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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 »




How to Handle Working for a Younger Boss

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 »




Employee Engagement Does Not Equal Loyalty

Employee engagement is a phrase being used by many HR professionals these days. Sure, every human resource professional wants their company to be known for a fun, hip, and cool workplace where people are literally battering down the doors to work there, and job turnover is low. After all, keeping employees are in their best interests, as statistics repeatedly show that the more engaged the employee, the higher the retention rate.  Which equals less cost to the employer. Going through the recruiting and hiring process carries an extraordinary price tag, in addition to lost productivity and momentum during a position… Read »




 Edging Out The Competition For A Job

Edging out the competition: What does it REALLY take? When it comes down to the wire, and there are two finalists for a job, what exactly is that “magic ingredient” that tips the scales in your favor over the other person? There are a lot of factors at work in the application process that are on every hiring manager’s checklist that can make the difference in edging out the competition. Let’s pull back the curtain and see what an employer is really looking for: A) Candidate meets job criteria B) Has relevant experience C) Cites specific examples demonstrating ability to… Read »




Are You Shutting Out The World In A Job Search?

Recently, I was flying back from a business trip, and noticed a young man seated in the row in front of me who had a brief conversation with a seat mate before we took off. After some quick introductions, it came out that he was looking for a job as he was working on his resume.  (Yes, I held my tongue as I am a professional resume writer!)   But as soon as the plane took off, he put on his headphones, and shut out the world for the rest of the 5 hour flight. And missed some great opportunities…. Read »




Women and Compensation: Why We Need To Worry MORE

Women and the compensation they earn have a long way to go. Last week, at a career expo for nearly 6,000 high school students, I had the opportunity to do mock interviewing with some of the students. A long line of fidgeting kids waited outside the door while inside the interview room, nearly 100 human resource professionals did one-on-one interviews, which for many of the youth, meant  that this was their first interview experience in their lives. As expected, some kids were extremely prepared.  Dressed up, attentive, and confident. It was easy to see that these students would go far…. Read »





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