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8 tips to handle IT job search rejection
8 tips to handle IT job search rejection
Even in the booming IT industry with unemployment at historic lows, landing a tech job isn't a given. Making it through several rounds of interviews and technical screenings can make you feel as though you're a shoe-in for the role, only to dis...
Canadian universities among schools asked to help IBM fight cyber crime
Canadian universities among schools asked to help IBM fight cyber crime
IBM wants its Watson computer system to learn how to fight cybercrime and it's asking eight leading universities, including three in Canada, for help. Watson — IBM's question answering computer system — was originally designed to comp...
More PhDs but fewer job commitments
More PhDs but fewer job commitments
The production of science and engineering PhDs in the United States has reached a record high, according to the 2014 annual report on the Survey of Earned Doctorates, which the National Science Foundation issued last month.
Relationships: Scions of science
Relationships: Scions of science
For Irina Kareva, maths is a family affair. The theoretical biologist and her parents, both mathematicians, find maths conferences convenient gathering points. At a 2011 meeting in Vancouver, Canada, Kareva and her father presented a study that the thr...
6 job search tips from the pros to help get you hired
6 job search tips from the pros to help get you hired
Looking through job postings and applying for work can be draining — especially when you don't hear back from anyone who's hiring.
Report offers employment snapshot on engineering technical sector
Report offers employment snapshot on engineering technical sector
A new report studying the role of Canada's engineering and applied science technicians and technologists offers ample fodder to tech-oriented young people considering a career in that sector. The report from the Conference Board of Canada indicates...
Social media mistakes candidates make during job search
Social media mistakes candidates make during job search
Social media can both advance and hinder your career depending on how you use it. Most of the recruiters admit that they look at candidates' social media profiles before making their decision. Therefore, you have to be careful about how you use soc...
Engineering students put their boats to the test
Engineering students put their boats to the test
Science and engineering meets the sails at the 2016 International Robotic Sailing Regatta hosted by Queen's University.
Engineering, science PhDs least likely to work as professors
Engineering, science PhDs least likely to work as professors
Almost a third of recent PhD graduates from Ontario universities are working as tenured or tenure-track university professors within a few years of finishing their degrees, a new study has found, with students in the humanities and social sciences much...
Introverts can overcome obstacles in job searches
Introverts can overcome obstacles in job searches
A job search can be a daunting task for any of us but when you are an introvert it may be doubly so.
Careers in high tech
Careers in high tech
High technology permeates every corner of every enterprise, from global computing corporations, to social media and search establishments, to retail giants. Not surprisingly, these industries offer attractive playgrounds for Ph.D.-level scientists and ...
More PhDs are leaving academia to launch their own businesses
More PhDs are leaving academia to launch their own businesses
Harrison Brown had a choice after completing his Master of Science degree three years ago: Take a job in the U.S. related to his research in sports concussions or keep studying and build his own company. For Mr. Brown, it was a no-brainer. He and a fel...
Job seeking for the first time in years: How to do it
Job seeking for the first time in years: How to do it
If you've been in the same job for a few years and suddenly have to leave, it can be really daunting to deal with. Where do you go from here? How do you look for another job? Everyone else seems so settled; you might not feel comfortable asking for...
Closing the STEM gender gap: An opportunity and imperative
Closing the STEM gender gap: An opportunity and imperative
When you think 'engineer', who comes to mind? When you think 'scientist', what are they wearing? When you hear 'tech entrepreneur', what are they doing?
What do you do when you lose confidence in your career?
What do you do when you lose confidence in your career?
Losing confidence and losing motivation are two different things, even though one usually causes the other. All of us experience a loss of confidence in our careers at some point in our lives and it will happen again in the future too. What's impor...
The future of work: looking at where the jobs will be in 2026
The future of work: looking at where the jobs will be in 2026
Back To the Future was a great movie, and it gets even better in the second movie when they actually go into the future — which was Oct. 21, 2015.
How to pass your probation with flying colours
How to pass your probation with flying colours
Most of us at some time or another will have been through a probation process when we start a new job. A lot of companies have this in place (generally from three to six months, depending on the contract). In fact, you might not even have a probation p...
Planning: The key to a successful job search
Planning: The key to a successful job search
Starting a job-hunting journey requires a lot of processes: making resumes, writing application letters, researching companies, and others. However, one key factor that has been proven to be successful in job hunting is planning.
6 traits engineers need to succeed as IT leaders
6 traits engineers need to succeed as IT leaders
Engineers and developers often make the best IT leaders. Not only are they forward-thinking and tech-savvy, but they've already have the trust and the loyalty of your IT team and they know the ins-and-outs of a great culture. If you're looking ...
5 factors to consider when choosing your PhD
5 factors to consider when choosing your PhD
Choosing to undertake a PhD is a daunting task. This is not helped by the common misperception that studying for a PhD is a lonely struggle to prove you're worthy of academia: a Darwinian process where only the fittest, strongest and luckiest survive.
How to jumpstart a lucrative career in data science
How to jumpstart a lucrative career in data science
Data science has been dubbed the sexiest career of the 21st century, according to Harvard Business Review. The discipline involves using a variety of tools and analytical methods to compile and interpret data, usually to help companies gain insights an...
5 tips to write the perfect STEM CV
5 tips to write the perfect STEM CV
First up, here's some great news: STEM prospects are not only in high-demand, they're also being paid pretty well.
7 career advice no one tells you
7 career advice no one tells you
It's the stuff no one tells you that can make all the difference. Here are compilations of career tips no one will actually tell you.
How to work effectively under pressure
How to work effectively under pressure
A lot us may have the phrase 'works well under pressure' on our CVs, but how many of us can actually work effectively under a lot of pressure on the job? The phrase is one of the most generic things an employer may read on your CV or cover lett...
Ontario universities' engineering programs set to be expanded
Ontario universities' engineering programs set to be expanded
Competition for spots in engineering programs in Ontario universities could ease up in coming years as the province gets ready to announce expansion plans for some of the most in-demand degrees in Canada.
Book a toolkit for women entering STEM careers, retired University of Guelph librarian Peggy Prit...
Book a toolkit for women entering STEM careers, retired University of Guelph librarian Peggy Prit...
As young people enter the workforce, it is important for them to have mentorship, author Peggy Pritchard says.
Universities developing cybersecurity degrees to fill jobs gap
Universities developing cybersecurity degrees to fill jobs gap
If they want to continue to protect our nation's most valuable data from cyber-attacks, leading security practitioners need to look to the future of the security industry and develop ways to grow the talent needed to fill the looming jobs gap.
6 job search challenges you'll face as a new grad
6 job search challenges you'll face as a new grad
Whether it's figuring out which job to take, how much money to ask for, or what to do if they can't find a full-time position, new college graduates likely will face a number of difficult and trying situations as they transition into the workin...
Finding job satisfaction in high performance computing
Finding job satisfaction in high performance computing
I started on a project for energy-aware computing. The goal here was not to boost operations per second but to make a more efficient use of computational resources for the same result but at a lower power per energy cost. Very soon I got exposed to man...
Tech jobs will boom in Canada, but country lacks people to fill them
Tech jobs will boom in Canada, but country lacks people to fill them
Canada's economy will create at least 218,000 tech jobs between now and 2020, but lacks the people to fill them, says a new report from a not-for-profit think tank.
3 jobs for a computer science major that you haven't thought of
3 jobs for a computer science major that you haven't thought of
Graduates of computer science are numerous. You can pursue a wide range of careers from games developer to manager of IT and communications services, but have you thought of these 3 unusual careers as a computer science graduate?
'Employment crisis' for new PhDs is an illusion
'Employment crisis' for new PhDs is an illusion
Last month the National Science Foundation (NSF) reported that U.S. universities awarded a record number of PhD degrees in 2014: 54,070, with 75 per cent conferred in science and engineering. Those new graduates face gloomy job prospects, media reports...
Learn to read between the lines of a job ad
Learn to read between the lines of a job ad
Most companies in the recruiting business are experiencing a great start to 2016. It appears that the job market is finally picking up a bit of steam, at least across the world of commerce and industry. There will always be a fair amount of stress and ...
After years of growth, female first authorship in top medical journals has stalled
After years of growth, female first authorship in top medical journals has stalled
Female first authorship in high-impact medical journals increased "significantly" over the two decades preceding 2014, according to a paper published in The BMJ. This is the "good news," writes Kathryn Rexrode of Harvard Medical School in an edi...
Growth can come in phases
Growth can come in phases
Even though I work with microbes on a daily basis, I never thought I would relate to them in a personal way. Now, though, as I'm finishing up my PhD and reflecting on my graduate school experience, I see an analogy between my own intellectual devel...
Education: Degrees of success
Education: Degrees of success
Life-science PhD graduates who wish to leave academia often find rewarding careers in the laboratories of biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. But some find that the lab isn't enough. Researchers who choose to move beyond the bench to the up...
How to use an exit interview to your advantage
How to use an exit interview to your advantage
Ah exit interviews. These awkward last hurrah of soon-to-be former employees are often used as a venue to vent at everything that went wrong during his or her stay. However, this is not the way to do it. Exit interviews are used by a company's HR t...
How prestige shapes the professoriate
How prestige shapes the professoriate
More than 400 American institutions offer doctorates in science and engineering. The degrees they award, however, are not created equal, at least as far as landing faculty jobs is concerned. Research shows that in many disciplines, only a relative hand...
GM plan to hire up to 1,000 engineers in Canada
GM plan to hire up to 1,000 engineers in Canada
It's been a long time since Ontario's beleaguered auto industry got some good news. And even the good news has been tempered by the lousy trend lines in an industry with a shrinking footprint in Canada.
The 18 best jobs for people with good memories
The 18 best jobs for people with good memories
Can you recall what you ate for lunch last week? Do you remember the names of most people you meet? Do you know every word to every song you've ever loved? If so, you probably have a great memory — and this is a very valuable trait in the job ...
The future looks bright for IT workers
The future looks bright for IT workers
The IT skills gap and talent shortage remains an ongoing business challenge as technology becomes the cornerstone of nearly every industry. That shift means there is a bigger demand for tech pros with specific skill sets; and companies are hiring quali...
Tech organizations struggling to find qualified employees to fill demand
Tech organizations struggling to find qualified employees to fill demand
Before Hired launched in Toronto last November, nearly 27,000 people and more than 280 companies applied for the online service that matches job seekers with gigs in the tech sector.
Improve your productivity with these simple tips
Improve your productivity with these simple tips
There are always articles around on the internet about how you can vastly improve your productivity levels at work. How many of these do you spend ages reading and end up forgetting what the tips were? You could have done so much work in that space of ...
Teaching safety skills, not just safety rules
Teaching safety skills, not just safety rules
Efforts to improve safety standards and practices in academic labs are multiplying at universities and colleges across the country, but teaching safety as rules and compliance is insufficient, experts agree. Instead, students need to learn and practice...
How to re-energize your job
How to re-energize your job
If someone tells you that they're constantly motivated and energetic in their role, they probably haven't been in their job that long or they've reached their dream job (which is uncommon, but it does happen). Most of us have moments in our...
Get a job: New graduates can make it in this economy
Get a job: New graduates can make it in this economy
With university and college convocations just around the corner, there are a lot of soon-to-be graduates worried about the prospective job market.
Women in physics: Personal perspectives
Women in physics: Personal perspectives
Since I entered the third year of my PhD, my future career has been increasingly on my mind. I've been to a few careers events with stands full of free USB pens and glossy brochures, but always came away disappointed, unable to see myself in the ro...
Management: When jobs go wrong
Management: When jobs go wrong
Most principal investigators are eager to talk about their management success stories: postdocs and graduate students who have gone on to become science rock stars. But there's another reality of science that is rarely discussed. Sometimes, the rel...
Is any job better than no job at all?
Is any job better than no job at all?
When life takes a funny and unpredictable turn it can leave us feeling panicked and out of control. When this happens with our careers it can have extra repercussions of upset — financial ones. We rely on our jobs to pay the bills and keep a roof ...
New study sheds light on careers chosen by Ontario PhD grads
New study sheds light on careers chosen by Ontario PhD grads
Almost a third of recent PhD graduates from Ontario universities are working as tenured or tenure-track university professors within a few years of finishing their degrees, a new study has found, with students in the humanities and social sciences much...
How grad students get paid affects where they work
How grad students get paid affects where they work
It's only one study, but a novel analysis finding a link between how U.S. graduate students in the biomedical sciences are funded and their first job after earning their Ph.D. turns one piece of conventional wisdom on its head: Students supported o...
Ontario dedicating $60 million for renewed math strategy
Ontario dedicating $60 million for renewed math strategy
Ontario is dedicating more than $60 million to help support students across the province achieve better results in mathematics.
Interpreting nonacademic job ads
Interpreting nonacademic job ads
PhDs seeking careers outside of academe constantly hear about how important it is to let potential employers know about skills honed on campus that can translate to a new work environment. But how do you do this when you may not even understand what th...