Business mistakes

Over 2.6 million Canadians are self-employed. This trend is expected to continue as individuals seek more control over their careers and companies and governments continue to contract out work. If you are thinking of starting your own business ensure that you do all of your research and take advantage of the resources that exist. This will minimize the chances of making one of these four crucial business mistakes.

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Me and my mentor

Having a mentor to turn to for advice and guidance about a career can be very helpful. In particular people who are new to Canada can benefit from the wisdom of a mentor who can give inside information about training options or the intricacies of  professional associations and memberships.

An article from the Globe & Mail does a good job of detailing the benefits and potential pitfalls of mentorships. It also looks at the new trend of “speed-mentoring”.

On qualifications

At Career Solutions we often get asked by our clients about the often long lists of qualification requirements that accompany some job postings. It’s not unusual to see a posting that includes a dozen or more requirements. A job posting with the Vancouver Olympic Games Organizing Committee (VANOC) provides a good example. The position of  Coordinator, Sliding Sports includes the following requirements:sled.jpg

  • A diploma, certificate or degree from a recognized post-secondary institution in a related filed  (event management, sports administration, business administration, etc)
  • 3-5 years experience in a coordinator role  
  • Background in Bobsleigh, Skeleton and Luge as an athlete, coach, or event organizer an asset
    • The question we are often asked is: “I don’t meet all of the requirements for the job. Should I apply anyways ?” The answer is often yes. Employers create a “wish list” of requirements when crafting job postings in order to describe the perfect job candidate. Most of the time however, the person who gets hired is one who has the right combination of skills and experiences because the magical ideal candidate rarely exists.

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