Tag Archives: career management

Build Up Skills: Career Planning 101

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 »

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

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 »

Define a Career Beyond Your Job Title

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 »

What You Read Shapes Your Career

Like many people, I am ashamed to admit that I have become a “skimmer,” which is a far cry from the voracious reader that I used to be in earlier years. In fact, as a kid, it was more common than not that I would be in the middle of a 500-page book. (Color me nerdy.) But today, skimming is a real problem. We are only touching the surface of an idea. We truly aren’t getting into the deeper and finer points of the content. Just get to the point, you say. What’s the baseline so I can understand what… Read »

The One Word That Can Shatter Your Career

There’s one word that can do more harm than any other when it comes to your career. Using it cuts the legs out from underneath your credibility. It is one that too many people use… and the trouble is that they don’t even know that they are using it. What is this powerful word? It’s the word “think.” As in, “I think I am capable of doing this…” Or, “This is a task I can do, I think.” Too many times when I am interviewing clients about their accomplishments or abilities, they will use “I think.” Really? You think… but… Read »

Wanna Get Ahead? Think Towards the Future But Act In The Moment

“Distance is not measured by how far the eye can see, but rather, how far you move your foot.” – Think about how this works to get ahead in your career! This thought came to me this weekend in Central Oregon, while peering up at the summit of South Sister mountain which towered overhead at 10,358 feet. And was my hiking destination that day. It sure looked a long way up there, and as someone not particularly fond of heights, my palms started sweating at the sheer steepness I was going to be going up very soon.  It seemed darned… Read »

Value Proposition: So What Makes You So Special?

Most of us go about our daily work lives doing what we have been hired to do, and rarely pause to give thought to what the actual value proposition is of all that work. And there lies the problem. If we don’t consciously think about the value proposition that we offer, how does that impact our career? Big time. Let me count the ways… 1)       Salary increases. If we don’t know the value proposition of what we do, how do we expect to make a business case to the boss for the raise that we feel that… Read »

Career Success: Maybe They Were Born With It…

Maybe some people were born with career management – I saw a dramatic example of this recently that served to illustrate this point. Last week, I volunteered to conduct mock interviews at the NW Youth Career Expo, which is the largest job fair of its kind in the metro Portland area and attracts 5,200 students from across the regional area. This was my fourth time volunteering at the event, and I absolutely, positively love it. Why? Because this is the best place to get the first glimpse of the future workforce and how they are approaching career management. Many of… Read »

Fitting Into A New Company

Just like breaking in a new car, there’s that “honeymoon” period after you start your first day that requires extra special care and attention. You can’t hit the gas too hard otherwise you risk spinning out of control and skidding out of the lines, even before you know where the lane markers are. Smart career managers realize that it takes a delicate balance of assertively stepping up to job tasks and gaining the respect of co-workers and counterparts while carefully navigating around unknown landmines which could blow up right underneath their feet. Treading carefully and quietly is the savviest career move you can make… Read »

Job Search vs. Career Management

This blog post is generously provided by www.JibberJobber.com. JibberJobber was designed by Jason Alba during his first real job search beginning January 2006. After having a successful career in IT and business strategy, Jason found himself in the job market, which was supposedly a “job seeker’s market.” He quickly found that a job seeker’s market does not mean the job search will be easy or short. Frustrated by the lack of real tools for job seekers, he decided to move forward on a tool that allowed a job seeker to manage and organize a job search. This has shifted its… Read »