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“Who are the People in your Neighborhood?” – Why Networking with other Parents is Good for your Career

Think Differently about the networking you already Do

Networking is a dirty word for many of us.

The idea of “getting out there” to advance your career makes us feel uncomfortable.

I’d argue that as a mom, you’re already doing a lot of networking. It is the community you’re building with parents you meet at drop-in centres, playgrounds, mom’s groups and kid’s programs that can enhance your career in the short and long term.

Connect to Spark some Entrepreneurial Spirit:

I know many moms who formed friendships during maternity leave who went on to create successful business partnerships. Oaks ‘n acorns, the studio where I run my group fitness business is an example. The co-owners met in a mommy group and decided they didn’t want the experience to end…so they created a space where parents can hang out with their kids and other adults while learning and fun! There are many women who didn’t believe they had the skills to become entrepreneurs but then went on to pursue a business opportunity while on maternity leave. Often times it was meeting other moms with kids the same age that became the catalyst for some amazing business collaborations.

If you don’t partner with another mom on your entrepreneurial venture, you will gain the support of other parents as you launch your own business. Before I started CareerFit Mom I utilized my mom’s group for market research through an online questionnaire. Their feedback was invaluable and many of them became my first clients!

Connect to Reinvent Your Career:

If you are considering making a career change, knowing the professional backgrounds of other parents is crucial. Your “mom network” is a resource to discover new opportunities and potential contacts that can help you move forward.

Be genuinely interested in what people do in their careers by asking them about their professional life. You may find yourself at a playdate where the kids are happily engaged and your conversation with the other mom leads to careers. Learn what path she took and discuss the commonalities and differences you have in your educational and professional lives. You may even discover people or experiences you have in common, which further cements your bond.

Connect to Help Others (and Yourself!) Advance a Career:

When you are linked into the career backgrounds and ambitions of the parents in your community, you can offer your own guidance, support and connections. The more you help others, the more people will remember to recommend you for a coveted job opening or provide an introduction to a hiring manager you need to meet. I call this “Career Karma” – what goes around, comes around!

So as you get to know more parents, ask about their careers and tell them about your own. You’ll develop confidence in your career story and naturally create new professional opportunities. Don’t forget to connect with your new mom friends on LinkedIn when you get home from that playdate!


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Community / Studio Coordinator – oaks ‘n acorns (Danforth Ave., Toronto, ON)


Are you an outgoing, relationship builder with extraordinary people skills? You may be just the person we need to host our community of parents and kids at our Activity Studio!

oaks ‘n acorns is looking for a new co-worker to join our growing team. We are a group of awesome parents and educators who have come together to create an amazing space for parents and their children. We offer quality programs, interactive play time and a community vibe where we help parents connect with others in their neighbourhood.


Your role is to dazzle clients with your service skills while simultaneously making the studio run smoothly. You are an operations guru with an entrepreneurial, “can-do” attitude. This is the kind of job where you will manage program registration, conduct marketing campaigns, communicate in person and through social media, coordinate staff/resources, act as barista and janitor after holding a baby – all in the same day. We guarantee lots of fun and social interactions – this job is a cross between hosting a dinner party and managing a busy household of kids. We need someone who enjoys chatting with parents, playing with children, cleaning up messy spills and making grilled cheese sandwiches while acting on the logistical procedures that ensure we present a clean, welcoming and happy space for families.

You will work closely with the founders and other co-workers and you will be responsible for overseeing the daily vision of the business. As the lead program advisor and operations guru in the studio, we expect you will master all areas of the business by rolling up your sleeves to get the work done.


  • Hosting clients and making them feel like they are instantly part of our community. This includes: welcoming clients, giving studio tours, checking clients into class and answering questions.
  • Providing value-added customer service where you make a clients’ experience with positive and fulfilling. Trying to make someone’s day a bit easier goes a long way to creating that atmosphere.
  • Consulting with clients about program selection, availability and registration information. Assist with coordinating makeup classes, transfers and cancellations.
  • Corresponding via phone and email. I.e.) sending welcome emails and following up on missed classes, answering the phone and responding quickly to all inquiries
  • Handling food service duties such as barista tasks, food prep, cleaning and cashiering
  • Assisting with staff and instructor schedules to make sure our busy classes run seamlessly
  • Organizing and maintaining most day-to-day activities
  • Participating with classes, workshops and programs such as camps and kids night out
  • Shopping for our inventory (tell us you love Costco!)
  • Assisting our party coordinator with party bookings and scheduling of staff
  • Making a birthday extra special for a child and their family by acting as our party hostess on weekends
  • Maintaining the appearance of our studio, which includes a team work approach to various cleaning/organizing duties, as necessary.
  • Opening and closing the studio including vacuuming, mopping, cleaning, cash handling, maintaining cleanliness at all times. Ensuring the security and safety of the studio and our guests at all times.


  • Flexible attitude, the ability to see what needs to be done and the initiative to “just do it”
  • Proven ability to handle multiple tasks and work in a fast-paced, changing environment where the top priority is providing phenomenal customer experiences
  • The ability to solve problems independently
  • Highly organized and punctual with the skills to project manage timelines and responsibilities
  • Exceptional attention to details
  • Superior written and verbal communication; a love of interacting with people is a must. Social media experience is an asset
  • Takes personal ownership of projects and a “treat it like its yours” personality
  • Very computer literate (Mac and Windows platform)
  • Previous sales experience a must
  • Previous experience working with children and parents
  • 1-3 years of previous management experience
  • Diploma or higher in a related field
  • Food handlers certificate (can be completed in first 3 months)


  • 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM, 5 days a week including Saturdays
  • Some flexibility in changing schedule
  • 20-30 hours per week including Saturdays
  • Share a sense of ownership with the oaks ‘n acorns founders and staff
  • Initiative to grow personally by taking on more responsibilities when we see that you’re ready


oaks ‘n acorns is an Activity Studio for parents and children. We offer recreational programming throughout the week such as music, art, gym, dance, cooking and fitness classes. Our facility also features an indoor play area as well as a staff operated café for clients. On weekends we host birthday parties and special events, and throughout the year we run camps, kids night out and educational preschool programs. Our staff is compiled of professional teachers, instructors and staff who love working in a happy place that connects and inspires parents and children.


Please email or drop off your resume and cover letter to:

jobs@oaksnacorns.com             Danforth East: 1856 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON

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Office Manager/Administrator Position – Danforth / Thornhill (Toronto, ON)

Janterra Real Estate Advisors (Janterra.com) requires a full time office manager. We are a real estate appraisal firm with our main office at 1526 Danforth Avenue at Coxwell and we recently acquired another small firm in Thornhill at Bayview and John. There are about 11 staff at our office here and six at our north office. A car or a competent driving record is required to liaise between the two offices.

We require a structured rule?enforcer/team builder, with excellent organizational/scheduling abilities along with solid underlying financial strength to report directly to the two managing partners. Some accounting software experience is preferred (Quickbooks) but with some tech savvy and willingness to learn, we will supply training including working with our bookkeeper and accountant.

Financial duties include budgeting, banking, payroll, accounts payable/receivables including collections and automated debit and credit card payment.

Other duties include preparing reports for printing, invoicing, packaging, mailing and filing, along with answering the phone. General administrative duties and a ‘whatever?it?takesattitude’to managing an unorganized, laid?back company is a must. Competently managing the staff is a priority.

At this stage our firm’s growth is now dependent on finding a mature, experienced office manager to help achieve our strategy and meet our goals. If you are able to help us meet our goals, an incentive based bonus is available and will be clearly spelled out based on revenue growth and expense reduction within your control.

A base starting salary in the range of $36,000 to $40,000 is also provided depending on experience.

If you are a good at managing people and a self?starter interested in sharing in our growth please forward your resume by January 31st, 2016 to trout@janterra.com.

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Considering a Career Change after Maternity Leave


New Mom - New Career-

Before I had my twins I was 110% engaged and energized by my career. While pregnant I was entirely certain that I’d continue my career in corporate HR after maternity leave. I looked forward to advancing in my company and taking on additional professional challenges.

It was a surprise that I felt completely different once Hillary and Luba were born. I became increasingly anxious about returning to work and I wasn’t as excited about my role or organization as I had been prior to my maternity leave. My husband and I considered the high costs of childcare and decided that I would stay home while the girls were in their early years.

It was such a relief to make that decision! After an exhausting year of caring for newborns, I was finally feeling more at ease as a mother. And, it was just starting to get really fun for me.

Working part-time helped supplement our family’s finances and it felt great to contribute by eliminating childcare expenses while earning some extra income. I revitalized my fitness career by teaching classes where childcare was available and personal training in the evenings and weekends when my husband was home.

So began my journey of career reinvention. Using my Human Resources and recruiting knowledge, I began coaching other moms on their job search strategies and resumes. After two and a half years of staying home with my daughters I officially launched my business, CareerFit Mom.

What Is Next For You?

I’ve worked with many moms who transition their professional lives into something that is a better fit for them and their families. I love uncovering the varying career options my clients have and supporting them while they look for a new position. I often see opportunities for others that they’ve never considered for themselves!

If you think you might want to try a new career direction, begin by identifying what you love to do. I did a video a few years ago to help you start thinking about your transferrable skills.  Brainstorm the tasks you enjoy in your current and previous positions, your day-to-day life and the things you do for fun. Write everything down so you can come back to these skills when researching new job opportunities, writing your resume and discussing your personal brand.

Transferrable Skills

What experiences do you have that will be relevant to another career? Look at some lists of transferrable skills and write down accomplishments you’ve had that demonstrate those skills. For example, accomplishments related to the transferrable skill Verbal Communication could include:

  • public speaking to groups of up to 100
  • establishing buy-in with internal/external stakeholders
  • managing direct reports with clear instructions
  • translating complex financial data into easy to understand concepts

Going through this transferrable skill exercise creates more content for your resume and LinkedIn profile – all tools you’ll need as you launch your new job search.

Talk It Out:

Finding a new job is often a numbers game – the more you speak positively about your search, the more it becomes top of mind for others and the more likely you are to get a crucial referral. So when someone asks, “what’s new?” engage them in your goals by responding, “I’ve recently decided to make a career change and have had great success with networking. Here’s the role I’m considering…do you know anyone who might be able to help me?”

Enjoy The Journey

I meet many mothers who cannot imagine returning to their previous job after maternity leave. For some, the work isn’t interesting enough for them to want to leave their children. Others have terrible commutes or the work hours aren’t family friendly. Whatever your reason for wanting to reinvent your career, know that the journey to finding your next step may be challenging. But it is a process in which you get to really know yourself and create more balance in your life as a working mom.

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Classroom Presenters for Scientists in School

If you have school aged kids, you’ve probably heard of Scientists In School.

I just found out the Toronto territory is in need of new Classroom Presenters!  What a great job for moms – flexible, part-time and FUN.  My kids LOVED their Scientists in School workshops and look forward to them every year.  Click here to see the full job description!

Flexible, part-time jobs!

Flexible, part-time jobs!

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Magic Five Resume Tips

“What are the easiest and quickest changes I can make to my resume?”

I’m often asked this question by the moms I meet who are looking to make a career change, but have very little time.  (Looking for a new job is like a nine-to-five job in itself!)  Here are some basic guidelines I recommend for creating a savvy resume.

Magic Five Resume Boosters:  

1. Write a compelling Profile statement:

  • A 2-5 sentence description of what you offer to potential employers.  This is your personal brand and your opportunity to market yourself right off the top.  Draw the reader in!  As an example, here’s mine…

An engaging and inspiring Fitness & Career expert with a background in Personal Training, Group Exercise Instruction, Human Resources and Recruitment. I am known as a caring, encouraging and enthusiastic coach who shares my passion and knowledge to help others live healthy and fulfilling lives.

2. Optimize Keywords:

  • Most keywords are nouns (the what) – we’re used to emphasizing verbs (action words) in our resumes and that still holds true.  But for job specific keywords, we need to focus on the “what” you did.  (e.g., I coached direct reports to earn promotions).  Direct reports is the keyword, demonstrating that you’ve managed a team.
  • When you’re writing your resume for a specific job you want to ensure that you are picking out keywords from the job ad and including those (provided you have them) on your resume.

3. Demonstrate your Accomplishments:

  • Tell the recruiter less about your job responsibilities and duties and more about what you’ve actually accomplished in each role.
  • Quantify as much as possible – e.g. increased sales by 25%, improved productivity by 75%, etc.

4. Don’t be modest:

  • It is hard to write about yourself – we are modest people.  But your resume needs to highlight how fabulous you are, so don’t be shy.
  • Ask your partner, friends or family members for what they believe are your best skills and see if you can weave those into your career accomplishments.
  • Think about what great feedback your managers, team members or clients have given you and use their words in your resume bullets. E.g. Improved client relations, receiving feedback that “Krista is the best account manager we’ve ever had.”

5. Show a bit of your softer side:

  • Recruiters and hiring managers receive hundreds of applications for one vacancy.  Letting personality shine through may be just the edge you need to get called for an interview.
  • Showcase your soft skills in your Profile Statement.
  • At the bottom, include “Personal Accomplishments & Interests” noting any awards, volunteer work, sporting or fitness pursuits, travel, unique hobbies, etc.
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Virtual Insanity or Intelligence? Top Tips for Creating a Professional Online Presence

Are you using social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn?

From a career management perspective, it is important to present a professional identity online.

Recruiters and Hiring Managers are using every resource available to them to learn about candidates.  What does a Google Search of your name say about you?  Check out my top five tips for creating a savvy online career identity:

  1. Don’t be invisible online.  You may feel like hiding your online identity from current and potential employers but ensuring your profiles are employer-friendly will actually work in your favour.
  2. Check out www.addictomatic.com, which is an online reputation aggregator.  Type in your name and other identifying words and it instantly shows your virtual identity.
  3. Remove any posts, pictures and tags that show a side of your life you don’t want an employer to see.  In Facebook change your Privacy Settings so only Friends can see your associated content.  For more on Facebook Privacy, click here.
  4. Twitter is a great way to build a professional online identity by connecting with people you may not get a chance to meet in person.  You can follow thought leaders and industry leaders, Retweet value added content and profile yourself as a subject matter expert in your field.
  5. Make a strong first impression to employers by completing your LinkedIn profile.  LinkedIn suggests that a 100% complete profile greatly increases your chance of rising to the top of LinkedIn searches.  To be complete you need:
  • A current position
  • Two past positions
  • Education
  • Profile Summary
  • Photo
  • Specialties
  • At least 3 recommendations

With 80% of Recruiters Google searching candidates, it is critical that you make a positive first impression in your virtual world.  See you online!

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COMMUNITY ANIMATOR: AKA – Barista for Social Change (full & part-time)

…I just love how this posting is written!  Sounds like a super laid back, fun and invigorating place to work! – Beth
Position Type: Full and Part-time Positions available
Salary: $32,000 FTE
Is it possible to find fun-loving and anal- retentive, detail oriented and big picture inspired in the same person? We’re counting on it!
About the Centre for Social Innovation
The Centre for Social innovation catalyzes and supports social innovation in Toronto and around the world. We create community workspaces, incubate emerging enterprises, and develop new models and methods with world-changing potential.
We currently operate two workspaces: one at 215 Spadina Avenue and one at 720 Bathurst Street. Our spaces are home to over 250 projects and organizations dedicated to making a brighter future!
About CSI’s Community Host & Animator
The community animator is part host, part office manager, part receptionist, part triage nurse, part executive assistant, part social networker and full-time agent for change!!
We seek an extraordinary individual who brings solid communication skills, superior organizational skills, strong customer-service orientation and a positive attitude to a demanding and dynamic work environment. The Community Hosts and Animators will work closely with the Lead Community Animators and will be responsible for handling the day-to-day reception, administration and coordination of our Spadina and Annex offices.
The Work Responsibilities:
  • Coordinate the day-to-day operations to ensure that the tenants and visitors are happy
  • Act as reception and provide front-line communications with those interested in the work of the Centre
  • Handle event inquiries– act as event mid-wife to those wanting to host events at CSI
  • Help facilitate various events as required
  • Handle internal communications and email lists
  • Resolve and solve problems constantly and manage everything at once
  • Fill coffee, empty dishwashers and clean up spills
  • Provide hospitality service to our tenants and guests
  • Provide administrative and technology support as required
  • Provide administrative support to the Lead Community Animators in each building
  • Handle meeting room booking
  • Trouble-shoot technical and administrative (and interpersonal!) problems
  • Communicate in person and via e-mail in a friendly and clear way
  • Ensure that all of the shared amenities and equipment are operating
  • Coordinate and work with the building staff and owner
  • Set up boardrooms as needed (it can get physical)
  • Help us modify and set-up our operational infrastructure!
The Fun Responsibilities:
  • Connecting people and ideas
  • Brightening people’s days
  • Building social networks
  • Capturing and telling stories
  • Creating a culture of openness and sharing
The ideal candidate will have:
  • Superior attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Some writing and social media skills
  • Some event organizing/ coordination experience
  • People skills and sensitivity to people’s needs
  • Capacity to handle a million things
  • Enthusiasm and energy
  • Sound judgment and comfort working autonomously
  • A low-stress attitude in a complex environment
  • Familiarity with –- and keen interest in -– Toronto’s social mission sector
  • Willingness to do whatever it takes…… Zero attitude!!
You must also have a great sense of humour –- seriously, you will need a great sense of humour because inevitably something will go wrong.
This position offers the right candidate an excellent opportunity to be part of something incredible, meeting tons of amazing people and applying your skills to positive social change in Toronto.
We are seeking someone who recognizes the value of this role and understands how convening community contributes to social change!
We are an equal opportunity employer and strongly support applications from diverse backgrounds and communities.
Submit your cover letter and resume by email by Monday, January 10th, 2011 to: Grace Yogaretnam, Exec. Assistant: grace@socialinnovation.ca.
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Communication Manager – Centre for Social Innovation

Job Opportunity: Communication Manager AKA: Evangelist for Social Innovation

Position Type: Full-time (optional 4 day/week schedule)
Salary: Commensurate with experience Start Date: October 1, 2010

About the Centre for Social Innovation

The Centre for Social Innovation sparks and supports new ideas that are changing the world. We do this by providing shared space and shared services to over 200 social mission groups and by helping to launch new entrepreneurial and collaborative projects.

About the Centre for Social Innovation’s Communication Manager

The Communication Manager is a wizard of words, a communication strategist and the shameless promoter of all things CSI. Equally comfortable devising a marketing strategy and writing communication materials, this person will tell our story, engage our growing community and position CSI as a hub of social innovation in Toronto and around the world.

We seek an extraordinary individual who brings solid communication skills, marketing savvy, and a sense of style and creativity to the job.

How do you know if you are right for the job?

  • Are you equally capable at macro (strategy) and micro (implementation) levels?
  • Are you crazy creative?
  • Do you get the Centre for Social Innovation and our unique approach and tone?
  • Are you a great storyteller?
  • Do you have vision?
  • Are you quick, efficient, productive?
  • Can you independently and constructively move projects forward?
  • Are you passionate about social change?

We want to work with fun, engaged and professional people who take tremendous pride in their work and want to make social change too…. is this you?

Practically, the Work Responsibilities:

  • Ensure that all communication from CSI is consistent, engaging, polished and insightful
  • Develop and implement our marketing and communications strategies
  • Write email campaigns, newsletters, blogs and stories as part of the overall CS communication strategy;
  • Drive the marketing of our services
  • Work with media to promote CSI
  • Be the primary liaison with designers and technical expertise to ensure our materials rock

The Fun Responsibilities:

  • Connect people and ideas
  • Build social networks
  • Capture and tell stories
  • Inspire social change
  • Share the dynamism of CSI with the rest of the world!

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have:

  • Experience developing and implementing communication and marketing strategies in the for-profit or nonprofit sector.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Fascination with – and insight into – the processes of social change
  • Keen eye for design and layout
  • Capacity to handle a million things
  • Enthusiasm and energy
  • Sound judgment and comfort working autonomously
  • A low-stress attitude in a complex environment
  • Familiarity with and keen interest in Toronto’s social mission sector
  • Willingness to do whatever it takes – Zero attitude!!
  • You must also have a great sense of humour – seriously, you will need a great sense of humour because inevitably something will go wrong.

We are an equal opportunity employer and strongly support applications from diverse backgrounds and communities.

Submit your application by email or by post by end of day Tuesday, August 31, 2010 to:

Mojan Jianfar Executive Assistant & Community Animator
Centre for Social Innovation
215 Spadina Ave, Suite 120
Toronto, ON M5T 2C7

For more information about the Centre for Social Innovation visit: www.socialinnovation.ca.

Successful candidates will be contacted for an interview in mid-September.

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Policy & Research Coordinator

The Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN), a project incubated by the Centre for Social Innovation (CSI), is a network of networks composed of public benefit organizations working across the breadth of the voluntary sector in Ontario. ONN facilitates collaboration on cross-sectoral challenges in order to increase the profile and capacity of the sector to participate in public policy discussions that impact the sector. We are currently looking for a dynamic new team member to be our Policy and Research Coordinator.

Full job description can be read here:


Remuneration: $40,000 – $45,000 annual salary with benefits package.

Deadline: Apply as soon as possible. Applications will be considered on an ongoing basis. Ideal candidate available to commence position mid-August 2010.

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  • Testimonials

    “Beth is fantastic! I've taken her classes and am currently doing some personal training with her. She's energetic, enthusiastic and so motivating - also lots of fun! Her classes are innovative: winter wellness walk, play fit with your kids and morning healthy weight loss sessions to name a few. I highly recommend her to all new moms! - Victoria”
  • Mom of the Month

    Erin’s baby was only three months old when she saw a poster for CareerFit Mom in her neighbourhood.

    “I didn’t have any numerical goals – just wanted to kickstart a healthy and active routine in my life,” she says. Finding CareerFit Mom was the key. The exercise classes available were created with a new mom in mind ... More