Excuses–Self-Inflicted Career Wounds | A Pro Knows
by Dawn Lennon - Jun, 2013
You can run but you can’t hide. Mistakes, poor decisions, sub-par performance, unbecoming behavior, and unmet expectations stalk even the most skillful among us. Performance missteps will happen spite of our best efforts to avoid them. In every case they belong to us. We own them and it’s in our career best interest to admit that. Excuses cut deep. We don’t want to goof up at work. It feels bad. When it happens our...
Reducing Your Risk of Layoff
by Dan King - Jun, 2013
Uh oh! We're starting to hear the "R" word again. Nobody wants to actually say it, but we all know the economy is in "recession," sure to be followed by more "restructuring," "reengineering," and "reorganization.” As organizations roll-out these three "R's, you'd be wise to reassess your career strategy and ready yourself for another rout of "rightsizing." And redo your resume while you're at it. For the past several ye...
by Julie Cohen - Jun, 2013
Dennis, an accountant, was part of an audit team for a large corporation. As he was reporting some data findings to his project manager and the rest of the team, his manager pointed out an incorrect assumption Dennis made that resulted in erroneous figures and that could have legal repercussions. Fortunately, the mistake was found before the results were presented publicly and Dennis was able to correct his reports. Unfortunat...
Redoing Your Budget for a Career Transition
by Kelly Gurnett - Jun, 2013
There are so many factors to consider when you’re preparing for a career transition. Whether your goal is to start your own business, launch a side hustle, or change job paths, you’ve got a lot to think about as you gear up for the leap. Having a solid (and realistic) budget in place is key in making sure your transition is as stress-free and secure as possible. And while the internet is chock full of resources on how to fo...
How to Deal with the 5 Most Common Stressful Situations at Work
by Marshall Brown - Jun, 2013
Dealing with stress at work can drain your passion and productivity. Stress can badly affect your mood, work habits, and work relationships. No matter how much you try to control things at the office, there will be circumstances out of your reach. Whether you get stressed or not, it’s up to you. It all depends on how you handle the situation. To help you out, I’ve compiled some of the most common stressful situations at wo...
5 Things You Didn't Know Could Hurt Your Career
by Alison Green - Jun, 2013
Some of the ways you could damage your career are obvious – poor work performance, shouting at your boss and stealing from the company are all pretty well-known career-harmers. But there are less obvious things you might be doing that can also damage your career without you realizing it, and they're worth paying attention to. Here are five ways you might harm your work progression that might not be so obvious. 1. Stay...
6 Tips to Navigating a Mid-Life Career Change Successfully
by Louise Garver - May, 2013
As with some things in life, career change becomes more complex as we get older. It isn’t quite as simple as our 30s. As an executive, at age 50, career change is a financial issue as much as it is a human growth issue. As we get older, there are mortgages, children’s college education, and other financial/lifestyle factors to consider. Depending on your financial situation, you may be in a better position to make a chang...
Mid-life Career Change: It May Not Be What You Really Need
by Louise Garver - May, 2013
Just like Peggy Lee’s song, have you ever wondered “is that all there is” in relationship to your work? In my work as an executive career coach, I meet many people who think they need a career change. They’ve been successful, however, they are now at a crossroads for a variety of reasons. For some, their career path was not what they had wanted to do all those years ago. For others, they are not using the skills and ta...
Bad Reasons to Change Careers
by Miriam Salpeter - May, 2013
You know what they say: “The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.” If you’ve been coveting the greener grass of a career change, be sure to stop and reflect before you plan a major shift. While transitioning careers sometimes makes sense, many people mistakenly believe a career change will solve all of their problems. Even successful career changers may be surprised to find that they encounter the same (or w...
Make Different Choices In Your Career
by Deborah Brown-Volkman - May, 2013
Your career is filled with choices. Some of them will empower you, and others will hold you back. Wherever you are now in your career, you have arrived there by choice. Maybe your choice was something you chose outright. Or, you chose not to choose, which was also a choice. Either way, if you are unhappy in your career, you must realize that your choices have contributed to your unhappiness. Of course, no-one intentio...
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