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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 »

Overachievers: Can You Hurt Your Career?

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

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 »

Career Blueprint to Your Success

January 12, 2016
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Careers, Job Search, Networking

A career blueprint secret to your own success already exists. You just have to take the time to discover, develop, and then deploy it. When it comes down to where you want to go and what you need to do to get there, a career blueprint is needed to help provide actionable steps leading the way. If you are not clear on what it is you are pursuing, it will be easy to be distracted and get lost along the way. Creating a career blueprint isn’t easy. But they are easily discoverable. Where the heavy lifting really comes in is… Read »

 Pathfinding Your Way to The Next Career Step

January 5, 2016
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Careers, Job Search

Pathfinding can be difficult. In fact, back in September, big picture thinker Seth Godin posted a blog about finding your way to the next path.  I saved the post, mulling it over because it has a lot of implications and relevancy for job seekers.  For many people in the workplace, pathfinding means finding a new job, better job, or a promotion. Or even a completely different field or purpose. And some people just seem to get their a lot easier than others. It doesn’t help that we are pressured in school to “make a choice” rather than prepare graduates to… Read »

2016 Job Search: What Every Job Seeker Needs To Know

December 11, 2015
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Careers

2016 Job Search: The new year is just around the corner, and a lot of people are making forecasts about hiring trends. There are a few people that I trust on their predictions, and Laurie Ruettimann, a well-respected and leading-edge thinker, speaker, writer, and consultant within the human resources space, is one of them. She recently prognosticated the top recruiting trends for 2016. You can read about them here: http://laurieruettimann.com/2016-recruiting-trends/ What she predicts is exactly what I have been seeing on my end when working with job seekers. As employers have been gradually adding jobs or loosening hiring freezes, it’s… Read »

Job Loss: Warning Signs For When The Writing Is On The Wall

November 25, 2015
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Careers

Recently, I have had a spate of resume clients who have come to me because they are getting bad vibes from their employer. If you have ever been in this position, you know this feeling all too well. Some people can’t quite explain it, but it’s a sense of unease, intuitive feeling that something is up, and observation of a sudden cloud of secrecy that appears among upper management. This can set the alarm bells ringing, and many people start dusting off their resumes. And they are absolutely right to do so. Time and again, clients have come to me… Read »