How a Great Resume Prepares You for a Great Interview
by Robin Schlinger - Sep, 2014
Your resume introduces you to a company and puts you in line for an interview. But your resume is also an essential part of your preparation for that interview. First, suppose you tried, without a resume, to keep the exact same information on employment websites, social media like LinkedIn, personal contact, networking, email and snail mail. It would be very difficult to avoid minor errors and contradictions while juggling...
How Does Networking Fit Into Your Brand Strategy?
by Valerie Sokolosky - Sep, 2014
In a recent blog post, I mentioned how a positive second impression develops a lasting business relationship. When you’re networking, your brand is “on stage.” You’re making connections, focusing on your presence, and collecting business cards. You’re doing great! Now be sure you have a strategy to keep it going. Once you’ve made sure to “Do it Right”— from your appearance, to your behaviors and business etiquette—how will...
How To Leave Your Best Brand Impression:The Second Time
by Valerie Sokolosky - Sep, 2014
We hear it all the time. “You never get a second chance to make a good first impression.” That good ol’ first impression, in which people “sum you up” in a matter of seconds. Some say this isn’t fair but research shows that we do make judgments about others in the first few seconds of meeting them. In a short amount of time, there can be assumptions made about a person’s income, where they live, where they work, their perso...
Tips For Job Searching When You Are Over 50
by Michelle Dumas - Sep, 2014
“50 is the new 30″. “Old guys rule”. “Age is only a number.” “Yeah, I got that scrape skateboarding with my grandson”. These are just some of the comments that reflect a shift in perception about aging in our society, in part because life-expectancy keeps increasing, as do the expectations those in middle age (and older) have of what they can and want to do. People over 50 are more active than ever and take pride in...
The Top 10 Reasons You Need a Career Journal
by Cheryl Lynch Simpson - Sep, 2014
By the time you sit down to update your resume or finally hire a professional to write it for you it’s already too late — too late to clarify your brand, achievements, and goals in the time available before you complete the project. The time to start all of these activities is long before you need them. In other words, now. A career journal can help you to jumpstart the process in a gentle way. Unlike a regular journal, a c...
How Important is Praise in Business?
by Dale Kurow, M.S. - Sep, 2014
Many psychologists would agree that positive reinforcement is significantly more effective than punishment. Many executives would agree employee recognition leads to an increased bottom line. Many doctors would agree that the release of dopamine in the brain whenever we hear something we enjoy is a powerful thing. And then there are the studies. Ragan.com shares a collection of studies that sets the record straight, direct...
How to Win When Negotiating Your Salary
by Louise Garver - Sep, 2014
Executives negotiate millions to billions of dollars in their roles every day, but often fall short when it comes to negotiating their own salary, whether it is a promotion or for a new position. Yes, you may have been job-hunting for 8 months and really, really want/need to be re-employed. No, you don’t have to take the first offer. It starts at the pre-screen call Negotiating your salary really starts with the inter...
What Every Executive Needs to Know About Handling A Layoff
by Lisa Rangel - Sep, 2014
Although we may like to think that we are always in control of our careers, sometimes unforeseen circumstances take us for a loop. One such circumstance is that of an executive layoff. The good news is, in most cases, you should know ahead of time that you are on the executive layoff list. This gives you time to plan your next moves as an executive who now finds themselves on the job hunt. The bad news is this presents a set o...
The Underestimated Importance of a Mentor
by Corinna Klawon - Sep, 2014
I have been recently faced with some challenges in my personal life but also in my work life (I applaud people who can separate the two). I have found myself just running in a circle in hopes of finding an answer. I am trying to better understand what my personal goals are and how I can close the gap between what I do and who I want to become. I was so close to this issue that I felt like my vision was clouded. I know that our...
How to Tell if You Aced Your Interview
by Adrienne Erin - Sep, 2014
You’ve got the perfect suit, a firm handshake, a strong resume and excellent references. You feel fully prepared to tackle any interview question tossed your way, and you have researched the company and are enthusiastic about the job you’re interviewing for. You’ve covered all the bases and feel confident that you are set to show them why you’re the ideal candidate for the job. Great job! Of course, most people want to know...
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