Pulling a Steven Slater – or how not to burn a bridge
by Elizabeth Freedman - Aug, 2010
After landing a (hopefully) great job and having a (hopefully) great experience, you’ve determined that it’s time to move on. Happens all the time. However, what doesn’t happen all the time is the graceful exit. You’ve heard about Steven Slater, but did you hear the one about the guy who sent the angry email to everyone in the company when he quit? How about the one where the woman gave the boss a piece of her mind (and then s...
We’ve Got A Failure To Communicate
by Ramon Greenwood - Aug, 2010
Everyone agrees…at least pays lip service to the idea that effective internal communications are necessary to have a smooth-running organization. How else would management and employees understand and agree on assignments and common goals? How would members of the team be motivated to achieve their best? Organizations spend hundreds of millions of dollars a year on employee attitude surveys, newsletters, brochures, videos...
5 Back-to-School Supplies for Job Seekers
by Lindsey Pollak - Aug, 2010
Yep, it’s that time of year again. Back-to-school shopping season brings back memories of crisp notebooks, freshly sharpened pencils, shiny new shoes and the excitement of the new year ahead. Even though I’ve been out of school for a long time, I still feel that sense of excitement and possibility when the end of August rolls around. Whether you’re headed back to campus this fall or already out on the job market, here are...
Career Stagnation: Why You Need an Exit / Re-Entry Strategy
by Dee McCrorey - Aug, 2010
"Why," you might be thinking, "Should I worry about an exit strategy when I don't plan to leave my employer?" With worldwide unemployment rates stuck at we're-not-out-of-the-woods-yet, people with full-time, decent paying jobs will likely stay the course (for now). However, many professionals are nearing burnout after 18 months of relentless stress about jobs, their financial situation, and quality of life. Burnout does...
3 New Job Search Ideas for 50 Cents
by Kevin Donlin - Aug, 2010
I’ve written before that you can learn more about finding a job by emulating marketing experts than by reading every employment book in the library. And I still believe that’s true. To illustrate, here’s a tactic from Bob Bly, publisher of The Direct Response Letter (www.bly.com) and author of more than 70 books on advertising, copywriting, and other topics. Bly suggests the following for publishers of email newslette...
7 Key Aspects of a Professional Business Philosophy
by Rob Taub - Aug, 2010
The dictionary definition of philosophy is “a set of principles, beliefs and aims, underlying somebody’s practice or conduct”. As such, a “business philosophy” can be both a guide to help you grow a business, and in the ‘business of careers’ it can be a guide to help you decide what to do…and where to do it. So, define what you consider important, and you can be on your way to uncovering your “best fit” job opportunities. I...
Ten Simple Tips to Make a Good First Impression at a Job Interview
by Alvah Parker - Aug, 2010
Recently at a social gathering two business men were saying that within the first 2 minutes of a interviewing a job applicant they know whether they will hire the person. I always cringe when I hear something like that. That doesn’t give the job seeker much time and it doesn’t allow for error on the part of the applicant. There is a standard they are looking for and you need to meet it. Here are ten tips that will allow yo...
Beware: Physical Actions Do Matter At Interviews
by Ramon Greenwood - Aug, 2010
Physical actions by an applicant during the interviewing process do in fact make a great deal of difference on the hiring decision, according to a survey by CareerBuilder. Over two-thirds of interviewers declared that failure to make eye contact could cost a job candidate their chance at a job. More than three out of 10 said the absence of a smile was a killer. A third of those surveyed said poor posture could hurt a job se...
Interviewing? Choose a Strong Company
by Alexandra Levit - Aug, 2010
Countless individuals were laid off or fired in the last two years due to their companies’ dire financial situations. Whether you are currently unemployed or employed but thinking of working somewhere else, you should know how to avoid this scenario in the future. Your safest bet is to select a new company with a high profitability ratio. In short, companies with high profitability ratios take in more income per unit so...
12 Steps for Climbing to the Top of Your Career
by Thomas J. Denham - Aug, 2010
I have been climbing mountains across this country for more than 30 years. There are plenty of analogies between climbing to the top of mountains and climbing to the top of your career. I recently returned from a successful summit of The Grand Teton in Wyoming. It was the most difficult and dangerous ascent of my career. Here are some lessons from the top. 1. Pick Your Peak Carefully. Be sure where you want to go is in...
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