Why Defensiveness is Your Worst Offense
by Alexandra Levit - Nov, 2013
When I was new to the business world, I was very sensitive. I was so insecure about whether or not I was doing a good job that I took constructive feedback badly. Specifically, I would get defensive and respond as if I was being attacked, at any hint that my work, appearance, or conduct wasn’t absolutely perfect. An example: “Alex, your suits are nice, but sometimes they look a little wrinkly. Do you think you could...
5 Steps to Keep Your Network From Getting Stale
by Louise Garver - Nov, 2013
Building and maintaining a successful executive network should be a top priority whether you are involved in a current job search or not. Don’t store away contacts that you meet and reach out only when you are in the midst of job search. You need to create an action plan to cultivate those contact relationships. First and foremost, get organized. You know those bits of paper with information about a contact person that you...
Networking for the Nervous
by David Couper - Nov, 2013
If you don’t like going outside and meeting people then don’t! The Internet is a powerful way of spreading a form of “electronic word of mouth.” Blogs, newsletters and well-visited web sites can carry your marketing messages to large worldwide audiences. These messages can lead to job opportunities, freelance contracts and customers. You may know that a company is hiring and you simply want to know more about that company....
You Made a Mistake at Work. How Does Your Brand Recover?
by Valerie Sokolosky - Nov, 2013
So what happens when you make a mistake? How do you recover? First of all, own up to it. It’s difficult, but bad news over time only gets worse. Sometimes we just want to put it to the side and make nice. Instead of hiding it, be honest and try to right the wrong. Lastly, don’t beat yourself up, and move on. Here are a few points I made on KTXD-TV as the guest Leadership Excellence expert. TIPS: 1 – Fess up NOW. Reme...
Avoid These Career Regrets for Job Satisfaction
by Alexandra Levit - Nov, 2013
In the 21st century, we have more freedom than ever in terms of how we manage our careers. Theoretically, this should lead to fewer regrets when it’s all said and done. But these five regrets remain career pitfalls for many, and you would be wise to reflect upon them before making your next career move. Avoiding these career regrets will help you find job satisfaction. I should have given my dream a fair shot: Those who y...
5 Secrets to Tap into the Hidden Job Market
by Louise Garver - Oct, 2013
Did you know that many of the best jobs are never advertised? Going beyond the traditional methods of job search can uncover the executive job you’ve been searching for. Staying focused will help you tap into the hidden job market where there is less competition than when applying to posted positions online. You can’t be all things to all people/companies so concentrate on what you like to do, what you do well, and what ne...
3 Secrets of Non-Verbal Communication
by Lindsey Pollak - Oct, 2013
It’s been said a zillion times, but it’s true: It’s not just what you say; it’s how you say it. The tone with which you deliver your words, the way you stand and the all-important eye contact connection express information that words cannot. The most successful people I know aren’t just great thinkers or creative wordsmiths – they know the subtleties of demonstrating confidence in their non-verbal communication, commanding the...
3 Ways to Use LinkedIn to Advance Your Career Change
by Joshua Waldman - Oct, 2013
LinkedIn is one of the most powerful tools to help you redefine yourself and move your career in a new direction. Taking your career in a new direction is a bold move that requires framing your proven skills for a whole new purpose. Identify your transferable skills, and then consider the following three ideas for using LinkedIn to advance your career change. Use the profile headline to reveal what you do When setting...
Is Socializing at Work Good for Your Career?
by Dr. Maynard Brusman - Oct, 2013
Is Socializing at Work Good for Your Career? One of my executive coaching clients was having some difficulty at her company determining whether employee socializing at work was a good or bad thing. We had a very lively conversation about the topic. She asked me some questions about the issue, and was interested in my perspective. I’ve indicated her questions, and my responses below. What do you think are the pros and con...
Job Searching and Social Media: How Online Networking Can Help Your Virtual Self Get The Job You Want
by Michelle Dumas - Oct, 2013
Conventional business wisdom holds that without a comprehensive online strategy, your business is like a shark that stops swimming: It sinks slowly and lifelessly to the bottom of the sea. Online presence is critical to commercial success. Interestingly, the same can be said for your job search. If you don’t engage in online networking (e.g., use social networking sites (SNS) to look for work, all prospective employers...
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