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"During lunch, a valuable customer makes an offensive racist remark." As a professional, how would you handle this situation? What does professionalism mean to you? The American Heritage Dictionary and the Oxford Dictionary define a professional as a person having a high degree of knowledge, skill, judgment and continuing practice in a particular activity. Merriam-Webster College Dictionary indicates professionals exhibit courtesy,...
Deciding to leave a job is seldom an easy decision. However, it's a more common decision than many people may know, as recent data indicates the average worker holds 10 different jobs before age 40. People change jobs for a variety of reasons. Some do so because of better opportunities elsewhere, while others simply need a change. Regardless of what's motivating a job change, leaving a place of employment can elicit various emotions,...
Rosemary writes: “I’m starting a new position and want to make sure I get off to a good start. What do I do?” Starting a new job is exciting and sometimes intimidating. You have a fresh start, new challenges and renewed energy. However, you may also feel apprehensive, particularly if you were fired or laid off from your last job. Tips for thriving in your new job - Believe in yourself. Have faith in your abilities....
(NC) Whether it’s your first job out of post-secondary or the next step up the corporate ladder, finding a new job is never easy. If you’ve recently arrived in Canada, the process can be even more daunting. “Immigrating to a new country is a big decision and can be met with many challenges,” says Ivy Chiu, senior director of the newcomer segment at RBC. “If you have newly arrived in the country, your day-to-day...
Have you ever felt guilty at work when there really was no reason to? True guilt is the negative feeling we have when we harm others. False guilt, on the other hand, is a negative feeling triggered by not living up to standards that are no longer realistic or because of things outside our control. For example, we may feel guilty because we think we are no longer contributing to our group project. Or a manager may feel guilty because she...
Preparing for interview questions will give you the edge over other qualified candidates. Although there isn't one correct way to respond to questions, keep the following in mind: 1. Understand what's being asked. Employers want to know about your adaptive skills (meeting deadlines) and personal qualities (dependability, motivation). 2. Answer questions briefly. Present the facts as advantages. 3. Answer the real question. Show how your...
Whether you run a side hustle or work freelance, now is a good time to make sure you're equipped to successfully manage your business. Here are four areas to focus onto keep on track: 1. Business Structure . If you're just starting out, get professional advice to determine the business structure that works you. Whether you choose to form a sole proprietorship or corporation, it's a critical step on your path to long-term growth and...
"The people when rightfully and fully trusted will return the trust." Abraham Lincoln Trust is an essential element of a work relationship. Trust may take time to develop but easy to lose. Examples of trust include having faith that a colleague will complete his or her part of an assigned project or relying on a supervisor's promise of a promotion by a specific date. Betrayal is a loss of trust that can stem from subtle actions, like...
Many working parents struggle to maintain a healthy balance between their responsibilities at work and their obligations to their families. An inability to maintain that healthy balance can have adverse effects on men and women's careers as well as the relationships they have with their families. A 2015 survey of more than 2,000 adults commissioned by the workplace solution provider Workfront found that 38 percent of survey participants...
Spring is finally here. The days are longer, warmer, and the trees are starting to bloom. We're open to inviting change into our lives! Spring is a time to get rid off all that junk we’ve accumulated over the winter. Yes, physical junk such as heavy coats and boots, but also the emotional baggage we’ve picked up over the winter. Spring is also a time to forgive. Forgiveness is freeing up and putting to better use the energy...
You've done everything you can to get a job. This has included networking with everyone you know, answering want ads, and using the yellow pages and internet. But you're still unemployed after six months of full-time work. Here are ways to breathe fresh life into your search. Revitalize your job search - Review your employment goal. Is it compatible with your passion? Are you enthusiastic about it? It's difficult to maintain...
Alex would like to establish his own business, but he's afraid he won't succeed. Marcia would like to return to school, but she's afraid she might fail. Abraham Lincoln failed in business and was defeated for Congress, the Senate and Vice President. Thomas Edison had 10,000 trials before inventing the light bulb. Did you learn to walk or ride a bike without falling? What's your attitude toward career mistakes? Do you persist after...