Get Ahead by Getting Over Yourself | Perceptions Count
by Dawn Lennon - Sep, 2013
Self-awareness is your friend. Self-absorption your enemy. Being fully cognizant of your skills and behaviors as they play out in the workplace is empowering. Being excessively involved in your own self-interests isn’t. Self-awareness starts with humility. At work, it’s not all about you or me. It’s about the value you bring, with the needs of the work being more important than your needs. If this sounds harsh rat...
Cover Letters – Purpose and Structure
by Ford R. Myers - Sep, 2013
Cover letters are not so much a part of your “Job Seeker’s Tool Kit” as they are part of the implementation of your overall “self marketing” strategy. That’s right – a cover letter is a sales presentation in disguise! With cover letters, you’re reaching out for a very tangible goal – a job interview. Cover letters are the most commonly used method to introduce your credentials to an employer. And they can serve as one of...
Is There Value in Using a Cover Letter?
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Sep, 2013
Ever wonder if there’s really any point in using a cover letter? Job seekers ask me often if there is any value in using a cover letter, and I answer them with an emphatic YES!—IF you’re using a personable cover letter that you’ve customized for the employer. If you’re just sending out some generic letter that you send to every job opening—then no, it probably won’t amount to a hill of beans. The value in a cover letter is...
Leading with Emotional Intelligence
by Dr. Maynard Brusman - Sep, 2013
“Mindful leaders know that in serving others as opposed to treating employees as servants is the key to better business results, greater team involvement, happier followers and a sustainable future.” - Dr. Maynard Brusman, San Francisco Bay Area Executive Coach Leadership’s Link to Emotional Intelligence “More than anyone else, the boss creates the conditions that directly determine people’s ability to work well”. ~...
Quality Communication Skills: Stay Effective and Professional
by Valerie Sokolosky - Sep, 2013
At a communications conference, the speaker asked how many of the attendees used iPhones? Hands shot up. “How many of you use Twitter?” came the next question. “How about FaceBook?” Again hands–at least every other person’s–waved in the air. Obviously, the audience had become adept in social networking and the associated electronics. But, then came the question, “How many of you communicate effectively?” The room became...
Fatal Distraction–When Your Resume Highlights Work You Don’t Want to Do
by Dawn Lennon - Sep, 2013
Resume panic–that unique feeling of crippling dread that overtakes you when facing the need to promote your skills and experiences to get a new job. Needing a job is unnerving enough. You’re in transition, going from where you were to someplace new. The competition for that new job starts with a resume that can get you an interview. Ditch the panic. Panic gets you nowhere. In fact, it puts you at risk. Whe...
The dreaded compensation conversation: When is it time to suck it up regarding salary?
by Hallie Crawford - Sep, 2013
I was excited to be interviewed for a recent article about the compensation conversation. I always get questions about compensation from my clients who are in career transition and wanting to know for their career planning purposes – “Am I going to have to take a cut in salary to move into my dream job?” First, a couple of notes about discussing compensation during the interview process. I spoke with a career coaching clie...
Resume Writing is Important; Your Communication is Important Too
by Debra Wheatman - Sep, 2013
If you are a frequent reader of this blog, you probably have an understanding of the importance of a proper appearance for work, presenting an impeccable resume, and maintaining a professional social media presence. The fact that you are reading this tells me that you are dedicated to your career. How much time do you think about the words you speak? What verbal cues are you giving about your personal brand? Here are some...
How Do You Know When It Is Time To Start Job Searching? Signs You Shouldn’t Ignore!
by Michelle Dumas - Sep, 2013
Let’s be honest: Job searching is rarely enjoyable. However, like paying taxes or seeing the dentist, we all have to do it from time to time. Sometimes job searching is necessary because of lay-offs (those who suffered as a result of “downsizing” during the most recent financial crisis know what that looks like). There are, however, other situations when job searching isn’t necessarily forced upon us, but the handwriting on...
Spot Phony Employment Ads Like a Pro
by Cathy Francois - Sep, 2013
As a former classified sales representative it is too easy for me to distinguish a legitimate employment ad from a phony one. It’s like trying to give me a Chucky Cheese game token and telling me it’s a dollar coin. However, I have found that for many others these differences that I see plainly might not be so obvious. There are many innocent, desperate, or otherwise unsuspecting job seekers who fall victim to scams. The sear...
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