The Career Services' Webinar and Workshop Library

Career Conversations - Avra Davidoff
Career conversations are an important tool in a leader's toolkit. When facilitated well, these conversations can increase employee engagement, commitment, and retention. They also present opportunities for both parties to gain further understanding and insight into career goals and motivations. Unfortunately, career conversations do not occur often, nor do they always result in the desired outcomes. This session is designed to provide leaders with an overview of career conversations including practical skills to facilitate these discussions.

Optimize your LinkedIn Profile to Attract Recruiters with Kim Wilkinson
LinkedIn is the #1 professional social media platform for accounting professionals in Alberta. While many use LinkedIn as a modern rolodex for business contacts, recruiters use it proactively to identify talent. Join Kim Wilkinson, known by her peers as a LinkedIn recruiting expert, to learn how to optimize your profile to be identified and desired by recruiters.

Social Media Risk
Social media is a dominant force in today’s world of connectedness. Its use is still growing in all parts of the world, and with that, risk is growing exponentially. Within an organization, use of social media by different departments can compromise the reputation of the organization and staff. Changes in internet usage, such as the proliferation of mobile devices and the rising use of social media, have presented new challenges for cybersecurity. Presented by Nejolla Korris, an international expert in the field of Linguistic Lie Detection and Cybersecurity - Social Engineering and Social Media Risk. She is the Chief Executive Officer at Interveritas International.

Nejolla is skilled in Scientific Content Analysis (SCAN), a technique that can determine whether a subject is truthful or deceptive. Since 2000, Nejolla has analyzed documents for fraud, international security, arson, sexual assault, homicide, and missing persons' cases, causing some of her clients to dub her the "Human Lie Detector." Nejolla was one of five sanctioned trainers worldwide in the SCAN methodology. She has worked with Singapore police, FBI and cold case units of Scotland Yard and Irish Garda as well as several other law enforcement agencies.

Combatting Ageism in the Job Search
Age is just a number, but occasionally it can impact your job search. Ageism in Canada includes any age-related discrimination. We tend to observe trends in ageism between the ages of 18-24 and then again amid ages 45-65. A recent survey indicated that 81% of individuals felt that age was a consideration in the hiring process. (Express Employment Professional survey of business leaders and job seekers, published in Globe Newswire Feb 2020). Stereotypes of older workers may include that applicants will lack spring in their step or are not technology savvy. Stereotypes of the younger generation may include a lack of maturity and the ability to prioritize work over personal lives. Overcoming these stereotypes can be challenging, but there are strategies available that can help.

Working in the Gig Economy - Panel Discussion
Four CPAs share what it means to be a part of the gig economy. Our moderator Joe Gagliardi FCPA, FCMA has a practice that plays a significant role in supporting CPAs involved in the gig economy by providing gig economy opportunities to those open to working contracts. Each CPA panellists provides a distinct perspective on what the gig economy looks like through their eyes. Our panellists include an individual who runs a side online clothing business, another woman who has turned her industry experience as a subject matter expert into a practice of training other CPAs and organizations on basic accounting functions and ERP systems. Our third panellist talks about how all of the major evolutions in her career in industry, which includes going from audit to industry, then HR to become an independent Marriage Coach. Lastly, we hear from a woman who left industry and went on to take gig economy accounting technical roles through agencies. Then by identifying her own opportunities, she stepped out of interim controller roles to become a management consultant focused on corporate transformation, change management, interim CFO offerings and others.

The Art of Negotiations
When it comes to job offers, salary increases, and promotions, often people feel like they have to accept the first offer on the table. But you can, and should negotiate. Join Joe Gagliardi FCPA, FCMA from Recruitment Partners to learn about how to leverage your rapport-building, active listening, effective questioning, problem-solving, and decision-making skills to negotiate effectively.

Calgary October 2020 Labour Market Update
Karen Krieger, Assistant Vice President at Robert Half Finance & Accounting brings her marketing and industry knowledge to provide an update on both the permanent and temporary hiring market for Calgary in 2020 and projections into 2021.

Edmonton October 2020 Labour Market Update
Join us for a job search update on the Edmonton Hiring Market! Hear Cal Jungwirth from Robert Half Finance & Accounting discuss local accounting hiring trends. If you would like to learn more about what industries are hiring and which hot skills they are looking for this is the event for you. We will look at current trends and projected trends for 2020 and into 2021.

Value of Mentoring Webinar - Mentor Training for the Future of Work
Join Janice Kobelsky CPA, CMA, facilitator for the formal CPA Career Development Mentorship program, as she presents a session for CPAs who may be interested in mentor training, regardless of if they are currently in a formal mentoring program or relationship. We will share tips to help develop competencies for the future of work and working virtually with a mentee. Discover benefits of mentoring such as "why mentor now?" and receive tools and takeaways to help your virtual mentoring relationships.

Self-Advocacy in the Workplace
We’ve likely all had to deal with a situation that tests our ability to have difficult conversations. The overbearing boss. The coworker who never meets a deadline. The aggressive client who insists on getting more than what was agreed on. The shareholder who exerts pressure on the company to act irresponsibility or unethically. Speaking up for yourself and advocating for your own needs is becoming an increasingly important and valuable skill in day-to-day life and in the workplace.

Social Intelligence
“Social Intelligence” can be thought of as knowing yourself, knowing others, and knowing how to interact effectively. Social intelligence develops from experience with people, making occasional mistakes, and learning from both successful social interactions and those that went awry. Some know this soft skill as “tact” or “common sense.” Social intelligence is a foundation to building meaningful relationships. Developing this competency allows individuals to more effectively network, strengthen work and personal interactions, and feel more comfortable working with office colleagues of all levels and in new social situations.

Registration Requirements for the Gig Economy
Interested in landing a gig in the gig economy? Before you jump in, it’s important to understand which services may require registration of a professional accounting firm or professional service provider with CPA Alberta. Find out more about CPA Alberta’s varied registration model and whether your gig fits. Understand CPA Alberta’s regulatory requirements as they relate to the gig economy and make sure you are onside. Understand risk management and professional liability and errors and omission insurance.

What is the Gig Economy?
In this webinar we define the ‘gig economy’ and overarching trends within it. We explore how the ‘gig economy’ translates into the accounting realm and what roles commonly see this type of work. Evaluate how to navigate your own accounting career within, or into, the ‘gig’ space. Presented by Shawn Miller CPA, CA Senior VP of Robert Half Management Resources.

Informational Interviews
In times of radical change, informational interviewing is an effective tool for exploring your options, increasing your network, and confirming how you can be of service. This webinar covers, what is informational interviewing, why informational interviewing is useful, who to connect with, how to create rapport and ask the right question and what to do with what you’ve learned. Presented by Tiziana Benvenuto CPA, CA, CMC, TNLP, MTLT, TCHt, CTT Practitioner in Organizational Culture Transformation.

Career Capital
Career Capital is a combination of skills, connections, and credentials. There are three main components to Career Capital: Why – Career motivation, identity and purpose. How – Job skills, knowledge and expertise. Whom – Networks, relationships and reputation. Developing Career Capital helps individuals to move from job to job and organization to organisation, to get promoted, and to successfully make career changes. 

How to Effectively Partner with External Recruiters
Have you ever worked with a recruiter and felt like they weren’t doing what you expected from them? Or perhaps you didn’t see the results you wanted. Watch this recording annd Will van Middendorp will help you: Build a partnership with your recruiter, set realistic expectations, understand outside factors that can influence your relationship between yourself and your recruiter.

Virtual Interviews
With a majority of Canadian’s sheltering in place and working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual interviewing is more important today than ever. Learn how to put your best foot forward on the phone and on video. The recording features guest speakers from Recruitment Partners including Esmond DeSilva and others.

Intercultural Effectiveness
We each have our own personal culture. It starts with our families and is further shaped by our friends, education, work, where we grew up, and where we now live. Intercultural competence is one of the many soft skills you need to have effective relationships with others. This competence is about how you interact with differences; how differences make a difference. It is what makes you and others feel engaged and valued.

Remaining Vigilant to COVID-19 Cyber Threats
Join us in learning about the cyber threats and risks faced by those working and job-seeking from home, as well as the players who are launching online attacks. Guest speakers during the recording are from Deloitte’s Cyber-Security team.

Managing the Change of Job Loss
When we’re gainfully and happily employed, we likely don’t think much about unemployment or what we would do if we were suddenly out of work. But what happens if our situation suddenly changes? Ask yourself, if you haven’t been on the job market for some time, will doing what you did last time for job search be effective this time? How do you respond if you find things aren’t working?

Job Search & Retention: Surviving a Layoff
Job loss even from a layoff is disruptive and stressful. Unfortunately, sometimes a layoff is beyond your control, and, despite your best efforts, you may find yourself back on the market again. This webinar explores how you can add value to an organization. Are you currently working but you are concerned there may be layoffs in the future? Watch this webinar as it explores how you can positively respond in the event that you are laid off with short term and long term coping strategies.

Virtual Networking
With the recent encouragement and efforts to practice personal distancing and self-isolation, in-person coffee meetings and networking events are not possible. So this is a wonderful time to focus on virtual networking as a career discovery and job search technique.

Emotional Regulation and Distress Tolerance
We all experience stress in our lives. We have demands and deadlines at work, bills to pay, health issues to deal with, family issues, etc… Distress happens when we exceed our stress limits and go into an emotional deficit. The energy you have to deal with those demands is exceeded by those available to you. It’s the moment where your body shouts, “help!” and your mind says, “I can’t take it anymore.” Emotional Regulation reduces our vulnerability towards unwanted emotions and increases emotional resilience.

Emotional Intelligence and EQ Assessment Tools
Receive an overview of emotional intelligence in the workplace and learn how it's measured. Emotional Intelligence (EI) is the set of emotional and social skills that influence the way we perceive and express ourselves, develop social relationships, cope with challenges, and use emotional information.

LinkedIn Tools for Networking and Career Transition
Learn about using LinkedIn as a networking, career development and job search tool. The event is free, and open to designated CPA members.

Resume Writing

How to Combat Discrimination in Your Job Search
Discover the tips to battle discrimination and receive an overview and definition of protected status.

Networking for Success
This webinar focuses on professional networking in the Canadian job market, hiring practices, and networking traps to avoid.

Navigating the Interview
Interviews are the final step to closing the deal and landing yourself the position of your dreams. We will be covering every step from how to mentally and physically prepare for the interview. Small talk, behavioral and technical interview questions. Not only the types of interviews that there are but the styles of interviewers that you can and will encounter. 

Career Intelligence
In 1997 a leading authority in career management Barbara Moses Ph.D. published Career Intelligence. Career Intelligence considers your agility to interact with a diverse workforce, becoming a career activist, emotional regulation, business etiquette, building your network, using technology, continuous learning, looking to the future, adapting to change.

Assertive Behaviour Through Language
Assertive language improves your communication both verbally and written. It improves relationships, helps prevent and manage conflict, and increases your ability to influence change. Research conducted by Yale University behavioural economist, Keith Chen, has shown that language can affect economic behaviours. Research at Stanford University and MIT has helped to establish the language inform behavior. So why not briefly explore how rephrasing a few key sentences can polish up a dusty resume, the effectiveness of an email and your day to day interactions.

Personal Cultural Style in the Workplace
Understand what is Personal Cultural Style and how it can make you and your workplace team more effective! Use a Personal Cultural Style assessment you can use to gain some insights into some of your workplace preferences. From there we will compare and contrast how one style may differ from another and can be used for conflict resolution in the workplace. Documents for the Personal Cultural Style Workplace assessment: Cultural Dimensions Summary ExplanationPersonal Cultural Style Assessment WorksheetPersonal Cultural Style Sample Assessment

Is an HR Manager Afraid to Hire You?
Look at why HR Managers may pass on accountants who have the technical skills to do the job.

Mix and Mingling at Networking Events
In this competitive day and age of corporate and personal branding, high-potential succession planning, the hidden job market, LinkedIn, and social selling, networking within and outside your organization has become vital in any profession for career- and relationship-building, job-seeking, and business development. If you’re not a confident networker, it is important to develop this increasingly important skill.

The ABCs of Workplace Delegation
Learn how to help other people (even your boss) lighten your load. Set yourself up for success by understanding what to delegate, who to delegate to, and how to set and clarify expectations and priorities. The webinar is presented by Jocelyn Hastie CPA, CGA.

Job Fairs and Career Expos
You don't want to show up at a job fair or career expo without a plan. In this webinar, CPA Career Services will provide advice on how to prepare for a fair to get the most value from the event. The presentation will focus on realistic expectations, preparation, on-the-day strategy and tactics, and networking.

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
Wade King presents this webinar focused on providing a working definition of sexual harassment, resources available to those being harassed, strategies on how sexual harassment should be handled (policies, procedures etc.) to create an environment of mindfulness and inclusivity. In addition, the webinar will provide organizations, especially small organizations that do not have an HR department, information about how to develop a reporting policy.

The Value of Mentorship
For years, Dr. Lionel Laroche has studied the impact of mentoring on the careers of foreign-trained professionals. His insights show that individuals who use professional career mentoring programs significantly accelerated their career progress. Mentoring also increases the likelihood of finding work relevant to their career path.

Elevate Your Networking Skills – for both the Shy Networker & Seasoned Mingler
You don’t have to be an extrovert to develop a strong network. Targeted to both seasoned networkers and those whom might become uncomfortable at thought of it. Don’t let your fear of meeting and mingling prevent you from missing out on the opportunities and benefit networking can have on your career.

Coffee, Careers and the Hidden Job Market  
It is estimated that as many as 80% of job vacancies in any given city are never advertised. In a tight economy, those roles that are posted receive hundreds of applications, and are extremely competitive. Find out how you can jump the queue for posted roles, and access the less competitive hidden job market through one-on-one informational interviews (also known as coffee meetings).

Enhance Your Organizational Diversity
Guide to accounting business culture: Adapting to the Canadian accounting workplace

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