Bestselling author Scott Adams is best-known for his famous Dilbert cartoon, a comically accurate parody of conventional office life.
Offices now tend to be more dynamic and less hostile to humanity than the cubicle-ridden mazes of prior decades. And companies are more liable to bend over backward for an employee—at least the ones who have proven themselves indispensable.
Upskill Your Stack
Becoming both hire-able and un-fire-able require what Adams quietly coined years ago the Talent Stack. This simple concept stems from the fact that most major skills are just combinations of lesser skills, and that there’s often ample overlap between skills. By building up a stack of seemingly basic or specific skills, one can build up to a complex, versatile skillset.
Canadian nonprofit Palette Skills is in the business of helping people build their own talent stacks.
“To do that, we’ve pioneered a unique approach to training we call upskilling,” Katherine Belisle, marketing manager for Palette, told Tech Talent Canada.
Like Adams, Belisle knows that it takes more than just technical know-how to build a career as an outstanding employee.
“Our approach combines real-world and industry-led tech training with professional skills development that gets our candidates noticed,” she said.
One example lies in Palette’s SalesCamp program, which upskills Canadians for the ever-growing market of business-to-business tech sales. The month-long program boasts a 96% job-offer rate among alumni, according to Belisle.
At the Tech Talent Canada Job Fair
In July, Tech Talent Canada will host its next Job Fair. These seasonal job fairs offer prime opportunities for Canadians to connect with some of the country’s hottest hiring startups and forge epic careers. The company’s hiring at Tech Talent job fairs tend not to have a Pointy-haired Boss at the helm.
Many attendees will be there to show off established talent stacks; for the rest, Palette will be there with upskill offerings to help talent realize their potential.
“We want them to learn about the exciting opportunities available in B2B tech sales,” Belisle said. “We’ll have information about career building, about salary expectations, and about how easy it is to get ahead in B2B sales when you put in the work.”
Belisle is “thrilled” to attend this next Tech Talent Canada Job Fair because she has “a great team ready to tell the Palette Skills story.”
Beyond connecting with talent, Palette also looks forward to reaching out to the many innovative tech companies who will be actively hiring the fair.
“Palette Skills owes its success to building partnerships with innovative companies, so we want to bring more great tech enterprises into the Palette Skills community,” said Belisle. “We’re ready to connect!”
Talent and hiring companies are both welcome to register for the July event.