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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 »




Retirement: How to Get Off The Work Merry-Go-Round

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 rĂ©sumĂ© 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 »




The Biggest Career Challenge that Millennials Face

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 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 »




Résumés and Online Portfolios Need to Pop in 2015

RĂ©sumĂ©s and online portfolios need to stand out visually, from this point forward. Why? Humans, are, for the most part, visual creatures. And we pay attention to things that catch our eye. We simply can’t help it. This is now becoming true with rĂ©sumĂ©s and online portfolios. While we’ve resisted the urge to make our rĂ©sumĂ©s and online portfolios “pretty” for a long time, the fact that content is still king still matters in the long run. But what has changed is the order of priority. It used to be that the rĂ©sumĂ© was seen as the first part of… Read »




Don’t Achieve the “Peter Principle” in Your Career

The Peter Principle. It’s a real thing. Don’t know what it is? Basically, it is the concept that people get promoted to the highest level of their own incompetence. In simple terms, you could be the top sales person who gets promoted to director of sales as a reward… because you are doing so awesome in sales. Chaos then ensues as when you screw everything up because you suck at managing people. Sales you can do. Managing you cannot. Congratulations: You have just met the Peter Principle. Unfortunately, the Peter Principle happens a lot in the workplace.  Bosses want to… Read »




Never Undersell Yourself… Ever

Never undersell yourself.  I know it is difficult sometimes because many job seekers are constantly having to shift their tactics to try and align their backgrounds as closely as possible to position openings. Oftentimes, they find that they might seem overqualified to the prospective employer, and therefore, for the lack of a better description, “dumb down” their rĂ©sumĂ© in an effort to not come across as strongly. But if you have resorted to these tactics previously, consider these potential career setbacks: You could put yourself back financially by going for a lesser position with equally lesser pay which can mean… Read »




New Job: How To Rock the First 30 Days

You got the new job and are on top of the world! There so much possibility.  Everything is bright and shiny. This is everything you ever wanted. Awesome. Now it’s time to rock it like the rock star that you are. Some companies will provide an on-boarding process through an orientation or new employee training. But the truth is that many are rather lacking in this department. And this is where you can positively shine and totally rock it. You need to develop a plan to rock the first 30 days of your new job, and here’s a template to… Read »




Time Travel Career Advice: What I Would Tell My New Graduate Self

Time travel career advice would be an oh-so-hot hot commodity if it were remotely possible. If only we could turn back time (ala Cher), oh, the mistakes we could avoid, the smarter decisions we could make, and even, different career paths we might even find ourselves following. But it is what it is. I am where I am now because of those twists and turns. And quite frankly, I can’t regret it because the road I’ve taken has been paved with risks and rewards, and has led to an amazing life for which I am eternally grateful for having the… Read »





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