The Perils (and Value) of Career Nicheing
by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter - Dec, 2010
“Find a niche! Get a niche. Work in a niche!” In his Nov. 22nd post called, “Over-Nicheing,“ Steve Spalding asserts, “We spend a lot of time extolling the unlimited virtues of nichedom, but we rarely think of its very real limitations.” Though he goes on to say you “should” have a niche in order to focus your attention, budget and creative resources at an audience who cares, he also warns that niches can be a trap if you ge...
Is Your Personal Brand Wrong?
by Rosa Elizabeth Vargas - Dec, 2010
A careerist said to me, “I need your help. I need to REBRAND my resume.” Okay. So, I was expecting, “I need a resume like yesterday.” Perhaps, “What is resume branding?” But, an outright “rebrand” —well! If I wasn’t already sitting… Why a Rebrand? You see, this careerist had developed a strong brand; earned a reputation as a ‘department savior.’ The problem? Most of the job offers were coming from companies in need of...
Share your Career Journey
by Wendy Adams - Dec, 2010
There are a million little events that happen in our careers that are often forgotten rather than over-embellished. While we are eager to capture our personal lives in nano-seconds, our career steps are often overlooked. BLOGS change all this. For years, I have recommended that my coaching clients keep a work journal. As the beginning of a career portfolio, this work journal captures the great value found within the increme...
Success with a Career Coach
by Wendy Adams - Dec, 2010
Career coaching is in its infancy as an industry. When I began coaching in the 1990’s the term was brand new. Now there are so many coaches, it can cause confusion as to what any coach can do and what the client should expect from that coach. Coaches can fall into one or several of the four major areas of career services provision. Career Planning Coaches If you are just starting out in your career, you will want to ide...
Career Development through Volunteering: Volunteering for the Newly Hired Professional
by Dr. John Meeker - Dec, 2010
Executive Summary Professionals have often donated their time, know-how and experience to non-profits as a way to give back to the community. During the recent recession, many discovered that the relationships built through this process created a strong business network on which they were able to rely and seek out new business opportunities. As the economy regains its strength and professionals are embarking on new opportun...
Lessons on the River
by Suzanne Bates - Dec, 2010
Back in my wild and crazy youth, my friends and I used to take an annual weekend canoe trip down the Wisconsin River. For those of you unfamiliar with that part of the world, the Wisconsin is a 10,000 year old, 430 mile waterway (we did about 25 or 30 miles) originating in the northern part of the state near the border of the Upper Penninsula of Michigan. This isn’t whitewater rafting. It’s a relaxing way to hang with your p...
How to Answer the “What Do You Do?” Question
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Dec, 2010
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, just over 4 million Americans lost their jobs in 2009 alone. For those millions of people, a new reality has emerged that may include stress, financial difficulties, and uncertainty about the future. Many sociologists have written about the long-term psychological effects of prolonged unemployment. One problem often mentioned is the loss of identity experienced by people who are out...
Cleaning Out The Gutters
by Suzanne Bates - Dec, 2010
As I write this I’m gazing (lovingly) out the picture window at my husband on a ladder, cleaning out the gutters. For those of you who live in condos or climates where trees don’t shed, this is an annual fall sport for men. They do it because they ARE men and it makes absolutely no sense to them to pay someone a couple of hundred bucks when they have a ladder, a pair of work gloves, and about an hour and a half between their...
The Trusted Advisor Relationship – Developing Empathy
by Dr. Maynard Brusman - Dec, 2010
Enlightened businesses today hire leadership consultants and executive coaches to help with their leadership development programs. However, increasingly a number of my clients now prefer me to help them in the role of trusted advisor rather than expert consultant. This special partnership based on mutual respect and collaboration helps clients achieve desired results. The role of trusted advisor is open, transparent and fier...
Can you become an “Olderpreneur”?
by Maureen Cullen - Dec, 2010
Enterprise isn’t just for the young. People of any age can start up a business. When we are past fifty we sometimes feel it will be difficult to find an employer who will offer us the flexibility we want in a job. We come to an age where we want to “do our own thing” and be in control of our environment. Starting your own business is something you can do for yourself and it can provide you with a viable and interesting liv...
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