Career Secrets from the Insiders
by Alexandra Levit - May, 2011
I have been reading Martin Yate since I was a job seeker about to be fresh out of college, and he has been one of my major sources of inspiration over the last few years. Fortunately for us, Martin's got a new Knock Em Dead book (this one is called Secrets and Strategies from the Insiders), and when I asked him if he could share some of the book's most important wisdom with you guys, here's what he had to say: Take control...
3 Questions Interviewees Must Ask or Risk Doom—After Getting the Job!
by Dawn Lennon - May, 2011
Job interviews are the beginning. It’s the moment when we begin our relationship with a future boss. We tend to look at the hiring process like a game show. We’re picked as contestants, and if we answer the questions correctly, we win the prize. The game show winner takes his/her winnings and goes home. When you get the job, however, you’re expected to report to work every day, take direction, complete assignments, and...
Can Blogging Help You Get a Job?
by Lindsey Pollak - May, 2011
According to the Nielsen Company’s BlogPulse, there are over 161 million public blogs in existence. Clearly, writing a blog is an amazingly popular thing to do. But can writing a blog lead to career opportunities? The answer is increasingly yes. When done in a professional way, writing a blog can lead to many benefits in your post-college job search, including real internship and job opportunities. Here are a few of the be...
by Nan S. Russell - May, 2011
Since she'd been referred by a good client, I rearranged my schedule to accommodate a phone meeting for what she described as a "pressing decision" about a potential business endeavor I had experience with. The day before our appointment, the call was confirmed and it was verified that she would call my office at the arranged time. When the time arrived and no call came, I was surprised. Fifteen minutes later, still no call...
It isn't the work... It's the place
by Kimberly Schneiderman - May, 2011
Have you ever started a new job that was supposed to be great only to discover that while the work was fine, the place was just awful? Perhaps the budget for marketing was nil. Maybe the boss gave no direction…or too much direction! Did they move from downtown to uptown within a couple months? Wouldn’t it have been nice to know some of these things before you accepted the job offer? Here are some questions you can ask, along...
The garden and the network
by Dawn Bugni - May, 2011
I worked in the yard this past weekend. Truth be told, a well-manicured lawn and perfect landscaping hasn’t been a priority for many years. Combine five dogs and two growing businesses (up until 2009) with country living and no homeowners association to tell me weed whack and it got a little shaggy around the edges. I’ve learned; if you don’t’ get in control early in spring; forget it. The weeds win. This year, I found a ne...
10 Dollars and A Laptop
by Steve Farber - May, 2011
Last weekend at the always inspiring SobCon event in Chicago, I had the opportunity to meet Greg Hartle, the itinerate business consultant and philosopher. He’s on a mission to visit 50 states, collect 501 stories, and demonstrate that it’s possible to make a living starting from scratch–even in this new, challenging (to say the least) economy. He started his journey with ten dollars, a laptop, and the clothes on his bac...
Find your career sweet spot – your dream job is out there!
by Hallie Crawford - May, 2011
Look for your dream job by narrowing your options to find your career sweet spot. This is from a group coaching client, Joe, who has found a job to apply for that he didn’t even know existed. The job beautifully combines his interest in training and past work experience in manufacturing and distribution. “The last thing I would like to share is that once you narrow down your choices, make a plan to get there, and most i...
Baby-sitting Your Job or Owning It? A Career Differentiator
by Dawn Lennon - May, 2011
obs are precious these days. Most careers are made up of jobs we¡¯ve loved and others that felt like a long trek across the desert with an empty canteen. It¡¯s tempting to grouse when we see our jobs as: ¡öBoring and repetitive ¡öUncreative and confining ¡öUnchallenging and limiting If we¡¯re not complaining that the work isn¡¯t exciting enough, we¡¯re dissing on the boss who isn¡¯t doing something about it. It...
Career Alert: “Your Employer Brands You. Take It or Leave It.”
by Dawn Lennon - May, 2011
Companies are credentials. Who we work for says a lot about us. Just ask any resume screener or hiring manager. This reality adds to the job search and career building pressures that are already intense enough. No one ever said this career success thing was going to be easy. What’s in a name? Here’s how it happens: Organizations have their own identities. They are defined by the mission, decisions, and performance...
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