Thoughts on the 2012 National Industry Liaison Group Conference
by Bill Osterndorf - Sep, 2012
The 2012 National Industry Liaison Group (NILG) conference was held August 27-31 in Waikoloa, Hawaii. The conference location was beautiful, and the conference planning committee made sure that the conference ran smoothly. However, this was a difficult year to gain many new insights into what is occurring at the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). There were a number of effecti...
"Transferable Skills" Fallacy: When is too late to change industries?
by Jean Cummings - Sep, 2012
Executive at a crossroads Let’s call him Jesse. His story is a hypothetical example, but one that is not uncommon. Jesse has done all kinds of great things. Wonderful quantifiable achievements. And in several industries – IT, Manufacturing, Consulting. Clearly, he’s loaded with talent. So, he’s 45 or thereabouts. And he wants to apply at the VP level for positions that might come up in any of those fields. The trouble is...
After You Select Your College Major, There Is Much More To Do
by Bob Roth - Sep, 2012
“Putting Student Employment Success First” When you select your major you may very well be selecting a career direction and a list of jobs for which you may qualify. No student should select a major without knowing where that major can take them. That would be like entering an unfamiliar house with your eyes shut. You are bound to bump into a few walls. A little research early on can prevent a great deal of disappointme...
Fifty Shades of Résumé
by Debra Wheatman - Sep, 2012
Many careerists believe there is one résumé template that fits everyone. It is not uncommon for job seekers to borrow a résumé from a friend or copy a template found online when creating their résumé. It is a great idea to look the résumé of a successful professional to get inspiration. However, when it comes to the résumé, there are subtleties that separate candidates even if their history is very similar. Here are some tip...
How to Be Happier at Home (and Work)
by Alexandra Levit - Sep, 2012
Gretchen Rubin has been a friend of mine since the early days of our blogs. Her first book, The Happiness Project, became an international bestseller, and I was excited to read her latest effort, Happier at Home. The new book focuses on ways we can make our homes places of greater simplicity, comfort, and love. Since I specialize in careers and work, I naturally zeroed in on the part of the book that focuses on work/li...
How to Focus your Life – The Grow Model
by Dr. Maynard Brusman - Sep, 2012
The secret to a resilient life in our kind of world is in knowing how to recycle yourself, over and over, letting go of what is no longer you, taking on new strengths, and shaping new chapters for your life, guided by your own emerging vision." - Frederich Hudson, Pamela McLean Grow Model The G.R.O.W. MODEL is so simple, powerful and effective personal and professional development model that can be successfully used in...
Recruiting trends every executive should know
by Louise Garver - Sep, 2012
In a recent article from Peter Weddle, CEO, WEEDLE’s Research & Publishing, “The Rise of Hybrid Employment Sites:” he states: “The conventional view of job boards and social media sites has been to see them as separate and distinct stovepipes of recruiting activity. One provides a platform for recruitment advertising and resume search, while the other supports data mining and networking with employment prospects.” What Pet...
15 Easy Action Steps To Improve Your LinkedIn Profile Today
by Michelle Dumas - Sep, 2012
LinkedIn. The most popular social networking site (SNS) for professionals. How popular? LinkedIn claims over 150 million users; a recent report found that 7,610 LinkedIn searches occur every minute. It’s no wonder, then, that business professionals in general and those engaged in or considering a job search in particular use LinkedIn as part of their strategy to advance their careers to the next level. Merely setting u...
Is It Time To Say Goodbye? What You Need To Know Before You Resign From Your Job
by Michelle Dumas - Sep, 2012
It’s never easy saying goodbye, but when the time is right, you know you need to move forward to a different place of employment. But before you make that final step to resign from your job, you should consider the following points: Signed, sealed, and delivered: Before you resign from your job, make sure that you have read your new contract, signed it, returned it, and your new employer has indicated that they have recei...
Networking by the Boards
by John E. Kobara - Sep, 2012
When I was much younger, I got the good advice to get on a few boards--non-profit and for profit--advisory and fiduciary. I naively thought it was difficult to get on boards and further that it was some type of honor. Of course there are a select number of boards that are highly coveted, but the vast majority are accessible to the qualified and the connected. I also made the mistake of thinking that well known people wer...
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