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By LIZ KOBLYK | December 01 2015

If you’re lucky enough to work for an organization you like, and unlucky enough to be frustrated by some of the work that doesn’t get done, you may be well positioned to propose a new position – for the organization and for yourself. It may sound audacious to propose an entirely new role, but it […]

By LIZ KOBLYK | November 02 2015

It has been about five years since Careers Café started, and we’ve addressed a few before-and-after scenarios: how to explore career options and search for a job before you get one, and some tips for being in a job more happily once you’ve found work. So, why not talk about topics pertaining to the job […]

By LIZ KOBLYK | October 05 2015

Networking still seems to be one of the best job search strategies out there. Maybe that’s bad news, since so many people hate networking. In the good news column, though, is this: the skills networking develops continue to help you when you’re employed and need to manage up. There are some false assumptions out there […]

By LIZ KOBLYK | August 31 2015

My recent post on interview skills left me with a niggling irritation; it didn’t do enough to distinguish pattern identification from giving canned answers that “they” want to hear. So I’ll take this opportunity to say it more clearly: focusing on “what they want to hear” is among the worst interview mistakes. It’s an approach […]

By LIZ KOBLYK | August 11 2015

My last post was on getting from blank screen to a draft of a cover letter, ideally without testing your computer’s aerodynamics. This post offers a few quick editing options to keep in your back pocket. First, have a look at the content. Have you picked the two or three most important things about your […]

By LIZ KOBLYK | July 09 2015

When you get right down to it, the cover letter is not much different from any other piece of persuasive writing. In other words, it’s really tough to edit when it’s still a blank screen, and it’s almost as tough to get a draft started. Here are some suggestions for going from writer’s block to […]

By LIZ KOBLYK | June 08 2015

That saying about how, “every time a door closes, a window opens” never struck me as compelling. I was far more likely to feel immobilized by the idea that looking out the window required closing a door. So it was a delight when a colleague reminded me of David Winter’s “Two Birds, One Stone” work […]

By LIZ KOBLYK | May 13 2015

After serving on a number of hiring committees and conducting hundreds of mock interviews, I think that one of the most useful and trickiest ways to prepare for interviews is to identify patterns – the patterns in your responses that you might not even be aware of. Grab a friend or relative who’s willing to […]

By LIZ KOBLYK | April 28 2015

If you’re reading this blog, chances are excellent that you have invested years, blood, sweat and tears in graduate level education. And you may have concerns about “wasting” your education on unrelated jobs or those that seem beneath your level of training. On the other hand, if you’re also about to enter the job market […]

By LIZ KOBLYK | March 02 2015

Liz Koblyk explores the pitfalls of short-term contract work.

By LIZ KOBLYK | February 02 2015

Last month, I wrote about evaluating whether volunteering was worth your time. Let’s move up from unemployment to insecure employment! What do you do when you see an interesting short-term contract advertised? My quick take is that you don’t dismiss it out of hand, and do as much looking as you reasonably can before you […]

By KELLY GALLANT | January 19 2015

Turning problems into possibilities at the University of Calgary.

By LIZ KOBLYK | January 05 2015

Know what to reasonably expect if you decide to pursue a volunteer opportunity.

By THOMAS PHILIP GLEESON | December 10 2014

Taming the digital anarchy for nerds.

By LIZ KOBLYK | November 05 2014

Liz Koblyk wants you to figure out what the dominant theme is in the stories you tell about yourself.

By LIZ KOBLYK | October 21 2014

Seldom do magazine cover promises of easy steps and good results live up to their claims. But sometimes, there actually is a set of short steps we can take to accomplish something worthwhile. That doesn’t mean we’ll naturally take them, mind you. Normally, if there’s something seemingly simple and time-limited that might be useful, we find endless […]

By LIZ KOBLYK | September 15 2014

Career planning typically revolves around big choices. Move to a bigger city or stay close to home? Do an advanced degree or two – or none? Pursue a secure job – or one that feels riskier but more rewarding? Too bad that, just as minor changes in data can dramatically impact weather prediction calculations, small events in […]

By LIZ KOBLYK | August 06 2014

What happens when the following truths collide? All of us are multi-potentialed and have the ability to enjoy and do a variety of work. All of us face the reality that some kinds of work are easier for us to secure than others, and that some offer a better standard of living than others. And, […]

By LIZ KOBLYK | July 14 2014

Liz Koblyk looks at some popular job search advice that can be misleading for job seekers.

By UA/AU | June 25 2014

This is a guest post by Kriti Kapoor, a marketing professional, start-up advisor and angel investor, having worked across Asia Pacific & Japan, UK/Europe and the United States. Follow her on LinkedIn at and via Twitter @kriti_kapoor. My incredibly talented cousin graduated from NYU Tisch School of the Arts in May this year. We […]