Office Holiday Party Etiquette: Do’s and Taboos
by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - Dec, 2015
It’s been a great year, you’ve worked really hard, and your company has brought back the holiday party to reward the team for a job well done. Before you pop the champagne be mindful that your behavior at the holiday bash will impact your professional reputation come Monday morning and beyond. Here are some tips to keep in mind before you celebrate with colleagues this season. Drink in Moderation In many organizations, t...
 
  Work Gaps: How to Return to Work or Transition Jobs
by Robin Schlinger - Dec, 2015
Have you been out of work a long time or are thinking about transitioning into a new job? It is definitely possible to re-enter the workforce after a long absence or in a brand new role. Your value to a company will be clear if you take some of the following steps: •Take professional/academic courses to keep you current with your profession. •Volunteer because volunteer work also involves skills and accomplishments. •...
 
  First Impressions Matter–They Last
by Georgia Adamson - Dec, 2015
In job interviews and on the job, first impressions matter because they last. In fact, they often take effect in an instant but can be difficult to change, if not impossible (depending on how strong they were to begin with). I’m not talking about something like “is my tie straight?” (if you wear one). I’m referring to more subtle examples, such as the way you greet someone (the interviewer, maybe a new boss or colleague). D...
 
  Job Search of the Future: Your Resume
by Robin Schlinger - Dec, 2015
Slowly, resumes are changing to reflect changes in the ways people search for jobs. Change: Job applicants are more tied into technology. Worldwide IT provider Cisco recently published the “Cisco Connected World Technology Report.” They found that “most professionals use two to three work and personal devices in their daily lives” and “most respondents believe their most important device in 2020 will be a smartphone.” Re...
 
  Master Time–Don’t Let It Master You
by Georgia Adamson - Dec, 2015
Whether on the job or in your personal life, you more than likely run up against the “tyranny of the clock” at some point. Time management experts tell us we need to focus on the most critical factors to get the most out of each day and accomplish the most we possibly can. You might feel on occasion–such as around the year-end holidays–that no matter how good you are at time management, you’ll never dig yourself out of the pit...
 
  Reference Checking & Your Job Search
by Georgia Adamson - Dec, 2015
You might be concerned about your references for a variety of reasons–uncertainty about what former employers will say, how they’ll say it, whether anyone might respond to inquiries with a negative reference, and so on. Especially if you left your last position under less than ideal circumstances–either voluntarily or involuntarily for reasons you weren’t happy about, you might have genuine reasons for concern. References–W...
 
  Technical Resumes: Establishing a Common Language
by Robin Schlinger - Dec, 2015
When you submit your resume for a position in a highly technical field, you are never sure who is going to read it or make the final decision to bring you in for an interview. You are never sure who has selected the keywords for the job posting and the automated Applicant Tracking System (ATS). And you are can never sure how much experience the company as a whole has with your specialty. As a chemical engineer with a degree...
 
  Your Year-End…Professionally Speaking
by Georgia Adamson - Dec, 2015
Before you break out the party hats and festive beverages for that year-end office celebration, you might want to give some thought to where this year has taken you professionally and what you want next year to look like. While your “wants” won’t necessarily predetermine how the new year plays out, failure to take them into consideration when making your career management plans could leave you with having next year look pretty...
 
  10 Nuggets of Wisdom to Inspire Your 2016 Job Search Strategy
by Michelle Dumas - Dec, 2015
It’s been said the most stressful endeavors in life are getting a divorce, buying a house, and having a baby. Anyone currently in the job market would add “looking for a job” to that list, and would probably put it at the top. The job search requires you to get confident and put yourself out there only to be rejected and have your confidence destroyed. In some ways it’s worse than high school dating. But it doesn’t have to...
 
  How to Successfully Launch A New Product
by Alexandra Levit - Dec, 2015
Once upon a time, businesses announced a new product or service with great fanfare, including activities like press releases and events scheduled over a day or two. Now, though, the launch process can be longer and significantly more complex—requiring businesses to plan a host of activities that will gain momentum for the offering. Many modern product launches may fail simply because it can be so difficult to get something...
 
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