As I wrap up my eight years of writing for Careers Café, I can’t help but impart some final advice.
Networking can feel dehumanizing, and the easiest way to change that is to treat the people you encounter as complete humans.
Sitting on a board can help develop your ability to handle situations of accountability without authority.
Some secret interviews are built into the formal interview process, some happen during informational interviews and some happen purely by chance.
The secret CV doesn’t contain things you want to hide, but rather things that you’re proud of, and haven’t yet found a way to articulate.
As much as I’m in favour of making a change for the better, fresh starts often take persistence and sweat.
A rejection is not a comment on who you are as a person, or even on your ability to do the job.
Many career resources change over time, and are worth checking in on periodically.
Your university may already have a number of offerings that you assume it doesn’t.
What do your flaws (yes, you have some) look like in their best, most advantageous form?
Not only do people frequently redirect their careers, but they often do so with the help of their past experience, not despite them.
It’s reassuringly self-aware – and frankly, exciting – to hear someone reflect on how part of their career path made them who they are.
Throw the word “networking” out the window; replace it with “staying in touch.”
They have the tough task of making a good decision about who to hire, despite having incomplete knowledge about candidates.
No matter how reasonable the workload or functional the work environment, if the work you do has no meaning to you, stress is almost inevitable.
Connecting the dots to highlight your trajectory and using plain language will give contacts, readers and interviewers a more natural picture of you.
The perception that behavioural change requires changing your personality is a significant barrier to learning.
Some colleagues and I were recently discussing the myths that prevent people from managing their careers happily and successfully. Kerri Latham, a McMaster career counsellor, spoke about a myth that everyone can relate to: the right career will present itself, fully formed, like a push notification. Perhaps because we focus on job titles, we expect […]
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