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Live to serve? You're in luck

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by Kat Sieniuc
From Globe and Mail

January 26, 2015

If quitting your day job to become a party planner, interior decorator or personal shopper is on your bucket list, 2015 might just be the year to finally cross it off.

A Canadian online career college has announced that the “top jobs” on its website this year are all in the personal service sector.

“Something that people can do that doesn’t involve being in a conventional workplace – being a life coach; a surprising [job] that’s quite popular is becoming a motivational speaker,” said Therese Goulet, dean of the International Association of Professions Career College, which offers online certificate programs and has offices in Calgary and Princeton, N.J.

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No reference? No problem – if you know what to do

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by Eileen Dooley
From Globe and Mail

November 4, 2014

To the frustration of job seekers and hiring managers alike, an increasing number of employers are instituting a blanket “no reference” policy.

The trend, which began in the United States, has gradually trickled north of the border and typically covers both verbal and written references.

Though it has long been tradition for well-regarded employees to ask for and receive a positive reference to help ease their transition to the next position, some employers are declining to provide anything more than a bare-bones “confirmation of employment,” outlining person’s job title and length employment.

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Landed an interview? Don’t forget your portfolio

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by Eileen Dooley
From Globe and Mail

September 26, 2014

Everyone knows the feeling when a call or e-mail comes in from a potential employer, acknowledging your job application and asking you to appear for an interview.

Immediately, you ponder your potential future with that employer, dream of your resignation letter to your current employer, and start thinking of what to wear and what to say at the upcoming interview.

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Should I tell interviewers about my string of bad jobs

Should I tell interviewers about my string of bad jobs?

by Eileen Dooley
From Globe and Mail

August 27, 2014

THE QUESTION

I’m 42, and I can’t get or keep a job.

My résumé is a mish-mash of stints here and there. The rare times I get an interview, potential employers are suspicious – and I can’t tell the truth without sounding like a drama-filled, bitter ex-employee.

The fact is, I’ve had a string of really bad employers.

I worked at an animation company for a year, where I was bullied by my superior, so when the company went under, I decided to not go back into the field.

I spent a year on employment insurance and during that time managed to teach myself HTML, Flash, and Web programs. I got two part-time positions, but when those projects ended, I was left hunting for a job again.

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