How to Avoid Common Career Regrets and Mistakes

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“Regrets, I’ve had a few. But then again, too few to mention.”

By Priti Dadlani

We’re lucky if that refrain from Frank Sinatra’s signature hit song holds true as we review our careers.

Research suggests we feel the most regret about missed opportunities. In other words, we regret the things we didn’t do rather than the ones we did do. The split is about 75/25.

That’s certainly true in my case.

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Reinventing Yourself: How to Do it Right

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By Priti Dadlani

At some point in your working life you will choose or be forced to reinvent yourself either because you decided to leave your job or you were downsized.

It can be a daunting experience, especially if you’re in the latter group, but ultimately exhilarating once you emerge like a butterfly from its cocoon.

I’ve reinvented myself at least three times so far. I started as a social worker and then spent two decades working as a journalist and now I’m in communications. I figure I have at least one more career reincarnation in me! Each reinvention feels like a new life because everything changes – the environment, the people, your daily routine.

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How Video Can Rock Your Online Portfolio

By Priti Dadlani

Like many of you, some of the enduring memories from my childhood are caught on tape.

Back then, producing video was a laborious process and required special equipment, like a SUPER 8mm film camera.

There’s a tape of me being pushed around in a miniature car. Another of my brother Adhir and I playing with the Rao kids – Atul, Ajit, Sheila – at Waterloo Park. And yet another scene at a birthday party.

The Raos have been family friends ever since our parents, both new immigrants to Canada from India, met when they overheard each other speaking their native language, Marathi, in a Canadian Tire store.

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Why Playing Sports gives You an Edge in Business

By Priti Dadlani

Like most entrepreneurs, Raj Dadlani, CEO and founder of Huntech Consultants Inc. puts in long hours at work.

The company he founded 33 years ago is his baby. Mr. Dadlani not only deals with high-profile technology clients but also manages staff located in Huntech’s global offices spread across three time zones.

No matter how busy he is, there is one appointment every week that Mr. Dadlani never misses: his doubles tennis game.

Mr. Dadlani plays on a ladder with about 24 other men at his club. Aside from the fresh air (in warm months) and exercise, Mr. Dadlani likes the camaraderie among players and the fact that playing solidly for two hours lets him blow off steam.

Playing doubles also boosts his strategy, communication and teamwork skills, all of which help him to run his business, says Mr. Dadlani.

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10 Keys to Better Business Writing

By Priti Dadlani

I recently offered to do a business writing seminar as part of a one-hour lunch and learn.

The organizer and I were overwhelmed when 60 people signed up (we had space for 15 people max). We ended up adding three additional sessions and plan to offer more in the fall, as well as Part 2 of the seminar.

It’s heartening that so many people care about good writing and more importantly, that they want to improve their own writing. In my last post, I discussed why good writing is vital in business.

As promised, in this post I’m going to share my writing tips with you.

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Why Good Writing Matters in Your Job Search

By Priti Dadlani

If you want to stand out from other applicants for a job, polish your writing skills.

It doesn’t matter what field you’re in or what job you’re applying for, being able to communicate clearly and concisely will make you shine.

“In a highly competitive technology landscape, those candidates who express themselves clearly in written form get faster consideration from the human resources person doing the preliminary screening,” says Raj Dadlani, CEO and founder of Huntech Consultants Inc..

“In nearly all the highly technical roles we are assigned by our clients, good written skills speak volumes in term of a candidate’s ability to present and document ideas, write clean and robust code, and demonstrate attention to detail.  Shoddy and careless writing is a red flag that potential recruits might have difficulty in other equally important areas, such as verbal communication and comprehension skills.”

Most technology companies now want collaboration between multi-site development centres, so it is even more imperative that candidates write clearly and concisely, adds Dadlani. Continue reading

Should You Stay or Should You Go?

 By Priti Dadlani

At some point in your career, you’re going to think about leaving a job or in my case, a career.

There are all sorts of reasons you might contemplate leaving: you don’t like your boss or your colleagues; the job is boring or fulfilling; you feel underpaid or unappreciated; your life circumstances or the work environment changes. The bottom line is you’re unhappy.

In my case, I was working as a national news writer at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). I loved the thrill of coming up with a story idea, chasing down the interviews and finally crafting the story. I can’t lie; the added bonus was seeing my byline attached to the story. I had been working the same way for two decades, starting at The Record in Kitchener-Waterloo, my first reporting job after graduating from Ryerson University, a stint at Newsday in New York, then the Toronto Star, and finally at the CBC.

Ever since I was a kid, I loved to write and read. My teachers always noted in my report cards that I excelled at both. Writing is my passion, although I don’t do it professionally any more.

My last job in journalism was at the CBC. I decided to leave because the work environment changed dramatically. The CBC introduced an overnight shift – midnight to 8 a.m. – which all writers had to rotate through.

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