When I received my business degree from Ryerson in 1982, I had no desire to start my own business. I chose a secure future in corporate Canada and became a human cog in Toronto’s real estate industry. My life changed drastically in the 1990s when my husband was transferred to the United States. Once I could legally work, I was very pregnant and excited to start a solo business as a freelance writer.Continue reading “6 tips for success in a solo business”
How to get the most out of an information interview
An information interview allows a potential candidate or jobseeker to “interview the employer.” It’s a great way to network with industry professionals and pick up key insights into a field or industry. The information interview gives the candidate the opportunity to lead a more casual conversation where the industry professional does most of the talking.Continue reading “How to get the most out of an information interview”
Learning from others’ hiring mistakes
Business owners and managers have rarely been challenged more in a 12-month timespan as they have due to the worldwide COVID-19 crisis. In spite of these challenges, some vital business activities still need to take place but now with increased rigor and precision. Hiring is one of these all-important activities.
If you have the responsibility of hiring key personnel you will appreciate the hiring wisdom outlined by the 50 business leaders in this new book.
Here are a few abbreviated stories and the accompanying hiring nuggets from three of the 50 contributors:Continue reading “Learning from others’ hiring mistakes”
Making lemonade out of lemons: 3 tips for pivoting your business with confidence
Tears welled up in my eyes as I walked home on March 15, 2020. I had just closed my business doors — a coworking office — for two weeks. One week prior, I was celebrating International Women’s Day in an office full of ambitious entrepreneurs. We had a potluck, there were numerous hugs, and we certainly underestimated how special it was to gather in real life.Continue reading “Making lemonade out of lemons: 3 tips for pivoting your business with confidence”
Three major ways the last year has shaped trends for 2021 and beyond
After a year like no other, what learnings can we take into 2021?Continue reading “Three major ways the last year has shaped trends for 2021 and beyond”
Eat, drink and be merry WITHOUT food guilt this holiday
It’s officially the season to eat, drink and be merry, but for a lot of people who struggle with their relationship with food and their body, it is more likely to bring anxiety than joy.Continue reading “Eat, drink and be merry WITHOUT food guilt this holiday”
I went to Shanghai to build a brand and failed
The most valuable lesson I learned at Ryerson was who I didn’t want to be. As my classmates were hunting for entry-level positions as analysts, project managers, and everything else in between, it dawned on me that I wanted nothing to do with traditional business.Continue reading “I went to Shanghai to build a brand and failed”
The Lunch Box Dilemma
When I think back to my childhood and the back-to-school rush, I remember being excited about things like new scented markers and seeing friends. My parents, on the other hand, were battling the overwhelming dread of “What am I going to feed this child five days a week for the next 10 months?” Continue reading “The Lunch Box Dilemma”
Pro-tips for virtual networking
The stay at home order has made it more challenging than ever to get a job. Savvy online networking will help you stay on top of trends in the industry, the job market, meet prospective mentors and even tip you off to new job opportunities.Continue reading “Pro-tips for virtual networking”
Job hunting during a pandemic: The story of a new grad
Thursday, June 11th would have been my convocation day.
Living through a pandemic on its own is quite interesting to think about if you consider we are living through a history textbook that our future children, grandchildren, etc. will read. However, GRADUATING into a pandemic during an increasingly difficult step in a young person’s life? Even more terrifying. Furthermore, a virtual graduation ceremony is being hosted while we all still hope for the possibility of a real convocation, like years past got to experience. Life can change in an instant.Continue reading “Job hunting during a pandemic: The story of a new grad”