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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 »




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 »




Goal Setting: How to Catapult Your Career Forward

Goal setting can get left by the wayside. The culprit? The daily grind of work can mean that your career comes to a screeching halt. It’s all too easy to get caught up in routines. And then one day, you wake up and you think, “What the heck am I doing here?!” Don’t feel bad. This happens to all of us at some point. But when you start to have this kind of revelation, that means it’s time to start reassessing and under go some serious goal setting. When things start to feel stale or if you are chafing for… Read »




Promises, Promises… Knowing the Ones Employers Don’t Plan to Keep

Promises. Things we are handed and that which we hold on to with trust in our eyes. The band Naked Eyes had a great song back in the 1980s reflecting on promises. In particular, here’s one salient stanza that many people working can relate to: “You made me promises promises Knowing I’d believe Promises promises You knew you’d never keep” So what happens when an employer strings you along with promises of: A promotion. Better pay. More benefits. More job growth. More opportunity. More responsibility. New direction. Training. Mentoring. Getting rid of a disruptive staff member. Well, that’s a start,… 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 »




Creative Resumes – How Far Do They REALLY Go?

Creative resumes, when you first see them, are amazing creatures to behold. Sleek lines. Dazzling graphics. Amazing charts. Eye-catching colors. Creative layouts. But that’s what they are. Eye candy for human resource / hiring managers or recruiters who are so tired of boring old formats that their eyeballs are about ready to fall out of their sockets. So if creative resumes makes it onto the desk or inbox of the potential employer, chances are that the reader will perk up. “Aha!,” they exclaim. “Finally something INTERESTING to look at!” True fact: the purpose of a resume is to get the attention… Read »




Video Interview Killed The Candidate Star

Pssst! Wanna know a secret? I LOATHE doing videos. Put me on stage speaking in front of a crowd of 2,000+ people: No problem. Put me in front of a video camera by myself: I turn into a blithering idiot. So yeah, I know how it feels. Video is not easy (well, maybe for some); for most of us, not so much. Recently, a former client contacted me and said that she had her first video interview and it turned into a disaster. To use her direct quote: “What a train wreck. I hope they get a very big bowl… Read »




Overachievers: Can You Hurt Your Career?

Overachievers exist everywhere. They are usually Type A people who usually can’t say no to anything. Their rĂ©sumĂ©s read like a novel, and they usually exude boundless energy as they immediately raise their hand to volunteer.  A lot. These people are usually in a very involved role in their work, but what makes them overachieve is when they also take on other roles for volunteer organizations outside of the office that end up demanding a huge amount of time as well. As a career management coach, I very much advocate for people to be involved outside the 4 walls of… Read »




2016 Job Search: What Every Job Seeker Needs To Know

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 »




Successful People: Their Top 2 Career Secrets

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 »





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