In Challenging Times, No More “Inner Child”: Boldly Bring Your Inner Chutzpah
by Mark Gorkin - Feb, 2010
Over lunch, my agent posed a provocative challenge: “Write an article on chutzpah.” He believes the timing is right. In this difficult economy and uncertain times it’s certainly tempting to withdraw into a shell. But a better strategy might be a contrary one, throwing off the shell and putting yourself out there. One “chutzpah” source involves productively tapping into what I call the “RAGE” in “Out-RAGE-ous.” (And these ...
Laughing in the Face of Layoffs
by Mark Gorkin - Feb, 2010
"How can the person displaced or downsized see both the danger and opportunity in career change or disruption? Can we learn, even, to both cry and laugh at this career crisis turning point?" To be able to see the comic in the crisis requires two achievements. First we must embrace Charlie Chaplin's penetrating insight: "A paradoxical thing is that in making comedy the tragic is precisely what arouses the funny...we have ...
Six Strategies for Finding Work
by Mary Jeanne Vincent - Feb, 2010
Have you ever met a fisherman with just one lure in his tackle box? I haven’t. As a kid I remember my dad discussing the merits of various lures with his brother when fishing on Lake Huron. Their tackles boxes were always a mess of shiny objects and one never knew from one day to the next which would be selected for catching the Northern Pike and Walleye they sought. As a job seeker, you can’t afford to have only one too...
Time to Revise Your "Elevator Speech!"
by Valerie Sokolosky - Feb, 2010
If you had only seconds to tell someone about yourself, you'd give what's called an "elevator speech" -- because it's brief enough to deliver on an elevator ride. A well-written (and memorized) elevator speech is an invaluable tool because: • It describes what you do, for whom and how they benefit. • It allows you to introduce yourself, quickly and efficiently. • It emphasizes the Wow! Factors you bring to the table. ...
Gifts vs. Favors: Why One is POWER & Other is POISON to Your Career
by J.T. O'Donnell - Feb, 2010
I read a post by Seth Godin recently that discussed the power of a gift. Something struck me immediately: People who struggle to find professional satisfaction (a.k.a. a job they are happy with) are often guilty of doing favors instead of giving gifts. If you’ve ever said the following, then you are guilty too: - I can’t believe they didn’t give me a promotion after all that extra work I did without asking. - I’ll call th...
How Much Should an Executive Resume Cost?
by Louise Fletcher - Feb, 2010
Shopping for a new resume is not like shopping for a new car. There’s no ‘blue book’ to tell you what you should be paying and it’s hard to find even a ballpark figure. This results in confusion. As someone who writes a lot of executive resumes, I’ve found that client expectations are all over the map. Some expect a resume to cost $100-$200. Some are expecting something over $1,000. And with this much uncertainty, it can b...
Been Burnt By a Bad Hire? 10 Red Flags For Interviewers
by Dawn Lennon - Feb, 2010
Trying to hire the right person can keep you up at night. Why? A bad hire can quickly turn employee harmony into raucous noise and tank confidence in you. If you know what you’re looking for, you’ll find it. If you don’t, oh well! The biggest mistake hiring managers make is not paying attention during the interview. Sounds incredible, right? Too often, interviewers are focused on themselves, specifically their: • ...
Why Office Popularity Matters
by Alexandra Levit - Feb, 2010
In high school, didn’t a part of you always wonder how the cool kids did it? Popularity remained an enigmatic aspect of human existence that ceased to be relevant once we threw our caps in the air...right? There are scores of research studies on popularity in schools, and most have indicated that popular children are viewed as better students and make and maintain friendships more easily. In 2009, however, organizational ps...
Is Your Resume as Fashionable as Plastic Slipcovers?
by Barbara Safani - Feb, 2010
I put up a picture on Facebook yesterday of me as a kid sitting in my living room. I love this picture because it reminds me what my house looked like as a child and it’s a window into what trends influenced how homes were decorated at the time. My mother had a penchant for plastic slipcovers and she put them on everything in the living room, including the lampshades. Plastic slipccovers made their debut in the mid 50s and man...
Career Management In The New Workplace
by Leslie B. Prager - Feb, 2010
The work world of today is dramatically different than the workplace was when I began my HR career back in 1980. Those were the days before the social media phenomenon, blackberries, the internet, virtual meetings, etc. The issues facing professionals today include the “new workplace”; fast-paced, on-demand staffing; a multi-generational, cross-cultural workforce; demographic trends such as the aging workforce and baby boomer...
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