Advice to a Younger Me

  • Posted by Stephen White
  • On August 1, 2019
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  • advice, advice to a younger generation, advice to a younger me, career advice, Career advice to a younger me, hindsight, ten pieces of career advice, the value of hindsight
If I could go back in time what advice would I give to a younger me?   I asked myself this question last month as I reflected upon the approach of a new school year.  Next month will mark the 46th anniversary since I started my post-secondary education.  I recall travelling in the car with […]
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Job Applications: When and How to Follow up

  • Posted by Stephen White
  • On July 1, 2019
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  • follow up on job applications, follow up on job postings, following up on job applications, job applications, when and how to follow up with employers
Introduction One of the most frustrating parts of the recruitment process for many applicants, and indeed there are many, is the waiting period between the time you apply and when/if you hear about the status of your application.  The two most common questions I am asked by clients are: How long should I wait before […]
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The Benefits of a Good Elevator Speech

  • Posted by Stephen White
  • On June 2, 2019
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  • benefits of an elevator speech, elevator speech, how to develop an elevator speech, the purpose of an elevator speech
Introduction One of the most critical skills any business professional needs to deploy either for their job search or networking is a good elevator speech.   Ironically, despite its widespread applicability it is something many of us struggle to develop and perfect. What is an “elevator speech”? What, you may ask, is an “elevator speech”?  […]
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Note-taking: A Noteworthy and Overlooked Skill

  • Posted by Stephen White
  • On May 1, 2019
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  • critical business skills, Importance of Note-taking, Memory aids in business, Note-taking, Taking note during meetings
Introduction Recently, I watched the testimony of Jody Wilson Raybould, Canada’s former Justice Minister, who was appearing before the Parliamentary Justice Committee as part of the SNC-Lavalin investigation.   Her sincerity, composure and resolve were impressive.   She seemed very confident and self-assured.   I then got to wondering how she actually developed these exemplary […]
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What’s So Great About Mentoring?

  • Posted by Stephen White
  • On April 1, 2019
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  • structuring a mentoring relationship, successful mentoring, what to look for in a mentor, what's so great about mentoring
Introduction Earlier last month I had the pleasure of speaking to the Networking Group of the Halton Chapter of the Human Resources Professionals Association in Burlington.  For the last several years I have frequently been invited to speak at their Kick Off event, and whenever I am invited I always jump at the opportunity.  Part […]
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Re-Thinking Employment Equity

  • Posted by Stephen White
  • On March 1, 2019
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  • affirmative action, economic class in Canada, employment equity in Canada, re-thinking employment equity, social class in Canada
Introduction In one of the Human Resources classes I teach one of my students recently asked the following question:  Why, after more than thirty years since the passage of Canada’s Employment Equity Act have there been no changes in the composition of the four designated groups (i.e. Women, Visible Minorities, Aboriginal Peoples, Persons with Disabilities)?  […]
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Consistency Matters

  • Posted by Stephen White
  • On February 1, 2019
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  • consistency, consistency is an important work skill, consistency matters, consistent performance, developing consistency, the importance of consistency
Introduction Consistency matters in today’s workplace.  I was reminded of this fact the other day as I opened the Sports section of my newspaper and reviewed the NHL hockey standings.  “Darn those Maple Leafs” We are past the mid-point of the NHL hockey season.  Those of us who follow the Toronto Maple Leafs live in […]
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Give the Gift of a Coach

  • Posted by Stephen White
  • On January 1, 2019
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  • coaching gift, gift of coaching, gift the gift of a coach, giving coaching as a gift, helping people in distress with coaching, unique coaching idea
Introduction If you are like me the period following Christmas and New Year’s is always an emotional letdown. The presents have been opened (or returned), the parties have come and gone, the decorations have been taken down and packed away for another year, and the Christmas turkey, including the leftovers and treats, is nothing more […]
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When Resignation is the Best Option

  • Posted by Stephen White
  • On December 1, 2018
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  • back to square one, career roadblocks, overcoming career obstacles, resigning from a job, resigning from a job without lining up another, starting over in a career, when resigning from a job is the best option
Introduction I was listening to my favourite radio station the other day and they played a song I hadn’t heard for a very long time.  The song is entitled “Back to Square One”, recorded in 1988 by Canadian composer and songwriter Ian Thomas.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=raEb5rlNVNM Oddly, there are four verses in the song that strongly resonated […]
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Negotiate Your Salary Like a Hockey Pro

  • Posted by Stephen White
  • On November 1, 2018
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  • how to negotiate a salary increase, negotiate your salary, negotiate your salary like a pro, salary negotiation, tips on how to negotiate a salary increase
Introduction What does professional sports teach us about the salary negotiation process?  As I am writing this star NHL forward William Nylander is in the midst of contract negotiations with the Toronto Maple Leafs for a contract renewal. For those who don’t follow hockey religiously, William Nylander is a hot 22 year old player and […]
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