Monday, July 11, 2011

Technology: A Potential Enable of Training

Inside Edge is a publication from the Conference Board of Canada. In the Winder 2007 edition (see you can find the article, Technology: A Potential Enable of Training (p. 22). This article highlights that although technology has many benefits (e.g., brining instruction right to the learner), it is no replacement for sound instruction practices. Utilizing interactive technologies can enrich the learning experience online.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Favourite Interview Questions

According to a recent Accountemps survey, CFOs favourite interview questions focus on the applicant’s work style and personal attributes, job- and company-specific questions, and candidates qualifications. Some “oldies but goodies” included “where do you see yourself in five years?” and “tell me about yourself.” To learn more about the person “behind the resume” CFOs liked questions such as “If you were not going after this job, what would you be doing?” and “what are your hobbies?” And lastly, the curveball questions included “If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be and why?” Learn more at

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Interested in Participating in a Research Project?

Lauri Mills is interviewing career practitioners about how they use creativity in their work with clients. She will be focusing mainly on what helps and hinders the use of creativity. Participation involves one interview with Lauri, lasting about 60-90 minutes. There would also be an email follow-up to validate the transcript, themes, etc. She will be conducting interviews from April 6-11 and April 25-29 (she will be out of town from the 12-23), and can meet at a time and location that is the most convenient for you. If you are still interested, please let her know what would work best with your schedule.

Contact Lauri Mills at

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Resources on Theory

Theory provides the career practitioner with a framework for their practice and understanding their clients. We’ve identified two theory-related resources you may find interesting.

Lent, Brown, and Hackett’s Social Cognitive Career Theory (SCCT)
This PowerPoint presentation introduces the Social Cognitive Career Theory, exploring the three “building blocks” of career development:

  • Self-efficacy
  • Outcome expectations
  • Personal goals

Career Construction Theory: A Practitioner’s Primer;col1
This article from the Career Planning and Adult development Journal (2007) introduces Savickas’ Career Construction Theory which views client’s from three perspectives:

  • Individuals differences in traits
  • Development tasks and coping strategies
  • Psychodynamic motivations

These elements assist the practitioner in viewing how client’s “construct” their careers to cope with confusion and fragmentation without losing their “self” in the midst of an ever-changing economy.

Friday, March 11, 2011

10 Key Concepts in Career Theory

Emmanuel Shamatutu, one of the students within our newly developed Case Manager certificate course, developed a snapshot of the 10 Key Concepts in Career Theory based on a Life Strategies tip sheet resource of the same name. See

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Parent’s Guide to College and Careers: How to Help, Not Hover

NCDA has posted Mark Veronica's review of Barbara Cooke's book Parent’s Guide to College and Careers: How to Help, Not Hover. This book highlights how parents can effectively become involved in their child's career decision making.

Full story available at

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Application Deadline

The application deadline for the UBC Faculty of Education’s online M.Ed. cohort in Vocational Rehabilitation Counselling is quickly approaching, on Monday, February 28, 2011. For program information please click here

Monday, February 21, 2011

JobHuntChat on Twitter - Try it Out

(From a Press Release)
Monday, February 21st, JobHuntChat celebrates its first birthday. What started as an experiment to help seekers to find jobs on Twitter has turned into a phenomenon. With over 250,000 chats later, it has become a well known chat that occurs every Monday night at 10PM.

Over the course of one hour, Jessica Miller Merrell and her co-host Rich DeMatteotweet 6 questions submitted by job seekers and call on the Twitter community to help answer their questions. With 1500 or more tweets in the course of an hour, JobHuntChat is a popular asset to the job seekers on twitter...

With Job Hunt Chat, known under the hash tag as #jobhuntchat job seekers can meet other job seekers, potential employers, and human resource recruiters to help them network and answer pertinent questions they may have with regards to their job search. Job Hunt Chat is a remarkable tool that facilitates that connection of hundreds of individuals who otherwise would not have connected with one another.

As Jessica Miller-Merrell, the founder of Job Hunt Chat states, “What started as an experiment to help job seekers on Twitter has become a phenomenon”. . . Twitter attendees gain key knowledge and insights from human resource recruiters, potential employees and other job seekers with several years of collective experience and results in their industry. . . Savvy job hunt seekers and human resource professionals will be sure to attend the Job Hunt Chat on Monday, February 21, 2011, to hear their exciting news using hashtag #jobhuntchat

For business tips and advice, go to the Jessica Miller–Merrell website and claim a free report

Human Resource recruiters can purchase “Tweet This: Twitter for Business!” at

For the Media: Jessica Miller-Merrell is available for expert quotes, speaking and consulting. Contact Jessica via email at jessica(at)xceptionalhr(dot)com or by phone at 405.912.4885. . . Complete bio can be downloaded on

Thursday, February 17, 2011

DISAPPEARING ACT - OfficeTeam Survey: Four in 10 Managers Believe Online Profiles Will Replace Resumes

TORONTO, Feb. 17 /CNW/ - Is the traditional resume going the way of the dinosaur? Some human resources (HR) managers interviewed recently by OfficeTeam think so. More than four in 10 respondents (43 per cent) said it's at least somewhat likely resumes will eventually be replaced by profiles on social and business networking sites.

The survey was developed by OfficeTeam, a leading staffing service specializing in the placement of highly skilled administrative professionals. It was conducted by an independent research firm and is based on telephone interviews with 150 HR managers at companies with 20 or more employees.

HR managers were asked, "In your opinion, how likely is it that profiles on networking sites, such as LinkedIn and Facebook, will replace traditional resumes in the future?" Their responses:
Very likely........................... 11%
Somewhat likely....................... 32%
Not very likely....................... 34%
Not at all likely..................... 21%
Don't know/no answer.................. 3%

(*)Responses do not total 100 per cent due to rounding.

"The resume continues to be an important job-hunting tool, but it's also useful for professionals to create online profiles that highlight their expertise and qualifications," said OfficeTeam executive director Robert Hosking. "As hiring managers turn increasingly to the Internet for information about prospective hires, job seekers should keep their online profiles current and behave professionally in the digital space."

OfficeTeam offers five tips for creating an impressive online profile:

1. Get the picture. Make sure photos that are visible in your profiles and on social media sites are professional. Untag yourself or adjust your privacy settings to limit who can see certain images.
2. Show your star qualities. Provide employers with a clear sense of your capabilities by posting information about your work history and highlighting key accomplishments on sites like LinkedIn. Sharing your personal interests and hobbies on Facebook also can help people
relate to you more easily.
3. Talk the talk. Incorporate key industry terms to describe your skills, specialties and positions of interest so hiring managers can more easily find you online.
4. Make the right connections. Be selective about who you allow into your social networks because potential employers may contact these individuals for insights on you. Your contacts also could alert you to job openings.
5. Keep it fresh. Regularly update your profile and be active professionally. Post useful advice or comment on articles on LinkedIn and industry forums.

Additional tips for presenting yourself professionally using digital tools can be found in Business Etiquette: The New Rules in a Digital Age (, a new guide from OfficeTeam's parent company, Robert Half.

About OfficeTeam
OfficeTeam is a leading staffing service specializing in the temporary placement of highly skilled office and administrative support professionals. The company has more than 320 locations worldwide and offers online job search services at

For further information: OFFICETEAM, 181 Bay St., Suite 820, Toronto, ON, M5J 2T3, Contact: Nadia Santoli, (416) 350-2330,

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Feb 3rd - Careerwell Tele-Interview: Living Well: Integrating Life Stories with Health with Dr. Norm Amundson

February 3 live and recorded Careerwell Tele-Interview: Living Well: Integrating Life Stories with Health with Dr. Norm Amundson. In this interview Dr. Amundson will discuss how having a heart attack has influenced his views of career and living. Stories and metaphors related to living well will be discussed and expanded upon. Of particular interest in this discussion will be a statement made by his doctor, namely that “Your heart tells a different story.” In setting a context for the discussion, Dr. Amundson will be presenting themes from two of his books – “Physics of Living” and “Metaphor Making: Your Career, Your Life, Your Way.”

Go to and click on REGISTER HERE. On the registration form, click on Norman Amundson as your Current Membership Affiliation. If you register by Wednesday, February 2, you will receive a complementary link to his audio recording, as well as call-in instructions for his live phone interview.

To receive call-in instructions and audio link, register before Norm's interview this Thursday, February 3, 2011, 10 am Pacific, 11 am Mountain, noon Central, 1 pm EST, 2 pm Atlantic, 7 pm Zurich, 8 pm Istanbul