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Successful People: Their Top 2 Career Secrets

November 18, 2015
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Careers, In The Workplace, Job Search

There are a lot of formulas out there that point towards how to plan and execute a successful career. But if you talk to people who have been able to achieve career advancement and increase their earnings, there are two career secrets that successful people know that help them get ahead. Remember these tips, and think about how you can implement them to advance your own goals: Metrics. Whether you get an annual performance review or not, everyone (yes, EVERYONE) should create their own job performance benchmarks. Only you know, at the micro-level, all of the various ways you have… Read »

Exiting a Job… with Class

November 5, 2015
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Careers, In The Workplace, Job Search

As most people know, your career reputation follows you everywhere. How you conduct yourself on and off the job matters, but one area that is especially tricky is when you are leaving the company. Whether you are moving on to your dream job, or if you suddenly got handed a pink slip, you need to conduct yourself by leaving on a high note, no matter what the reason is for exiting a job. Why? Well, if you always do right, then you never have to worry about explaining a potentially awkward or uncomfortable situation in future career discussions. You also… Read »

Manager Role… Now What?

October 28, 2015
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Careers

You’ve just become a manager either through an internal promotion or by landing another job. Woo hoo! Time to celebrate. But…once you get into your office, suddenly you realize that this can be a scary step, whether you want to admit it or not. For everyone who is working their way up the proverbial ladder, landing that first job that takes you to the next level into managing other people is an often-coveted role. You make more money and you have more responsibility. But how do you step into the role if you’ve never done it before? Here are some… Read »

How to Handle Working for a Younger Boss

October 6, 2015
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Careers, In The Workplace, Job Search

I’ll admit it. Personally, I am facing that mid-century mark in a couple of years, and it has not gone unnoticed that suddenly, there sure are a lot of younger people in the workforce these days. And my colleagues and friends are suddenly find ourselves approaching “Old Guard” status. How did that happen?!! Because I run my own business, I don’t have anyone else to report to, but there are a lot of people who are changing jobs that are in this same age bracket, and suddenly, during the interview, they are looking across the table at people who might… Read »

The Biggest Career Challenge that Millennials Face

September 30, 2015
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Careers, Job Search

This is not your parent’s career. You know, the one where they stay in the same job and retire with the gold watch. The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that most high schoolers today are going to have at least 10-15 jobs across their entire lifetime. Personally, I think that is a really low number. With millennials, I think we are talking 20-30 jobs… or a whole lot more than that. Some of that number will involve holding multiple jobs concurrently.  Part-time work is becoming more prevalent, and people might have to work 2-4 part-time jobs at the same time… Read »

What Employers Are Really Thinking About

August 20, 2015
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Careers

Want to know what employers are really thinking about? I’ll tell you. Job seekers oftentimes get so focused on the smaller details of applying for jobs that they tend to lose sight of the one thing that employers are really thinking about and looking for in a candidate. When reviewing job descriptions, the person looking to work at the company ends up zeroing in on meeting every single job description criteria to a “T.” Which is important, but it’s not REALLY what employers are thinking about. There’s one simple question, when you really boil it down, which is what any… Read »

One Hit Wonder: Where Networking Ends and Failure Begins

August 10, 2015
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Careers, Job Search

One Hit Wonder:  Are you one of these networking failures?  Try this scenario: Whoa! You just hit the jackpot. The conference you just attended yielded a lot of great new leads. The first thing you do when you get back to the office?  Jump onto LinkedIn and start sending connection requests to them, of course. Unfortunately, that’s where most people’s interactions die a lonely death, and you become a one-hit wonder. Networking means more than just exchanging contact information. It’s about sharing ideas. Asking for advice. Posing questions for community problem solving.  Building common experiences. But if you simply just… Read »

Winning Interviews: The Secret “Sauce” You Need To Know

July 23, 2015
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment interview, Job Search

On the job hunt and want to know the secret to winning interviews?  Don’t just go in only with a copy of the résumé you used in application and your references. You need more tools than that. What it takes to get really noticed is innovation and differentiating yourself from the competition to be on the side of winning interviews. Sometimes, this can require being gutsy, and always require a good sensitivity to the appropriateness of your tactics. But when you pull out the stops and create a truly positive and memorable interview experience, employers remember that and more importantly,… Read »

Big Data is Watching Your Job Search

July 8, 2015
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Careers, Job Search

Big data is watching your job search.  The future is here. NOW. An interesting post went out into an online recruiter forum recently. Bill Boorman, Founder of Tru, wrote: “Looks like GooodJob are following Joberate and setting spy alerts for fight risk on social media content. Received today: ‘Did you know that Network Monkey (our new product) can scan your employees’ social media profiles for changes indicating they’re looking for a new job? That’s right, we monitor your employees and notify you in advance so you’re in the driving seat.’” Whoa. Things just got a little more difficult for active… Read »

Layoffs are Imminent – What to Do Next and Why?

June 30, 2015
Written by Dawn Rasmussen | Leave a Comment Careers, Job Search, Networking

Layoffs are imminent, even now that the economy is on the upswing.  This is part of the business process… refining operations and maximizing profitability isn’t meant to be personal. It is business right? Well, it is. But when it is your job on the line, it becomes VERY personal. The whispers and door closings become more frequent. Staff is on edge. They aren’t stupid.  The handwriting is on the wall. Layoffs are coming. If your “spider sense” is tingling and you have a feeling that layoffs are imminent, listen to your intuition. But don’t cave in to panic or fear…. Read »