By Lisa Trudel, Career Specialist

Centre for Education and Training, Parliament Remote Location

Do you know the definition of the word “professional”?  According to most dictionaries it has several meanings.  It can mean someone who has specialized knowledge, competency, integrity, accountability, self-regulation, and a high degree of emotional intelligence. It can also mean appearance, demeanour, reliability, poise, and respectful phone and written etiquette.


By: Shelley Lowe Dorsey, Resource and Information Specialist

Since converting our organization to a remote delivery model our jobseekers are asking us “What does this pandemic mean for me?  Our response is to listen to what the pandemic is telling us.  For those who are job searching, or are in the middle of a career transition, the pandemic could be an opportunity.


With all the information coming at us daily and sometimes hour to hour here are a few ideas to help you.

By Lisa Trudel, Career Specialist
Centre for Education and Training, Parliament Remote Location
3 to 4 Minute read

Physical distancing can equal paying attention to the news, watching Netflix movies, and looking obsessively at various fads on social media such as how to create a face mask or shield guard. It might also equal paying attention to embracing a new era of using innovative job search methods.

Even though COVID-19 has caused temporary layoffs, hiring freezes and a huge upheaval across all sectors, employers are still hiring. However, the job search methods that resulted in success just a few months ago, might not be as effective right now so it is time to find creative ways to stand out from the crowd.

Here are 3 approaches to welcome into your job search toolbox:

By Lisa Trudel, Career Specialist
Centre for Education and Training
Parliament Remote Location
April 15, 2020

The number 5 has always been part of my life and career coaching style. I am from a family of 5 siblings, my hometown is 5 Provinces to the West (British Columbia!), and I believe in the 5 Stages of Grief and the 5 Habits of Successful People. Every job seeker who has sat beside me has heard about the “555” goal setting method.

Hi Job Seeker:

Have you heard of “Book Spine Poetry”? It’s a popular and fun way to create original poems using titles written on the spines of books by stacking them into an arrangement that can be read from top to bottom.

I dusted off some old career counselling books and created the following job search poem for you. I call it “What Next: It’s Your Move”.