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Weathering The Storm: What To Do When Your Company Is Acquired

After a lot of uncertainty, the news finally comes out, and the shock waves ripple throughout the office: Our company has been bought. Not every acquisition means that the new owners will immediately clean house, but you can count on the fact that everything will be under close scrutiny as they begin digging deeper into their new purchase… much like a new car owner starts fiddling with all the gadgets to get the “hang” of them. During this process, decisions will be made about what is useful… and what isn’t. So where do you fit in this picture? Believe it… Read »




Most Tragic Mistake Job Seekers Are Making… Right Now!

Day in and day out, I get emails from prospective clients in need of resume assistance, which I welcome as a service provider in this area. But a lot of times, after I get this message, I have to start an elaborate dance with them because they have put their job search in complete jeopardy. What’s that, you say? It’s true. Call it comfort. Call it laziness. Call it being too busy or tired to work on looking for a new job when they get home, but many people continue (astoundingly) to conduct job searches from their current workplace. On… Read »




What To Do When A Disaster Strikes The Office

Watching all of the coverage of Hurricane Sandy and the devastation that the storm has wrought as the images continue to come in as everyone begins to dig out begs a question. Beyond personal safety, property repairs, replacement purchases, and insurance forms, what happens to people whose employers suffered a catastrophe at the office – the workplace is destroyed, heavily damaged, or otherwise inoperable? What do you do if your office is destroyed/damaged by a catastrophe or large-scale disaster? Each situation is completely different, and lot of how your company rebounds from a disaster truly rests on the company leaders’… Read »




So What Happened????!!! Career Complacency Hurts

Something I hear a lot from job seekers recently is that they have never (ever) had to actually look for a job before. They sound completely shocked. And hurt, too. And I’ll actually say it: They sound like they’ve experienced a loss of entitlement. So what happened? The problem isn’t that they either left a job, lost a job, or got laid off. The magic “ingredient” is much bigger than the fact that they are no longer working at the company. The truth is that many people become completely complacent about building their career while they are actually working. Are they… Read »




Career Mojo: Who’s Got It; Who Doesn’t

Anyone who has been in a supervisory position or in a human resource role can relate to this: They usually know right away who is going to go far in their career… and who isn’t. I’ve seen a lot of this lately especially in younger workers (the fabled Gen Y) and can clearly identify those who are going to be those wonderful success stories in their careers… maybe not right now, but they will be at some point in their lives. There’s just something about them. But what is that magic elixir that separates the super stars out from the… Read »




Open Letter to Career Industry Professionals

When I first got started in my career (the one preceding this one), I discovered something powerful that had profound impacts throughout my life. It transcended my work. It shaped my thinking. But more importantly, it helped me grow. I got involved in professional organizations.  These memberships truly have a “push-pull” effect on your own professional and personal development. You only get out of it what you put into it.  True: sometimes, they are like a demanding mistress, hounding you to get deadlines done that are critical to the organization but have absolutely nothing to do with your paid “daytime”… Read »




Why Good Customer Service Can Positively Impact Your Career

Ever wonder how certain people seem to attract career opportunities either through promotions or new job offers? If you look closer, you’ll see that many of these successful people are ones who do a good job of treating everyone with courtesy and respect, while genuinely trying to expedite quality responses whenever possible. And since most business owners see fellow employees as internal customers, how well you “play” with others and go that extra mile can have positive, long-term effects on your career. So ask yourself this question:  Are you working as hard to create a pleasant and collaborative team environment… Read »




Not Everyone Is A Rock Star At Work. And That’s OK.

Career professionals are always advising job seekers that they need to always try to quantify their results and showcase their top achievements. But oftentimes, when I talk to clients, something that comes up in discussions is that they frequently don’t feel like they are a rock star that has super-stand out accomplishments. What I hear is: “I just show up every day and do my job right.” “My job isn’t very important – I just answer the phones.” “We met the goals – didn’t exceed them due to the economy, but we met the goals anyway.” “My job doesn’t have… Read »




Annual Reviews: What To Do When Your Boss Isn’t Giving You One

In talking to many clients, it is becoming extremely clear that many employers are failing to provide any kind of annual performance evaluation to employees. This is a dangerous practice simply because it leaves how you are actually doing your job subject to different interpretations. From a business standpoint, this can be a liability because if they suddenly decide to terminate the employee, if there isn’t documentation (i.e. performance review demonstrating that the staff member isn’t fulfilling the duties and expectations of the position. It could lead to possible litigation if the employee decides to take legal action if they… Read »




Under Attack: What To Do When An Office Mate Is Out To Get You

The other day, I was off on a bike ride around the city, pedaling away and minding my own business. It was a beautiful day and I was passing by some wetlands that I hadn’t been past before. All of a sudden, something hit my helmet with such force that I thought that I had been attacked from behind by a bad guy. Freaking out, I looked behind and didn’t see a soul.  Puzzled, I swung my head around and immediately connected the hit with a blackbird that just landed on a nearby post and was glaring at me. At… Read »





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