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Don’t Achieve the “Peter Principle” in Your Career

The Peter Principle. It’s a real thing. Don’t know what it is? Basically, it is the concept that people get promoted to the highest level of their own incompetence. In simple terms, you could be the top sales person who gets promoted to director of sales as a reward… because you are doing so awesome in sales. Chaos then ensues as when you screw everything up because you suck at managing people. Sales you can do. Managing you cannot. Congratulations: You have just met the Peter Principle. Unfortunately, the Peter Principle happens a lot in the workplace.  Bosses want 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 »




Caveat Emptor: Buyer Beware When Selecting A Resume Writer

It’s an unfortunate truth that some job seekers have been bamboozled by unscrupulous “resume writers” who either offer cut-rate services on places like Craigslist or simply don’t deliver the goods after talking a good game just to hook in a prospective client. The end result? Many are suspicious of writers, and this feeling has been amplified by similar horror stories (albeit rare) in the media. Most ethical writers, however, are active members in either Career Directors International or The National Resume Writers’ Association, and genuinely care about their client’s success. Happy clients, after all, refer friends, family members, colleagues, and… Read »




6 Ways to Avoid Burning Bridges By Leaving A Job

We’ve all been there.  At some point, we are finally ‘done’ with our current employer and make the decision to hunt for a new job.  That’s just the nature of the beast- we get hired, we get excited, we have a honeymoon phase, we work hard, and slowly, the glow wears off. Next employer, please. But there are certain ways we can exit our current company, and it is IMPERATIVE to remember that what we do and how we do it when leaving can stay with us for years to come. Taking our cues (no matter how vicariously we lived through… Read »




Creative Resumes and CVs

Just when you thought that rĂ©sumĂ©s were beginning to get interesting, then there’s this: http://bit.ly/bCKaT7 which is a blog website listing some of the amazingly creative career documents that graphic artists have come up with… take a look!  I found out about this site, courtesy of a member of Career Directors International. Some of these examples are truly mind-blowing!! If anything, it is something to think about… and remember that looking for a job search is really all about marketing your brand and services to prospective customers (employers) who will buy those services. However, right now, there is also a debate within the rĂ©sumĂ© writer… Read »





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