leadership positions are difficult to come by and something you spend much of your career working toward. That is if you even want a leadership role — not everyone strives for […]

A pre-graduation job search action plan »

Graduating from university soon? As the “real world” looms, keep in mind these words of wisdom from Thomas Edison: “Good fortune is what happens when opportunity meets with planning.” While a lucky few from the Class of 2012 will secure employment opportunities with minimal effort, the majority of graduates will need to work hard to […]

How to conduct a job search with a criminal record »

Seventy-three per cent of human resources professionals said their company, or an agency hired by their company, conducted criminal background checks for all job candidates, according to a 2010 survey by the Society for Human Resource Management. That you may undergo a background check upon applying for a job isn’t noteworthy, but for job seekers […]

Timeless — and tired — job-search tactics »

Unless you’re looking for work at a medieval-themed restaurant, the last impression you want to give an employer is of being behind the times. That’s one reason many job seekers become preoccupied with using only the latest tools and techniques to find a job. As a result, they often neglect some successful time-tested methods. Of […]

6 summer networking strategies »

Summer brings about many of the same thoughts as Christmastime when it comes to networking. It’s easy to make excuses for taking time off: People are out of the office or not in the mood to deal with work-related issues. But just because the beach is beckoning doesn’t mean your efforts should be taking a […]

Three ways to increase your career security »

The term “career security” may sound like an oxymoron in today’s world of work. Understandably so. After all, few people expect lifelong commitments from employers anymore.  But even if an employer can’t be counted on to offer stability, accounting and finance professionals can take certain actions to create their own safety net. Here are three […]

Career pathing: Keep to yourself or discuss with your boss? »

When it comes to mapping out your career, you can’t do it alone. But it’s not always easy to ask for help in reaching your long-term goals. If you think you’re ready to move up within your company, or even move beyond your company, can you tell your boss? Jessica Campbell, human-resources manager for voice-over […]

How your boss can help you be happier at your job »

Employees often benefit from the advice and mentorship of a great boss. If a worker is having an issue that prevents him from being completely satisfied with his job, a simple conversation with his boss could change things for the better. Yet bosses aren’t always the most approachable people, and it can be intimidating to […]

Working moms are happy moms, survey says »

How do working moms manage to juggle work life and home life without 10 extra hands? Turns out, they seem to be doing just fine. According to a recent survey from, 78 per cent of working moms say they enjoy being a working parent. The survey, which polled 1,000 women with children under 18, […]

Don’t give these answers during your interview »

After receiving a call from an employer inviting you in for an interview, it’s common to feel simultaneously ecstatic, relieved and nervous. One of the best ways to calm those nerves is to be prepared for the interview. To do so, try and anticipate what questions the employer might ask. While at times questions can […]