What employers think you are lying about

The most common lies in Canadian resumes (and what you should actually lie about instead)

Peter Harris | June 8, 2015 11:27 am

We asked Canadian recruiters what they find to be the most common lies and exaggerations in resumes. Here’s what they told us – along with the lies that they will never check.

Category: Job interviews

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Five ways to be a good reference – without it coming back to haunt you

Karen Geier| January 23, 2014 10:09 am

Being someone’s reference is more complicated than many people think. You’re not simply being asked to confirm the details of an acquaintance’s past employment, you’re putting your own professional reputation on the line. Here’s what to say – and when to decline.

Category: Career Dilemmas
Christian Bale in American Psycho

How to spot a psychopath at work

Elizabeth Bromstein| January 22, 2014 10:52 am

If you suspect you might be working with a psychopath or a narcissist, soon you’ll be able to test your theory. Researchers have developed a tool to analyze your boss and coworkers.

Category: Life At Work
Time to get out of declining industries

When your job doesn't exist anymore: Why January is often the season for layoffs

Kevin Makra| January 21, 2014 8:34 pm

If sirens going off concerning declining opportunities in your field, then maybe it’s time to consider looking towards another company or industry. Recent layoffs highlight an increasing need for Canadians to seek out career paths in growing sectors.

Category: Latest News & Advice
What constitutes 'just cause' for termination?

What constitutes 'just cause' for termination, and what it means for you

Norman Grosman| January 20, 2014 1:52 pm

When an employer says it has ’cause’ to terminate your employment, make sure that you get the exact wording right. Legally speaking, there is a world of difference between ’cause’ and ‘just cause’ for termination.

Category: Employment Law
Attractive Army Woman

Are attractive women seen as less competent than their homelier counterparts? The Army thinks so

Elizabeth Bromstein| January 20, 2014 10:07 am

In a leaked military email, a communications strategist urges the Army’s public relations team to feature “ugly” women in their publications. Why? Because less attractive women are perceived as being more “competent.”

Category: Latest News & Advice
Young woman in a skirt

Why skirts wear the pants for women

Renee Sylvestre-Williams| January 15, 2014 1:45 pm

A new study says that for women to make a great first impression they need to ditch the pants and go for a skirt. Can choosing to not ‘wear the pants’ give your career a boost?

Category: Job interviews, Job Search Strategies
Can you wear jeans to an interview?

Debate: Is it okay to wear jeans to a job interview?

Nicole Wray| January 15, 2014 9:49 am

Choosing the right interview outfit can boost your confidence and help you make a good impression, and you’ll perform better wearing clothing that you are comfortable in. But what if your favourites are all denim? Can you wear jeans to an interview? Opinions vary.

Category: Job interviews, Student
Three ways to lose your job

Three easy ways to lose your job with no compensation whatsoever

Norman Grosman| January 14, 2014 9:37 am

Think you’re entitled to severance or some sort of compensation if you suddenly lose your job? Maybe not. There are three fairly common circumstances where an employer has no obligation at all to provide any sort of a severance package to a departing staff member.

Category: Employment Law
Social media and the job seach

You're hired! How more Canadians are connecting with job opportunities

Kevin Makra| January 13, 2014 9:46 am

It has been said, time and time again, that social media is an important and powerful tool in the job search. Those that don’t incorporate this medium into their strategy are at a disadvantage from others. Here’s some of the proof.

Category: Job Search Strategies