6 Small Steps for BIG Career Success

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We hope you had an amazing New Year’s Eve and Day. Did you make any resolutions or goals for 2019? I’m sure you will agree with me that it doesn’t take long for us to begin to forget those resolutions in the daily hum-drum. Career-related resolutions are some of the most common that people make. Unfortunately, they […]

Toronto Architecture & Interior Design Events || October 2018

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Say goodbye to summer and hello to Fall! In October, ‘Sweater Weather’ is in effect and in Toronto, the city is buzzing with Fall events for everyone to enjoy. With Thanksgiving and Halloween just around the corner, the upcoming events in October are happening all over the city and some are just walking distance away. […]

Toronto Architecture & Interior Design Events || September 2018

So many events so little time… September is starting out and ending HOT in the architecture and interior design events arena. There are so many events happening it’s hard to pick which to attend. Ranging from networking events (for example TSA’s Revit Pub Night and BEAT talk with MJMA) to idea incubators (check out this year’s […]

Toronto Architecture & Interior Design Events || August 2018

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August’s Architecture and Interior Design events calendar is here! It is full of engaging and high-energy events that will help increase your knowledge AND your contact circle. These events are happening all around Toronto and close by! Take a few minutes to fill your calendar with some of these events picked out just specifically for […]

Toronto Architecture & Interior Design Events || July 2018

Proudly presenting July’s Architecture and Interior Design Events Calendar for 2018. Whether you are looking for a fun event to mingle in ( like…TO DO Designer Drinks w/ Susan for Susan) OR a career building educational opportunity event (like…Introduction to SketchUp) here they are! Or even take a “walk” and learn more about the architecture […]

Toronto Architecture & Interior Design Events || June 2018

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June is warming up with plenty of Architecture & Interior Design Events to choose from. Start out your month at the BEAT Breakfast Club for a tremendous networking event. Take a stroll and enjoy the warmer weather by joining in for a few ROM Walks to see new perspectives of our city. Wrap up June […]

Toronto Architecture & Interior Design Events || May 2018

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We invite you to pull up a chair, grab your calendar, and browse our full list of Architectural & Interior Design Events. Be sure to add the relevant events to your plans. A few of the extra special events that we are sure you won’t want to miss include OCAD’s GradEx happening this week, plenty […]

Listen Up! Top Podcasts for Architects and Interior Designers

How do you keep yourself educated and engaged in your profession? Networking events and seminars are great but there’s another way to get exposure to new ideas and thoughts on the many different facets of this industry that’s right at your fingertips, anytime you like. Podcasts about almost any topic imaginable are available on your […]

Toronto Architecture & Interior Design Events || April 2018

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SPRING – We look forward each year to the ending of winter and the fresh energy that seems to arrive with spring. With it, new and exciting events begin happen all around the city for Architecture and Interior Design professionals alike. Here is April’s upcoming events calendar that includes some amazing (not to be missed) […]

Toronto Architecture & Interior Design Events || March 2018

Without much doubt spring has SPRUNG! Events for Architecture and Interior Design professionals are ablaze all around the city. From recurring events to brand new ones your choices abound. Begin by taking advantage of networking events like BEAT Talk with Valerie Gow or attending classes like this one – AutoCAD Civil 3D. Then consider wrapping up your (hopefully) warm month […]

Top Tips for Great References

I was checking a candidate’s references the other day and had the most difficult time getting through. I found myself “chasing down” one of the references who hadn’t heard from the candidate in 5 years. The result? Well, not the best reference. He had nothing bad to say about the candidate but because it’s been […]

Toronto Architecture & Interior Design Events || February 2018

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The month of February is known worldwide for its diverse celebrations and events. In Toronto the Architecture and Interior Design events are no different. This month you can choose from amazing events like Ryerson’s Arch Symposium entitled Borders in Architecture for an enjoyable evening of discussion with other architects and designers. There are so many events […]

Toronto Architecture & Interior Design Events || January 2018

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Fight off the winter blues this January with a calendar packed FULL of amazing Interior Design and Architecture Events. January has so many exciting events, it’s hard to pick which ones to attend. January’s events include some of the best of the entire year including the Interior Design Show (“Canada’s Design Fair”) and Toronto Offsite […]

7 Things For Job Seekers To Leave Behind in 2017

Can you believe it? We are stepping into 2018 in just a few days! Amazing how this year has just flown by. We’ve been reflecting on the year we are leaving behind and have put together a list of things we can leave behind as well. Here are 7 Things to Leave Behind in 2017 […]

Toronto Architecture & Interior Design Events || December 2017

The weather is colder, people are busier…it must be December again! This year has flown by. Events are quieter this time of year but you still won’t want to miss any of these events to continue your networking and career growth. Enjoy your holidays! Sunday Scene: Ilana Shamoon – Dec 3, 2017 Indigenous Art Today: Lindsay Nixon […]

How to Use Video to Stand Out on LinkedIn Right Now

Notice anything different about your LinkedIn feed lately? A few months ago LinkedIn introduced a native video feature for all users and I have noticed more and more videos popping up from different businesses, advertisers and experts in different fields. If you’re looking for a job, posting a “Video Resume” could be an exciting new […]

Toronto Architecture & Interior Design Events || November 2017

Halloween may be over but there’s plenty to look forward to in the Design & Architecture world as this month is full of mixers and award presentations. There are so many amazing events in this month’s calendar we’re having difficulty listing them all! Begin your November taking in a lecture or attending the 2017 Toronto […]

Refer a Friend and Win an Apple Watch!

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We are excited to announce yet another way for our contacts and colleagues to WIN with Vered Klein – Introducing “Refer a Friend and Win” an Apple Watch! We are looking for amazing Architectural & Interior Design professionals and one thing we have found consistently over the years is Designers and Architects know how to […]

How is work different than school (and different than your summer job)

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All that hard studying at school has finally paid off. Congratulations graduate! You’ve been offered your first official position in the Architecture & Design industry… but there are a few things you will need to know to help you start out right. Work is NOT like school. Surprised? We were too! But believe it or […]

Toronto Architecture & Interior Design Events || October 2017

October 2017 Toronto Design Events

We know you’ve been looking forward to our October 2017 Architecture & Interior Design Events Calendar. This month is FULL to the brim with workshops, networking events, and lectures not to be missed. For example this month is POP CAN CRIT 2017 and the 2017 ARIDO Awards Gala. We’ve been looking forward to these events […]

Toronto Architecture & Interior Design Events || September 2017

It’s September already… and although the weather is cooling, Toronto and it’s events are heating up! You simply cannot enjoy Toronto fully without truly seeing its design or architecture and knowing the history behind it. This month set your calendar to make time to take a tour and explore the gems hidden within Toronto. Here […]

How to Ace a Panel Interview

The luxury of multiple interviews at different times and locations may be severely complicated for some firms. Especially if the position the firm is trying to fill, the candidate is required to wear  “multiple hats”. Queue the Panel Interview style. What is a Panel Interview? “The term panel interview is used to describe a technique that […]

Toronto Architecture & Interior Design Events || August 2017

Seems like the summer just started and it has just flown by. August is patio season, so take your dinner outside to enjoy these warm days before they are gone. As for events, there are several NOT TO BE MISSED EVENTS! Grab your calendar…The Architecture & Interior Design events are HOT early in the month. […]

Top Tips for Your Interview Attire

Congratulations! You’ve heard back and scheduled that interview you’ve been dying for. You know… the one with that amazing studio you’ve been salivating over. The position is perfect for you, and you know that you’ll be great at it. Your portfolio is perfect. You’re all set and ready. One final hurdle that can trip up […]

Toronto Architecture & Interior Design Events || July 2017

From the time we were kids we learned that the summer months can be used in any multitude of ways. From exploring new environments, to relaxing by the water, or meeting new friends, summers can be such wonderful times. Why don’t we use this year to explore finding excellent ways to use our summer to […]

The one thing you should never leave out of your resume

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Everyone knows you need a well written resume. Spelling and grammar should be flawless. You can choose to show your jobs chronologically, in the traditional style, or showcase your skills in the functional kind.  Specify your responsibilities, focus on accomplishments and be concise. Have you done of all of that? Great! You still could be […]

Toronto Architecture & Interior Design Events || June 2017

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As we prepare for our first official month of summer in 2017 now is the perfect time to start finding those MUST ATTEND events, tours, and exhibits. June is looking to be quite a busy and exciting month including the 2017 AZ Awards Gala on June 23 and Open Doors Ontario throughout the month. Have […]

How to Get Found on LinkedIn

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Tell me if you have heard this story before…person sitting at their computer working away gets a LinkedIn message from a connection. A month later this person starts a new job and they weren’t on a job search to begin with. How did that happen? Why was that person found for that new job specifically? […]

Designer Conversations are Happening – Join Us

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Lately, we have been having some amazing dialogues over on LinkedIn about a variety of Architectural and Design career topics. It’s been great to see local designers and firm leaders come together in collaboration and make some very interesting points about these topics. I believe that connections and collaboration are vital to career success for […]

What You Need to Know About LinkedIn Recommendations

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As you all know, LinkedIn is a powerful tool these days when it comes to trying to find a job, or hiring fresh talent. So, it’s no surprise that great recommendations on LinkedIn bear heavy weight on a recruiter’s impression of a potential candidate’s profile. Here is a summary of what you need to know […]

Online Portfolio DOs and DON’Ts

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If you don’t have an online portfolio yet…now is the time to create one! Online portfolios are a remarkably useful tool for you to showcase your work, achievements, potential and personality. When applying for jobs include a link to your online portfolio with your resume. You’re now a step ahead of your portfolio-less competition for […]

How to Beat Boredom at Work

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It’s only natural to sometimes feel bored at work. Especially here in Canada, around this time of year – we are in the thick of winter and the holiday season is a distant memory, so we need to dig deep for that extra bit of motivation in the work space. My advice is to try […]

Prepare (Your Work) for Vacation : The No-Stress Vacation Planner

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There is nothing worse than dreaming up and planning the perfect vacation, and then having work-related stress overwhelm your precious and well-deserved time off. Here are my top 7 tips for preparing your work life so the only thing you need to think about while on vacation is YOU. Let colleagues and clients know well […]

5 Tips for Expressing Enthusiasm in an Interview

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An important part of the interviewing process is to show a genuine interest in the new role and the company.  Most interviewers are influenced by the candidate’s ability to present themselves in an impressive manner, right from the start of the interview. Whether you are the type of person who naturally presents themselves confidently, or […]

Quick Tips for a Terrific Resume

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Since a resume is often times the first point of reference for a potential employer, it’s crucial that it truly reflects your talents, achievements, personality and style. Paying attention to some essential points, you can easily build it into something that really sets you apart from the other candidates. Here are my top tips for […]

Top 5 Tips for Your Fall Job Search

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Fall is here and its time to get motivated and prepared for the busiest time of year when it comes to changing jobs. I encourage you to take the time now to prepare yourselves for the fall season, when companies reach their annual hiring peak. What can you do now so you can make the most of career opportunities […]

Success Strategies for a Culturally Diverse Workplace

Toronto prides itself on being one of the most multicultural cities in the world. With people from all over the globe – our amazing city is home to a variety of cultures, values, practices and ethnicities. This cultural diversity naturally spills over into the workplace, so it’s no wonder that having an effective and productive […]

3 Steps to Research A Firm’s “Company Culture”

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Company culture is the personality of a firm. It’s an important factor is determining whether a new job is a good fit for you. So, I encourage you to take the time to do some digging inside the culture of a firm, to help make the decision on whether it’s the right environment for you […]

Download Your FREE Interviewing Guide

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After so many years of helping people prepare for interviews…I’m very excited to share this Interviewing guide with you! My passion for my work, coupled with my desire to help people reach their professional goals, has brought me to this point after many years of experience as a recruiter in the Architecture and Interior Design […]

Best Job Search Apps for Designers and Architects

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Searching for a job can be a full-time job itself – it’s time consuming and often frustrating. Yet in this day and age, since we live in such a connected world, the process of looking for a job is more accessible than ever before and can literally be at our fingertips all day long. By […]

Listen up: One of the Best Interviewing Skills to Have

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Last week I interviewed a great candidate. This person has many years of experience managing projects and people. He’s also a great storyteller and was able to showcase his achievements with some very specific and interesting examples. So why did I come out of that interview exhausted and a little frustrated? This person was so […]

Are You Well Suited To Work At a Small Firm?

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I’m sure you have all been faced with the question of whether to work for a small firm, or go with the bigger well-known firm, at some point in your careers… It seems to be a common dilemma I have witnessed people dealing with and the decision-making process for such an important career path should […]

How to answer the one question you will be asked in every interview

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Certain interview questions are easier to prepare for than others, and you can usually bank on certain typical interview questions being asked. One of the harder, yet common interview questions revolves around the topic of being a team player – especially in the design and architecture industry, as the nature of this industry is very […]

10 Ways to Rock Your New Job

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Starting a new job always comes with a mix of emotions – lots of excitement, together with nerves about the unknown. First impressions do last, and there are certain things you can do from the start that will jump-start your success in a new role. Here is my list of top 10 things you can […]

How to Stand Out in a Crowd of Talent

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  Is doing a good job enough to stand out from the crowd? How can you, as a team member, working alongside other talented professionals shine and be noticed? One way to go beyond the limits of your job description is to identify a niche field that you are passionate about, and become THE expert […]

How to Use Twitter for Your Job Search

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  In the age of social media, we have countless outlets for job searching. Platforms such as LinkedIn are the first to come to mind, but Twitter is becoming a great tool for finding employment. Twitter may not be the first social network that would spring to mind when job searching, however, it has some unique […]

6 Tips and Tricks for Infographic Resumes

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Ever heard of an infographic resume? Although not appropriate for everyone, this innovative and visually-enticing way of displaying one’s work experience and achievements is certainly causing a buzz in the job hiring world. In today’s busy and competitive industry, the need to differentiate yourself creatively and stand out from the rest is key, particularly when […]

Don’t forget to do this on your next interview

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  When preparing yourself for an interview, there is one important part that is often forgotten – you are there to ask questions too! This is your chance to find out if this is an organization you actually want to work for – you are interviewing the employer just as much as the employer is […]

Five top reasons you should get yourself a mentor

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So many articles out there about having a mentor as one of the most important keys to success. I believe this is especially true in the early stages of your career, but is invaluable at just about any life stage.  Mentors are usually a few (or many) years ahead in their career and life and […]

Top 100 Architecture Blogs and more…

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Take a few moments this holiday season to look at your profession from a different perspective. If you have some time to step away from the day to day work of your projects, take a look at other work locally and internationally and get inspired to do more next year.Five in to a list of […]

An introvert’s guide to acing interviews

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If you’re an introvert you have to view Susan Cain’s TED talk about the Power of Introverts. In this passionate talk, Susan argues that introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and should be encouraged and celebrated. It’s just under 20 minutes but worth every second. It will make you feel great about […]

Best Advice for Interior Designers

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A while back I asked senior designers what would be their advice for junior designers just starting out in the business. I imagined their advice would be about skill development, but found that for most senior designers relationships with sub trades, contractors, installers, vendors, clients and other designers made the top of the list.  Other […]

Are you a good storyteller?

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I’m not talking about the “Once Upon a time…” kind of story here. (although if you have little kids that might be your forte). What I’m talking about are compelling career stories that bring to life the information on your resume and cover letter. Stories that provide examples and evidence to support your promise of […]

Top architects talk business

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Ever wonder how do some architects get to be starchitects? After all, everyone started as new grads, no experience and tons of passion, so how do some go from intern to owner? Jenn Kennedy interviewed and photographed 25 successful California architects in her book Success by Design. This book chronicles the careers of these architects […]

Interior Designers’ iPAD essential apps

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Here’s a great list of apps that will get you using your iPAD for work. I’m mostly impressed with AutoCAD for iPAD. Wouldn’t it be nice to make some changes right there with your client? imagine the impact that can have on the clarity of your conversation, not to mention the wow factor! Interior Designers’ iPAD essential apps. […]

A resume or a Prezume? Both actually…

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Prezumes are on the rise and they certainly got my attention! Working away on one of my searches I stumbled upon one online. It was done in a way that made me look at this person’s traditional resume more closely. If you want to stand out of the resume crowd this is definitely one way […]

Is your Facebook page the first interview?

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There are many articles out there on how employers are researching candidate’s Facebook, twitter, and Linkedin pages before making a hiring decision. Most employers are looking for red flags such as usage of drugs, badmouthing former employers and lying about credentials. I came across this article this week about a study correlating certain aspects of […]

Cool Stuff for (Toronto) Architecture Lovers

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I have to admit, I love gadgets. This is a pretty cool idea so let me share it with you. Still in its infancy, this free app for iPhones and Android phones uses geo-positioning for an interactive downtown architectural experience like no other. Hold the phone in front of you, and the phone’s camera shows […]