Advice to a Younger Me

If I could go back in time what advice would I give to a younger me?   I asked myself this question last month as I reflected upon the approach of a new school year.  Next month will mark the 46th anniversary since I started my post-secondary education.  I recall [...]

Job Applications: When and How to Follow up

Introduction One of the most frustrating parts of the recruitment process for many applicants, and indeed there are many, is the waiting period between the time you apply and when/if you hear about the status of your application.  The two most common questions I am asked by clients are: How [...]

The Benefits of a Good Elevator Speech

Introduction One of the most critical skills any business professional needs to deploy either for their job search or networking is a good elevator speech.   Ironically, despite its widespread applicability it is something many of us struggle to develop and perfect. What is an “elevator speech”? What, you may [...]

Note-taking: A Noteworthy and Overlooked Skill

Introduction Recently, I watched the testimony of Jody Wilson Raybould, Canada’s former Justice Minister, who was appearing before the Parliamentary Justice Committee as part of the SNC-Lavalin investigation.   Her sincerity, composure and resolve were impressive.   She seemed very confident and self-assured.   I then got to wondering how [...]

What’s So Great About Mentoring?

Introduction Earlier last month I had the pleasure of speaking to the Networking Group of the Halton Chapter of the Human Resources Professionals Association in Burlington.  For the last several years I have frequently been invited to speak at their Kick Off event, and whenever I am invited I always [...]

Re-Thinking Employment Equity

Introduction In one of the Human Resources classes I teach one of my students recently asked the following question:  Why, after more than thirty years since the passage of Canada’s Employment Equity Act have there been no changes in the composition of the four designated groups (i.e. Women, Visible Minorities, [...]

Consistency Matters

Introduction Consistency matters in today’s workplace.  I was reminded of this fact the other day as I opened the Sports section of my newspaper and reviewed the NHL hockey standings.  “Darn those Maple Leafs” We are past the mid-point of the NHL hockey season.  Those of us who follow the [...]

Give the Gift of a Coach

Introduction If you are like me the period following Christmas and New Year’s is always an emotional letdown. The presents have been opened (or returned), the parties have come and gone, the decorations have been taken down and packed away for another year, and the Christmas turkey, including the leftovers [...]