How to regain control of your life

Spoiler alert: it is possible! This post is written by control freak, so know that you can trust this! Before I go into specific pointers, let me tell you a story. It was 11 years ago. I was 20, studying full-time towards my Bachelor degree in Politics. In my spare time I was working as…

How to Apply For Jobs and Get Results

Last summer I unexpectedly found myself with the strong need to find a new job. Luckily, I found a new job in two months, which is the shortest time frame for public sector jobs in project management/portfolio management sphere. Below are the steps I took and some lessons learned along the way. So what does…

How to own Monday

Mondays are hard. Amen. However, there is a way to own Monday and show Monday who is the boss – it is by taking the time on Sunday to prepare for the week ahead! I have been dreading Mondays for awhile until I heard about routine activities that one can do on Sundays to ensure…

How to speak up at work

Since I started working at the office, there was one barrier that I faced for a long time – being able to speak up. Raised on the belief that it is good to be shy, I struggled for a long time to figure out how I could connect, communicate or even be considered to take…

Fighting Fears: Fear of Coming Off as Arrogant

One of the fears that many people have is the fear of coming off as arrogant. In particular, I refer to being able to talk about your achievements, experiences, skills and plans without coming off as arrogant. As a woman, I find it particularly hard to talk about my achievements unless I am at the…

The secret to successful job hunting: Right Attitude

This summer I learned that I had to look for a new job. Simply put, my contract was ending and I needed to find a job as the contract won’t be extended for the reasons outside of my control (and it was totally unexpected). It was unexpected for many reasons, not just because of how…

The importance of a role model

Many people are wondering how to become successful, regardless of how they define success. For some, success is about money. For others it is about making a difference in the lives of many. For others it is inventing something new. Regardless of what success is for you,  there is one thing you can do to…

Getting Fired as the Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me

Getting fired is stressful. It is unpredictable and it kills confidence. It sucks. However, I learned that getting fired may also prove to be one of the best things that could happen to you. My career was always important for me. Even my first part-time job in a coffee shop (Tim Hortons) felt like a…

Building Basic Professional Skills – Continuation

This is the second part of the article on having basic professional skills before aiming for leadership positions. I will list more skills: Basic Professionalism Skills List Remain organized. At all times. This applies to everything from your cubical to the notes you take, your files (easy and fast to find anything), your email, and…

Building Basic Professional Skills – Boosting your personal brand

There are a lot of articles about building your professional brand and its importance. There are a lot of articles on leadership development. However, not many tell you that before aiming towards leadership positions, you need to have your basic professional skills developed. When I talk about basic professional skills, I mean professionalism. I mean…