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Dana Ly
Toronto, Ontario
Career Coach
Interests: playing basketball, reading and writing
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The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) is a tool that can provide a rational structure for understanding normal differences between people within a team. The truth is, everyone has a natural bias towards our own way of seeing things and making decisions, and often we find it hard to recognize our... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2017 at Dana Ly
Glassdoor recently did a survey on the rise of the mobile job search, and found that 9 in 10 people use their mobile device in the job search process. That shouldn’t be surprising, for we carry our phones with us all the time. So besides job postings apps (like Indeed... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2015 at Dana Ly
Preparing for an interview can be a process filled with mixed emotions: nervousness, anxiety, and excitement. And, as an Introvert, here are a few strategies to better channel your gifts and bring our your best self. Time to recharge before the interview. As an introvert, with each interaction, it can... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2015 at Dana Ly
It can be really frustrating when you're applying to many job postings and not getting any interviews, let alone hearing from the employers at all about the status of your job application. If the job posting you're applying to is one posted online, it will be highly competitive, for there... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2015 at Dana Ly
Have you ever wondered why someone just wouldn't get you? Or asked yourself why you couldn't understand the needs of your colleagues or boss? When you really know yourself, the world opens up. You can make choices and trust the choices you make – in your job, your life, your relationships. Because you don’t just understand and appreciate yourself better. You understand and appreciate other people better as well. Take the MBTI® or the DiSC®... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2015 at Dana Ly
When you're determining what career path to pursue, you can look at many things: your interests, values, goals, or the lifestyle you want to live. And all of these things can give you great insight, but the problem with them is each variable can change with time. For instance, when you're young you might want a job that gives you financial security, but as you get married and have kids, you then want a job... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2014 at Dana Ly
The 21st century workplace has rapidly changed: you can no longer "go with the flow" and expect your employers to take care of you. You need to be proactive and plan what you want to achieve, where you want to go, and how to get there. Whether you are currently... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2014 at Services
Writers will tell you that they follow a structured schedule for their writing. Some write early in the morning, while others write late at night - always a the same time and for a set period. Some set a number of words to write each day as their goal, while others devote a certain time to writing each day, and even if they just write down a few sentences in two hours, it would be... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2014 at Dana Ly
Toiling away on weekdays finding job opportunities and applying to them can be draining - both physically and emotionally. It is especially dispiriting when you feel that you are not getting results. Therefore, it is vital that you take a few days each week to recharge and increase your capacities. Stephen Covey, who wrote The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People, called this "Sharpening The Saw". It is about increasing your production capabilities and not... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2014 at Dana Ly
Sometimes in life we will be forced between making a choice between being liked or being respected. And I've learned that the being liked is rather fleeting; it doesn't last. However, with being respected, it is more enduring; and with time, it eventually builds into something more that resembles being liked, and it is a more enduring kind. Always opt for respect. And treat others with respect. It is not dissimilar to the air we... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2014 at Dana Ly
Ira Glass is a host and executive producer of "This American Life", a broadcast on National Public Radio and has over 1.7 million listeners every week. His story is inspiring, as he outlines how it took him a long time to create something noteworthy. It doesn't happen overnight. Ira Glass shares his journey: Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, and I really wish somebody had told this to me. All of us who... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2014 at Dana Ly
Your job search progress can slow down if you let let your motivation decline. Stress can be very high and it is important that you take good care of yourself. And this means eating healthy and exercising—which for me, is a great de-stressor. If you feel overwhelmed by everything, try to break down your tasks in small chunks and tackle each one at a time. Small victories can do wonders for your confidence. And they... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2014 at Dana Ly
You might feel trapped in your job or you might think that you have the find the "perfect career" to be happy. But true fulfillment, is making a difference in the job you already have. Being engaged in your work is knowing that what you do adds value to something bigger then yourself. It could be to your customers or your organization. If you feel like you don't add value to what you do, your... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2014 at Dana Ly
Television networks know that, through decades of data of audiences for their shows, audiences are in a particular mood on Sunday nights. Because of the anticipation and dread of the following week, they are in an emotional state, quite receptive to narratives and the experiences of other people. Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2014 at Dana Ly
You can be forgiven if you aren't aware that there are free Employment Resource Centres—hundreds of them—around Ontario that offer job search information and tools, one-on-one employment advising, and workshops that range from resume writing to interview tips. They are funded by the Government of Ontario and are delivered by different organizations in each city. You can search for your nearest location by clicking on the following link: Employment Ontario. Simply enter your Postal Code,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2014 at Dana Ly
Modern day job searching increasingly requires you to not place all your eggs in one basket. This means two things. On the job front, don't rely too heavily on waiting and hoping to get one specific job. Apply to it and move on to applying to another job lead. Keep your job search activity and numbers high—which increases your changes of landing a job. On the strategy side, employ a variety of approaches and not... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2014 at Dana Ly
If you're currently in a job or considering one that isn't your ideal job, it is important to remember the various reasons why you're pursuing or maintaining this job. It could be to gain experiences, develop new skills, access new contacts, work for a company you admire, or to simply get a paycheck. This job is your Plan B job. If you decide on a Plan B, there will be moments when you feel disengaged,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2014 at Dana Ly
When you're exploring career paths or more specific job positions to pursue, a dimension you want to think about is the the type of work style you prefer. Do you have a preference for working with people on one end or working with ideas/data/things? Do you find working with people engaging end energizing — or does it deplete your energy? Or do you prefer working alone and focusing on a task that incorporates ideas/data/things? Think... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2014 at Dana Ly
The mornings when I go the gym, admittedly, I'm not that all motivated. Quite the opposite. And my energy level could not be any lower on most days as well. But an interesting thing happens when I'm at the gym and working out. Suddenly I'm inundated with a surge of energy that propels me to do a few more reps and push a littler harder. And when I leave the gym, and reflect on completing... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2014 at Dana Ly
You can be forgiven if you spend a huge chunk of your time on job search websites looking and applying for jobs. There are so many job search websites out there—Indeed, Monster, SimplyHired, GlassDoor—and you can quickly locate hundreds of job postings at one click of a link. Because of the very reason that it is very easy, there are thousands of other people like you who are doing the very same thing—and employers get... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2014 at Dana Ly
If you're a professional and you don't have a LinkedIn profile, you really don't exist. Well, in the eyes of recruiters, who use LinkedIn everyday as their primary source to seek candidates for positions and research people that have applied for jobs that they have posted. What are recruiters looking for in your profile? Focus on adding details on your where you've worked and your skills. Add a picture that conveys a friendly and professional... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2014 at Dana Ly
A side hustle is the act of creating your own business as a side project to your regular employment. It is a great way to test and try out different business ideas. And boost your revenues each month in the process. And it is backup plan in case you lose your job. A form of career insurance, if you will. It is something that you enjoy doing and at good at. I'm not talking about... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2014 at Dana Ly
When you don't get the job you apply for and fervently want, it can be immensely disheartening. You might feel hurt, rejected or like a failure. Or you feel offended because the employer that said he or she would call you back doesn't return your call. In other words, you take the rejection in the job search personally. These are normal human emotions. But they are best left aside and removed from the equation because... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2014 at Dana Ly
On the offices of Facebook hangs the following words: "What would you do if you weren’t afraid?” The fear of looking stupid, making a mistake, stepping on toes, or speaking up are a few of the many fears that we have in the workplace. And often it slows us down, or prevents us to act, completely paralyzing us. Even the smartest people are not exempt from the potent forces of fear. Positive things can happen... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2014 at Dana Ly
The days of developing your career in one large, stable organization are gone. For advances in information technology and globalization has changed the workforce in the 21st century. The old hierarchical organizations are flattening and long-term jobs are now becoming short-term projects, as temporary and part-time jobs are increasingly widespread. This shift in responsibility for people's careers, from organizations to individuals, requires the latter to accept and negotiate a lifetime of job changes. And take... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2014 at Dana Ly