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Dr. Helen’s Blog – Career Development, Career Management, and HR

different type of applicant
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Expertise and Credentials: When Different is Good

Have you ever decided not to apply for a job or promotion because your qualifications were different from what was stated in the job posting? In this blog, I explain situations where different is better ...
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Alicia Keys sings about Superwoman Syndrome
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The Superwoman Syndrome, Even Harder than it Looks …

Recently, I was asked to speak at an International Women’s Day event that was being organized by Sigma Beta Phi Sorority (University of Ottawa). I was intrigued, I have not been close to ‘Greek Life’ … especially in Canada … and their topic ‘the Superwoman Syndrome’ added another level of fascination that inspired this article.
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Returning to Work After an Absence is Common, So Why is it so Hard?

Intuitively, we all know that every single day someone is returning to the workforce after being at home. Regardless of what had them out of the workplace (e.g., maternity leave, parenting, caring for a sick or elderly loved one, or other reasons), returning is often challenging. Strategies are discussed.
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Michael Flynn was an insider threat
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Insider threats – Hiding in Plain Sight

Knowingly or not, we have been watching incidents where insider threats have been the primary cause of serious and often expensive problems that have affected over 100 million people. I continue to argue that psychology and HR have been underutilized as tools to protect lives, valuable information, and intellectual property.
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mindset helps you accomplish goals
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The Power of a Growth Mindset

In this blog post, Dr. Helen explains the fixed vs growth mindset. She then explains the potential implications for success at work and fostering positive and productive workplaces.
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hiring should take longer than car buying
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What Takes Longer: Hiring an Employee, or Buying a Car?

One of the challenges that employers face when hiring credentialed professionals is that on the surface, most of the candidates look similar. There's a fixed number of institutions that offer relevant programs. The candidates all pass the same exams. Often, they know what to say during an interview ...
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