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Single typo sinks 124-year-old company

Elizabeth Bromstein | Jan 30, 2015 9:15 pm

If ever there was a story that demonstrates the value of proofreading, this is it. Here is the tale of how the accidental omission of a single letter – a typo – ruined a 124-year-old company and cost the UK government a potential $13 million.

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Why your resume ends up in the ’round file’

Colleen Clarke| Jan 15, 2013 10:38 am

There are a number of red flags that employers look for when screening resumes. Check this list to make sure you aren’t making any of the common mistakes that can land resumes on the fast track to the recycle bin.

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Employers share the worst sick day excuses they’d ever heard

Elizabeth Bromstein| Jan 14, 2013 9:50 am

It’s flu season again, and lots of people are getting sick. However, not all of those empty desks around the office are due to legitimate illness. In a recent Workopolis poll roughly 50% of users admitted faking a sick day. Here are some of the worst excuses that bosses have heard.

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How the boss’s baby affects your salary

Renee Sylvestre-Williams| Jan 9, 2013 10:13 am

A new study has just come out that ties a CEO’s new baby to your salary. Apparently the gender of the big boss’s newborn can have a measurable impact on your paycheque.

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2013 resolutions: How to achieve your career goals this year

Elizabeth Bromstein| Jan 8, 2013 9:31 am

In a recent survey, 88% of Workopolis users told us they had definite career resolutions for 2013 – from changing fields completely to moving up the ladder. Here are six expert strategies for achieving your objectives this year.

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Why following your passion is terrible career advice

Nicole Wray| Jan 7, 2013 9:32 am

If you’re one of the lucky few who have a passion that paves the way to an industry or career choice, following your passion makes sense. But what about the rest of us?

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Woman fired for being ‘irresistibly attractive’

Peter Harris| Jan 4, 2013 12:41 pm

We’ve written in the past about the perils of being too attractive and how that can potentially get in the way of your landing a job. Well, a story that made headlines last week adds a new twist to the situation.

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Canadian unemployment hits lowest level in four years

Peter Harris| Jan 4, 2013 10:21 am

The Canadian economy experienced its second month in a row of solid job creation with 40,000 new, mostly full-time jobs being created in December. Which regions and sectors saw the biggest gains?

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Essentials for landing a new job in 2013

Peter Harris| Jan 2, 2013 12:44 pm

Many people see the New Year as the right time to make a fresh start and to change or improve their careers. Here are the basic ingredients for a successful job search campaign this year.

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The twelve office blunders of Christmas

Christina Bruce| Dec 17, 2012 12:49 pm

As we jingle our way through the Christmas season, it’s important to keep certain principles in mind when it comes to the office. Here are a few common seasonal slip-ups to avoid this year.

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