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The calendar year is coming to a close, and CIC would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a very safe and happy holiday season.

As we reflect on the news and events that helped shape 2014, we would like to offer CIC Newsletter subscribers a look at the most-read news stories from their publication. That means, over the next two weeks, we'll count down the Top 20 articles for the year!

Your regular news publication will resume on Wednesday January 7, 2015.



10. The job market paradox: 2 measures, opposite trends, high stakes
The Globe and Mail
From Feb. 19, 2014: Too many people without jobs. And at the same time, too many jobs without people. It's a paradox that ripples through a 54-page analysis of the state of Canada's labour market released with the recent federal budget. It's the first time such a paper has been published with the budget, offering insights into how the Conservative government views the current jobs market and future trends.
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9. Average starting salaries for engineers: 2014 edition
Talent Egg
From Sept. 24, 2014: Here you'll find a quick round-up of salary estimates for several major Canadian cities. Please note: the figures below represent the median starting salary for each occupation, meaning that 50 per cent of engineers earn less than what is shown below. Of course, this also means that 50 per cent of engineers earn more than the listed salary. All data assumes 0 years of experience.
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8. How to answer the dreaded 'What's your biggest weakness?' question in a job interview
Financial Post
From April 16, 2014: Most hiring managers will at some point pop this dreaded interview question: "What's your biggest weakness?" Asking this is similar to sifting through resumes looking for a reason not to hire a person, says Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert and the author of "Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant: How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior and Thrive in Your Job."
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7. Alberta jobs: 31 occupations that are in high demand
Huffington Post
From July 23, 2014: Alberta released its short-term employment forecast recently, highlighting in-demand jobs as well as the occupations which could face a labour shortage over the next 10 years. Jobs Minister Kyle Fawcett says that during the next 10 years, 407,000 jobs will be created but only 311,000 will be filled.
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6. 5 of the worst cities to find employment
USA Today
From July 16, 2014: The job market impacts your ability to find a job in your field. During the recession, people across the country had to accept lower-paying positions in areas outside of their niche when unemployment reached a high of 10 per cent in 2009. Unemployment rates are constantly changing. From January to June of this year, the rate improved by a half of a percentage point.
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5. More university grads applying to Ontario colleges
CBC News
From Jan. 22, 2014: Ontario's colleges are seeing a rise in the number of applications from students with university degrees, a trend that may be fuelled by a difficult job market. Over the past five years, the number of applications from students with university degrees has jumped some 40 per cent.
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4. Where the hot jobs are for graduates
The Globe and Mail
From March 19, 2014: A growing interest in entrepreneurship means some graduates will forego a high salary now for potentially-high remuneration later if a start-up hits the jackpot. Meanwhile, employers increasingly look to connect with MBA students earlier in the recruitment cycle to identify prospective hires long before graduation day. More companies are choosing to come on campus, with real estate and mining companies now jostling with the big-three MBA recruiters.
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3. Engineering graduates among top-paid majors
The Sacramento Bee
From Feb. 5, 2014: Engineering graduates, take note. Your field is likely among the top-paid majors in your class. A recently released report from the National Association of Colleges and Employers, or NACE, shows that engineering majors were seven of the 10 highest-paid majors among 2013 bachelor's degree graduates. The results were featured in the association's January 2014 Salary Survey.
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2. Where the new jobs are
Business Spectator
From Jan. 8. 2014: Much has been made of the disappearance of jobs due to the digitisation, automation and networking of many industries, most notably in traditional media. But careful global economic analysis has shown the internet has in fact added more jobs than it has destroyed. According to McKinsey and Company, the internet has created 2.6 new jobs for every one deleted. What's becoming increasingly apparent is that the location and setting for where these new jobs appear is often not the same for those which were lost.
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1. 10 strategies to advance your career through LinkedIn
TechVibes
From June 11, 2014: Having a profile isn't enough — to get ahead, consider implementing some of these useful strategies. LinkedIn has become critical to building a network and crafting a personal brand that can open doors to job opportunities at select employers. As social networks go, LinkedIn is the social media site of choice for professionals and is the world's largest professional network with more than 120 million registered users.
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