Ask Deb: Handling a Question About a Failed Business
by Debra Wheatman - Jan, 2014
Dear Deb, What is the best way to answer an interview question about why your company failed? I started a graphic design firm and after sinking $30,000 into it; and after 18 months of long hours and no weekends off, I have given up. We just could not compete with more established firms. I am working at a high school teaching graphic design and also work as a restaurant server to pay the bills. Feeling like such a fail...
Career Change: How To Find Your Passion
by Patricia Erickson - Jan, 2014
If you opt to follow your passion when making a career change, you will get a glimpse of a different side of life. Following your passion will lead you on a more personal journey that can actually change your ideas, perceptions, and emotions. No one is suggesting by any means that finding your passion promises a life of ease, wealth or wonder – rather it is a life that is open to new opportunities and endless possibilities th...
Career Success At Any Price?
by Georgia Adamson - Jan, 2014
Probably most of us want to achieve success in our chosen career. That’s a normal part of human nature, and there’s nothing wrong with it. However, if career success at any price is your motivator, you might be barreling along in the wrong direction. After all, you don’t get to go back and do your life over if you mess it up the first time and finish without making a major change in direction. You and Ebeneezer Scrooge...
Career Tips Tuesday: Why Snooping is Your Best Job Search Strategy
by Abby Locke - Jan, 2014
There is a lot of truth to the notion about what happens when preparation meets opportunity, the possibilities are endless… especially when it comes to your executive job search. However, if your career background is highly specialized, your experience is in a niche industry or your job search is limited to a small geographic location, your strategy needs to be extremely tailored, precise and customized to yield the greate...
How Job Hunters Should Use Facebook To Find Work
by Joshua Waldman - Jan, 2014
Thanks to Facebook’s dominance as the leading social network, combined with ways recruiters are using it to locate talent, if you’re serious about finding work, you must have a presence on this site. There are three reasons Facebook is so essential when you’re looking for a job in today’s social media–focused world: 1. Most jobs come from referrals. If most jobs come from referrals, and most referrals come from fr...
How to Use Google AdWords to Target Specific Hiring Managers
by Joshua Waldman - Jan, 2014
Use Google AdWords, the search engine’s pay-per-click advertising tool, to attract the attention of specific hiring managers and decision makers. Adwords enables you to take up an ad on the search results page of any keywords you choose. You can use a similar technique on the ad networks of Bing, Yahoo!, Facebook, and even Twitter. Go to Google Adwords and sign in with your Google ID.If you don’t already have a Google ID, cr...
Interviewing on Skype
by Mary Jeanne Vincent - Jan, 2014
Today, interviewing candidates via SKYPE is increasingly common. Human resources managers can save valuable recruiting dollars using technology to evaluate out-of-state candidates, easily schedule back-to-back interviews and size up a candidate’s comfort with technology. Here are some tips for making a great first impression from during a video conference call. Practice makes perfect. Test out the software by calling a f...
Is Your Head Ready to Explode? 4 Ways to Keep It Together. | Simplifying
by Dawn Lennon - Jan, 2014
“Make it stop,” you say, ”–the noise, the confusion, the stupid mistakes, the wasted time.” When our work days amount to one distraction and miscue after another, we feel caught in an endless squeeze, desperately trying to get our work done in spite of it. If we could only find the cause and do something about it. Or if our boss would just stop contributing to or ignoring the problems. Alas, we’re left hel...
Job Searching? 11 Effective Ways to Create Your Target Company List
by Lisa Rangel - Jan, 2014
Most job seekers struggle with how to build their target company list and end up resorting to job boards and depending on recruiters. That rarely works. It’s time to take back control of your job search by using these target list building methods to find your own opportunities and expand your target company list. (1) Create a Wish List of companies where you have always wanted to work. If you are going to conduct a jo...
Leading Through Inquiry - Do Ask, Don’t Tell
by Dr. Maynard Brusman - Jan, 2014
Good communication is a hallmark of healthy organizations, but it’s often founded on the belief that employees thrive when given clear directions. In today’s increasingly complex organizations, it’s not enough to tell people what to do. Leaders who ask evocative questions instead of giving instructions set the stage for better communication, employee engagement and high performance. After airplane crashes, chemical and nucl...
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