Tough Interview Questions

If you've gotten to the interview stage of the recruiting process, you've done well, but you're not in the clear. You still have to sit in the room with the people who are hiring, answer their questions, and impress them. And while the relationship isn't adversarial, there are still standard interview questions that are hard to answer.

Advice from Yoda

May the 4th be with you. It's Star Wars Day, and I'm kind of a nerd, so I thought maybe I'd share some advice from one of the most powerful Jedi ever, Yoda. Sure, he was a hermit, and he talked funny (fun fact: Frank Oz did the voice for both Yoda and Miss Piggy, which is why Yoda sounds like Miss Piggy with a chest cold), he was one of the weirdest Muppets ever, and he was small, but he was powerful and wise. And, as Yoda himself, said, "Size matters not."

Happy May Day

Today is May Day, or International Workers Day, and while the international labour movement's goals of seizing the means of production and liberating the proletariat have not yet been fully realized, we have made great strides in protecting workers in Canada and elsewhere. So, in honour of International Workers' Day, here is a rundown of your rights in Ontario as an employee.

What we have here is a failure to communicate.

The purpose of language is to communicate, not to obfuscate. For you, that means that the language you use when you speak or write should be as clear as possible. Using big words when simple ones will do (please note that I linked to a definition of "obfuscate" above), and using jargon or buzzwords may actually have the opposite effect to the one intended.

You Can't Hide

I'm sure you've been told many times to be careful what you post on social media. "It's public," we're told, "Who knows who'll see it? A future employer? Do you really want you future boss to see your selfies?"

Happy Birthday!

You may have heard that it's been 150 years since Confederation. This is a pretty good opportunity to get to know the country you call home, especially if you're kind of new here. Here's a short list of ways you can explore and learn Canada.

Dress for Success

For some people, they never have to think about what they're going to wear to work. These fortunates souls have uniforms (police officers or letter carriers, for instance, or the people serving you at most chain restuarants). Others (the extremely fortunate), work from home, so they don't even have to get out of their pyjamas if they don't want to. The rest of us have some decisions to make.

Interview Tips

You've done everything right. You targeted your job search, you tailored your resume to the positions you applied for, you did the networking, you proofread your cover letter, and you made sure that your voicemail message (and your email address) were not weird. You've done everything right, and it has paid off.

You've got an interview.

Congratulations. However, you're not done yet. Here are some tips on how to get through this unscathed.

Four Ways to Manage Job Search Stress

Stress is a constant in life. There are ways you can reduce it, but I don’t think that anyone has been able to eliminate it completely. Maybe the Dalai Lama has. But even though we can’t eliminate it, we can reduce it, even though exceptionally stressful times like a career change. There are obvious quick fixes, like take a short walk (preferably somewhere green and leafy), playing with a stress ball, and listening to soothing music, but here are a few less obvious ways you might be able to handle this stressful situation.

The Future of Work

The labour market and the economy have always had an uneasy relationship with technology. On the one hand, technology has allowed us to do things that had never before been possible, and to do the already possible in a much more efficient manner. Construction is a very good example. New techniques, materials, and technologies allowed us to progress from small huts to wood structures to castles and cathedrals and skyscrapers. We’ve gone from heating with wood fires to coal to natural gas and electricity.