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

October 11, 2016
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Careers, In The Workplace, 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 »

Unrealistic Job Search: The Reality Check You Need to Make

September 10, 2016
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Careers, Job Search, Networking

An unrealistic job search can be one of the most devastating and detrimental career moves. Don’t get me wrong. I’m a huge proponent of chasing one’s dreams. As someone who is constantly coming up with big new ideas, it’s fun to see whether they will pan out or not. You’ve got to dream big to make big things happen. But at some point, an unrealistic job search if you are looking for work (big ideas or not) is going to set you down the wrong path and the one guaranteed, sure thing you will walk away with is a giant… Read »

What We Teach Girls About Careers

September 2, 2016
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Careers, Job Search

What we teach girls about careers starts really early. And then continues throughout adolescence. The photo above really captures the problem. While boys are being encouraged to make active career plans for their lives, girls are fed a daily diet of goopy details and minutia about personal care and beauty.  Nevermind where you might work; it’s how you look that matters. Nope. Nope. Nope. This just doesn’t make sense since women now make up 47% of the workforce.  Girls need to be thinking about their careers just as seriously as boys. In this era of opportunity, innovation, and choice of… Read »

Failure is Your Best Career Friend – What You Need To Know

August 22, 2016
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Careers, interview, Interviews, Job Search, Resume, Social Media

Failure: When it comes to work, we hate to fail. We become vulnerable. Less than expert. Prone to mistakes. And possibly less competent. At least that’s what our beady little brains tell us. But failure is a part of nature and a fact of life. Despite having a mindset of 100% perfect and anything less than perfect is a failure, there is a kernel of wisdom in our perfection-seeking lives. The nugget I am talking about is failure itself. We spend so much time avoiding discussing or even acknowledging it. But the best career strategists out there know exactly what… Read »

Fake it Until You Make it… or Break it!

August 3, 2016
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Careers, interview, Interviews, Job Search

Fake it until you make it – we hear that phrase a lot. But being ready to move into the next level requires confidence. You need to have faith in yourself that you can not only do most of the job requirements, but also be able to navigate around and grow into learning new things that are part of the job. And the truth is that there is a lot of a new job that you won’t know. So you have to fake it until you make it… in terms of really understanding and knowing how to do the job…. Read »

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 »