Archive for Month: March 2018

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Changes in Enforcement and Fines in Skilled Trades in the Maritimes

Changes are coming in the construction industry in Nova Scotia. The province proposed increased fines and enforcement measures in the skilled trades “in order to ensure a more level playing field in the industry”. The proposed amendments are to the Apprenticeship and Trade Qualifications Act and would give “Nova Scotia […]

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How to Make a Tough Decision

Every day we come across decisions we must make. From deciding what to wear, to what route to take to work. Most decisions are easily made without major thought. Yet sometimes, we must make a tougher decision, which can greatly impact our lives. This may be a business decision, a […]

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Why become a mechanic?

When deciding what career to pursue, many factors can influence our decision. Salary, work-life balance, job prospects and our own personal interests are big players. For some people, being a mechanic is a dream they’ve held since childhood. Others have always had an interest in how things work and a […]

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Ace your Phone Interview!

Many of you have probably read all about how to prepare for interviews: dress well, have open body language, make a good first impression. While these tips are useful and beneficial for in person interviews, there is little direction on how to prepare for a phone interview. “Many companies use […]

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Gaining Respect Without Years of Management Experience

Leading a group of people ca be challenging. From motivation to managing diverse personalities and skill sets, leading group toward a common goal presents its own challenges. Developing the skills to lead can be done in many ways and is often done over a period of several years. Still, some […]

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Provincial Governments and Colleges Investing in Skilled Trade Education

A joint initiative with the Ontario government and the Skilled Trades College of Canada is giving students interested in bricklaying the opportunity to apprentice and learn about skilled masonry without paying tuition. The program offers connection to steady employment to graduates in a time when skilled masons are greatly needed […]

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Going from Contract to Full-time

Have you ever seen a job posting for your dream job but hesitated to apply because it was a contract position? Have you wondered how to take the contract position to full-time work? It is definitely possible. Here are four steps to take to go from contract-employee to full-time team […]

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8 Tips For Improving Self-Motivation And Productivity

Being able to motivate yourself on the job day to day is necessary. Here are 8 tips to help ensure you can succeed in doing this throughout the work week: Have a plan There is nothing quite as motivating as making a list (daily, weekly, monthly) of things to be […]