Ignite a Sp@rk of inspiration. December 7, 2011 Issue

DECEMBER 7, 2011
Ignite - a spark of inspiration

Set yourself up for career success in the new year by reminding yourself of a few personal to-do's that can help you excel on the job.

Polish your resumé. The best time to refresh your resumé is when you're not even thinking about another job. Add any new skills, certifications or responsibilities you've recently taken on.
Compile a "lunch list." Think of five or six people in your company you admire and would like to find out more about, and plan to invite them out to lunch individually over the next six months. Your "reason" could be to find out about internal client needs or draw upon their expertise - but the real goal is to make a more personal connection.
Share your expertise. Be more proactive to share what you know and establish yourself as the go-to expert in your field or area of specialty. Pitch an article idea to a trade magazine or company newsletter, volunteer to be a conference speaker or facilitator, or lead a workshop for staff or executives.
Connect outside the company. Strengthen your network of peers outside the four walls of your workplace. Get active in these professional associations that can offer great career development guidance, plus provide valuable insight on business practices in other companies.
Woo a mentor (or be one!). If you're part of an organization that has a formal mentoring program, take advantage of this potentially major boost to leadership skills. If not, identify a prospective mentor in the kind of job you'd like to have or in an industry you'd like to break into. Or, inspire growth in others by becoming a mentor through an association such as MPI Toronto's Mentoring Program.
Dress for the part. Sure, it's superficial, but consider what your attire may convey in others' perceptions. Try to imagine that you could be thrust in the spotlight as the face of your organization on any given day - are you dressed for the part of a spokesperson or to be drawn into a last-minute client meeting?

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When: Jan. 2-6, 2012
Where: Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas
Why go:
Hosted by Promotional Products Association International, this is the largest and longest running trade show dedicated to promo products and motivation.
What's in it for you: Source the coolest new swag at the Expo, plus get business ideas in the professional development sessions.

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good to know
It's when?! Planners see shrinking lead times in 2012
Looking ahead to next year, one survey of meeting and event planners in North America finds close to two-thirds (62%) expect their lead times to get even shorter. As part of an Amex Global Meetings Forecast, the 2012 Maxvantage Planner Snapshot suggests that, in addition to tighter timelines, it should be a busy year: Some 80% of planners expect to increase or maintain the number of meetings in the year ahead. The stats were released at the EIBTM Conference recently wrapped-up in Barcelona.
Appetite for travel aps highest in Alberta, Quebec
Business travellers based in Alberta and Quebec are most likely to make their travel arrangements using a mobile device, while those in Ontario and BC lag behind in using apps for travel plans. Of 1,076 Canadian business travellers surveyed by EKOS Research Associates Inc. in November, more than one quarter (26%) said they do not use mobile applications to plan business travel. More than two thirds of Quebec business travellers (68%) do use mobile applications to plan their itinerary, half use it to book accommodations (50%). More than half (54%) of Albertans use mobile travel applications to obtain their boarding passes, and just over one third (34%) use them to receive travel alerts and approvals.
How to find and keep a "Y" worker
As the competition heats up for bright, young corporate talent, recruiting firm Randstad Canada suggests a few motivators that can help lure and keep the best of generations X and Y:
  • Offer skills development. Develop their skills in organization, time management, leadership and communication.
  • Think beyond the dollar: Gens X and Y tend to value time as much as money. Lives outside of work and having fun are very important to them. Offer attractive benefits and flexible working hours.
  • Let them be social: Help them work in groups, swap ideas, share challenges and rewards.
Share your event news, case studies or story ideas with us here at ignitemag.ca.
Plum senior role for proven event innovator
Carlson Wagonlit Travel is looking for a big-thinking leader as Director, Meetings and Events to shape event operations across North America for Canadian and US clients. You'd bring at least 10 years of industry experience in strategic direction, subject matter expertise as well as strong business acumen. For details view the job posting. The job is in Toronto, but that's flexible for the right candidate.

Polish your resumé for this golden EA job
Canadian-based gold mining company Kinross Gold posted more than $1 billion in revenue in its last quarter, thanks to shining growth. You too could strike gold in this career opportunity for an experienced Executive Assistant. From executive travel to special projects and event management, you'll bring more than five years of experience and organizational chops to support a global business. Click on the “search openings” link on the Kinross Job Site and search for job code 1962BR.

Corporate travel gig based in Winnipeg
Go Jets! Financial services giant Investors Group is looking for an Event Contracting and Corporate Travel Specialist to join its Corporate Meetings, Incentives and Travel Department in its Winnipeg headquarters. This department oversees all corporately sponsored events and conferences, and steers the corporate travel program of several corporate affiliates and head office business travellers. Download the full job posting, and apply by Dec. 16, 2011.

This one's in the cards, for customer loyalty
CIBC is recruiting a new Manager, Loyalty Rewards & Redemption to oversee its loyalty rewards programs in Toronto. You'd be the internal go-to expert on loyalty programs, and oversee day-to-day operations of CIBC's proprietary rewards program. Look for the Current Opportunities link on the CIBC careers website, and search for job code J0911-0459. Deadline is Dec. 13, 2011.


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