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Informational interviews are one of the best research methods you can use. Who better to paint a picture of a position than the person currently filling it? An informational interview is an informal conversation with someone who works in an area of interest to you, but...

Prepared for cutbacks?

Unfortunately, Canada's healthcare and social programs are often the first on the chopping block when it comes to balancing the budget. With changes to provincial government on the horizon, there are job uncertainties ahead. Unexpected job loss is...

Asking questions is an essential component to learning new skills. You’re likely going to have quite a few inquiries when you start a new position. Beyond your initial training though, if the questions continue, your colleagues and/or superiors might not think you’re c...

Career Transitions for Nurses

The monitor alarms make you cringe. You constantly feel irritated by the patients and staff you work with. You can’t sleep. You dread going to the hospital every day.  

It’s no secret that nurses experience high rates of job-related stress –...

We’re not all blessed with the gift of gab, but that doesn’t mean we can’t learn to network effectively. Social skills, like anything else, can be practiced! The more you get out in the world, whether physically or virtually, the more you will build confidence in your...

STEM Career Tip: If you're applying to a research institution, then it's not enough to simply say you follow their research and publications. Be more specific on.  

Anyone can say they're interested in an organization's research endeavors, even if they've never rea...

Science Career Tip: To build up your academic reputation, start assisting your supervisor and/or senior colleagues with peer reviews. Although it's time consuming, learning to critique other scientists' work can help you refine your own.

For instance, you'll gain insig...

Nursing Career Tip: Nurses play a central role in disaster preparedness and management. Although it's easy to stay focused on your typical duties within your comfortable bubble, it's important to also consider how you would respond to natural disasters and terrorist ac...

Tech Career Tip: For job-seeking Baby Boomers in the tech field, you may have to combat ageism. Your years of experience are valuable, but you'll need to be strategic in your self-presentation to overcome common age assumptions and get a job offer.

Don't be surprised i...

Nursing Career Tip: If you're preparing for an up-coming interview, you're more than likely going to get asked, "Why do you want to work in this industry?"

Anyone can say they love healthcare because they grew up playing nurse, so be more specific with your answer. Pro...

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