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When Your Job is Literally Killing You

June 23, 2017
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Careers
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 »

The Secret to Phenomenal Career Growth

January 23, 2017
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Careers, 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 »

Build Up Skills: Career Planning 101

January 10, 2017
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Careers, Job Search

Taking the time to build up skills is an excellent idea. Case in point: Recently, an overseas client contacted me who was in the planning stages of moving back to the U.S. Specifically, he was wondering about how to make the transition back to the American job market. I suggested that he start reviewing U.S.-based job openings to get a sense of what the requirements are, and then take the time to sign up for online courses or attend conferences (if possible) in order to build up skills. By reviewing what employers are looking for and then taking the time… Read »

Goal Setting: How to Catapult Your Career Forward

January 4, 2017
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Job Search

Goal setting can get left by the wayside. The culprit? The daily grind of work can mean that your career comes to a screeching halt. It’s all too easy to get caught up in routines. And then one day, you wake up and you think, “What the heck am I doing here?!” Don’t feel bad. This happens to all of us at some point. But when you start to have this kind of revelation, that means it’s time to start reassessing and under go some serious goal setting. When things start to feel stale or if you are chafing for… Read »

Promises, Promises… Knowing the Ones Employers Don’t Plan to Keep

October 11, 2016
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Careers, Job Search

Promises. Things we are handed and that which we hold on to with trust in our eyes. The band Naked Eyes had a great song back in the 1980s reflecting on promises. In particular, here’s one salient stanza that many people working can relate to: “You made me promises promises Knowing I’d believe Promises promises You knew you’d never keep” So what happens when an employer strings you along with promises of: A promotion. Better pay. More benefits. More job growth. More opportunity. More responsibility. New direction. Training. Mentoring. Getting rid of a disruptive staff member. Well, that’s a start,… Read »

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

June 21, 2016
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Careers, 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 »

Elect to Not Discuss Politics in the Office

April 4, 2016
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Careers, 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

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 »

Define a Career Beyond Your Job Title

February 2, 2016
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Careers, 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 »

Overachievers: Can You Hurt Your Career?

January 25, 2016
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Careers

Overachievers exist everywhere. They are usually Type A people who usually can’t say no to anything. Their résumés read like a novel, and they usually exude boundless energy as they immediately raise their hand to volunteer.  A lot. These people are usually in a very involved role in their work, but what makes them overachieve is when they also take on other roles for volunteer organizations outside of the office that end up demanding a huge amount of time as well. As a career management coach, I very much advocate for people to be involved outside the 4 walls of… Read »