Warning signs of a dysfunctional company
by Louise Garver - Jan, 2013
Scenario: you are thrilled that you have a job offer and are excited to start your new position. What’s wrong with this picture? Nothing really, except that sometimes executives are so ready to jump into their new job, they may ignore the red flags that exist. Of course no company is perfect, but before you accept that job offer, look at these issues that could spell disaster. Bad vibrations. You know when you walk into a...
Addressing an Inefficient Process
by Alexandra Levit - Jan, 2013
It’s one of the great injustices of Corporate America. Complex processes spring up around everything, and only some of them make sense. As someone with an eye toward improving productivity and adding to the bottom line at your organization, inefficient, overly complicated, unethical, or just downright silly processes may irritate you to no end. Off With Its Head! Whether you’re a new employee who has seen things done...
Why Your Resume Should NEVER Have an Objective Statement
by Joan Runnheim Olson - Jan, 2013
I get the idea behind an objective statement; I really do. You want the employer to know what your job search goal is. But the problem with objective statements is the way they’re written. I’ve never seen an objective statement that was not broad and unclear. They’re basically a waste of crucial real estate on your resume. Below, I’m going to list a few examples of poorly written objective statements. I think you’ll agree they...
5 Signs It Is Time for a Career Change
by Kim Meninger - Jan, 2013
Many professionals consider a career change at one point or another. Some experience a rough patch in their current careers and begin to wonder if a new career direction would be a better fit. Others struggle to find work in their current field and debate pursuing something new. Still others secretly harbor a dream job that they’ve never had the courage or opportunity to explore. How do you know when it’s the right time...
How to Recognize Deceptive Interviewers
by Georgia Adamson - Jan, 2013
Have you ever had an interview that turned out later to be deceptive in one or more ways? Quite possibly, although I like to think that most interviewers do not deliberately deceive applicants. However, I have had clients who took a job before they discovered it had been misrepresented in the interview. That can be not only a frustrating experience but a costly one, particularly if you pass up other opportunities and accep...
How to decide what type of job to take
by Miriam Salpeter - Jan, 2013
I’m sure many of us have been guilty of just taking a job because it was available, or because the pay was better than another job that may have been more suitable to our goals. What should you think about when it’s time to look for a job? Especially if it’s a part-time job or internship? These were some questions writer Emily Driscoll asked me for a post she was writing for Fox Business. Here is the information I shar...
8 Resume Do Nots
by Debra Ann Matthews - Jan, 2013
Please do not do any of the following on your resume: 1. Do not add an objective. Add a branding statement that identifies the type of professional that you are. Indicate your subject matter expertise. Hiring officials are looking for problem solvers and goal attainees. Demonstrate what you do well in a branding statement. For example: Interior Designer High School Science Teacher General Manager Senior Management E...
Are Your Employees Spreading Ideas – or Germs?
by Stephanie Thomas, Ph.D. - Jan, 2013
‘Tis the season: flu season. You’re coughing, sniffling, achy, and feverish. While climbing back into bed with the box of tissues by your side sounds like a great idea, do you do it? Or do you drag yourself to work? If you are one of the estimated 40% of American workers who have no paid sick days, it’s likely that you will dose up on some over the counter medication and head to work. Under current U.S. labor law, empl...
How to convince people to help you with your job search without being annoying
by Miriam Salpeter - Jan, 2013
Are you running around with a virtual J (for job seeker) on your forehead? Think about it: If you’re looking for a new opportunity and stopping everyone you know to ask if they’ve heard of any open positions for you (because you “can do anything!”), you may be wearing this imaginary tattoo without realizing it. And the truth is, it’s not doing you much good. To your credit, career coaches have always alleged that networkin...
Tips That Make Networking Easy Even If You HATE Networking
by Michelle Dumas - Jan, 2013
“Networking”. It’s hard to have a conversation or read an article about how to get ahead in business, how to find a new job, even how to get a child into a prestigious kindergarten (!), without the subject of professional networking being raised. We’re told that career success is built on professional networking which is fine unless you’re someone that considers the time and effort networking takes to be about as enjoyable...
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