Media Features

Sharon Graham and Career Professionals of Canada are regularly featured in the media. Here are some brief excerpts from some of our media interviews, appearances, and features…

The Globe and Mail, Report on Business – August 2010

Why it pays to hold out for a better offer, Wallace Immen

A survey of 250 Canadian job seekers – who had earned six-figure salaries in their previous roles – found that 82 per cent were unsure that they could land a comparable job in their industry, or hold out for a six-figure salary and get it.

Many are desperate enough to take a major hit in the pay packet. The poll, by Toronto-based Career Professionals of Canada, found 74 per cent had received “no reasonable job offers” in their search. Among all respondents, 15 per cent had been searching for between six months and a year. Another 12 per cent had been looking for more than a year.

As necessary as it might seem to take a low offer, “you shouldn’t fall into the trap of selling yourself for a lot less,” says Sharon Graham, president of Career Professionals of Canada. “It can be a particular setback if you go backward from the 100K [$100,000] level, because for employers it is still an invisible dividing line between employees who are thought of as individual performers and those who have broader leadership responsibility,” she says. By taking a lesser paying role, you can unconsciously signal that you aren’t management material.

To persuade potential employers that you are worth the high salary, your resume and interviews should highlight how you have influenced decisions and managed effective teams, Ms. Graham says.

Report on Business Magazine, The Globe and Mail – April 2010

Know when you’re not wanted…and then do something about it, Craig Silverman

Article discusses warning signs and tactics for determining next steps when it seems that the organization no longer needs you. Sharon Graham is interviewed and outlines warning signs and strategies.

“When you first come into an organization, you’re often seen as someone who can do nothing wrong,” says Sharon Graham, president of Career Professionals of Canada. “When things go bad you gradually notice fewer compliments. Although at one time your manager saw you as a superstar, she’s avoiding you like the plague,” Graham says. Either you try to salvage the relationship or you get ready for an exit.

The article goes on to discuss strategies offered by Sharon Graham to salvage your position and to prepare to move into a new opportunity.

Zoomer Magazine – April 2010

Career boost, smart moves for tough times

Career Counsel features answers that will get you the gig and help you stay in the game. Sharon Graham is the feature expert and provides answers to questions from readers.

What are the top mistakes people over 50 make in job interviews? Sharon Graham outlines the top five mistakes: Trivializing the power of youth, speaking before listening, not answering the unasked questions, forgetting your dates and timelines, and appearing defensive. In this response, she presents strategies to overcome these mistakes.

I’m 55. How do I begin finding new job in this tight market? Sharon Graham discusses the following job search strategies: Maintaining a positive outlook, preparing an “infomercial”, tapping emerging markets, expanding your network to include influential people, building your online presence, keeping fit and healthy, and embracing lifelong learning.

How can I create a resume that best highlights my skills and experience? Sharon Graham provides strategic advice on resume building to mitigate issues with age and emphasize strengths, talents, and accomplishments.

News Release – TORONTO, February 22, 2010

Groundbreaking Canadian survey reveals challenges for six-figure professionals in career transition

More than two thirds of Canadians targeting positions over $100k feel that they do not have strong connections and that they are not recognized in their industry; over 80 percent do not know how to approach the market.

The results of Career Professionals of Canada’s groundbreaking national survey into the career activities of Canadians in the $100k plus salary range are in. 69.4 percent of the individuals surveyed are concerned by their lack of exposure and business relationships. 82.6 percent of the respondents do not have a clear understanding of how to penetrate the market and execute a six-figure search.

According to the landmark survey, OUTLOOK 2010: Competitive Career Intelligence for Six-Figure Canadians, carried out in January, half of the respondents did not have clear short-term or long-term career goals. Although a third of all participants indicated that they are ready for a change, these individuals also said that they don’t know where to begin.

In this challenging market, professionals are struggling with their career transition. Only half of the respondents believe they have an effective resume portfolio and appropriate supplementary documents. More than two thirds expressed an overall discomfort with creating career opportunities by cold calling, networking, and uncovering unadvertised opportunities in the hidden market.

Sharon Graham, president of Career Professionals of Canada, said, “The professionals were surprisingly candid. They were clearly concerned about the barriers and challenges to their career development. Yet, it is disconcerting to note that most felt unprepared to address these concerns.”

For a summary report of the survey results, contact [email protected]

The Globe and Mail – January 2010

Seven strategies to boost your career opportunities, Wallace Immen

Sharon Graham is interviewed and quoted in this feature article discussing career strategies for 2010 and beyond. With an increasing number of predictions that smoother sailing will be ahead as the economy brightens, it’s time to take advantage.

“Become the expert

Why: Anxious workers are scrambling to demonstrate their versatility, hoping that being able to work in a number of areas will help spare them in job cuts. Wrong thinking, says career coach Sharon Graham, president of Career Professionals of Canada in Toronto. “They forget that the more things they try to juggle, the more they dilute their strengths,” she says. “Why try to be a generalist when it means you will end up competing with a lot of other generalists?”

Strategy: Cultivate your expertise in a unique skill that can’t be easily outsourced as companies continue to look for ways to pare their payrolls. Take additional training, get an advanced certification and be able to use technology that no one else is able to use effectively.

In your networking, rather than join multiple associations and networking sites, focus on groups that discuss specific topics related to your area of expertise. “This will enable you to actively participate and make a name for yourself as an expert at what you do, which will have you in demand no matter how the job market performs,” Ms. Graham says.”

The Globe and Mail – October 2009

Simplify the search: Be organized Have a system that puts key information readily at hand when a potential employers calls, career experts say, Wallace Immen

Feature article discusses how being organized is key to job search in 2009. Maureen McCann and Wayne Pagani, Senior Consultants at Career Professionals of Canada are interviewed and quoted.

“Make sure you flag what has to be done next to move the process forward, recommends Ottawa-based career strategist Maureen McCann, senior consultant to Career Professionals of Canada in Toronto.

“Too often people have a conversation and it goes well and then nothing happens because they don’t have anything to prod you to take the next move. You can take control of the process by tracking when you sent a thank-you note, when you agreed that you would follow up and what you talked about, so you can anticipate an opening to make another approach,” she says.

“I recommend the minute you get out of the meeting, sit down and write down things that went well and impressions of things that you could have improved on,” Ms. McCann says. Jotting down what things you didn’t know and what questions surprised you will help you frame an answer for your next discussion, as will notes about what you learned about the company’s challenges and priorities.

All of this helps keep the conversation going, says executive coach Wayne Pagani, principal of WP Consulting Associates in Ottawa and also a senior consultant to the Career Professionals of Canada.

“On a computer I personally like to file copies of information in folders in a couple of different categories and also put all the information you need on your calendar so you are prepared for the scheduled meeting. Set a reminder and it all pops up ready ahead of schedule,” he says.

The original folder may be job opportunities, within that will be subfolders of companies you have applied to or are planning to approach. Then within those folders file all relevant information you have gleaned from research and networking. And who you spoke with and what the next step is.

He suggests that a good system must have ways of identifying needed files quickly – for example, colour coding to pick out information in categories, with immediate priorities in a “hot file” at the top of the list. ”

The Globe and Mail – September 2009

How to shine again, after a year of gloom If you can innovate, plan ahead and become a trend spotter, you’ll be well positioned for the recovery, the experts say, Wallace Immen

Feature article discusses economic stresses on executives in 2009. Sharon Graham is interviewed and quoted on her thoughts.

“Focus on the future

In the months ahead, vision and forward thinking are going to be priorities, says career coach Sharon Graham, president of Career Professionals of Canada in Toronto.

There has been such a focus on handling immediate challenges over the past year that not a lot of time has been spent looking ahead.

“When leaders are looking for people to put into key roles in the recovery, they are going to be looking for people who are positive about the future and excited about the opportunity to implement something new,” Ms. Graham says. So to land a new job or get ahead in your existing one, make it a priority to highlight new technologies you are working with, new applications you are developing and new ideas you have for shaking up procedures, she says. Focus on needs the organization is grappling with, which you can glean from discussions within the company, networking and Internet research.

Even if you don’t have some action to suggest immediately, voice your eagerness to support change, she recommends. “If you make it clear that you welcome change and are comfortable and can take things beyond the status quo, it will make management take notice.”

The Globe and Mail – July 2009

Summertime, and the job hunting is crucial Many ease up on their search during the season, but there are many reasons, especially this year, not to take a break, pros say, Wallace Immen

Feature article discusses economic stresses on executives in 2009. Sharon Graham is interviewed and quoted.

… the industries that are most actively recruiting are oil and gas, health care, government, social assistance, mining and pharmaceuticals, according to a survey of job postings done by career coach Sharon Graham, president of Career Professionals of Canada in Toronto.

The Globe and Mail – February 2009

JOB-HUNTING 101: A GUIDE FOR THE NEW REALITIES OF THESE TOUGHER TIMES, Wallace Immen

More than in any other recent economic downturn, many long-term employees are suddenly finding themselves victims of job loss, tossed into a situation they may not have faced in years. And as they start the job hunt, they may find themselves trying to navigate a bafflingly unfamiliar world of techniques, technologies and tough competition for a tight number of jobs. What’s a job hunter to do these days? Wallace Immen asked career coaches for their smartest tips.

Sharon Graham is interviewed and quoted on her thoughts.

“THE OLD ADVICE: A resume is a document for the records, not a requirement for getting in the door.

THE NEW REALITY: A resume must scream your value or it will hit the trash.

Today’s resume has to immediately answer a burning question: “Why should we even consider you when there are so many other highly qualified professionals available in the market?” says career coach Sharon Graham, president of Career Professionals of Canada in Toronto. “To make the resume a keeper, you must grab attention immediately by telling them you are their salvation.”

She recommends that both your resume and cover letter contain a logo or graphic element containing your name and a punchy four- to six-word phrase that defines your brand: the immediate value you offer a prospective employer.

And you’ve got to exceed every expectation, Ms. Graham says. She suggests a chart on the cover letter comparing the job requirements and your qualifications. For instance, “You are looking for a BA. I have an MBA and six years of experience.”

To make the biggest splash, she suggests a four-step approach: Call the company and get contact information for the decision maker. Send an e-mail with your resume attached. Follow that with a hard copy sent by courier. Contact the manager a few days later to confirm that everything was received.

And target your most likely prospects. Mass mailings are going to be ineffective in a shrunken job market, she adds.”

The Gazette – February 2009

With the recession producing a tsunami of layoffs, executives are struggling in the undertow, Don Macdonald

Feature article discusses economic stresses on executives in 2009. Sharon Graham is interviewed and quoted on her thoughts.

“As the recession deepens, many employees are starting to prepare themselves now for the possibility they may be laid off, said Sharon Graham, executive director of Career Professionals of Canada.

“Because companies are downsizing, people in the more senior levels are getting nervous,” said Graham. “Whether or not they’re working, they’re starting to position themselves for a career change.”

The Globe and Mail – January 2008

Career horizon bright for 2008 – Record hiring demand, stronger loonie, employers paying more heed to worker needs among year’s trends, Wallace Immen

Feature article discusses career horizon for 2008 and beyond. Sharon Graham is interviewed and quoted on her thoughts for the 2008 trends.

“BE TECH SAVVY – When it comes to the job hunt, technology – from on-line networking to video resumes and blogs -will continue to play an ever increasing role,” says career coach Sharon Graham, president of Career Professionals of Canada in Toronto and author of Best Canadian Resumes

Because of that, it would be a good idea to post a strong biography on a personal website as well as on social networking sites such as LinkedIn.com and Facebook, Ms. Graham suggests.

Video resumes will also become more important in job searches this year as a tool for recruiters to present candidates to prospective employers, so it will be important to work on being photogenic, recommends Ms. Graham.”

“BE A “CAREER-PRENEUR” – While 2008 is expected to bring career opportunities, many of these opportunities may be in new fields not widely known or requiring technical skills you may not yet possess. That’s just one of the factors that makes it important for you to take charge of your career: Don’t wait for a recruiter to call but become an independent agent responsible for your career success, Ms. Graham says.

The start of the year is the perfect opportunity to sit down and write a script of your career as you want it to play out rather than waiting for it to happen, she says.

“Think of yourself as being a business: What is your objective and what do you need to do to meet the target? Write down a description of where you want to be one year, three years and five years down the road and what experiences or skills you need to have to reach your goal,” she recommends.

“By knowing where you want to go and taking advantage of opportunities as they come along, you can advance in your career, no matter what comes along in the economy in the next year.”

The Globe and Mail – April 2007

Thinking small requires a lot of thought. Mentor Minute: Quick career advice from experts in the know – Sharon Graham

Sharon Graham provides advice to readers who are thinking about moving from a large company to a smaller firm.

“In the past, working in a large corporation was a stable and long-term option, but these days, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and downsizing might have you thinking about moving to a smaller firm. To penetrate your target market, you’ll need to learn as much as you can — especially if you have not been exposed to how small organizations work….”

The Globe and Mail – January 2007

Outlook’07 — it’s the year to roll the dice. Many signs point to a banner year ahead — and an opportune time to seek that promotion – Wallace Immen

Feature article discusses expert predictions on where career trends lie.

“As companies become larger, more global and dependent on technology, there will be growing opportunities for people who are specialists in the security of people and data, says executive coach Sharon Graham, who is founder of Career Professionals of Canada and author of Best Canadian Resumes.”

“Setting ethical standards is a high priority of management, so there are career-enhancing opportunities to become a part of the team that writes new policies,” Ms. Graham says.

And if you are hunting for a new job, it’s going to be doubly important that you are accurate and honest in your resume, she says.”

The Globe and Mail – January 2006

Outlook: Opportunities and warning signs for 2006 – Wallace Immen

Feature article discusses tips from leaders in the careers industry on how to take advantage of a strong job market, while protecting yourself in a climate of mergers and outsourcing.

“[There is] a window of opportunity for people who are thinking of retirement or want to shift into new roles, predicts Sharon Graham, president of Career Professionals of Canada… Those who are prepared can prosper, Ms. Graham says. The biggest career threat in a merger is job redundancies… mergers usually come with staff cuts, so keep your resume up to date…”

ROBTV – January 2006

Workopolis TV Career Check Up with Kim Parlee – Sharon Graham

Kim Parlee interviews Sharon Graham, principal consultant of Career Professionals of Canada on performing a 2006 Career Check Up.

Kim Parlee: You talk about a “strategic resume.” Tell me what is a strategic resume?

Sharon Graham: A strategic resume is probably the most critical part of your job search. You really need to design a resume that not only expresses you well and what you have to offer, but is targeted towards your employer and your target job search position. So, what you want to do is design a resume that is truthful to who you are and very honest, but just as importantly is going to work for the potential employer. To do that you really need to understand your Value Proposition.

Kim Parlee: What do you mean by “Value Proposition”?

Sharon Graham: Value proposition is what you have to offer that is better and different than what other people can offer…

Sun Media Toronto Sun Career Connection – January 2006

Develop your value proposition – Sharon Graham

“As a professional resume writer and employment interview strategist, I often encounter individuals in career transition who have much to offer, but don’t know how to represent their value. I advise my clients that the best way to make a positive impression is by presenting their unique offering in a consistent and a compelling message – their Value Proposition.

Every job seeker has a distinctive blend of skills, qualifications, expertise, and accomplishments to offer potential employers. The challenge is to reveal this value in a way that makes the individual stand apart from the competition. By creating a strong Value Proposition, a candidate can gain an advantage over the rest of the applicants…”

The Canadian Champion, Burlington Post, The Oakville Beaver – February 2006

Developing a great cover letter – Sharon Graham

“A cover letter is an introduction, a sales pitch and a proposal for further action all in one.

Your cover letter demonstrates to your prospective employer, that you can organize your thoughts, and express yourself clearly and appropriately. It reveals clues to your personality and your level of professionalism. A well-written cover letter persuades the reader to pay special attention to your resume….”

National Post, September 2005

Professionally written CV can be a career investment – Gigi Suhanic

Feature Article discusses the importance of a professional resume in the current job market. It discusses the Career Professionals of Canada accreditation, which Sharon Graham was instrumental in launching.

“The association believes accreditation will increase credibility. They have launched a resume writers’ certification program offering the designation certified resume strategist.

“Canada has a history of having the resume-writing business as an underground business. We wanted to bring that to the forefront and have people understand this is a credible business you can get value out of,” says Sharon Graham, the association’s executive director. Hiring an accredited resume writer, she adds, is an important job-hunting strategy…”

Globe and Mail, September 2005

Curveball job questions: How not to strike out – Katie Rook

The feature article discusses unexpected curveball questions and how an individual can address them.

Career coach Sharon Graham warns… Curveball questions are generally designed to catch candidates off-guard and see whether they can think on their feet and how well they’ll do, says Ms. Graham, president of Career Professionals of Canada…

In her practice, Ms. Graham and her team of career coaches have encountered some seemingly bizarre queries, such as: “How would you move Mount Fuji?” or “How would you find a needle in a haystack?” …

Sun Media Toronto Sun Career Connection – December 2005

Internet job seekers beware! – Sharon Graham

“With advances in technology, identity theft has become an increasingly popular crime in Canada and worldwide. In recent years, job seekers have become the target of depraved scammers. Users of popular job boards such as monster.ca and careerspan.com have fallen prey to these insidious criminals who target innocent people looking for a job.

In this information age, it is no wonder that job seekers are eagerly marketing themselves through the Internet. However, this has created a new means for criminals to easily obtain and exploit personal information. Unsuspecting individuals are preyed upon and left emotionally and financially devastated – often with a bad credit history that is sure to follow them around for many years…”

Adventa Job Post – December 2005

Dealing with the job search blues – Sharon Graham

“Searching for a job can be extremely frustrating in the best of times and especially during seasonal slowdowns, when opportunities are scarce, or simply when the process itself is drawn out. The job search blues can invade you without warning at any time and can completely drain you of your self-confidence. Before you know it you may find that you have lost your energy, efficiency and effectiveness in the search process…

Everybody needs help from time to time. If you feel your confidence slipping, ask for help. Be honest and explain how you are feeling. Sometimes, all it takes is an understanding person to listen to your concerns, provide you with support and help you to regain your momentum…”

Adventa Job Post – November 2005

Case Study: How Julie’s Value Proposition landed her the job offer – Sharon Graham

“Let’s face it, there is only one reason that you are in a job search — you are looking for a great job offer. In order to reach that goal, you are likely to go through a process which includes distributing resumes and interviewing for positions until you secure that ideal placement. Unfortunately, many others are doing just that. So, how do you stand out?

We all know that an effective resume will produce interviews and that a successful interview will lead to a job offer. Your objective is to get the offer by delivering a unique, powerful, and consistent message. You must “sell” yourself to your potential employer by telling him why he needs you. This is your “Value Proposition…”

Sun Media Toronto Sun Career Connection – October 2005

Closing the deal: Leveraging superb employment references – Sharon Graham

“I don’t understand it.” John remarked, “I performed wonderfully in the interview. I was able to answer all the questions, I was prepared with a list of references, and the way the boss shook my hand at the end of the interview, he practically gave me the job on the spot. So why in the world did they choose the other guy?”

John’s issue is not unique and it could have easily been avoided. He had produced a list of references for his prospective employer, but he forgot one cardinal rule – ensure that the people you select for references are going to close the deal.

Reference checking is quickly becoming a standard procedure for many companies, large and small. Employers do this to check details that applicants present and ensure that the person selected is the best candidate for the job.

As an employment interview strategist, I regularly advise my clients that they must take great care in selecting and preparing their references to represent them superbly. Do not underestimate the power of your references. Most people assume that their references will speak well of them. In fact, some will speak positively, others will offer little of value, and a few will actually damage their chances…”

Sun Media Toronto Sun Career Connection – October 2005

Demystifying the behavioural interview – Sharon Graham

“Behavioural interviewing is not a new concept. It has been around for about 20 years. The theory is based upon the premise that the candidate’s past behaviour will predict his or her future performance on the job. Although large organizations and recruitment firms commonly use the approach, an increasing number of smaller employers are starting to recognize its value…

Here’s the good news: Knowing that you are going to attend a behavioural job interview gives you the edge. Both you and the employer are looking for the same thing – to determine if there is a good match for the position. If you understand the requirements of the job and match them up to your accomplishments, you can prepare yourself well in advance…”

Adventa Job Post – October 2005

Unemployed for a while? You can overcome this obstacle in your resume – Sharon Graham

“As a professional resume strategist, I often come across job seekers who have been out of the workforce for a period of time. Many of my clients are highly experienced professionals, who suddenly find themselves unemployed and looking for work. With loads of qualifications, most start their job search anticipating a quick shift into a new organization. Days turn into weeks, weeks into months, and months drag into years. In the early days of the job search, the resume produced a few interviews; now the same document is no longer working. Something drastic needs to be done to jump-start the interview activity again.

Whether you’ve been unemployed, raising your family, or in retirement, the good news is that you can address the gap in your resume. The key is to re-write your document thinking strategically to address this obstacle. There are many things that you can do to minimize this issue. First, let’s talk about some ideas that don’t work. Then we’ll get into some proven strategies that will start to produce some results…”

Sun Media Toronto Sun Career Connection – August 2005

Career consultants: Helping you achieve career success – Linda White

Article discusses the importance of selecting the right kind of professional to help achieve career success.

“Successful people know they need to leverage professionals to achieve their goals,” says Sharon Graham principal consultant with Career Professionals of Canada….

Take a resume for example. If yours is going to land you an interview, it needs to stand out from the hundreds of others that may land on a prospective employer’s desk. “An individual may have a homemade resume that is quite nice and follows traditional formulas – reverse chronological or functional – but is not producing results,” Graham says. “A professional resume writer would look into the individual’s background and accomplishments in depth and create a strategic marketing document that t is much more likely to produce actual interviews for the right kind of job…”

Sun Media Toronto Sun Career Connection – August 2005

Handle interview questions with finesse – Sharon Graham

“Having passed the screening interview, Margaret was glad to be meeting with the hiring manager. This second interview was going smoothly and she was feeling quite confident. Suddenly, Margaret was caught completely off guard when her interviewer abruptly asked, “how old are you?” She quickly became flustered, mumbled her age and the interview went downhill from there.

In Canada, discriminatory questions are clearly illegal for interviewers to ask. Still, we live in a real world, where inappropriate questions do come up from time to time. As a professional interview strategist, I advise my clients to determine questions that they might find offensive in advance of the actual interview. Then practice responding to various unsavoury, but possible questions …”

The Globe and Mail – July 2005

Summertime, and the workin’ ain’t easy – Wallace Immen

Feature careers article discusses expert tips for strategies to deal with summertime distractions and improve productivity.

“…But that doesn’t mean you should feel free to sneak out of the office on a whim, advises Sharon Graham, president of Career Professionals of Canada in Toronto…

Maintaining a consistent start and end time to your office day will prevent procrastination and give you a daily sense of accomplishment and, at the same time, win you points with management for being there while others are mysteriously missing, she says…”

Toronto Star, December 2004

Web’s a tool, not a crutch: Good searches require varied tools – Sharon Graham

“I’ve posted my resume on all the major sites and I’ve e-mailed hundreds of recruiters and companies.” lamented Jamie, “I’m getting very frustrated. My job search just seems to be going nowhere.”

Jamie is not alone. This is something I hear more often than not from job seekers at all levels. From my experience as a professional resume writer and career consultant, it seems that most of us today are generally technologically savvy. But, although the Internet has given rise to more creative ways of finding jobs, it also has stunted some people in their quest for employment. The danger arises when we tend to rely on technology as a crutch rather than a resource…”

The Globe and Mail, December 2004

Put holiday cheer in your career – Wallace Immen

Globe Careers feature discusses how to expand your career potential by leveraging seasonal office parties.

“..Don’t forget clients who may be invited to the office function, either. You can be assured that your boss is looking at how you interact with them,” says Sharon Graham…

It’s extremely important that your customers are kept comfortable and feel involved with the event. “It is likely that they do not know many people, so it is helpful if you introduce them to key people in the organization….”

The Globe and Mail, August 2004

How the executive job interview has changed – Wallace Immen

Feature article discusses the effective executive interviewing strategies provided by career expert, Sharon Graham.

“Executives hunting for a new position should be aware of a shift in what interviewers are looking for in candidates for management jobs, says Sharon Graham, executive director of the newly formed Career Professionals of Canada, an organization of career coaches and resume specialists.

“Things have changed. Even a few years ago, leaders were hired for their abilities to build solid teams and strategies that would produce long-term value for the organization,” says Ms. Graham, principal of Career Professionals of Canada.” Now, executives are more likely to be brought in to rebuild and re-define an organization so the skills an executive-level person should be portraying are flexibility and the ability to make change happen quickly,” Ms. Graham says.”

The Globe and Mail, August 2004

How the executive job interview has changed – Wallace Immen

Feature article discusses the effective executive interviewing strategies provided by career expert, Sharon Graham.

“Executives hunting for a new position should be aware of a shift in what interviewers are looking for in candidates for management jobs, says Sharon Graham, executive director of the newly formed Career Professionals of Canada, and organization of career coaches and resume specialists.

“Things have changed. Even a few years ago, leaders were hired for their abilities to build solid teams and strategies that would produce long-term value for the organization,” says Ms. Graham, principal of Career Professionals of Canada, a consulting firm specializing in resumes and management coaching.” Now, executives are more likely to be brought in to rebuild and re-define an organization so the skills an executive-level person should be portraying are flexibility and the ability to make change happen quickly,” Ms. Graham says.”

Press Release, July, 2004

New Canadian Organization Serves Career Professionals and Job Seekers

Introducing Career Professionals of Canada (CPC), an innovative organization that has been launched specifically for both Canadian job seekers and career professionals. CPC provides leading-edge services and resources designed to enable individuals to succeed in their career or business.

For job seekers, the CPC website provides a searchable listing of resume writers, career consultants, and a wide variety of other career professionals. Individuals can easily research organizations, compare offerings, and select the service that suits their particular needs. Additionally, CPC offers an extensive selection of tele-classes, resources, and articles on career related topics to help motivated members of the public achieve their career goals.

CPC offers membership to career professionals across Canada. The organization provides proactive resources, assistance, education, and leadership opportunities to empower members. Membership is maintained based on adherence to high standards of professionalism and ethical practices with clients.

CPC Executive Director, Sharon Graham, brought together a team of 12 Canadian industry leaders to assist her in initiating this exciting new venture. According to Ms. Graham, “We are a pioneering Canadian member driven career services organization. This is an important event because this is the first organization of its kind, specifically developed for career practitioners and job seekers, alike. As the Canadian labour market demographics continue to transform, there will be a stable resource to enable our members and clients to succeed in their career aspirations.”