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

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Career passions versus romantic love … do you have to choose?

Having a career that sustains us financially, promotes healthy self-esteem, gives us a creative outlet and a place to use other skills, not to mention an identity outside of a romantic relationship is not something to shrug at. Entertaining the idea that romance outweighs any old job is not always an accurate experience. So much of what we do influences how we feel about ourselves and finding a career that you are passionate about can have comparable positive effects on a person that can be found in a caring relationship.
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Careers and happily ever after … what you need to know about both

As an I/O Psychologist, Career Coach, and an advocate for the equality of women, it would be unwise of me not to mention the consequences of deciding to abandon one’s education or stop pursuing one’s professional goals for love. I’m all about romance and staying optimistic as a rule, but I’ve also seen the aftermath of what was supposed to be ‘happily-ever-after’ many times over. There is a reason that line often persists in fairytales but can be elusive in real-life memoirs and careers.
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Returning to work after a long absence

It’s not surprising that many people describe looking for work after a long absence as ‘job-hunting’ because it's just that, a breathless pursuit that often tires a person out. 
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The Challenges of Hiring Staff to Work in the Cannabis Industry

The standard practices used by many employers and hiring managers will probably be inadequate for the cannabis (or marijuana) industry - especially in the early days ...
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Q&A with Dr. Helen – What You Need to Know About Reference Checks

In this article, Dr. Helen answers some frequently asked questions about the usefulness of the reference check and its relevance in the modern job search and hiring process. The job applicant and hiring manager/business owner's perspectives are addressed.
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Hiring and HR at the Start of the Blockchain Era

During the early days of the blockchain era, many organizations will make expensive mistakes when hiring staff. The typical screening strategies won't work since nobody has a degree or diploma in blockchain or 5 to 10 years of work experience in the field.
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