Career Change: Expert Advice To Help You Achieve the Change You’ve Been Dreaming About
by Michelle Dumas - Nov, 2012
Years of college or university, then onto your first full-time job. You may switch companies and advance in your industry. But as the saying goes, change is good, and you are ready for a shift in a completely new direction. Exciting as it is, consider the factors below before taking the plunge: Why? A simple word with a possibly complicated answer. Why do you want this career change? Are you simply bored with your curr...
Lessons from the Shark Tank: How to Lose an Offer in 15 Minutes or Less
by Rich Jones - Nov, 2012
We can learn a lot of lessons from the hit show Shark Tank, both as entrepreneurs and as job seekers. Haven’t seen the show? Think a panel interview with five no-nonsense CEOs, except that you’re seeking investments for your company instead of a job. If you don’t know your stuff, they’ll tear you apart. If you do, the world—or at least some of their money—could be yours. During this past Friday’s episode, we saw an emo...
5 Tools for Being Location Independent
by Alexandra Levit - Nov, 2012
Many of us are growing increasingly accustomed to doing our work from anywhere, anytime. It’s a skill we will certainly need in the years to come. But as I prepare for my work stint in London early next year, I’ve been researching what it means to be truly location independent. To that end, blogger Sean Ogle has provided some excellent suggestions for being as safe and productive as you can while working overseas. Sugge...
The Secret to Making Online Networking Truly Valuable for Your Career
by Alexis Grant - Oct, 2012
You know the value of networking online. But while using tools like Twitter for networking, are you making the all-too-common mistake of leaving that network on Twitter? Or siloing your efforts so they only happen in the online world? Are you failing to bring that relationship offline? While there’s huge power in online networking, it’s really offline — or In Real Life (IRL), as some of us call it—that your connections...
Are You That Oh-So-Annoying Guy in Your Office?
by Kelly Gurnett - Oct, 2012
Every office has one (or more) of them: The Guy Who Eats Other People’s Food in the Fridge. The Woman Who Won’t Stop Showing You Pictures of Her Cat. The Guy Who Over-microwaves His Popcorn Every Single Time and makes the whole office smell like burnt hair. These people get on our nerves, ruin our days, even make us dread coming in to the office at all. But what if you’re “that guy” to your co-workers? Don’t think...
Can You Have Your Dream Job Without a College Degree?
by Dana Sitar - Oct, 2012
In a market where clients are used to measuring your worthiness based on a college degree, opportunities can feel slim for those without that traditional seal of approval. You know you’ve got the skills to master your dream job, but the description on job boards always has that pesky degree requirement that keeps you from applying. Without the paper to prove it, how can you show potential employers or clients that you’ve got w...
The Pumpkin Principle Applied to Executive Job Search
by Louise Garver - Oct, 2012
This topic is quite timely since it is the fall season and pumpkins decorate the grocery stores, and flourish in roadside stands and fields across the country. I’m betting your first question is “How does the pumpkin principle apply to executive job search?” or better yet, “What is the pumpkin principle?” It is really quite simple. The most extraordinary pumpkin in the field wins. Every. Single. Time. Are you the most...
Career Planning Strategies
by Debra Wheatman - Oct, 2012
Career planning is challenging. It can be very difficult to figure out what you want to do. There are so many choices, and a wrong turn can really set you back. Of course, it can also provide for a very valuable learning experience. When considering what you want to pursue conduct a self assessment to understand your skills, interests, and drivers. Speak to friends and family members to get some ideas. Knowledge is power; and...
by Debra Wheatman - Oct, 2012
Why is it that communicating online is such a challenge? The minute we get in front of email, we rattle off messages that are unclear, with typographical and grammatical errors. Why is writing an email different than writing a letter? (a lost art at this point) How many times have you written an email with the aforementioned problems, but other issues as well? Have you ever gone back and read an email and thought to yourself “...
Tired of looking for a job? 5 tips to prepare to start your own business
by Miriam Salpeter - Oct, 2012
Are you dissatisfied with your job, or reading the writing on the wall that suggests it may be time to think of your own exit strategy? If so, you are in good company. A Mercer’s What’s Working™ survey last year, conducted over two quarters, included 2,400 workers in the U.S. They found, “nearly one in three (32%) U.S. workers is seriously considering leaving his or her organization at the present time, up sharply from 23% in...
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