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6 Things to bring to your job interview

what to bring to a job interview

Preparation. It’s the preemptive approach to employment, and a proactive strategy in any career battle. When one is waging a candidacy combat, he or she should never go into battle without being prepared.  So when it’s time to win over the hiring manager, keep these things 6 at the ready.

  1. Your resume

It’s easy to assume the hiring manager will have a copy of your resume on hand, but presumptions are never a safe bet. So always bring along multiple copies of your CV. You may be meeting with more than one person at the company, or a printer may have broken. Having the foresight to bring multiple copies of your scribed successes demonstrates your ability to be prepared for a variety of possibilities.

  1. A pen and notepad

When you’re a party to any professional meeting, it’s second nature to bring along your pen and notepad. So when you’re meeting a potential employer, it’s beneficial to adhere to the habit. It’s likely that important facts and figures will be discussed and being able to recount them when it comes time to send your follow up email or decide between competing offers is pretty handy. You can also write your pre-prepared questions down in the same notepad, ensuring you bring them.

  1. An over-the-shoulder holder or folder

This simply means bring a bag or folder with you. Pulling your resume from your pockets doesn’t quite give the best professional impression. So organize your papers in something that’s small enough to hold under your arm but large enough to hold all the essentials.

  1. The job description

When you arrive to the interview around the 15 minute early mark (because YOU WILL!), it’s a good time to re-familiarize yourself with the role right before you go in. A fresh perspective, coupled with being in the physical location, can reignite the initial passion for what got you excited about applying for the position.

  1. Education documentation

Did the role your applying for require certain certifications or qualifications? Bring them along with you, or if you can’t bring the original, bring a copy. You may not be asked to present them, but keeping them on hand demonstrates a proactive nature.

  1. Your portfolio

If you’re in the creative industry, a portfolio is a must-have. So you may have examples of your work on a personal website or a physical folder. However, if you’re in a non-creative industry, you may have client testimonials or revenue figures you want to showcase. Bring a hard copy of these achievements and have a link to your online portfolio included as well. Because showing is telling.


Remember: Being prepared should always be part of your employment plan.

(And in case you’re wondering why this piece has been peppered with so many P’s…. there simply isn’t any particular reason).



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6 Workplace life hacks to make work life easier

It’s Monday– and the struggle for some can seem so real right now. But here’s a pretty sweet secret: It doesn’t have to be; especially if you’re privy to some life hacks that can make your work life sweeter. A good secret keeper can keep pretty tight lipped, but when it comes to motivating on a Monday, we have a big mouth. Try these 5 workplace life hacks to make your work life easier Monday and every day.


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So next time the alarm rings on a Monday,  get up, eat breakfast…. and then ask yourself: What will I have for lunch with my pen fork?

5 things to never do in a job interview

job interview mistakes

When your job search has paid off and you’ve scored an interview, it means your resume has definitely talked the talk, but there are some in-person mistakes that can leave even the best of candidates tripping over their tongues when it’s time to walk the interview walk. So if you want to strut on into that new role, you’ll want to avoid these business blunders.

  1. Showing up late

If you want to show up late to a dinner with the in-laws or keep a date waiting, hey, that’s your prerogative, but when it comes to meeting a hiring manager, you should be arriving 10-15 minutes early. Time is a valuable thing, and although the receptionist may be fine with a delay on the subway or traffic holding you back, the person on the other end of your interview won’t be impressed.

  1. Being rude to the receptionist

No matter how high the role you’re interviewing for is within the company, you need to check any ego at the door if you want to get your foot in it. Always be kind to the receptionist. Whatever position you aim for on the professional totem pole, you never know who the receptionist knows. And you could be brought right down before you have a chance to make it on.

  1. Being under (or over) dressed

Corporate culture is important—and being prepared for it should be an important part of your pre-interview prep. When it comes to dress code, the rule of thumb is to dress half a notch above what the current employees are wearing. For example, if you’re interviewing with a start-up where jeans and tees are the norm, opt for the business casual approach; whereas if you’re interviewing in a more corporate atmosphere, a suit and tie or skirt and blouse is more appropriate attire.

  1. Telling tall tales

Pulling a Pinocchio in an interview should seem like an obvious no-go. However, some job seekers may be tempted to impress by telling success-related tall tales. The thing about that is: it will catch up to you. Whether a reference unknowingly outs you, or you get the job and can’t perform the task you’ve proclaimed to excel at, your fibs will eventually be found out.

  1. Bad-mouthing your employer

We’ve all had a manager or co-worker that we didn’t get along with, and a toxic work environment may have you seeking employment elsewhere. But no matter how well you think you’re bonding with your perspective employer, you never want to bad mouth the ones who came before. If you do, all he or she could be left thinking is– if you can talk like that about your previous or current employer, what would stop you from talking that way about them?

Remember, job interviews are a two-way street and when you’re looking for a job, make it your business to ensure it’s also the right fit!

4 tips to falling back into work after summer vacation

back to work

It’s official. Starbucks released its Pumpkin Spice latte today. So that also basically means it must (unofficially) be fall. And if you’ve taken the summer to yourself, at the risk of being branded the bearer of bad news, it could possibly mean the official start of back to work.

However, don’t despair! When you feel the back to work blues lurking in the back of your brain, try these tips to even out your equilibrium.


  1. Prioritize the MIT

The key to post-summer productivity is identifying the Most Important Task—and then knowing what you need to do to get it done. It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you come back to emails and deadlines, but once you get into the singular mindset, it’s much easier to accomplish the plethora of projects waiting for you one at a time.


  1. Erase the email slate

It’s probably going to be a daunting task, but it’s one that you can overcome without too much of a Herculean effort. Instead of reading your emails chronologically, sort through them by sender or subject instead. The aim of the game here is to discover what happened instead of when things happened. The technique also allows you to get rid of old news updates or expired Groupons. Bye!


  1. Dress to impress (yourself)

Remember back to school shopping? Sure, the ads that popped up mid-August felt like a personal betrayal, but how good did you feel in your first day outfit? We’re not talking about breaking the bank for a new wardrobe here, but adding a few new pieces to your collection can have you walking with an extra pep in your step.


  1. Give yourself a break

Cutting yourself some slack doesn’t mean you’re slacking off. You may feel as though you need to go into the office with guns blazing, but getting back into the saddle may take a few days. And that’s okay! It’s going to be a transition to find your post-summer the work rhythm. As long as you stay focused and relaxed, your work routine will re-emerge.

So, while you’re very busy with the business of getting back to business, remember: You got this.

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5 Tips when going from freelance to full-time

going from freelance to fulltime

Any freelancer will tell you that their diet is often susceptible to seasonal bouts of feast or famine. And while some revel in the responsibility of providing a regular life with an irregular income, others may begin to prefer the perks of 9-5. So, when you decide it’s time to trade the couch for the cubicle, try these transitioning tips.


  1. Be realistic

It’s going to take some time to adjust to your new in-house hours. And whether you have a freelance or full-time background, your employer will be aware of that, but you have to recognize it too. Don’t expect to be moving mountains within the first few weeks that you’re getting to know the company, products, co-workers and goals. You’ll be tempted to want to dive right in—and you should be motivated, but when your time is no longer your own, it’s time for some lessons in time management. Start each day with a list of priorities, and stick to each task. It will make it a lot easier to organize your hours and hit your deadlines.

  1. Find your voice

This may not paint the prettiest of pictures, but envision this: You’re in a meeting and a project that you’ve successfully managed before in a consultant capacity is being discussed. Now instead of having the floor and mapping out the strategy, another consultant is telling you what to do. Your inner voice may be shouting for you to stand up and take action, but resist the impulse! Aside from avoiding any toe stepping, you want to figure out the right approach to getting yourself heard. Observe! Watch and take note of how other employees around you bring their ideas to the higher-ups and try that instead. When you feel as though you’ve built solid work relationships, your voice will eventually get a lot louder.

  1. Remember, you’re not in prison

Although some days it may feel like you’re manacled to man, you’re not in a prison. And even though you’ve traded in being your own boss to having one, he or she isn’t your warden. Remember your worth—because you were hired to be a part of their corporate family for a reason. You’ll be expected to work set hours, but its up to you to set mutually beneficial boundaries. Put in an honesty day’s work for an honest pay and if you don’t forget your worth- your employers won’t either.

  1. Play nice

The office is prime spotting ground for perusing different breeds of human— some may get along well with others, while some may prove hostile. You’re not going to mesh with every personality-type. And that’s okay, but you need to be able to (for a lack of a better term), fake it. Respect in the workplace is just as important as anywhere else. So keep your cool when you feel someone getting you hot under the collar, confrontation doesn’t belong in the conference room. If you’re having a serious issue with someone or something—that’s what human resources is for.

  1. Have a drink

Freelancers and consultants tend to take steps to simply get the job done rather than find ways to make friends on the job. Yet as a full-time employee, you’d be surprised how much more relationships matter when you’re trying to get the job done. You don’t have to be BFFs with your co-workers, but don’t avoid after work drinks, office drinks or the water cooler like they’re the productivity plague. Get to know the people you spend 8 hours a day with, you never know what collaboration opportunities you may uncover to expedite or enhance a project.

Sure, accepting a steady paycheck may be easier than embracing the changes that earn it, but you’ll never know if you made the right move unless you decide to give it a try.

Job search etiquette: How palatable are your employment manners?

6 Ways to measure the merits of your success

ways to measure successWhen you’re manacled to the man 9-5, how do you measure the merits of success?

Is it the number on your paycheck? The size of your team? The job title on your contract? You may be tempted to impress with a grandiose definition of success, but when life gets down to the nitty gritty of what makes yours a happy one, your job title isn’t vital.  Here’s why it doesn’t matter, and 6 things that do when it comes to the fundamentals of work, life and happiness.

You’ve made an impact

We all have a voice, but when yours is heard loud and clear—whether it’s in your industry as a whole, your office, or simply your team—recognition and making a difference can make a big difference in your working life. If you feel like you’ve made no impact, you may never feel like you’ve achieved much success.

You’re challenged

If you feel like you’re doing nothing but pencil pushing all day– every day, and fantasize about the final 5 o’clock hour as soon as you first sit down, chances are… you’re bored. Out of your mind. And if you’re not feeling challenged, you could be losing your motivation and inspiration for in-office and after work hours. Broker T. Washington once said, “Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.” He was a wise man.

You create

The act of creating–in general–is a beautiful thing. If you’ve created something new, regardless of whether it’s a product, an idea or a new and better way for getting things done, this is a success. And it should feel that way. We all want to feel as though we have an effect in our workplace and this is a definite example of a successful situation.

You’ve formed great relationships

If you’ve cultivated great relationships with clients, customers or co-workers you’d be quite correct in thinking you’re doing something right. When you have a portfolio that also spans a list of happy people, you’ve proven that you’ve provided a great service.

You’re efforts are noticed

This may seem pretty obvious, but you should feel perfectly safe to properly preen when internal fellow co-workers or hire ups as well as external professionals and businesses are speaking highly of you in their respective networks.

You leave the office with a smile

When you wake up every day and can honestly say that you love what you do, you’re a lot ‘richer’ than that of someone with a big paycheck and fancy title. And if you can smile at the end of the workday, you’re one of the lucky ones.

You could have a great paying job with an impressive title – but if you don’t enjoy your day-to-day life due to the stress – it could be argued that you’re not successful at all. What you do to earn a living should not only fill your bank account, it should also fulfill your life in other ways that can’t be defined by monetary compensation or monogrammed business cards.

4 Resume facts recruiters want to see on yours

facts recruiters want to see on a resumeIf there exists one cold hard fact about your resume, it’s that facts do, in fact, matter.  And if we’re going to delve deeper into what factoids should be dwelling on your CV (because hey- why not on a Thursday), there are some particular ones that must live there if you want a recruiter knocking on your door.




  1. The Quantifiable

In other words—the numbers. When you’re trying to show the value you can bring to a future employer, recruiters want to see what you’ve produced for the previous ones.  List any stats that highlight revenue generated or the results of a project you supported. Remember though, figures don’t always have to be monetary to prove their worth. Make sure to include any percentages of achieved targets or time taken to deliver a piece of work or project.

  1. Tech experience

In today’s hyper-connected world, you need to talk the tech talk if you’ve walked the walk.  Whether you’re a super savvy digital marketer, code master or expert developer (the list really goes on and on), it’s essential to highlight the tools you’re familiar with and how you applied them to previous roles. Most positions require working knowledge of one or more, so employers will also be keen to understand your ability to use their core systems and hardware. Here’s a side not though: Leave Microsoft off the list. Employers expect you to be proficient in software that has been around since the dawn of computer-time. So, leave that valuable resume real estate for another skill or achievement.

  1. Who you interact with

Even in the times of tech, it’s still probably a guarantee that your position will require some form of human interaction, so your CV should show you’re capable of communicating within the corporate hierarchy and external clients. Show exactly who you interact with from management and external regulators to customers and suppliers. This proves your business-social abilities. The aim of the game here is to show that you can build strong working relationships and use them to create beneficial outcomes for your potential employer.

  1. Role objective

What were you hired to do in your previous role? Did you accomplish it? How? These are some of the most important questions recruiters want answered. Without outlining the high level purpose of your role, nobody will understand what all your hard work was for. So every position on your resume should start off with a clear objective statement so recruiters can put your achievements into context and get the bigger picture of your duties and qualifications.

Facts don’t lie. It’s a fact… unless you’re lying on your resume. But that’s a bad idea, so don’t do that. Instead, let the truth set your facts free.





5 Tips to turn your contract into an extension (or permanent situation)

turn a contract into a permanent engagementSo, you’ve beaten the bots and impressed during your in-person interview, but once you’ve successfully taken on the hiring battle, you still have to win the performance war. Your previous experience may have helped you talk the talk, but when it comes to contract extensions, these tips will help to ensure you’re walking the walk—and demonstrating the qualities that could most likely help you strut into a permanent position.

1. Become indispensable

When you demonstrate your knowledge, enthusiasm and interest in existing projects other than your own and provide actionable insights that result in a successful execution, you’re demonstrating the value you bring to your other team members and the company. Sure, you were hired for a specific task, but your employer may not know what other talents you have to offer unless you reveal them, so take the initiative and look for opportunities to showcase your skills. They may say that no one is indispensable, but if you want to prove your worth as a full-time team member, demonstrate that you’re a worker that the team can’t imagine functioning without.

2. Build relationships

Good communication is great persuasion, so if you’re looking to become a part of a team, voice it with both your thoughts and actions. This doesn’t mean you need to be friends or socialize outside of work, but make an effort to be involved and be friendly at the office. If there’s additional training on offer, you should take it. Going above and beyond shows that you are willing to learn and that you take a keen interest in the company; this may even provide opportunities for networking. The goal is to make your presence known. So instead of sending an email, visit your colleagues or direct managers, volunteer for extra project activities outside your job description, represent your team at meetings or attend meetings so you can be more involved and meet a wider range of teams.

3. Avoid the office politics

The workplace is prime spotting ground for watching different breeds of humans interact outside their natural habitat, so it can prove difficult sometimes not to watch a show. However, you will be more highly regarded if you don’t get involved in the hunting and pecking order of the workplace and avoid office gossip.

4. Document your work

Whether you’re on contract or a permanent employee, it’s your responsibility to fill out your time-sheets, expense forms and any other paperwork in a timely fashion. This illustrates you’re responsible, reliable and organized. Sometimes, as a contract worker, you won’t be a regular part of the staff team and will get left out of what is the normal information flow. By taking the initiative on communications and providing critical updates to projects, you also demonstrate your strong skills in this area.

5. You want something? Ask for it.

If you want to be considered for a full time position, this isn’t the time to act like a wallflower and hope you’re simply picked for the part. If the timing is right, talk to the key decision maker and let your interest in a full time opening known.

If all the world’s a stage, then this performance is your audition. If none of these tactics work and your contract role truly has an inevitable end date, then concentrate on doing the best job possible for the employer. Then, several weeks before the scheduled end-date, set up a time with your manager and discuss your interest in their company and field, you may get a referral to another company if this one simply can’t hire you.

Who said it?!

Who said it?

Whether you love them or love to hate them, these (in)famous bosses made it pretty easy to remember them. But do you recall who's wise words of wisdom belong to whom? Try our Friday quiz to find out!

"I don't hate it. I just don't like it at all... and it's terrible."

Michael Scott, The Office

Dave Harken, Horrible Bosses

Don Draper, Mad Men

"Never follow a hippie to a second location."

Katharine Parker, Working Girl

Margaret Tate, The Proposal

Jack Donaghy, 30 Rock

"A piker asks how much vacation time you get in the first year. Vacation time?"

Gordon Gekko, Wallstreet

Jim Young, Boiler Room

Jordan Belfort, The Wolf of Wallstreet

"Details of your incompetence do not interest me."

Miranda Priestly, The Devil Wears Prada

Bill Lumbergh, Office Space

Ron Swanson, Parks and Recreation

“I am very good at what I do. I am better at it than anyone else. And that is not arrogance, that is a fact.”

Walter Skinner, X-Files

Wilhelmina Slater, Ugly Betty

Olivia Pope, Scandal

"My voice is giving out so I'm going to poke you for an hour or two."

Angela, Family Guy

Mr. Slate, The Flinstones

Mr. Burns, The Simpsons

"You want some respect? Go out and get it for yourself."

Don Draper, Mad Men

Mr. MacMillan, Big

Gordon Gekko, Wallstreet

"I drove to work in an $80,000 Mercedes, and I’m going home in a prop car from the Fast and the Furious. I just don’t see it."

Michelle Darnell, The Boss

Gordon Ramsay, Hell's Kitchen

Ari Gold, Entourage

"There's more to leading than being in front. The best leaders lead by example not by mouth."

Judge Judy Sheindlin, Judge judy

Uncle Phil, Fresh Prince of Bel-air

Judge Joe Brown, The People's Court

"I know you've been working your tail off for that promotion... But I'm not sure I can trust you."

Dave Harken, Horrible Bosses

Dr. Julia Harris, Horrible Bosses

Bobby Pellitt, Horrible Bosses

........It was a good try!

So we may have been off a little on the "wise words of wisdom" part, but happy Friday anyway!

Nicely done!

So we may have been off a little on the "wise words of wisdom" part, but happy Friday anyway!

The interview process: Startups vs. large companies (and how to handle both)

interviewing at startups vs. corporate

Talent is a competitive advantage; no matter who houses the hotshots. And during the gig landing process, top talent knows there’s a disadvantage interviewing at a startup with a large corp. state of mind—and vice versa. The hiring process is different, here’s what to do about it.

  1. HR vs. the CEO approach

A large firm usually manages hiring through a well-oiled HR machine; a team of trained Human Resources professionals who search and secure the talent. Yet anyone who’s ever worked at a startup will tell you that same type of function simply isn’t employed. Sure, the next Facebook may have a recruiter or HR head, but ultimately the CEO will handle the last step in the process.

Do your research

Corporate: Be prepared to know more than just what’s on their landing page. You need to become familiar with their history, philosophy, goals and business approach. What’s in their service catalogue and who are their customers?  If the position requires any particular tools, methodologies or languages, try to see what they’re using and be ready to discuss if and when you’ve used it in the past (or if you haven’t, why not, and what you do know about it). A quick Google or LinkedIn search can also give you a glimpse into the company’s employees and culture. Take a look!

Startup: Research about the company is always the number one interview rule, but culture and team research for startups is extremely important when these types of businesses highly value cultural fit. Pay attention to their website and social media accounts for anything quirky or unique you can reference when you meet. Startups like that.

  1. The passive interviewee or active interviewee

Are you a driver or a passenger?

The corporate HR machine can have a tendency turn out passive Candidates. The list of formal questions that need to be asked within a small window of time allows for little opportunity for the interviewee to take ownership of the conversation. Whereas in hectic startup land, it isn’t uncommon for the interviewer to wing a conversation (lack of formal HR training and rushing to and from meetings can do that). They’re also not looking for pure potential that can be groomed over months of training, like with large corporations. Instead, they need someone who can come in and hit the ground running. So being able to drive the conversation with your own, active ideas is often better received than sitting back and passively waiting to answer scripted questions.

Corporate: Be prepared to answer the Ws of your own story: who, what, when, where and why of how you’re going to add value to the business. You want to describe who you are, what you want and what you can do, when you’re looking to start and why this company is the right fit. Here is where you’re going to match your experience or goals to the job description and company beliefs.

Startup: Nothing different here. With startups, you also want to be prepared with the knowledge of any initial bumps or challenges that the company faced or is facing; a Candidate who can anticipate the challenges and opportunities for the company before they present themselves is the type of person a blossoming business wants on board.

  1. Dress to impress

It’s not only what’s on the inside that counts

Corporate: Large businesses and corporate companies tend to lean more towards the formal side, “casual Friday” aside. This means when you’re interviewing, it’s best to do some research on the company culture; find out how employees dress and choose an outfit just half a step more formal. This can mean business or casual business dress like a suit and slacks for men and a nice skirt and blouse for women.

Startup: Dressing for startups and non-traditional workplaces can be a harder outfit to call. Business or business casual can still apply, but a good barometer to use is what’s still applied to the corporate interview. Do employees wear jeans and t-shirts as the norm? Add a button up or a blazer for a good impression. Blazers can always come off.

You don’t have to walk a mile in the interviewee’s shoes to understand the process, but you do need to put yourself in them for a moment! What challenges are they facing? What’s keeping them up at night? How can your experience and knowledge help?

Get to work on those answers before your interview and you’ll be all set to get to work in either workplace.



6 tips to land a job in tech (part 3- the interview)

tech interview tipsSo you wanna be a tech superstar?
And live large, a big house, five cars?

Well, we may have gotten a bit overzealous with the whole five cars thing, but Cypress Hill’s Rap Superstar lyrics seemed to really radiate Monday motivation… and although the correlation is tenuous at best, inspiration is inspiration. Right? Let’s talk tech.

“Know the company, dress to impress, ask the right questions, don’t be late…” These are the most talked about interview tips, but when you wanna be a tech superstar, you’ve got to go above and beyond…

Whether you’re a recent grad lacking experience or experienced in the workforce but seeking a career change, try demonstrating these tech interview tips to communicate you’ve got the skills for tech super stardom.

Practice… Practice… Practice…

Techies are problem-solvers, puzzle piece placers and creative practitioners; they need to think like the box doesn’t even exist, and innovate like it’s going out of style. Before any interview, review the technologies that you’re expected to know but haven’t recently used, and remind yourself of the terminology and key concepts that might come up during interviews. Some career experts suggest up to 10 hours of practice before your meeting. How? Join a programming team or find coding questions online and be prepared for creative problem solving questions and brain teasers.

AND practice your coding!

Show how you can adapt

Being adaptable in your position means you’re going to have to demonstrate in the interview that you can Darwin the roll. Because in tech, if you don’t adapt, you won’t survive. When it comes to IT, you can expect that everything can and will fail; employers want to determine your thinking capabilities and how you’ll come up with solutions. During the interview process, recruiters are determining whether or not they like you, if you know your stuff and if you’re passionate about the field, a potential employer wants to know if you’re adaptable, flexible and productive—so highlight situations where you had to pivot for productivity.

Build on your experience

To be the architect of your own employment, you need to build on your experience. During the interview, target events and projects from your professional or academic experience where you faced one or two challenges and how you overcame them.  Keep it short and sweet: Give a sentence about your general role, and then focus on one challenge or problem that you solved. A simple rule to remember is to never put something on your resume that you barely worked on or that you don’t know much about. You’ll be asked about it!

Get comfortable

While you prepare for the question portion of the interview, you should also prepare for the physical component; this means getting rid of practical obstacles. It makes a difference when you’re asked to write formulas on a white board, on paper or on a computer. If you’re a visual thinker and need to scribble, ask at the beginning of the interview if you can have a piece of paper to write things down. These little things can go a long way.

Be online before you’re in-person

You don’t need a complete website, but you do need to have examples of your work online. allows you to quickly and easily upload an open source project and share it with chosen people. You can also send the link in an email before you meet.

Follow up—but be relevant

Post-interview etiquette demands a quick thank you note after you meet, but if you want to really stand out in tech, be a bit more interesting than your candidate counterparts by including something relevant to what was discussed in the interview. Along with your felicitations, send along a code element or the link to a project you spoke about during your meeting.

The road to tech superstardom is getting closer! If you missed part one or two of our three part series, you can check out them out here and here!


Like a boss!


Are you boss enough?

When it comes to being a boss, only certain types of professionals can profess to being made to manage. Do you have what it takes to call the shots? Try our Quiz to find out!

It’s important for you to be liked by your co-workers

Yes. I needs friends to function

I’m usually too busy to notice.

It would be great if everyone could agree, but I can still cope when co-workers aren’t happy.

The thought of confrontation makes you lose sleep…

Wait. People have time to sleep? I have way too much on my plate to worry about others’ feelings.

I don’t go looking to put people on the spot, but accountability is important.

I like letting other solve their own problems independently. It’s good for professional development.

Does empathy belong in the office?

Yes Putting myself in others’ shoes to understand why the job wasn’t done is okay. It gives me more direction as a leader as how to best handle each employee.

No. Feelings and friends don’t belong in the workplace. Bosses don’t need BFFs.

Empathy should be used with discretion, but i think too much can often be a bad thing fur business.

What’s the best way to get the job done?

On top of management duties, I think it’s important to get my hands dirty. Being a team leader also means being a part of the team

Accountability is important to success. So I prefer to manage by monitoring my team members’ performances, and then suggesting better ways to get the job done.

Delegation is key. It’s a better use of management’s time to analyse competitors and industry trends and let my team handle the grunt work.

When it comes to workflow, if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.

There’s a reason why processes exist. If there was a better way of doing things, upper management would know.

I’m going Darwin on this one. Adapting to change is important to survival.

People and culture matter, but I’m not going to try to re-invent the wheel when it comes to how we do things.

Candor is conducive to productivity.

I’ll bear the burden of dealing bad news because employees don’t need to know about what doesn’t concern them. That’s upper management’s problem.

Transparency is important. I Don’t sugarcoat things. I’m more of a “solution-based” thinker. I like to get to the point and then solve the problem.

I think it’s more important to keep bad news to myself and not upset my team members. I’m a “self problem solver” and negativity could demotivate them.

I think that the team lead should be recognized for the team achieving its goal.

My team’s success is a reflection of my management. What’s best for the company is doing things my way because the job always gets done.

My team’s success is also my success. That’s why it’s important to me to foster talent and let others have the limelight sometimes. More often than not, people I manage know more about their jobs than I do.

Sure, I’ll let my team take credit. They did the work- but I’ll let my bosses know who was really responsible for the successful campaign.

You’ve still got some learning to do!

Remember, being a boss doesn’t mean bossing people around. You may want to brush up on your management skills before you angle for a big boss role!

You’re a boss

You’ve proven that you’re management material, so what are you waiting for?

5 Ways Pokemon GO is like your job search

pokemon go and your job search

If you’ve been on the internet machine lately—or stepped outside within the last week—it’s the (augmented) reality of summer 2016: Pokemon Go is going to take over us all. And if you’re born before 1984, you may be wondering just what a Pikachu is and what exactly is going on.

It’s a craze, and we’re just crazy enough to find the correlation between the Pokemon phenomenon and your IT job search. Because, surely, if you can catch a Pokemon, you have the skills to catch an IT contract.




pokemon at pier

Whether you’re searching for a job or for the elusive Articuno (that’s a legendary Pokemon bird by the way), making connections along the way is important to achieving your end goal. Professional contacts can help put you in the right direction of a great gig, and meeting new friends en route to a PokeStop can also help you unlock primo opportunities. Schmoozing at a conference with hundreds of other professionals and chasing a Wartortle at the Santa Monica Pier with hundreds of other players: same thing.



water pokemon

When recruiters are looking for Candidates for a specific job, they use something called a radial search to locate potential fits closest to the job location. If you’re looking for a developer job within the city of Toronto, ensure you have a Toronto area code listed on your resume and the keyword developer within the body. It’s just like how you find the Pokemon in their real-life habitats—like Water Pokémon are more common near bodies of water, Ghastlys in grave yards, grass-types in parks, etc. Location-based Candidates and Pokemon searches? Obvious connection.



The Approach

pokemon skill level

You gotta switch it up. Whether you’re sending out your resume to land an interview or throwing out Pokeballs to thwart a Zubat, the blanket approach won’t work to get what you want. Your resume should be specifically tailored with keywords and achievements for each job you apply to—just like how your stealth moves need to differ per Pokemon for capture. For instance, you wouldn’t apply to an analyst position with your resume showing all graphic design experience; just like one would never approach a red level Pokemon for capture using green level skills. Rookie mistakes, both.




different pokemon teams

Being a part of a team is the main job hunt goal, and it’s no different than when you’re hunting for Pokemon. When a strong Candidate is chosen to fill a positon, it’s because he or she demonstrated their strengths in the areas that will make them an asset to that team. In level 5 of Pokemon GO, (when a player is considered strong enough), he or she can join gyms. This is where they hone their capture skills and join a team to play together. Being a strong team player helps get the job done in both worlds.




pokemon mobility

It’s a fact that 43% of Job Seekers have used their mobile device in their job search. It’s also a fact that, as of yesterday, Pokemon Go has over 15 million downloads in the U.S to an Android or IOS device. The fact of the matter is, Job Seekers and Pokemon players are mobile, they’re everywhere and they’re not stopping anytime soon.


Whether you’re a Job Seeker waging an employment battle or a trainer battling for Pokemon prominence, some similarities can’t be ignored when you feel like you….

Gotta catch ‘em all…..

3 tips to land a job in tech (part 2- the resume)

tips to land a job in tech part 2So you wanna be a tech superstar?
And live large, a big house, five cars?

Well, we may have gotten a bit overzealous with the whole five cars thing, but Cypress Hill’s Rap Superstar lyrics seemed to really radiate Monday motivation… and although the correlation is tenuous at best, inspiration is inspiration. Right?

So, whether you’re a recent grad lacking experience or experienced in the workforce but seeking a career change, try learning and listing these (relatively) easy digital skills on your resume to communicate you’ve got the skills for tech super stardom.

  1. Image editing

Image editing is useful in a range of positions- not just design jobs. Even content marketers may need to tweak an image for a blog post that a designer had sent over.

How to demonstrate on your resume:

  • List any courses you’ve taken- even if it’s just in-house Photoshop training
  • Highlight specific tools your familiar with- even on a personal level like Photoshop, Illustrator or Canva

Example: Edited graphics with Photoshop to help readers visualize complex information on company blog


  1. HTML

In one way or another, HTML is found on every website—it’s basically the foundation of the internet machine and spans the entire tech industry. So whether you’re a designer, developer, digital marketer or growth hacker, you’ve had experience with HTML even if you aren’t aware. Have you ever formatted an article on WordPress or tweaked something on your company’s website? Congratulations! You’ve worked with HTML.

  • List any courses or specific certifications like Skillcrush or Blueprint
  • Include a link to your Github profile if you have project repositories on it
  • Include any WordPress or MailChimp formatting experience you’ve had

Example: Created HTML table-formatted email newsletter designs to be used in MailChimp marketing campaigns


  1. SEO

These days, the internet machine is run by robots and humans, and Search Engine Optimization affects how a website is ranked by Google. It’s pretty important, but quite easy to become familiar with.

Are you a copywriter, content writer or digital marketer? Have you ever been responsible for writing optimized blogs with keywords for a website or Meta descriptions for Google? Maybe you’ve used Google Analytics to track and measure user insights and behavior? But remember, it’s all about numbers; quantifying matters.

How to demonstrate on your resume:

  • List any certifications or courses taken
  • List specific tools you’re familiar with like Moz Pro, Yoast SEO plugin for WordPress or SEMrush
  • Proven results! Were you able to increase website or blog traffic using SEO strategies? Remember, this could be for your own site, your current company or a friends! Results are results.

Example: Implemented SEO services that increased site traffic by 40% in less than two months.

The road to tech superstardom is getting closer! Stay tuned for part three of landing your first job in tech with tech interview tips to bring to your in-person interview after your resume has beaten the bots and made its way into human hands. If you missed part one of our three part series, you can check out the transferable soft skills that you need and how to demonstrate them on your resume here!


5 tips to land a job in tech (Part one- transferable skills)

tips to land a job in techSo you wanna be a tech superstar?
And live large, a big house, five cars?

Well, we may have gotten a bit overzealous with the whole five cars thing, but Cypress Hill’s Rap Superstar lyrics seemed to really radiate Monday motivation… and although the correlation is tenuous at best, inspiration is inspiration. Right?

So, whether you’re a recent grad lacking experience or experienced in the workforce but seeking a career change, try listing these transferable soft skills on your resume to communicate you’ve got the skills for tech super stardom.

Transferable soft skills

  1. Analytical/research proficiency

Being able to look at data and draw conclusions from the numbers, whether its monitoring web traffic to website performance, is a primary skill for IT professionals. Entire careers revolve around these solutions, and these kinds of skills deal with your ability to assess a situation and gather more information if needed.

How to demonstrate on your resume:

  • Mention any tools that directly relate to research and analysis like Microsoft Excel or Google Analytics.
  • Describe any experience with a client where you analyzed any data sets, compiled reports or wrote any content for a tech site. Remember a client could still be a friend, family member or acquaintance.

Example: Analyzed client’s metrics across social media platforms for weekly reporting, resulting in implementation of new content marketing strategy.


  1. Ability to multi-task

Being able to prioritize multiple tasks and quickly adapt to managing assignments and budgets is extremely important in tech. There are often bug fixes and updates that need to be made- some of which could be crucial to the organization’s bottom line. Knowing which task to prioritize is a crucial skill to have.

How to demonstrate on your resume:

  • Mention any project management and/or productivity tools you’ve used like Asana, Basecamp, Evernote, Google Drive, etc.
  • Highlight any experience where you’ve taken on a leadership role in project/team management where you’ve handled multiple tasks at once.

Example: Managed social media scheduling across platforms with Hootsuite as well as formatted and scheduled all upcoming blog posts in WordPress, increasing traffic by 15%.


  1. Ability to innovate and problem solve (creatively)

Taking a creative approach to problem solving shows you’re a forward-thinking worker who envisions preventing glitches before they even happen. Highlighting creative skills where you were able to troubleshoot issues “outside the box” in ways in which others have not thought of brings a fresh perspective to any project or team.

How to demonstrate on resume:

  • Highlight ideas you’ve implemented in previous roles.
  • List any troubleshooting solutions you’ve implemented that no one else brought forward.

Example: Developed a new website analytic tracking process to better monitor growth and revenue streams


  1. Teamwork

Regardless of any position you’ve held, you must be able to communicate and work with others to achieve the company’s goals. Even freelancers need to communicate with designers and other team members.

How to demonstrate on resume:

  • Highlight any communication tools you’ve used like Slack, HipChat, Google Hangout or Skype.
  • List collaborative aspects of your roles and the outcome of great team work.

Example: Collaborated internally with coordinators, as well as communicated progress externally with customers, delivering project ahead of schedule and on budget.


  1. Process planning and organizing

Are you “that person” with a detailed desk calendar, who plans the quarter before it starts? Do you use ready-to-go templates and checklists? You want to demonstrate that you’re organized and professional in thought, communication and workflow.

How to demonstrate on your resume:

  • Highlight specific organizational tools you use like Asana, Basecamp or Trello. And list any management processes you’ve used like Scrum.
  • As a freelancer or Contractor, highlight your project workflow

  Example: Worked alongside the content marketing manager to establish and execute a schedule for upcoming blog posts, increasing website traffic by 15%

The road to tech superstardom is getting closer! Stay tuned for part two of landing your first job in tech with the relatively easy digital skills to become familiar with and how to demonstrate them on your resume.

Interview questions to (not) ask…

“Do you have any questions?”

The best Candidates know that asking insightful questions at the end of a job interview will help to figure out if its a good fit, and if so, leave a great lasting impression. So when it’s time to turn the tables, can you pick out the final touches from the faux pas?

Which question is correct?

“What happened to the last person who held this job?”

“Who previously held this position? ”

Which question is correct?

“How quickly can I be promoted?”

“What sort of people do well in this company?”

Which question is correct?

“What’s the company culture and working environment like here?”

“What kind of company is this?”

Which question is correct?

“Can I work from home?”

“What’s your BYOD policy?”

Which question is correct?

“What are the most important things that should be accomplished within the first 30, 60 and 90 days?”

“What are the benefits and vacation package like after 90 days?”

Which question is correct?

“How often do reviews occur?”

“How have you recognized employees in the past?”

Which question is correct?

“Who do you think is your biggest competition?”

“What do you think some challenges are in this department?”


You’re so close…

Job interviews are like dating, you want the person at the other end of the table to be interested in you and the value you represent.. and then get that call for the next step moving forward. (If it’s a fit of course). Be prepared!

You’re so good….

Job interviews are like dating, you want the person at the other end of the table to be interested in you and the value you represent.. and then get that call for the next step moving forward. (If it’s a fit of course). Your phone will be ringing!

5 Ways to get more out of your job

5 ways to get more out of your jobThe thing about average is… well, it’s average. And while Joe probably doesn’t fall victim to the recently minted millennial affliction known as FOMO (Fear of Missing Out), those who strive more towards the awesome spectrum still sometimes need a dose of inspiration.

Intimidation can often increase motivation, so if you’re intimidated by the prospect of living life average, here are 5 ways for the awesome-strivers to get more out of their job.


  1. Mentor

If you’re looking for a platform to prove that you’re management material, practice your leadership and people skills by mentoring a less experienced colleague or intern. Managing the betterment of someone else shows that you’re not only committed to the success of another person—but also yourself. It’s the type of professional and personal improvement that gets noticed by management.

  1. Take a course

Benjamin Franklin said, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest,” and he was a pretty smart dude—and also, we agree. Taking an online course or in-class lessons will help fill the gaps in your industry knowledge and help you hone in on weak spots in your skill-set. Many reputable colleges and universities support free online programs, so you know your time is well spent. Also, a proactive approach to professional development is an admirable trait in itself.

  1. Become an online influencer

It’s pretty imperative for businesses and organizations to have a social media presence, and it’s also important for them to market themselves as not only a great place to work, but as experts in their field—kind of the same way Job Seekers need to market themselves as hirable and knowledgeable.

The emergence of social media as an extensive platform for networking and sharing company information, so why not help with yours– creating blog content and social updates? Understanding the online landscape, especially as we move more and more towards digitalization, is extremely valuable to your career when you’re equipped to keep up. Your abilities can also earn you positive feedback from the marketing team as you lighten their load with your tech-savvy creativity.

  1. Get charitable

When it comes to helping the less fortunate, donating your time or money is an overture that keeps on giving for everyone involved, and it can also give you a new perspective on your priorities. Some large organizations may already be supporting a cause, so ask HR how you can get involved. If there isn’t one, don’t be shy in presenting your case as to why there should be. The softer skills you learn from being selfless will go a long way to rounding out your profile in the eyes of employers, and it can also provide you with the push you may need to make your own goals a reality.

  1. Get involved

Building your internal network and making yourself known across your company offers an opportunity to increase your knowledge-level and visibility. At a minimum, join an internal committee or lend a hand in upcoming events. Show your desire to grow by making introductions and seeking opportunities to learn from the people around you who are more experienced. If you really want to go to the next level, inquire about your company’s internal or international mobility options. Completing a secondment in a different area, offering to visit other locations or volunteering for an internal transfer will not only show your commitment, but also gain you the opportunity to learn new skills and get a holistic view of your company’s operations.

You don’t need to keep up with the proverbial Joneses to keep your goals on track, but if you keep up with these tips, you’re on the road to personal and professional enlightenment.