How To Research Your Way To a Networking Contact
by Miriam Salpeter - Mar, 2010
Is it socially acceptable to go up to random people on the street and invite them to coffee? Typically, no. You need to have a reason to meet, and it is up to you to come up with the reason before you do the inviting! Research is a key factor for successful networking. I like to tell my clients, “Don’t look for a job, look for a company.” Similarly, networkers should not first try to identify a list of people to meet, but ...
Five Questions to Ask BEFORE You Start Your Next Job Search
by Tai Goodwin - Mar, 2010
After many anxious nights and frustrating days you’ve finally made a decision: you need to find a new job. Over the last few months you may have gone back and forth, thinking and rethinking, questioning if you should just stick it out or is now the time for you to get your resume updated in plans for finding a new home for your talent. The perfect timing for you to start your search is before you begin feeling a desperate need...
Managing Your Daily To-Do List
by Kimberly Schneiderman - Mar, 2010
Do you ever find you get so caught up in your list of things to do that you don't seem to get anything done? Following these four ideas to help you manage your daily tasks and long range projects will result in lots of checkmarks on your chore list! 1. The Daily To-Do Priority Technique: Look at your list of tasks. Put an "A" next to the items that absolutely have to be done first. Put a "B" next to the items that really ne...
Over-The-Top Customer Service!
by Julie Walraven - Mar, 2010
Last week I was in Baltimore at the Career Thought Leaders Conference. The food at the conference was great and the adventure continued with more restaurants to explore at night as well as during the extra day I planned in to explore Baltimore’s Inner Harbor with my friend, Linda, who came with me from Wausau. We had some great meals but the one at the Cheesecake Factory sticks in my mind. The story behind The Cheesecake Fa...
The Strong Personality Safeguard
by David Lee - Mar, 2010
The Tale of a Smart Leader Just recently, while doing a program on recognizing and working with different personality styles for a management team, I heard a great example of self-awareness from the leader of the team. We'll call him Jack. Jack, a senior level manager, scored very high on the D, or Driver dimension for the DISC profile, which means he tends to communicate in a very direct, bottom line-oriented way. H...
Easy Ways to Plan for Career Success
by Debra Wheatman - Mar, 2010
When we are young people ask us, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” It’s a common enough question. Our parents, grandparents, teachers, and friends all serve to influence our decisions. Sometimes circumstances force us to choose a particular path. How may times have you heard someone say, “Well I wanted to be a dentist, dancer, actor, or sportscaster,” or something else? But they didn’t become any of those things ownin...
Know When to Fold ’Em - A Smart Career Strategy
by Dawn Lennon - Mar, 2010
Have a job that isn’t going anywhere? Reluctant to leave your work mates? Nervous about changing jobs? Join the club! A lot of people stay where they are, taking the avenue of least resistance. Unfortunately, it’s also the road to nowhere. So if you’re on it, get ready to exit. Being in a dead-end job isn’t the worst that can happen. Staying there too long is. We let ourselves get stuck in our jobs because of naïve or...
Achieve Incredible Career Success with an Accountability Partner
by Andy Robinson - Mar, 2010
Do You Have an Accountability Partner? ALL of us are extremely busy with the day-to-day demands of our work schedules and personal activities. In the midst of being busy, we often lose site of undertaking the important steps and activities necessary to achieve our career and life goals and objectives. The concept of being held accountable in order to reach your goals is not a new concept in goal achievement but those tha...
by Suzanne Bates - Mar, 2010
Not long ago, I sat in on a presentation at a business conference and thought I’d landed on Mars. The program topic was compelling but somehow the presenter managed to take us into outer space. No one was following him. I wondered why this is so complicated. The guy had managed to hide his brilliance under a bushel - seizing confusion from the jaws of clarity. Whenever someone says,”I don’t want to dumb it down,” I know...
Handling Discriminatory Questions in an Interview
by Bettina Seidman - Mar, 2010
An applicant involved in an employment interview is anxious to please, to impress, and to persuade. And that is as it should be. However, from time to time inappropriate personal questions are asked, which may make an applicant uncomfortable. As a Career Management Coach, I suggest that often these personal questions are more frequently asked of women than of men. Applicants are protected from answering a variety of i...
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