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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 »

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 »