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High Stake Situations – Why do some people stumble while others shine?

September 7, 2019
The 2019 US Open tennis finals have me thinking about high stake scenarios. The other night, my partner was talking about the upcoming rematch between Canadian tennis player Bianca Andreescu...

Golden handcuffs – when is it worth taking them off?

August 24, 2019
Sometimes a job is a poor fit, but we stay because of the value of the golden handcuffs - the pay, benefits, security, etc. In this article, Dr. Helen helps...

Are you a workaholic … or is your job just too demanding?

August 11, 2019
These days, many of us work a lot of hours. It can be hard to know if we're overworked or a workaholic. There's a difference and it can affect our...

What You Need to Know About Psychometric Testing

July 27, 2019
Psychometric testing - for fun and in the context of employment - is a huge topic and industry. In this article, I explain the basics that employees and employers should...

Resilience – If You Don’t Think You Have It, You Can Get It

July 20, 2019
Obviously, I consider resilience to be an essential ingredient for career development, career management, and human resources (HR). My tagline ‘Building Resilient Careers and Organizations.” In this article, I define...

Summer burnout – what is it and how can it affect your job?

July 13, 2019
Summer … we all know to get the sunblock and hats out to shield us from the intense and dangerous rays. But, what about protecting ourselves from other, less obvious...

What We Can Learn About Hiring from Viral Posts and Basketball

July 6, 2019
In this article, I use a viral post from LinkedIn and Barack Obama's insights about the Toronto Raptors' historic 2019 NBA Championship to describe what we can learn about hiring...

How Leaky Time Management Can Sink Your Ship

June 21, 2019
There’s no shortage of general articles about time management, but there’s far less advice around “time leakage,” especially as it applies to professionals who can't track all their time worked...

In the Past There was Moonlighting, Now it’s the Side Hustle

June 15, 2019
Although many people look down on the 'side hustle' there's plenty to admire. In this blog, I explain why a side hustle is a valuable career-building tool.

Scapegoats and the Glass Cliff: When Careers Get Derailed

June 8, 2019
Scapegoating and the glass cliff may sound like something made up or exaggerated. In this article, I’ll break down what these terms mean, who they affect and why.

The Times, They Are a Changing … But is Our Time Management?

June 2, 2019
The modern workplace has changed a lot - because of technology, globalization, diversity, and #MeToo. But, has our approach to time management kept up? Some modern time management suggestions are...

Where Human Rights Meets Human Resources (Part 2)

May 25, 2019
In part two of this guest blog, Employment and Human Rights Lawyer Alayna Miller with Mann Lawyers uses current news stories and headlines to explain employers' human rights and human...

Where Human Rights Meets Human Resources (Part 1)

May 18, 2019
In part one of this two-part Q&A, Employment and Human Rights Lawyer Alayna Miller with Mann Lawyers uses current news stories and headlines to explain how human rights and human...

Earth, wind, fire, & water – how they can affect our workplace culture

May 11, 2019
With life-threatening and life-altering weather changes becoming more frequent, it’s clear that there are implications for our personal lives and the workplace. Considerations for employers and co-workers are discussed.

Digital Discrimination – The Algorithm is Rigged

May 4, 2019
Dr. Helen shows how seemingly neutral software platforms and their algorithms are facilitating new forms of age, race, and other forms of digital discrimination. Many potential applicants don’t even know...

Less Lonely at the Top: the Rewards of Leadership & Executive Coaching

April 27, 2019
It's lonely at the top. Modern leadership includes responsibility for staff in work environments that have grown much more complex - while also maintaining productivity and profitability. It’s no wonder...

The Realities of Modern Work – Blurred Lines and Workplace Boundaries

April 13, 2019
Many of us use mobile devices and/or work from home. Both of these habits blur the line between work and home. This versatility around how and where we work has...

Q&A with Dr. Helen – Ethical ways to support university admissions prep in Canada

April 6, 2019
Applicants can have high university grades but fail to gain admission to competitive programs because their applications are not written effectively. In this blog, I discuss some of the ethical...

Are high pedigree, Ivy League job candidates always the best?

March 30, 2019
The 2019 college admission cheating and bribery scandal is a reminder to evaluate ivy league and regular candidates carefully when hiring ... instead of treating certain labels as a proxy/substitute...

Death by 1000 papercuts … how this happens at work

March 23, 2019
When examining a person’s decline in personal wellness and productivity while on the job, rarely is it one catastrophic act that makes them feel almost sick at the thought going...

Expertise and Credentials: When Different is Good

March 16, 2019
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...

The Superwoman Syndrome, Even Harder than it Looks …

March 9, 2019
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...

Returning to Work After an Absence is Common, So Why is it so Hard?

March 2, 2019
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,...

Insider threats – Hiding in Plain Sight

February 23, 2019
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...

The Power of a Growth Mindset

February 16, 2019
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.

What Takes Longer: Hiring an Employee, or Buying a Car?

February 9, 2019
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...

Ghosting an employer … it can professionally haunt you and … others

February 2, 2019
In this blog, which is part two of a series, I address the professional consequences of ghosting, and how it affects colleagues. Are the ease and possible pleasure of ghosting...

Ghosting … the real hauntings that go on at work

January 26, 2019
Ghosting started in the personal realm but has now crossed over into the professional realm of work. What does ‘being ghosted’ or having someone ghost you look like … or...

It’s a new day at work – why employee fulfillment will matter more

January 19, 2019
Currently, and in the recent past, the information or knowledge economy was the focus, and employees were the source of wealth creation. In the emerging purpose economy, a sense of...

Overqualified and Underemployed – Big Ego or Real Problem?

January 12, 2019
A lot of us grew up being told that we were wonderful and can do anything that we set our minds on. Sometimes, this is true, and we have unlimited...

The complexities of modern holidays …

December 15, 2018
In theory, modern holidays are lovely, often more inclusive occasions. But they can still be complicated for employers and employees alike. Most workplaces shut down for a few days, which...

Outplacement … what you need to know.

December 8, 2018
Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about the challenges that many people in Oshawa (in the Greater Toronto Area, GTA) and in Alberta are currently facing. Then there's the ripple...

Working from home – five ways it may work against you.

December 1, 2018
Last week I wrote about some of the advantages of working from home. But, is it for everyone? In this blog post, the second in a two-part series, I look...

Working from home … alone

November 24, 2018
In today’s world, we can do almost everything without leaving the comforts of our home.  There’s online shopping, therapy, advice and expertise, dining in courtesy of Uber Eats or Skip...

Dear Dr. Helen, how do I pick a career that’s just right for me?

November 17, 2018
Have you ever heard someone say, “I keep picking the wrong guy/girl”? What if we make similarly poor decisions when selecting our careers? Do we make unwise, impulsive choices when...

Positivity is your best action … take it to work

November 11, 2018
As an HR Consultant, Career Coach, and parent I try hard to make the best out of challenging situations. With that said, I agree that some things are hard to...

Mentorship: a Predictor of Success

November 3, 2018
It's exciting and impressive to start or run your own business, at any age. But when you're just starting out, you don't have as much education from the school of...

Covering at Work – The Pros and Cons of Being Ourselves at Work

October 27, 2018
According to a report published by Deloitte, a surprisingly high number of people actively cover up aspects of their identities in the workplace that they believe are unwelcome and/or stigmatized.

Weeding out cannabis concerns in the workplace

October 20, 2018
Regardless of how we feel about it, cannabis is now legal in Canada. Employers and employees need to know their rights and responsibilities. Learn the basics about CBD, THC, concerns...

Hiring is like dating. Do you need to up your game?

October 13, 2018
Many employers treat hiring like a blind date, hoping for “love at first sight.” They spend a little bit of time with a candidate. They ask some basic questions, then ask...

The Relevance and Absence of the Reference Check in the #MeToo Era

October 5, 2018
If anyone is looking for evidence that background and reference checks are still worthwhile, look no further than the current headlines around the ongoing Supreme Court nomination process in the US....

Working Through the Fallout of Climate Change

September 29, 2018
From what I know about employee engagement and workplace culture, I understand that not treating your employees and co-workers well during delicate or challenging times will erode and undermine relationships...

The Queen Bee Syndrome – Not Sweet Like Honey …

September 22, 2018
Over the past few years, there’s been a lot of attention paid to the topic of bad behaviour in the modern workplace. Often, it’s taken the form of sexual harassment...

How to Recover after Losing your Temper at Work

September 15, 2018
Lately, I’ve been thinking about what happens when we lose our temper at work. This is mostly because I’ve been watching the commentary about tennis players who lose their cool...

Incidental Networking and the Hidden Value of a Diverse Network

September 8, 2018
In my experience, it’s clear that some people think it’s better to have a specific type of network. The unstated implication is that the best networks only include certain types...

One More Reason to Take Care with Office Romance

September 1, 2018
It occurred to me while watching a rom-com recently that the office romance antics that go on in these movies could get a person in some serious hot water in...

Encore Entrepreneurship: The Gray Edge of the Wedge

August 27, 2018
While younger people may be more inclined to take risks, older, more established and better-connected individuals are more likely to start their own business than younger ones. This is why...

Why Are Some Newcomers More Successful than Others?

August 18, 2018
We’ve all heard the anecdotes. Doctors driving taxis; engineers working in call centres. Newcomers to Canada often find it incredibly difficult to find employment that is commensurate with the skills...

Have you ever called in “sad?”

August 11, 2018
Mental illness linked to workplace problems is a leading cause of short and long-term disability in Canada. Given the costs associated with these types of claims, I propose a different...

Leaving a Toxic Job

August 4, 2018
A job is so much more than just “a job.” Most of us spend most of our waking hours at work. In a good scenario, colleagues become friends as well,...

Self-Employment: A Reality Check

July 28, 2018
Self-employment is becoming more and more common, as shifts in the economy make some jobs obsolete, and new technology makes self-employment easier than ever before. Everything isn't for everybody ......

Five Ways to Spot a Bad Workplace During the Hiring Process

July 21, 2018
Often, when we are looking for a new job we really want to make sure that we’re chosen by the potential employer. We may be motivated by a deep desire...

The right help at the right time: what are the differences between Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Psychotherapists and Life Coaches?

July 14, 2018
With all the attention focused on mental health issues and mental health in the workplace, I've noticed the growing popularity of Life Coaches, Psychotherapists, Psychiatrists, and Psychologists. What hasn't been...

Automation is Now

July 7, 2018
Automation doesn’t have to be a negative. Change can be a positive, once fear is overcome. Automation and AI are causing – and sometimes allowing – some people to change...

Partying Hard? No Pictures Please: Social Media and Summer Fun

June 28, 2018
Whether you go away to a cottage or camping, or you’re in the city for fireworks, Canada Day often involves a lot of drinking and silliness too. If you’re career-minded,...

Advice on Job Searching as a New Graduate

June 23, 2018
Recent graduates and the soon-to-graduate looking at job postings probably notice a frustrating fact of life: many entry-level jobs seem to require 2–3 years of experience. Therein lies an age-old conundrum:...

Are you a workplace dad? Do you know a workplace dad?

June 16, 2018
Most of us have known a kind-hearted woman who people would say was “like a mom to everyone.” The expression “work spouse” has become a popular way of describing significant-yet-completely-platonic...

For Best Results, Network Sincerely

June 9, 2018
Network, network, network. You’ve probably heard over and over again about the importance of networking. For some people networking is a necessary evil, something like a chore. And to introverts,...

Racism … Is it at your place of work?

June 2, 2018
So, here’s the question in my mind: even if well-intentioned, does one day of sensitivity or anti-bias training change the racial discrimination that will ultimately exist in organizations? The short...

Mental Health – Making it Work in the Workplace

May 26, 2018
Mental health is an issue that deserves more than four weeks of awareness. It warrants everyday sensitivity and acknowledgment in the places where we work. Without paying attention to this under-discussed...

Do’s and don’ts – how to be mindful of mental health in the workplace

May 19, 2018
Depression, anxiety, and other psychological difficulties afflict millions, and we must at least acknowledge that each and every day employees are walking into their workplaces silently suffering.

Corporate scapegoats and sacrificial lambs … what to do if you become one.

May 12, 2018
In this blog post, I will discuss corporate scapegoats or sacrificial lambs that sometimes fall victim to corporate psychopaths (or are just very unlucky) ... and more importantly how they...

Mothers Take Many Forms

May 5, 2018
Regardless of our stage of life or our gender, most of us need to build resilient careers so that they will provide a livelihood that helps us take care of...

How to be a fox when interviewing a wolf (Part 2)

April 28, 2018
In this blog, Dr. Helen continues to discuss corporate psychopaths who often become successful and powerful by using exploitation and manipulation to get ahead. She lists a few ways that...

Corporate Psychopaths – wolves in the workplace (Part 1)

April 21, 2018
To borrow from the animal narrative, I would argue that corporate psychopaths don't always slink and slither throughout certain organizations as they are portrayed on the cover of ‘Snakes and...

Phone Anxiety 101

April 14, 2018
These days, many people use their phones for everything except talking. There are a bunch of advantages associated with these versatile devices but there’s also a dark side: a significant...

Favouritism never works in the workplace

April 7, 2018
Some of my readers may know that I have one child. This makes it OK for me to call him my favourite son.  However, in many families, schools, and workplaces,...

Is work supposed to make you happy?

March 31, 2018
You may have heard the saying that the average person changes jobs 7 times in their lifetime? What if I told you that in today’s world job changes are even...

Visible Disabilities … the unseen problems in the workplace

March 24, 2018
In the past, I've written about the experience of silently struggling with invisible disabilities. In this article, I address the challenges that people with visible disabilities face, and how often...

Are you a newcomer with career drive? Find out how not to crash.

March 17, 2018
Dr. Helen Ofosu describes a recent encounter with a foreign-trained worker and newcomer to Canada who now works as an Uber driver. He wishes he had met her sooner, his...

The fine line between being fired and being retired … before you’re ready

March 10, 2018
Figuring what do with yourself after being downsized or fired is often the million-dollar-question. Many people can implement their own strategy to find a job once they've figured out their...

What not to do when you need to fire someone

March 3, 2018
Sometimes, dismissing someone who just isn’t the right fit for the company is inevitable, and it’s often an unpleasant task for both the employer and employee. In some ways, being...

Q&A with Dr. Helen on Neurodiversity

February 24, 2018
Some of these big corporate players are seeing the benefits of hiring and leveraging the abilities of neurodiverse workers. I’m excited to see the light starting to shine on neurodiversity as...

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

February 17, 2018
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...

Careers and happily ever after … what you need to know about both

February 10, 2018
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...

Returning to work after a long absence

February 3, 2018
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. 

The Challenges of Hiring Staff to Work in the Cannabis Industry

January 27, 2018
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 ...

Q&A with Dr. Helen – What You Need to Know About Reference Checks

January 20, 2018
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...

Hiring and HR at the Start of the Blockchain Era

January 13, 2018
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...

Blockchain and CryptoCurrency Careers

January 6, 2018
Since there’s been so much talk about potential job losses due to the growing use of automation and other forms of technology, it’s a pleasure to talk about the upside...

Think your job’s immune from being replaced by technology … think again.

December 29, 2017
With industries and organizations increasingly relying on automation, artificial intelligence (AI) and other forms of technology it’s important to ask yourself who is at risk of being replaced in the...

Ghosts from HR’s past …

December 22, 2017
Many of us love the winter holidays, and I don’t think I'm alone when I say that certain Christmas themed movies only add to the celebration. But, as we prepare...

Jobs can be hard to get … and even harder to keep without training

December 17, 2017
In this article, I argue that instead of shrugging off the responsibility of investing in job training because a machine will take care of it, think in terms of how...

Golden Handcuffs … they’re not always as bad as you think

December 10, 2017
Typically, the term golden handcuffs applies to high earners who feel bound to their unsatisfying jobs so that they can continue to afford the finer things in life that their...

How men AND women have enabled workplace bullying and sexual harassment

December 2, 2017
So, in the interest of gender equality, it’s time for men and women to consider doing more to create safe, respectful and inclusive organizations and organizational cultures. Men aren’t the...

Does my boss like me?

November 25, 2017
Right now, if you’re sitting at your workspace and asking yourself "does my boss like me?" you might already suspect that you’re not your boss’ favourite. On the other hand,...

Insider threats and data breaches: they’re not always what you think …

November 18, 2017
There’s something you should know before you invest your entire IT and information security budget on technical solutions – if a smart thief wanted to steal your intellectual property and/or your...

Nuanced career advice … why professionals need it the most

November 11, 2017
In certain professions including the financial industry, law, engineering, and academia, there are nuances and hidden assumptions that are not common knowledge. Because of these unwritten rules, 'regular' career coaches...

How to stay relevant in the era of artificial intelligence

November 4, 2017
The repercussions of modern innovations are starting to become unsettling to professionals in a broad range of occupations (e.g., law, financial planning, and to a lesser extent, medicine). White-collar workers...

Sexual harassment on the job … how it touches everyone in the workplace (Part 2)

October 28, 2017
As a female I/O Psychologist who deals with HR issues, including the fallout from sexual harassment, I believe it's important to tackle this matter head-on by discussing the financial consequences...

Sexual Harassment … how does it keep working in the workplace?

October 22, 2017
As with other loaded topics, like politics and religion, many people in the workplace prefer to say nothing despite the undeniably tense and divisive climate that many victims of sexual...

Body language … 3 ways it might be working against you in the workplace

October 14, 2017
While recalling the infamous Trump - Trudeau handshake, a client described a similar incident at work that made me wonder how many people may be unaware that their body language...

Hidden Consequences of Online Screening

October 7, 2017
I recognize the advantages that business owners and hiring managers have when they use online screening methods. My concern is more about what happens when these screening tools are not...

The “death of the salesman” … is it online job screening?

September 30, 2017
Once upon a time, in the land of finding meaningful employment, the average job applicant would write up a thoughtful cover letter and resume. But now, due to online screening...

To be or not to be … without a degree … that is the question

September 23, 2017
In today’s world, job experience, skills, and basic work-related training seem to have been replaced with the importance of a post-secondary certificate. How does a degree (or degrees) compare with...

The marks of domestic violence in the workplace (Part 2)

September 16, 2017
I'm addressing the sensitive topic domestic violence here because I've been asked for advice about it by someone who works in an organization that has a Human Resources (HR) department...

Domestic violence doesn’t stay home … what you need to know about it in the workplace (Part 1)

September 9, 2017
Although the prevalence of domestic violence is well-documented, it isn’t something that is openly discussed, especially in formal or semi-formal settings such as your place of work. I had to...

Recruiting the Right Employee Ambassadors

September 2, 2017
Most organizations think carefully about their approach to recruiting and hiring employees. How many organizations consider how they will recruit employees as communication ambassadors during times of organizational change?

Bullying, Bias, and Burnout. Why these 3 ‘B’s Could be Derailing your Career

August 26, 2017
Often the word derailment is associated with an accident, a slip off the track that could not be foreseen or prevented. It can also be career-related and dangerous in a...

It’s Impolite to Discuss Politics at Work – But What About Values?

August 19, 2017
We’re all entitled to our political and religious beliefs, and we’re entitled to keep those private. With that said, when it comes to values, our silence speaks volumes.

All that glitters is not gold … when others plagiarize your work

August 12, 2017
What about less publicized examples of plagiarism, where intellectual and/or creative fraud stays under the radar? In some ways, we live in an era where copy and paste have replaced...

Secrets on the Job – My Experience with Discretion

August 5, 2017
When I have revealed the ways in which my work involves ‘covert assignments’ I’m usually met with a surprised response of “Wow … I didn’t realize the scope of what...

Divorce … Does it Have to go to Work With You?

July 29, 2017
Divorce often negatively impacts people’s day-to-day functioning. As a result, not only do you suffer from short-term diminished work productivity, but the actual business/organization you work for will too. There's...

Q&A on Career Change and Unsupportive Attitudes from Loved Ones

July 22, 2017
Q&A on some things to consider when you're contemplating a career change despite others' (unjustifiable) unsupportive attitudes.

The Impact of Exponential Technologies on Careers and HR

July 15, 2017
Dr. Helen Ofosu explains exponential technologies and how they will affect organizations and individuals. Some career and HR implications are discussed.

What’s Riskier for your Career? Getting Hired for a Job or Becoming Self-Employed? (Part Two)

July 8, 2017
In this article, Dr. Helen Ofosu discusses the hidden risks associated with accepting a job late in one's career versus considering self-employment.

What’s Riskier for Your Career? Getting Hired for a Job … or Becoming Self-Employed? (Part One)

July 1, 2017
Over the past five years, I’ve had the opportunity to work with clients in their 40s and 50s while they were at a high-stakes crossroads in their career. In this...

Workplace Boundaries … 5 steps to help you stay in your lane

June 24, 2017
I’d like to bridge the gap for those who have made these professional blunders around workplace boundaries and others who want to avoid making them. I know how easy it...

Seasonal Summer Burnout?

June 17, 2017
Dr. Helen Ofosu discusses burnout versus 'summer burnout' which is that sluggish feeling that we sometimes experience during the warmer months. Natural opportunity for resting and a career tune-up?

Do Experts Still Matter?

June 10, 2017
Lately, I’ve noticed increasing criticism of and disdain towards experts regardless of their areas of specialization. It’s as if ‘experts’ are now a silly myth, something to shrug at or...

Combating identities … transitioning to civilian work

June 3, 2017
For military members and first responders, the gravity of a career transition into a 'civilian' role is more complicated than simply adjusting to water cooler chitchat. Rather, it’s about adapting...

Automation … is it your new competition?

May 27, 2017
Automation can be extremely cost effective for businesses and other organizations. The downside is that many workers are being replaced by automation. In this blog post, Dr. Helen Ofosu discusses...

Impostor Syndrome … there’s nothing fake about how it makes you feel

May 20, 2017
At work, do you ever have the feeling that you don’t belong there? Do you suspect that you don’t deserve the position you’re in? If so, you’re not alone. You...

Coded Language and Dog Whistle Expressions

May 12, 2017
A while back, a business associate reached out to me with an urgent and problematic situation. She was stumped by a situation and she knew I’d have some ideas. The...

Not your Mother’s Workplace, Not Her Idea of Balance

May 5, 2017
“All mothers are working moms.” The representation of a mother’s “work” is frequently inaccurate and it can be divisive. Both stay at home mothers and mothers who work outside the...

How Psychology Can Help Your Career — Q&A on I/O vs. Clinical Psychology (Part 2)

April 29, 2017
Looking for career help and want to know the difference between Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology and Clinical Psychology? Dr. James Brazeau, C.Psych explains.

How Psychology Can Help Your Career — Q&A on I/O vs. Clinical Psychology

April 22, 2017
Looking for career help and want to know the difference between Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology and Clinical Psychology? Dr. Helen explains.

How to Get Back to Work While Working Through a Death or Other Hard Events

April 12, 2017
There is no timeline for when a person’s mourning stops if it ever does. Unfortunately “bereavement leave” does have a beginning and an end. In most organizations, it’s approximately 3...

The Franchise Option Part 2: What to Expect from Franchising in Mid-Life

April 7, 2017
Last time I wrote about what to expect from franchising after graduation. If you are mid-career and think that perhaps now is the time to quit your job and get...

The Franchise Option: Part 1

March 31, 2017
A guest post from Rebecca Page, CEO, Concierge Home Services. Each Friday, social media is cluttered with TGIF posts from people watching the clock count down to the start of the...

Q&A with Dr. Helen: Ages have Stages

March 24, 2017
There's evidence of a two-pronged problem in many workplaces. The junior employees are run off their feet for less pay. My more established clients feel pushed out or dismissed to...

Online Resignations. Today is the day. Colin has had it.

March 18, 2017
Ours is an era where Facebook memes trend where people throw their hands in the air with witty statements about quitting their jobs. Social media has become an emotional outlet...

Job Interviews … 3 Ways to Attack Anxiety When it Wants to Attack You

March 7, 2017
If your nerves are getting the best of you during a job interview this blog post is for you. If you know someone who is smart, articulate, and confident …...

Office Romance – Life Imitating Art?

February 25, 2017
As adults, we recognize that the positive and negative Hollywood narratives of office romance are fictional, but what is real and relatable are the romantic temptations that sometimes exist on...

Nepotism – Does all in the family include the workplace?

February 19, 2017
There's no doubt that some of us have very capable family and friends who we'd love to work with because of their abilities and their loyalty. Before going ahead and...

Tongue Tied About Public Speaking? You’re Not Alone …

February 12, 2017
The phone rings, it's Liz, business acquaintance. We talk briefly and then what she says next absolutely floors me! Liz, who is one of the most talented public speakers I...

Dressing the Part … Does this Include Body Art?

February 6, 2017
Many people express their identity through the clothes and accessories they wear. These days, this often includes piercings and tattoos. But, does that mean social stigmas cease to continue for...

The Interviewee with the Dragon Tattoo

January 30, 2017
You are discouraged after a long day of interviewing potential employees all of whom lacked the necessary experience in this particular field. Then, in walks your final candidate with a...

Cover Letters 101: What’s your Cover Story?

January 21, 2017
So, how does one accomplish looking great on paper when applying for that desired position, if your work history is complicated or absent? Here are some ideas ...

Changes: sometimes you don’t get to vote

January 13, 2017
We may feel insignificant and ruled by powers beyond our control, but we are much more resilient than that. Even when it’s that kid who feels intimidated by an unpleasant...

Toxic Workplace – Should I Stay or Should I Go?

January 3, 2017
So what do you do if your job feels like a monotonous trap … or worse, like an abusive relationship? This is an environment you spend most of your adult...

Silent Suffering – The Struggle of Invisible Disabilities

December 28, 2016
All your life you’ve been viewed as an ‘able-bodied’ person. So far you’ve been fortunate right? This may not be entirely accurate. Disability isn’t always visible; in fact, it can...

Life in the Time of Ageism

December 17, 2016
It has happened, the unthinkable … you at the age of what was assumed to be your approaching golden years are now golden tears. Now your time will be spent...

Corporate Scapegoat: How will I ever get another job?

December 6, 2016
So you got fired, and not because you got caught smoking in your office after hours, or tried to fix the motherboard of the copier with a flathead screwdriver. They...

Waiting on the World to Change

November 15, 2016
Our economy has changed. Finally people are acknowledging it. This has implications for your career prospects. You can wait on the world to change, or you can decide to fasten...

What Do HR and Psychology Have to Do With Cyber Threats?

November 7, 2016
I’ve been thinking about cyber threats / security and adapting what I learned and applied when I was working in a very secure environment. In that work environment, we were...

Career Challenges for Newcomers to Canada

October 23, 2016
Immigrants and newcomers to Canada often face many career challenges. Despite the odds, many immigrants and newcomers succeed while others don't do as well. There's more to the story than...

Right Placement – An Alternative to Outplacement

September 10, 2016
The magical thing about "Right-Placement" is that these employees moved on without being terminated and without triggering an expensive severance package. Basically, I’ve created a cheaper, happier alternative to firing...

Don’t Sell to Every Franchisee Who Can Pay – Consider a Franchisee Assessment

August 17, 2016
I have worked with franchise owners who were planning to sell franchises. In all cases, these franchisors had sold franchises in the past and had seen mixed results. Sometimes it...

Desirable Options When an Employee Isn’t Working Out …

July 21, 2016
Instead of waiting until a negative, costly firing process is necessary, local businesses are using Dr. Helen's RightPlacement process.

Career Options for Professionals and Aspiring Professionals

July 3, 2016
Recently, I’ve discussed some of the career-related challenges facing professionals and aspiring professionals. I’ve shared blog posts on career coaching for professionals and the pros and cons of buying a...

The Relevance of Women’s Issues to HR and Careers

June 24, 2016
In my role as a Human Resources (HR) Consultant and a Career Coach I see where women's issues intersect with my professional responsibilities. This post explores the themes of HR,...

How to Transition from Military to Civilian Work

May 12, 2016
Transitioning out of the military is often complicated for soldiers conditioned to living in an environment dominated by structure and routine. Yet every year, hundreds of Canadian Armed Forces members...

Pros and Cons: Buy a Franchise or Build a Business From Scratch?

May 10, 2016
Whenever I am working with clients who are not sure about their next career move, I start with an assessment to objectively take stock of their interests, preferences, skills, experience,...

Career Coaching for Professionals

April 30, 2016
In the past, having a professional degree in engineering, law, or teaching, etc. or a graduate degree practically guaranteed stable and lucrative employment. There was no question that the investment...

Soft Skills – So Hard to Develop …

March 17, 2016
One of the great ironies in the world of Human Resources (HR) is the term soft skills in contrast to hard skills. The terms make it seem as though the...

Encore Entrepreneurship – It’s More Common Than You Think

February 29, 2016
As some research points out, older, more established and better-connected individuals are more likely to start their own business than younger ones, with self-employment rates peaking at age 53. This...

Career and Return to Work Ideas For Moms

February 13, 2016
Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the challenges that moms face while planning to return to work following time at home raising their kids. Intuitively, we all know that...

Using I-O Psychology For Better Hiring

January 30, 2016
As a specialist in Industrial / Organizational (I/O) psychology, I have expertise in assessing human behaviour within the context of work. This means that I can help you to identify...

Why Psychology is Useful for Career Coaching and HR (Part 2)

January 27, 2016
I understand that my approach to Career Coaching and Human Resources (HR) services is not typical. In this post I explain how I use I/O psychology to build resilient careers...

Why Psychology is Useful for Career Coaching and HR (Part 1)

January 21, 2016
I believe that people who are skilled and hardworking should be able to make a living. I know of many people who are educated and have relevant work experience but...

Boost employee engagement through behaviours and technology

January 12, 2016
So many organizations are still scrambling to catch up and implement modern web technology practices internally. We've all seen the power of social media, social networking, and user-generated content on...

Calling in Sad (or Sick) to Avoid Workplace Problems?

December 8, 2015
Mental illness is a leading cause of short and long-term disability in Canada (and the US). Given the costs associated with these types of claims, I propose a different approach....

Workplace Bullying – A Hidden Problem

November 13, 2015
Bullying on the school yard has been deemed unacceptable. Many schools and school boards have implemented zero tolerance policies. It’s great that someone’s now looking out for the kids, but...

Can Your Career Improve After a Divorce?

November 7, 2015
Here's an encouraging article from the Careers section, Report on Business, Globe and Mail on the question: Can getting a divorce help your career? I was pleased to share my...

Are Nerves Ruining Your Job Interviews?

October 10, 2015
A while back I wrote about job interview techniques for nervous job candidates. While those approaches will work for most people who get nervous prior to job interviews or other...

Part of Your Separation & Divorce Team: Career Coaches

September 2, 2015
When life throws a big curve ball, you want someone objective on your team who can help you make the best of your skills, interests, and precious time to ensure...

Are Reference Checks Worthwhile?

August 2, 2015
When properly structured, a good Reference Check will give employers and organizations valuable insights about the nature of the qualities that a candidate will contribute if/when hired. I like to...

A Tale of Two Universities

March 30, 2015
In my mind, the link between these two trips is not the obvious fact that both locations are university campuses. What made these two trips similar is that both institutions...

Job Interview Ideas for Nervous Job Candidates

March 24, 2015
In my work as an HR Consultant I often discuss the hidden dangers of self-promotion when I’m advising hiring managers and business owners. There’s often a misconception that the people...

The Art of Incidental Networking (for Busy People)

February 1, 2015
Despite its value, many people’s eyes glaze over at the thought of networking - especially when they’re simply too busy with their jobs, children, studies, etc. Well, for those of...

Networking for Resilience

November 23, 2014
This time, I'd like to explain what I mean by networking as a way to build the resilience that will support your successful career (or to include the self-employed --...

Resilience and Careers – What’s the Big Deal?

October 22, 2014
So that we’re all on the same page, let’s start with a definition. The American Psychological Association defines resilience as the process of adapting well in the face of adversity,...

What Happened at My Recent Meet & Greet?

September 8, 2014
For starters, in keeping with the informal approach, I did not require a formal registration or even an RSVP so it wasn’t until the day of that I knew who...

When Hiring, Think about the “Bring vs. Learn Concept”

June 5, 2014
When I work with hiring managers and business owners, I ask them what their next employee must “bring” into the job from day one - and also what things the...

Work Simulations Can Be Your Best Friend …

May 26, 2014
Personally, I’m a big fan of simulations and tests as a useful supplement to job interview questions. Some people are good at talking (i.e., “performing” well during a job interview)...

More about our services …

April 1, 2014
We offer precise, discrete, practical, and personalized counselling, coaching, and HR services that are based on I/O psychology. This helps clients benefit from tried-and-tested advice and techniques when aiming to...

How are we different from regular career advice?

April 1, 2014
We offer precise, discrete, practical, and personalized counseling, coaching, and consulting services that are based on a standardized (psychometric) test and interview. By doing this, our company helps its clients...

I-O Advisory Services Offers:

March 25, 2014
Career Coaching, Career Counselling, Outplacement Services, Leadership Assessment and Development, HR Services for Businesses and Organizations.

Need Career Change? Want a Career Change?

March 25, 2014
Contact I/O Advisory Services for Effective Career Counselling, Coaching, and Consulting Services for Clients in Ottawa, Toronto, the GTA, Barrie, and other areas. Find your career path. Find your life...

More Than Career Coaching, it’s Career Psychology®

March 25, 2014
If you want to improve your job prospects you've come to the right place. My name is Dr. Helen Ofosu and I will help you make the most of your...

How Can I/O Psychology Help Me?

March 25, 2014
Dr. Helen Ofosu uses her expertise in I/O psychology to help clients build resilient careers. She also uses this knowledge and experience to help organizations with their HR needs.

What is Industrial and Organizational Psychology?

March 25, 2014
Also known as I/O Psychology, Industrial and Organizational Psychology is the scientific study of working and the application of that science to workplace issues facing individuals, teams, and organizations. The...

Do I Need a Degree to Get a Good Job?

February 26, 2014
When you're looking for work and you don't have a university degree, your best bet is to look for positions that are being offered by smaller companies that do not...

How to Establish Your Credibility in a New Field

January 15, 2014
Ideally, you have some talent and competence in your new area that you can use to sell yourself. Testimonials, favourable reviews, and awards can help you to demonstrate that you're...

Should I Complete a PhD?

December 11, 2013
She's been teaching abroad for 3 – 4 years and really loves the academic lifestyle. She knows that she'd enjoy teaching in North America but she also knows that in...

I’m Graduating Soon, How Can I Apply for Jobs that Require 2 Yrs Experience?

December 4, 2013
This is a great question since it probably applies to many students who are in their final 5 - 6 months on campus. For all those students out there who...

Something Isn’t Right at Work … Is it the Venue or the Vocation?

November 22, 2013
A good starting point is to identify what exactly is contributing to your sense of unhappiness or dissatisfaction at work. Are you experiencing too much friction and conflict with your...

Should I Start a Part-Time Consulting Job?

November 14, 2013
She has recently learnt that the company where she works is being reorganized and as a result, she'll soon have fewer responsibilities. This is where the part-time consulting comes in....

Older, Experienced Workers Without a Degree …

October 16, 2013
Since this particular issue was raised by an older worker with experience but noOlder-Workers degree, I'll focus this post on that situation. As this person noted, when applying online, he...

Employment After an Extended Absence From the Workforce

October 10, 2013
Once your friends, family, neighbours, and other contacts who you may know through your gym, church, hobbies, etc. have been advised that you're looking for work, another thing to consider...

Unusual CV and Foreign Experience

September 9, 2013
As someone who has helped hiring managers and HR professionals with their recruitment, I have noticed that sometimes the people who are responsible for the initial screening do not always...

Welcome to my Career Development, Career Management, and HR Blog

August 31, 2013
My graduate degrees are in Industrial / Organizational Psychology so I am knowledgeable about work-related situations/problems, careers, and business. Since I have many years of experience working with hiring managers...