Category Archives for "Advice"

Jun 27

3 Ways to Make Your Summer Better At Work

By Shirin Khamisa | Advice


3 Ways to Make Summer Even Better

DearFriend,

It is officially summer, as the Northern hemisphere celebrated the Summer Solstice
on June 21st.

Gone are the days of winter boots and coats and rushing from one warm spot to the next.

Now it’s time to bask in longer, warmer days! So, how can we use this time to refresh our career?
Here are 3 quick suggestions:

1) Start your day earlier. We are now at the peak in terms of daylight hours – don’t let
this go to waste! Wake up a little earlier so you can do whatever you need to do to
feel prepared before starting your day.

2) For many of us, we feel more relaxed during the summer. Take advantage of this and
get yourself organized. See if you can tackle some things that have been on the to-do
list for a while.  It’ll make you feel more in control and that can spill over into your work.

3) Make your weekends count. These long, warm days will only be with us for a few
months, and most of us want to be outside enjoying them. Give yourself some time
on the weekend to completely unplug and enjoy the sunny weather so you can get
back into the office feeling completely refreshed.

Want more ideas to optimize your summer? Senior Coach Lee Weisser wrote this blog post on How Summer Can Boost Your Career.

And, just in case you missed our last newsletter, we’re offering our powerful Turning Point career coaching session with coach Linda Faucheux for only $97 (a $50 savings, or 34% off our regular price). 

This offer won’t last long as there are limited spots available. Learn more about Linda’s vast experience and how she can help you below.

Hurry and book your phone chat with Nisha to take advantage of this great (and rare) promotion.

To your success,

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May 15

How this simple law of physics can boost your career

By Shirin Khamisa | Advice



Use this simple law of physics
to boost your career!
Dear All

Whew! Where has the summer gone!?

Since it is almost back to school time, I thought I’d begin with a little physics lesson. Ok, not a physics lesson exactly – but at least a good analogy which relates physics to your career path.

Newton’s first law of motion states that “an object at rest tends to remain at rest, while an object in motion tends to stay in motion.”

Well interestingly, careers can be a lot like that too. When we’ve got lots of energy and momentum, the road to success feels tangible. We are moving up in the world. We are gaining new skills. In short, we are improving ourselves and making a contribution to our company.

But what if your career feels more like “an object at rest”? You know, stuck in a rut with little or no room for advancement. Or maybe you feel like your present job just doesn’t fit you the way it used to.

The good news is that there is a second part to Newton’s law.

An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion unless it is compelled to change by forces impressed upon it.

You can change your career. Or you can start moving forward again in the career that you already have. You can get out of that rut. You just need the right strategies (forces) to move it along.

I hope you find the following resources helpful in getting your career back in motion!

To your success,

     …From the More Happy Mondays blog….
Ready to Get Unstuck?  It’s Time For Your Turning Point.

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• We’ll listen to your concerns & create a strategy, together.

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May 08

Six smart strategies on how to make the best first impression

By Shirin Khamisa | Advice



Make the best first impression at work! Dear All

One of the highlights of being a career coach is when someone you have been working with finally lands that new job.

The whole team at Careers by Design celebrate when that happens!

It’s the end of one journey and the beginning of another.

Starting out in a new role is exciting but it can be a little scary as well. After getting their dream position, many of our clients come back to us for advice on what to do next.

After all, the first few weeks and months on the job can set the tone for the next several years. Making a good first impression now will help you on your career path later on.

In order to help you, we’ve compiled six smart strategies for making the best first impression at work.

These are practical steps that you can implement right now to help ensure you have more to offer at your job and position you for advancement.

To your success,

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!

Learn More Ready to Get Unstuck?  It’s Time For Your Turning Point.

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• We’ll listen to your concerns & create a strategy, together.

• It’s not just a conversation – you’ll take home your very own Personalized Report with your coach’s recommendations.

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Shirin, Lee, Pat, Eileen & Roya – your Careers by Design team.

May 08

How to Stay Confident During Your Job Search

By Shirin Khamisa | Advice


How to Stay Confident During Your Job Search –
Even When Things Aren’t Going Your Way
DearFriend,

We talk a lot about listening to your heart to find the job that truly meets your needs and that you will find fulfilling for years to come.

But let’s face it. Sometimes searching for a job is downright hard. If you’ve lost your job and are searching while you are out of work, it can be a blow to your confidence.

This is especially true if you see people who are younger, or maybe less experienced getting a job that you had hoped for.

Could it be that your lack of confidence is hurting you?

The answer is unfortunately yes.

When you go for a job interview, the person sitting across from you will try to make a judgement about what it would be like working with you.

If you go in to the interview with a sense of worry and defeat, you are going to project that.

Especially if you’re applying for a job that can be stressful at times (and – spoiler alert – that’s every job!), a potential employer will want to feel confident that you can rise to the occasion.

So how do you project confidence instead of desperation during your job search?

Start focusing on the process rather than worrying about the outcome.

Start doing things that will help you reach your goal and count them as mini successes. Attend networking events. Take classes. Volunteer. Read. Get Coaching. Take the time to look within and go after what you really want. As you do this, your confidence will grow.

At Careers By Design, we can help you with the often difficult and stressful process of job searching.

We can give you the tools you need to listen to your heart. And when you start doing that, you will start projecting confidence in your job search. And that will set you on the path to success.

Articles You Might Like
How to Ace a Panel Interview – Workoplis with Lee Weisser
Do Your Job Search Skills Measure Up? – More Happy Mondays Blog with Shirin Khamisa
Stay Confident During Your Job Search by Focusing on the Process, Not the Outcome
14 Tips for Staying Calm During Your Interview

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• One-on-one expert career counselling.

• We’ll listen to your concerns & create a strategy, together.

• It’s not just a conversation – you’ll take home your very own Personalized Report with your coach’s recommendations.

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Shirin, Lee, Pat, Eileen, Nadia & Roya – your Careers by Design team.

May 01

Learn how summer can boost your career!

By Shirin Khamisa | Advice



Learn how summer can boost
your career!
Dear All

I hope you are enjoying your summer!

Whether you like to spend your time at the beach, going out to the golf course or enjoying warm summer evenings just gazing at the stars, this is a great time of year to recharge your batteries.

It’s also a great time of year to channel your renewed energy into your career goals.

Now you might be saying, “but wait, I thought summer was a chance to relax!” And that is exactly my point. When you are more relaxed, it is easier to focus.

In fact, using this time of relaxation to sharpen your career focus might help you enjoy your summer even more.  

We’ve seen people have great success doing just this at a time when things are assumed to be slow.
Coach, Lee Weisser, explains more in her featured blog post below.

To your success,

Feeling relaxed can help us think more broadly about our challenges and be more open to new solutions.
Have you ever come back from a vacation with new clarity about a problem that had been bothering you?

Learn more about how summer can boost your career!
Learn More Ready to Get Unstuck?  It’s Time For Your Turning Point.

• One-on-one expert career counselling.

• We’ll listen to your concerns & create a strategy, together.

• It’s not just a conversation – you’ll take home your very own Personalized Report with your coach’s recommendations.

• Available online via Video Skype anywhere you are or in-person at our offices in Toronto, North York, Mississauga and Kitchener – Waterloo. Learn More
Want More Happy Mondays? We’re here to help!
Shirin, Lee, Pat, Eileen & Roya – your Careers by Design team.

May 01

Let Springtime be a Time of Renewal for Your Career

By Shirin Khamisa | Advice


Let Springtime be a Time of Renewal
for Your Career
DearFriend,

Whew! What a winter! Didn’t it just seem to last forever this year?

But finally, it seems that Spring has truly arrived. I love Spring because it is a turning point.

We can finally put away our winter boots and break out the flip flops. We can start working on our garden, and spend more time outside.

It’s a time for renewal. And since nature is renewing itself, I thought it might also be a good time to talk about renewal in your career.

Has your job started to feel a little stale? Like you are stuck in a career winter?

We all go through periods like that – but if you have been stuck for too long, you might need a little help getting unstuck.

A career coach can help you determine what you really want out of your career and guide you on making the right steps.

If you need springtime to finally arrive in your career, it may be time to give us a call.

To your success

Articles About Career Coaching

Rookies Could Use a Little Coaching Too – Globe and Mail with Shirin Khamisa
Career Coaching Advice from Famed Dancer, Pina Bausch – Careers by Design Blog with Senior Coach, Lee Weisser
Should you hire a career coach?

No Luck Getting Interviews?
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• Fast 3 business day turnaround

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• Revitalize your personal brand, get noticed and get results Get My Resume Noticed Ready to Get Unstuck?  It’s Time For Your Turning Point.

• One-on-one expert career counselling.

• We’ll listen to your concerns & create a strategy, together.

• It’s not just a conversation – you’ll take home your very own Personalized Report with your coach’s recommendations.

• Available online via Video Skype or Zoom anywhere you are or in-person at our offices in Toronto, North York, Mississauga and Kitchener – Waterloo. Learn More
Want More Happy Mondays? We’re here to help!
Shirin, Lee, Pat, Eileen, Nadia & Roya – your Careers by Design team.

Apr 24

Learn the secrets of how to get along with your boss

By Shirin Khamisa | Advice



Learn the 4 Secrets of
How To Get Along With Any Boss!
Dear All

I know what you’re thinking!

Shirin — it’s been so long since I’ve got your newsletter – I thought you fell off the earth!

Well actually, I’ve been taking some much needed family time.

And that got me thinking about relationships.


We have all kinds of relationships at home and at work. And one of our most important work relationships is the one we have with our boss.


But, if you and your boss have very different personality styles, it may be hard to get along. It can even lead to conflict and frustration in your career. Maybe it’s so bad, that you are even considering quitting.

But it is possible to turn the situation around. Yes, your relationship with your boss can get better!

In our latest article at the More Happy Mondays blog, we talk about four secrets to having a better relationship with your boss. Give them a try and let us know how they helped.


To your success,

Getting along with your manager is one of the keys to job satisfaction, career advancement and general feelings of well-being. But what if your boss has a completely different personality and you just don’t click?

Learn the 4 Secrets to Getting Along with Any Boss!
Learn the Secrets Ready to Get Unstuck?  It’s Time For Your Turning Point.

• One-on-one expert career counselling.

• We’ll listen to your concerns & create a strategy, together.

• It’s not just a conversation – you’ll take home your very own Personalized Report with your coach’s recommendations.

• Available online via Video Skype anywhere you are or in-person at our offices in Toronto, North York, Mississauga and Kitchener – Waterloo. Learn More
Want More Happy Mondays? We’re here to help!
Shirin, Lee, Pat, Eileen & Roya – your Careers by Design team.

Apr 17

Get your career on track before it goes off the rails

By Shirin Khamisa | Advice



Are you worried that your career
is headed off the rails?
Here’s how to get it back on track.

Dear All,

Does your current role feel like it’s not going well?

We work with many clients who have been let go, or are worried about being let go, and aren’t sure what went wrong.

With over 12 years in the business, we have uncovered the key reasons why people are overcome by their challenges at work.

We also know what clients can do before getting let go to help get their careers back on track.

We’ve published several pieces on or blog about this very subject.

My hope is that you can be inspired to improve your career situation.

And if you’re ready to turn things around, we can help.

To your success,


From the More Happy Mondays Blog
  


  Want Something to Change – Here’s How to Get What You Want, Faster!
Embracing Hope After a Loss

Are You Sabotaging Your Career?



Quote: As I look back…

Ready to Get Unstuck?  It’s Time For Your Turning Point.

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Pat, Lee, Rachel & Shirin – your Careers by Design team.

Apr 17

How to Get Out of Your Career Rut

By Shirin Khamisa | Advice


How To Get Out Of Your Career Rut

DearFriend,

Everybody hits plateaus in their career from time to time.

Sometimes these plateaus can be a welcome rest after a period of intense effort. But stay on that plateau for too long and you can end up in a rut.

What once felt like a welcome break can lead to boredom or frustration.

So how do you get unstuck in your career? What do you do when you simply don’t feel like you’re growing or learning anymore?

This is the time to look within and listen to your heart.

Using a a set of techniques from the HeartMath™ Institute, our career coaches help you tap into your feelings, discover what is most important to you and then chart a practical, strategic and effective course of action, completely personalized for you.

We’ve been doing this for over 13 years and delving deeper like this is the only way to truly unlock the right path when you’re feeling confused or uncertain about your future.  Why? Because everyone is different – no career situation is the same and neither are the solutions.  

What solutions will you find when you look within?

It may be time for a career transition. Or it may simply be time to talk to your boss about getting some extra training and get you moving forward.
Whatever it is you need, on some level you already know what that is – you just need to learn how to listen.

Learn more about our unique approach to getting out of a career rut.  Or read our latest blog post, “Are You Smart but Stuck? How to Listen To Your Heart To Move Forward”.

To your success,

Feeling stuck and unable to move forward?
The bad news is everyone gets stuck sometimes
but the great news is you don’t have to stay stuck

Learn how listening to your heart can help you move forward. No Luck Getting Interviews?
Get Your Resume Noticed
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• Fast 3 business day turnaround

• 100% satisfaction guarantee

• Revitalize your personal brand, get noticed and get results Get My Resume Noticed Ready to Get Unstuck?  It’s Time For Your Turning Point.

• One-on-one expert career counselling.

• We’ll listen to your concerns & create a strategy, together.

• It’s not just a conversation – you’ll take home your very own Personalized Report with your coach’s recommendations.

• Available online via Video Skype or Zoom anywhere you are or in-person at our offices in Toronto, North York, Mississauga and Kitchener – Waterloo. Learn More
Want More Happy Mondays? We’re here to help!
Shirin, Lee, Pat, Eileen, Nadia & Roya – your Careers by Design team.

Apr 10

Learn how to heat up your career this winter!

By Shirin Khamisa | Advice



Want to stay warm this winter? Investing in your career can really heat things up!

Dear All,

How are you staying warm this winter?

Often during this season we opt for staying cozy and comfortable at home.

We forget about the possibilities for ourselves and our careers beyond what we know.

One of the best ways to stay energized and warm this winter is by investing in our careers.

Why not join a new committee at work, or take time to think of your strengths and talents.

When we build on our strengths, discover things we enjoy, we create more positive energy in our lives.

This will keep you warm no matter the temperature outside!

Check out some resources on how to invest in your career, and why.

To your success,


Investing in your career: How to do it, and why?


Building on strengths builds career positivity | More Happy Mondays Blog
5 Most effective ways to invest in your career
Tips for investing in your career for Entrepreneurs
   
Reflect: How would you like to invest in your career?
 

There are many ways that you can invest in your career. Not all are created equal for each industry.

Discover ways that those in your field or organization have increased their skills, built on their strengths or discovered new opportunities. A great way to investigate is through LinkedIn!

Check out those in your field or at your company, reading their skills, interests, what they’ve been endorsed for. It can give you a great place to start.

Ready to Get Unstuck?  
It’s Time For Your 
Turning Point with Pat Parisi, M.Ed.

• One-on-one Professional Coaching. Proven. Effective.

• We’ll listen to your concerns & create a strategy, together.

• It’s not just a conversation – you’ll take home your very own customized Personalized Report for More Happy Mondays, filled out by Pat!

• Available online via Video Skype or in-person at our offices in Mississauga & Kitchener Waterloo. Find Out More
Want More Happy Mondays? We’re here to help!
Pat, Lee, Eileen, Rachel & Shirin – your Careers by Design team.

Apr 04

Attention Students: It’s Time to Start Job Searching

By Shirin Khamisa | Advice


Attention Students: It’s Time to Start Job Searching

DearFriend,

Last week I wrote to you about how you can transition into a new career if you are an older worker. But what if the opposite is true?

What if you are young, relatively inexperienced in the workforce or a new grad?

In just a couple of weeks, students in Ontario universities will be writing exams and those who are in their final year will be looking for permanent employment.

But why wait until exams are over to start preparing?

Now before you protest that you can’t look for work yet because you are too busy studying – let me explain.

There are simple things you can do now that won’t take a lot of your time. And if you do them now, landing your dream job will be that much simpler once you complete your courses.

Here are a few things you may have time to do before the end of the school year:

1. Make connections. Take time to meet people in your chosen industry. Attend a networking event. Take your favourite professor out for a coffee and ask if she can introduce you to others in your field.

2. Polish up your resume. Start thinking about the kinds of companies that you would like to work for after you graduate and start tailoring your resume to those companies.

3. Clean up your social media. If you don’t already have a professional looking Linkedin profile, the time to create one is now. Also take some time to review your Facebook, Instagram and other social media profiles and remove anything that might cause potential employers to question your employability.

In closing, let me say congratulations on your pending graduation and all the best in your job search!

Feel free to forward this email to the new grads in your life!

To your success,


Relevant Articles for Recent Graduates:

Five Job Seeking Tips for New Graduates – Globe and Mail with Shirin Khasima

Early Career? How a Coach Can Get You What You Want – Audio Interview with
Shirin Khamisa – Careers by Design More Happy Mondays Blog

Ready for Your First Full-Time Job? Here’s What To Do

No Luck Getting Interviews?
Get Your Resume Noticed
With Harvard-trained Resume Writer, Nadia

• One-on-one expert help from Nadia.
– 100% focused on drawing out your successes and accomplishments.

• Fast 3 business day turnaround

• 100% satisfaction guarantee

• Revitalize your personal brand, get noticed and get results Get My Resume Noticed Ready to Get Unstuck?  It’s Time For Your Turning Point.

• One-on-one expert career counselling.

• We’ll listen to your concerns & create a strategy, together.

• It’s not just a conversation – you’ll take home your very own Personalized Report with your coach’s recommendations.

• Available online via Video Skype or Zoom anywhere you are or in-person at our offices in Toronto, North York, Mississauga and Kitchener – Waterloo. Learn More
Want More Happy Mondays? We’re here to help!
Shirin, Lee, Pat, Eileen, Nadia & Roya – your Careers by Design team.

Apr 03

Is it too late to make a change?

By Shirin Khamisa | Advice


It’s never too early or too late for your More Happy Mondays.
Make 2017 your best year yet!

Dear All,

Are you wondering if you are too young (or old) to get career coaching?

Are you not sure what you could work on?

The truth is, coaching may have different priorities at different stages of your career.

A client looking to explore post-secondary programs can gain career confidence and explore a career path that fits.

A more experienced client can learn how to leverage experiences for a position that aligns with their long term goals.

Whether you are at the beginning, the end, or somewhere in the middle, developing resilience can help you flourish in your career.

Resilience happens to be our speciality.

Check out our success stories from past clients at every stage of their career.

If they have found success through coaching, so can you!

To your success,

More Happy Mondays At Any Age!


New Graduate:

After graduating, the concept of entering the workplace was a bit overwhelming. I wanted to make sure I was heading in the right direction to ensure lifelong learning, success and happiness.  Through working with Careers by Design I gained valuable perspective, focus and reassurance that I was on the right path. My coach helped me clarify my goals and gave me the resources I needed to ensure future success.  
–Lindsay M., Toronto ON



Mid-Career:

Careers by Design has given me the courage to re-evaluate so
many areas of my life…When I decided to find a career coach, my objective was to get some career guidance. I never really expected the positive impact that our sessions would have on both my personal and career life. 
–Andree L., Toronto ON

Executive:

Participating in The More Happy Mondays career coaching program … boosted my confidence so I could take the next steps to get out of a difficult situation. My coach helped me to explore my options and I decided on a new direction with confidence. Learning more about myself helped me to leverage my skills and experiences and use them to start a new venture that is off to a strong start. 
–Rob A., Toronto ON

Want to read more? Check out our success stories here… 
Quote: Russel M. Nelson

Ready to Get Unstuck?  It’s Time For Your Turning Point.

• One-on-one Professional Coaching. Proven. Effective.

• We’ll listen to your concerns & create a strategy, together.

• It’s not just a conversation – you’ll take home your very own customized Personalized Report for More Happy Mondays, filled out by your coach!

• Available online via Video Skype anywhere you are or in-person at our offices in Toronto, North York, Mississauga or Kitchener Waterloo.

Find Out More
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Pat, Lee, Eileen, Rachel & Shirin – your Careers by Design team.

Mar 27

Encouragement for the Mature Job Seeker

By Shirin Khamisa | Advice


Encouragement for the Mature Job Seeker

DearFriend,

What’s holding you back from going after your (next) dream job?

People have all kinds of answers to this question, but one common answer that I hear all the time is that they are too old for someone to hire them.

And I get it. It can be challenging for a mature worker to start over in a new position. But it is becoming increasingly more common for employers to hire workers over the age of 50. And the statistics prove it!

Twenty years ago, less than a third of those aged 55 and over were employed or looking for work. But today that number has increased by 10%.

As our country increasingly faces a skills gap, employers are looking to tap into new labour pools – and that includes mature workers – who employers value for their experience and loyalty.

There is a famous quote that says “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” And that quote has never been truer than it is today.

If it’s been awhile since you been on a job search, you might not know where to start. But don’t let that stop you.

You might need a little coaching – but your next career could be just around the corner.

To your success,


Relevant Articles for Fifty-Something Job Seekers:

The Suddenly Hot Job Market for Workers Over 50

Dearring Older Workers is Suddenly in Season

Laid Off? Here’s How to Find Success and Happiness in Your Second Career

– Zoomer with Lee Weisser

No Luck Getting Interviews?
Get Your Resume Noticed
With Harvard-trained Resume Writer, Nadia

• One-on-one expert help from Nadia.
– 100% focused on drawing out your successes and accomplishments.

• Fast 3 business day turnaround

• 100% satisfaction guarantee

• Revitalize your personal brand, get noticed and get results Get My Resume Noticed Ready to Get Unstuck?  It’s Time For Your Turning Point.

• One-on-one expert career counselling.

• We’ll listen to your concerns & create a strategy, together.

• It’s not just a conversation – you’ll take home your very own Personalized Report with your coach’s recommendations.

• Available online via Video Skype or Zoom anywhere you are or in-person at our offices in Toronto, North York, Mississauga and Kitchener – Waterloo. Learn More
Want More Happy Mondays? We’re here to help!
Shirin, Lee, Pat, Eileen, Nadia & Roya – your Careers by Design team.

Mar 20

Did you change your clocks? Now change your career!

By Shirin Khamisa | Advice


Spark change in your career
with your extra hour today!

Dear All,

Did you enjoy the extra hour of sleep this morning?

Hopefully most of your clocks were able to “fall back” so that you could get a little more beauty sleep.

It may just be gaining an extra hour in the day, but this poses an excellent time for reflection:

What do you hope to gain now in your career?

Today you get back the hour you lost in the Spring. It’s just 60 minutes, but so full of possibilities.

Let this be the day you spark change in your career.

You have so much more than one hour to gain.

To your success,


Interesting Links: All about change!

Tips for a Career Change | More Happy Mondays Blog
How to help your body adjust to time changes


The benefits of change and why we should embrace it


Quote: The Secret of Change…

Ready to Get Unstuck?  It’s Time For Your Turning Point.

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Mar 20

Spring Cleaning for Your Job Search

By Shirin Khamisa | Advice


Spring Cleaning for Your Job Search

DearFriend,

It finally feels like it’s time to put away that winter coat! The birds are singing and tulips and daffodils are starting to poke their way up into the sunlight.

And since tomorrow is the first day of spring, I thought I’d write to you about some spring cleaning that will help you with your job search.

If you’ve been searching for a new position for some time, it might be a good idea to take this change of seasons to change your approach.

Here are a few of my ponderings on how you might just be able to spring clean your way into a new job.

1) Clean your calendar.

Is your calendar in line with your priorities? Do you have time booked in there to develop your skills, meet with a mentor or go to networking events? Go through your calendar, and if you find it is not aligning with your goals, maybe you need to rearrange and focus on what matters to you.

2) Refresh your network.

More and more employers are hiring based on referrals. The relationships you have with others may be your most important asset when it comes to landing that job. Keep in touch with your important contacts on a regular basis and let them know what kind of position you are seeking. You never know where that might lead.

3) Shine up your online presence.

Frequently employers will look up potential job candidates on Facebook or Linkedin before they even call them for an interview. Make sure your social media profiles reflect the type of offer you are looking for. If you have a portfolio that can be shown online, make sure that it is. Having a great online presence that reflects your career goals may even result in recruiters coming to you!

To your success,


More Tips for Your Job Search:

It’s All in the Strategy: Tips for Landing that Dream Job – Global News with Shirin Khamisa

How to Use Networking to Find a Job

Is Social Media Helping or Hurting Your Career? – Careers by Design Blog

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Mar 13

How to find a career that fits in a new city, province or country!

By Shirin Khamisa | Advice


How to find a career that fits
in a new city, province or country!

Dear All,

Have you always dreamed of moving to a new city, but feared being able to find work when you get there?

Have you moved to Canada, and aren’t sure how to start building your new career?

Many people aren’t sure where to start when it comes to relocating and their careers, but with the three P’s, you can cut your time between jobs to be much shorter!

They are: planning, proactivity and practice!

Plan a visit (if you can) to your new locale, to get a sense of the job market, and companies you could work for.

Be proactive, seeking out support from those both in your industry, or career experts that can get you prepared for the new market.

And finally: practice! To be successful in an interview, it can take some preparation and practice to get it right, especially if there is a difference in language to culture. Practice makes perfect!

We’ve included some more resources to help prepare you if you have moved or are planning to move for your career this week. Enjoy!

To your success,


From the More Happy Mondays Blog: Making Connections

How To Get a Job When You Have 0 Connections | With Shirin Khamisa


TEDX Talk: Why move to a new city…?
If you’re feeling stuck, check out this video about why moving to a new city for your career can be a great move, and what you could gain!

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Mar 13

Is Becoming An Independent Contractor a Smart Move?

By Shirin Khamisa | Advice


Is Becoming An Independent Contractor
a Smart Move?

DearFriend,

Once upon a time, those who had difficulty landing a salaried job with a stable company had to come up with creative solutions like temping, and freelancing.

Today however, more and more folks are passing on so-called secure positions in order to work in what is now called the ‘gig economy.’

Did you know that contractors, temps and freelancers now make up 34% of the workforce? And according Brad Smith, CEO of Intuit, this number is expected to grow to 43% by 2020!

So is the working in the gig economy right for you?

It depends.

Are you looking for greater flexibility and mobility? Want to expand your network and work on a variety of projects. These are some of the benefits if you work as a contractor.

Of course, to thrive in the gig economy, you are going to need some serious business skills. Are you willing to do what it takes to sell your services to potential clients – over and over?

Are you able to manage your money so that you can handle fluctuating pay? Are you disciplined enough to save what you need for tax time… and retirement?

These are all things you need to consider when you are working in the gig economy. Like anything else, there are pros and cons to doing contract work. And you need to weigh them.

Check out some of our articles below to find out more or consider hiring a Careers by Design coach to help you decide if this option is right for you!

To your success,


More About The Gig Economy:

How to Boost Your Security in the Gig Economy – Careers by Design Blog

The Benefits (and Drawbacks) of Working on Contract  – Workopolis with Lee Weisser

Should I be an Employee or an Independent Contractor?

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Mar 06

How Halloween can help you with your career!

By Shirin Khamisa | Advice


Happy Halloween! Tonight is the night to transform. What will you be?

Dear All,

Do you remember the magic of Halloween from when you were young?

You could become any one, any thing, for one day.

What if you could do that for your career: try on something new, to see how it fits?

We often forget that there are so many possibilities for our careers.

And just because you’ve spent part of your career in the wrong one, doesn’t mean it’s too late to find a career that fits.

We can’t become cowboys or cops overnight, but we can start thinking about the possibilities that excited us when we were young.

Don’t let this Halloween scare you, but inspire you to try on something new.

To your success,


From the More Happy Mondays Blog: Overcoming Fear

How to Build Courage On Your Career Journey | By Lee Weisser

A Music Moment: The Monster Mash
An oldie, but a goodie! A song about working late with monsters who dance!

Have a listen, and don’t forget to do the mash.

The Monster Mash.  

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Mar 06

The Dreaded Job Interview & How Not To Dread It

By Shirin Khamisa | Advice


The Dreaded Interview &
How Not To Dread It
DearFriend,

Certainly one of the most nerve wracking aspects of any job hunt must be the interview. Sure it is exciting to get the call. I mean, someone recognized your potential fit through your resume. You should feel honoured.

But now you have to prove yourself all over again against other qualified candidates. And that can be terrifying. So how do you set yourself apart from the crowd?

Here are a few tips to get you started:

Make a good first impression. I mean really – the hiring manager will decide what they think about you within the first 10 seconds or so. So dress appropriately, walk in to the room confidently, smile, and give a firm handshake.

Remember that 70% of communication is non-verbal. So watch your body language. Don’t fidget or slouch.

Be sure to do your homework as well.

Research the company and position as much as you can prior to the interview. And spend some time thinking about those lovely interview questions like, “What is your greatest weakness?” Be prepared to give thoughtful and original answers.

Finally, remember that you’re there to interview the company as well. Ask questions that will help you decide not only if you are right for the position, but if the position is right for you.

Job interviews don’t have to be scary. They can be an exciting step in your career search. And the better prepared you are, the more exciting they will be.

Need more detailed tips? Be sure to check out the articles in the links below. And if you’d like interview coaching to help you up your game, contact the team here at Careers by Design.

To your success,


Interview Advice:

How to Ace a Job Interview  – The Globe and Mail with Shirin Khamisa

How to Answer Tough Job Interview Questions  – Canadian Living with Shirin Khamisa

The 13 Most Outrageous Job Interview Mistakes

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Feb 27

Change your Career with this Powerful Practice

By Shirin Khamisa | Advice



Change your Career with a Powerful Practice of Gratitude  

Dear All,

Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you’ve spent the weekend with family and friends: recounting old memories, telling good stories, and eating to your heart’s content.

Thanksgiving is a holiday that encourages us to remember what we have to be thankful for.

Gratitude is powerful and it doesn’t matter if you savour big things like the people who support you or smaller blessings like that hot coffee you treated yourself to this morning.

Practising gratitude recharges our batteries, and prepares us for the week ahead.

It boosts our confidence, and makes us feel more in control of our careers.

And the best part: you can practice gratitude even after Thanksgiving, for benefits the whole year round.

We’ve included some links and an activity this week for practising this skill, as a thanks for your continued support.

To your success,


The Power Of Gratitude

The Benefits of Gratitude, Including For Your Career
Stressed At Work? Try Gratitude Instead | The Globe and Mail


Activity: Morning Coffee Gratitude
One of the best ways to start off your day right is to spend a few minutes thinking of all the things that you’re grateful for.

If you’re worried about finding the time to do this, or finding a way to remember to give thanks each morning, tie your morning gratitude session to your morning cup of coffee.
  


While you’re having your first cup, sit back and think of the things that you’re thankful for. You can even start out by feeling gratitude for the following:

The warmth of the coffee mug you’re holding;The aroma of the coffee;That first sip of coffee;The beautiful morning;The beginning of a new day full of promise;The quiet just before the day officially starts.
(Adapted from daringtolivefully.com)
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Feb 27

When to Quit Your Day Job

By Shirin Khamisa | Advice


When to Quit Your Day Job
DearFriend,

Do you wake up in the morning stressed out about having to go to work? Do you sometimes feel like throwing in the towel?

It might be time to quit.

You heard me right. Quitting a job is never a decision that should be taken lightly, but there are times when it is the right move.

As career counsellors, we want our clients to take a step back and assess the situation. By making the connection between head and heart, you may find a solution that will help you love your job again.

But then again, sometimes the answer is polish up that resume and move on.

So how do you know if it is time to quit? There are several possible signs.

Perhaps you have a new manager and no matter how hard you try, you can’t seem to please her.

Maybe your duties are being stripped away bit by bit and you’re feeling redundant.

Or maybe you’ve simply gone as far as you can go with your current company and there’s no room to grow.

If you think it’s time to seek out a new opportunity, you don’t have to go it alone.

A career counsellor can help you work through your issues and help you determine whether or not quitting is truly the best choice. And if it is, a counsellor can help you seek out the best opportunities and assist with the transition.

Be sure to check out the articles in the links below. And if you’re at a career crossroads and need help, contact the team here at Careers by Design.


To your success,


Is It Time to Quit Your Day Job? :

Personal Bailout: Quitting Your Job – Toronto Star with Shirin Khamisa

Unhappy at Work? 7 Signs You Should Quit Your Job – Global News with Lee Weisser

How to Build Courage for Your Next Career Move – Careers by Design Blog


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Feb 21

Want More From Work – Just Ask

By Shirin Khamisa | Advice


Want More From Your Work? Just Ask!
DearFriend,

Where do you want to go from here?

If your current job isn’t quite fulfilling your needs or ambitions, this might be a question you ask yourself quite often.

Or perhaps you’re happy in your job right now but you can foresee the day when you will want to take on more challenging tasks.

Before you pull out the classifieds and look for something new, it might be wise to have a little chat with your boss. Yep, you heard me right. It might be time to talk to your boss about your career ambitions and learn about what opportunities might be right under your nose that can help you get to where you want to be.

Oftentimes, the prospect of telling your boss that you want to grow in your career can feel like a scary prospect. But unless you are thinking of changing fields outright, there is actually very little risk in doing so.

If you work for a manager that isn’t receptive to providing you with professional development opportunities, you may have to seek them out outside the workplace or get the help of a career counsellor, but generally managers will appreciate the fact that you are coming to them for professional development.

In fact, you may just plant the seed of opportunity.

By letting your boss know that you are open to accepting more challenging assignments, you could be setting yourself for advancement and career growth. If you’re ready for more, in many cases all you have to do is ask.


To your success,


Be sure to check out these articles on your path to professional development :

It’s Time to Sit Your Boss Down for a Career Chat – The Globe and Mail with Shirin Khamisa

The 7 Professional Traits That Will Help You Get a Promotion at Work
– Global News with Lee Weisser

4 Things Your Boss Won’t Tell You About Advancing Your Career

10 Ways to Maximize Your Professional Development

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Feb 20

Are you still making the same career mistakes?

By Shirin Khamisa | Advice


Are you still making the same career mistakes? Find out how to move on from your past to a brighter future!

Dear All,

Do you remember Sisyphus?

He was sentenced to an eternity of pushing a boulder up a hill, only to watch it to roll back down again, over and over.

Many of us feel a lot like Sisyphus did: working tirelessly to get ahead in their career, only to have it not work out, over and over.

Often people keep trying to forge their careers, while using the same methods, and making the same mistakes.

Sometimes, having an outside perspective can help you see where you may be going wrong.

A coach can help you see what changes you can make to move forward and get your Happy Mondays!

Check out some of our posts from the More Happy Mondays Blog, exploring common career mistakes, and how to overcome them.

Learn how to leave the boulder behind and become the hero of your own career story.  

To your success,

From the More Happy Mondays Blog:  Common Career Mistakes…


Discover: Are You Sabotaging Your Career?

Do Your Job Search Skills Measure Up?

3 Steps to LEAP Ahead in Your Career by Shirin Khamisa

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Feb 13

Turn your hobby into a full time career!

By Shirin Khamisa | Advice


Do you have an entrepreneurial spirit? Find out how to take your hobby and
make it a career! 

Dear All,

Are you feeling disconnected from “office life?”

Have you always wondered how to take your creative past-times, and turn them into a career?

It is possible to create your own brand or business and share your gifts with the world.

It takes many things for an entrepreneur  to be successful: a good business plan, a strong professional network and support from those you trust.

Coaching can help you build all three.

This week is all about the successes of others who have been able to turn their passions into careers, and how you can do it to!

To your success,

Success Stories: Pursuing Passions as Careers
What Our Clients Say…

“I knew beforehand that writing was one of my passions that I wanted to pursue as a career.

With my coach, and working together on the self discovery process, it helped me to begin moving towards this life-long goal free of anxiety and self doubt.”

Anne T, 
HR Executive, Toronto, ON  


Before coaching I was lost and I wasn’t sure that I wanted to fit into the typical career of an artist…The work we have done has allowed me to see that I am capable of not only creating the lifestyle that I want, but also the jobs that will enable me to achieve it.”

Brittney F, 
Theatre Artist, Toronto, ON

Read more success stories here…


From Around The Web:

Hobbies you can turn into a second career
Should you turn your hobby into a business?| Video

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Feb 13

Fall in Love with Your Career

By Shirin Khamisa | Advice


Fall in Love with Your Career!
DearFriend,

With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, I thought I’d take the time to write to you about love.

February the 14th can be both wonderful and terrible. It’s wonderful if you’ve got someone to share it with but it can be really hard if you’re alone and you have to spend the day looking at other couple’s lovey-dovey posts on your Facebook feed.

In the same way, if you have a good relationship with your career it can be a wonderful thing. But if you’re stressed or frustrated at work, it can be extremely painful.

If you are unemployed, you might feel tempted to jump at the first job offer that comes your way. But as in personal relationships, making a hasty decision about your career can quickly turn into regret.

On the other hand, if your relationship with your career is not so good, you might be tempted to jump ship. But before you get involved in a messy breakup with your career, consider that you might be able learn to love it again with a little counselling.

Here are a few of my thoughts on how you can find a career you love or love the career you have:

1. Do these things to find a job that you love.

2. Focus on love deliberately. Turn your thoughts toward the positive and what you are grateful for.

3. And finally, if you really don’t like the job you have, take these steps before breaking up with it.

I hope you spend this Valentine’s Day with someone you love. But why not also take some time to fall in love again with your career.


To your success,


Some Articles We Know You’ll LOVE:

It’s All in the Strategy: Tips for Landing that Dream Job – Global News with Shirin Khamisa

A Simple Practice of Love that Can Save Your Career – by Shirin Khamisa

How to Make the Most of a Job You Hate – Global News with Lee Weisser

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Feb 06

Is it time to FALL for a new career?

By Shirin Khamisa | Advice


Make a change and show your true colours!
Dear All,


Isn’t Fall such an inspiring time of the year?

Suddenly the nights are cooler, days grow shorter, and the trees are bursting with colour.

Fall is all about one thing: change.

Sometimes change happens because we look for it. Other times, it is thrust upon us.

Just like the changing seasons, sometimes change happens in our careers whether we’re ready for it or not.

Sometimes we want to make a change in our careers to show our true colours.

Other times something beyond our control forces us to find a new path.

Change is challenging. Career coaching can make you more resilient, and an expert change navigator.

Just like the beautiful maple trees that will soon become brilliant shades of red and orange, sometimes you have to lose all of your leaves before becoming an even bigger and better tree come Spring.

To your success,


Ask a coach: How do you build resiliency for a career change?


Dear CBD Coaches,

My husband was recently laid off from his job. He’s been trying hard to get back into the workforce, but after 6 months of looking, it’s starting to get to him. How can he get his energy and motivation back?

~Supportive Sahra



         Dear Sahra!
Building resiliency can be helpful when a job search is taking longer than you expected. Here are a few ways your husband can regain his motivation and energy, and find his resiliency!
Self-care: make sure to get enough sleep, eat well, and exercise. Taking care of our bodies reduces feelings of stress.
Set SMART goals: specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and timely goals help build confidence and feelings of accomplishment.
Reframing: try to reframe negative events into positive ones (“I was laid off” becomes “I have an opportunity to find work I actually enjoy”).
Get support: build up a network of support, from family, friends and past colleagues you can talk to about your struggles and your triumphs.
Our coaching programs focus on building resilience, and we have more tools to help foster this in our clients. The stronger your resilience, the faster you get to More Happy Mondays.
~The CBD Coaches

From the Careers by Design
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Cultivating Hope for Your Career 
By Lee Weisser, CBD Coach


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Jan 29

How to support your loved one with a career challenge

By Shirin Khamisa | Advice


How to best support a loved one when they are struggling with their career.

Dear All,

Are you supporting someone in your life who is unhappy with their career?

It can be challenging to watch a family member or a friend struggling with their career and feeling stuck.

We often hear from people wishing to help their family members move forward, but aren’t sure how.

How can you support someone make a change when they aren’t yet ready?

A great first step may be to help them tap into their motivation: how will things be better at a new job? What will they gain? How will their family, as a whole, feel better?

These future based questions make us feel that change is possible, and remind us of all we have to gain when we find the courage to make a change in our careers!

Here are some additional resources on how to support your loved ones through challenging career moments.

To your family’s success,



How to support loved ones through career challenges…


5 Ways to support your spouse through a job change

How to help a loved one through a major life change



How to help your child navigate a route to career success

How to (Really) help a friend job search

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Pat, Lee, Rachel & Shirin – your Careers by Design team.

Jan 22

Turn your career dreams into a reality!

By Shirin Khamisa | Advice



Why having a career dream
is a good thing!

Dear All,

What was your career dream?

People who are unhappy or unsatisfied in their careers often tell us that once upon a time, they had a dream.

For one reason or another, they weren’t able to make it a reality. Whether it was family pressures or responsibilities, or they didn’t know how to make it happen, their career dream fell to the wayside.

Are our career dreams simply wasted?

Exploring our dreams can be a great way to take stock of our passions, our values and our skills, necessary for feeling fulfilled at work.

We may not all grow up to be Prime Minister or a pop star, but what we aspired to be when we were younger can give us great direction for where our careers could go in the future.

Are you ready to make your dream a reality?

To your success,


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Explore: What was your career dream?

Do you remember your earlier career dreams? Did you want to be a 5 star chef? Maybe a CFO of a Fortune 500 company? Or did you want to be an elementary school teacher?

Whatever the dream, it can be a great place to start when you aren’t sure what might be next for your career.


When you think about your dream career, it can be helpful to think about the following:

1. What is exciting about your dream? Why would it be great to make it a ‘dream come true’ career?

2. How does this relate to your current work values, natural talents, passions or interests?

3. Why didn’t this dream become a reality?


These questions can help you understand your career desires and values, which are closely linked to career fulfilment, and Happy Mondays.


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Jan 22

How to Rock Your Next Job Interview

By Shirin Khamisa | Advice


How to Rock Your Next Job Interview
DearFriend,

You’ve done it! You’ve identified your passions. You’ve created a stellar resume. You’ve made contacts in all the right places. And now? Now you’ve been called in for an interview!

For a job seeker, the interview is where the magic can really happen. Not only can you start to get a real sense of the company that you’re applying to, but now is your big chance to showcase your talents and winning personality.

But the interview stage is also where mistakes can be made.

Nerves kick in. You might even say the wrong thing. Perhaps the interviewer asks a question you weren’t quite prepared for.

The interview really can make or break your chances of landing the job.

So how do you put your best foot forward?

We’ve got your back:

First, be mindful about what you really shouldn’t do! In this interview with Global News, Careers by Design Senior Coach, Lee Weisser, talks about 9 things you say in a job interview that will disqualify you for the position.

Next interviews are all about preparation, preparation, and more preparation.  So do your research carefully. Check out an hour-long video interview with yours truly on Toronto Speaks on this very subject.

Lastly, looking for more great interview advice? Check out the following links below.  Some are articles I’ve been featured in where I’ve drawn from more than 15 years of coaching job seekers on this very topic.

To your success,


More Great Articles on Rocking Your Next Interview:

How to ace a job interview – Globe & Mail with Shirin Khamisa

How to answer tough job interview questions – Canadian Living with Shirin Khamisa

12 Surprising Job Interview Tips

How to Dearghlight Your Talents Without Showing Off

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Jan 15

Should YOU go back to school to change your career?

By Shirin Khamisa | Advice


Should you go back to school to change your career?

Dear All,

Watching the class of 2016 make their way back to school might have you wondering: should I to go back to school?

Many people fear that the only way to make a career change is heading back to the classroom.

While upgrading your credentials is one way to a new career, often it’s not the only solution.

Understanding yourself and having a clear career goal is a prerequisite to knowing if more school is the best option. 

It’s important to know the costs of going to school (financially, personally and professionally), as well as the kinds of support you will need in order to be successful.


There is more than one way to get to your Happy Mondays. Exploring your options now will save you time and money in the long run.

To your success,


When and Why to Go Back to School for Your Career

Thinking of going back to school? | Video with Shirin Khamisa


Moms brave enough to go back to school share their stories...

Facing your fears for returning to school as an adult

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