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    Moving Up the Ladder - Being Assertive, Not Aggressive
by Lynn Taylor and Tim Muma - Mar, 2014
It's been a key component to workplace success for a while, but it remains a difficult concept to to get a hold of as an employee. We're talking about the way you can be assertive, while not being aggessive. Lynn Taylor, a frequently-quoted workplace expert and CEO of Lynn Taylor Consulting, uses her experience to breakdown the keys to striking this balance. She explains to Tim Muma the negative side of aggressivenes and the b...
 
    Volunteering At - National Multiple Sclerosis Society
by Jocelyn Cheng and Tim Muma - Mar, 2014
Multiple sclerosis (MS), an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and the rest of the body. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society exists to make sure MS doesn't stop people from moving. Jocelyn D. Cheng is the Senior Manager of Volunteer Development at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society-Greater Illinois Chapter, and...
 
    Job Search Guide - Getting Your Foot in the Door
by Cheryl Simpson and Cady Chesney - Mar, 2014
Don’t let the door slam on your foot at your dream organization. There are several ways to successfully get your foot and the door and start on the path of getting a job at your dream organization. Learn how to do more than just apply for open positions with host Cady Chesney and executive career and job search coach, Cheryl Lynch Simpson. From informational interviews to building connections in the company, before you know it...
 
    Moving Up the Ladder - One Word That Signals Fear in Your Career
by Marcia Reynolds and Tim Muma - Mar, 2014
You may speak and write thousands of words a day, yet there's one that may scream you're afraid when it comes to a career move. Marcia Reynolds, a master certified career coach, tells Tim Muma which word this is and why it can have such an impact. She also explains how people can avoid using it, and more importantly, how to be fearless when it comes to your career. Moving Up the Ladder gives employees and employers fresh pe...
 
  6 Thoughts to Remember as Your Brand Blossoms
by Valerie Sokolosky - Apr, 2014
It’s hard to believe, but May is almost here…and summer isn’t too far behind. I remember the rhyme from my school days: “April showers bring May flowers.” While my part of the world wasn’t too rainy this past month, we’re beginning to see Mother Nature’s colorful spring bouquet everywhere we look. It’s also exciting to see the pace of business picking up in many areas that have been in hibernation through the winter. So now...
 
  The 401(k) is Old Hat: Work Perks for the New Generation
by Jessica Powell - Apr, 2014
How do successful companies attract the best and brightest young talent? It's a question that small businesses and Fortune 500 corporations alike have struggled with in the efforts to replenish their operations with new workers. The millennial generation faces many struggles to find work, including a greater difficulty in finding health insurance than any other age bracket, but that hasn't changed the fact that a job alone won...
 
  Baby Boomers’ Retiring Effect on the US Economy
by Dr. Maynard Brusman - Mar, 2014
Succession planning is critical in preparing for the transition of Baby Boomers to retirement. Perhaps you’ve noticed the term ‘brain drain’ more and more in the popular media. This term is being used to describe the anticipated loss of skilled talent from our workforce as members of the baby boom generation begin to retire. The younger Gen X and Gen Y (New Millennials) are growing impatient to ascend to leadership respons...
 
  Everyone Wants to Be the Boss
by Rowe Leathers - Mar, 2014
As a career coach I am often asked to review resumes targeted for management positions, and it becomes my unfortunate duty to advise them that they have not listed any previous management experience or leadership roles that would qualify them. The question that always comes back to me is, “So, how do I get qualified?” To identify previous experience in leadership, begin by examining your career. OK, so you’ve never had t...
 
  Job Performance: How Do You Measure Up?
by Georgia Adamson - Mar, 2014
It’s easy–sometimes all too easy–to get caught up in the day-to-day activities of your work-life and not take a good look at how you’re really doing overall. This approach bears an uncomfortably strong resemblance to a racehorse with blinkers on. If you’ve fallen into that trap, now is the time to free yourself from it. Job Performance and Blinkers Just to give a little background, blinkers have at least a couple of pu...
 
  Is it time to strengthen your professional brand?
by Beverly Jones - Feb, 2014
What’s your brand at work? And why does it matter? There’s you, the essential person you are. Obviously related, but not quite the same, is you — the professional who shows up on the job and makes a contribution. And then there’s your professional brand. Originally a “brand” referred to a word or symbol indicating the owner or producer of a product. Ranchers used hot irons to brand cattle. And bac...
 
  Five Things To Include In Your Career Development Toolkit
by Patricia Erickson - Feb, 2014
In order to excel in life and with your career, it is of utmost importance you have a career development plan to follow. A career development toolkit is an excellent resource which will help guide you through some of the steps in the career management process so you can effectively reach your goals. To help with the process, here are five things to include in your career development toolkit. 1. Know what you want The nu...
 
  What Is A Career Development Plan?
by Patricia Erickson - Feb, 2014
Whether you are just beginning a career are in the midst of one, it is crucial you have a career development plan to follow. There are far too many variables and bumps in the road you will face along the way to pursue a career without an effective plan. Ideally, you should have a career guide from the beginning. Look at it as a roadmap that you would use when going on vacation. You are going to start at one point and pla...
 
  Why Is It Important To Have A Career Development
by Patricia Erickson - Feb, 2014
There are few things as important as having a career development plan when it comes to excelling in life and accelerating in your chosen field. It is vital that you have a clear sense of the direction you would like to head with your career. Career planning is a critical step and is essential to your success not something you want to skip over. The purpose of a career development plan is to help you reach your goals. Ever...
 
  Ten Things for Your Professional Bucket List
by Tiffany Young - Jan, 2014
The traditional bucket list is a list of things to achieve before you die. I think this is an idea that can also be used by any young professional who wants to achieve specific career goals by a certain age. Creating a professional bucket list can put you in a position for a job promotion, a new career, or, better yet, let you explore something new. Here are ten things that young professionals should consider for their lis...
 
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