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5 Things To Be Thankful For At Work
Even if your job is not ideal, you can still find things to be thankful for at work. In fact, numerous studies have shown that simple acts of gratitude can reduce stress and even improve your psychological and physical health. So what are you grateful for at work? Here’s a list to get you started!
Is Your Social Media Presence Helping or Hurting Your Career?
Social media has given us more connection between our personal and professional lives. Is your social media presence helping or hurting your career?
Should I Go Back To My Former Employer?
Considering a u-turn? Is the grass really any greener? Here are four things to consider before making a move.
Six Smart Strategies for Making the Best First Impression at Work
Being the new kid on the block at work can be an exciting time. But, how do you make a good first impression and set yourself up for success during these all important first few weeks on the job? Here are six smart strategies to help get you started!
4 Secrets To Getting Along With Your Boss
Ever feel like you and your boss are out of sync? Wondering what to do? Learn the 4 secrets to getting along with your boss!
Look Back to Plan Ahead in Your Career
Our new Leadership coach, Eileen Chadnick, shares a powerful set of 12 questions to trigger self-reflection and allow you to better prepare for the year to come.
Volunteering – Networking 2.0
Want to know a time-proven, effective way to network? Looking to land the right job? Our very own Client Happiness Manager, Rachel, writes about how volunteering opened up a world of opportunity for her job search. Get a boat-load of tips and strategies inside...
Do Your Job Search Skills Measure Up? – Q&A with Shirin Khamisa
Want to feel less overwhelmed and more confident in your job search? I sat down with Careers By Design Practice Leader, Shirin Khamisa, to learn some of the best strategies to stay recharged on your way to More Happy Mondays!
3 Steps to Leap Ahead In Your Career
Working towards an important goal like advancing your career or doing work that makes you smile comes with wins and setbacks. Whether you are leaping ahead or feeling a little stuck, here's a practical strategy to support and inspire you.

FIND YOUR CAREER FIT

Should I Go Back To My Former Employer?
Considering a u-turn? Is the grass really any greener? Here are four things to consider before making a move.
How Summer Can Help Boost Your Career!
It’s summer time – yay! Let’s wear our flip flops, put ice cubes in our drinks and dip our toes in the water. The relaxing mode of summer can make us lazy about our big plans and career goals…or, it can help us move our careers forward.
How To Get What You Want Faster!
You’re reading this because you want something to change. Maybe you want a different career, a better job or more balance in your life. Understanding how “change” works can help you get what you want faster.
Career Coaching Advice From Famed Dancer, Pina Bausch
Have you seen the film “Pina”? It’s a 3-D performance piece/documentary about the late German dancer and choreographer, Pina Bausch. It’s full of intense movement and intense emotion. Pina was not just a dancer, but a multifaceted artist who worked from instinct rather than formality.
Help Me Find The Right Career
Maybe you’re looking for a job, or maybe you have a job that “every girl would kill for,” but you can barely drag yourself to your desk/the set/behind the counter every morning. If you’re unhappy with where you are in your career, it might be time to call in some reinforcements and go see a career counsellor.
How To Choose Your Own Career Path And Be Happy With It
Are you thinking about a new approach towards your career? Want to break out of your rut and try something new? A better path? Want to start your own business? We get really excited – passionate even – about bringing these ideas to fruition. But somewhere along the way it’s easy to get stalled. Here’s what can help:
The Secret Ingredient + 10 Tips for Career Transition
Want to know how to transition well between jobs & careers? As an optimist, I tend to expect success to come quickly on a creative project if I take the right steps. I’ve contacted the right people, and I’ve done the work I need to do. Why aren’t things working out as I expected?

BEAT WORK RELATED STRESS

4 Secrets To Getting Along With Your Boss
Ever feel like you and your boss are out of sync? Wondering what to do? Learn the 4 secrets to getting along with your boss!
Are You Sabotaging Your Career?
Are you sabotaging your own career but don't know it? Giving in to stress is like sabotaging yourself. Learn how to spot the signs and turn your situation around.
Strengths Are Like Perfume
Facing a challenge? Create an upward spiral of positivity and build your strengths. When we are struggling or when climbing to new heights, it is easy to forget where we are strong. Focusing on strengths can create an upward spiral of positive feelings that equips us to face challenges with more ease.
The Best Career Advice Ever – Unleashing The Hidden Power Of Your Heart
Let’s face it. It’s easy to discount the power of the heart. In fact, many “heart myths” abound and people who follow their hearts are often thought of as impractical and whimsical. Nothing could be further from the truth!
How To Beat Stress: 2 Powerful Strategies To Take Back Control Of Your Time
If you think you don’t have enough time to do it all, you are absolutely right. Here are two life changing strategies that will make a big difference in how you feel about time.
Are Your New Year’s Career Resolutions The Same As Last Year?
Learn one powerful way to get the confidence you need to succeed in your career, this time. If you’re like me, you've noticed that setting new year’s resolutions is filled with emotion.
Hope is a Choice
When you feel so discouraged that you believe all doors are closed to you, hope is like a far-away planet that you can barely glimpse. So how can hope be a choice?
Hope – A Short Poem for You
An inspirational poem on hope for anyone who faces career & life challenges.
Joy Riding
Have you ever been told to lighten up? I know I have. I have a tendency to get way too serious about myself. We need to have joy in life.

LAND THE RIGHT JOB

Is Your Social Media Presence Helping or Hurting Your Career?
Social media has given us more connection between our personal and professional lives. Is your social media presence helping or hurting your career?
Do Your Job Search Skills Measure Up? – Q&A with Shirin Khamisa
Want to feel less overwhelmed and more confident in your job search? I sat down with Careers By Design Practice Leader, Shirin Khamisa, to learn some of the best strategies to stay recharged on your way to More Happy Mondays!
Job Fair Toronto – 5 Tips to Find the Job You Really, Really Want!
It’s unlikely that this untargeted approach will help you find a fulfilling job. Here’s how to enjoy and get results at the next Toronto job fair you visit…
The 5 Best Tips for Employment After Graduation
As youth unemployment hikes to nearly twice of the national average rate, it is no wonder that more and more[...]

STUDENTS & NEW GRADS

Volunteering – Networking 2.0
Want to know a time-proven, effective way to network? Looking to land the right job? Our very own Client Happiness Manager, Rachel, writes about how volunteering opened up a world of opportunity for her job search. Get a boat-load of tips and strategies inside...
[Q&A Interview] Early Career? How a Coach Can Get You What You Want!
Early in your career & wondering how a coach can help you? Listen to this informative audio Q & A session between author, Laura Opoku, and Careers by Design Founder, Shirin Khamisa.
In School & Want To Get Involved? 9 Quick & Easy Ways
Getting involved is beneficial for the individual and the community as a whole for a range of reasons. Here are 9 quick and easy ways.
Still In School? Give Your Career A Boost: 5 Reasons To Get Involved!
Getting involved in school can advance your career. Here are 5 reasons why...
Job Fair Toronto – 5 Tips to Find the Job You Really, Really Want!
It’s unlikely that this untargeted approach will help you find a fulfilling job. Here’s how to enjoy and get results at the next Toronto job fair you visit…
The 5 Best Tips for Employment After Graduation
As youth unemployment hikes to nearly twice of the national average rate, it is no wonder that more and more[...]

CAREER CHANGE

Look Back to Plan Ahead in Your Career
Our new Leadership coach, Eileen Chadnick, shares a powerful set of 12 questions to trigger self-reflection and allow you to better prepare for the year to come.
3 Steps to Leap Ahead In Your Career
Working towards an important goal like advancing your career or doing work that makes you smile comes with wins and setbacks. Whether you are leaping ahead or feeling a little stuck, here's a practical strategy to support and inspire you.
Cultivating Hope For Your Career: 6 Tips to Stay Strong Through The Season
So what do you need to create a long term plan that can keep you inspired and motivated? Here are 6 tips to help you stay strong in your career plans:
How to Build Courage On Your Career Journey
Do you have a gremlin in your head telling you what you could have done or should have done to move your career forward - if only you were more productive, a better person, smarter, more creative, with more courage or [any other quality]?
Doing What Matters In The Second Half Of Life
You’ve had a career. You’ve had a family. You have some significant accomplishments under your belt. Maybe you’ve even earned some public recognition in Life. Now what? If you’re feeling unsure about what to do in the next phase of your life, you’re not alone.

BE HAPPY AT WORK

Six Smart Strategies for Making the Best First Impression at Work
Being the new kid on the block at work can be an exciting time. But, how do you make a good first impression and set yourself up for success during these all important first few weeks on the job? Here are six smart strategies to help get you started!
Happy Dance
We’ve been led to believe that if we’re serious about success, we will be rewarded. But there is another way...
Hope – A Short Poem for You
An inspirational poem on hope for anyone who faces career & life challenges.