How to figure out your skills
by Miriam Salpeter - Jun, 2012
“To thine own self be true.” It’s more than just a line from Shakespeare! Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone who worked had the luxury of spending their work hours doing something that they enjoyed and was true to their values and skills? If you are considering a new career, have you done any thinking about how that career intersects with who you are (or want to be)? Focusing your your values is one way to help direct your se...
Differentiate Yourself With A Specialty
by Robin Fisher Roffer - May, 2012
Clearly define your expertise so you can attract the opportunities you want and the money you need. The process of developing a dynamic brand image asks you to unearth your authentic self, identify what you bring to the table, declare your values, vision your future, and at times live a double life as you evolve into the professional you aspire to be. The linchpin to a successful personal brand is your area of experti...
Fairy Job Mother: Is this the right career for me?
by Sharon Cohen - May, 2012
I wish I was a Fairy Job-Mother with magic career powers! I'd like to wave a wand and instantly connect people with their dream jobs. As a Career counselor - I'm frequently asked: What career should I pursue? What will make me happy? How can I be sure? Well, you know what two things everyone can be sure of - and neither are related to career choices! I wish I could guarantee people's career happiness! If only...
The New Groupthink: Problems with Teams
by Dr. Maynard Brusman - May, 2012
A recent survey found that 91 percent of high-level managers believe teams are the key to success. But the evidence doesn’t always support this assertion. There are insidious disadvantages to teamwork, notes Professor Heidi K. Gardner in her April 2012 Harvard Business Review article, “Coming Through When It Matters Most.” “Just when teams most need to draw on the full range of their members’ knowledge to produce the high...
Career Coach: Advice for blushers and job hunters
by Dr. Joyce E. A. Russell - May, 2012
Managing a difficult co-worker Q:I have a co-worker in another office who often scolds me via e-mail and adds additional names to the “cc:” line. It is not as embarrassing as it is annoying. How do I approach her tactfully to put an end to this? A: E-mail is often used inappropriately. It is definitely not the best forum for delivering bad or uncomfortable news. The e-mails often escalate back and forth and then the issu...
How to Develop Emotional Intelligence (EI)
by Dr. Maynard Brusman - May, 2012
I recently spoke with the director of human resources a San Francisco Bay Area company regarding providing executive coaching for the company’s CEO. The director of human resources asked some very insightful questions to determine whether we were a good fit. She specifically wanted to know how I worked with different personality styles, and my methods for initiating behavior change. She was very interested in my executive coac...
It’s time to start celebrating your success
by Hallie Crawford - May, 2012
I was talking to my career coaching client, Margaret, about celebrating her successes, even the small ones, in her job search. She identified three new things she wanted to have in a dream job. I don’t know about you, but I’m the type of person who has a success and moves on to the next goal way too quickly. I think this is part of why I’m a successful business owner, but I know this is a double edged sword. It gets me int...
How To Deal With a Promotion
by David Couper - May, 2012
Someone promoted over you. Try not to take things personally. There are many reasons why one person gets promoted over another which you can’t always understand unless you are the manager. For example, they may have some specific skills that are needed in the future such as speaking another language; they may have impressed a senior person who is pushing for the promotion; or they may have communicated their worth more eff...
5 Painless Steps to Controlling Your Online Rep
by Miriam Salpeter - May, 2012
Many job-seekers underestimate how important it is to have an online presence—a digital footprint to help convince potential hiring managers that they are right for the job. There is no question a person's online reputation makes a big difference for job-search success. But ironically, the worst outcome of having a recruiter search for you on the Web would be if he or she found nothing at all. In a digital age, having noth...
How to Answer Questions About Underperforming Co-workers
by Bonnie Lowe - Apr, 2012
A new subscriber recently asked me how to respond to this type of interview question: "What would you do if a colleague was not pulling his weight?" Note: since the question is worded with "colleague" and not "employee" or "subordinate," I'm going to answer this as it would apply to a NONSUPERVISORY position. There are generally two management styles that determine how employers want their people to handle such situati...
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