DEAR EMPLOYER: Please Define “Ideal”… Sincerely, JOB SEEKER xox

Are “Ideal” candidates even a thing? Would an EMPLOYER even recognize this “Ideal” if it hit em in the face?  Flip it to the Job Seeker… Like how do you know you’re IDEAL? Is a feeling or a hunch?    Do people call you up and say… “Hey … you’re Ideal” or “Seriously… DUDE you’re IDEAL”! I think the term Employers are looking for is ROCK STAR!

Listen we get it… Workplace Culture is a BIG DEAL!  Employers are hungrier now than ever to fill their staff room with “ROCK STARS”!   They have a rapidly changing world of goods and services to deliver to and require a team of emotionally intelligent, bright, curious, problem solving ROCK STARS!  Here is the hard part… they have to keep these ROCK STARS… or RETAIN them.  Its a competitive world out there and ALL STAR companies know how to poach this talent.  Employers need to keep ROCK STARS well paid and satiated, mentored, challenged and ohh soo sharp!  Big order and with Poaching lots of times these ROCK STARS leave… the employer is faced with the big challenge of filling those Goliath shoes. Enter the unrealistic “IDEAL” or “ROCK STAR” or “SUPER STAR” term!

Employers have labour needs all the time! They result from predicted and un-predicted growth and production opportunities ( temporary problems) to solve everyday!  These problems usually create a shift in work load and job creation is born, resulting in the need for new problem solvers (AKA employee’s).   So the employer puts the “CASTING CALL” out.  First; to their most famous ROCK-STARS on their existing team…. they know talent hangs with talent… so they ask… “HEY… if you know of anyone…” second, they do their best to put the call out via job posting…  traditional, boring, time consuming and not an  “IDEAL” to attract Talent. 

So let us all agree that a Job postings is simply a wish list for a ROCK STAR…  and the IDEAL candidate may be a ROCKSTAR waiting to be discovered.   Sometimes Right person, right time, sometimes showy person not right time, and sometimes you get MILLI-  VANILLI.   Sometimes Employers are looking for a Unicorn dressed as a Jolly Green Giant in a field of Lucky Charms while Repairing their NASA flight ship!

We are really just asking for a Employers and Job Seekers… to have authentic and realistic conversations about their skills and needs for both remuneration and performance.  Let the deliverables of both the Employer and Employee be of Value and Above & Beyond All Expectations!






A Happy New Year Human Improvement Project!

People are designed for improvement… like a fine wine they say!  Don’t we all want to start this new year with some goals and aspirations for a healthier and happier life?  What actions are  you willing to take to make sure 2018 is the best yet?  Who is on your team? What conversations have you had with your inner circle about improving yourself?  We know that Self Awareness is at the heart of Emotional Intelligence, Personal Growth and Leadership… but why is it so hard to ask the questions that could unlock a few truths to your success?  It’s because its Prickly… its unlocking Vulnerability, and looking Perfectly Un-perfect.  Do you want in on a Big… big… big… truth???  We humans like stories of vulnerability, loss, growth, success and improvement; its a sign of strength they say if you can share your “Screw-Ups” and share your goals without risking judgement.  So if Success was the only option… What would your One Career Goal be?

We have a few ideas to get those juices flowing and so does the Muse… Check out their tips here: Big Career Goal? 7 Steps That Will Get You Closer 


Step Outside of the Unemployment Box

Periods of unemployment are challenging and stressful.  In our labour market, we can experience seasonal downturns that can last a few months.  Job searching is important, however experience tells us there may be a wait as well.  Why not use the wait to your advantage.  This article from The Muse tells us of people who used the time of unemployment to accomplish other things.  Life is not just work, and we are not just what we work at.  We have multi dimensions to our interests and abilities.  Use the time to develop these.  A top priority of the unemployment period is to take care of your health, build your strength and endurance.  Find wellness before employment thrusts you back into the pressures of schedules, deadlines and work priorities.

Have a read from the Muse.  Happy Friday everyone!


Make FUN a priority at WORK!

That’s right!   We  are giving you permission to be a Fun Seed!  Listen up Peeps~~~ Up to 80% of your life is at WORK… so… it is up to You to define how you look at your daily tasks. Sooo… go ahead and infuse humor whenever possible!

If you need some insight on this topic; check out what Liz Ryan has to say about Fun at work.  For all of you managers and leaders get ahead on the workplace VIBE and listen to how she speaks about “Culture Meters” and the natural “Human Power Source”.  We know work can be Fun, if you are using your passion and skills to create a project you all care about! Tap into the mission, vision and “brand” in your company and learn how to spot the “WoW” in what you do. 

FUN FACT: If you work 40 hours a week from age 20-65 you will work just over 90,000 hours in your lifetime… That is a whole bunch of Precious Time… and its on You to make it count. Come on… Get your SMILE 🙂 on!



1 in 4 of Us Will Experience Mental Health Problems at Work.

At the beginning of 2017 Bell’s “Let’s Talk Day” opened an awareness for Canadian workplaces of the need to understand mental health and its impact on Workplace Culture and Productivity.  The purpose of this day was to remove the stigma of Mental Illness and build an understanding through open dialogue.

We good Canadians play it safe when it comes to the “Water Cooler Talk”.  You want to know your workplace culture and be mindful of certain topics where our knowledge may be correct.

As we come to the close of 2017 it is appropriate the OCTOBER 10th is a revisit to Mental Health with WORLD Mental Health Day.  Isn’t it about time? Time to change the stigma around Mental Health in the Workplace.  World Mental Health leaders in the UK have generously created a website along with these high quality resources and materials for Employers and Employees to access FREE of Charge! 

Workplace Culture changes one person at time, Is it you?  Is this your time to broaden your knowledge and change your views and impact your workplace culture to build more understanding of Workplace Mental Health.


Challenging Week at Work? GIVE YOURSELF A GIFT… A MIND SHIFT!


Does it feel like you are walking a tight rope?  Can’t seem to catch a break at work? Well we have all had a bad day or week at work;  welcome to the “Adulting Club”.  Okay your options, hmmm… Do we just quit… grump out, or go ahead, my favorite, take it ~ohhh soo personally???   Heck no!  We Resolve, we Pony up, and Tap into what Top Employers are calling the most valuable attributes and skills in the workplace: Positivity & Resiliency.

   We know that there is huge research surrounding the Mindfulness field and its positive impact on employee retention and overall well being , but we also know there are a few of us that need some help getting started with resources to begin our training and practice.   Now, buckle up! This training is for Goliath; NOT for the faint of heart.  This will require you to suspend your pesky “I deserve R-E-S-P-E-C-T” Ego, “Victim Mentality” and lean into the discomfort of oh geeze, that touch feely~ Vulnerability.  Thinking and Behaving like a PRO does not come easy in this fast moving, abrasive and selfish world of work, it requires:

  1. Laughter: at Yours Truly:  It’s all pretty funny 🙂 Did you know that laughing triggers Happy?
  2. Pause: “Stop- Drop- Stroll”- Mindfulness ~ Build on your ability to RESPOND as a Pro! Hey.. have you thought about how you may have contributed to this?
  3. Think: When you are 90, do you want to be remembered as a Class Act or a Royal Pain in the @$$?
  4. Learn: Increase your ability to not take things sooo darn personally– Thank you Don Migual Ruiz of The Four Agreements 🙂

So Go Ahead give yourself a GIFT and Shift your Mind! In the meantime here a few favorite videos to encourage  laughter… the Happiness Maker!

15 Short Videos to make you Chuckle after a bad day at WORK!!


We graduated 9 students from a youth employment program recently, and today we are reflecting on the courage it takes for a job seeker to approach an employer.  Confidence may not be high in someone looking for work.  Job seekers question their skills, their value and their potential to be a great employee.  Our employment programs work to build their courage, to help them find their confidence and recognize that each and every person has value to the workplace.  Not everyone is well suited, but everyone deserves the opportunity to prove themselves.  Practice does contribute a great deal to the improvement in a job seekers approach and delivery to an Employer.

So when a job seeker comes calling, consider that they may have walked by your business 10 times before entering, they likely rehearsed their opening introduction in the mirror or to a trusted friend, they have spent time visualizing your business and imagining themselves working alongside you.  It takes courage to walk across the threshold.  If you could, reward the courage it took by spending a few minutes in kindness to provide needed experience in this part of the job search process.  They may not be the right fit for you, but your kindness and patience can help them learn within the journey of finding their right fit.  “It takes a village to encourage a job seeker”.  




Relaxing in our new “zen” staff room this week, Leah picked up a book called “WELLBEING” written by Tom Rath and Jim Harter.  In this book these authors identify 5 essential elements of Wellbeing.  These are: Career, Social, Financial, Physical and Community.  Looking at Career Wellbeing it is identified that when the element of having meaningful purpose in your day that work brings, or even volunteer service can provide, the other 4 elements of well being are easier to achieve.  In other words, when Career WellBeing is out of sync, it is harder to achieve and maintain wellness in the other 4 elements.  So if you are feeling out of sorts, things are not shaping up, and you are struggling with unemployment, this study is very good incentive for you to connect with a career practitioner and get yourself ready to move forward towards overall wellbeing by addressing this first element.


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Well all resumes are functional really, if you think in terms of the resume introducing you, your skills and experience to an Employer.  The objective of the resume is to entice the Employer to interview you, so you can shine and be offered employment.  In the context of this post we are talking about the format of the resume, not its purpose.  The traditional resume that highlights who you worked for and when is a Chronological resume.  It is the most widely used format.  However, used correctly, a Functional resume can do the same thing.  As an Employer, when you see a Functional resume in front of you, don’t automatically assume the candidate is hiding something, take a good read.  The functional resume is highlighting skills that could be valuable to you.  A functional resume is most useful when a candidate is changing careers, or when a young person has no formal work experience but wants to demonstrate their skills on a resume.  Take a closer look.  There is gold in the Functional Resume.