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Tips on When to Look for a Job & Supporting Healthy Work Culture

Mar
29

Mar 28, 2012


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When is it best to look for a job? And, what does it mean to support a healthy work culture?

On Wednesday, March 28th, Career Buzz offered an engaging hour of radio featuring career management tips from a recruiter as well as a founder of a wellness in the workplace magazine.

Always interested in creative marketing frameworks, Jack Nodel now applies his marketing and relationship building skills as Managing Partner of Ares Staffing, a recruiting company. Transforming his undergrad sociology degree and early career experience as a DJ, Jack moved into recruiting, where his skills have helped the company stay resilient during the ups and downs of business cycles. We joined Jack on-air as we explored his career story, and got tips on job compatibility, when to look for a job, and career management.

When Vera Asanin founded Your Workplace, she “created an environment where every person working with [her] would know that the day they created was totally within their control.” As President & CEO of the magazine devoted to wellness, leadership, and supporting healthy work culture in Canada, Vera started Your Workplace as her way of making a difference. “I was fortunate to have had so many positive work experiences before my accident. After two years on disability, I was willing to do anything to have purpose again.” Vera’s story of calm creativity, courage, and resilience through adversity is especially inspiring.

Karen Richardson is an editor, writer, and blogger with a focus on digital media, for Canadian newspapers and magazines including Medical Post, Chatelaine, and most recently as Associate Editor for Your Workplace. Karen’s career story includes chapters in communications, production, publication management, and copy editing.

Career Buzz listeners qualify for a $200 discount on registration for the Your Workplace Conference, coming up on April 18th, 2012. Use discount code ciut895.

SPARKs from Career Buzz on March 14: Career management expert Deirdre Pickerell of Life Strategies shared with listeners the four factors of her employee engagement model. In conversation, we acknowledged that many companies are now conducting employee engagement surveys, but, Deirdre said, “Don’t survey if you’re not going to do something with the results.” Great advice! I love asking guests to tell listeners about the strengths they use to be successful. Let’s call it ‘strengths in their own words.’ Roberta Neault said her strengths are “resilience, constant optimism, and quick thinking.” When I asked economist Todd Hirsch about his strengths, he said, “I used to think I was more of a charts and graphs guy, but my main skill is in communication, both written and verbal.” As a well-respected presenter and media expert, Todd has clearly differentiated himself with his unique combination of strengths.

CareerCycles Tip: Name three of your strengths in your own words that you use to be successful in your career and life – feel free to borrow Roberta’s and Todd’s strengths, or use them for inspiration. Write them in an email and send them to yourself! Listen to the whole interview

Thinking about self-employment as a career possibility? Contact us about CareerCycles’ new Exploring Self-Employment Program. Get started with our weekly FREE TeleWorkshop Or, contact us to schedule your initial Exploratory Consultation and the fee is credited toward your career program of 5+ sessions.

Thanks to all of you who asked about our recent ‘Enriching Lives & Careers Trip to Nicaragua.’ It was truly enriching for our group of eight, and the highlight was the moving ceremony when the construction site of the house we built in 2 1/2 days became the home of a young family. Stay tuned for the video in the next issue of SPARK.

Inspire your life, empower your career, enrich your week. Join us on WEDNESDAYs 11am-noon at 89.5 FM or www.ciut.fm Listen to our inspiring past shows

Make the connection. Contact Jennifer Mackey, Client Service & Office Manager, at 416 465 9222 or at service@careercycles.com for a career conversation. Remember, a referral is sending someone you care about to someone you respect. Please don’t keep us a secret.

by Mark Franklin

Practice Leader at CareerCycles, Toronto-based career management social enterprise: career counselling, employee engagement, training.

by Mark Franklin

Practice Leader at CareerCycles, Toronto-based career management social enterprise: career counselling, employee engagement, training.

Career Management Impact on Employee Engagement & Career Flow

Mar
19

Mar 14, 2012

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How does career management impact on employee engagement? And, what is career flow?

On March 14, Career Buzz offered you an engaging hour of radio, featuring experts in the career management aspect of employee engagement, career flow, and how careers impact the economy.

It’s great when you get to connect with people you admire. I’ve long admired the innovative approaches to career management demonstrated by Deirdre Pickerell and Dr. Roberta Neault, at Life Strategies in the Vancouver area. Deirdre is currently completing her PhD in Organizational Systems, where her research interest is the impact of career management on employee engagement, a fascinating topic. She talked about her new model of Employee Engagement. Roberta has been a leading light in the career field, with her courses, webinars, books, articles and journal editing, and I’ve personally learned a lot from her. We talked about her latest book, co-authored with Spencer Niles and Norm Amundson: Career Flow: A Hope-Centred Approach to Career Development

When I read Todd Hirsch’s article in the Globe and Mail on the impact of careers on the economy I knew I had to talk to him. After speaking on the phone about his work tracking current developments in North America’s economy, and the link to careers and the economy, I invited him onto Career Buzz. So it was with much anticipation that I got to connect with Todd, Deirdre, Roberta, and our listeners, on Career Buzz this week.

Sparks from Feb. 22 when Career Buzz explored accessing employment through education.

Jo Petite, a social worker and faculty member in the Redirection through Education program at George Brown College, shared her perspective on equity and access in employment. “Education and employment are social determinants of health,” Jo said. “We become healthier by having meaningful employment. We become more fulfilled in our lives and more self-actualized. Mental health is on a continuum, and all of us are going to become healthier, happy people if we have employment that means something to us, and I’ve experienced that myself.” Listen to the whole interview

CareerCycles Tip: Take a moment today to consider this… If, for the most part, you’re healthy, physically and mentally, how much does your education and employment contribute to your ongoing health? How healthy would you be if you didn’t have your education and employment? Read the first paragraph of the World Health Org’s definition of mental health.

Thinking about self-employment as a career possibility? Contact us about CareerCycles’ new Exploring Self-Employment Program. Get started with our weekly FREE TeleWorkshop Or, contact us to schedule your initial Exploratory Consultation and the fee is credited toward your career program of 5+ sessions. And, check out this FREE Seminar on Alternative Careers in Franchise Ownership on March 27, 6.30pm with our alliance partners at FranNet.

Thanks to all of you who asked about our recent ‘Enriching Lives & Careers Trip to Nicaragua.’ It was truly enriching for our group of eight, and the highlight was the moving ceremony when the construction site of the house we built in 2 1/2 days became the home of a young family. Stay tuned for the video in the next issue of SPARK.

Inspire your life, empower your career, enrich your week. Join us on WEDNESDAYs 11am-noon at 89.5 FM or www.ciut.fm Listen to our inspiring past shows

Make the connection. Contact 416 465 9222 or service@careercycles.com Remember, a referral is sending someone you care about to someone you respect. Please don’t keep us a secret.

by Mark Franklin

Practice Leader at CareerCycles, Toronto-based career management social enterprise: career counselling, employee engagement, training.

by Mark Franklin

Practice Leader at CareerCycles, Toronto-based career management social enterprise: career counselling, employee engagement, training.

What can you learn from the edge of town to enrich your career and life?

Mar
05

Interesting people, unusual sights, sounds and smells, and serendipitous experiences show up in the transitional area between city and countryside. See for yourself  in this short video we made last week on the outskirts of a town in Nicaragua, when we were leading the CareerCycles ‘enriching lives and careers trip.’

Metaphorically, the edge of town is linked with career and life changes:

  • City / TRANSITIONAL AREA / Countyside
  • Comfort zone / LEARNING ZONE / Anxiety zone
  • Ending, Losing, Letting go / NEUTRAL ZONE / New beginning

For those of us who live in cities, as we leave town, we often feel a sense of relaxation and relief from the busy-ness of our lives to the calming effect of the countryside.

In our careers and lives, we often rest in the comfort zone of what we know and who we know. For sure, pushing ourselves too far can land us in an anxiety zone. In between lies the learning zone, where we’re stretching ourselves and learning to redeploy, adapt, grow and in so doing, enrich ourselves. For example, speaking in public to a large audience can land us in the anxiety zone, but taking the initiative to lead a small group discussion or meeting can be a great learning experience.

Similarly, when making a change in our careers or lives we move from ending to new beginning through a neutral zone, according to William Bridges’ model. Whether we choose the career chapter ending or it has been imposed upon us, this experience can be emotionally painful. Before moving on to a new beginning, it’s important to realize we enter a neutral zone, which can be rich in clues for our next steps. In the neutral zone, like at the edge of town, clues appear. What can you learn from people you meet? What are the unusual sights and sounds – signs on office buildings, stories in the news – that might help you explore next steps?

Leave a comment! What do you like about the video? What are your transitional area, neutral zone or learning zone experiences?

-Mark Franklin www.careercycles.com

by Mark Franklin

Practice Leader at CareerCycles, Toronto-based career management social enterprise: career counselling, employee engagement, training.

by Mark Franklin

Practice Leader at CareerCycles, Toronto-based career management social enterprise: career counselling, employee engagement, training.