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Unemployed Canadians Get More Interviews, Turn Down More Jobs. Americans More Likely Than Canadians to Give Up Looking For Work According to a Harris Poll of the Unemployed

Express Employment Professionals, the nation’s largest franchised staffing firm, recently released a comparison of the results of the “State of the Unemployed” surveys taken in the U.S. and Canada.

The exhaustive surveys were fielded online by Harris Poll on behalf of Express Employment Professionals from April 9 through April 21, 2014 among 1,500 unemployed adult Americans and 1,502 unemployed adult Canadians age 18 or older.

America’s unemployed are more likely to give up, less likely to be on employment compensation and less likely to go back to school.

  • In the U.S., 47% of the unemployed agree that they have given up looking for work; 39% in Canada report the same.
  • In the U.S., 46% report no job interviews in the previous month; 36% say the same in Canada.
  • In the U.S., 19% have turned down a job offer; in Canada 24% have done so.
  • In the U.S., 13% are currently enrolled or have taken classes, compared to 23% in Canada.
  • In the U.S., 20% are receiving unemployment compensation, compared to 29% in Canada. Read More→

Push Past Procrastination

Everyone has an Achilles’ heel – that one thing that keeps us from achieving greatness in life and business. And the most harmful aspect of the shortcoming is that some of us actually let it dictate how we lead others, establish goals, or even view our own achievements. From lack of punctuality to apathetic goal-setting to struggles with working with others, each person’s Achilles’ heel can be a negative shadow following them as a constant reminder of what keeps them from becoming a great leader. One of the most prolific Achilles’ heels is the problem of procrastination.

Simply put, procrastination is the act or habit of putting off, delaying, or postponing something, which may or may not need immediate attention. In Latin, procrastinare means postpone until tomorrow. This delaying has become a true problem in today’s society. According to Pies Steel, a human resources professor at the University of Calgary, 95% of the population procrastinates at times, with 20% being chronic procrastinators. Moreover, procrastination affects one out of five people to the point that it jeopardizes their jobs, credit, relationships, and health. In fact, in a survey by The Procrastination Research Group of Carleton University, 46% said procrastination has quite a negative impact on their happiness and 18% cited an extreme negative effect. Read More→

Talking and Listening

I remember as a young child being told by my parents and grandparents that I had two ears and one mouth, so I should listen twice as much as I talked. The fact that they had to repeatedly tell me this probably indicated that someday I would become a professional speaker.

We all need to listen—not only to what’s being said but to how it’s being said and to what’s behind the words. There’s a big difference between hearing, listening, and truly understanding.

I think it’s interesting that the words “listen” and “silent” contain all of the same letters. My late, great friend and colleague Dr. Stephen Covey often said, “Seek first to understand and then to be understood.” Dr. Covey recognized that in any conversation, debate, argument, or discussion, having both parties talking at the same time is counterproductive. He taught that you must first understand the other person’s position and be able to articulate it to their satisfaction before you should begin to make your own point. Read More→

In just a few weeks, summer officially begins – and with the new season comes tons to do! June has the longest daylight hours of any month, which means you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the outdoors. So besides taking a much needed vacation, here are five things to do this month!

Observe National Safety Month

According to the National Safety Council, June is National Safety Month, and is a great chance to focus on reducing risk at your workplace. The 2014 National Safety Month theme, “Safety: It takes all of us,” stems from the importance of continually reducing risk by involving every employee. This means creating a safety program that your whole team adopts. The National Safety Council explains “a successful safety program depends on spotting hazards early, evaluating their risk, and removing or controlling them before harm is done.” This June, take the opportunity to develop a safety program that is focused on continually reducing risk. Your team’s health may just depend on it! Read More→

By the age of 35, a quarter of all workers have had five or more jobs, and 20% of those over 55 have held more than 10, according to a recent CareerBuilder survey on job-hopping.

A job hopper is someone who shows a pattern of working briefly in one job after another, never really settling down in a new position before they start seeking out their next opportunity. Job hoppers are most prevalent among younger workers and recent graduates. They typically have the least experience in the workforce and are eager to build the skill sets needed to land their dream job. But, they could be hurting themselves in the long run.

According to the survey, 43% of employers said they wouldn’t consider a job candidate who has had multiple short-tenure jobs with multiple companies. And while 53% of the employers who were surveyed admitted that job hoppers often have a broader range of skills, the retention of top talent is still a key factor in building a successful business and the cost associated with replacing an outgoing employee can be significant. Read More→

Making the move from employee to employer is a major step many aspiring entrepreneurs take each year. According to the Small Business Administration, small businesses make up 99.7% of U.S. employers. And, statistics from Industry Canada show 98% of Canadian businesses have fewer than 100 employees. So, it’s easy to see that small businesses are the lifeblood of a healthy economy.

For our June Question of the Month, we’re asking if you’ve ever considered venturing out into the world of business ownership. Let us know by voting in our poll.


Living an intentional life is to be deliberate and purposeful in everything you do. Most of us have fallen into such a routine that the events of our day are played out by going through the motions. Having a routine isn’t a bad thing, what’s important is to purposefully handle each situation with precision and care.

Thomas Edison put it this way, “Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing.”

As a leader, you have the opportunity to be intentional with your teammates, and by doing so, you may just impart a positive pattern they will soon adopt.

Be Intentional by Taking Ownership

Being an intentional person means that everything you do is done with a certain resolve. But, just because you meant for something to happen, doesn’t mean it will always work the way you envisioned. In this case, sometimes we fail to reach our goals or expectations. Read More→

If you’ve been in the business world for any length of time, you’ve likely attended your fair share of meetings. In fact, you may have even developed your own meeting persona. Check out this infographic from Mindflash, an online training platform provider, for insight into a few common personalities you may encounter in your next workplace meeting. Read More→

36% Unemployed Say They Have Not Gone on a Job Interview in the Past Month

Express Employment Professionals, the largest franchised staffing company in North America, with 36 locations in Canada, recently released results of a major, in-depth poll, “The State of the Unemployed in Canada.” The poll reveals that 39% of unemployed Canadians say they have completely given up looking for work. A companion survey in the United States released earlier in the week showed that 47% of Americans have completely given up looking for work.

The comprehensive survey was conducted online by Harris Poll for Express Employment Professionals from April 9 through April 21, 2014, and polled 1,502 unemployed Canadians age 18 and older who are capable of working, whether they receive employment insurance or not. Read More→

Throughout history, mankind has aspired to be great. Whether as noble as being a great friend or as aspiring as being a great leader, humans have made it their mission to reach grandiose heights. However, sometimes these goals become delusions of grandeur or an exaggerated belief of self-worth, power, knowledge, identity, or even a view of divinity. This overly prideful characteristic is most notably epitomized in a sonnet by the English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. The following sonnet is named after the alternate name for the Egyptian pharaoh Ramesses II. In the poem, this ostentatious leader is subdued by the demarcation of his own achievements.


I met a traveler from an antique land
Who said: “Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert…near them, on the sand,
Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed;
And on the pedestal these words appear:
My name is Ozymandias, king of kings;
Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.” Read More→