Taking Stock: Part 3- Interests

Choosing a Career That Interests Me! The question I often get from people is how I can find a career that is somehow related to an activity that I enjoy participating in or something that I am interested in pursuing. My answer to this question is always the same in that finding a “best fit” between your interests and what you do as a career always starts with the answer to one question; what is it about these activities that make you interested? This task sounds pretty simple right!?  After all, who knows us better than we know ourselves? In…

Career Change: Taking Stock of Yourself!

Part 1: Skills  By Brian Lambier Welcome to our five part blog series "Career Change Taking Stock of Yourself!" which will focus on five key areas for you to consider to better understand prioir to starting your career s change process. We will explore skills, values, interests, personality, motivation and in addition we will offer posting that will explore a variety of different factors to consider when changing careers including; work culture,compenastaion and benefits, location and several others.  We all have skills that we have developed through different parts of life but sometimes what seems obvious is not too easy…

Career Branding?

  Career Change and Personal Branding! Personal branding as it relates to careers occurs when an individual making a career transition creates an impression about how they are different than the next person. The main purpose of personal branding is to get the attention of the employer and to motivate them to choose you for the position they are looking to fill. Success in personal branding always starts with understanding what you are passionate about, the qualities that make you unique as an individual, what value you bring  to an employment situation, and, the personal and  career goals you want to achieve. The key is to work from…

Successful Career Change!

  Take a look at this article from Helen Burnett-Nichols on planning asuccessful career change.   Planning a career change? By Helen Burnett-Nichols, BrighterLife.ca July 24, 2012   Topics: Working life Comments (0) While some people are fortunate enough to find their true calling on their first try, for others, finding the job that best matches their strengths, skills and interests may call for a career change – or several as they search for it. Vancouver resident Fannie Smith made a successful change, with the help of careful planning. After working in the tourism industry for several years, she started questioning…

“Accelerate Your Career” in Calgary

Interview Strategies and Techniques Seminar   On Saturday, May 12th, the Central Library is hosting its annual Accelerate Your Career event. Local career consultant Brian Lambier will be presenting the Brian Lambier, Career VitalityInterview Strategies and Techniques program from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., where you will learn how to WOW prospective employers with your knowledge, preparation and "fit." We asked Brian a few questions about current interviewing trends: 1. Is it true that the decision on whether or not to hire a candidate is often decided in first 40 seconds of the interview? A skilled, experienced interviewer who understands the position and the type of person they are looking for…

Career Coaching:Top 5 Career Change Tips

Top 5 Considerations for Career Change in Calgary   I was recently enjoying a rare day off by sitting and reading the paper at the “Purple Perk” which is one of my favorite coffee houses in Calgary  I was thinking about career change when the Beatles song “No Where Man” started playing on radio. Lennon’s haunting voice singing “He's a real nowhere man, Sitting in his Nowhere Land, Making all his nowhere plans for nobody.” started me thinking about how important it is to have a plan and more specifically a career plan that you are passionate about following. On that…

Skills For Successful Career Change!

Interview Strategies and Techniques Workshop   Career Vitality Services Inc. is offering a FREE Interview Strategies and Techniques workshop 10:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. on May 12, 2012. The two- hour workshop will be part of the Calgary Public Library’s “Accelerate your Career” event. “Wow” prospective employers during your interview with your knowledge, preparation and how your skills and abilities fit what they are looking for in a new hire. To register contact the Central Library (403) 260-2782 Workshop Location: The Central Library , 616 Macleod Trail S.E. (3rd floor)

The Power of Mentoring as a Career Development Tool: Part II

Continuing on from our initial post on the power of mentoring as a career tool here are a few helpful hints on some of the qualities you should look for when choosing a mentor and secondly the steps you need to take to arrange the mentor/ mentee relationship. Enjoy!   Look for the Following Qualities in a Mentor!   Choose someone that you admire Someone who works outside your immediate work circle Someone who works in another area of your organization Someone who has had a career path similar to your goal Consider possibly having multiple mentors Knowledgeable in their…

The Power of Mentoring as a Career Development Tool

The Power of Mentoring as a career development tool is immense for the mentee, mentor and organizations alike as it is growing in popularity in a variety of settings. Here is a summary of the questions and highlights from my recent talk entitled “Mentorship Out of the Box” at the Calgary Public Library on January 20, 2012   What is Mentor ship? Mentor ship has always been looked upon as a relationship between someone with a great deal of experience and someone of less experience who wanted to follow on a similar path to their older more experienced mentor. Eric…