How I quit my job on Valentine’s day!

A Gift from the Heart, from Me to Me

by Julie Hubert, President & CEO of Workland

A few years ago on February 14th, I woke up, went to work, packed my stuff & walked out the door. As a Valentine’s day gift from me to me, I set myself free from a job I loved, but in a company that could not have been more of a misfit for who I was. On that day, I chose myself over money, over job security, over prestige, over expense accounts and beautiful office furniture. On that day, I chose to do what was right over doing the right thing.

On Valentine’s day, I took all of my courage, my drive and my guts and decided that never again would I force myself to work in conditions where happiness and fulfillment were not part of my everyday life. That I would work for and with people that inspired me daily, in a company that would be aligned with my personality and values, where I could have fun, be myself and do work that I loved.

Was I stressed? Of course! The “Oh my god…I quit my job!!” feeling lasted several months and just like the end of a long-term love relationship, it took some time for me to get over it.  However, instead of focusing on the stress generated by change, uncertainty, the unknown, and the shift in my work-life identity, I decided to focus on finding ways of helping people like me find happiness and fulfillment at work.

Ultimately, you can say that I once went job hunting and decided to hire myself on Valentine’s day. And ever since then, I never, ever looked back.

So on this Valentine’s day, in addition to showing your loved ones that you care, I encourage you to give yourself the gift of taking a couple of minutes to reflect on whether or not you LOVE your job and the work that you do.

Life is too short. Spend it doing something you LOVE in a company you LOVE and you’ll never work a day in your life again…

Happy Valentine’s Day! 


About me: My company Workland has developed an intelligent talent acquisition platform that automates job search & recruitment.  Compatibility between parties is calculated to pre-qualify relationships and evaluate potential fit right from the start. Welcome to the future of recruitment!   

Want to find out more? Check out this video!



The “funny/not so funny” article on career transition

by Julie Hubert, President & CEO of Workland

Being unhappy at work is no laughing matter. We’ve all been there at some points in our careers, experiencing it at different levels of intensity. Delivered with a little side of humour (because after all, the situation is already serious enough), here are 6 signs that you should be considering a career change:

  1. Time stops, but not in a good way: You give it your all not to look at the clock, but you just cannot seem to stop yourself. It’s only 9:15AM… When you go get your coffee, you tell yourself that it will be 9:30 before you know it and then only two and a half more hours before lunch. You sit with your back to the clock in the meeting room so that you don’t get obsessed with the hands moving ever-so-slowly. When your boss leaves for the afternoon, you are tempted to call it a day at 4:30PM instead of 5PM… Are you increasingly catching yourself counting time?
  2. You have more BAD days than GOOD ones: You dread Sunday nights and you hate Mondays. Can’t say you’re a big fan of Tuesdays either. You’re okay with Wednesday; after lunch, that is, the true halfway mark.  Thursday things start to look better but you know deep down in your heart that you are a true Friday fan (TGIF!). You even bought a funny T-shirt that says “I hate Mondays” and just wearing it kind of makes you feel better for some reason. Sound familiar?
  3. The thought of something embarrassing happening to your boss makes you smile. Okay, not too many people will openly admit it, but we have all had our Ally McBeal moments (funny 90s show) when we let our imagination run wild with funny scenarios involving our boss.  If your boss treats you like a five-year-old child, why wouldn’t the thought of him or her tripping on the stairs on their way up the stage during a national sales meeting, in front of the entire company, not make you want to really laugh?
  4. Excessively happy people annoy you more than usual: So Cassandra from Accounting is starting to get on your nerves with her cheerfulness and ultra-zen answers to simple questions like “How are you?” or “How was your weekend?” Do you purposely try to avoid conversations with certain people that you know LOVE to talk about how fantastic their jobs are or the recurring question from your brother-in-law asking you: “So…how’s work?” If you can’t be happy, then NO ONE can be that happy, right? 
  5. Your performance and concentration levels are off: Do you catch yourself sometimes staring at your computer screen on autopilot? Spending a little bit too much time planning for that next vacation in 6 months or researching that Asian cooking class you always wanted to take? You know you have a ton of work to do. You tell yourself you want to perform and give your best because it is who you are, but somehow everything’s getting in the way and your usual “motivational drive” has gone missing. You are most definitely ready for a change!
  6. You find yourself daydreaming of a better place: You catch yourself dreaming about what it would be like to pick up your stuff and leave everything behind to go work in a café on a tropical island in the Caribbean. You don’t need that big house and all that stuff after all, right? No need to leave the kids or consider other crazy extremes when just finding a better work fit will be much less damaging to your finances and career. However, since the first step to any transition is to acknowledge that there is a better place out there…Dream on!

All jokes aside, being unhappy at work is definitely no laughing matter, especially when you are the one living that reality. Oddly enough, it’s the kind of thing that seems to slowly creep up on you, taking bites out of your happiness one day at a time and before you know it, it becomes seemingly unbearable and affects all spheres of your life. What’s most important is to always be able to make the distinction between a really bad work week and a really bad job fit. A career has a fixed time frame and there is no need to waste any of your good years doing work that doesn’t fulfill you completely.

Are you beginning to see an increasing number of red lights and warning signs?If you are experiencing some or all of the aforementioned warning signs, here’s a couple of recommendations:

  1. Take some time on your own, ideally in a quiet zen place, to introspect and determine what’s important to you and what passions you at work (or use to);
  2. Determine a list of work “critical factors”, your job, company & boss “MUSTS” and objectively evaluate if any or all of these factors are missing in your current job. Is it your perception of the current situation that has to change or your procedures?
  3. Based on the results of your little introspecting session, make a firm decision to either stick or call it quits and follow-up immediately with concrete action in the direction you have committed yourself to.

Need help? If you are in a very serious situation where your wellbeing and health are on the line, never hesitate one moment to seek outside advice and counselling with a professional who can objectively guide you towards the right plan of action.

Ultimately, when work stops being fun, chances are that it is probably time to consider a career transition. Even if we try to convince ourselves otherwise, no matter how stressful changing jobs can be, it is far more stressful to overstay in a job that makes you unhappy. You deserve to find that perfect match and a company that will bring you the happiness and the job satisfaction you deserve.

Remember, it could be just a few courageous clicks away…


About me: My company Workland has developed an intelligent talent acquisition platform that automates job search & recruitment.  Compatibility between parties is calculated to pre-qualify relationships and evaluate potential fit right from the start. Welcome to the future of recruitment!   

Want to find out more? Check out this video!

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Making the leap from Corporate to Start-up entrepreneur


Questions you need to ask yourself before leaving your job

by Julie Hubert, President & CEO of Workland

At some point in their careers, many people will ask themselves THE question: Corporate or Entrepreneurship? If you have recurring thoughts of being your own boss, avoid any regrets down the road and at least seriously consider and evaluate the possibility of making the big shift. If you are made to be an entrepreneur, not following your instincts will inevitably follow you throughout your career. The contradictions you will live in the traditional Corporate job model will have you too often feeling like a round peg in a square hole, slowly eating away at your job satisfaction and overall work-happiness. Many have successfully completed the shift from Corporate to Start-up entrepreneur and found that the benefits on the other side of the fence are numerous and extremely rewarding. However, there are some very important questions to ask yourself before taking the plunge that is sure to have you feeling like Alice in Wonderland.

Points to consider before leaving your Corporate job:

Are you willing to pay the price of Freedom? A Corporate job is a lot like being a horse in a stable. Some stables are better than others but in general it’s a pretty comfortable formula. Horses are trained to perform and give results within a discipline for which they show great potential. They have good shelter provided, feel safe and secured, are well fed, admired and have a good idea of what’s ahead of them. In exchange, they must respect and follow the rules of their owners and do what they have been trained to do, or risking having to find another stable. On the other hand, becoming an entrepreneur after having been in Corporate can be compared to a horse being set free into the wild after spending many years in the comfort of a stable. The horse is free to go as he wishes, no saddles, no bridles, no whips or rules but…no food. Predators everywhere. No shelter. No security. No fancy accessories. It’s definitely a shocker in the beginning. But the horse must and will learn to adapt in this new environment where he now benefits from being able to do as he wishes, run and play on his own agenda, create his future and reap the benefits. However, the price of freedom is that he must fend for himself constantly and be stressed as hell as he continually faces dangers and the unknown, especially in the beginning as everything is new. Is your need for Freedom more important than your need for Security?

Could you live without the great Corporate perks? In Corporate we seem to forget how great some of the benefits are, that is until we lose them. Nice offices, luxurious furniture, laptops and cell phones, higher cube walls as you move up the ladder, or if you are lucky, your very own office. Beautiful conference rooms with nice views, expense reports, nice restaurants, assistants, vacations, fancy conferences; all things you will fully or partially need to give up for some time. Jumping from Corporate to being on your own is much like going back to live in a small 1-bedroom apartment after having lived in a beautiful Westmount home. You’ll most likely start working from home in your university jogging pants or jeans and once you progress enough, shared offices is the next big upgrade. For a few years your offices will be small, modest and simple and IKEA will be your new go-to place. In exchange for what? For the opportunity to go get bigger and better perks without having to wait 20 years for them and the shot at becoming a “perk creator” for the people who will work for you. Could you trade in your fancy suit for your joggings or jeans in exchange for the express-route to that large corner office with view?

Can you live without structure? If you are an entrepreneur at heart, you probably often get frustrated with heavy structures and processes. Established companies have time-tested procedures that create direction, security and which limit the impact of errors. As an entrepreneur, nothing is structured and there are no processes, rules or pre-set objective and strategies. You’re the boss now! Finally, you are able to do things your way and implement your ideas without anyone breathing down your neck and being able to over-ride you. But since guidelines and supporting departments and services are inexistent, you’ll often be flying blind with no one to tell you the correct answer. Now that you are in charge of ALL aspects of the business instead of your functional specialty, you’ll be sure to make mistakes along the way, something kind of hard to accept for A-players… And A-players are often the ones who start businesses. However, as you test, experiment, iterate and learn through your successes and errors, you will very quickly acquire the equivalent of a hands-on MBA and the equivalent of 10+ years of experience. Can you navigate sanely without structure, outside of your field of expertise, in exchange for CEO-level training experience?

Can you live without your pay-check? Obviously the biggest risk associated with leaving your Corporate job to become an entrepreneur is the financial one. By deciding to go off on your own you’ll need to say goodbye not only to some of that hard earned money you set aside but also to your pay check. Even the simple thought of not having that steady flow of income is often the one and only thing that keeps people in jobs they hate. Letting go of that constant stream of income is probably what will hurt the most and create high levels of uncertainty, depending on your situation. You will bet your career (aka: pay-check), your reputation, probably some or all your investments and if you don’t succeed, you may be stuck with debt that you will need to pay back over a few years. Big risks = big potential paybacks but how far financially are you willing or are you able to go to follow your dream? Unless you are already well off financially, if you make the jump you’ll need to make some radical financial adjustments in your life. Can you say goodbye to your daily Starbucks latte for a while for the possibility of one day being able to earn in one month what would currently take you 10 years?

Can you handle (lots and lots of) pressure? : There is a great deal of pressure in Corporate, especially depending on your job, but when you are the leader of a Start-up, suddenly the heat is up 1000%. When you think you’ve seen it all, a bigger challenge comes out, a bigger deception that throws you off your feet or a seemingly impossible problem to resolve that has you up all night. As part of a department in Corporate, there is pressure, however, it is scattered over a team of people and further diluted through the organization. In a Start-up, even the new intern can feel the heat so imagine if you are leading it. As an entrepreneur, it’s also no longer only about yourself but also about the crazy people that followed you in your mission. What’s the ROI on all this pressure? Pressure means that you are in charge and if you are a real entrepreneur at heart, its what you have been missing all throughout your career in Corporate. Pressure is coming at you because of the challenges associate with accomplishing something great, something big, something which can have major impact in a field, in an industry and maybe even in the world…? Can you handle being responsible for people’s futures in exchange for the opportunity to become a world-class leader?

Are you ready to work 24/7? In most Corporate jobs, there is a schedule to be respected, people work hard, go home, may work a little overtime but they are entitled to “unplug” and have a life outside of work. As an entrepreneur, forget about having a normal life for a few years. The line between or holidays, vacations, week-ends and evenings will often be blurred and even if your not working, some part of your brain will be hard at work trying to resolve an issue related to your business. Actually, if you don’t watch yourself carefully, your health can take a serious beating. What do you get in return? Well at minimum, the word boredom will never be part of your vocabulary again that’s for sure. However, the real return is that it won’t ever feel like “work”. Because you are in a role that fits your profile and personality, because you are chasing a dream that you are passionate about, you’ll never “work” another day in your life. Are you ready to work hard like never before in exchange for the opportunity to never have to “work” again?

Starting and leading a business is hard. It’s not made for everyone and no books or articles can really prepare you for what’s ahead. But if you are made to be your own boss and are willing to make the necessary sacrifices, you will have the time of your life and never look back and regret your decision. In exchange for some incredible “lows” you will feel unbelievable “highs” and feel alive day after day surrounded by inspiring like-minded people who share your passion for a common mission. If you know you have what it takes and you’ve found a project you are passionate about, by all means GO FOR IT! As bad as it can look from the outside, there are always solutions to the seemingly impossible hurdles that lie between you and your entrepreneurial dream. As you make your decision of whether or not to leave the comfort of your current stable, remember that what you will need to give up is no match for all the gifts, growth and incredible experience you will live in return for having been brave enough to make the jump.

Still unsure about leaving your job?

You have the entrepreneurial personality that makes you unhappy in Corporate yet you are not sure to want to face the tougher sides and risks of starting a business? Or you just haven’t found THE idea that will inspire you to give it all up and take the big leap? Why not work in a Start-up?! Your entrepreneurial side will definitely be more at peace and you can enjoy many of the perks while avoiding the major downsides of a full jump. You will definitely learn and grow at rates you could never think possible, have opportunities that would take you 10+ years to get in Corporate and acquire a certain level of entrepreneurial experience before deciding to jump. Working in a Start-up is probably the best place to live a more comfortable middle point between both worlds and their extremes, and you’ll have front row seats and actively contribute to one of the world’s most incredible and rewarding journeys.


About me: My company Workland has developed an intelligent talent acquisition platform that automates job search & recruitment.  Compatibility between parties is calculated to pre-qualify relationships and evaluate potential fit right from the start. Welcome to the future of recruitment!   

Want to find out more? Check out this video!