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How to find the sweet spot in your career | Being paid to be who you are...| Joanna Track founder of SweetSpot.ca

2012-05-13 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 33s

Joanna Track founder of SweetSpot.ca shares how she found the right mix for career success for her. Joanna shares her own journey from employee to entrepreneur, the lessons she has learned and her advice on how to find your own sweetspot!…

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Sean Pronger - NHL professional shares his career transition from the NHL to a new career

2011-11-27 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 32s

What if you have CareerJoy, but you can longer perform that function anymore, what would you do? Everyone is going to make a transition at some point in their career. Sean Pronger played in the NHL for 10 years & was ready to retire - what's next? Sean shares his experience in identifying transferable skills, and how to land successfully in a new career. Sit back, relax and learn!…

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When is the right time to quit? What is the best way to quit? Best-selling author Karen Burns shares her advice.

2011-11-20 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 33s

When is the right time to quit? When is too soon, or too late? Wondering if it is time to move on? This is one of the most important decisions that you will need to make in managing a successful career. This week's podcast is with Karen Burns author of The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl: Real Life Career Advice You Can Actually Use! Karen has had 59 jobs and quit 58 times (she was only fired once) she is an expert in knowing when to leave for a new role.…

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Why work sucks & how to fix it | Podcast with Jodi Thompson co-author of Why Work Sucks & How to Fix It.

2011-11-13 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 43s

Are you micromanaged and feeling stressed about managing your time while at work? Do you work in an environment founded on the idea that being present = productivity? A lot has been said in recent years about finding work-life balance, about finding ways to enjoy both your career and your life. This week's podcast is with Jody Thompson, co-author of Why Work Sucks & How to Fix It. She was our recent guest on our Canadian Career Development Webinar Series…

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Combining an MBA with a passion for Wine. The story of Debbie Trenholm founder of The Savvy Company

2011-11-06 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 31s

This weeks podcast is with Debbie Trenholm. Debbie came to see me when she was just about to graduate with her MBA. Debbie, while doing well at Quest Software, was really not as passionate about technology as she was with other interests in her life. Debbie wanted better. She had always planned on getting a Master's Degree so she chose to pursue the Executive MBA program at the Queen's School of Business. This allowed her to pursue an MBA while still working. At the same time, it gave her the opportunity to consider a career in another industry. Debbie founded Savvy Company – a marketing company focused on the wine, artisan cheese & craft beer industries.  Her business has been growing incredibly since she started 8 years ago.  P.S. Ever considered working in the wine business? Debbie, my friend, career coaching client and founder of Savvy Company is hosting an Importing for Pleasure or Profit seminar in Ottawa (Saturday, November 19) . Friends of CareerJoy get a $40 discount by clicking here. …

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HERMAN & CANDY ZAPP AUTHOR'S OF SPARK YOUR DREAM- SHARE THEIR 4 YEAR JOURNEY FROM ARGENTINA TO ALASKA

2011-09-11 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 30s

This weeks Podcast is with a Herman and Candy Zapp. They are a remarkably normal couple, who spent 3 years and 9 months of their lives driving 43,000 miles from Argentina to Alaska in a 1928 Graham-Paige Model 610 Touring car with the top speed of 60 kmh. They have written a best selling book about their journey called Spark your dream? Their story has been seen in CNN, The Globe & Mail and many other news outlet. Their story grips us, they had the courage and the action to do what many people secretly desire- To do something bigger than themselves. Sit back, relax and learn!…

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Finding new opportunities in challenging times - Gad Shaanan, award winning WD-40 designer

2011-08-21 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 33s

One of the key questions that I hear today is, where are the new opportunities? With the amount of negative news it would seem like there is very few areas of the economy with needs. Ironically, there has never been more challenges. In the world around you, professionals and organizations are always looking for the next Ipod, Google, medical miracle or oil project. This week's podcast is with Gad Shaanan. He is one of Canada's most successful industrial designers. His firm just won the equivalent of an Oscar within his field - a best of 2007 I.D. award for packaging with his work on the new WD-40 can. Gad said âevery single day, thousands of new products and companies are created in the world by professionals who are not waiting for permission from the marketâ. From reinventing what we have, to coming up with a brand new widget. The world is not a static place, which is what makes this time in our career so exciting. What are you waiting for? This week, consider what needs "fixing" in your world, who knows the opportunity could be sitting in your garage. sit back relax and learn! 33 minutes…

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Daniel Coyle - NY Times best selling author The Talent Code

2011-08-14 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 37s

Daniel Coyle is a contributing editor for Outside magazine and the author of three books, including the New York Times bestseller Lance Armstrong’s War. He has written for Sports Illustrated, The New York Times Magazine, and Play(including this March 2007 cover story which sparked The Talent Code), and is a two-time National Magazine Award finalist. Coyle lives with his wife, Jen, and their four children in Homer, Alaska.…

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George Butterfield - Founder of Butterfield & Robinson | Canada's leading walking & biking touring company.

2011-08-07 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 30s

This week's podcast - George Butterfield - Lawyer & Rhodes Scholar. He is the founder of Canada's leading walking & biking touring company Butterfield & Robinson. George started his career in the typical way choosing to work for a large organization however, he quickly realized that his personality was not suited for the traditional path. For over 40 years his company has helped clients see the world and themselves through walking and biking tours. Sit back, relax and learn!…

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Larry Winget author of It's called work for a reason.

2011-07-03 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 23s

This week's podcast is from a conversation that I had with Larry Winget, known as "The Pit-Bull of Self Development." Larry is author of "It's called work for a reason; your success is your own damn fault." Larry shared 4 key career success principles, not matter what the economy, job market or the trends are. Sit back, relax & learn!…

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Harris Computer – Les entretiens d’évaluation qui soulignent ce qui est vraiment important

2011-07-02 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 1s

Selon une étude dirigée par le « Society for Human Resource Management », plus de 90% de gestionnaires trouvent que c’est un véritable défi d’administrer les entretiens d’évaluation qui sont à la fois honnêtes, utiles et motivants. Malgré le potentiel de stress, c’est entendu que les employés désirent des retours positifs quant à leur performance de travail.  Admettons-le, comme gestionnaire, le processus d’évaluer nos employés est souvent stressant.  Bien que le temps des gestionnaires est très pris, on reconnait encore l’importance et le besoin de prendre le temps de recontrer les employés...  Mais... comment peut-on apprendre de cette experience?  Comment peut-on bien diriger un entretien d’évaluation?  Ce n’est pas seulement une question de remplir des formulaires, mais il s’agit d’une chance propice d’aider et d’encourager les employés et de discuter les points significatifs et les moyens dont ceux-ci peuvent s’améliorer. On apprendra : • les trois clés pour administrer des entretiens d’évaluation de façon efficace • des méthodes constructives à employer durant les conversations plus difficiles • la science qui explique l’audition et le traitement de feedback • les quatre approches de communication et comment utiliser le meilleur style pour l’employé • comment s’occuper des questions d’augmentations de salaire • comment encourager une discussion portée sur la carrière à long terme • comment s’assurer que l’évolution professionnelle et le développement de carrière soient les facteurs  les plus importants, peu importe l’évaluation • comment créer des plans d’action et de transformer un entretien d’évaluation en dialogue constructif de coaching Le but principal de ce séminaire en ligne est de fournir des idées directes et pratiques afin de bien utiliser les individus et l’équipe dont ils en font partie et de promouvoir leur développement. …

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Harris Computer - Performance Reviews that Focus on What Really Matters

2011-07-01 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 1s

According to a study by The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) over 90% of managers find it challenging to administer a performance review that is both honest, helpful and motivational. Employees are desperate for constructive feedback yet find this stressful.  Let’s face it, you find this stressful as well, you as a manager are busy, yet recognize the need and importance of taking time out… but where do you “learn” how to do a review well? This is not about filling in forms, this is a terrific opportunity to help have a meaningful,encouraging and direct conversation about the things that really matter and that can be made to work better. You will learn: • 3 keys to effective performance reviews • Constructive ways to have difficult conversations. • The brain science behind hearing and processing feedback. • How to identify the challenges to learning and growth in the “traditional” performance review • 4 key communication styles and how to utilize the best style for your employee. • How to deal with the “salary increase” questions. • How to help with creating a longer term career focus as part of this conversation. • How to ensure continued career growth and development are the most important part of any review • How to create action plans and transform a performance review into an effective coaching conversation.. This interactive webinar will be focused on providing simple, practical ideas to help you learn how to effectively utilize and grow the individual and your team. …

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How to have a successful interview ( & reduce the hiring managers stress)

2011-05-29 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 30s

Heads you win, tails you loose. Does it ever feel the interview process is random, like flipping a coin? What are the keys to a great interview? How do you calm your nerves? What kinds of questions stand out in an interview? This week's podcast is part 3a from The Great Canadian Job Search Webinar. Peter Harris from Workopolis and I discussed interview preparation and the keys to a successful interview. Sit back, relax and learn!…

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Successful salary negotiations & the first 90 days in your new job | Peter Harris Workopolis

2011-05-29 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 17s

t is the night before your final interview for your dream job. Despite your excitement about landing that ideal position, you are apprehensive because you know it's time to talk about that dreaded topic - salary expectations. This week's podcast is part 3b from The Great Canadian Job Search Webinar. Peter Harris from Workopolis and I discussed salary negotiations and successfully navigating the first 90 days in your new job. Sit back, relax and learn! 34 minutes…

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Finding opportunities - The secret to identifying & finding the best opportunities with Peter Harris from Workopolis

2011-05-23 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 40s

This week's podcast is part 3 of The Great Canadian Job Search Program where we discussed the variety of ways to identify and find quality job opportunities. From the "hidden" job market, social media to dealing with recruiters & Human Resources. Sit back, relax & learn!  …

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Bonus Q&A | Where to find the best opportunities with workopolis Peter Harris

2011-05-23 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 18s

The bonus Q&A from our podcast with Peter Harris from Workopolis on where to find the best opportunities. From dealing with recruiters, job boards and human resources.  Sit back, relax & learn!…

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Your personal brand - The key to getting hired quicker, for more money & in a better situation

2011-05-15 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 41s

How well do you know your personal brand? There are over 20 million professionals in Canada, why should an employer choose you? According to our recent CareerPoll 72% of respondents shared that their personal brand, is "under construction" This week's podcast is  from The Great Canadian Job Search Webinar - Knowing & Branding Yourself with Peter Harris Manager of content from Workopolis and myself. Sit back relax & learn!  …

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Learning from failure - Scott Sandage author of Born Losers-A History of Failure in America

2011-05-08 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 30s

How do you deal with failure? This weeks podcast is with Scott Sandage author of Born Losers - A History of Failure in America. Failure is common in all of our careers, it is inherent with taking risk in our lives. Scott's book describes in an interesting way how failure has come to be viewed in our society. Sit back, relax & learn! 38 mins…

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Roy MacGregor - Why Canada is a great place to work and ...live

2011-05-01 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 29s

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Sarah Susanka | Best-selling author of "The not so big" series | Designing a career that suits you

2011-04-24 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 42s

Have you ever thought that you wear too many hats in your career? Are your days at work so filled with commitments, meetings, and to-do lists that time goes by in a blur? Do you feel at home in your career? This week's podcast is from our  Canadian Career Development Webinar with Sarah Susanka, author of The Not So Big series.…

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Bonus Q&A with Sarah Susanka | Best-selling author of "The not so big" series | Designing a career that suits you

2011-04-24 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 21s

The bonus Q&A from our podcast with Sarah Susanka, author of The Not So Big series. Sit back, relax & learn!…

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Why should I hire you? What election campaigns & job search have in common - Part 1 Great Canadian Job Search Campaign

2011-04-17 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 45s

Getting elected is all about being chosen. The exact same principles apply to a job search - there are many candidates but only one will ‘win’.  Will that be you? It all comes down to building a winning campaign.    Over the next four weeks you will have the opportunity of joining me for your very own campaign. Think of it as boot camp for the job hunter, and think of me as your personal campaign manager. I will lay out the same clear path that we have used with thousands of clients from Halifax to Vancouver, helping them to be the “chosen” ones.    Each week we will spend 1 hour on our free webinar sharing the effective campaign strategies. This week is part 1.  Preparing your campaign.  From assembling your team to budgeting…the importance of planning.  Sit back, relax & learn! 50 mins…

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Work-life balance for real people. Laura Bickle Managing editor Today's Parent & Launi Skinner CEO of First Credit Union & former President of Starbucks

2011-04-03 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 40s

You can listen to the podcast from our webinar on work-life balance with Launi Skinner CEO of First Credit Union & former President of Starbucks North America, and Laura Bickle Managing Editor of Today's Parent magazine. They shared their thoughts and advice on this important topic from both an employer's and individual's perspectives. Sit back, relax & learn! 40 min…

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Gene Hayden | The Follow-Through Factor - Moving from doubt to done in your career....

2011-03-27 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 41s

This week's podcast is with Gene Hayden the author of The Follow-Through Factor - Getting From Doubt to Done. Gene has identified a number of key reasons why we struggle with taking action, and some practical ways to deal with these challenges. 40 mins.  Sit back, relax & learn!  …

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Carmine Gallo - Bonus Q&A with best selling author The Innovation Secrets of Steve Jobs

2011-03-20 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 17s

Bonus Q&A from The Canadian Career Development Series with Carmine Gallo, best selling author of The Innovation Secrets of Steve Jobs. Sit back, relax and learn! …

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Carmine Gallo - Best selling author of The Innovation Secrets of Steve Jobs

2011-03-20 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 44s

Do you ever wonder what it takes for Steve Jobs to be successful? Do you feel stuck but unable to change your career path? Are you looking for new ways to achieve success in a competitive employment market? Join Alan Kearns as he interviews Carmine Gallo, communications and marketing coach and author of The Innovation Secrets of Steve Jobs as they discuss what Apple has to teach you about “thinking different” in your career. Sit back, relax & learn 40 mins.…

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Patricia Lovett-Reid | Author or Get Real - 26 Canadian women share the secret to authentic success.

2011-03-11 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 32s

Do you sometimes feel like a square peg working in a round hole? This week's podcast is with Patricia Lovett-Reid Senior Vice-President of TD Waterhouse and author of Get Real - 26 Canadian Woman share the secrets of authentic success . She interviewed 26 successful Canadian women who had found the right balance in their professional and personal lives. Sit back, relax & learn! 35 mins …

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Gary Noesner | Chief Hostage Negotiator FBI | Negotiating @ work

2011-03-07 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 39s

This week’s podcast is with Gary Noesner, he was Chief Hostage Negotiator for the FBI & the author of Stalling for Time. During his career he was involved in numerous crisis incidents: prison riots, right-wing militia standoffs, religious zealot sieges, terrorist embassy takeovers, aircraft hijackings and over 120 overseas kidnapping cases. Gary shared “People seem very curious about my job.“ Sit back, relax and learn! 35 min…

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Gary Noesner | Bonus Q&A from webinar with former Head Hostage Negotiator for FBI

2011-03-06 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 15s

Bonus Q&A from The Canadian Career Development Series. Gary Noesner Former Head of Hostage Negotiation for the FBI, answers specific questions about using this skill at work. Sit back, relax and learn!  20 minutes…

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Steam Whistle Brewery team & thoughts on being a really really great company

2011-02-27 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 37s

Have you figured out your "one" thing? Join Alan Kearns as he interviews Greg Taylor, Trish Yee, and Lorna Willner of Steam Whistle Brewery. They will share their experience and wisdom on staying focussed in your career and doing “one thing really, really well.”…

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Bonus Q&A The good beer people @ Steam Whistle Brewery | How to identify & do 1 thing really really well in your career

2011-02-27 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 14s

Q&A from The Canadian Career Development Series. Have you figured out your "one" thing? Join Alan Kearns as he interviews Greg Taylor, Trish Yee, and Lorna Willner of Steam Whistle Brewery. They will share their experience and wisdom on staying focussed in your career and doing “one thing really, really well.” 20 minutes…

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Bonus Q&A with Eric Berlow TEDGlobal 2010 Fellow | Managing complexity in your career

2011-02-20 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 23s

Q&A from our recent webinar with Eric Berlow TEDGlobal 2010 Fellow. Eric an ecologist and network scientist who specializes in not specializing. He helped found, and directs, the University of California’s first environmental research center in Yosemite National Park. Watch his TED talk here. After radio- collaring wolves in Alaska and tending bar in Paris, he got his Ph.D. in marine ecology studying the interconnectedness of species in nature. As a research scientist with the USGS he focuses on building better links between science and management of protected mountain ecosystems. Sit back, relax and learn! 20 minutes…

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Eric Berlow - 2010 TEDGlobal Fellow | How to manage complexity in your career | Sponsored by Athabasca University

2011-02-20 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)

This is a recording from our recent webinar with Eric Berlow, a TEDGlobal 2010 Fellow. Eric iss an ecologist and network scientist who specializes in not specializing. He helped found, and directs, the University of California’s first environmental research center in Yosemite National Park. Watch his TED talk here. After radio- collaring wolves in Alaska and tending bar in Paris, he got his Ph.D. in marine ecology studying the interconnectedness of species in nature. As a research scientist with the USGS he focuses on building better links between science and management of protected mountain ecosystems.  Eric is helping apply network approaches to sustainable ecotourism development in the Arctic, and is co-owner of a green café in Oakland, California. He is currently spearheading ‘ecomimetic’ approaches to corporate sustainability by visualizing and modeling energy consumption through complex, interconnected supply chains ". . . .often it is only by embracing the true complexity of a problem that core simple issues emerge. I think this point generally rings true but is very under-appreciated and under-applied." (Eric Berlow) Sit back, relax and learn! 44 minutes.  …

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John Cacioppo | Loneliness & our need for community & social connection at work

2011-02-09 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 39s

Do you want to improve your performance at work? Do you desire less stress in your life? Want a higher probability of getting promoted? This week's podcast is with distinguished University of Chicago Professor John Cacioppo the author of Loneliness: Human nature and our need for social connection. John has done pioneering research on human nature and the need for social connection. In my opinion, we have never been more connected yet more alone. Many professionals and especially leaders think the best way is to do things on their own. John's overwhelming evidence proves that the most effective way to achieve a more fulfilling personal and professional life is by being in healthy relationships with others. As the African proverb says "If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together." Reach out and touch someone this week, you'll both win. Sit back,relax and learn! 38 minutes.…

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Gail Vaz-Oxlade, author & TV host of Princess shares how to take control over your career

2011-02-06 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 40s

I interview Gail Vaz-Oxlade, personal finance guru, television host and author. Gail will discuss her new book, Never Too Late  and share her expert advice on how to make real change happen in your career and your life. Gail Vaz-Oxlade describes herself as "a mother, step-mother, grand-mama, friend, confessor, writer, TV host, money maven, teacher, artist, and ex-wife. I'm loud, large and laugh a lot. I'm passionate about learning, committed to sharing and hell-bent on getting people to take control of their money and their lives." She has written 13 books on personal finance, hundreds of articles for the financial media, published a financial magazine for women, hosted three prime-time television shows and worked with Canada’s leading financial services companies to help educate employees and clients. Gail is all about change, and believes that we can have anything we want in life…anything. It’s all a matter of deciding what’s important to us and how hard we’re prepared to bust our butts. She also believes that a well-balanced life is one of the keys to true happiness. Sit back, relax and learn! 37 mins…

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Bonus Q&A - Gail Vaz-Oxlade responds to questions from our webinar | Never Too Late...

2011-02-06 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 17s

This is the bonus Q&A from our webinar with Gail Vaz-Oxlade about her new book, Never Too Late. How you can deal with change in your personal and professional life. Sit back, relax and learn! 15 minutes.…

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Timothy Ferriss | I interview the NY Times best selling author of The 4 Hour Work Week.

2011-01-30 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 27s

Do you feel stuck in your career? Why can’t it be a Freedom 35 plan? This week's podcast is with New York Times best-selling author Timothy Ferriss. His book, The 4 Hour Work Week, has been a runaway success. He shares his insight on how to define your own career path and live a balanced and successful life. In Timothy's book, he lays out in a very clear and practical way, some of the major workplace myths. The essence of the book is to distribute success and retirement throughout your life. I call this the “freedom now” plan. Sit back, relax and learn! 28 mins…

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Regina's Janice Taylor co-founder of JustBeFriends.ca spent 12 days in Australia with Oprah - She shares her story about luck & timing

2011-01-23 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 34s

  Do you believe in luck, or can luck be manufactured? What about being at the right place at the right time? This week’s podcast is from our webinar with Janice Taylor from Regina and cofounder of JustBeFriends.ca. Janice was chosen to be a part of Oprah's ultimate audience, and travel with Oprah on her 12-Day Australian adventure.   Janice shared three key ideas on our webinar;   Luck - “Luck is more about being focusing on what you want and taking actions towards your goals. The more focused I became, the luckier I got.” Timing - “My thesis was about relationships, now I see how my education, experience working in the corporate world, my failures and successes have come all together at the right place and time.” Community “No matter how much money and success you have, you need community. Your quality of life is directly related to your quality of community.”   Janice did get to spend some private time with Oprah, she was moved by the humility and authenticity that resonated deeply from her. Oprah and Janice are in completely different phases in their own journey however, they both have the courage, community and commitment to inspire others to pursue their dreams.    What are your thoughts about the role timing, luck and community have affected your career? Join the conversation, share your wisdom on my blog. Sit back, relax and learn! 33 mins  …

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PODCAST WITH NANCY ANCOWITZ | SELF-PROMOTION FOR INTROVERTS - THE QUIET GUIDE TO GETTING AHEAD

2011-01-23 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 34s

Are you an introvert or an extrovert? Last week we had a terrific event with our friends at HigherBracket. In our Q&A time with Trish Barbato, we had the "I" question. "I hear lots about networking and self-promotion, but I am an introvert." This week's podcast is with business communication coach Nancy Ancowitz author of Self-Promotion for Introverts - The quiet guide to getting ahead. I invited her on ourWebinar series to share the myths and realities of what it means to be an introvert.  If you are in introvert you are in good company. Introverts make up around 25% of the population. Some famous introverts include, Barbara Walters, Warren Buffet & Pierre Trudeau. Carl Jung defined introverts as "inward turning" and extroverts as "outward turning." Introverts are more energized alone, extroverts are energized by people. The classic myth is introverts are not as good with people, as extroverts are. We are all social beings, introverts can in many ways be better with people, they tend to be better listeners, more creative and more analytical. There are many advantages to being "inward turning" I would argue that it has never been a better time to be an introvert. With the rise of social media tools like, blogging.Linkedin, twitter and Facebook,  great platforms for the person who is more introverted by nature. Social media is an "introverts" paradise.Is it better to be an extrovert or an introvert? The answer would be yes, both have strengths and weaknesses. The powerful question is how do you manage your natural style and leverage your strengths. Don't use your style as an excuse...it won't help you. In what way has being introverted or extroverted helped your career? Join the conversation and share your thoughts on my blog. Sit back, relax and learn! 30 mins…

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Bonus Q&A from webinar with Janice Taylor winner of Oprah's ultimate viewer

2011-01-23 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 15s

This is the bonus Q&A from our webinar with Janice Taylor co-founder of JustBeFriends.ca and winner of Oprah's ultimate viewer adventure to Australia. Sit back, relax and learn! 15 minutes.…

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Q&A | Webinar - Self-Promotion for Introverts | Nancy Ancowitz

2011-01-15 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 20s

This is the bonus Q&A from our webinar with Nancy Ancowitz NY Times best selling author of Self-Promotion for Introverts. Sit back, relax and learn! 20 minutes.…

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Carmine Gallo best selling author of Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs

2011-01-09 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 50s

Do you ever leave an interview wishing you had done a better job communicating your strengths? How important are presentation skills in advancing your career and building your personal brand? What makes for an engaging presentation? This weeks podcast is from The Canadian Career Development Webinar Series with Carmine Gallo author of The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs-How to be Insanely Great in Front of Any Audience. Carmine Gallo was curious to discover why millions of people "tune in" when Steve Jobs presented, was it the products are research and ideas on what Steve Job's secrets are.According to Carmine, there are 3 keys that Steve Job's uses consistently to create a "wow" experience, for the audience when he presents. Act 1. Create the story; A strong story will give you the confidence and ability to win over your audience.Act 2. Deliver the experience; Turn your presentations into visually appealing and "must-have" experiences.Act 3. Refine and rehearse; Steve spends numerous hours preparing and rehearsing for his presentations. You don't have to be a billionaire or CEO to use these simple principles. Steve has been working on his skills for over 30 years, there really are no secrets, start on yours today. As the world's foremost management consultant Peter Drucker once commented "When you move one step up from the bottom, your effectiveness depends on your ability to reach others through the spoken and written word"  Sit back, relax and learn! 30 minutes…

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Carmine Gallo | Bonus Q&A Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs

2011-01-09 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 31s

This is the bonus Q&A from our webinar with Carmine Gallo NY Times best selling author of The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs. Sit back, relax and learn! 30 minutes.…

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Q&A with Mark Di Vincenzo NY Times Best Selling Author of Buy Ketchup in May & Fly at Noon

2011-01-01 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 34s

This is the bonus Q&A from our webinar with Mark Di Vincenzo NY Times best selling author of Buy Ketchup in May & Fly at Noon. He answered questions on the best time to leave your job, ask for a raise etc. Sit back, relax and learn! 20 minutes.…

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David Di Vencenzo New York Times Best Selling Author of Buy Ketchup In May & Fly At Noon-

2010-12-31 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 29s

Welcome to 2011, what will this year hold for you? Will this be the time to make a move in your career? The new year is seen by many as the best time to make a career resolution. This week's podcast is with Mark Di Vincenzo, N.Y. Times best selling author of Buy Ketchup In May and Fly at Noon. A guide to the best time to buy this, do that and go there.     Will your resolutions be successful? According to a study commissioned by Australian drink manufacturer, Carpe Diem there were approximately 435 million New Year resolutions made in Austria, Belgium, Britain, Germany, Ireland, Switzerland, and The Netherlands. Here are some interesting results on which countries population was most likely to keep their resolutions longer than 4 weeks.   1. Belgians: 53%   2. Dutch: 52%   3. Germans: 51%   4. Swiss: 46%   5. Austrians: 46%   6. Irish: 37% - Which really offended me...heck, I was born in Dublin.   7. Brits: 36% - As they say, God Save the Queen.   These results beg the question, "Why are people in Belgium more likely to keep their resolutions?" (it must be the chocolate) What kind of career resolutions have you made? Maybe it was "return all voice mails," "get your resume upgraded," or "look for a new career," "upgrade my LinkedIn profile" or "start a job search.”  Did you know you are 8 times more likely to follow through on your resolutions if you have a career coach? 2011 can be the best time in your career, it’s all up to you.     This week's workout - Take a few minutes to evaluate some areas of your career you would like to improve in 2011.    Continue the conversation on my blog; What career resolutions have you made?    Sit back, relax and learn! 30 mins…

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Gail Vaz-Oxlade host of Till Debt Do U$ Part - Managing money, stress & your career

2010-12-26 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 25s

  How is your stress level been over this holiday season? Have the parking gods been kind to you? TYLENOL announced the results from this year's Canadian Holiday Pain survey. This poll focused on what creates the greatest amount of stress for Canadians at this time of year.    Survey says;   1. Finding a parking spot. (35%) 2. Managing a budget/finances. (25%) 3. Holiday shopping. (22%)   Tis the season to be a TYLENOL shareholder, especially considering all the snow, 53% of Canadians take TYLENOL for back pain from shoveling. This week's podcast is with Gail Vaz-Oxlade best-selling author, and host of the popular TV show Till Debt Do U$ Part & Princess. I have been a guest expert on both of Gail's shows, she is both direct and extremely wise (a rare combo) Gail is one of Canada's leading experts on money and the role it plays our health, relationships and career choices.   Gail shared "a majority of people work for money" This is contrasted with Ipsos-Reid poll in which money was ranked # 4 in what gave professionals career satisfaction. We all need money (& not just for presents) so how do you find the right balance between financing your lifestyle and choosing a career path? Gail empowers people with three simple elements. A smart game plan, a clear set of goals and get objective and expert support. Managing your money successfully, and your career successfully require the same 3 principles.   This week's workout - Relax and yes, do smell the coffee!    Continue the conversation on my blog; What are your thoughts on how to balance your lifestyle needs with your career?   Looking for help with choosing a career that meets your "budget"? Who's your career coach? Need help with a professional resume, job search, and interview preparation? Invest in yourself, get the edge in this competitive job market. Take a small step and book  a Getting Started session with me.   Relaxing, along the road with you!   Alan   P.S. Creating a 2011 Career Resolution? Join our Career Identity Program. We will work 1-1 with you to help you find the right career fit.   P.P.S. Looking to expand your network? Connect with me on Linkedin. You may be only 1 connection away from your next opportunity.    …

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Social Media and your personal brand - An AU MBA career webinar

2010-12-16 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 1s

The world of work has never been more competitive and yet, more interesting. You may be looking for the next step in your career and wondering how to best leverage social media to build your personal brand. What role do LinkedIn, twitter, Facebook, blogging and other social media tools today in the world of work? How can you utilize these tools to advance your internal and external brand and career? Start a discussion or share something with the group...Whether you're looking for the next step in your career and wondering how the world of social media fits, join our webinar specifically designed for students and alumni of the AU MBA. Alan Kearns, Canada's Career Coach and founder of CareerJoy.com, your exclusive career advancement partner, will lead us through this interactive webinar on managing your personal online brand. You will learn: • How to move from a selling mindset to a marketing mindset • The myths and truths of a personal brand • How to utilize LinkedIn, twitter, and blogging to build your online brand • What recruiters, HR professionals and hiring managers search for • How to use social media to have the hidden market FIND you! • How to utilize social media to build your internal brand (And why that matters more than ever As an alum of Athabasca University you are eligible for a 15% discount on our programs. You can connect with Jenny Bridle our Manager of Client Services, jenny@CareerJoy.com and mention Athabasca in the subject line.…

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Jody Thompson co-author of Why Work Sucks & How to Fix It | ROWE

2010-12-12 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 43s

Are you micromanaged and feeling stressed about managing your time while at work? Do you work in an environment founded on the idea that being present = productivity? A lot has been said in recent years about finding work-life balance, about finding ways to enjoy both your career and your life. This week's podcast is with Jody Thompson, co-author of Why Work Sucks & How to Fix It. She was our recent guest on our Canadian Career Development Webinar Series. You might be saying, "Is there any other way to work?" Jody introduced a new idea, which is really an old idea. Jody shared, "In a results-only work environment', people can do whatever they want, whenever they want, as long as the work gets done. You have complete control over your life as long as your work gets done. You can go grocery shopping at ten in the morning on Tuesday. You can take a nap at two in the afternoon on Wednesday. " Ironically, what I find interesting is that if we go back to the agriculture age, that was a results only work environment. If you didn't sew your seeds, you wouldn't reap the results. This was also how you got through post-secondary education; no one managed you. How, where and when you did the work wasn't important, as long as it was quality and handed in on time.    This week's workout - What meeting should you not attend this week?    Continue the conversation on my blog; What would be different in your life if you had total control over your time and the way you worked?…

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Julia Clarke knew @ 8yrs old what she wanted to be...And is still doing& enjoying it 40+yrs later

2010-12-05 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 48s

What are you going to do now that are all grown up? This is a question that we all ask at some point (or maybe many points) in our career. This week's podcast is with Julia Clarke who discovered at the age of 8 what she wanted to "be" when she grew up. Julia was one of the first 21 woman commercial pilots, she became the first female Captain for Northwest Airlines. Julia is in the Aerobatic Hall of Fame. She shared how she followed through, on her early career discovery.    One of my interests is airplanes and airs hows. I first connected with Julia at an air show and was impressed with her story. She is a twin, her twin played with Barbies, and she played with airplanes. She spent most of her youth around airports and airplanes. Her fascination stalled (pun intended) when she took the practical path and decided to become a teacher. She quickly discovered that wasn't really what she wanted to do. She shared, "I credit may Dad with supporting me, I really didn't want to be a teacher in a classroom. I really wanted to fly." She worked as a flight attendant for 9 yrs. and held 2 part time jobs, to pay for her commercial flying hours and licenses. She easily could have stayed the safe practical route, there was all kinds of opposition, busyness, time, money, not to mention the fact there were no woman commercial pilots then. Listening and following through with what she really wanted to do, led to a great. In today's world, economic and job security are only found in places where people are great at what they do.    This week's workout - What do you really want to do?    Continue the conversation on my blog; Why do you think holds people back from what they really want to do?  Sit back, relax and learn. 43 mins   Doing what I really want to do, along the road with you!   Alan   P.S. Are you struggling with discovering what you want to do now that your all grown up? Join our Career Identity Program, we'll work with you to help you figure this out.  P.P.S. Looking to expand your network? Connect with me on Linkedin, you may be only 1 conversation away to a better career. …

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Q&A Bonus| Julia Clark one of the first 21 female commercial pilots shares how to find the right career.

2010-12-05 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 18s

This is the Q&A from The Canadian Career Development Webinar - . What are you going to do when you grow up? Julia Clarke discovered at the age of 8 what she wanted to "be" when she grew up. Julia became the first female Captain for Northwest Airlines, she is in the Aerobatic Hall of Fame. She shared her perspective on how to discover what you could "be" now that your all grown up. Sit back, relax and learn! 20 mins…

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Donna Flagg | Surviving Dreaded Conversations: How to Talk Through Any Difficult Situation at Work

2010-11-28 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 41s

What types of conversations keep you up at night and fills you with dread? How do you feel about asking for a raise? Why is it so difficult to be honest when in a confrontation with an employee or co-worker? This week's podcast, is with Donna Flagg best-selling author of Surviving Dreaded Conversations: How to Talk Through Any Difficult Situation at Work. She was a guest on last week's Canadian Career Development Webinar. I promise you won't dread this conversation!We all have things that bug us, or sense we deserve better, but we would like to avoid talking about. This week, one of my clients shared a very funny (& sad) example of how we can even "outsource" these types of conversations. Donna shared "The reason we often avoid bringing something up is we imagine all the things that will go wrong. Rarely do this imagined events occur "  Donna shares in her book some strategies to help your " Dreaded conversation muscles."1. Provide yourself with an opportunity to think rationally & logically and work through your own process.2. Pursue a solution but don't delude yourself into thinking that the solutions translates into changing someone or getting your way.Donna's advice is very solid, the quality of your career and your life depends, on the quality of your conversations.This week's Workout - Just say it.Continue the conversation on my blog; How do you deal with conversations that are uncomfortable? The Canadian Career Development Webinar - Wed DEC 1, 12-1 PM ET. What are you going to do when you grow up? Join Julia Clarke who discovered at the age of 8 what she wanted to "be" when she grew up. Julia became the first female Captain for Northwest Airlines, she is in the Aerobatic Hall of Fame. She will share her secret to discovering what you could "be" now that your all grown up. For more information & to register click here. Sit back, relax and learn! 40 mins…

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John Stanton | The Running Room | Bonus edition with Q&A from The Canadian Career Development Webinar Series

2010-11-14 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 18s

This is the bonus Q&A from The Canadian Career Development Webinar | John Stanton founder of The Running Room on finding the right career fit and pacing yourself. Sit back, relax & learn - 18 mins…

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John Stanton founder The Running Room | How to find the right career & pace yourself properly in your career

2010-11-14 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 40s

Do you feel like you are keeping up the pace in your career? Do you sense that you need a new career challenge? How do you find a role that feels more like play, than work? This week's podcast, is with John Stanton founder of The Running Room. The Running Room started on a Thursday night to provide shoes, T-shirts and advice to runners. This company is now the largest chain, focused on runners in Canada. John shared from our recent webinar, his career advice on how to find the right fit, and pace yourself in your career. Sit back, relax and learn! 40 mins  …

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Terry O'Reilly from the CBC on how you can stand out in a noisy world!

2010-11-07 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 48s

Most likely you woke up to this, you have been surrounded by this all day long, and you went to bed with this in your head. What is "this"? Advertisements. According to David Shenk from his book, Data Smog we see over 600 ads per day. The average employer feels this way as well, overwhelmed with noise and choices. How do you stand out from all of this noise? This week's podcast, is with Terry O"Reilly host of CBC's Age of Persuasion, award winning ad man, author of The Age of Persuasion - How Marketing Ate Our Culture. Terry shared on our webinar how an individual can use successful ad principals to get noticed, advance themselves and ultimately get hired by employers in a very noisy world. Sit back, relax and learn! 38 mins.…

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Terry O'Reilly The Age of Persuasion Q&A | Standing out from the crowd | Personal Branding & Job Hunting in a Crowded Market

2010-11-07 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 13s

This is the bonus Q&A from The Canadian Career Development Webinar | Terry O'Reilly from The Age of Persuasion answers specific questions on personal branding & job search and how to use marketing principals to help people "buy" you. Sit back, relax & learn - 15 mins…

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Jeff Wise | Extreme Fear - The Science of Your Mind in Danger

2010-10-02 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 28s

Have you ever wanted to do something, yet you felt afraid. Maybe it was taking on a more senior role, starting a new business, or initiating a job search campaign. This week's podcast is from The Canadian Career Development Webinar Series  with Jeff Wise, journalist, pilot-adventurer, and author of Extreme Fear - The Science of Your Mind in Danger. As a journalist, Jeff has written a very popular column "I'll try anything" for Popular Mechanics. As a freelance journalist, he has spent the last number of years jumping out of airplanes, mushing dogs in Alaska and diving in exotic places. Jeff hs researched and explored the human need for adventure, risk and community, and the role that fear plays in all of those things.According to a recent CareerPoll, 43% of respondents shared that they felt held back by fear, and 43% of respondents said that fear had been a motivator for them to take action. Our response to fear was viewed equally as reason to change, or not to change. Jeff's book shows that the difference between how you respond to fear comes down to two fundamental factors. He stated "Managing fear is all about understanding what areas you don't and do have control over, and what information you don't and do need" As you consider where you want to go next in your career, remember you don't have control  over your boss or the economy, but you do have control over what you do next. This week's 60 Second Workout - What things do you have control over in your current situation? Sit back, relax and learn! 28 mins…

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Jill Earthy founder momcafe | Balancing Parenting & Your Career- Is it possible?

2010-09-26 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 38s

Are you a working parent trying to figure out how to do it "all," whatever that may mean to you? Do you need some time for yourself to think about the next step in your career. How can you find a role that balances your need for engagement in your work and your family? This week's podcast  is from The Canadian Career Development Webinar Series with Jill Earthy founder of momcafe and Tasha Richard & Tara Azulay who are involved with the growth of this networking group for professional woman. 37 mins, sit back, relax and learn.…

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Amber Mac | Bonus Q&A | Canadian Career Development Webinar - Social Media - Job Search & Personal Branding

2010-09-19 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 16s

This is the bonus Q&A from The Canadian Career Development Webinar | Amber Mac Canada's Social Media Guru & author of Power Friending answers specific questions on personal branding & job search the social media way. Sit back, relax & learn - 18 mins…

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Amber Mac | Power Friending | Canadian Career Development Webinar - Social Media - Job Search & Personal Branding

2010-09-19 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 40s

Have you heard the news? The resume is dead, who killed it? The main suspects were Twitter,Facebook, Youtube and LinkedIn. These four suspects have been charged with first degree murder and are awaiting a trial date. All kidding aside, social media is affecting all dimensions of our lives including the resume and job search process. This week's podcast  is from The Canadian Career Development Webinar Series with Amber Mac author of Power Friending | Demistifying Social Media. Amber is one of Canada's leading social media experts. She works with corporate clients including Anthony Robbins helping them to leverage social media for their professional brands. She is a regular columnist with The Globe & Mail.  Ok the resume is not quite dead (it still has an important role to play), but finding your next gig today has a lot more involved than just having a great resume. I spoke at an event this past week for The University of Western Ontario Alumni (they were a great group) One person share with me, that she just got a new job through a lead she got through twitter. Amber shared "The rules have changed, you are far more likely to advance in your career and find your next opportunity if you understand and use social media instead of relying on a traditional job search" This week's 60 Second Workout - What is one area of social media you can improve your skill-set?Continue the conversation on my blog. This week's CareerPoll; What social media do you rely on the most for finding new opportunities?Canadian Career Development Webinar Tuesday Sept 21 12 - 1 PM ET | Balancing Motherhood & Your Career| founders of momcafe Are you a working mother trying to figure out how to do it "all," whatever that may mean to you? Do you need some time for yourself to think about the next step in your career? I will be interviewing the founders of momcafe about their  advice about getting having it allclick here for more info & to register.FREE Webinar: Get the Right Career Right Now! Invest 1 hour of your time to help manage opportunity in your career.  Join me Thursday Sept 23 12-1 P.M. ET. This complimentary 1-hour workshop is based on my book, Get the Right Job Right Now! Take control of your career, all from the comfort & convenience of your own desk. Limited to 20 participants. Click to register. Looking for help with your personal brand? Who's your career coach? Need help with aprofessional resume, job search, and interview preparation? Invest in yourself -- get the edge in this competitive job market. Take a small step and book an initial consultation with me.Tweeting. along the road with you!AlanPS. Are you in HR or recruitment? Join me this week in Toronto the 2010 Recruitment Summit. I will be speaking on why change & globalization are good for us  Click here for more details. PPS. Found a job through social media? Willing to share your story? Looking for panelists for upcoming webinar alan@CareerJoy.com …

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Richard St.John | The 8 Traits That Lead to Great Career Success | Lessons from Harry Rosen, Robert Munsch & Rick Mercer

2010-09-11 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 38s

Pause and take a sip of your coffee. Are you successful? OK, feel free to take another sip as you ponder that light question. In my coaching practice, one of the key challenges clients face is finding their very own answer to this question. This week's podcast is with Richard St. John best selling author of 8 To Be Great: The 8 Traits That Lead to Great Success. Richard interviewed over 500 of the most successful people in the world including Canadians such as Harry Rosen, Robert Munsch and Rick Mercer. I first heard Richard speak at a TED conference.   Richard's  book came about as a result of an incident that happened over 10 years ago. While sitting on a plane a teenage girl asked, "Are you successful?" his answer, "No, not really." This is from person who is a millionaire, has climbed 2 of the highest mountains in the world and runs an award winning marketing company. Her second question was the key question: "What really leads to success?" Richard responded, "Sorry, I don't know. Somehow I just did it." These 2 questions led him on a 10-year journey to learn for himself from others about what really leads to success in life. Through his research, he identified 8 traits that were consistently found in successful people.   This week's 60 Second Workout - What would you define as a successful career?   Continue the conversation on my blog. What is career success?   This week's CareerPoll; How would you define career success? Sit back, relax and learn! 30 minutes…

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The 1 Minute Resume Review - Dave Drummond Award Winning Book Designer Shares How to Get the Attention of Hiring Managers

2010-09-03 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 31s

Well, summer is officially over, soon we will be getting ready for Halloween. This fall, mangers will be reviewing resumes, interviewing and making hiring decisions. The resume is a key first step in the process. The average manager will receive 20 or more resumes for an open position, and spend less than 1 minute reviewing each one. What can you do to get your resume to stand out from the crowd? This week's podcast is with Dave Drummond, award-winning Canadian book designer. Dave's authors sell more books as a result of his work. In our conversation, he shares his "secrets" to getting noticed in a crowded & competitive world.   Why did I decide to interview a book designer? I do love books (in fact, I am writing this at Chapters), but the real credit goes my daughter who, while holding 2 books in her hands asked "Dad, which do you think is a better book?" She was asking the age old question, can you judge a book by it's cover? In this particular case, the book with poorly designed cover, was the better book. Rightly or wrongly, we do judge a book by it's cover, and hiring managers judge candidates by their resume. Dave shared "Great covers are all about telling the story in a quick, creative & engaging way" Does your resume pass the 1 minute test? From your resume to Linkedin, twitter and facebook, employers will decide to interview or not interview you, by the way you present yourself.   David and I have different skill-sets, we both help our clients get noticed and chosen (hired) in a noisy & competitive world.   This week's 60 Second WORKout; Send your resume to me,  alan@CareerJoy.com for a complimentary resume review.   Continue the conversation on my blog. What resume stories do you have to tell?   This week's CareerPoll; How many resumes do you send out per week, when job hunting?   Last week's CareerPoll; What role does confidence play in the workplace?   FREE Webinar: Get the Right Career Right Now! Invest 1 hour of your time to help manage risk in your career? Join me Thurs, Sept 9 12-1 P.M. ET. This complimentary 1-hour workshop is based on my book, Get the Right Job Right Now! It's easy to learn simple ways to take control of your career, all from the comfort & convenience of your own desk. Limited to 20 participants. Click to register.    Looking for help with your personal brand? Who's your career coach? Need help with a professional resume, job search, and interview preparation? Invest in yourself -- get the edge in this competitive job market. Take a small step and book an initial consultation with me.   Reading, along the road with you!   Alan   PS. Speaking of resumes. One action you can take is have our team create a resume that you can feel confident in. Click here for more details and to get started.    PPS. You can subscribe to my podcast for free on Itunes | click here  …

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Tim Pychyl Ph.D | The Role of Confidence in Your Job Search & Career

2010-08-30 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 28s

  What role does confidence play in your career and your life? How do you build up your confidence when you are struggling? How do you manager your emotions? This week’s podcast is with Tim Pychyl Ph.D author of The Procrastinators Digest and graduate chair of Psychology at Carleton University. He shares some very practical advice and strategies on how to help you manage your emotions more effectively, and raise your confidence level.   Tim has been through some of his own challenges in his career, including a major career transition into academia. Tim now devotes his attention to understanding why and how we can sabotage our best intentions. Tim shared “It’s a game in our lives to manage our confidence. It is in little wins that we gain confidence” I call this The Confidence Compound Interest principle. Example, when building a resume, consider breaking up the task into bite size pieces rather than attempting to complete your resume in one shot. This breaks down a bigger goal into more achievable and realistic deliverables. Like saving money, more investors become wealthy through compound interest (little actions) than any other way.    Start small. Start now. Confidence always shows with smart action. Don’t wait for it.   This week’s 60 Second WORKout - Identify one project you are struggling with, and take 3 small actions to help move it forward.   Continue the conversation on my blog. What ways has confidence affected your  career in a positive or negative way?  …

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Inspire your career | Strategies for success as a new employee and manager

2010-08-23 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 39s

Can I speak to you privately in my office? The heart flutters, your thinking ok, what does this mean? Your boss smiles and says "We would like to promote you" Good news, now what do you do next? This week's podcast is from our Canadian Career Development Webinar  with Patricia Barbato author Sr VP at Revera Health Systems and author ofinspire your career; Strategies for Success in Your First Years at Work. In our conversation she shares practical wisdom on how to make a successful transition to management.  I have worked with many new and mature leaders in our Leadership Identity Program. Leadership is both talent and a skill and there are some simple ways to evolve yourself as a leader. What is the most important first action you should take in your new leadership role? Well, it is fairly simple Patricia shared "One of the most important things to do immediately is to build relationships and establish credibility. Take time and ask lots of questions. People love to talk about themselves and their work, give them a chance"  I have seen some people struggle with the evolution to management. Leadership is fundamentally about focusing on 3 things, relationships, communication and influencing with credibility. Sit back, relax and learn! 37 min…

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How Starbucks Saved My Life |NY Times Best Selling Author Michael Gill | Upgrading His Career from Ad Exec to Barista

2010-08-08 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 35s

Does the pressure and stress of your career feel like it's taking it's toll on you? Does your work make a contribution? Are you energized by the people that you work with? This week's podcast is with Michael Gill, New York Times best selling author of "How Starbucks Saved My Life."  Starbucks really did save his life, in many ways. You may be thinking, "Did a Barista do the heimlich maneuver as Michael was choking on a venti-non-fat-extra-hot-½ Soya-½ skim milk Mochachino?" Well, not exactly. His story was not only fascinating to me, but Tom Hanks will be  playing him in the story of his life - about the journey upward from an unfulfilled ad executive to a highly engaged Barista working at Starbucks.Michael's identity and purpose came very much from his work. It gave him a place, title, income and status. As with others who are defined by what they do and are fired, there was an extreme loss of identity. Then one day while standing in line at Starbucks, he was approached by a store manager and asked if he would consider applying for a job. He was open and ready to try something completely different in his life.  Michael shared "Some of the best things in life happen by accident."  How open are you to circumstances, opportunity and people who can help you?This week's 60 Second Workout - Allow yourself to be open this week to opportunities that come your way.Continue the conversation on my blog; What are some of the lucky things that have happened in your career?  CareerPoll; How stressful is your current work situation?  Free Webinar - Get The Right Career Right Now! Join me Friday August 13 12-1 P.M. E.T. as I share how to identify if you are on the right career path. Learn 3 effective ways to cope with career change Take our FREE 15-minute career test Developing your personal brand - Why? How? Where? The Digital Job Search 3.0 - How to leverage LinkedIn, Facebook & Twitter To register & get more information click hereLooking for help with your job search and  personal brand? Who's your career coach? Need help with a professional resume, job search, and interview preparation? Invest in yourself -- get the edge in this competitive job market. Take a small step and book an initial consultation with me.Your Career Barista along the road with you!AlanPS. Have you been impacted by restructuring? We work with both individuals and organizations to help ease the stress of transition with our Outplacement Program.   PPS Looking to expand your professional network? Join me on Linkedin  …

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How to Get What You Want From Your Career | Lyman MacInnis author of How to Succeed at Anything by Really Trying

2010-08-02 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 28s

Have you ever wondered why some people seem to be able to achieve great success, while others seem to struggle? What is the difference in the actions and attitudes between the two groups? This week's podcast is with Lyman MacInnis author of How to Succeed in Anything by Really Trying. I have to say, this was one of my all time favorite book titles. I found out about this book through a reference from one of my clients (thanks Jim). Lyman has been a senior partner for over 30 years with an international accounting firm and works with a number of highly successful professionals. He has written his book based upon his observations about those who get breakthrough success while others struggle (hint, it isn't about the economy). The more I digested the title of his book, the more this book's title impacted me. As I thought about times when I have been successful personally or professionally, it was the difference between trying and really trying. I hear from many people, "I tried". The real difference between those that achieve their goals and those that don't those that achieve their goals really try!Are you trying to get better at what you do? Really tryAre you trying to look for a new job? Really tryAre you trying to get promoted? Really tryAre you trying to change careers? Really tryAre you trying to find work-life balance? Really tryAre you trying to be a good boss? Really tryAs Lyman shared "Whatever you do, do it really well"You and I both know the difference...This week, really try! Podcast  32 Mins…

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The Great Canadian Job Search | 3a | Workopolis Peter Harris on What Makes a Great Job Interview

2010-07-19 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 30s

Heads you win, tails you loose. Does it ever feel the interview process is random, like flipping a coin? What are the keys to a great interview? How do you calm your nerves? What kinds of questions stand out in an interview? This week's podcast is part 3a from The Great Canadian Job Search Webinar. Peter Harris from Workopolis and I discussed interview preparation and the keys to a successful interview. Lou Adler author of Hiring with your Head shared that 95% of hiring managers don't enjoy the hiring process. According to John Hunter of Michigan State, the typical interview has only a 57 percent chance of predicting employment success in the long-term. I.E. there is only 7% greater chance than using a coin toss to determining whom to choose in the hiring process. Does that give you a good feeling heading into your next interview?    I think there are a few ways to reduce your stress, and improve your personal statistics when it comes to landing a role that you really really want.    1. Be confident and clear about why you think you would be a good fit for the role.  2. Bring consistent and bring tangible evidence that supports why you are a good fit. 3. Let the employer know that you are confident in your ability to do a great job.   Bonus; Don't be afraid to be personal.   Peter shared "The employer wants to hire the candidate that is truly interested in the role  and who wants to work for the company." I agree, don't be shy and don't be desperate when it comes to letting the employer know of your desire to work there.    Looking for help with your job search and  personal brand? Who's your career coach? Need help with a professional resume, job search, and interview preparation? Invest in yourself -- get the edge in this competitive job market. Take a small step and book an initial consultation with me.   Increasing your chances, along the road with you!   Alan   PS. Looking for help in your job search? Join our 90 Day Career Search Program, this can increase your job search "luck" and reduce the time to finding your next role click here.  …

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The Great Canadian Job Search | Workopolis Peter Harris | Following Up-Negotatiating-Offer & Landing Well

2010-07-19 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 17s

How did the interview go? Do you want the role? What is the best way to follow up? This week's podcast is part 3b from The Great Canadian Job Search Webinar. Peter Harris from Workopolis and I discuss what to do after the interview, and how to follow up effectively.   Once you complete the interview I recommend a couple of things. I would suggest taking 15-20 minutes to review your performance. Think through the ways you answered the questions, and what improvements you can make with the content and the style of delivery. This is also an important time to determine how good of a fit this role is for you and your want & needs (my 15 minute career test is a good evaluation tool)   Your follow up is an extremely important part of the hiring process. I would suggest following up in 24 hours with the hiring manager(s). This is an opportunity to tweak your answers and share your interest in a personal and innovative way (aka don’t be boring). Peters shared “Be creative and bold in your follow up, this is your time to emphasize why you want the role, and why the company should hire you”    This week's 60 Second Workout - Take our 15 Minute Career Test to help strengthen your job search process.   This week's CareerPoll; How well would you rate your salary negotiation skills?   Continue the conversation on my blog. What are your thoughts & questions on following up?     Free Webinar - Get The Right Career Right Now! Join me Friday, Aug 13 12-1 P.M. E.T as I share how to identify if you are on the right career path. Learn 3 effective ways to cope with career change Take our FREE 15-minute career test Developing your personal brand - Why? How? Where? The Digital Job Search 3.0 - How to leverage LinkedIn, Facebook & Twitter To register & get more information click here   Looking for help with your job search and  personal brand? Who's your career coach? Need help with a professional resume, job search, and interview preparation? Invest in yourself -- get the edge in this competitive job market. Take a small step and book an initial consultation with me.   Creative & bold, along the road with you!   Alan   P.S. I need your advice, we are in the midst of a major upgrade on our website. What websites do you like? What are your the ways you think I could improve my site? alan@CareerJoy.com   P.P.S. Looking for help in your job search? Join our 90 Day Career Search Program, this can increase your job search "luck" and reduce the time to finding your next role click here.…

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Bonus Q&A The Great Canadian Job Search | Workopolis | Finding - HR - Recruiters

2010-07-04 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 17s

  This is the Q&A from The Great Canadian Job Search Webinar-Part 2 - Human Resources - Recruiters & Finding the right Role. Peter Harris from Workopolis & myself answer specific questions about the job search process. Sit back, relax & learn - 22 mins  …

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Finding Opportunities | HR - Recruiters - Social Media | Part 2 The Great Canadian Job Search | Workopolis

2010-07-04 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 40s

  Do you remember playing hide-and-seek as a kid? It is one of the fondest memories as a parent is playing this game with my kids. Sometimes my kids astounding me with their ability to find unique hiding spots. Finding new job opportunities can be a lot like this. Some positions are simple to identify, while finding other opportunities can be incredibly frustrating. This week's podcast is  from Part 2 of The Great Canadian Job Search Series with Peter Harris, Manager of Content at Workopolis. We discussed the variety of ways to identify and find quality job opportunities. Join us for part 3.      Where do you find quality opportunities? Finding opportunities starts with really looking, I know that sounds like a simplistic statement, but it is true. I have played many a hide-and-seek game that I wasn't really looking. When it comes to job hunting, really look, it's as much of an attitude as it is an acceptance that this practical reality of job search. Opportunities won't usually seek you out. Next is where to look? In our recent CareerPoll respondents shared where they found quality opportunities.   Your Network 73% Recruiters 11% Informational Interviews 11% Job Boards 3% Social Media 0%   My advice to clients is to use all the above elements in your job search. You never know where and when the best opportunities will be found, the more the merrier. Like the game, "finding" is all about connecting with people, aka potential hiring managers. Peter shared "Remember people hire people, not paper, getting your resume out is one thing, connecting with the right person is the key!"   This week's CareerPoll; How would you rate your interview skills?   Last week's CareerPoll; What most influences managers during the interview process?      This week's 60 Second Workout - Take a look at your last week's job search to see how many different places you are looking.   Continue the conversation on my blog. Where you have found the most successful places to look for new opportunities?    The Great Canadian Job Search Webinar | Part 3- Sponsored by Workopolis - Negotiating, Landing & Succeeding in your next role - Thursday, July 8  12 - 1  P.M. E.T.   What are 3 keys to a great interview? How do you negotiate the bets package? When you're ready, how do you resign gracefully, on a positive note? What are some keys to landing well and succeeding in the first 90 days of your new role?   To register and get more information click here    Free Webinar - Get The Right Career Right Now! Join me Tues July 6 12 - 1 P.M. E.T. as I share how to identify if you are on the right career path. Learn 3 effective ways to cope with career change Take our FREE 15-minute career test Developing your personal brand - Why? How? Where? The Digital Job Search 3.0 - How to leverage LinkedIn, Facebook & Twitter To register & get more information click here   Looking for help with your job search and  personal brand? Who's your career coach? Need help with a professional resume, job search, and interview preparation? Invest in yourself -- get the edge in this competitive job market. Take a small step and book an initial consultation with me.   Executing & adapting, along the road with you!   Alan   PS. Is your resume working? Our certified resume writing team can remove the stress and frustration by writing your resume for you. For more details and to get started click here.    PPS. Were growing. We are looking for 3 Career Coaches for Vancouver, Calgary & Montreal - Send me your resume or email me for more details, alan@CareerJoy.com  …

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Anthony Kaul | HigherBracket.ca Bonus Q&A The 6-Figure Job Search | Part 2 Finding & Landing Your Next Role | HigherBracket.ca

2010-06-27 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 16s

The Bonus Q & A from our recent webinar with HigherBracket.ca Anthony Kaul. Finding & landing your next 6 figure job. Sit back, relax and learn - 20 minutes…

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How to Find Your Next Role | Anthony Kaul founder of HigherBracket.ca | Canada's Leading Six Figure Job Board

2010-06-27 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 40s

What is the biggest mistake most people make in their job search? Why doesn't the best candidate always win? What 3 things does Barack Obama have in common with you and your job search? You may be surprised what the answer is. This weeks podcast is from part 2 of The 6-Figure Job Search Webinar | Finding New Opportunities with Anthony Haul, founder of HigherBracket.ca Canada's leading career website for the 6-figure professional. Anthony and I discussed ways you can engage with recruiters, HR and how create an effective job search campaign.   This past weekend we hosted the G8 & the G20. Representing the United States was  Barack Obama. Against some incredible odds (including his name) he successfully completed his job search. Landing the biggest job in the world - The President of The United States. What did Barack Obama do differently from John McCain? Both candidates had strengths and weaknesses. Barack had a much better campaign. President Obama had 3 key things that worked for him.      1. He was a strong and qualified candidate. 2. He and his team created a smart campaign that suited his style. 3. He and his team executed and adapted their campaign strategy.   Bonus - Once you land - Start campaigning immediately for your next role.   Anthony shared "The key to any successful job search campaign is a great candidate and a smart strategy, many great candidates don't have a smart strategy, it is the blend of both that leads to a successful outcome"   This week's 60 Second WORKout - Take some time to evaluate what is working and not working in your job search campaign.   Continue the conversation on my blog. What is some  advice that you would like to share with others about job hunting?   This week's CareerPoll; What most influences managers during the interview process?       Last weeks CareerPoll: As a six-figure professional, where do you find quality opportunities?   Free Webinar - Get The Right Career Right Now! Join me Tues 12-1 PM ET as I share how to identify if you are on the right career path      Learn 3 effective ways to cope with career change Take our FREE 15-minute career test Developing your personal brand - Why? How? Where? The Digital Job Search 3.0 - How to leverage LinkedIn, Facebook & Twitter To register & get more information click here   The 6 Figure Job Search Webinar - Sponsored by HigherBracket - Negotiating, Landing & Succeeding in your next role  Wed June 30 8-9 P.M. E.T.   To register and get more information click here   Looking for help with your job search and  personal brand? Who's your career coach? Need help with a professional resume, job search, and interview preparation? Invest in yourself -- get the edge in this competitive job market. Take a small step and book an initial consultation with me.   Executing & adapting, along the road with you!   Alan   PS. Need help with your job search campaign? My 90 Day Career Search Program is a terrific way to kick start the process.   PPS. Expand your professional network - Join me on twitter &  Linkedin &    PPPS. Happy Canada Day...…

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Anthony Kaul | HigherBracket.ca | Part 1-The 6 Figure Job Search | Personal branding

2010-06-19 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 44s

  Are you a mid level professional approaching or earning 6-figures? In what ways do you find your job search more challenging? Whom do you turn to when making  you are about to make important career decision? This weeks podcast is Part 1 of The 6-Figure Job Search Webinar | Knowing & Branding Yourself with Anthony Kaul, founder of HigherBracket.ca Canada’s leading career website for the 6-figure professional. I invited Anthony to participate in this 3 part series, as we both work extensively with employers and individuals like you, who are at a unique point in their organization and career.  Sit back, relax and learn! 40 mins  …

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Anthony Kaul | HigherBracket.ca Bonus Q&A The 6-Figure Job Search Webinar | Part 1 Know & Branding Yourself | HigherBracket.ca

2010-06-19 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 14s

This is the bonus  Q&A session from our recent webinar focused specifically on the 6-figure job seeker with Anthony Kaul founder of higherbracket.ca . We respond to participants questions about personal branding and the job search process. I work extensively with 6-figure job seekers helping with personal branding and the job search. Sit back, relax and learn! 14 minutes  …

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Knowing & Branding Yourself | Workopolis Peter Harris & Alan Kearns share the keys to personal branding

2010-06-13 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 41s

  How well do you know your personal brand? There are over 20 million professionals in Canada, why should an employer choose you? According to our recent CareerPoll 72% of respondents shared that their personal brand, is "under construction" This week's podcast is from part 1 from The Great Canadian Job Search Webinar - Part 1 Knowing & Branding Yourself  with Peter Harris Manager of content from Workopolis and myself. Here is how the stats played out with our CareerPoll.      28% Have a very clear understanding of their brand.    14% Have a moderate understanding.      9% Shared their brand is unclear to them.    14% Are asking the question, what is a personal brand?    33% Are currently working on discovering their brand.    Personal brands are not a new idea, they have been around since the beginning of time, we call this your " professional reputation". This past week, we did an on-site branding workshop for a corporate client, one of the events was a design competition. The team that invested the most amount of time thinking about their design first, before they started to build, came out with the winning proposal. The key to a successful job-search is very similar, it is the time invested to really understanding your uniqueness and strengths which make up your brand, before you start sending out resumes, posting to job boards and networking. Great results start with great designs. Peter shared " The key to a successful job search and fulfilling career is in the energy and time spent in understanding your brand". From my professional perspective, this has never been more true.    This week's 60 Second WORKout - Ask for feedback from 2 people in your network on how they see you professionally?   Continue the conversation on my blog. What role do you think personal brands play in today's market?   This weeks CareerPoll: How long do you think a manager takes to review a resume?  Last week's CareerPoll: How well do you know your personal brand?   The 6 Figure Job Search Webinar - Sponsored by HigherBracket.ca  Knowing & Branding Yourself  Wed June 16 8-9 P.M. E.T.   How well do you know yourself? What motivates you in your career and your life? What do you have to offer an employer? What is your ultimate six-figure role? No doubt you are currently engaged in personal branding, networking and other activities aimed at landing the role you want.  Could you be doing more to get there sooner?  To register and get more information click here    The Great Canadian Job Search Development Webinar: Part 2- Finding & Landing Your New Role - Sponsored by Workopolis  Thur June 24 12-1 P.M. ET   Where and how should you network?  How do you know what companies or organizations to approach? Once you have this information in hand, what do you do with it? What's the best approach?  What do you need to know in order to succeed in the interview? Join myself and Peter Harris, content manager at Workopolis. . To register and get more information click here   Looking for help with your personal brand? Who's your career coach? Need help with a professional resume, job search, and interview preparation? Invest in yourself -- get the edge in this competitive job market. Take a small step and book an initial consultation with me.   Designing then doing, along the road with you!   Alan   PS. Looking for some great tools and coaching for your personal brand? Join our Career Identity Program.   PPS. Expand your professional network - Join me on Linkedin  …

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Bonus Q&A Great Canadian Job Search Webinar - Part 1 Know & Branding Yourself

2010-06-13 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 32s

This is the Q&A from The Great Canadian Job Search Webinar-Part 1 Knowing & Branding Yourself. Peter Harris from Workopolis & myself answer specific questions about the job search process. Sit back, relax & learn - 28 mins…

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Bonus Q&A From our Webinar with Sean Moffitt | Canada's Word of Mouth Guru

2010-06-06 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 22s

This is the bonus Q&A from our recent Canadian Career Development Webinar Series with Sean Moffitt Canada's Word of Mouth Guru on finding opportunity in your network  Sit back, relax and learn 22 mins.…

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Sean Moffitt Canada's Word of Mouth Guru | 3 Keys to Finding Opportunity in Your Network

2010-06-06 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 38s

  How many people do you have in your personal and professional network? What are they saying about you? How many of your career opportunities have come directly from your network? According to our recent CareerPoll over 50% of opportunities came through the participants networks. How do you ask your network for help in the appropriate way? This week's podcast is from our recent Canadian Career Development Webinar With Sean Moffitt, Canada’s leading word-of-mouth marketing expert and founder of Agent Wildfire. Sean has helped leading brands strategically use word of mouth marketing to effectively grow their brands.    According to Sean, most people have 120 Facebook friends, 110 connections on LinkedIn and 90 Twitter followers. On average, we are connected to 10,000 people through the people we know in our network - that is a lot people and opportunities. Even in today’s digital world, research still shows over 80% of opportunities come through our networks. Social media make it easier to connect and amplify your personal brand message. Sean shared 3 key ways to authentically ask for help from your network.   1. Because - Give them a clear reason why you need help and how they can assist you. 2. Diligent - Be disciplined with your follow up to your network. 3. Reciprocity - Look for ways that you can help your network advance in their career.   Sean explained “It is not who you know, it’s who knows you and what they are saying about you” This is fundamental, what if 100 people knew you well thought highly of you? What kinds of opportunity would be coming to you from 10,000 on a daily basis?   This week's 60 Second WORKout - Reach out and help someone in your network.   Continue the conversation on my blog. What is your thoughts on networking?   This week's CareerPoll: How well do you know your personal brand?   Last week's CareerPoll: How many of your roles came through your network?   The Great Canadian Job Search Development Webinar:  Part 1- Knowing & Branding Yourself,  Thurs June 10 12-1 P.M. ET    Join myself and Peter Harris, content manager at Workopolis. When starting a job search, where do you begin? It seems a simple question and many people would jump right into creating their resume. This might seem like the best place to start but it may not be. Instead, you should begin at the beginning by asking: how well do you know yourself? How have your previous educational and employment experiences shaped your career choices? Join Peter and myself as we help with getting your job search on the right track.   To register and get more information click here   The Canadian Career Development Webinar - Fri June 11 12-1 PM ET Strategies for Success in Your First Years at Work with Mentoring Expert Patricia Barbato Moving from the world of school to the world of work is one of the biggest transitions we make in our society. When you're just starting out in your career, how do you build an effective network and start on the right foot? Join me as I interview Patricia Barbato author of Inspire Your Career - Strategies for Success in Your First Years at Work To register and get more information click here   Looking for help with your personal brand? Who's your career coach? Need help with a professional resume, job search, and interview preparation? Invest in yourself -- get the edge in this competitive job market. Take a small step and book an initial consultation with me.   Diligent, along the road with you!   Alan   PS. Looking for help and support with your job search? Join our  90 Day Career Search Program PPS. Expand your professional network - Join me on Linkedin  Sit back relax and learn 35 mins  …

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Knowing when it is the right time to quit your job with Author Karen Burns- Working Girl

2010-05-30 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 33s

When is the right time to quit? When is too soon, or too late? Wondering if it is time to move on? This is one of the most important decisions that you will need to make in managing a successful career.  This week's podcast is from our recent Canadian Career Development Webinar  with Karen Burns author of The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl: Real Life Career Advice You Can Actually Use!   Karen has had 59 jobs and quit 58 times (she was only fired once) she is an expert in knowing when to leave for a new role.    I find that many people stay in a job too long for a variety of reasons;   1. Too loyal (yes, you can be too loyal) 2. Don't enjoy job hunting. 3. Unsure about where to go next in their career. 4. Not prepared for new opportunity.   Don't let these elements get in the way of having a great career. Karen shared "knowing when to quit and how to quit, are fundamental skills in managing your career."   This week's 60 Second Workout-Get prepared for new opportunity by refreshing your resume.    Continue the conversation on my blog. What are your thoughts about quitting?   This week's CareerPoll: How many of your roles came through your network?   Last week's CareerPoll: Which is more important in career advancement, soft skills or hard skills?   Looking for help with your personal brand? Who's your career coach? Need help with a professional resume, job search, and interview preparation? Invest in yourself -- get the edge in this competitive job market. Take a small step and book an initial consultation with me.   Knowing, along the road with you!   Alan   PS. Looking for support with your job search? The 90 Day Career Search Program can help reduce the stress and time to a new role.   PPS. Looking to expand your network and raise your visibility in Ottawa? Wed June 2 6:30-0 PM I will be speaking at the Ottawa launch of The League of Kick Ass Business People.  …

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Bonus Q&A From our Webinar on Knowing when to quit with author Karen Burns

2010-05-30 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 17s

This is the bonus Q&A from the recent Canadian Career Development Webinar Series with Karen Burn author of Working Girl. Practical advice you can use in managing your career. Sit back, relax and learn 18 mins.…

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Mark Jeffries author & leading expert on the role of soft skills in career managment

2010-05-23 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 35s

Do you want to get hired quickly? Would you like to get promoted into the position for which you have the qualifications? Did you know that the number one reason that people will hire you or choose your products and services over your competitors' is the evidence of your soft skills? According to Workforce.com, 67% of managers would hire an applicant with strong soft skills, even if their technical skills were lacking. This week's podcast  is with Mark Jeffries. He is the author of What's Up With Your Handshake? and a leading expert in the "how to" of soft skills.    So what are soft skills? According to Mark, they are "anything that enables you to influence others, to pitch ideas, and to successfully persuade others to take action." Think about how much of your role involves influencing and persuading others to take action. Although many think they can gain advancement through more education, training or other hard skills, the most effective way to move forward in your career is to focus on upgrading your soft skills. We live in a world where most professionals emphasize their hard skills. Hard skills are the education, knowledge and skills you need to practice your specific profession.   Mark shared "soft skills, used strategically, have never been more important to grow your career and get ahead of the competition." Although many think they can gain advancement through more education, the most effective way to move forward is to focus on upgrading your soft skills   This week's WORKout-What is one are you would like to develop in your soft skills?   This week's CareerPoll : Which is more important in career advancement, soft skills or hard skills?   Last week's CareerPoll : How many roles have you have in your career?   The Canadian Career Development Webinar:  Thursday, May 27 1:30-2:30-Using Soft Skills to Create a Sustainable Career Strategy. Join Scott Williams, Vice President of Product Management, Nexient, a Global Knowledge & Training Company and myself. We will be sharing the newest research on soft skills and career advancement. Regardless of which "hard skill" discipline you are involved in, you will find this webinar of interest, to learn: Why employers find "soft skills" to be of value Which skills and attributes are of greatest value to employers How to use skill development to take control of your career in this highly competitive job market To register and get more information click here    FREE Webinar:  Get the Right Career Right Now! Invest 1 hour of your time to help manage risk in your career? Join me Tuesday, May 25 12-1 P.M. ET. This complimentary 1-hour workshop is based on my book, Get the Right Job Right Now! It's easy to learn simple ways to take control of your career, all from the comfort & convenience of your own desk. Limited to 20 participants.   Looking for help with your personal brand ? Who's your career coach? Need help with a professional resume, job search, and interview preparation? Invest in yourself -- get the edge in this competitive job market. Take a small step and book an initial consultation with me.   Strategically, along the road with you!   Alan   PS. Are you a new manager? Thinking the leadership track is for you. Discover how The Leadership Identity Program can help you.    PPS. Looking to find new opportunities and expand your network? Join me on Linkedin and Twitter.  …

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Bonus Q&A Webinar with author & Social Media Expert Steve Garfield

2010-05-16 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 29s

This is our bonus Q&A session from The Canadian Career Development Webinar Series- Social Media expert Steve Garfield author of Get Seen: Online Video Secrets to Building your Business.…

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Steve Garfield-Leading Social media & author on Getting Seen in Noisy & Busy World...

2010-05-16 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 37s

You've invested in a professional resume and cover letter, now what? You are connected, using Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, but should you be doing more in your career to show case your talents, establish your personal brand? What is your social media IQ? This week's podcast is from our recent Canadian Career Development Webinar with one of leading social media experts, Steve Garfield. Steve is the author of Get Seen: Online Video Secrets to Building your Business.Steve launched his career in traditional media and was a radio producer on a Boston morning show for a number of years. He became interested in blogging, online video (pre Youtube) and new media. Fast forward a few years, Steve now advises Fortune 500 brands such as AT&T, Kodak, Nokia, and Panasonic, and media outlets including CBS, NBC and PBS on how to use social media to promote their products and services. He shared with us how an individual can use social media to raise your personal and professional profile.Steve shared "In busy organizations getting noticed is becoming more challenging, however social media skills is a new skill that professionals need to develop and embrace" I couldn't agree more, I can remember when email was first entering the market some were very slow to adapt. This is the same today with social media such as Twitter, LinkedIn and Youtube. Here is why I think this is important. Your social media skill-set will have a direct impact on your job search results and your long-term career success-guaranteed! This week's 60 Second WORKout-How would your rate your social media skill-set from a scale of 1 to 10? This week's CareerPoll: How many roles have you had in your career? Last week's CareerPoll: How happy are you with your current career?The Canadian Career Development Webinar: Join me Wed May 19 12-1P.M. ET as I interview Karen Burns, author of The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl:  Real Life Career Advice You Can Actually Use!What can you learn about yourself from the roles you've had in the past? Where do you even begin to answer these questions? Sometimes, what's most helpful is to have a sense of humor. Combine that with looking at the experiences of others and ask yourself: What does this person's experience teach me?  For a lighter look at some of these challenging career moments, join me.FREE Webinar: Get the Right Career Right Now! Invest 1 hour of your time to help manage risk in your career? Join me Friday May 21 12-1 P.M. ET. This complimentary 1-hour workshop is based on my book, Get the Right Job Right Now! It's easy to learn simple ways to take control of your career, all from the comfort & convenience of your own desk. Limited to 20 participants.Looking for help with your personal brand? Who's your career coach? Need help with a professional resume, job search, and interview preparation? Invest in yourself -- get the edge in this competitive job market. Take a small step and book an initial consultation with me.Helping you stand out, along the road with you!AlanPS. Looking to find a career that you can be happy in? The Career Identity Program is a great way to get the tools and support to identify and move forward in your career.PPS. Looking to expand your network? Join me on LinkedIN and Twitter.…

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One Man, One Year, 52 Jobs-Sean Aiken founder of The One Week Job Project

2010-05-07 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 36s

  Are you starting a new job today? Did you enjoy the job-hunting process? You may be struggling with the question: what's the best career for me? This week's podcast is from our recent Canadian Career Development Webinar with Sean Aiken founder of the One Week Job and author of One Man, One Year, 52 Jobs . Graduating from college as the class valedictorian with a 4.0 GPA, Sean struggled with that very common, yet life changing, question. Sean's solution? He created The One Week Job Project. Every Monday morning for 52 weeks, he found and started a new role. Sean was a Bungee Instructor, Dairy Farmer, Stock Trader, Firefighter, and more. He also decided that any money he earned in the project would be donated to One-Make Poverty History Campaign. He travelled across North America, had an incredible year, and raised $20,401.60. He wrote a book about his experience and has now launched this program for other new grads. Sean shared, ”I learned from my Dad, who shared to not wait till I was 60 to figure out my career. At first I was nervous about looking for new role but as I grew in my confidence and in the strategy I chose, I started to enjoy the entire journey.” This week's 60 Second WORKout- Reach out to your network to meet someone in a completely different industry.  …

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Bonus Q&A From Green-Collar Career Webinar

2010-05-02 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 18s

  This is our bonus Q&A session from The Canadian Career Development Webinar Series - Our panelists were, David Sigler, Managing Director Greenhouse Gas Management Institute, Michael Kerford, V.P. ECO Canada, Julia Bray, founder Infoplexxus, Joanne Sawatzky, Director Light House and Greg MacLachlan Founder of Workcabin.ca. I invited them to speak them to share their insights on developing a "green-collar" career.. Sit back, relax and learn -20 minutes  …

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Environmental & Green Jobs- The Green-Collar Career

2010-05-02 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 41s

The Green-Collar Career is the new cool. I am currently writing in a Starbucks, directly across from me is a display with two new products. A coffee mug made with 20% recycled clay and a Bodum, made from reclaimed plastic. Environmental disasters also are driving this sector, such as what is happening in the Gulf of Mexico this past week. Consumers, corporations and governments are awaking to this new reality. This is a new version of a gold rush, a green rush.  This week's podcast is from our recent Canadian Green Career Development Webinar. Our panelists were, David Sigler, Managing Director Greenhouse Gas Management Institute, Michael Kerford, V.P. ECO Canada, Julia Bray, founder Infoplexxus, Joanne Sawatzky, Director Light House and Greg MacLachlan Founder of Workcabin.ca. I invited them to speak them to share their insights on developing a "green-collar" career. According to Greenbiz the amount of new green products introduced between 2006 and 2007 doubled. This is driven by both people concerned about the environment and, organizations driven by needs and profitablity. The amount of new jobs created is as a direct result of resources flowing into this growing sector. I call this the lock principle. All boats in the lock rise when water flows in. There are all kinds of new career options in the green space. A green-collar worker as defined by wikipedia, is a worker who is employed in the environmental sectors of the economy. I am often asked where is there new job creation? The amount of roles within the sector has changed from 10% to 21% of our economy in the past 20 years. This is 100% growth, a great place to make a difference and have a great career.  This weeks 60 Second WORKout-Checkout a website WorkCabin,ECO Canada, The Greenhouse Gas Management Institute, to see all the careers available in this emerging sector.…

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Q&A from Webinar with Daphne Gray-Grant author of 8.5 Steps to Writing Faster, Better

2010-04-25 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 19s

  This is our bonus Q&A session from The Canadian Career Development Webinar Series - Daphne Gray-Grant author of 8.5 steps to writing faster, better. Sit back, relax and learn -20 minutes  …

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The #1 Skill to Advancing Your Career- Writing 101 with Daphne Gray-Grant author of 8.5 Steps to writing faster, better

2010-04-25 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 40s

  Good Monday Morning  According to a survey conducted by The SANS Institute, your communication and writing skills are ranked as the most important factor in career advancement. This week's podcast is from our recent Canadian Career Development Webinar with Daphne Gray-Grant author of 8.5 Steps to writing faster, better.   Writing is an important element in our career. Whether it is writing proposals or writing a resume, learning how to write effectively and in a timely manner has never been more critical for our work. It is surprising how much of our professional time is spent writing, or thinking about what we need to write. I thought I had a pretty good handle on this area. I found Daphne's ideas quite simple to use, yet have had a terrific impact on my own ability to write better and yes, faster.  Daphne suggests that you spend 40% of your time researching, 20% of your time writing and 40% of your time editing. I have implemented her ideas over the past few weeks with terrific success. As Daphne shared " I know that writing isn't always easy- but their are easier ways to become a better writer" This week's 60 Second Workout - Try editing after you have finished your writing, not as you are creating the content.   This week's CareerPoll: How would you rate your job-hunting skills?   Last week's CareerPoll results: Are you in the same profession that you majored in school for? The Canadian Career Development Webinar:  Friday, April 30, 12 - 1 PM EST.  One Man, One Year, 52 Jobs: Finding Your Best Career Fit with Sean Aiken, author of The One-Week Job Are you struggling with the question: what's the best career for me? Or maybe you already have a career and you are asking yourself about change:  How can I find a career that suits me, my skill-set? What are some of the best ways to find a career I'm passionate about? How do I discover my transferable skills? How can I be pro-active to gain the career - and life - I want? Join Alan Kearns as he interviews Sean Aiken who found a unique way of answering these types of  questions: The One Week Job Project.  In his Project, anyone, anywhere, could offer Sean a job for one week.  Any money he earned for the work, he asked the employer to donate towards the ONE / Make Poverty History campaign. Total earned = $20,401.60 On his inspirational quest, Sean tried everything: Bungee Instructor, Dairy Farmer, Advertising Executive, Baker, Stock Trader, Firefighter, and more. Wherever he could find work, he'd go there, find a couch to crash on and immerse himself in whatever profession was at hand. And then he'd move on. FREE Webinar Get the Right Career Right Now! Invest 1 hour of your time to help manage risk in your career? Join our free webinar- Thurs, April 29th 12 - 1 PM EST. This complimentary 1-hour workshop is based on my book, Get the Right Job Right Now! It's easy to learn simple ways to take control of your career, all from the comfort & convenience of your own desk. Limited to 20 participants. Click and register. You can also join me live at a free career event the Mississauga Library Thurs April 29 7:30-8;30   Who's your career coach? Feeling stuck? Need help with a professional resume, job search and interview preparation? Invest in yourself; get the edge in this competitive job market. Take a small step and book an initial consultation with me.   Communicating, along the road with you!   Alan   PS. Looking for help with your resume and job-hunting? My 90-Day Career Search Program will help you find a job faster and easier. PPS. Join me Thurs Jan 29 7:30-8:30 for presentation Get the Right Career Right Now! at the  Mississauga Library.    …

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Author Susan Basalla - So what are you going to do with that?

2010-04-18 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 35s

  This past weekend, millions of travelers were stranded with most air travel shut down in Europe. You may feel this about your career, it is not going anywhere near where you thought it was. Like the travelers stranded, you may need to come up with an alternative plan. Do you wonder what other careers might be suited for your education and experience?. This week's podcast is with Susan Basalla, Ph.D., co-author of So What are you going to do with that?. This book was written out of her own journey questioning what to do with a Ph.D. in English from Princeton University. Having decided not to pursue an academic career, she asked the question, "So what am I supposed to do now?" Due to a change in your employment situation, or through recognizing that you need a change in the direction of your career, you may be asking the same question. The good news is that every year approximately 10% of professionals switch careersor sectors. Susan shared in her book a wonderful principle, "Soul searching before job searching. There is no one size fits all approach to assessing your skills and career options that match. This takes a good tool-set, time and expert support." Many professionals have been frustrated by the results of basic career testing, and I don't blame them. I am not talking about answering 100 questions and determining what color you are, or making a career decision based upon a 4 letter acronym. Some of those basic tools are great starting points, however, we are complex and we need a tool-set and career coaching that can help us understand strengths and passions in a more comprehensive way. We need to deal with our career like we deal with other important things in our lives. If that sounds like I am promoting services like ours, I am. Getting to really know yourself, is the foundation to finding a different career path. This week's 60 Second WORKout, take our free 15 Minute Career Test. It is designed to help you discover your strengths. This week's CareerPoll; Are you in the same profession that you majored in school for? Last week's CareerPollresults; Are you in the right career? FREE TeleWORKshop - Looking for other ideas for what to do with your education and talents?  Do you need some practical help with your job search? Do you know if you are in the right career? Connect with some new people and and get a new perspective on your career. Join me for our free teleconference "Get the Right Career Right Now!" on Tues. April 20th, 12-1 PM ET. This complimentary 1 hour workshop is based on my book, Get the Right Job Right Now!.  It's easy to learn simple ways to take control of your career, all from the comfort & convenience of your own desk.  Limited to 20 participants. Click to register.  Looking to take more control over your career and your life?  Book aninitial consultation with me. Get started  towards a better future. Soul-searching, along the road with you! Alan P.S. I really enjoyed my session with the Ryerson Alumni. Looking for speaker for your next event? Connect with Jenny Bridle, jenny@CareerJoy.com to book me for your next event.  P.P.S. Join my network on LinkedIn and Twitter.    …

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Bonus Q&A with Sarah Susanka best selling author of the not so big series

2010-04-11 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 21s

This is our bonus Q&A session from The Canadian Career Development Webinar Series - Sarah Susanka- author of the not so big life. Sit back, relax and learn -22 minutes…

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Designing a Career That Fits You- Sarah Susanka author of the not so big series

2010-04-11 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 42s

Good Monday morning, Have you ever thought that you wear too many hats in your career? Are your days at work so filled with commitments, meetings, and to-do lists that time goes by in a blur? Do you feel at home in your career? This week's podcast is from our recent Canadian Career Development Webinar with Sarah Susanka, author of the not so big series. Sarah was a very successful architect with many interesting projects and great demand for her services however, she realized that she was not enjoying her work to the same extent that she previously had. Sarah felt like she was being consumed by her work. You may have reached out to a professional architect like Sarah, as your home was not working the way it previously had. Sometimes this is a result of changing needs, or you may have chosen the home for the wrong reasons. Sarah works with her clients to uncover what is working, and what is not working in their home. Out of these discussions, a design and blueprint is created that suits their current needs. Sarah ended up on a similar journey with her own career, asking the same questions about what was working and not working. From the discovery of these answers, she created a new blueprint for her career and her life. Sarah and I have the same philosophy, we are both focused on finding solutions that result in a better quality of life. Designing a home and designing a career have much in common. They start with understanding who you are and where you are. As Sarah says "one of the primary roles of an Architect is to improve the quality of what you already have" Sarah shared "this isn't about the neighbors, it is about receiving yourself in a home that suits you" Ironically, Sarah and I are in a very similar business, she helps to design houses that you feel at home in, I help to design careers that you feel at home in. This week's 60 Second WORKout; What is working and what is currently not working in your career? This week's CareerPoll; Are you in the right career? Last week's CareerPoll results: Would you take a reduced role for better overall quality of life? FREE Webinar Get the Right Career Right Now!  Invest 1 hour of your time to help manage risk in your career? Join our free webinar- Friday, April 16th 12 - 1 PM EST. This complimentary 1-hour workshop is based on my book, Get the Right Job Right Now! It's easy to learn simple ways to take control of your career, all from the comfort & convenience of your own desk. Limited to 20 participants. Click and register.   Who's your career coach? Feeling stuck? Need help with a professional resume, job search and interview preparation? Invest in yourself; get the edge in this competitive job market. Take a small step and book an initial consultation with me.   Designing, along the road with you!   Alan   PS. Looking for the right size career. The Career Identity Programis designed to help you create a blueprint for the "right" career.   PPS. Join me Mon April 12, 6:30 -8:30  for a public seminar sponsored by Ryerson University  Your Career - Where Now?…

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Debi Rosati Corporate Director with Sears - How to Find a Mentor

2010-04-04 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 25s

Who do you turn to when looking for career advice? Do you rely on books, friends or the internet? All of those are good places, however the best advice comes directly from our mentors. This week's podcast is with Debi Rosati C.A. ICD.D. who is a Corporate Director on a number of boards including, Sears Canada. A former Venture Capitalist and CFO, she shares the benefit of getting an external, objective and professional mentoring when it comes to managing a company. I love the saying "don't believe everything you think" We are too close to many of the big decisions to see them objectively, that is why most companies have people like Debi on their board. When it comes to managing your career, who's on your personal Board of Directors? According to a recent study conducted by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, a full 96 per cent of HR professionals agree that hiring a career coach delivers tangible benefits to individuals and organizations alike. So whether you need help drafting a professional resume, securing a promotion, switching jobs, or any other career-related move, I am here to help. Sit back, relax and learn! 24 mins…

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Webinar with Anil Dash leading social media expert

2010-03-28 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 38s

Do you have It? You know, the newest, the fastest, the smartest? I call this the “if only virus": if only I had that gadget, that new car, that degree, that certification, life would be so much better. This week’s podcast is with Anil Dash, leading blogger, founding Director of ExpertLabs and creator of www.lastyearsmodel.org.  Anil shared his perspective on why new isn't always better.  What are your transferable skills? Do you have skills and talents you could use in another career? Is it possible to obtain a new career direction with your "old" skills and credentials? Anil shared, “it is important to have a meaningful upgrade, not a superficial fix. Too often in our careers and our lives we see the answer is in the upgrade rather than maximizing what we have.”  I notice that many professionals feel they need to do a wholesale upgrade such as go back to school and get another piece of paper. I understand why this happens. It's partly because of marketing . Another primary reason is that it seems simple and others will easily support us. The answer to finding a new career direction is often a lot closer, simpler, and less risky than that. I am all for career upgrades if they make sense, and are truly meaningful. This week's 60 Second Workout - What could you do with the education, skills, and experiences that you do have? Sit back, relax and learn! 40 mins  …

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Bonus Q&A with Anil Dash- Leading Blogger on social media & your career

2010-03-28 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 23s

This is our bonus Q&A session from The Canadian Career Development Webinar Series - Anil Dash- Leading Blogger on social media & your career. Sit back, relax and learn -22 minutes  …

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Bonus Q&A from our recent webinar on recovering from a layoff with Hr Professional Andrea Zan

2010-03-21 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 22s

This is our bonus Q&A session from The Canadian Career Development Webinar Series - Recovering from a layoff with Sr Hr Professional Andrea Zanetti & Eleanor Clitheroe former CEO of Hydro One. Sit back, relax and learn -22 minutes  …

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Webinar on how to deal with a layoff-HR professional Andrea Zanetti & Eleanor Clitheroe

2010-03-21 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 42s

Good Monday Morning  It happens every single day of the week; it may have happened to you in your career already. Getting laid off.  Today, more than ever, this is a reality in the world of work. It happens at all levels and in all sectors.  This week's podcast is from our recent Canadian Career Development Webinar with two experts on this subject. Andrea Zanetti has spent the last number of years as a director of HR and has also been on the other side of the desk delivering the news. Eleanor Clitheroe is the former CEO of Hydro One and shares her advice on she recovered from her lay-off. This past week, I was speaking at a conference in Victoria on personal branding (First time I have gotten excited about dandelions in a long time, and discovered a great fish & chip shop: Red Fish Blue Fish). One of the participants discussed the looming lay-offs coming in the B.C. Government.  In today's world dealing with a lay-off is a skill-set we all need to develop. Some people can anticipate this type of event while others walk into a meeting only to discover they are no longer employed. The key word of advice from both Eleanor and Andrea is "Be prepared. If there is a layoff coming get a plan of action in place. This gives you a sense of control over your future and you know what your immediate next steps are." Some of the ways you can be prepared include keeping a list of all your major contacts off-site as well as any emails and employer reviews you may have. Also, it's important to keep a backup off-site of your presentations, etc. that you may find useful in your next role. Make some calls to your network, you will be pleasantly surprised what opportunities are in the market. This week's 60 Second Workout- Create a lay-off plan for yourself. You never know how hard this could be. Sit back, relax and learn! 40 mins    …

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Bonus Q&A With Gene Hayden Author of The Follow-Through Factor-Getting From Doubt to Done

2010-03-14 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 18s

This is our bonus Q&A session from The Canadian Career Development Webinar Series - Gene Hayden author of The Follow-Through Factor- Getting From Doubt to Done. Sit back, relax and learn -20 minutes…

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Webinar with Gene Hayden author of The Follow-Through Factor- Getting From Doubt to Done...

2010-03-14 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 41s

Good Monday Morning, One of my clients shared with me that 10 years ago he thought about combining water and vitamens  as a great way of bringing together two key needs. Have you ever had an idea, sat on it and see that product or service take-off in the marketplace at a later date? This weeks podcast is with Gene Hayden the author of The Follow-Through Factor - Getting From Doubt to Done.  Gene identified 15 key reasons why we struggle with taking action and some practical ways to deal with these challenges. The top 3 reasons why people drop their ideas; 1. Loss of Passion 2. Not enough money 3. No time All of us at time, lack desire, money and time with the things we are passionate about. Are those challenges an excuse or have you not come up with a creative way to resolve those issues. Gene shared "Following-through is the only thing that separates dreamers from people that accomplish great things". Long story short, my client didn't take action on this idea, but somebody else did. If you walk into any store you will see many choices of vitamin water, it was a billion dollar idea. The world is full of great ideas, what's yours? More importantly, what are you doing with it? This week's 60 Second Workout; Take one action, on something that you have been wanting to follow-through on. This weeks  CareerPoll; How would you rate your business writing skills ? Results from last weeks CareerPoll;  What is your greatest challenge when following through on opportunities? The Canadian Career Development Webinar  With Daphne Gray Grant,  author of The 8 1/2 Steps to Writing Faster, Better! Are you tired of writing too slowly and too painfully? Is writing a dreaded chore that you avoid? Would you like to be in control of your writing instead of having it control you? If you’re fed up with a daily diet of writing stress, Daphne can help. She will share techniques from daily journalism and time management, and adapt them to meet your writing needs. If you'd like to double your writing speed, Daphne will present a system for writing that will help you write with ease and clarity. Yes, you, too can write faster, better! FREE Webinar Get the Right Career Right Now! Invest 1 hour in your career to help manage risk in your career? Join our free webinar- Tuesday March 16, 12-1 p.m. ET. This complimentary 1-hour workshop is based on my book; Get the Right Job Right Now! It's easy to learn simple ways to take control of your career, all from the comfort & convenience of your own desk. Limited to 20 participants. Click and register. Who's coaching you to win gold in your career? Feeling stuck? Need help with a professional resume, job search and interview preparation? Invest in yourself; get the edge in this competitive job market. Take a small step and book an initial consultation with me. Taking action, along the road with you! Alan PS. Are you a company or individual dealing with a lay-off ? OurOutplacement Programs can help you land sooner. PPS. I am looking to connect with more professionals.  Join my network on LinkedIn.  …

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Bonus Q&A With Daniel Coyle NY Times Best Selling Author of The Talent Code

2010-03-07 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 22s

This is our bonus Q&A session from The Canadian Career Development Webinar Series - Daniel Coyle Ny Times best selling author of The Talent Code. Sit back, relax and learn -20 minutes  …

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Daniel Coyle NY Times Best Selling author of The Talent Code

2010-03-07 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 37s

  I enjoyed watching the Oscars last night. It is amazing to watch a room full of people whom have invested their entire lives becoming great at something they love. What does it take to have breakthrough success? Is it all talent? Is it who you know?  This weeks podcast is with N.Y. Times best selling book The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle. He spent 2 years researching what it takes to stand apart in any profession. Last night, Sandra Bullock won her first Oscar her role in The Blindside. In her acceptance speech, she shared "I am thankful for my Mom, she reminded be to be an artist you need to practice every day" Yes there are many talented people, but the research from Daniel's book shows you need a balance of  discipline, smart training and supportive professional team around you. Yes talent is born, but greatness is all about the smart work involved with using the talent you have been given. This week's 60 Second Workout; Today is International Woman's Day. Take time to show your appreciation to the women in your life that have influenced you. This weeks CareerPoll;  What is your greatest challenge when following through on opportunities? Results from last week's CareerPoll; Would you consider a "green" career path? The Canadian Career Development Webinar Tues March 8th 12-1 p.m Getting from Doubt to Done with Gene C. Hayden author of The Follow-Through Factor.  Most people will say that to accomplish goals we need passion, focus, self-confidence and courage.  Do you really need those superhero qualities or to be exceptionally brilliant and creative to accomplish your goals?  Are goals only achieved by having friends in high places, wealthy relatives or endless amounts of free time?  If you answered yes to these questions, join me as I interview Gene Hayden whose 20 years of research has demonstrated that these common beliefs are in fact myths. FREE Webinar Get the Right Career Right Now! Invest 1 hour in your career to help manage risk in your career? Join our free webinar- Friday March 12, 12-1 p.m. ET. This complimentary 1-hour workshop is based on my book; Get the Right Job Right Now! It's easy to learn simple ways to take control of your career, all from the comfort & convenience of your own desk. Limited to 20 participants. Click and register. Who's coaching you to win gold in your career? Feeling stuck? Need help with a professional resume, job search and interview preparation? Invest in yourself; get the edge in this competitive job market. Take a small step and book an initial consultation with me. Thankful for the amazing women in my life, along the road with you! Alan PS. Looking to transition in your career? Our Career Transition Program can help you! P.P.S. Check out our clients success, reaching their own career stage.     …

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Sports Psychologist Peter Jensen on winning Gold in your job search

2010-02-28 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 30s

Wow, what an amazing journey this Olympic Games has been. I am so proud of our athletes and our country. We have seen the performances that have come as a result of a lifetime of commitment to achieve a singular goal. This weeks podcast is with Peter Jensen, the sport psychologist for the Canadian Woman's Olympic hockey team, who won gold in 2002 and 2006. Peter works both with Olympic athletes and with organizations to help with team performance. He shared his perspective on the most important key to winning gold "Once you have a vision and a clear goal, it is amazing what you can do and get" As I listened to the stories of our athletes successful outcomes, I heard them consistently share this principle in different ways. Our athletes had a clear sense of their purpose and a goal to stand on the podium to receive their medal. There is an old proverb which says. "Without a vision the people perish"  Do you have a vision and a particular goal for yourself?This week's 60 Second Workout. Take time to consider what your vision for your career.  Sit back, relax and learn! 35 min…

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2010 Olympics SR VP HR Donna Wilson on Winning Gold in Your Job Search

2010-02-21 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 35s

Help Wanted - tens of thousands of professionals needed for short term employment on major international sporting event. Guaranteed great role and guaranteed unemployment upon completion. This week’s Olympic series podcast, is with Donna Wilson SR V.P HR for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Donna’s role was to oversee the hiring of the thousands of full time employees and volunteers that are responsible for the 21st Winter Olympics. Hiring is both and art and science, while balancing a short amount of resources to get the job done. What did Donna and her team look for when reviewing potential candidates? Well, the very first impression was the resumes that they received. What are some of the important elements of a good resume? Donna shared "make sure that your personality shows up in your resume" Like Donna, I have seen hundreds of resumes that look and sound the same. Like competing at the Olympics, this current job market is extremely competitive, you won't come first without standing apart from your competitors.This week’s 60 Second Workout, send us your resume and get a professional's perspective on how to improve your first impression. The difference from getting the role you want, could be one sentence. Sit back, relax and learn 35 min.…

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Roy MacGregor on the Team Canada and our Unique Identity

2010-02-14 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 29s

Proud to be Canadian this Monday morning? Alex Bilodeau won Canada's first ever gold at an Olympic games held on our land. He has made us proud and his life will never be the same. Over 23 million watched some portion of the opening day of the 2010 winter Olympics. 84% of all televisions were watching the opening ceremonies. This week's podcast is with Roy MacGregor, one of Canada's most gifted storytellers, author and Globe & Mail columnist. Roy has invested the past 35 yrs traveling from St.John's To Victoria discovering and sharing what makes Canada such a wonderful and complex place to live, work and play. He shares some of these observations in his book Canadians: A Portrait of a Country and its People. Roy shared his thoughts on why identity is so important "A separate national identity is key when you live so closely to a large influential country like the United Sates, much like a teenager expressing their uniqueness and independence from their family. We even speak differently in our little world."  Athletes and professionals that are successful in the Olympics and in a competitive global marketplace have a number of things in common - they have a clear and distinctive identity, they have something to offer that the market needs and most of all, they believe in themselves.This weeks 60 Second Workout; Tune in and support our Olympic athletes. Sit Back, relax and learn! 32 minutes…

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Bonus q&a with Michelle Leigh on Personal & Professional Peformance

2010-02-07 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 21s

This is our bonus Q&A session from The Canadian Career Development Webinar Series-Olympic Coach Michelle Leigh on personal and professional performance . Sit back, relax and learn -17 minutes…

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Canadian Olympic Coach Michelle Leigh on Maximizing Your Performance

2010-02-07 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 35s

This weekend, the journey of the Olympic flame came to a conclusion at its new home in Whistler. Steve Podborski (he even has ski embedded in his name!) one of the Crazy Canucks, became last person to finish the journey with the Olympic flame, by skiing down Whistler Mountain. We are all about to head into full-on Olympic fever. This weeks podcast, Canadian Olympic skating coach Michelle Leigh shares what it takes to be the best in the world. Have you ever wondered what differentiates an athlete at the Olympics? Why do some athletes go on to Olympic gold while others even more talented struggle? In last week's CareerPoll 15% responded that coaching had the greatest impact on an Olympic athletes performance. Which Olympic athlete doesn't have a coach? Michelle shared the role of a coach is to understand the athlete strengths and weakness, create a game plan to achieve the goal. Michelle commented "Ultimately being a great coach is all about helping people to become more" This weeks 60 Second Workout; Reach out and find a mentor to help you become more. Sit back relax and learn! 40 mins…

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Bonus Q&A on Launching & Managing a Successful Business

2010-01-31 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 18s

This is our bonus Q&A session from The Canadian Career Development Webinar Series - 4 successful entrepreneurs share their advice on launching and managing a successful business. Sit back, relax and learn -17 minutes…

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Starting & Managing a Business- 4 Entrepreneurs share their wise words...

2010-01-31 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 43s

What is the key to launching and managing a successful business? Would it be to choose the right location, or to make sure that you have strong financial backing? Is it important what kind of education and experience that you have? This weeks podcast is with 4 entrepreneurs who shared their experience and advice from our recent Canadian Career Development Webinar. Each of the participants on our webinar had many great insights, I thought I would share some of the key ideas. Cathie Hudson founder of Bark Avenue shared "To not be afraid to ask for help, there are some great programs and people that are more than willing to help- just ask"Darcy Whyte founder of Rubber Power shared "Consider the role of social media - it has never been easier to launch and promote your product or service and connect with potential partners and customers"Amber Hall Co-founder of Equator Coffee shared "You need to consider the impact on your family and work together as a team, and know when to take a break away from your business"Craig Hall Co-founder of Equator Coffee shared " Persistence, keep calling on that potential new account, you would be surprised howAccording to last week's CareerPoll - Almost 80% of you responded that you would like to own a business one day"This weeks CareerPoll-  What is the greatest impact on a Olympic athletes performance?Whether you are launching a business or managing a team of people, the "nuggets" are applicable in all areas of our lives. This week, consider how to use one of these concepts to help you advance in your career. Sit back, relax and learn! 45 mins…

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Bonus Q&A- Webinar with Carmine Gallo author of The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs

2010-01-24 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 31s

This is our bonus Q&A session from The Canadian Career Development Webinar Series - Presentation Skill with Carmine Gallo New York Times Best Selling author of The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs. Sit back, relax and learn -31 minutes…

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Carmine Gallo-Author of The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs

2010-01-24 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 50s

Do you ever leave an interview wishing you had done a better job communicating your strengths? How important are presentation skills in advancing your career and building your personal brand? What makes for an engaging presentation? This weeks podcast is from The Canadian Career Development Webinar Series with Carmine Gallo author of The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs-How to be Insanely Great in Front of Any Audience. This coming week, millions of people will tune in to hear Steve Jobs launch a set of new products- why? Partly because we know that Apple seems to continually create breakthrough products, but mainly because Steve Jobs is an insanely great presenter. Carmine Gallo a columnist with Businessweek.com shares his research and ideas on what Steve Job's secrets are. According to Mark, there are 3 keys that Steve Job's uses every time that he presents that creates a "wow" when he takes the stage. Act 1-Create the Story-A strong story will give you the confidence and ability to win over your audience. Act 2-Deliver the experience-Turn your presentations into visually appealing and "must-have" experiences. Act 3-Refine and Rehearse-Steve spends numerous hours preparing and rehearsing for his presentations. You don't have to be a billionaire or CEO to use these simple principles. Steve has been working on his skills for over 30 years, there really are no secrets, start on yours today. As the world's foremost management consultant Peter Drucker once commented "When you move one step up from the bottom,your effectiveness depends on your ability to reach others through the spoken and written word" What are your comments on presentation skills ? Join the conversation and share your thoughts on my blog. Last week's poll results; What role has Steve Job's presentation skills played in raising the profile of Apple? This weeks poll; Would you like to own your business? The Canadian Career Development Webinar-Starting & Managing a Successful Business; Join Darcy Whyte founder of The Rubber Power Company and Craig & Amber Hall founders of The Equator Coffee Company Thurs Jan 28 12-1 EST. These three entrepreneurs share the dos and dont's in starting and running your own business. FREE Webinar Get the Right Career Right Now! Invest 1 hour in your career to help manage risk in your career? Join our free webinar-Tuesday Jan 26, 12-1 p.m. ET. This complimentary 1-hour workshop is based on my book; Get the Right Job Right Now! It's easy to learn simple ways to take control of your career, all from the comfort & convenience of your own desk. Limited to 20 participants. Click and register. Do you feel stuck? Need help with a professional resume, job search and interview perperation? Invest in yourself; get the edge in this competitive job market. Take a small step and book an initial consultation with me. Creating a story, along the road with you! Alan PS. Need help with your interview preparation skills? Get the personalized support you need with The 90 Day Career Search Program. PPS. Connect with me on twitter and LinkedIn. .…

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Today's Parent Magazine - Laura Bickle & Launi Skinner former president 1800GOTJUNK Work-Life Balance in the Real-World

2010-01-17 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 46s

Did you do a lot of "home-work" this weekend? How many work related emails and calls did you deal with? The number one issue in most work related employee surveys is work-life balance. This expression was first used in the mid 1980's to describe the balance between an individual's work and personal life. According to our last weeks poll; the number one issue you responded to in dealing with work-life balance was; balance of work (39%) followed by a tie between expectations of boss and technology (17%), financial commitments (14%) and global projects (10%). According to research by The Center for Work-Life Policy, sixty - four percent feel that their work stress is "self-inflicted" Eighty-one percent of respondents say that work-life balance is affecting their health. You can listen to the podcast from our recent webinar on Work-Life balance (practical advice for the real world) with Launi Skinner former President of 1800GOTJUNK and Starbucks North America and Laura Bickle Managing Editor of Today's Parents Magazine. They shared from both and employer's and individuals perspective their thoughts on this topic. Both of these successful woman shared "There is no perfect solution, it is a combination of having a good support system and an open dialogue with your employer mixed with dose of humor". What are some of the ways you have found balance in your career? Join the conversation and share your thoughts on my blog. Sit back, relax and learn. 45minutes…

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Webinar with David DiVencenzo New York Times Best Selling Author of Buk Ketchup In May & Fly At Noon

2010-01-08 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 29s

Have you ever felt that you were too soon or too late for an opportunity? When is it the best time to follow up on an interview? You can listen to the podcast from our recent webinar with Mark Di Vincenzo, N.Y. Times best selling author of Buy Ketchup In May and Fly at Noon. A guide to the best time to buy this, do that and go there Mark commented, "Timing is crucial in the workplace" I couldn't agree more. Paying attention to some of the external timing factors can help you achieve better outcomes. Mark shared from his highly engaging book some interesting research on timing in the workplace. The best day to interview for a job? Friday, many people report being in a good mood, as a result are more relaxed. The best day to ask for a raise, Thursday or Friday. We are most open to compromise towards the end of the workweek when we are looking for the least amount of conflict. What has been your experience with timing in your career? Join the conversation on and share your thoughts on my blog. Join our upcoming Canadian Career Development Webinar Friday Jan 15th 12-1 p.m. ET. Work-Life Practical Advice on How to Find Balance in the Real World. Join Laura Bickle Managing Editor of Today's Parent Magazine and Launi Skinner former President of 1800GOTJUNK and Starbucks North America as they share their experiences as leaders and parents dealing with all the challenges that the work world presents. This weeks poll; What is your greatest personal challenge in finding work-life balance? Last week's poll results; Are you planning a career move in 2010? FREE Webinar Invest 1 hour in your career to help manage risk in your career? Join our free webinar Wed Jan 13th, 12-1 p.m. ET. This complimentary 1-hour workshop is based on my book; Get the Right Job Right Now! It's easy to learn simple ways to take control of your career, all from the comfort & convenience of your own desk. Limited to 20 participants. Click and register. Is it the right time for you to make a career move? Need help with a professional resume, job search and interview coaching? Invest in yourself; get the edge in this competitive job market. Take a small step and book an initial consultation with me. Just in time, along the road with you! Alan PS. Looking for a way tool to help identify your strengths? Take our free 15 Minute Career Test. PPS. Looking to expand your professional network? Join my linkedin network. Over 50+ million professionals strong.…

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Q&A Canadian Career Development Webinar Series- Mark Di Vincenzo NY Times Best Selling Author on Timing

2010-01-08 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 34s

This is our bonus Q&A session from The Canadian Career Development Webinar Series - Timing in one's career New York Times Best Selling author of Buy Ketchup In May and Fly at Noon Sit back, relax and learn -27 minutes…

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Q&A from Webinar- Self-Promotion for Introverts with Nancy Ancowitz

2010-01-08 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 20s

This is our bonus Q&A session from our Canadian Career Development Webinar Series -Self-Promotion for Introverts with author Nancy Ancowitz. Sit back, relax and learn -22 minutes…

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Self-Promotion for Introverts - Author Nancy Ancowitz

2009-12-21 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 34s

In today's tough economy and ruthlessly competitive job market, nobody can afford to go unnoticed. Too often, introverts get passed over while their chattier – although not necessarily more gifted – colleagues get the jobs and the promotions. But it doesn't have to be that way, according to business communication coach Nancy Ancowitz, author of Self-Promotion for Introverts® (McGraw-Hill). Nancy shared from our Free Career Development Webinar Series her practical advice on how to use this as a strength "Currently winning our race for most intriguing book title of 2009 is the oxymoronic 'Self-Promotion for Introverts' by Nancy Ancowitz (McGraw Hill).The 'how to' book is filled with tips (rehearse is a favorite). The author's tone is supportive and she does not argue that introverts should become live wires. But what else would you expect from a book whose subtitle is 'the quiet guide to getting ahead'?” The New York Times book review. Sit back, relax and learn! 35minutes…

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Q&A from Webinar Balancing people, profit and purpose with author Margaret Benefiel and Frank Faulk

2009-12-20 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 27s

This is our bonus Q&A from our Free Career Development Webinar Series - The topic we discussed was What U2 & Southwest Airlines had to teach us about managing people,profit and purpose. Author Margaret Benefiel and CBC radio producer Frank Faulk both shared their advice on finding the right balance at work. Sit back, relax and learn -27 minutes…

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U2 & Southwest Airlines-Purpose + profit - Margaret Benefiel author of Soul @ work

2009-12-13 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 41s

What does Southwest Airlines and U2 have in common, while yes, U2 needs transportation for it's tours, both organizations have found a sustainable way to balance purpose, people and profit. This weeks podcast is our webinar with Margaret Benefiel PH.D author and Frank Falk producer on CBC radio. They both shared their perspectives on how individuals and companies can manage balancing their basic needs and wants in this current economy. Margaret researched over 1000 companies, including Southwest Airlines and U2 to identify ways to balance the needs of the individual and corporation. Her research shared in her book Soul at Work, shows that companies that were able to combine purpose with profit, while respecting the needs of the individual consistently produced superior results. Southwest airlines is the only US airline that as been profitable every year since 1973. U2 stands apart for the integrity of their sound while using their artistic influence to make a difference. Edge shared with Margaret "It's nice to feel that the music and the culture that's grown up around the music, would be a catalyst for other people to do something" Companies with a purpose, produce more profits, have less turnover and employees are more satisfied in their work and make the world a better place. This creates an impact much greater than the bottom line. sit back, relax and learn!…

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Careers In non-profit. Maggie Leithead President Charity Village

2009-12-06 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 58s

Do you know that over there are over 2 million people working in the nonprofit sector in Canada? Are you considering exploring a career in this sector? This weeks podcast is from our recent Career Development Webinar - Careers in the non-profit. Our panelists were Veronica Utton, Director, Human Resources with UNICEF Canada, Michelle Baldwin Executive Director of Pillar Nonprofit Network and Maggie Leithead President & CEO of CharityVillage Canada's leading career website for the nonprofit sector. Our panel did an excellent job sharing their career advice on ways to transfer your skills and background to this growing sector. Many professionals are looking for a place where they can be the same person at work that they are at home. There is a lot of workplace dissatisfaction as a result of having to be one person at home, and a different person at work. Michelle shared "In the nonprofit sector, I have found a way to integrate my personal and professional values. I can true to who I am in my workplace. This week, what do you need to do in your work to be fully you? Sit back, relax and learn! 55mins…

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Careers In non-profit. Rob Clarke Executive Director of TransFair Canada

2009-11-29 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 32s

Do you feel that your work makes a difference in peoples lives? Have you ever considered working in the not-for-profit sector? This weeks podcast is with Robert Clarke, Executive Director of the TransFair Canada, this not-for-profit organization is responsible for managing the fair trade certification of products in Canada. Rob spent 20 years in the technology sector, after a corporate restructuring he took some time to consider his transferable skill and what motivated him. He identified what could combine his transferable skills such as sales, people skills, leadership, organization and knowledge of trade to make a difference in the world. Through a set of discussions and some good thought Rob moved into the not-for-for profit sector. Rob shared “getting into the not-for-profit world is a very different type of challenge, a very very different motivator. You can really impact a large group of people, it has opened my eyes to the world. I look at what I am doing now. I am doing this not only for my self, but for my kids and all of the great partners we work with. I have a lot of good days!” This Wednesday Dec 2 12-1 ET join our Free Career Development Webinar; Careers in the non-profit. Join Veronica Utton, Director, Human Resources with UNICEF Canada, Michelle Baldwin Executive Director of Pillar Nonprofit Network and Maggie Leithead President & CEO of CharityVillage Canada's leading career website for the nonprofit sector. Continue the conversation on my blog. What are your thoughts about careers in the not-for-profit sector? Sit back, relax and learn! Podcast 32 minutes…

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When is it too late to change careers? 101 Virgil Coffman worlds oldest owner of 2010 Camaro SS shares his advice

2009-11-22 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 31s

I am often asked, when is too late to change your career direction? That depends on how old you are. Now I don't mean biologically, I mean in your own mind. This weeks podcast is with Virgil Coffman who will turn 102 in January, he just picked up his 2010 426 hp Camaro - Transformers edition (bright yellow) I interviewed Virgil and Scott Turner, the Sales Manager of Miles Chevrolet where he purchased his new car. Virgil's story inspired Scott's team, his town and even General Motors. This past week, Virgil was invited to GM's headquarters for a special reception with Ed Welburn, vice president of global design for General Motors. Here are some interesting facts: 1907 Virgil Coffman was born. 1911 The company Chevrolet was born. 1966 The Chevrolet Camaro was first introduced into the market (Virgil 59 yrs young). Both companies and individuals need to understand how to manage their change mindset. Scott shared that one of Virgil's key attributes is his optimism. In fact, when asked how long he would keep the car Virgil shared "If I keep that 10 or 12 years, it will be worth about $100,000". What will you be driving or doing, at 102 years of age? Virgil proves to people like you and me and to Fortune 500 companies, that it is never ever too late to change, maybe more complex, but never too late. This week, if you find yourself thinking I am too old, too tired, too young, too... think WWVD- what would Virgil do? Continue the conversation on my blog. What are thoughts about Virgil's story? Sit back, relax and learn! 33 minutes...…

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Scott Sandage- Author of Born Losers- What Failure can teach us...

2009-11-15 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 31s

How do you deal with failure? This weeks podcast is with Scott Sandage author of Born Losers- A History of Failure in America. Failure is common in all of our careers, it is inherent with taking risk in our lives. Scott’s book describes in an interesting way how failure has come to be viewed in our society. The ideas for the book came when Scott was in the book store and noticed how much has been written about success and how little has been written about failure. An example of failure is Ken Jennings who took a smart risk and became a contestant on the game shoe Jeopardy (with Canadian Alex Trebek) After 2700 correct answers, or rather questions, he incorrectly answered a question – he failed. Now we all know who has 40,000 workers that work 4 months per year (FedEX was what Ken answered, H&R Block was the correct answer). Like all normal human beings he eventually failed. Still Ken went home with over $2.5 million. Ken was asked what he was going to take away from this experience and he answered, "during my life, I think I made a lot of safe and practical choices, I never took a chance or did something that for me would be a dream...being on Jeopardy has been that dream. You are much happier when you go for that long shot and play to your strengths instead of always doing the safe easy thing, I am grateful to this experience, if nothing else, for having taught me that". This week what smart risk could you take? sit back relax and learn- 37 minutes…

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CBC's The Current -Anna Maria Tremonti interviews Laurell Ritchie & Alan Kearns on the current state of employment

2009-11-08 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 14s

What is the current state of the job market? Where are the quality jobs? What defines a good job these days? This week is a special podcast recorded from CBC's radio show The Current. Host Anna Maria Tremonti, Laurell Ritchie National Representative from the Canadian Auto Workers, and myself discussed the state of employment in the Canadian marketplace at this time. The good news is that we are seeing a measure of confidence returning to the employment market. Benjamin Tal shared in the most recent Canadian Employment Quality Index that employment showed a modest gain, however employment quality actually dropped 3.8 per cent. Self-employment has surged by three per cent over the past six months vs. a 0.5 per cent decline in paid employment. I am hearing from a number of HR managers and recruiters that they are now starting to hire again, the lead in the start of a recovery is the hiring of more professionals on contract (hence why the quality index has dropped). Once the market has fully stabilized you will see more full-time hiring. On a very positive note, Eric Schmidt CEO of Google shared at a speech of the Association of National Advertisers last week "We know we have begun the recovery because searches for terms like "restaurants" and "dancing" are increasing. I think we should be optimistic" Continue the conversation on my blog. How confident are you about the current job market? FREE Webinar Invest 1 hour in your career to increase your "personal employment index"? Join our free teleconference Tuesday November 10th, 12-1 PM ET. This complimentary 1-hour workshop is based on my book; Get the Right Job Right Now! It's easy to learn simple ways to take control of your career, all from the comfort & convenience of your own desk. Limited to 20 participants. Click and register. Looking for a work situation that is a good fit? Need help with a professional resume, job search and interview coaching? Invest in yourself, get the edge in this competitive job market. Take a small step and book an initial consultation with me. Optimistic, along the road with you! Alan PS Need help with interview coaching and your job search? The 90 Day Job Search Program can help assist you get the edge. PPS. Join the conversation on my blog. What do you think of the current job market.…

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Career Advice from Jesse Brown founder of Bistrips and host of TVO's Search Engine

2009-10-25 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 23s

Do you feel like you have to make the hard bargain between doing work that pays the bills, and pursuing something that you would really like to do? Do you feel like you are in career handcuffs (even if they are golden)? How do you find something you can truly call your own? This week's podcast is with Jesse Brown, host of TVO's Search Engine and co-founder of Bitstrips a comic creation website. Bitstrips was recently chosen by The Ontario Ministry of Education to help over 2 million children improve their reading and writing skills through the creation of personal comics strips with their interactive website. Jesse has spent the last number of years trying out different roles with a variety of media organizations such as TVO and the CBC. Like many professionals his career has been very nonlinear. I thought that Jesse's career advice was very practical "find a little time to do the thing you love best, see how it goes. If it starts to work that is a good sign you are on the right path" Don't quit your day-job with the internet and flexible work situations, it has never been easier to moonlight from your home office and favorite coffee shop. This week think small, as in small steps towards what you really want to do. Sit back, relax and learn! 25mins…

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Am I the only SANE ONE working here? Author Albert J. Bernstein Ph.D on how to survive office insanity

2009-10-18 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 32s

Do you ever find yourself asking the question "am I the only sane one working here?" This week's podcast is with Albert J. Bernstein Ph.D author of the book (surprise) Am I the only SANE ONE working here? Bernie is a psychologist, best selling author and leading expert in workplace conflict resolution. This book came about after years of research working with organizations and individual clients. It was particularily spurred on by the conversations between Albert and his daughter upon her graduation and the start of her professional role. She was profoundly confused about how many of her peers and boss's responded within the work environment. Albert shared, "when dealing with a micro-managing boss or peer, the most important thing to keep your sanity is to stop and think. It is best to analyze before you judge, this will give you the information that will help you, or at the very least keep you sane. This week observe how much of your work is great, good and bad. Remember finding the right balance will take time. Sit back, relax and learn! 30 mins…

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Find Your Great Work - Interview with Michael Bunger Stanier

2009-10-12 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 28s

Hands up if you have been looking forward to a great week at work this morning? Have you been counting down the hours till work, fresh from your thanksgiving dinner(s), full of turkey & stuffing, relaxed by red wine and sweetened by pumpkin pie (not that you need it) This week's podcast is with Michael Bunger Stanier author of Find Your Great Work. Michael shared there are three types of work; great, good and bad. Great work is when we are stretching ourself and in the flow, good work is comfortable and bad work is as Michael stated when we say "This is not signed up for when I accepted this role" How much of your career is in the great work category? The great news, our goal is not to be doing great work all the time. The aim is to journey towards finding a healthy balance in the three types of work. This week observe how much of your work is great, good and bad. Sit back, relax and learn! 28 minutes…

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Terry O'Reilly from CBC's The Age of Persuasion shares the keys to marketing yourself

2009-10-04 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 33s

How many times have you been rejected or ignored by potential employers? Ever wonder how to market yourself better? When do you stop trying? This weeks’s podcast is with Terry O'Reilly a leader in the Canadian advertising industry, the man behind the popular CBC series The Age of Persuasion and the winner of over 400 national and international marketing awards. This morning is brought to you by the number, 60. Terry graduated from Ryerson’s RTA program and sent out 60 resumes to 60 advertising agencies the results - 60 rejection letters (those were the days they actually let you know!) He eventually got hired at a small radio station in Burlington, and ended up working for an advertising agency 3 years later. In a world full of choices, Terry has used his passion and persuasive abilities to get you and I to notice and select his clients products and services, over the many options we have as consumers. His successful advertising career has been built upon the same three factors that successful marketing campaigns are built upon. Persistence, persuasion and being authentic. Terry shared “ a brand needs to live up to its promise- of actually being everything it says it is” Want to stand out – This week remember the career success recipe. Persistence x persuasion x authenticity = Great results. Sit back, relax and learn! 33 minutes…

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How to build a global career- Interview with the William Jans the Dalai Lama's official photographer

2009-09-27 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 22s

How global is your career? Are you planning to work internationally? Are you a recent immigrant to Canada? This week’s podcast is with William Jans, international photographer (the official Canadian photographer of the Dalai Lama) and producer of some of the most interesting live travel shows that you will ever experience. I asked him to share some of the lessons he has learned working in such places as China, Tanzania and Peru and how they have helped him to develop his career and have a global opportunities and options. I have been thinking of this topic for a number of years, it specifically came to light this past week with conversations that I had with two clients, one who had worked internationally, the other who had recently immigrated to Canada. Both shared some of the cross-cultural benefits and challenges they have experienced. In fact a key way to fast track your career is by gaining international experience. A 2003 study conducted of 100 human resource managers and directors found that employers consider that candidates who studied or worked abroad are likely to possess strong interpersonal skills (Doorbar, 2003). William shared the benefits of his global experience “I had to go through a learning curve to adapt to different countries, by adapting I have made more friends, been more successful and had way more fun” Looking for a great cultural experience without having to leave your city. We have are doing a draw for a number of 10 pairs of tickets to his shows, in Toronto, Ottawa & Montreal. http://www.wrjphoto.com/show-other-contests.html. Sit back, relax and learn. 25 minutes…

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Richard St.John shares what choices led Harry Rosen, Robert Munsch and Rick Mercer to great success

2009-09-20 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 38s

Pause and take a sip of your coffee. Are you successful? Ok, feel free to take another sip of coffee as you ponder that light question. In my coaching practice, one of the key challenges clients face is finding their answer to this question. This week's podcast is with Richard St. John best selling author of 8 To Be Great. Richard interviewed over 500 of the most successful people in the world including Harry Rosen, Robert Munsch, and Rick Mercer. I first heard Richard speak at a TED conference. He wrote this book based upon an incident that happened over 10 years ago while sitting on a plane. A teenage girl sitting beside him asked, "Are you successful?" His answer was "No, not really." This is from person who is a millionaire, has climbed two of the highest mountains in the world, and runs an award-winning marketing company. Her second question was the key question: "What really leads to success?" Richard said, "Sorry, I don't know. Somehow I just did it." These questions led him on a ten-year journey to learn from others about what really leads to success. Through this research, he identified 8 traits that lead to success which are consistently found in successful people. This week, spend some time pondering what really leads to your success. Sit back, relax and learn! 36 minutes.…

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How to recover from our mistakes-Journalist Craig Silverman author of Regret the Error

2009-09-13 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 23s

Good Monday Mourning, Have you recently made an error and regretted it? I just did. Take a look at how I spelled "mourning." It should be morning (although this could be a play on words for you!) This normally wouldn't be picked up by spell-check and you would probably wonder why this wasn't picked up by me either. This week's podcast is with Craig Silverman, journalist and author of Regret the Error. We have all made mistakes. Some are small, such as the spelling mistake that that I used in my example. Other mistakes, such as choosing the wrong role, or a misunderstanding with your boss, could have a much greater impact on your professional life. Craig shared "You will make mistakes in your life - it is important to understand the root cause. Your recovery from them is the key." In my interview, Craig also shared some really great advice to help you with the "recovery" phase. This week, see your mistakes as opportunities to improve, rather than as reasons to feel bad. 25 minutes. Sit back, relax and learn!…

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The 1 minute resume test- Interview with award winning book designer Dave Drummond

2009-08-30 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 31s

Did you know the average manager spends less than 1 minute reviewing your resume? What can you do to get your resume to stand out from the crowd? This week's podcast is with Dave Drummond an award-winning Canadian book designer. Dave helps his authors sell more books through his creative designs. In our conversation he shares some simple ideas that you and I can use to strengthen our professional packaging, I can contribute the idea of interviewing a book designer by a question that my daughter asked recently "Dad, which book do you think is a better book?" She was asking the age old question, can you judge a book by it's cover? In this particular case, the book with poorly designed cover was the better book. Rightly or wrongly, we judge a book by it's cover, that is why publishers hire Dave. Dave shared "Great covers are all about getting noticed" Packaging matters, we all have a story to tell employers. From your resume to linkedin, twitter and facebook, employers do judge you by your cover. This week, take time to update your resume, you never know when opportunity will knock! Sit back, relax and learn 31 mins…

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Interview with Daniel Pink - New York Times best selling author of The Adventures of Johnny Bunko

2009-08-22 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 34s

Are you looking for the secret to job security? This week's podcast is with New York Times best selling author Daniel Pink and Rob Ten Pas the winner of TOKYOPOP's annual Rising Stars of Manga Competition. Daniel and Rob are the creators of Johnny Bunko - The Last Career Guide You'll Ever Need. This is America's first business book created in the Japanese comic format known as manga. Johnny's advice on finding job security " It's not about you. The most valuable people in any job bring out the best in others. They make their boss look good they help their teammates succeed". This week think of ways to help others be a star, you will be pleasantly surprised what you will get in return. Podcast 35 mins. Sit back, relax and learn! Visit our website CareerJoy.com…

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3 keys to a great presentation- Martin & Farah Perelmuter founders Canada's most successful speaking agency Speakers' Spotlight

2009-08-14 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 41s

What are the 3 things that all great speakers do that inspire you to make a change in your life? What are the 2 ways, that you can get the most out of a speech? All of us make speeches every day to our lives, from speaking to our children, to possibly speaking to thousands at a conference. A great speech, can change the world, think "I have a dream" . Martin and Farah started their speaking agency Speakers' Spotlight, 15 years ago out of their apartment and now represent over 500 of the most interesting and accomplished speakers, including Michael "Pinball" Clements and Justin PJ Trudeau. They share not only what makes for a great speech, but a great life. Sit back, relax and learn!…

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John Cacioppo author of Loneliness; shares how we can build more effective relationships

2009-07-26 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 39s

Do you feel alone with your job search? How many people can you share your career/life challenges with? This week's podcast is with distinguished University of Chicago Professor John Cacioppo, author of Loneliness; Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection. John, along with Canadian researcher Louise Hawkley (University of Chicago), have done pioneering research on human nature and the need for social connection. He shares some simple steps you can do to get connected. Sit back, relax and learn! 39 mins…

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How to trade up-Kyle MacDonald World Record Trader Shares his Secrets

2009-07-18 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 26s

Maybe you desire to "trade up" by simplifying your life. Or maybe you have a big goal, such as starting a business or becoming the CEO of a company. This week's podcast is with Kyle MacDonald, he is famous for trading one red paperclip for bigger and bigger things until he reached the ultimate trade: an entire house. This feat earned him not only a place to live but also the world record for the most successful internet trade. Sit back, relax and learn -30 minutes…

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Got Talent- Lynn Johnston creator of For Better or For Worse

2009-07-12 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 39s

Got Talent? This week's podcast is with Lynn Johnston one of Canada's most successful cartoonists and creator of the For Better or For Worse comic strip. Lynn started doodling in school, in fact it was her math teacher who first encouraged her to take her doodling seriously (he gave her an F in math and a A in doodling) Lynn shared "You may take your special skills for granted. Everyone has something they are great at" Lynn's comic strip is currently distributed in over 2,000 newspapers across the world. Not only has Lynn's life been greatly enriched by her using her talents, she also enriched the lives of millions of people that read her column. You have talent...Sit back, relax and learn - 39 minutes…

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Interview with Lyman MacInnis author of How to Succeed at Anything by Really Trying

2009-07-05 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 28s

Have you ever wondered why some people seem to be able to achieve great success, while others seem to struggle? What is the difference in the actions, and attitudes between the two groups? This week's podcast is with Lyman MacInnis author of How to Succeed in Anything by Really Trying I have to say, this was one of my all time favorite book titles. I found out about this book through a reference from one of my clients (thanks Jim) Lyman has been a senior partner for over 30 years with an international accounting firm and works with a number of highly successful professionals. He has written his book based upon his observations about those who get breakthrough success while others struggle (hint, it isn't about the economy) The more I digested the title of his book, the more this book's title impacted me. As I thought about times when I have been successful personally or professionally, it was the difference between trying and really trying. I here from many people, "I tried" the real difference between those that achieve their goals and those that don't- Those that achieve their goals really try! sit back, relax and learn! 28 mins…

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The Joy T-Shirt Project- The gift that keeps on giving; Interview with founder Jeff Woodrow

2009-06-21 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 27s

What kinds of T-shirts do you have in your closet? I have a few favorites, one of them is a picture of an igloo with the caption "The Canadian White House" We usually wear t-shirts either because we identify with the cause, brand or idea and we want to share this with the world. This week's podcast is with Jeff Woodrow: Jeff is the founder of the Joy T-Shirt Project. I heard about Jeff's story on a CBC radio program, he was also on The Hour with George Stroumboupoulos. One day while staring out the window of his office at his previous job Jeff realized "I worked really really hard to get here, only to discover that I am using my creativity and energy for a project I didn't believe in. I found myself asking what do I want to do with my time here?" Jeff had an idea. He promptly got up from his desk and resigned. Now Jeff spends his days making t-shirts and selling his t-shirts across the globe, while trying to promote peace and equality on a global scale. This project has been traveling virally right across the planet, you can see some of his work at his site. This may sound unrealistic however, when you have the courage to start asking the right questions you would be surprised how this can help clarify what to do with your career. What do you want to do with your time here? Sit back, relax and learn! 28 mins…

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Cathy Keates author of Not For Sale;Why We Need a Whole New Job Search Mindset

2009-06-07 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 26s

How often do you do enter into a job search in your career? Where did you learn to do an effective job search campaign? This week's podcast is with Cathy Keates M.A. author of Not For Sale - Why We Need a New Job Search Mindset Cathy has been a career counselor for over 10 years, and currently works at Queen's University in career services. One common thing that she has observed working with young professionals is, "job search is not an activity we are born knowing about - it is something that we have to learn about". I think Cathy's advice has never been truer. I have noticed that some people feel guilty, for reaching out to receive professional support and advice in their career. Like your own profession there are new tools and competitors entering into the market on a continual basis. If you don't keep up you and/or your company will fall behind. Job search is constantly evolving; consider the role of twitter and sites such as LinkedIn. My role is to share best practices and advise you on how to take advantage of these changes, and make better career decisions. I am pleased to announce that CareerJoy, has been chosen as the exclusive provider of career services to Queens Alumni. We are offering a 15% discount to all Queens Alumni for our services. Watch an interview with Paul Smith Director of Career Services and myself, as we share thoughts about the job market and how our partnership with Queen's can help you. Sit back, relax and learn - 25 minutes…

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Podcast with Gail Vaz-Oxlade host of "Till debt do us part"- Money and your career

2009-05-31 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 25s

Why do you work? When I ask this question in our weekly tele-WORKshop one of the most popular answers is, "for the money". This week's podcast is with Gail Vaz-Oxlade host of the popular TV show Till Debt Do Us Part. Gail is one of Canada's leading experts on money and it's impact on our health, relationships and career choices. On her TV show and website, she provides information and tools to help you take back control over your finances, and your life. She is also the author of numerous books including A Woman of Independent Means. One of the major questions in the work I do, is how to find the right balance between lifestyle and a career path? Gail shared "a majority of people work for money" This is contrasted with Ipsos-Reid poll of professionals which showed, that money was ranked 4th in what satisfied them in their career. I got to know Gail as a guest expert on her show, working with one of the couples around their career options. This couple wanted to find the best career choice that would enable them to engaged in their work while balancing the economic reality of their lives. In each situation Gail empowers people on her show with three simple elements. A smart game plan, a clear set of goals and objective and expert support. These three elements when applied consistantly, work almost 100% of the time. Managing your money successfully and your career successfully require the same 3 principles. Do you have a smart game plan for your career? Sit back, relax and learn! 25 minutes…

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Tova White Sr V.P of HR Chapters Indigo shares how employers find great people

2009-05-24 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 25s

Where do top HR professionals find their best people? a Growing companies are in constant need of finding the right people for their team, even in this economy. This week's podcast is with Tova White, Executive VP of Human Resources at Chapters/Indigo. I have been in a number of their stores over the years adding to my book collection. I am constantly impressed with the quality of people that they have working with their organization. Books are one of my main passions in life. One of they key places they find their best people is from their customers. "We are looking for people who are passionate about books." A number of clients and book lovers approach the managers directly and network about opportunities. Like Tova's own career journey, she has networked herself into all of her positions. This week, ask not what your potential employer can do for you but what you can do for your potential employer!…

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How to make a great impression in an interview- Frances Cole Jone author of How to Wow

2009-05-10 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 28s

Have you ever left an interview thinking that you got the job, only later to discover that they chose another candidate? Why do some people do well in interviews, while others who are equally or more qualified don't get the job? I would like to suggest that the person who got the position might have had the benefit of interview coaching. This week's podcast is with Frances Cole Jones, a leading media training consultant, and best selling author of "How to Wow - Proven Strategies for Selling Your [Brilliant] Self in Any Situation". Frances works with numerous executives and experts, helping them to communicate more effectively in crisis situations. He has been featured on shows such as Oprah. Frances shared, "The most important word in the interview is 'you'". The person interviewing is thinking primarily of themselves. Referring to them by first name, or bringing the conversation back to them, are key strategies in creating a positive impression of yourself. The paradox of the job interview is that it isn't about you, it is about the managers' career and the company's needs. We live in the world of twitter, facebook and Youtube. Those who. know their stuff AND, know to communicate are the ones standing out from the crowd and getting the opportunities. This week, check out our interview coaching video on YouTube. Sit back, relax and learn! 29 minutes…

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Debi Rosati Corporate Director of Sears shares the value of professional mentors

2009-05-03 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 25s

Who do you turn to when looking for career advice? Do you rely on books, friends or the internet? All of those are good places, however the best advice comes directly from mentors. This week's podcast is with Debi Rosati C.A. ICD.D. who is a Corporate Director on a number of boards including, Sears Canada and The Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation. A former Venture Capitalist and CFO, she shares the benefit of getting an external, objective and professional perspective when it comes to managing a company. I love the saying "don't believe everything you think" We are too close to many of the big decisions to see them objectively, that is why well run companies have people like Debi on their board. When it comes to managing your career, who's on your personal Board of Directors? I have heard from many professionals who made poor decisions with no input, or have gotten advice from those whom were biased, nor qualified to help. According to a recent study conducted by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, a full 96 per cent of HR professionals agree that hiring a career coach delivers tangible benefits to individuals and organizations alike. So whether you need help drafting a professional resume, securing a promotion, switching jobs, or any other career-related move, I am here to help. This week, reach outside your circle to ask the right questions to the right people. Sit back, relax and learn. 25 mins…

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How to find a new opportunity in a tough economy- WD-40 Award Winning Designer Gad Shaanan

2009-04-26 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 33s

One of the key questions that I hear today is, where are the new opportunities? With the amount of negative news it would seem like there is very few areas of the economy with needs. Ironically, there has never been more challenges. In the world around you, professionals and organizations are always looking for the next Ipod, Google, medical miracle or oil project. This week's podcast is with Gad Shaanan. He is one of Canada's most successful industrial designers. His firm just won the equivalent of an Oscar within his field - a best of 2007 I.D. award for packaging with his work on the new WD-40 can. Gad said ”every single day, thousands of new products and companies are created in the world by professionals who are not waiting for permission from the market”. From reinventing what we have, to coming up with a brand new widget. The world is not a static place, which is what makes this time in our career so exciting. What are you waiting for? This week, consider what needs "fixing" in your world, who knows the opportunity could be sitting in your garage. sit back relax and learn! 33 minutes…

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Why your career really does revolve around you- Steve Maich & Lianne George Authors of The Ego Boom

2009-04-17 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 28s

Do you feel like you don't belong in your work situation? Do you struggle with identifying your strengths? Does your job title define your? How's that for some light questions with your Monday morning coffee? This week's podcast is with Steve Maich and Lianne George, authors of The Ego Boom - Why the world really does revolve around you. I found their book provided interesting research and insight about why we struggle with finding the right fit in our personal and professional lives. The paradox is the world has never seemed more about us, yet many are lonely, unsatisfied, and not sure of their identity and place in this world. There are all kind companies providing products and services that are addressing the issue of identity. (Face)book (You)Tube Oprah America's Got Talent Starbucks Amazon Personal Blogs and the newest kid on the block Twitter. The answer lies with knowing, accepting and being true to our own identity. Not allowing a brands, companies, or even job titles to define. You. The benefit. Authenticity. Take that Mastercard! Sit back relax and Learn! length 28mins…

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Donna Wilson SR VP of HR from The 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games shares her perspective on the job search process.

2009-03-22 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 35s

What is a HR professional looking for in a resume? Are there certain keys to impressing a hiring manager? What are some of the important elements of a good interview? This week's podcast is with Donna Wilson SR VP of Human Resources for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Games. She has been involved with hiring hundreds of people in her career, in her current capacity she oversees all issues related to hiring for the upcoming Olympics. What does Donna and her team look for when reviewing potential candidates "make sure that your personality shows up in your resume" Like Donna, I have seen hundreds of resumes that look and sound the same. Like the Olympics, this current job market is extremely competitive, you won't come first without standing apart from your competitors. This week, get a professional's perspective on your resume, first impressions have never been more important. Sit back, relax and learn. 35 minutes…

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George Stroumboulopoulos from The Hour talks with Alan about Canada and the job market

2009-03-15 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 14s

Do you ever get nervous in a job interview? How do employers react to you being nervous? This week's podcast is from my conversation this past week with George Stroumboulopoulos, host of The Hour on CBC television. George has spent his entire professional career interviewing a wide range of interesting guests. I was invited to be a guest on his program to talk about the current state of the job market in Canada. One of the questions he asked me "are you nervous?" My honest response was "yes", this program is shot before a live audience, and it is the most popular show in Canada, most rational people would be somewhat nervous. After my honest response immediately, I could sense the connection with the audience and George move to a more authentic and personal level. People relate to you when you let your guard down. There were two reminders to me as I pondered this experience, and how it relates to any interview situation. 1. Answer honestly and people will like and trust you more. 2. Being nervous is not a bad thing, it keeps you sharp and humble. Sit back, relax and learn - 16 mins…

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How to be more effective at selling yourself in your job search and interviews.

2009-03-01 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 47s

Who is the person most likely to get hired? The candidate whom is most qualified? Or the candidate who has a great resume and interviews well? In a recent study conducted, 44 recruiters were asked to interview 210 candidates for various positions. The research showed that recruiters consider interviewing skills to be far more important than background, experience, skills and grade point average. In other words, the candidates who could answer, why should I hire you? In the most confident and clear way, were 5 times more likely to be hired over the most qualified candidate. This week's Podcast is with Kevin Barwin V.P. of Sales for Overlay.TV. Kevin is a Top 40 under 40 award winner and has spent over 15 years in senior sales roles with organizations such as Corel, Jetform (Adobe) He is not the slap-you-on-the-back sales guy, he is a true sales professional respecting the needs of his clients. He was one of the speakers at our recent Job Search Summit. At the summit, Kevin shared the principles that all sales professional use to win deals, and that you can use to get the role that you are qualified for. Sales skills can be learned and really matter, especially in tough job markets. This week, listen to this podcast. I am convinced this will help you be much more effective in your job search, interview and negotiation skills.…

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How to get prepared for starting a business, going back to school or a job search- Part 1 from our recent Job Search Summit

2009-02-22 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 57s

Were you ever involved as a young person with an organization such as Boy Scouts or Girl Guides? I started off in Cubs and went right through to Venturers. I had many interesting experiences, including falling off a 30 foot cliff in the middle of the night. I really enjoyed the structure, friendships,mentoring and the opportunities as a city boy to chop wood and camp (other than the falling off the cliff part) The one key life principle that has stuck with me is, "Be prepared". This week's Podcast is part 1 of a recording from The Nortel Job Search Summit that we hosted last week. Debbie Trenholm founder of The Savvy Company shares how taking an executive MBA at Queens, helped her prepare for her a career change from technology industry,to the wine business. I share how the role of building a personal brand, can help you prepare for career advancement and a give you the edge in a competitive job market. This week, 28 million kids in 155 countries are learning how preparation leads the creation of a better world through the Scouting organization. Whatever stage you are at in your career, whether shooting for a promotion or dealing with a lay-off, having a plan in place and being prepared for change will reduce stress, enable clearer decisions and the creation of a better work environment.…

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How to build a great career- Interview with Leonard Lee founder of Lee Valley Tools

2009-02-01 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 31s

Would you leave the security of a government position to build your own company? This week’s Podcast is with Leonard Lee a recipient of the Order of Canada and founder of Lee Valley Tools, a leader in the woodworking and gardening tools business. Leonard started his career as a civil servant and worked for the Canadian Department of Industry for over 17 years. The most important piece of career advice that he shared? "You need to pay attention to what you like and don't like in your roles and as much as possible, shape your next opportunity around your strengths" This week, pay attention to the things you enjoy and don't enjoy in your workplace. Sit back relax, and learn! 31 minutes…

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Interview with Jean-Luc Boissonneault author and founder of Free Form Fitness

2009-01-25 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 24s

Well, it is the last Monday in January. How is your New Years resolution coming along? Are you in better physical health? Are you working out 3 times per week as promised ? Have you started on your journey to make that change in your life for 2009? Or, have you have fallen off the wagon with regards to your desire for change? This week's podcast is with Jean-Luc Boissonneault, founder of Free Form Fitness, and author of Abs on the Go. He has invested many years uncovering how to truly help people achieve their fitness and lifestyle goals, even when they aren't New Year's resolutions. What he discovered is that "long-term change has to be grounded in three principles - a clear and compelling reason, a smart plan and great support around you". Looking to get your career in shape in 2009? Think about these 3 principles and how they apply to your desire for healthy change in your life. Sit back, relax and learn! 25 minutes…

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Interview with Susan Basalla author of "so what are you going to do with that?"

2009-01-18 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 35s

Are you considering a switch in your career direction? Do you wonder what other careers might be suited for your education and experience? This week's podcast is with Susan Basalla, Ph.D., co-author of So What are you going to do with that?. This book was written out of her own journey questioning what to do with a Ph.D. in English from Princeton University. Having decided not to pursue an academic career, she asked the question, "So what am I supposed to do now?" Due to a change in your employment situation, or through recognizing that you need a change in the direction of your career, you may be asking the same question. The good news is that every year approximately 10% of professionals switch careers or sectors. Don't underestimate the economy and your ability to move in an entirely different direction. As Susan said, "Strong, independent thinkers can't help but carving out interesting careers." This week, take our free 15 Minute Career Test. It is designed to help you discover your strengths. Sit back, relax and learn. 35 min.…

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Interview with Dave Crenshaw author of The Myth of Multitasking (How

2009-01-04 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 28s

This is most likely the first day when everyone is back from the holidays. This week will be back to reality (and busyness) for you and your office. You and I live in a world that demands we do more with less, with more inputs than ever. As you read this, are you checking your voice mail? Getting a call or thinking about what you have on your "to do" list? This week's podcast is with Dave Crenshaw, author of The Myth of Multitasking - How "Doing It All" Gets Nothing Done. According to Dave, "the more responsibility you have, the more hats you wear, the more likely you are to be inefficient". This week, try doing one thing at a time. You'll be surprised how much you will get done. Sit back, relax and learn! 28 minutes…

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Interview with Tamara Erickson author of plugged in:The generation Y guide to thriving at work published by Harvard Press

2008-12-13 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 35s

Do you ever feel like you don't necessarily fit into the work culture today? This week's podcast is with Tamara Erickson, author of plugged in: The Generation Y guide to thriving at work. Tamara is a McKinsey Award-winning author and has conducted extensive research on changing demographics, employee values, and how successful organizations work. If you were born past 1980 you are part of the culture known as Generation Y and you now make up nearly 1/3 of Canadians living today. The things you value, the leaders you like to follow and what you are motivated by, is quite different from others in your organization who were born outside of this timeframe. You have grown up digital, connected, and in a time when there has been an amazing amount of change in the world - from the Berlin wall and Columbine to 911. Tamara shared, "The most common complaint I hear from employers regarding the Y's is that they want everything now. They'll tackle challenges where the proverbial angels would fear to tread. They'll break the rules. And, if we let them, they'll show us how to make our corporations a more humane place for all." This week listen to your inner Y... Sit back,relax and learn. 35 mins…

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Interview with Michael Urlocker Founder of The Disruption Group - How to deal with radical change

2008-12-07 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 34s

Is this current economy for you or against you? Where are the new opportunities in this current market? Who are the companies that will thrive amidst all the challenges that we face? This week's podcast is with Michael Urlocker, Financial Post columnist and founder of The Disruption Group. His firm works with organizations leading them through a process that helps to produce breakthrough ideas that help them to adapt to radical shifts in markets. Whether you are large company like Sony, or an individual managing your career, understanding how to deal with changing market conditions is crucial to your survival. As Michael says "The economy is not for you or against you and your organization. You must find new problems that have arisen and adapt your products and services" This week listen for the new challenges, start to think of new products or services that are needed. Sit back, relax and learn. 34 minutes.…

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Interview with leading expert on social connections University of Chicago Professor John Cacioppo author of Loneliness

2008-11-30 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 39s

Do you want to improve your performance at work? Do you desire less stress in your life? Want a higher probability of getting promoted? This week's podcast is with distinguished University of Chicago Professor John Cacioppo the author of loneliness. John has done pioneering research on human nature and the need for social connection. In my opinion, we have never been more connected yet more alone. Many professionals and especially leaders think the best way is to do things on their own. John's overwhelming evidence proves that the most effective way to achieve a more fulfilling personal and professional life is by being in healthy relationships with others. As the African proverb says "If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together". Reach out and touch someone this week, you'll both with. Sit back,relax and learn, podcast length 38 minutes.…

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The Adventures of Johnny Bunko - Daniel Pink and Rob Ten Pas creators of America's first book created in the Manga format

2008-11-16 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 34s

Are you looking for the secret to job security? This week's podcast is with New York Times best selling author Daniel Pink and Rob Ten Pas the winner of TOKYOPOP's annual Rising Stars of Manga Competition. Daniel and Rob are the creators of Johnny Bunko - The Last Career Guide You'll Ever Need. This is America's first business book created in the Japanese comic format known as manga. Johnny's advice on finding job security " It's not about you. The most valuable people in any job bring out the best in others. They make their boss look good they help their teammates succeed". This week think of ways to help others be a star, you will be pleasantly surprised what you will get in return. Podcast 35 mins. Sit back, relax and learn! Visit our website CareerJoy.com…

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Dress for success - Canada's Image Expert & author Catherine Bell

2008-11-09 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 33s

What role does the way you dress play in you getting the position that you are qualified for and want? This week's podcast is with Catherine Bell Canada's Image Expert and author of Managing Your Image Potential. Catherine works with the Queens Executive MBA program on presentation skills. According to a study by Syracuse University and Total Executive Inc. of 300 executive recruiters, CEO's and HR professionals, how you dress is the third most important attribute in getting hired. Catherine said "first impressions really do matter, especially in a competitive marketplace" This week, pay extra attention to how you present yourself, it has greater impact than you think on your future. Sit back, relax and learn! Length 30 minutes.…

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Launi Skinner on 6 Keys to Career Success from The 2008 Canadian Career Summit

2008-11-02 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 44s

Are you feeling nervous about the state of the job market? Is now the time to take some risks in your career? It seems like we should all batton down the hatches and wait out this economic tsunami . This week's podcast is a recording of the presentation that Launi Skinner, President of 1800GOTJUNK and former President of Starbucks, gave at our recent conference held in Ottawa and Toronto. At the 2008 Canadian Career Summit, Launi shared her amazing journey going from managing 15 Starbucks stores to being responsible for Starbucks North America. How do you reach your career potential? Her key thought was: "Challenge yourself to get out of your comfort zone and take risks". I know what you may be thinking - that risk is a four letter word in the current market. Here is the reality - if you don't take some action, your fears may become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Don't miss out on listening to my conversation with Launi. The career wisdom that she shared has never been more true.…

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2008 Canadian Career Summit - Andrea Garson VP HR on myths and realities of the current job market

2008-10-26 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 44s

Did you wake up to good news in the newspaper this morning? Unlikely, since the headlines are very negative these days. I would strongly recommend that you listen to this week's podcast. It is a recording of the presentation that Andrea Garson, V.P. HR for workopolis, gave at our recent conference held in Ottawa and Toronto. At the 2008 Canadian Career Summit, Andrea shared some research about myths and realities of employers and the current job market. Andrea did a great job at the summit. I appreciated her pragmatic optimism. One of the key messages that she shared was that "everything has a cycle". She said that "companies may take a little more time and be more particular - in this new type of reality you need to be really prepared". More than ever, it is important to maintain a positive yet realistic perspective on the economy and the opportunities that are available.…

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How to spread a rumor - Professor Nicholas Defonzo author of The Watercooler effect

2008-10-19 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 29s

This morning, as you gathered around the watercooler, you may have already started one, you may have been the subject of one - a rumor. This week's podcast is with Professor Nicholas Defonzo, author of The Watercooler Effect . He is the leading world expert on why rumors spread. In some ways, I have always thought of rumors as being negative. Nick explains in his book, that rumors are simply collective intelligence in the face of uncertainty. In these turbullent times, we use them to process the confusion. We need them to help each other gain understanding. Nick shared "If a rumor is something we do, we should do it well."…

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What role does HR play in the job search process - VP of HR for Workopolis Andrea Garson shares her insider secrets

2008-10-05 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 27s

How does the job search process really work? How do human resources find people to interview from their database? What does manager look for in resume? Interviewing, what's the secret. This week's podcast is with Andrea Garson, Vice President of Human resources of Workopolis - Canada's leading career website. Andrea has been involved with hiring thousands of employees over her career. Most professionals dread the job search process. She shares her advice on how to get the role you want, easier, sooner and with less stress. Sit back, relax and learn! Podcast length 30 minutes.…

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1800GOTJUNK President Launi Skinner shares how to successfully manager your career

2008-09-08 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 36s

Who is accountable for your career development, you or your company? This week's podcast is with Launi Skinner, the new President of 1800GOTJUNK and one of the speakers at The 2008 Canadian Career Summit being held Tues Oct 14th in Ottawa and Thursday Oct 16th in Toronto. Launi recently left as President of North America for Starbucks. A Canadian, she joined Starbucks when it had 15 stores in Canada and was eventually leading 6,000 stores in North America. Launi has observed as a leader in great organizations, and in managing her own career that "The person that cares most about your career, is you. Your companies role is to provide the environment and tools to enable you to succeed, it is up to maximize your own opportunities". Who's managing your career? Podcast length 35 min. Sit back,relax and learn! Looking for a great place to learn how to manage your career effectively from great speakers, and network with like minded professionals. I am excited to announce The 2008 Canadian Career Summit being held Tues Oct 14 7PM - 9:30 PM in Ottawa at The National Arts Centre and Thursday Oct 16th 7 - 9:30 PM in Toronto at the Glen Gould Theater.…

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26 Canadian Woman share the secrets to authentic success

2008-08-17 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 32s

Do you feel like a square peg working in a round hole?. This week's podcast is with Patricia Lovett-Reid Senior Vice-President of TD Waterhouse and author of Get Real - 26 Canadian Woman share the secrets of authentic success . She interviewed 26 successful Canadian women who had found the right balance in their professional and personal lives. Patricia shared "We've all heard about the 'fast track' or the 'mommy track'," continues Lovett-Reid. "But these can be molds to which women often feel they must conform, and which can trap them and prevent them from fulfilling themselves". Start the journey towards discovering the right opportunity that honors your uniqueness. Everyone will win including you! Podcast length 35 mins. Sit back, relax and learn!…

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How to make better career decisions - Sway - Rom Brafman author of New York Times best selling book

2008-07-25 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 34s

Have you every made a career decision, only to look back on it and ask yourself "what was I thinking?". This week's podcast is with Rom Brafman Ph.D, co-author of New York Times best selling book SWAY - The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior. Rom and his brother Ari investigated the role our behavior plays in decision making, in our career, business and life. He says "the fact is, all of us are swayed at times by factors that have nothing to do with logic or reason." This week, take time to process how your thinking is influencing the choices you are making in your professional and personal life. Podcast length 34 min. Sit back, relax and learn!…

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Stand out, be heard & succeed on a telephone interview - Leading communication expert Kathryn Preston

2008-07-21 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 25s

How long does it take to make a first impression in a telephone interview? According to Kathryn Preston, a leading Canadian presentation expert & founder of So to Speak, "Within the first 12 seconds of a telephone conversation, the listener makes an unconscious judgment of character, social status, education and intelligence based upon the way you communicate". Listen to this week's podcast with Kathryn. She shares some simple ways that anyone can apply to improve their communication skills, not just on the phone, but also in face-to-face situations. Great communications skills will not only help you get the position you want, they will help you every single day you work in that role. Stand out, speak up, and be heard! Podcast length 26 min. Sit back, relax and learn!…

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Interview with Jennifer Fox, Harvard educated author of Your Child's Strengths

2008-07-06 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 26s

What area do you need to focus on to help you progress in your career, your strengths or your weaknesses? This week's podcast is with Jennifer Fox, author of Your Child's Strengths with a Masters from education from Harvard, she has invested her career on discovering the keys to an individual reaching their potential "Every person can find success in life if they start focusing on the the strengths they have, rather than on what they lack" Podcast length 30 min. Sit back, relax and learn!…

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Canada & You - Roy MacGregor shares how a clear & unique identity can help you!

2008-06-26 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 30s

What does Tim Hortons, Canadian Tire,The Stanley Cup & "eh" make you think of? These are all part of the unique elements that makes for a clear national identity, and a country we call Canada. This week’s podcast is with Roy MacGregor, he has spent the past 35 years delving who is Canada. He is one of Canada's most respected authors and a columnist with The Globe & Mail. In our conversation, Roy shares how a clear and unique identity helps both countries and individuals, to succeed in a competitive global economy. Podcast length 30 min. Contact us 1 877 256 2569 or CareerJoy.com. Sit back, relax and learn!…

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Soft skills - The # 1 way to advance your career. Leading soft skills expert & author Mark Jeffries shares his wisdom

2008-06-21 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 35s

What is the number one reason that people will choose you and your products/services over your competitors'? Well according to Workforce.com, 67% of managers would hire an applicant with strong soft skills, even if their technical skills were lacking. This week's podcast is with Mark Jeffries. He is the author of of What's Up With Your Handshake?, and a world expert in the "how to" of soft skills. According to Mark, "soft skills, used strategically, have never been more important to grow your success and get ahead of the competition". Although many think they can gain advancement through more education, the most effective way to move forward is to focus on upgrading your soft skills. Podcast is 35 mins. Sit back, relax and learn! Contact us @ 1 877 256 2569…

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How to find your place in this world - Matt Hll of Runforoneplanet.com shares how he found the answer

2008-06-15 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 34s

Matt Hill & Stephanie Tait are two Canadians on an 11,000 mile run to inspire environmental action. They decided to step up to the plate for our environment, using their abundance of energy and love of running, to empower as many North Americans as possible on how their actions can make a huge difference for the planet, not just individually, but as a whole continent, 333 million people strong. And so. the Run for One Planet was born. Their goal is to run 1 marathon each a day for 1 year, to inspire 1 million new actions for Earth and to raise $1 Million. This podcast is 34 minutes in length, sit back, relax and learn!…

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How to find success and signifigance in your career - Interview with Jim Cantelon founder of Visionledd

2008-06-01 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 32s

His organization is responsible for the feeding, clothing, educating and nurturing of 20,000+ children who have become orphans due to the HIV virus in Africa.  He shares how he has found success and signifigance in the work that he does.  Sit back, relax and learn!…

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The 5 secrets you must discover before you die! Interview with best selling author John Izzo

2008-05-25 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 44s

John and his team interviewed hundreds of people aged 60+ who were described by others as happy & successful.  In our conversation he shares these 5 secrets and the role that work played with these successful people.  Podcast length 44 minutes.  Sit back, relax and learn!…

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How to Get a Better Deal-Kyle MacDonald World Record Trader Shares his Secrets

2008-05-17 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 26s

Kyle MacDonald made the most successful trade in the history of the internet. Starting in Montreal with 1 red paper clip, over the course of 1 year and 14 trades he ended up with a house.  He shares the lessons he learned on starting small and ending up in a great situation. We are trading all the time with our company, peers, managers and friends. This conversation with Kyle will help you learn some tricks of the trading trade! This podcast is 26 minutes long. Sit back, relax and learn!…

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Warrren MacDonald Best Selling Author of A Test of Will-Shares How To

2008-05-11 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 40s

Warren MacDonald is the best selling author of A Test of Will.  He has been on Oprah's tv show sharing his story on the largest personal test of his life.  Warren spent 45 hours with a 1 ton boulder on his legs as a result, both of his legs were amputated.  In our conversation, he shares how to turn challenging circumstances in your life into life transforming events.  Sit back, relax and learn!…

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Managing your career and balancing Motherhood- Alan is interviewed by the founder of TheBestKeptSecret.ca

2008-04-29 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 32s

Alan is interviewed by Karen Hamilton, founder of TheBestKeptSecret.ca a community portal focused on Woman 40 and older. Karen has a conversation with Alan about a number of issues specifically related to woman, parenting, managing and balancing your career. This podcast is 32 minutes in length. Sit back, relax and learn!…

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5 Key Elements of a Great Business- Dragons' Den Judge & Venture Capitalist Sean Wise

2008-04-27 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 27s

There are 5 key things that you need to do, to create a successful business. Sean Wise Venture Capitalist & Online Host of Dragons' Den, has helped to raise over 2.1 Billion dollars worth of investments for his client's ideas. He shares his observations of what successful entrepreneurs do to achieve their results and, to create long term security. Sit back, relax and learn!…

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3 keys to a great speech- Martin & Farah Perelmuter founders Canada's most successful speaking agency Speakers' Spotlight

2008-04-15 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 41s

What are the 3 things that all great speakers do to inspire, you to make a change in your life? What are the 2 ways, that you can get the most out of a speech? All of us make speeches every day to our lives, from speaking to our children to possibly speaking to thousands at a conference. A great speech, can change the world, think "I have a dream" . Martin and Farah started their speaking agency 15 years ago out of their apartment and now represent over 500 of the most accomplished people on the planet including Michael "Pinball" Clements and Justin PJ Trudeau. They share the lessons they have learned in working with some of the most accomplished people on the planet. Sit back, relax and learn!…

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How Starbucks saved my life; Interview with Yale educated Barista who finally finds his place in this world

2008-03-23 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 35s

This weeks conversation is with the author of New York Times best selling book How Starbucks Saved My Life. Michael Gill was educated at Yale and was an executive at New York based J.Walter Thompson.  In his mid 50's he found himself laid-off, divorced and almost broke.  A chance meeting, at Starbucks  led to a new start in his life as a barista.  He describes his journey. and lessons learned from the "Not so big career"  Tom Hanks will be playing Michael in a movie based upon his story.  Sit back, relax and learn!…

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Adria Vasil- Best selling author of Ecoholic shares how to green your career

2008-03-09 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 34s

Adria Vasil Now Magazine columnist and best selling author of Ecoholic.   Alan interviews her on the different ways that you can green your career and your company.  Sit back relax and learn!…

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Interview with George Butterfield- Lawyer & Rhodes Scholar- founder of Canada's most successful biking touring company

2008-02-25 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 29s

This week's podcast - George Butterfield - Lawyer & Rhodes Scholar. He is the founder of Canada's leading walking & biking touring company Butterfield & Robinson. George started his career in the typical way choosing to work for a large organization however, he quickly realized that his personality was not suited for the traditional path. For over 40 years his company has helped clients see the world and themselves through walking and biking tours. Sit back, relax and learn!…

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Herman & Candy Zapp Author's of Spark Your Dream- Share their 4 year journey from Argentina to Alaska

2008-02-07 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 30s

This weeks Podcast is with a Herman and Candy Zapp. They are a remarkably normal couple, who spent 3 years and 9 months of their lives driving 43,000 miles from Argentina to Alaska in a 1928 Graham-Paige Model 610 Touring car with the top speed of 60 kmh. They have written a best selling book about their journey called “Spark your dream? Their story has been seen in CNN, The Globe & Mail and many other news outlet. Their story grips us, they had the courage and the action to do what many people secretly desire- To do something bigger than themselves. Sit back, relax and learn!…

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Never Eat Alone-New York Times best selling author Keith Ferrazzi shares how to build relationships for career success

2008-01-31 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 32s

This week’s Podcast is with Keith Ferrazzi the international best selling author of Never Eat Alone. Forbes and Inc. magazines calls Keith one of the world's most "connected" individuals. Today, the company he founded, Ferrazzi Greenlight provides fortune 500 companies teaches what the top 1% of high performing professionals do to achieve their career and business success. Sit back, relax and learn!…

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An interview with Alan Corey the author of A million bucks by 30; His practical advice on how to achieve any goal in your life

2008-01-25 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 37s

Do you have a big goal in your life such as loose weight, become a CEO or put clean water in every village in Africa? This week's Podcast is with author Alan Corey who has written a best selling book " A million bucks by 30" Beware, this is not a get rich quick book, nor do you have to buy his CD set or, go to his 3 day conference! Alan shares his story and practical advice about how an average person can achieve great results with the right attitude and actions. Sit back, relax and learn!…

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New York Times best selling author Larry Winget on his book

2008-01-13 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 23s

This week’s podcast is with New York Times best selling author Larry Winget.  He has a new book out in paperback called "It’s called work for a reason; your success is your own damn fault"  I will preface my interview with the reality that for  some of you Larry’s style may not endear you, the truth sometimes hurts! Larry shares what are some of the biggest myths about work.  Larry is an author of a number of books including his newest book "You're broke because you want to be!" Listen, and you will hear why he is known as The pitbull of self development, he also has a very popular show on A&E called The Big Spender.  Sit back relax and learn!…

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National Geographic explorers share 3 ways have an adventurous life

2007-12-13 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 25s

In 2006 Canadian’s Colin & Julie Angus won the Adventurer of the Year award from National Geographic Society for completing the first human powered circumnavigation of the planet. Julie is the first woman to row 10,000 km unsupported across the Atlantic from mainland to mainland.  Colin also has completed the first descent of the world's sixth longest river, the Yenisey. They are “Green Adventurers? Listen as they share their wisdom in creating an adventurous life. Sit back, relax and learn!…

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Chapters.Indigo HR executive Tova White shares 2 ways to hire great people

2007-12-09 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 25s

Growing companies are in constant need of finding the right people for their team. This week's podcast is with Tova White, Exectutive VP ofHuman Resources at Chapters/Indigo.  I have been in a number of their stores over the years adding to my book collection.  I am constantly impressed with the quality of people that they have working with their organization.  Tova shares 2 key ways to hire great people.  Sit back, relax and learn!…

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Author & risk expert Michael Ungar on 3 keys to dealing with career risk

2007-11-29 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 31s

This weeks Podcast is with Michael Ungar, an international expert in resilience and risk, the author of Too Safe for Their Own Good and Professor at the School of Social Work, at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada. Risk is very much a part of our lives, he shares his latest global research on 3 keys to dealing with this issue in our career.  Sit back, relax and learn! …

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Lynn Johnston creator of "For Better or for Worse" 5 keys to creating a better career

2007-11-22 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 39s

Lynn Johnston's comic strip "For Better or for Worse" is in 2300 newspapers and translated into 8 languages.  She is Canada's most successful cartoonist, she shares 5 keys to creating a better than worse career.  Sit back, relax and learn.…

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Director of the procrastination group shares 2 simple ways to help you stop procrastinating

2007-11-15 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 37s

Procrastination is something that we deal with in our professional and personal lives.  This week's podcast is with Dr. Tim Pychyl who is the graduate chair of Psychology at Carleton University and Director of the Procrastination Group.  He shares 2 keys to helping you stop procrastinating.  Sit back, relax and learn. …

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New York Times best selling author Timothy Ferriss on The Four Hour Work Week

2007-11-04 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 27s

Do you feel stuck in your career?  Why not freedom 35?  This week I interview Timothy Ferriss his book, The 4 Hour Work Week has been a huge success in many countries. He shares his insight about how to define your own career path, and live a balanced and successful life.  Why wait till you retire to be free! Sit back, relax and learn!…

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What Starbucks can teach us about career security & success

2007-10-25 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 32s

This weeks podcast is with Mitch Joel, he is the founder of Twist Image a Canadian leader in online marketing. He shares the principles that great brands such as Starbucks use, to create sustainable success. You can apply these in your own career to make better choices, and rise above the competition of the market. Sit back, relax and learn!…

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Author & Spencer Stuart Managing Partner Jim Citrin shares 3 keys to a great career

2007-10-14 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 37s

Why is it some people seem to have a great career, and others that may be even more educated or smarter seem to struggle? This week’s podcast is with best selling author and executive recruiter, Jim Citrin.  Jim has recruited the CEO's for Yahoo!, Motorola and The Gap. The Dynamic Path is his newest book. He spent hundreds of hours with professionals such as Lance Armstrong to Astronaut Buzz Aldrin. His question, what enabled them to have breakout career success? Sit back, relax and learn!…

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World expert in gaming strategy describes 5 ways to reduce risk in your career

2007-10-08 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 25s

This weeks Podcast is with University of Alberta Professor Jonathan Schaeffer, a world expert in gaming software. Gaming and careers have much in common. How often have you heard this statement in work? "You need to learn how to play the game". Both require knowledge, skills, decisions and smart risk taking. Jonathan shares 5 keys to making smart career decisions. Sit back, relax and learn!…

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WD-40 Award winning designer shares, how to design your future

2007-10-01 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 33s

This weeks podcast is with Gad Shaanan. He is one of Canada's most successful industrial designers. His firm just won the equivalent of an Oscar within his field - a best of 2007 I.D. award for packaging with his work on the new WD-40 can. The big questions we all have, how do we identify our next opportunity? How to do this before everyone else gets on the bandwagon? Gad shares his advice on how to  design your own future. Sit back relax and learn!…

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Canadian sports icon Paul Henderson on lifelong career success

2007-09-13 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 22s

It has been almost 35 years since we heard the famous words by Foster Hewitt,  "Henderson has scored for Canada!" On Sept 28, 1972 Paul Henderson scored the goal of the century - the winning goal of the 1972 Summit Series between Canada and the Soviet Union. Paul shares his journey to the top, and  his advice on lifelong career success. Sit back, relax and learn!…

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Ipsos-Reid research on what Canadians think about work

2007-09-06 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 29s

This weeks podcast is with John Wright Sr V.P. Ipsos-Reid, and author of What Canadians Think About Almost Everything. He shares his insights into the distinctly Canadian view of work. John works with companies such as McDonalds, Coca-Cola and Wal-Mart helping them to understand Canadians needs and wants. Sit back, relax and learn!…

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Andrew Stewart from Lawyer, to professional opera singer with the Canadian Opera Company

2007-08-31 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 31s

This weeks Podcast is with Andrew Stewart. Despite a Masters of Law from Cambridge and a successful law career at two firms in Vancouver, Andrew didn't love the law. He was stressed out and anxious and felt that he wasn't living up to his own standards. He shares his journey towards joining the the Canadian Opera Company. Sit back, listen and learn!…

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How to combine your MBA with your passion; Debbie Trenholm founder of The Savvy Grapes

2007-08-23 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 32s

This weeks conversation, is with Debbie Trenholm, founder of The Savvy Grapes. Her story is profiled in my book Get the Right Job Right Now!She shares, how she made the move from a corporate role in the technology sector, to creating her own career in the area of her passion, wine. Sit back, relax and learn!…

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2 simple keys to successful networking; Professor Eric Morse shares his expert perspective

2007-08-16 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 28s

Eric A. Morse, Ph.D. is the JR Shaw Professor of Entrepreneurship at The University of Western Ontario. He shares from his own very successful career, and research his experience and tips on how to network effectively for career success in todays job market. He is one of the experts profiled in my book Get the Right Job Right Now! Sit back, relax and learn.…

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Get the Right Job; Right Now! Alan is interviewed about his new book

2007-08-02 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 19s

This weeks podcast is with Mitch Joel of ForwardThinking who is interviewing me about my new book Get the Right Job; Right Now!  Mitch and I discuss my research on the Canadian job market, I also share some of stories of professionals from PEI to Vancouver who have found their right job! Take a test drive and download the first chapter for free. Sit back, relax and learn!…

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5 keys to getting the job you want from Olympic coach Peter Jensen

2007-07-20 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 30s

Looking to Get the Right Job? Peter Jensen is Canada's Olympic Psychologist, he helped the woman's hockey team win gold in the 2006 Winter Olympics. Peter used 5 key ideas, to help them win Olympic gold, see how these relate to helping you get the role you really want! Sit back, relax and learn!…

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William Jans; Professional story teller on how to have a great interview

2007-07-05 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 26s

You have about 2 minutes to really connect in a job interview. William Jans is one of Canada's best professional story tellers.We discuss the principles of engaging story telling to do well in your next job interview. William is profiled in my new book Get the Right Job; Right Now! Sit back, relax and learn!…

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Diane Francis from The National Post on sustainable career success

2007-06-28 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 32s

Diane Francis of The National Post, went back to school at 29 and went on to become one of Canada's most influential business writers. She shares  4 key principles that she has practiced, and recommends to have long term career success. She is one of the profiles, from my new book Get the Right Job; Right Now!  Sit back, relax and learn!…

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Workopolis founder shares how to get the right job!

2007-06-28 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 41s

Kim Peters has had 3 of Canada's most successful career sites including Workopolis and most recently Working.com. She shares her perspective on how to Get The Right Job and, how to do a smart job search. Visit our site to win one of 50 free copies of my new book Get The Right Job; Right Now!…

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Ex NHL Player Sean Pronger discusses his career transition

2007-06-14 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 32s

Everyone is going to make a transition at some point in their career. Sean Pronger played in the NHL for 10 years, he shares his experience in identifying transferable skills, and how to land successfully in a new career.Sit back, relax and learn!…

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Laid off- Former CEO of Hydro One Eleanor Clitheroe shares how to deal with this

2007-06-08 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 31s

Getting laid off is one of the most challenging things to deal with, yet offers you a chance to revisit your future. Listen, as Eleanor Clitheroe the former CEO of Hydro One shares the things she learned and how it led her on a whole new, and more rewarding path. Sit back relax and learn!…

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How do you deal with failure: Scott Sandage author of Born losers

2007-06-01 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 31s

Failure and success, we can count on having both along our career journey. Scott Sandage professor of history at Carnegie Mellon University has invested much of his academic life studying failure. He shares how to rethink failure and success. Sit back, listen and learn!…

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Image consultant & author Catherine Bell shares how to dress for success

2007-05-24 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 33s

7 % of your presentation is based upon your words. Queens executive MBA expert and author, Catherine Bell shares practical advice and tips. From from how you dress, to great interview tips. Sit back relax and learn!…

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Ottawa Senators founder Bruce Firestone shares his perspective on winning

2007-05-18 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 31s

This weeks Podcast is with Bruce Firestone, which may or may not ring a bell, but without his involvement, there would most likely be no NHL hockey in Ottawa. Bruce had returned to Canada from Australia in 1982 to help with the family business. In 1987, the real estate market had shifted. Bruce went for a drive to think about where to take the family enterprise next. While driving in his car on the 417 thinking about Toronto, he asked himself a great question, "What did Toronto have, that we didn't have"? From this question emerged a big idea, a hockey team. Fast forward 4 years later. With a great group of people, smarts, hard work and against a lot of odds, Ottawa ended up winning an expansion team. Sit back relax and learn!…

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Michael Urlocker of The Disruption Group on radical change in careers and business

2007-05-11 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 34s

These are the best and most dangerous times to deal with change and risk; whether it is new competitors to your company, or a sudden change in your employment relationship. Michael Urlocker (ondisruption.com) has spent his career observing and guiding businesses on how to thrive through change and uncertainty. Sit back relax, and learn!…

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Fair Trade Executive Director for Canada, Rob Clarke shares his advice on how to have a fair trade career

2007-05-03 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 30s

Do you have a fair trade deal with your current employer? Or is it more of a free trade relationship? Rob Clarke from TransFair Canada shares how fair trade has impacted many people across the globe, and how to apply these concepts in developing your own sustainable career. Sit back, relax and learn!…

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Dove Canada Marketing Manager Alison Leung; Making a difference and making profit

2007-04-27 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 30s

Often I get the comment, I want to do something that is not only great professionally, but also makes a difference in this world. Alison is responsible managing the Dove brand in Canada. She has found a role in a global company that is not only a great fit, but helps women across the country feel better about themselves. Sit back relax and learn…

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Thinking of starting your own business? The Humm founders Rob & Chris Riendeau

2007-04-27 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 31s

This weeks conversation is with Rob and Chris Riendeau founders of The Humm newspaper. They left the comfort of their traditional careers, to pursue a passion for an arts based newspaper. They share the lessons learned on starting up a business and the impact that it has had on their own life, and the life of thousands of others. If you have ever considered starting up your own business, this is a conversation you might want to listen to. Sit back relax and learn…

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Running Room Founder John Stanton shares his career wisdom, success one step at a time

2007-04-12 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 28s

Have you ever wanted to change an area in your life. This weeks conversation is with Running Room founder John Stanton, over 500,000 people have taken one of his running programs in Canada. He discusses  some of his wise thoughts, on  managing your career in a successful way.  John shares his formula of providing great service, strong community, training tools and making running fun. Sit back relax and learn!…

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Oneweekjob.com a career experiment. Alan interviews Sean Aiken about finding the right career

2007-04-04 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 29s

You have just graduated from University and have no clue what you want to do with your life, sound familiar? Alan interviews Sean Aiken of www.oneweekjob.com about the creation of his own career experiment. Sean will look for a new job every week for 5 months, work coast to coast and find that career he could be passionate about. He shares a very interesting new way, to look at how to find the career that is the right fit.Sit back relax and learn..…

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Flygurlz founder Michelle Ward, shares how to turn your passion into a livelihood

2007-03-29 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 32s

Michelle is the founder of www.flygurlz.com one of the most innovative mountain biking companies in Canada. She has built a great business and, lifestyle around her passion for mountain biking and the community of women that she is focused on helping. She shares some of her "secrets" to finding this combination in her life, sit back relax and learn..…

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Alan is interviewed on the principles of career coaching

2007-03-10 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 25s

Alan is interviewed on his philosophy about career coaching. He explains the 5 key elements that he has observed in his 15 years of helping professionals reach their full career potential. He explains the roles of talents, passions, values, ecosystem and lifestyle and their impact on finding the right career!…

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CBC radio show on career planning

2007-02-10 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 50s

Alan is interviewed on CBC radio radio noon all things career planning . He answers a number of call-in questions and shares his advice on managing your career in an increasingly complex world…

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Leonard Lee Founder of Lee Valley Tools shares his story

2007-01-24 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 31s

Alan Kearns has a conversation with Leonard Lee Founder of Lee Valley Tools. Lee Valley is the worlds largest online retailer of woodworking and gardening products. Lee Valley started as a mid-life career crisis for a government employee, Leonard shares the lessons he has learned along his journey…

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Joanna Track- Founder of Sweetspot shares her career story

2007-01-24 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 34s

Joanna Track founder of SweetSpot.ca shares how she found the right mix for career success for her. Joanna shares her own journey from employee to entrepreneur, the lessons she has learned and her advice on how to find your own sweetspot!…

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Warrren MacDonald Best Selling Author of A Test of Will-Shares How To

0000-00-00 :: alan@careerjoy.com (Alan Kearns)
Length: 40m 34s

Warren MacDonald is the best selling author of A Test of Will.  He has been on Oprah's tv show sharing his story on the largest personal test of his life.  Warren spent 45 hours with a 1 ton boulder on hi…

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