Career Makeover Strategy: How to Find the Right Professional Mentor
by Tai Goodwin - Aug, 2012
Having a mentor can make it much easier to be successful in work or in life. Knowing how to pick out a mentor can help you make the most of that helpful relationship. Here are some important qualities to look for in an advisor, and a step-by-step guide to finding the right one for you. Traits to Look for In a Mentor: 1. Focus on integrity. Look for someone whom you consider to be a wise role model. You want an adviso...
Career Success with a “Stretch Team”
by Georgia Adamson - Aug, 2012
You might be the independent type who prefers to “go it alone” and achieve whatever your goals are without outside help. In that case, you probably do not have what writer Jon Gordon calls a “stretch team.” If that works fine for you in your career management and job search plans, maybe the stretch team concept is something you can afford to ignore. Maybe. However, I’d be willing to bet that most of you could find such a team...
Two Strategies for Combating Ageism on Your LinkedIn Profile Photo
by Joshua Waldman - Aug, 2012
Speaking at the Engineering Symposium in Portland a few years ago, I had two conversations back to back that were exactly the same. Now, I wasn’t surprised, when speaking to a group of 100 engineers, that ALL of them were much smarter than I am. I also wasn’t surprised to see many baby-boomers in the audience. So the conversations I had after my presentation were expected. Each person who came up to me afterward expres...
3 Ways You’re Turning Off Recruiters on LinkedIn
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Aug, 2012
Ready to make LinkedIn work harder for you… but unsure how to generate activity from the site? Confused as to why your Profile viewers never get in touch with you? LinkedIn will have a tremendous impact on your job search – generating new Connections, recruiter calls, and networking opportunities – but this only happens when you actively cultivate your Profile as a keyword-rich, career-specific presentation that wows e...
Re-Brand 2012: What to Do When a “Brand-Aid” is Not Enough
by Debra Wheatman - Aug, 2012
Many clients come to me for career advice when the same old approach is no longer working. Often they will say, “Something is going on in the market. In the past, I was in high demand.” Well, perhaps it is the challenging market. On the other hand, could it be your long-time brand is no longer effective? In a challenging market, it is twice as important to update your brand. How do you know if you need a brand make-over?...
Time Management – The Power of Purpose
by Joe Feest - Aug, 2012
Do you ever find yourself thinking that there are so many things you could do at work that would have a huge impact upon your effectiveness—if only you could find the time! Does getting by day to day seem to take up all your time? So often when people think of time management they think in terms of tips, tricks, tools and techniques. What’s the latest new and creative approach? A focus on seeking out the latest trendy to...
Where Your Online Presence Really Comes From
by Joshua Waldman - Aug, 2012
A gentleman came up to me after a talk I gave at Portland Community College last month. He told me that hefd Googled himself and wasnft happy with what he found. I get this question all the time, so I wasnft prepared for what he told me next. After he saw his search results, he called Google and asked to speak with Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman and former CEO. When his call wasnft connected (no surprise ther...
The Mid-Year Review: 10 Great Questions to Ask Yourself
by Andy Robinson - Jul, 2012
As we enter the second half of the year, it's a great time to set aside an hour or so -- on a weekend or during your normal weekly planning time -- and do a MID-YEAR REVIEW. Use this time to reflect back on the first six months of the year and make adjustments to your goals for the remainder of the year. Consider these 10 QUESTIONS to ask during your mid-year review: 5 "Look-Back" Questions: 1.Key Acc...
What Motivates you at Work: Factors for Career Happiness!
by Sharon Cohen - Jul, 2012
Your dream job is another person's nightmare. Don't worry about what jobs your classmates are pursueing, you need to chart your own course! When I worked as a Business Career Advisor in Vancouver, BC, Canada I was given a great recruitment project from Starbucks Head Office... Since ten years have passed, I can share this story with you. For those of you who may not know, Starbucks was founded in the Pacific Northwest...
WHICH HALF ARE YOU?
by Nan S. Russell - Jul, 2012
When more than half of Americans were identified as overweight, people took notice. Major news outlets began educating on how to stay out, or get out, of that statistic. I wish the same attention had been paid when a new survey was released confirming more than half of Americans are dissatisfied with their job. Disliking your job is hazardous to your health and well-being, too. You can't be winning at working if you're diss...
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