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Career Ladder Exploration Has Many Different Facets

Career ladder exploration isn’t sometimes what you think. Most people immediately start thinking that this concept means moving up and moving out. But sometimes, career ladder exploration can go laterally, versus vertically. That is also part of the process. So let’s look at career ladder exploration from the upward-mobility perspective for a moment. Moving up means added responsibility, career growth, an increase in pay (usually), and personal knowledge gain through new learning experiences. But if you really want to be good at it, you should be aware that getting some formal training is in your vested career interest. Most of… 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 »




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 »




Personal Brand vs. Company Brand

Personal brand definitions can be tough when you are operating within a corporate environment. But you CAN execute a personal brand right, even despite the lines sometimes being blurred between what is personal and what is corporate. Here’s an example of what I mean: Yesterday, I gave a presentation to a group of professionals where the following question was raised: “If I am creating online content for my company, which is going out under their social media channels, and this content is some of my best work, how do then I build my own personal brand?” This is a real… Read »




Biggest Secret About A New Job

Biggest secret about a new job? Well, part of it is that nobody is born an expert. Same goes with someone who is a new hire. You aren’t instantly productive. Why? Because it takes time to acquire the knowledge required to do it, and do it well. Each job has unique nuances, tasks, and needs. And honestly, the biggest secret about a new job really lies in the fact that there is the dreaded learning curve. And you know what? That learning curve isn’t fun. In fact, it pretty much sucks. The reason is that no one likes to have… 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 »




Resume Updates: What You Need Before You Start

Resume updates: They have a lifecycle, just like anything else on this planet. You write your resume. You get a job. You forget about the resume. Then all of a sudden, you need it for either a job opportunity that comes along, or a job search that gets kicked off. Love ’em or hate ’em, resume updates are a necessary evil that everyone, sooner or later, will have to deal with. But what most people don’t realize is that there are some really important things that you need to be doing BEFORE you jump into resume updates at any point… Read »




Job Search: Quit Banging Your Head Against the Wall

This is a story about hairspray. Well, not really. But it serves as a great metaphor for a job search. This morning, as I was getting ready, I was exhausting the last little bit of the hairspray can as I readied my hair. You know that moment- when you are shaking the can, trying to get the spray nozzle to empty that last annoying spritz that you can hear jiggling inside. As much as I wanted to get that final amount out, the can was not cooperating and instead just spraying empty aerosol at my head. Finally, I called it…. Read »





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