Company Loyalty–How Much is Too Much?
by Georgia Adamson - Dec, 2015
If you operate with the philosophy that looking after #1 is all that counts and you’ll stick with your current employer only until you think you see something better on the horizon, that’s a questionable rationale. On the other hand, blind loyalty to your employer that ignores any other considerations is going to the other extreme. Neither choice is great, and neither is likely to provide you with solid career success. Comp...
 
  Gratitude and Career Success Can Go Hand-in-Hand
by Georgia Adamson - Dec, 2015
If things aren’t going well with your professional life–maybe you’re engaged in a frustrating job search–you might feel as if you don’t have much to be grateful for right now. You could be viewing Thanksgiving Day as “Turkey Day” at best and as a waste of time at worst. I’m not going to deliver a Pollyanna sermon to you. At the same time, focusing the lion’s share of your attention and energy on the highly unsatisfying situ...
 
  Make This The Season for Gratitude and Giving in Your Career
by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - Dec, 2015
Hollywood has depicted the stress of the holidays with iconic movies that make us laugh (or cry!) because of the relatability of the zany characters and dysfunctional scenarios in life and career. I encourage you to start this festive season with a different mindset so you don’t get caught running on the hamster wheel of stress. Redirect your worries by focusing on others in your professional life. Be sure to take time to c...
 
  Organized Job Search – Organized Career Planning
by Georgia Adamson - Dec, 2015
If you’re by nature or inclination a disorganized person, the thought of conducting an organized job search or applying organizing principles to your career planning might strike fear into your heart! Okay, so that’s a bit of over-dramatization, but the point is, whether you’re innately drawn to organization or just the opposite, a certain amount of organization is pretty much critical to a successful job search or to smart, l...
 
  The Perfectionist’s Guide to Making Decisions: The Art of Satisficing
by Melody Wilding - Dec, 2015
You’re awesome at your job. You know it, feedback from colleagues and clients has affirmed it, and you consistently deliver results that are above and beyond what’s been asked of you. You repeat this pattern enough times and it becomes the norm—which, frankly, can be exhausting. High achievers are prone to this pattern of behavior, which is usually completely unsustainable. Eventually, you realize that no matter how many cu...
 
  Will a New Resume Help?
by Robin Schlinger - Dec, 2015
Alison was skeptical about whether a new resume could help her job search. She believed that her current resume gave employers all the facts they needed and anything I could add would be, as she put it, “sugar coating.” The first thing I explained to her is that relaying “facts”—where you worked, how long you worked, what duties you performed, what responsibilities you had—were certainly important but were only a small part...
 
  Writing Advice from Robin’s Resumes®
by Robin Schlinger - Dec, 2015
Sometimes I see a resume in which the job seeker has followed every piece of advice I ever gave on writing a resume and it is still not ready to send out. The contact information is clear and professional, the opening profile explains the job applicant’s value to the company and the resume is targeted for the companies and industry the job seeker is interested in. So what’s wrong? Unfortunately, the one item that sink...
 
  2016 Cover Letter Tips
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Nov, 2015
In May Microsoft published an interesting study detailing research on the changes in our attention spans over the last several years. From 2000 to 2013 our attention spans dropped from 12 seconds to a mere eight seconds. We now have an attention span one second shorter than that of a goldfish. Let that sink in for a minute … Which makes me wonder … What effect does dwindling attention span have on our job searches—and our cove...
 
  Holiday Season Job Hunting
by Carole Kanchier - Nov, 2015
Tis the Season for Parties -- and Job Hunting! Does hiring come to a halt as the holidays approach? Is the Holiday Season a good time to find a new job? Office parties, professional get-togethers, and year-end meetings abound during the Holiday Season. While it may be tempting to put your search on hold, that could put you at a disadvantage. When organizations have a need, they hire regardless of the time of year. A...
 
  That problem in your background? It isn't as bad as you think
by Louise Fletcher - Nov, 2015
I’m taking on online sketching class at the moment. I’ve always loved painting and drawing, and I’m finding this a particularly rewarding way to work. But I’ve noticed a lot of the students are very uncomfortable sharing their work. They’ll preface each post with caveats like ‘this isn’t very good’ or ‘I don’t like this one at all.’ Usually, the drawing is excellent – full of life and personality and character – but all they s...
 
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