Succeed and Grow

Setting clients up to succeed in their current job, while focusing on continuous learning and their long-term career plan.

It is important to equip job seekers with the skills and knowledge they need to be successful when they do find employment or have the opportunity to learn on-the-job in a work placement. You can also provide guidance on how to focus on continuous learning and their overall career goals.


ALIS:  Workability: What You Need to Get & Keep a Job – Handbook with practical information about key skills and attitudes required by job seekers in today’s job market; includes activities to self-assess current skills and develop the skills and attitudes needed for success in the workplace.

Career Development Manitoba:  A Guide to Success in the Workplace – A comprehensive pdf guide with information, tips, tools and stories to help people be successful at work, including starting the job and career advancement.

Job Smart: Tips for Staying Employed – Basic guide to keeping a job features information about what employers look for, self-assessment exercises, tips on problem solving and a list of helpful community resources. Written in plain language, Alberta Human Services.


Career Development Manitoba:  A Practitioner’s Guide to Success in the Workplace – A comprehensive pdf guide with information, tips, tools and stories to help people be successful at work, including starting the job and career advancement.


Starting a new job can be stressful and making a good first impression is important. Your clients may be experiencing anxiety along with the relief of having found employment. Below, we provide some guidelines and tools that can help you provide them with advice or to which you can point them to explore on their own time.


10 Tips for Your First Day of Work – Article with top 10 tips for a successful first day on a new job, from

ALIS Tip Sheet: New Job? Here’s How To Make a Good First Impression – Provides tips on how to reduce stress and make a good first impression in your first few days.

Getting the First Month at a New Job Right – Comprehensive article with lots of tips and guidelines, from Clarity Recruitment.

Hays: Starting a New Job – Tips and guidelines for your first days and weeks, from Hays Career Advice.

MindTools: Starting a New Job – Helpful tips with links to additional articles on a variety of topics.

Monster Career Advice: Starting a New Job – Explore these articles on a wide range of topics around starting a new job.

My Career Coach: Starting the Job – Tips and guidelines for getting on the right track in your first 90 days on the job, including the psychology of change, building relationships and learning to fit in with the new team.

ReadySetHired – Starting Your New Job – Explore the 5 steps of Chapter 10 and the Top Ten Mistakes on this website (or download the pdf version of the book here).

Starting Your New Job Checklist – A one-page checklist, from

The first day: How to effectively start a new job – A short video presentation and guidelines on your first days on the job, from Australian site Career One.

Your First Day on the Job – Tips and guidelines, including for the first day, the first week, the first month and beyond, from City of Calgary Youth Employment Centre.


Coping with Anxiety in a New Job – Article with practical tips, from Putting People First.

Staying Healthy When Starting a New Job – Tips and advice on managing stress and maintaining health when starting a new job, from the Government of Alberta.

The Anxiety of Starting a New Job – A Jobcastradio video;  includes information for new employees, employers, and hiring managers around the anxiety of starting a new job after long-term unemployment.


Get the Most out of Your Placement – Tips on getting the most out of student work placement; many applicable to other placements as well.

Student Placements – Comprehensive guide to student placements, outlining benefits and tips for getting the most out of them, much of which is applicable to any work placement.


Having a coach or mentor “on the job” can help with knowledge transfer, with networking, and even with career development.


Women in Communications and Technology (WCT) – This program has been established to increase the number of women in the communications industry to become senior leaders; participants must be members of the WCT to be eligible.

CanWit eMentorship – A social network that connects women in technology with experienced mentors for career development; helps make the match and is suitable for both mentors and those seeking a mentor.

HRPA Ottawa Mentoring Program – Open to Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) members, the program pairs seasoned HR professionals (mentors) with new and mid-level individuals (protégés) to facilitate learning and networking opportunities within the Ottawa chapter.


ALIS Tip Sheet: Mentoring: Finding and Working With a Mentor – A quick quiz to test knowledge and information on what mentoring is and how to form an effective relationship.

Assess your Mentoring Preferences – An online instrument to assess mentoring preferences for both partners and mentors.

BC Jobs – Should You Consider Mentoring? – Provides tips and guidelines for seeking out a mentor to enrich your career.

Coach and Mentor Definitions – Detailed information from the Coaching and Mentoring Network (a UK website).

The Value of a Mentor: Students and Job-Seekers… How to Find Yourself a Mentor – An article with tips and guidelines for finding a mentor, from Quintessential Careers.

Tools for Partners – Tools that will help partners (mentees or protégés) make their mentoring relationships productive and satisfying, including a quiz to testreadiness to be mentored, expectations, responsibilities and a mentoring journal, from the Center for Coaching and Mentoring – a US website.


Advancing your career, like learning, is a life-long process.  This section looks at how to learn on the job and focus on personal development, as well as how to continue to enhance your career and develop networking skills.


8 Simple Steps to Maximize Your On the Job Learning – Article from Career Change Mentor with concrete steps to take.

ALIS Tip Sheet: Take Charge of Your Learning at Work – Tips and guidelines for taking ownership of your lifelong learning at work, including aWork and Learning Quiz.

Introduction to Learning Styles – Provides an overview of learning styles, list of books about different ways people learn, and links to other websites about learning styles (developed by Marcia Connor).

Learning Style Assessment Tool – Easy to use inventory can help you assess your own approach to learning and how you take in information (developed by Marcia Connor).

On-the-Job Learning – Quick tips from MIT Human Resources.


12 Tips for Personal Career Growth – Tip sheet with techniques and tactics that encourage personal growth and help keep it a priority, developed by Xerox Corporation.

22 Killer Personal Development Resources You’re Missing Out On – Provides links and descriptions of online resources that can help you with many aspects of personal development.

Career Building Tips – Comprehensive personal development tips to help in building your career, from Dalhousie University.

My Career Coach: Succeeding in the Job – An overview of a number of areas that you need to be aware of and attend to in order to succeed, includes sections on: corporate culture, goal-setting, and career advancement.

Personal Development Isn’t Personal: 3 Tips For Getting Your Manager Involved – Forbes article with tips for having development discussions with your manager.


ALIS Tip Sheet:  Career Laddering: Making Positive Moves – Also known as career pathing, tips for workers on how to use career laddering to improve and renew their career, with either upward or lateral moves.

ALIS Tip Sheet: Learning to Enhance Your Career – Tips and guidelines for growing your work-related knowledge and skills.

ALIS Tip Sheet:  Time-Saving Tools for Busy Lives – Tips for getting organized and managing time, including five tools to get started.

Lifelong Career Planning – A Decision Making Model to revisit often to help you stay on the road to success as you journey through your career and evolve throughout life, from Manitoba Career Development.

Your Career: Career Development – Various articles on topics related to developing your career, from workhealthlife.


Job Bank: Networking Know-How – Tips and guidelines from Service Canada.

Networking Checklist – Questions to help guide your networking efforts, from McGill University.

Networking – Information on what networking is and how to use it in the job search, from University of Toronto.

Network! Network! Network! – Comprehensive information from University of Saskatchewan Job Search Guide.

The CaPs Guide to Networking – A comprehensive guide, prepared by McGill University.


Ottawa Chamber of Commerce – Monthly networking events.

Ottawa Networking Events – Listing of events from Eventbrite.

Meetingup: Ottawa Business Networking – Explore business networking events in Ottawa.