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When Your Job is Literally Killing You

June 23, 2017
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment In The Workplace
when your job is literally killing you

When your job is literally killing you, it’s time to pay attention. Cases in point: I was at a conference this past week providing career coaching advice, and three separate individuals sat down in front of me with two very different stories about how their job was hurting them.   One person was in a situation where her client had her running morning, noon, and night – which meant 90-hour work weeks. It was high-intensity, high-volume work with unrelenting requests from the customer. She wasn’t getting any help, despite a sympathetic boss whose hands were tied by the executives above… Read »

Profile-Killing Headlines on LinkedIn

May 26, 2017
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment

Profile-killing headlines on LinkedIn abound. ((Warning: I am about to go on a well-intentioned rant!)) The WORST possible profile-killing headlines are ones that lack substance. They don’t indicate value. They don’t even tell the reader what field or job target that you specialize in. Want examples? Easy enough: Unemployed Available Looking for new opportunity Leader Ninja Samurai Expert Student Attended ABC School Self-Employed Consultant Entrepreneur The list goes on and on, but I think you get an idea know of what a profile-killing headline on LinkedIn looks like. If you are currently looking for work, that’s fine. But why not,… Read »

One Page Résumés Need to go Away

April 20, 2017
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment

One page résumés need to die? Stop the presses! Did that headline just say what I thought it said? YES. ABSOLUTELY POSITIVELY. And unequivocally. Unfortunately, this one-pager myth keeps getting perpetuated by well-intentioned yet hopelessly outdated career centers advising people to keep it short and sweet. But the real problem lies in the fact that in containing a compelling work history to only a single page, many people don’t really get to tell the whole story. So how many pages should you have? Two pages for professionals, but three pages are acceptable for CEOs, scientists, educators, or technical people. What… Read »

Human Resources Networking: How to do it right

April 11, 2017
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment human resources

Recently, a friend emailed and asked if I knew anything about “courting” human resources folks during the initial job hiring process. Great topic and, of course, a splendid blog post idea. Too many times, external candidates look at human resources as the ENEMY who is tasked to weed the pile down. The truth, actually, is that human resources can be a great advocate, if you play your cards right. It’s all in your methodology in approaching the human resources person. Here are some tips that will help you with networking and cultivating the human resource contacts at target companies to… Read »

Interviewing the Interviewer Helps Get the Job

March 15, 2017
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment interview, Interviews

Interviewing the interviewer? Are you serious? Yes. It’s a pretty well-known fact that every candidate should bring in questions to the interview to look smart and invested in the outcome of the discussion. But interviewing the interviewer, too? Let’s put it this way: despite the perception that the employer “has all the power” in the interview, and no matter how badly you want the position, there’s one more variable: Do you even want to work there? Key clues happen during interviews that can help you understand what it might be like to work at that company. And even more importantly,… Read »

Career Ladder Exploration Has Many Different Facets

March 1, 2017
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Job Search

Career ladder exploration isn’t sometimes what you think. Most people immediately start thinking that this concept means moving up and moving out. But sometimes, career ladder exploration can go laterally, versus vertically. That is also part of the process. So let’s look at career ladder exploration from the upward-mobility perspective for a moment. Moving up means added responsibility, career growth, an increase in pay (usually), and personal knowledge gain through new learning experiences. But if you really want to be good at it, you should be aware that getting some formal training is in your vested career interest. Most of… Read »

Age Discrimination – Ultimate Fight-Back Guide

February 24, 2017
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Job Search

Age discrimination quick test:  What do these words all have in common? “Fit, vibrant, energetic, stamina, enthusiastic, ambitious, progressive, forward-thinking, adopter of new technology, recent graduate, passionate, motivated, growth, willing to learn, dynamic, adaptable, fresh, inspired, quick-reacting, ability to think on feet, bring a new rejuvenation…” Hint: For more mature workers, it’s meant to not describe you. In essence, this is just a sample of random “code words” used by employers in job announcements to try and deter more mature professionals from applying by using terms usually reserved to describe younger workers. Read between the lines, and these jobs are… Read »

Your Reason for Leaving

February 14, 2017
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Job Search

Your reason for leaving a company can be one of only three things: You left because you wanted to leave. You left because the employer wanted you to leave. You left because both you and the employer wanted you to leave. Discussing your reason for leaving can be tricky, especially when you didn’t really have a say in the matter. Unfortunately, a lot of online applications force you to discuss this point without really giving you an opportunity to fully explain why you left. Here is a glossary of terms you might consider using in order to spin your reason… Read »

Exploring the Career Ladder

February 6, 2017
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment

Career ladders are gateways to opportunity. Every company has different career opportunities- whether it means moving up or making lateral transfers. Understanding what your next move might be at a company is critical to your career. So knowing what is available can help you develop a targeted plan on whether you will stay at the company with a specific career move in mind, or if it is time to look beyond your current employer. Assessing the landscape to know what your company’s career ladder puts you within reach of your desired targets means that you need to start paying attention… Read »

The Secret to Phenomenal Career Growth

January 23, 2017
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment In The Workplace, Job Search

Career growth is something that frequently gets derailed and stagnated. Oftentimes, we get stuck in jobs because the work we are doing demands a rigorous routine and our complete focus. Being consumed by our work means that it consumes our attention away from our career. If you are feeling like you are in a rut and uninspired, the best place to start is this quote from Eleanor Roosevelt: Do one thing a day that scares you. This doesn’t mean radical things. The things that scare you are ones that push your envelope. Simply put: this means trying something new. Routines… Read »