10 Bits of Career Expert Advice You Want to Ignore
by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter - Dec, 2012
While we all heed advice from time to time to learn and grow, it is good to be reminded that not all "expert" advice is good. Check out these 10 tips from career "experts" that you may actually want to ignore: 1. Your resume should never go longer than one page. While conciseness and clarity is key in any written document, words in and of themselves are not "bad." Master Resume Writer Dawn Bugni says, "It takes words to co...
Career Success, Not a Failure
by Georgia Adamson - Dec, 2012
I once read this saying: “You never fail until you stop trying.” That pretty much sums up my outlook and fits well into the article that inspired today’s blog post. Most of us have no idea how to predict the future–even if some of you can make fairly good educated guesses–so we have no idea what might lie around the next bend in the road, either in life or in our career. Yet you might find yourself feeling like a failure becau...
How To Annoy A Hiring Manager
by Cathy Eng - Dec, 2012
“What makes you want to work for us?” “What was a challenge you were met with and how did you approach it?” “Do you have any questions you would like to ask me?” Lack of preparation to answer these deliberate interview questions is among the top corporate hiring manager and recruiter pet peeves. There are very specific reasons interviewers ask you these questions and how you answer them says a lot about you. Weak o...
Let Focus And Passion Pave Your Career Path!
by Cathy Eng - Dec, 2012
As an executive resume writer, I often speak with clients who are either at a career crossroads out of their choosing or by circumstance (e.g. recession, life change, etc.), and these clients are simply looking for an answer to the toughest career question: What should I do? While a simple question, the answer is certainly different for everyone and can vary based on skills, experiences, and passion. Focusing on passion, I...
Soft skills help you get the job
by Miriam Salpeter - Dec, 2012
Landing a job requires a lot more than just the right degree, experience or series of technical skills. “Soft” skills, otherwise known as emotional intelligence, may make a difference between an employee who can do the job and one who does it well. Soft skills include: leadership, written and verbal communication, problem solving, motivation, interpersonal skills and creativity. They aren’t usually skills we learn in school (a...
Caring about Career Success–Yours and Others
by Georgia Adamson - Dec, 2012
Today I am borrowing a question from Jon Gordon, whose weekly newsletter often contains thought-provoking messages that make me examine what I am doing or not doing that really matters–personally (with family and good friends) and professionally (for my business and the people I want to serve). Jon’s question is: “Do You Care?” Caring about Success Goes Beyond Yourself As Jon’s weekly newsletter article says: “In today...
Developing Female Leaders: It Needs to Start Early
by Joan Runnheim Olson - Dec, 2012
According to Catalyst, the leading nonprofit organization expanding opportunities for women and business, “Women currently hold 3.8 percent of Fortune 500 CEO positions and 4.0 percent of Fortune 1000 CEO positions.” What accounts for the low number of women in high-ranking positions and what steps can be done to help increase the number of women in leadership positions? Gender Stereotypes Stereotypes still exist as...
New Job Market – Are You Prepared?
by Louise Garver - Dec, 2012
As an executive you may have experienced many changes in the job market over the years. Predictions have been formulating for some time now about big changes in careers and the traditional workforce. The experts forecast an exponential growth in the number of self-employed, independent service firms, solopreneuers, and temporary workers by 2020 with 40% or 65 million people who will not work in traditional jobs as we know the...
Ready For A Career Change? How Working As A Volunteer Can Help You
by Michelle Dumas - Dec, 2012
You feel like you’re stuck in your job, doing the same ol’ same ol’, day in and day out. You were excited when you first started out, upgraded your skills, and advanced in your position. When you needed a change, you changed organizations, met new people, learned new processes. But after years doing the same types of work, you’re feeling stale and unsatisfied and you know you need a new challenge. Simply changing jobs or org...
Watch what you say at work, but be yourself
by Hallie Crawford - Dec, 2012
I was excited to be interviewed for this article a few weeks ago about talking politics at work, Political discretion advised. It has some good advice to check out from everyone interviewed that I think we should all keep in mind. It takes a balance between watching what you say at work, always remembering that you are ‘on’, and being yourself. It’s critical to feel like you can be authentic at work, so don’t go to the oth...
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