Be Clear About your Goals Before you Interview
by Sherri Edwards - Dec, 2014
Even though times are tough, asking for a job because you are desperate is not a good look. Employers need convincing evidence for investing time and money in you. This requires knowledge of the company and considerable preparation before you speak with them. The old days of winging your way through an interview are long gone. But first, you need to know why you want the job you are pursuing and how it fits into your life plan...
30 Days to a Holiday Job Search
by Mary Jeanne Vincent - Dec, 2014
Many job seekers make the mistake of taking December off thinking that nothing happens until after the first of the year. Not true. I’ve had clients receive job offers on December 23. Here are some ideas for keeping your job search active this month. Dec. 1: Check your supply of business cards; if you are running low, order more. If you don’t have one, create one. It should represent you as the quality candidate you are....
Sell Me This Pen! Part 2: Job Interview as Sales Call
by Paul Freiberger - Dec, 2014
We’ve seen what “The Wolf of Wall Street” said about the job interview when the interviewer stops asking questions and presses the interviewee to actually do something. "Sell me this pen," says the criminally unscrupulous character played by Leonardo DiCaprio. In the film, recruits had to sell the interviewer a pen he had just pulled out of his pocket. According to Hollywood, the correct approach is to ask the pen-giv...
How to Know if Your Technical Skills Need an Upgrade
by Alexandra Levit - Dec, 2014
The market for continuing education in technical fields is exploding, but are re-skilling efforts worth it? The answer is: it depends on your situation. According to the 2014 Udemy Skills Index, an analysis of trends in American skills development based on data from Udemy’s top 100 paid online courses, technology courses have the highest enrollment numbers of any subject. We get that we need them, and so we’re signing up in...
Is Your College Doing The Right Thing For Students?
by Bob Roth - Dec, 2014
With so many disappointed college students graduating without good jobs, much less jobs in their areas of interest, the progressive leaders of some college are starting to pay more attention to the job search preparation needs and concerns of students. Their colleges are actively looking for ways to ensure that greater numbers of students achieve success in the job market. They are trying to do the right thing. Isn?t that w...
Perseverance: A Secret to Success
by Carole Kanchier - Dec, 2014
Kevin's first try at establishing his sportswear store failed. After re-evaluating his experience, he opened another store. Kevin is now the proud owner of four successful sportswear stores. Kevin didn’t fail in his first attempt. Failure occurs when we quit or stop trying. Kevin has perseverance. He kept improving his products and services. Perseverance is the key to success. After thousands of efforts to make the elect...
Thanks for Nothing? What to Say When You Don't Get the Job
by Paul Freiberger - Nov, 2014
If you’ve applied for a job and haven’t made the cut, you’re in exceptional company. So don’t let a job rejection stop you in your tracks. Let’s identify some lessons from and responses to career setbacks that make sense when you consider: Madonna’s first effort was declined by a major producer who should have known better. Andy Warhol’s “Shoe,” a drawing of – of all things – a shoe, was rejected by New York’s Museum of...
Talent vs. Hard Work in Job Success
by Georgia Adamson - Nov, 2014
Companies theoretically want to hire high-performance employees, and if that describes you, you probably want to be hired by a company that will recognize and appreciate the value you bring to it. The trick is, how do companies determine ahead of time whether someone will be a high performer and how do you present yourself in that light to prospective employers? Is it all about talent or does hard work play a part? 5 Signs...
Midlife Career Change–And Other Times, Too
by Georgia Adamson - Nov, 2014
The phrase “midlife career change” is nothing new. It’s something that’s been occurring for decades, maybe even centuries. However, there are some aspects these days that might make career change–midlife or otherwise–more challenging or at least challenging in different ways than in the past. Midlife Career Change–What’s Involved Two broad scenarios can apply to these situations. Either you’re considering a career change...
Build Your Team & Boost Productivity
by Beverly Jones - Nov, 2014
Celebrations can enhance your workplace culture and help team members become more productive. Sharing appreciation for success and good fortune can support the well-being of individuals, foster a sense of community and promote the health of your whole organization. Creating a celebration can be a wonderful way to acknowledge achievements and encourage people to do even better. Positive reinforcement is a powerful motivator...
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