Five Tips on Giving Performance Reviews
by Suzanne Bates - Nov, 2009
Tis the season when we are called upon to deliver end of the year performance reviews. Hardly what most people regard as a task of “good cheer.” While these are crucial conversations which can be pleasant, more often they are difficult. Even top performers need guidance, and of course there are those who have slipped or not lived up to their potential. If you tend to avoid conflict or are simply feeling too busy with other...
Maybe Scrooge Was Right
by Nan S. Russell - Nov, 2009
Thirteen percent. That number should make you pause if you manage staff, lead a group, or own a business. It's a number recently released from an on-line survey reported by Reuters. According to Right Management, a subsidiary of Manpower Inc, only thirteen percent of employees surveyed said they "planned to stay in their current positions." Two-thirds reported they're looking to change jobs in 2010, and another twenty-one p...
The Worst Interview Questions Ever - And How To Answer Them
by Debra Wheatman - Nov, 2009
Where do you see yourself in ten years? I am sure you are thinking – how the heck should I know? I agree. I don’t know where I am going to be tomorrow, much less ten years from now. Hopefully it’s on a boat sipping Mai Tai’s with my husband as we gaze into a sunset. Is that likely? I don’t know, but I am going to try. Unfortunately, when you get that question in an interview, the boat answer will probably not work in you...
Five Ways Body Language Can Cost You The Job
by Debra Wheatman - Nov, 2009
What your body conveys can tell far more about your feelings than you suspect. How you stand, your eye contact (or lack thereof), and the position of your hands, among other things send a message. Depending on your body’s language establishes a tone that you subconsciously convey. Most of the time, you have no idea that you are giving off these signals. They are quite automatic. Oftentimes you have no idea that you are conv...
Is it Time to Just Say NO?
by Barbara Giamanco - Nov, 2009
"Most of us are busy, but undisciplined. We are active, but not focused. We are moving, but not always in the right direction." – Jack Canfield In the things they never told me before I became an entrepreneur file is how important it is to be a good steward of time. For most of us, we start our careers working for other people who have a schedule they want us to adhere too. Even though I lived in the world of sales where t...
Minimize the ‘Hops’!
by Harry Urschel - Nov, 2009
I received an email from someone trying to figure out how to minimize any negative impressions his resume may make to potential employers because he had worked a number of contract and consulting projects. When he lists his entire job history, it looks like he’s been hopping jobs way too often when in fact it’s the nature of the project work he’s done. Some of his assignments were a matter of days and others for several months...
Pushing Your Career Passed Waiter’s Syndrome
by Todd Rhoad - Nov, 2009
Waiter’s Syndrome impacts many careers, creating a sense of frustration and forcing change that isn’t in your best interest. You may have and don’t even know. It can be defeated by following a few simple steps, which I’ll share with you in this article. The first step to cultivating a good career in the face of, what I like to call, Waiter's Syndrome is recognize that this is a motivation deficit. Of course, one must als...
Why You Are Not Ready To Find Your Next Job Even When You Say You Are
by Scot Herrick - Nov, 2009
Most people think that if the unthinkable happens -- they get laid off or their company goes belly up -- that they are immediately ready to look for another job. I know this because Robert Half published a survey that asked -- and 82% of the respondents said they were ready right now. Next, they asked this question: "When did you last update your resume?" That's when things got interesting: ...if they lost their jobs ...
Create an 'Ageless' Resume To Avoid Discrimination
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Nov, 2009
If you’re job hunting in your 40’s, 50’s, or 60’s, it’s certainly occurred to you by now that age discrimination is alive and well in the market. Employers spend considerable time filtering out the candidates that they consider outdated and expensive in order to focus on the right demographic for their businesses. When you're trying to get your foot in the door to explain why you’re MORE agile and ready to work than yo...
Job Seekers Beware: Companies Frequently Break Reference Policies
by Liz Handlin - Nov, 2009
With the national unemployment rate holding steady near 10 percent, it should come as no surprise there is a lot of competition for jobs across the country. What is perplexing, however, is how many people have bad professional references that can derail even the most qualified candidate, according to Heidi Allison, president of Allison & Taylor, the nation’s leading reference checking and employment verification firm. “Peop...
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