January 21st, 2017

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Business Beat: New year, new beginnings

By Medicine Hat News on January 11th, 2017

Welcome 2017! According to anthropologist Anthony Aveni, many New Year’s traditions stemmed from the desire to ward off evil spirits. While I’m sure many people are happy to say goodbye to the upsets of 2016, Aveni, who has researched extensively the roots of seasonal holidays at Colgate University in New York, also says a new ... Read More »

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Curveballs or Basics: What hiring managers ask in interviews

By Medicine Hat News on January 11th, 2017

CNW TORONTO A job interview can be nerve-racking, but add curveball questions to the mix, and you have a formula for a challenging discussion. The good news for Canadian jobs seekers is that many employers prefer to stick with standard inquiries, according to a survey by staffing firm Accountemps. Questions about the applicants’ interest in ... Read More »

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Business Beat: Kickstart the new year with training

By Medicine Hat News on January 4th, 2017

New Year’s resolutions. Love them or hate them, participate or do not participate. I am the first to admit that it is much easier for me to ask someone else what their New Year’s resolutions are than to share what I am planning to change. Regardless of where you stand on the topic this January ... Read More »

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Business Beat: Remember the importance of marketing in a down economy

By Medicine Hat News on December 28th, 2016

Part of living and working in a boom/bust economy is the inevitable and temporary downturn. Sadly, one of the first things to go in these leaner times is marketing budgets. However, by thinking long term, careful investment in marketing will ultimately assist your company bounce back as the economy improves. Consumers do not stop spending ... Read More »

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Business Beat: From the ground to the growler

By Medicine Hat News on December 21st, 2016

Last year at this time, Medicine Hat was the only major Alberta city without a craft brewery. With last weekend’s opening of the Medicine Hat Brewing Company, we can now count two. Both Hell’s Basement Brewery and Medicine Hat Brewing Company invested in this community, creating business opportunities and employment. Along the way, they seized ... Read More »

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Survey reveals biggest challenge for new managers

By Medicine Hat News on December 21st, 2016

CNW TORONTO New managers face a number of challenges, but which is the most daunting? According to Canadian CFOs interviewed for a Robert Half Management Resources survey, the most difficult part of becoming a manager is balancing individual responsibilities with time spent overseeing staff. Meeting higher performance expectations ranked as the second greatest concern. CFOs ... Read More »

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Avoid blunders when applying for a job

By Medicine Hat News on December 14th, 2016

CNW Job candidates have long been urged to put their best foot forward when applying for open positions. It’s simple advice, yet many job hopefuls fail to heed it. In an Accountemps survey, nearly two in five (39 per cent) Canadian CFOs said the most common mistake people make in their application materials is including ... Read More »

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Business Beat: Let’s make the most of renewable energy opportunities in S.E. Alberta

By Medicine Hat News on December 14th, 2016

Is Medicine Hat the next Fort McMurray for renewable energy? You can almost hear the sigh of relief. Last week we learned that a major energy company plans to resume drilling in the region and that OPEC production cuts are expected. This is welcome news for the oil and gas sector and we can all ... Read More »

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Business Beat: Cybercrime a growing threat to business

By Medicine Hat News on December 7th, 2016

Cybercrime is an enormous problem. Regardless of your company’s size or the type of industry you are in, cybercriminals are working to gain access to your sensitive data. If you are considered a small business, you may be especially vulnerable if you have not invested in proper defensive security measures for your systems. Cybercriminals or ... Read More »

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Employers are becoming more flexible when it comes to employee time off

By Medicine Hat News on December 7th, 2016

CNW OTTAWA Today’s workforce is made up of a diverse group of Canadians from multiple generations and life stages. With this in mind, employers are offering a range of paid and unpaid leaves to acknowledge the varied priorities of today’s workers. Many organizations are choosing to top-up parental leaves with additional time off or provide ... Read More »

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