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The Secret to Phenomenal Career Growth

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

Build Up Skills: Career Planning 101

January 10, 2017
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Careers, In The Workplace, 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 In The Workplace, 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 »

You Need to Know Where to Look To Find a Great Job

October 20, 2016
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Careers

This week, we are excited to have a guest post provided by Mac Prichard, of the highly-esteemed Macs List in Portland, OR. Mac’s passion is to help job seekers, and he offers this advice to find a great job: Most job seekers make the same simple mistake–one that makes their job search longer and more frustrating than it needs to be. It’s not an ugly resume, a typo in their cover letter, or a faux-pas in an interview. Their fatal flaw is even more basic than that. So what is this huge, no-good, slap-yourself-in-the-forehead mistake? They rely, almost entirely, on… Read »

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 »