Topic: Work

The Benefits of Networking

Aug 11 2015 - Work

‘How did you hear about this role?”

“Oh, I actually know someone.”

I can’t count the amount of times that I have had this exact conversation with family and friends. There is definitely a hidden job market that isn’t online. When I started my career in public relations, I met with several people to discuss their roles and backgrounds.  It was a great opportunity that allowed me to expand my network and determine what I needed to do to land a similar role..Little did I know that I would end up receiving a call from a communications manager that a spoke to earlier. Her department was hiring a communications coordinator and she ended up recommending me for the role. I started a few weeks later.

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I’ve Graduated! Now What? How to Prepare For Your Career.

Jul 23 2015 - Work

Congratulations to the class of 2015! It’s been a few weeks since you’ve graduated and now it’s time to kick back, enjoy the summer…and wait… does that mean you’re an adult? You’re not going to school next year, you’ve graduated college or university and so the logical next step would probably be to find a job. Ok, no problem.

You have a degree, so you’ll be fine. Right?

Before you drop everything in a panic, don’t worry I’ve been in the same position. I need you to take a deep breath. Yes, you did graduate. Yes, you don’t need to go to school in September. Yes, you are an adult.

Now that we have come to that realization, let’s talk about three key steps you can take to landing the perfect job.

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5 Key Steps to Starting Your Next Small Business (Featuring James Lefebvre)

Apr 30 2015 - Work

Do you have aspirations to become Canada’s next “great start-up”? There’s a chance you have big ideas knocking around in the back of your head, and some of them are probably aching to come to life. You’re not the only ones: According to BDC (Business Development Bank of Canada) as of 2014, there were over 1.1 million small businesses registered in Canada, and a recent survey found that even 46% of university students might start businesses after they graduate.

This week, we turned to one of FirstOntario’s Small Business Pro’s for some guidance. James Lefebvre is the Director, FirstOntario Business Services working out of the brand new FirstOntario Business Centre in downtown Hamilton. James brings years of experience in financial services with him from B.C. to right here in Hamilton, along with abundant enthusiasm. Named in Hamilton’s 2012 Top 40 Under Forty, he directs FirstOntario’s Business Centre where he and his staff deliver a full suite of banking products and services in a uniquely appealing environment.

James knows what it takes to start your next small business, and in turn has provided us 5 key steps to get started.

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5 Ways Volunteering Can Boost Your Career!

Apr 16 2015 - Work

Final exams are almost over, and you have summer just ahead of you! For many post-secondary students, you may have finally graduated and this will be your chance to look for your first career. Landing one in this competitive job market will be a task! As you start your search, remember the benefits of volunteering and how it can positively benefit your career.

Here’s 5 ways volunteering can boost your career courtesy of TalentEgg (Canada’s leading job board and online career resource for students and recent grads).

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Are You a True Entrepreneur? (Feat. Ejaz Nadeem, MA, CFP, CLU)

Mar 13 2015 - Work

Industry Canada states that, at the end of 2012, there were over one million small businesses in Canada, employing 7.7 million people. It represents almost 70% of the total private labour force. Small businesses are also experiencing rapid growth. The net increase in the number of small business was almost 22,000 over the 2008-2009 period, the latest year for which data is available.

This week, we turned to Ejaz Nadeem for 8 things to consider when developing a successful business model. Ejaz is the Vice President of FirstOntario Wealth Management and has been in the industry for over 25 years helping both businesses and families alike.

You may be one of those individuals who would want to convert your innovative idea into your own small business. Writing a business plan is the first step on your way to entrepreneurship. Before you invest your own money or look for financing, you need to demonstrate whether it is even feasible to turn your idea into a business.

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Talking Financial Literacy With The Hamilton Bulldogs

Nov 27 2014 - Loans, Saving, School, Video, Work

As we wrap up Financial Literacy Month here in Canada, we decided to have a little fun with local athletes. We made the trip down to FirstOntario Centre to have a financial literacy chat with a few of the Hamilton Bulldogs. Life as an AHL player comes with some of the same financial challenges that young adults face on a day to day basis. Here’s an inside look from three of the Hamilton Bulldogs – Mike Condon, Mac Bennett and Darren Dietz.

Watch and share your two cents!


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