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Retirement: How to Get Off The Work Merry-Go-Round


June 21, 2016
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Careers, In The Workplace, Job Search

Retirement – it seems like a million years from now, but for many baby boomers, it is now suddenly looming in the rear-view mirror closer than ever. Consider the following example: Last week, I was providing résumé reviews at an industry conference, and a woman sat down in my booth. She sighed heavily, and said that she has been doing the same job for years, has been very good at it, and used to have a great deal of commitment and invested energy in her career. Now, however, she has reached the point where she will likely retire in the… Read »


Change: The Only Thing That Is Constant


June 7, 2016
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Careers

Change happens. It’s sometimes very scary to have things change. We are creatures of habit and routine, and when things are disrupted, the uncertainty can be almost paralyzing. But it can be completely freeing, too. When you throw off the conventional chains of daily living, things get shaken up.  The old rules don’t apply. We often get so stymied by following a pattern of rote behaviors that come about a pattern of routine that we fail to push past the humdrum of daily activities to see the possibility waiting outside. When things shift, the realm of possibility gets blown wide… Read »


Creative Resumes – How Far Do They REALLY Go?


May 13, 2016
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | 1 Comment Careers, Job Search, Networking, Resume, Social Media

Creative resumes, when you first see them, are amazing creatures to behold. Sleek lines. Dazzling graphics. Amazing charts. Eye-catching colors. Creative layouts. But that’s what they are. Eye candy for human resource / hiring managers or recruiters who are so tired of boring old formats that their eyeballs are about ready to fall out of their sockets. So if creative resumes makes it onto the desk or inbox of the potential employer, chances are that the reader will perk up. “Aha!,” they exclaim. “Finally something INTERESTING to look at!” True fact: the purpose of a resume is to get the attention… Read »


Hidden Mistake Job Seekers Make That’s a Deal Killer


April 27, 2016
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Job Search, Resume

One hidden mistake. That’s all it takes. And most people don’t even know that they are doing it. What I am talking about is a hidden mistake that can seep down into your psyche and truly wreak havoc. Well, what is this mysterious, dark secret? It’s when you ask a good friend, spouse/partner, or friend in human resources to read your résumé after you’ve worked on it. Say what?! Yep.  This hidden mistake has multiple layers. And here’s why: You and you alone know your career the best. People that work with you or are very close to you really… Read »


Elect to Not Discuss Politics in the Office


April 4, 2016
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Careers, In The Workplace, Job Search

Elect this candidate… Elect that candidate! Vote here! Go out and vote! Welcome to Election Year Politics, Version 2016, which is a hot topic these days. The contest for electing the new president is heating up, with a lot of questions up in the air. No doubt, many people are getting drawn into the November election whether they like it or not because there has been so much controversy and passion surrounding the potential candidates. And everyone seems to have an opinion. In fact, people are becoming so polarized and emotional about their candidate that sometimes, it is spilling over… Read »


Outplacement Services Humanize Corporate Culture and Brand


March 25, 2016
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Careers, In The Workplace

Outplacement services matter to companies and the people who work for them. All too often, an employer finds itself in a position where there is a need for a reduction in workforce. Economic factors, change in leadership, direction shift, or top-grading demands that employees and their roles be evaluated. Unfortunately, many business see the chopping block as the option, and are rather merciless about it. Employees are brought in, given the bad news, then literally booted out the door, all in a state of disbelief and shock. But what employers really don’t bank on is the hidden cost to such… Read »


Boomerang Employees: Don’t Burn Bridges


March 18, 2016
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Careers, Job Search, Networking

Boomerang employees: I love this topic and how it sounds. But it is such a great description. A recent study from the Workforce Institute at Kronos and WorkplaceTrends.com provided these incredible statistics:  46% of millennials, 33% of Gen X, and 29% of Baby Boomers boomerang back to a previous employer. Staggering, isn’t it? But it’s pretty common. In fact, I’ve boomeranged twice myself to two different past employers. Reasons for “boomerang-ing” include: The employee is recruited back to the company. The employee gains new skills and returns in a different capacity. The other job proved disappointing and the employer needed… Read »


The Secret Second Life of Your Career


March 11, 2016
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | 1 Comment Careers, Job Search, Networking

The secret second life of your career? What does this mean? Let me preface this explanation with this background thought: All of us have experienced a path of our own choosing to arrive where we are currently. Circumstances and people have helped sway and bend the shape of that route, but ultimately, we are the ones who have made decisions that led up to present circumstances. When first starting out, there were a lot of questions in our mind. “Do I know how to do the job?” “Can I do the job?” “Do others trust me to do the job?”… Read »


Video Interview Killed The Candidate Star


February 8, 2016
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Careers, interview, Interviews

Pssst! Wanna know a secret? I LOATHE doing videos. Put me on stage speaking in front of a crowd of 2,000+ people: No problem. Put me in front of a video camera by myself: I turn into a blithering idiot. So yeah, I know how it feels. Video is not easy (well, maybe for some); for most of us, not so much. Recently, a former client contacted me and said that she had her first video interview and it turned into a disaster. To use her direct quote: “What a train wreck. I hope they get a very big bowl… Read »


Define a Career Beyond Your Job Title


February 2, 2016
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Careers, In The Workplace, Job Search

Define a career beyond your job title? Yes. But let’s be honest. Really, really honest. Does your current job title REALLY reflect the work you do? If yes, then you can probably skip this post. If not, then you should realize that human resource managers have a tough time with job titles simply because they usually aren’t as hands-on in your job as you undoubtedly are. They don’t really know all the ins and outs, nor the nuances.  They simply do the very best they can to describe what it is that your position is supposed to do, and then… Read »