Star wars offers real world lessons in managing your career

It's been really difficult using the Force to convince your HR manager or boss to see things your way: Your threats of turning fellow workers to the Dark Side sound hollow and that

Published on: October 30th, 2009 Thomas Wailgum

A BIG and powerful strategy to get the job you want

An executive recruiter once told me: "If you're doing all the right things right (with your targeted job search, networking, resume and interviewing ), then the key to job search success is being

Published on: October 29th, 2009 Mark Cammuta

Ontario battles recession with online games

It's a tired movie stereotype – the unkempt, unemployed dude slouching on the sofa playing a video game. But the way to beat Ontario's IT hiring crunch, might just lie in getting more

Published on: October 27th, 2009 Nestor Arellano

The right tools – and attitude – can get you the job you want

From social networking websites and online job boards to career coaches and job search software, job seekers have more tools at their disposal than ever to help them find work. But the most

Published on: September 30th, 2009 Meridith Levinson

Five rules of the road for mobile workers

Seven years ago, this blog you're reading now was an online column offering advice on such things as traveling with a PDA in lieu of a laptop.On that particular topic, I wrote that

Published on: September 24th, 2009 James A. Martin

7 timely tips for those considering a career change

What's one positive outcome of the recession? It's leading people to consider a career change. Though the process of figuring out what to do next can be overwhelming, it's also empowering. Taking stock

Published on: September 23rd, 2009 Meridith Levinson

Alumni groups help ex-employees find jobs, new biz opportunities

Thanks to the economic downturn, former employees of high-tech companies are staying in touch by joining alumni groups to find jobs, business opportunities and to socialize. The sophistication of these groups varies but

Published on: September 23rd, 2009 Patrick Thibodeau

E-learning course taps global talent to teach vocational skills

Teaching vocational skills to students thousands of miles away may seem like a tall order, but a recently launched project seeks to do precisely that.This ambitious e-learning initiative is drawing on global talent

Published on: September 23rd, 2009 Raul d'Gama Rose

Canadian recruiters eye social nets to catch the right talent

The runaway popularity of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, especially among young Canadian graduates, is having a noticeable impact on workplace recruitment.A growing number of Canadian recruiters are now trolling social

Published on: September 21st, 2009 Nestor Arellano

To successfully manage ‘geeks’ – shun stereotypes, show respect

I can sum up every article, book and column written by notable management experts about managing IT in two sentences: "Geeks are smart and creative, but they are also egocentric, antisocial, managerially and

Published on: September 21st, 2009 j. ello

Hot IT job areas in a recession ravaged market

Pickings remain pretty slim in the recession-ravaged Canadian IT jobs market, but there could be a few gems for those who know what to look for.Companies haven't exactly flung their doors wide open

Published on: September 10th, 2009 Nestor Arellano

Does cloud computing make your tech job obsolete?

As if outsourcing, virtualization, utility computing, automation, hosted applications, and a recession weren't enough to stress out the average IT professional, there's the emerging threat of cloud computing to take away even more

Published on: July 23rd, 2009 Leon Erlanger

How to answer an interviewer’s 12 ‘gotcha’ questions

There's a dozen interview questions that fluster IT job seekers at all career levels. Give a surprised or weak answer to any of them, and red flags fly. Hiring managers may conclude that

Published on: July 17th, 2009 Meridith Levinson

Clamour for freelance IT consultants not a sign of economic recovery

Demand for contract tech workers, whether they call themselves freelancers or consultants, is increasing, but the trend isn't a green shoot -- a signal of an economic recovery. It may be more an

Published on: June 24th, 2009 Patrick Thibodeau and Joaquim P. Menezes