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Ten Reasons to Hire and Promote New Moms

Many moms hurry to return to work when their newborn is just a few months in order to maintain their career. Quite often employers believe that a maternal leave is a period of doing nothing. But this couldn’t be farther from the truth! The skills that new moms obtain during their maternity leave are quite valuable. Let me give you ten proofs that a woman after her maternity leave becomes stronger, wiser and more professional. I am confident that these proofs will help employers to make a decision about hiring or promoting a new mom, and for those new moms who are ending their maternity leave this information will help build their confidence.

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Why Habits Hit The Snooze

By Edwin Zapata, contributor for Intelligence Connect

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Imagine you wake up in the morning to the sound of your alarm clock and decide to hit the snooze. You think to yourself “a few more minutes” or “I don’t feel like going today”.  So maybe you give in just once, or maybe not at all. No matter who you are, just know we have all thought those things at least once. This is just one example of the many challenges we face in our every day lives when it comes to habits. To overcome challenges you feel have some sort of domination over you, you must remind yourself these habits took some time to develop. All this means is that it can also take some time to change a bad habit into a positive one. If you, like most people, do not consider yourself a morning person, but would like to be one, or just change any other habit in general, I am sure there are times you may struggle with the feeling of “It’s hopeless”. That being said, I would like this article to shed some light of hope back into your life.

Believe it or not, there is a secret to overcoming almost every challenge or habit. We have all heard the expression “the journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step”. That’s great! However, nobody is going to start walking on a thousand mile journey anytime soon. So what does this really mean? It means start small. It means if you need to start by setting 2 alarm clocks in the morning, instead of 10, then do so! For those seeking fitness goals, if it means exercising once a week, then go for it! How about business? If it means making ONE phone call instead of 10 or ONE appointment instead of 10, then start small! As long as you begin the act of starting, you will continue to do it again and again until it becomes a natural habit. It’s easy to be consistently inconsistent. Therefore, it is very important to keep in mind that building good habits takes commitment.

So the next time you wake up in the morning and feel like making excuses, just remember to start small, get up, and take the first step!


Why We Fail at Keeping New Year’s Resolutions


By Edwin Zapata, contributor for Intelligence Connect

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Every calendar year you decide to set goals aimed to inspire and motivate your drive for success. You tell yourself “this is THE year!” or “this year will be different!”. Whatever you say or promise, just know you are not alone. The shocking part is you tend to start off right, but somewhere along the lines you lose sight of your initial goal and mindset. So where did you go wrong?

As the excitement of the new year fades away, you begin to remind yourself the party is over. With the reality of getting back to your daily work schedule, it’s easy to fall back into regular habits and routines. As a result, you get in the way of your own progress (again) and make the new YOU a “To Do” instead of a “To Be”. By doing so, you place the “new you” at the bottom of your list of old “to do’s”. You then become subconsciously motivated to do everything else on your list except that one thing you should be focused on, creating an endless cycle of neglected and unaccomplished goals.

What if your new year’s resolution was to fill a big jar by the end of the year? Every deposit towards the jar could only be done one coin at a time. With that being said, it’s safe to say not all coins will be of the same denomination or size. At first it won’t seem like much, but every deposit counts towards the jar getting full. We tend to focus on the act of depositing and lose sight of the end goal which is “fill the jar one deposit at a time”, and not “fill the jar right now!”.

Just remember not to make your focus a part of a to-do list. Instead, mould your focus into a way of being. This is the only way you won’t lose sight of your jar getting filled up, for it will continuously be happening one step at a time. It is never too late to direct your focus back onto your goals and make it a habit to keep track of your progress. Doing so will give you a visual of your advancements and give you a sense of how far you’ve come along.
All it takes is one deposit at a time.

Communications Coordinator, volunteer or intern

Happy Business Teamwork

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The Communications Coordinator will possess clear understanding of team responsibilities and will be writing and editing content, developing and executing communications via social media and blogging, assist in event planning, meet deadlines requiring little supervision, and be willing to work occasional evenings and weekends.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

–       Prepare and edit event content including invites and confirmations

–       Write content for company the website and the Career Expo website

–       Research and write content for the company’s blog

–       Research social media to reach out the company’s audience

–       Follow the marketing social media plan

–       Research and choose images for blog posts and other content

–       Promote communications and events on social media

–       Build and maintain a contact database

–       Serve as liaison on event-related matters

–       Contribute marketing and promotions ideas

–       Collaborate with the marketing team to promote events

–       Ensure that all initiatives support the company brand

–       Assisting with planning and coordinating the company’s events – seminars, the annual expo, and networking events

–       Provide additional assistance when needed


Experience & Education


  •  Excellent written and verbal communications skills in English including writing, proofreading, editing.

·         Excellent interpersonal skills and high degree of professionalism

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Suite, email, researching, and social media.

·         Ability to think strategically and present creative solutions.

·         Strong attention to detail and accuracy.

·         Excellent project management, time management, and presentation skills

·         Self-motivated and comfortable taking the initiative.

·         University or college degree/diploma in English, Communications, Marketing or a related field.

·         Knowledge of Human Resources, Psychology or Management is a strong asset.

.         Nice to have – design software (Adobe Photoshop, Dreamweaver, InDesign).


If you are interested in being considered for this opportunity, please submit your resume at

To be considered, all resumes must be submitted in Word format.


The right person can transform a business. If you’re not right for this role, but you know someone who is, please pass on this information to help them achieve their next career success!