Should You Connect on LinkedIn with Your Interviewer?
by Thea Kelley - Apr, 2015
In job search, you're continually looking to expand your professional network, especially among people who are well placed to help you get a job. The people with whom you've done job interviews are certainly in that category. So should you invite your interviewers to connect on LinkedIn? In many cases the answer is "yes, but probably only after the job interview process is over." An invitation to connect during the in...
Smiling can make your day and boost your career
by Beverly Jones - Apr, 2015
In his popular 1936 book, How to Win Friends & Influence People, Dale Carnegie offered advice for becoming popular, persuasive and successful. Among the book's well-known techniques is Principle 2 of his "Six Ways to Make People Like You." That rule is brief: "Smile." Carnegie quoted this Chinese proverb: "a man without a smiling face must not open a shop." Your smile, he said, "is a messenger of your goodwill," and a simpl...
How Involved Are You in Your Work?
by Carole Kanchier - Apr, 2015
Do you identify closely with your job? Are your moods and feelings affected by your work? Are you involved in your job? Job involvement refers to the psychological and emotional extent to which people participate in their work, profession and company. Top performers who are engaged in their work generally have high levels of job involvement. Studies show high job involvement contributes to high job satisfaction, employee mor...
Advance Your Career Through Mentoring
by Stacy Harshman - Apr, 2015
Mentoring is most often defined as a professional relationship in which an expert, the mentor, who has experience and wisdom, assists a novice, the mentee, to gain knowledge, skills, and experience that will contribute to the mentee’s professional growth. American businessman John Crosby describes the concept as “a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction”. What are the benefits? Mentoring can bene...
Your Resume and Your Portfolio
by Robin Schlinger - Apr, 2015
I have many clients in creative careers that demand online or print portfolios: writers, graphic artists, photographers and web designers, among others. When hiring managers or recruiters look at job applicants for communications or design positions, they expect to see samples of previous work at some point. Any creative person about to engage in a job search should make sure to accumulate physical or electronic samples of...
3 Reasons Why Reinvention Is So Darn Hard
by Stacey Lane - Apr, 2015
Maybe it’s because the job market has improved. Or they’re just tired of feeling so unsatisfied. Or that it’s spring. Or my clients have known for a while that they’re mismatched with their current career. Whatever the reason, reinvention is on their minds. When I surveyed my list about what they’d like to hear about, Reinvention was the number one webinar topic they said they’d like to see. Let me tell you a little bit mor...
6 Strategies on How to Use Conflict as a Powerful Career Tool
by Lisa Rangel - Apr, 2015
Conflict is one of the most underutilized career tools. When conflict presents itself, you want to run, but I suggest that you don’t. Many professionals go to great lengths to duck conflict. That’s because, as Peter T. Colemen and Robert Ferguson explain in the book “Making Conflict Work,” it “elicits anxiety.” Yet, managing conflict is absolutely necessary for achieving your own professional as well as the organization’s g...
5 Ways to Increase Your Team’s Well Being in the New Year
by Alexandra Levit - Apr, 2015
In 2015, go where no manager has gone before. It’s the beginning of a new year, and you want your team members to be as happy and productive as possible. A little while ago, we talked about some easy wellness ideas you can implement. Here are other novel ways you might switch things up for the better. Nix Email After 11PM People who work all day generally need to sleep at night. If you want healthy and happy employees...
Bad Bosses Happen, But Suffering Is Optional
by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - Apr, 2015
Talent leaves an organization when they’re badly managed or when the organization fails to inspire them or provide room for new challenges and growth. You need to use your professional power and take control of your career trajectory. If you have a bad boss, suffering in silence (or out loud) is not a wise career strategy. I encourage you to take your power back in your work environment. Here are techniques to rehabilitate...
The Rules of Navigating Work Friendships
by Melody Wilding - Apr, 2015
As you invest more and more time into finding your dream career and professional calling, it’s inevitable that the lines between business and pleasure blur, often out of necessity. A tough day at the office may end with drinks and gossip with a trusted co-worker, or you find yourself responding to emails on your BlackBerry from your yoga mat before class begins. As the lines blur, so too do traditional professional relation...
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