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Have You Found Your “Ikigai”

Although we’re all just working for a living, the individual driving forces that motivate us to succeed each day are vastly different. The Japanese concept of ikigai (“eye-ka-guy”), or “a reason for being” is a useful self-assessment framework that can help put your career wants, needs, and desires into context and provide direction for building […]

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Remembering Those Who Served

Let us remember the men and women who gave their lives in the service of our nation, as well as the many family members, friends, and neighbors impacted by their ultimate sacrifice.    

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CANADA EMPLOYED: In a Hot Jobs Market, Unemployed in Canada Find It Harder to Get Work

New Survey: Length of Unemployment Continues to Rise; 4 in 10 have “Given Up” and 6 in 10 have not had an Interview in the Last Month. Despite increasing job vacancies and record low unemployment, Canada’s jobless find it harder to find work. The length of unemployment in Canada continues to rise and the number […]

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AMERICA EMPLOYED: Giving Up and Holding Out

The Plight of the Unemployed in America Today: 42% Say They’ve Given Up Looking for Work-Significantly Higher than 2017. New Survey Shows They’re Holding Out for $60,428 Average Income. If you’re unemployed in America today, chances are you have either given up looking for work, or you’re holding out, waiting for the perfect job to […]

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Infographic: The Art & Science of Networking

Professional networking today is much more than handshakes and polite small talk at an organized business function. With the proliferation of social media and other communication technologies, opportunities to connect with the movers and shakers from your industry abound. Check out this infographic from NetWorkWise for some great insight into the art and science of […]

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Five Questions to Have on Hand at Your Next Networking Event

As you advance in your career, it’s very likely the next step up the corporate ladder won’t come through an online application, but rather through your professional networks. According to research from Interview Success Formula, an online interview preparation program, 80% of available jobs are never advertised. And, if you’re solely relying on applying online, […]

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On the Job Podcast – Entrepreneurial Dreams: Passion in Puns

In this episode of On the Job, we hear about Merrily Grashin, whose career began in New York City, doodling images and writing clever puns about the world that surrounded her while waitressing and bartending. Encouraged by the people she met along the way, she used her natural skill as an artist to launch her own […]

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The Results Are In: Top Non-Health Benefits Companies Offer their Employees

In April, readers were asked, “What benefits – not including health – does your company offer employees?” and according to the results, the top benefit was “casual dress code” (16%), followed by “access to training/certification classes” (14%) in second, and “flexible work schedule” (9%) in third. The rest of the results are as follows: […]

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As Summer Approaches, Where Are the Teenage Workers?

With summertime approaching, images come to mind of teenagers heading off to summer jobs or high school graduates searching for their first gigs. But in reality, teenage employment is becoming increasingly rare. Since 1980, teenage labor force participation has declined by more than 20 percentage points, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Today, […]

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Unwritten Rules Determine Teamwork Success

In 2012, Google launched an internal initiative called Project Aristotle with the goal of pinpointing what makes a great team at Google. Project Aristotle researchers studied a broad range of characteristics of successful groups and teams within the company, including personality, hobbies, relationships with each other outside of work, and various demographic variables. Surprisingly, the […]

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