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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 »




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 »




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 »




Exiting a Job… with Class

As most people know, your career reputation follows you everywhere. How you conduct yourself on and off the job matters, but one area that is especially tricky is when you are leaving the company. Whether you are moving on to your dream job, or if you suddenly got handed a pink slip, you need to conduct yourself by leaving on a high note, no matter what the reason is for exiting a job. Why? Well, if you always do right, then you never have to worry about explaining a potentially awkward or uncomfortable situation in future career discussions. You also… Read »




Layoffs are Imminent – What to Do Next and Why?

Layoffs are imminent, even now that the economy is on the upswing.  This is part of the business process… refining operations and maximizing profitability isn’t meant to be personal. It is business right? Well, it is. But when it is your job on the line, it becomes VERY personal. The whispers and door closings become more frequent. Staff is on edge. They aren’t stupid.  The handwriting is on the wall. Layoffs are coming. If your “spider sense” is tingling and you have a feeling that layoffs are imminent, listen to your intuition. But don’t cave in to panic or fear…. Read »




When Team Spirit Fizzles Your Job Search

Sure, we all want to demonstrate that we have team spirit, but it can fizzle your job search. Say what?!!!!??!! Yes, it’s great to be rah-rah about the team when talking about past projects, but sometimes, this can be a liability, versus an asset. In job searches, I’ve found that people start talking about their accomplishments in “we” and team spirit terms, and don’t use personal language. But that’s not what the employer is interested in… They aren’t hiring the rest of the team. They are interested in what YOU can do. Not the others. When it comes down to… Read »




Lead at Work… Without Being a Leader

Do you want to lead? Believe it or not, as much as everyone likes to move forward and upward in their career, many professionals actually don’t want to get into leadership roles. The added responsibility, sleepless nights, and stress, as well as bringing work home regularly are completely compelling reasons to do what you do best: the worker bee kind of stuff. There’s some added truth to this, because as the saying goes: “too many cooks in the kitchen” means that if everyone is a leader, then they are too busy making their own changes/opinions… and nothing gets done or… Read »





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