The Wrong Question
by Suzanne Bates - Sep, 2011
The The phone was ringing, and no one was picking up. "Bates Communications, how may I help you?" "I was hoping to speak with the CEO or owner," replied a young woman. "Well, you've reached her. Who is calling?" "Oh, well this is Michelle from (a payroll service which shall remain unnamed). I wonder if you can tell me how your payroll is processed." "Well," I said, confused for a moment. "Do you mean how do...
Turning lemons into lemonade
by Hallie Crawford - Sep, 2011
Finding your dream job sounds great right, but what if you can’t just jump ship? What if you’re stuck in your job for the time being because of financial reasons for example? I was talking to a client Anna about this the other day—sometimes we just have to make the best of where we are now. She can’t just quit her job; she’s in a dual income household that relies on her income. So for the moment at least, she has to make the b...
Unleashing the Career Superstar in You—Ready?
by Dawn Lennon - Sep, 2011
Superstars aren’t just sports and entertainment icons. They’re also us. Every workplace and every career has its superstars. There’s no reason why you aren’t among them. By definition superstars are individuals in prominence who attract attention. Look around: That’s lots of people you know. We have to perform well and consistently to be considered a superstar in our line of work. On-the- job superstars are those indispe...
Why is Your Professional Brand the Best?
by Debra Wheatman - Sep, 2011
If you don’t know the answer to this question, it may be time for you to figure out the true differentiators that make you #1 in the job market. Creating a professional brand image for your career growth is not something that happens overnight. It is something that you build over time. How can you create a personal brand and a professional brand image that is unique, if you are not sure what it is about YOU that makes you...
Say Something, If You See or Hear Something
by Bob Roth - Sep, 2011
Almost all college students will be exposed to the offensive words and behaviors of other students, as they move through their college years. Some of those disturbing incidents and experiences will simply be minor, while others may be deadly serious. Either way, it is clear that students are likely to find themselves on the front lines of illegal and dangerous behavior. Therefore, it is important for students to say somethi...
‘Create Your Own Job’ 101: A Last Hope for Desperate, Unemployed White Collar Professionals
by Ben Ruark - Sep, 2011
No panacea, here, after soul-searching and wrapping your mind around a new, harsher economic reality, you may be ripe for embracing one of life’s less-appetizing last-ditch efforts. While the allure of nailing down any job may tempt you to read further, know that life overall, and personal-commitment, get very real, very fast, when you’re gazing across the desk of the president or operations/general manager of a small company....
Healthy Job Search: Keep Your Sanity
by Rosa Elizabeth Vargas - Sep, 2011
Unemployed can induce anxiety and depression! I know. Especially with all the talk on the news about the high unemployment rate. Yet, taking some time off from job searching (and away from the nightly news) will help you sustain your sanity so you come back to your job-hunt campaign renewed and with a fresh perspective. A clear mindset and a positive attitude is as essential to your job search as your career marketing tools....
Why Your College Major Doesn’t Matter
by Lindsey Pollak - Sep, 2011
In honor of back to school season, I wanted to share an observation I’ve made over the past ten years of advising Generation Y on their post-college careers: When it comes to your job search and career aspirations, your college major doesn’t matter.* Yes, there are some professions (e.g., accounting), where you may need a particular major to land a job with a particular corporation. And job interviewers may ask why you chos...
Do you feel stuck in the mud?
by Hallie Crawford - Sep, 2011
My career coaching client Denise was saying to me recently that she was trying so hard to remain positive in her career search, that she got frustrated with herself when she wasn’t able to always be optimistic. I think trying to stay positive all the time is counter-productive. Yes you want to lean towards optimism as much as possible when you’re looking for your dream job, but there are going to be days when you’re frustrated...
How to job hunt in a stubborn job market
by Miriam Salpeter - Sep, 2011
The job search news isn’t great…The feds report no new jobs added in August. What can you do to improve your chances in this stubborn market? Pause, but don’t stop. If you don’t have a great network and job search materials at-the-ready, facing an unexpected job loss can be very overwhelming. Take a moment to take stock, but don’t take a month. Consider potential next steps. Assess your skills and figure out what you...
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