To the young worker…

Posted by on April 12, 2012 in Jobs

I hate reading articles about young people entering the work-force. They are paint by numbers articles consisting of the following: Find some grumpy older supervisor to tell stories about how young workers are entitled, lazy and difficult to manage. Find a young worker to tell stories about how out of touch employers are to the [...]

Interview do’s and don’ts

Posted by on October 13, 2011 in Jobs

We recently hired an entry level administrative assistant. Since I do not hire regularly, the process reminds me again of how simple things can go a long way to either increasing or decreasing your chances of finding a job. Since the position was entry- level, most of our candidates were recent grads. Thus, I am [...]

Where can you go if your severance package is unfair?

Posted by on June 2, 2011 in Jobs

By far the largest number of emails I receive has to do with my posts on severance pay. The questions often have to do with whether an employee received a reasonable package when terminated. The issue always is that “reasonable” is a contextual question both in terms of the personal circumstances of the ex-employee and [...]

What is your network worth?

Posted by on May 25, 2011 in Jobs

Several years ago, I hired a summer student enrolled in university for some general office administration. Before the start of the next summer, she called and asked if I was hiring for that summer. For a variety of reasons, we did not need help that summer. However, I asked her if she could forward her [...]

What you can tell at a job interview

Posted by on January 18, 2011 in Jobs

Why was one job a great experience and the other you would rather forget? I have often thought about why employee experiences are unsatisfactory for all concerned having had my share of them from the employer side. Let’s take as a given that there will always be an inherent tension between employer and employee- the [...]

How the workplace is different than school

Posted by on September 9, 2010 in Jobs

My last couple of employees have been recent graduates of university (less than 2 years). Contrary to the bad press about Generation Y, they were all hard-working and dedicated individuals. What I did notice was that there was, for lack of a better term, a “soft” skill-set missing from these employees. I have tried to [...]

Making the most of part-time or seasonal work

Posted by on July 15, 2010 in Jobs

Having distinctly remembered the early 90′s recession and being a history buff, I feel like I am watching a remake of the economic recovery- new players, new styles but same old script and feeling. The early 80′s was marked by a double dip recession. The early 90′s recession was characterized by a jobless recovery even [...]

Where will all the jobs come from?

Posted by on May 10, 2010 in entrepreneur, Jobs

Despite the fact both Canada and the United States have posted job gains, many of the jobs are part-time positions and the unemployment rate among younger workers (15-25 years old) continues to be quite high (over 15% in Canada), causing a larger structural problem since it is this group of workers who need to fund [...]

Summer job interviewing tip: concentrate on fit as well as skill

Posted by on May 6, 2010 in Jobs

We have considered hiring a summer student to help in some general office work; as anyone who runs a business knows, half of it is really keeping up with the paperwork and filing it so you can find it later on.  I worked a number of different summer jobs but this is the first time [...]

The pros and cons of finding a job using social media

Posted by on March 23, 2010 in Jobs

I have a love/hate relationship with social media. I find it a useful utility but I hate the hype that comes with it. Perhaps my issue is not with social media but its promoters who look for something-anything-to hype as another way for us to spend money. Having said that, I do believe that social [...]