FAQs About e-Resumes: Part 3

By Sandra Lim, CPRW, CCM, CECC

For the last of my series of 3 articles on e-résumés, I will touch briefly on questions about Web résumés and provide links to step-by-step instructions for creating your own Web résumé, plus links to actual Web résumés viewable on the Internet.


Career Planning Starts With Self-Assessment: Career Advice for New Graduates and Entry-level Job Seekers

By Teena Rose

One of the biggest mistakes that individuals make in their careers is to go aimlessly through school or work in an entry-level position with no clear direction (goals). They wait until the homestretch — graduation, layoff, or departure — before taking a stab at other opportunities. Finding a well-paying job or locating opportunities for advancement shouldn’t be treated as an afterthought, rather one that has been planned and prepared for months or years.


Case Study: Super’s Late Adolescent and Adult Career Development

By Sandra Lim, CPRW, CCM, CECC

Stojan made his initial career choice at the age of fourteen, before fully developing his self-concept and exploring the world of work. Through non-normative career events experienced upon immigration to Canada, he recycled through the establishment stage and developed a sense of self-efficacy. He has now been able to integrate self-concept and world of work information to not only select – but to create – his perfect career.


Achieving Competence

By Sherry Knight

So, you’ve been in an industry for five to 10 years! Suddenly one morning you wake up knowing it’s time to move on. That’s the easy part! The tough part is deciding whether or not you have acquired skills to move on – either laterally or by moving up. The time to be thinking about moving on is in the beginning, when you first take the job. On the first day, ask yourself, “What do I need to learn so I’m ready when a new opportunity arises?” This puts the responsibility of your career in a whole new perspective. You are responsible for yourself – Mom isn’t, Dad isn’t, your spouse isn’t, your boss isn’t. You are responsible to ensure you have the competencies in place so you can move ahead.


New Programs and Initiatives

By Vijay Jehman

Get International Work Experience Without Leaving Home

Young Canadians have an exciting opportunity to get involved in international development projects at a grassroots level thanks to the creation of the YES Canada Country Network (http://yescanada.org).

Started by two young women, this new network is part of the 10-year Global YES campaign (http://yesweb.org) tackling the enormous issue of global youth unemployment. The YES Campaign was launched by 1,600 delegates from 120 countries at the Alexandria Youth Employment Summit in Egypt in September 2002. The Canadian network is one of the over 60 networks across the world from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, bringing together diverse stakeholders from international agencies, government organizations and youth leaders, to work collaboratively in taking actions that results in sustainable employment for youth.


Conference Sketch

By Roberta Neault

Talking in Colour 2003

Western Canada’s Personality DimensionsTM/True ColorsTM Networking Conference

The 3rd Annual Conference for True ColorsTM and, now, Personality DimensionsTM facilitators was held on September 20 in Port Coquitlam, BC, co-sponsored by Life Strategies Ltd. and Terry Fox Secondary School.

Conference participants were very eager to learn about the new, fully Canadian, temperament tool, Personality Dimensions (PD)—launched over the summer by Career/LifeSkills resources. Dr. Roberta Neault facilitated a “bridging” session in the afternoon that allowed many of the conference participants, already certified as True Colors trainers, to become certified to use this exciting new instrument.

We were delighted to have Denise and Neil Hughes join us from Career/LifeSkills Resources (CLSR) to share the research and development of PD and plans for future additions to the model. Harley Auty coordinated the CLSR book table, providing a wonderful opportunity for trainers to get a first hand look at resources for their toolkits. You can reach the CLSR team at: pd@clsr.ca for more info on the model.

We had several other speakers make presentations on creative applications for True Colors and Personality Dimensions. Judy Williams and Estella Erickson presented an engaging and humorous workshop on “Time and Type”, Deirdre Pickerell introduced Personality Dimensions, and Renee Russell introduced a dynamic casino game that she’d developed as a teambuilding tool. Bernie Lalor-Morton shared techniques for using Personality Dimensions in life values conversations and Lynne Hedley shared creative new interactive activities (including some magic tricks!).

Not surprisingly, a key focus this year was the changing requirements for using True Colors in Canada. It has been a challenging few months for many trainers and organizations as they adjust programming (and budgets) to adapt to new terms of use for the model. Some expressed deep disappointment that, under the new system, they could no longer afford to use True Colors—a tool that they had really enjoyed working with. For more information, we referred conference participants to Diane Blair (dblair@true-colors.com), the new Canadian director for True Colors.

Feedback about this year’s conference was very positive, encouraging us to hold another event in 2004. We’ve heard that there may be other regional conferences as well (the initial one was held in Ontario and there has been one in the Maritimes, too). For more info on the Western Canadian Talking in Colour Conference, please contact Roberta Neault or Deirdre Pickerell atinfo@lifestrategies.ca or visit our website at www.lifestrategies.ca.