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Teaching Dossier

A teaching dossier is a document that represents your teaching philosphy, experience and performance. It is often required for academic interviews or performance reviews; however, putting together a teaching dossier is a significant endeavour.  The University of Toronto has a comprehensive guide on creating a teaching dossier. More details can be found here.

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New Year, New Goals


Start off the new year by actively networking in some small or big way. Write down your networking to-dos for the new year and strike through each item as they are acheived. Below are some suggestions:

1. Create those business cards.

2. Update your resume and CV.

3. Sign up for job alerts.

4. Reconnect with a colleague you lost touch with.

5. Update (or create) your LinkedIn profile.

6. Volunteer your time.

7. Apply for a suitable award or scholarship.

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Crown Corporations


In Canada, crown corporations are government owned corporations operated like a company in the private sector.  These corporations are hybirds with aspects of both government and industry policies, procedures and management. Examples include VIA rail and the Bank of Canada. To learn more, click here.

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The Evolution of Business Cards


Business cards play an important role in networking and exchanging information. They date back to the 1400s and were primilary used by the upper class. Throughout history, their purpose, design and reception have taken many different forms. To learn more, read “Crazy Facts You Never Knew About Business Cards“.

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10 Signs a Job is a Scam

When job searching, it is important to keep alert for jobs that seem to good to be true because they very well could be. Here are some common signs that a position is a scam (the full article can be found here):

1. There is no experience necessary.

2. The salary is too high.

3. You need to wire money.

4. You’re offered the job on the spot.

5. You’re receiving email from a non–business address.

6. You’re asked to do an IM interview.

7. You’re asked for personal info.

8. The ad is written poorly.

9. They contact you at odd hours.

10. You have to pay for the job.

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Making Your Research Paper Discoverable

The first scientific papers appeared in press around 1665. Since then the number of papers and the access to them has grown prolifically. Appropriate skills are needed to find the ideal paper.  This starts with  “Making Your Research Paper Discoverable: Title Plays the Winning Trick“. This article is written by Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar, a engineering professor, who keeps a wordpress blog on his thoughts about research and education.


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