Written by Laura Hensley (Global News) - Sep 26, 2019

When Janet found out she was pregnant, she was petrified to tell her boss.

The communications professional, who asked Global News to change her name to protect her identity, was 27 when she became pregnant. She thought taking maternity leave would diminish her chances of being promoted.

There were also no other mothers with young children at the Toronto agency where she worked, and she worried that co-workers would view her differently.

“I’ve read many stories and articles about the struggles of being a working mom and offices not being adaptive [and] I was fearful of what could happen,” Janet, now 31, said.

Written by Ashira Prossack (Forbes Women) - Sep 28, 2019

One question that’s guaranteed to be asked in a job interview is some iteration of – “Why did you leave your last job?”.

What the hiring manager really wants to know is if you’re looking for a new job for a legitimate and well thought out reason, or if you’re just bored and looking for greener pastures.

This question can be phrased differently depending on your current employment status. Other versions are ‘Why are you looking for a new job?’ and ‘Why did you leave Job X?’ Regardless of the question that’s asked, there are a few things you need to keep in mind when you’re giving your answer.

May 14, 2019 - by Claire Brownell (canadianbusiness.com)

Which jobs have the greatest career prospects in 2019? Here’s a list of the top employment options for right now.

Choosing a career path is one of the toughest decisions in our lives. Your talents and interests should be key factors, of course, but it’s also helpful to know which jobs are the most promising based on hard numbers. The annual Canadian Business Best Jobs ranking considers salaries, employment growth and future prospects to point you towards the careers with the highest pay and the greatest potential. It should come as no surprise to anyone that many of these jobs are in health care, the trades and STEM fields. But there are also some fun surprises that may appeal to your inner five-year-old — such as the fact there appears to be a bright future for locomotive engineers.

September 25, 2018 - By J.T. O'Donnell (inc.com)

If You're Over 50 and Want to Change Careers, You'll Need To Do This 1 Thing Well.

If you don't do this, you won't be able to convince employers to give you a chance.
Changing careers is hard enough. Changing careers in the latter stages of life is even tougher. The longer you've been in one profession, the harder it is for people to see you doing anything else. Yet, in my last fifteen years as a career coach, I've seen time and again that people can change careers late in life. What's the secret to success? Creating a clear and compelling message that employers trust and respect. Otherwise known as your personal brand.

September 25, 2018 - by hrreporter.com (hrreporter.com)

Thirty per cent of working Canadians who have taken time off for a disability say it was because of a mental illness, said RBC.

Despite the rise in public awareness of mental health issues, Canadians still hold a bias toward viewing disabilities as being largely physical rather than mental in nature, according to a survey from RBC Insurance of 1,505 workers.
While two in three view multiple sclerosis (65 per cent) and physical accidents (65 per cent) as disabilities, fewer than half feel the same way about depression (47 per cent) and anxiety (36 per cent).

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