Is It Time to Start Planning Your Next Dream Career?
by Beverly Jones - May, 2010
In a regular U.S. News & World Report feature called “Second Acts,” Kerry Hannon writes about Americans between the ages of 44 and 70 who have launched “encore careers.” For more than three years, she has been interviewing some of the estimated 8.4 million Americans who have moved from a corporate or other traditional job track to an entirely new career that combines income with personal meaning and social impact. In “What...
Career Transition Action Plan (Part I)
by Sharon Cohen - May, 2010
• Wondering if you are playing the job search game correctly? • Are you in career transition and overwhelmed? • Are you considering a new industry, sector, functional role or job? • How do you know if you have the skills, knowledge and experience to be competitive? One of my favorite career management topics is Career Transition Strategy. I love meeting with clients and helping them plan their career transitions. S...
Life On The Job: How to Handle Difficult Coworkers
by Patricia Erickson - May, 2010
Do you love your job but hate your coworkers? If you’re pulling your hair out or plotting out ways to bludgeon your coworker (without getting caught) with a paper weight read on. Unfortunately, your first thought might be to resign from your current position. That is not always necessary. Sure it might be easiest to cut and run when facing difficult or unruly coworkers, but is it the right move? If the job is worth it, you...
How Better Presentation Skills Can Get You Ahead In Your Career
by Shweta Khare - Apr, 2010
When are you making a presentation at your workplace? At the seminars, meetings, expos, sales presentations? Think again, presenting is much more diverse and is an inherent part of today’s workplace. Not only in a meeting but when putting up a proposal on why you must expect a pay increase this year, discussing your performance reviews or trying to move on to a more satisfying project, you are using your presentation skills to...
The Whole Person
by Nan S. Russell - Apr, 2010
Henry Ford is reported to have quipped, "Why is it that I always get the whole person when what I really want is a pair of hands?" The 21st century version doesn't sound quite like that, but its essence prevails in plenty of workplaces. The functional equivalent of Ford's thinking is housed in statements from supervisors, managers, and coworkers like: "What do you mean her kid is sick again, and I have to do her work?" "I k...
Critical Steps For Your Career Transition
by Debra Wheatman - Apr, 2010
One of the toughest challenges job seekers face is figuring out how to make a career transition. Sometimes transition is forced; maybe jobs in your industry or area are dwindling. Other times, you want to do something different – explore new options. Whatever the situation, HOW to transition is a critical sticking point. Having worked with clients at various levels of their careers, transition is an area that comes up time and...
Can You Lead Without Authority?
by Alexandra Levit - Apr, 2010
In a business world of shrinking hierarchies and individual contributors, one of the toughest challenges for the high-achiever is learning to lead without authority. In my years in the workforce, I’ve been responsible for several large, multi-departmental initiatives with only a few direct reports to engage. Here’s what I’ve learned through my own experiences: Let your passion shine through It’s hard to be critical of...
Career Change: Parenthood - Anyone else inspired by the show?
by Patricia Erickson - Apr, 2010
Just recently I watched an episode of NBC's Parenthood that I thought was truly inspirational. I guess that personal dreams and career change touch everyone. Even writers in Hollywood. If you're an avid viewer of the series, you know that Amber is in her junior year of high school and is poised to either head off to college after she graduates from high school or maybe not - it depends on Amber. Sarah is Amber's mother and...
Is It Your Boss That's Bad, or Are You Just Hard to Get Along With?
by Heather Mundell - Apr, 2010
In my former life, I was an HR director. HR folks can be a cautious, cynical bunch. Reason #1 - they are the legal front line when things go south with employees. Reason #2 - they've seen a lot of bizarre and bad behavior at work (and they're called in to help deal with it). I inadvertently had my HR hat on when I read What to Do If Your Boss Is the Problem on the Wall Street Journal online. It's a good article with...
How To Guarantee A Successful Career
by Tai Goodwin - Apr, 2010
The criteria for having a successful career will vary from person to person. For some career success is measured by income, for others it may be title or the overall impact made by their work. And some of us define career success as being able to do the work we love. Regardless of our personal interpretation of career success, there are two strategies that will help you get there: 1. Building a career centered on something...
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