That problem in your background? It isn’t as bad as you think
by Louise Fletcher - Sep, 2014
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...
Becoming the Boss: The 4 Essential Elements of Your Personal Brand
by Lindsey Pollak - Sep, 2014
As I wrote last week, the first step to becoming the boss is to learn about yourself. How can you be a great leader of your own life and career? Part of that process is becoming the CEO of you and building a professional and effective personal brand for yourself. With people no longer sticking with a single company for the course of their careers, it’s essential to always be marketing yourself for the next opportunity. And...
Executive Bios: The Top 10 Ways to Use One
by Cheryl Lynch Simpson - Sep, 2014
Do you have an executive bio? And do you know how best to use one? Bios have been around for decades and are often used by senior executives. In fact, recruiters and employers tend to assume that if you are a senior executive, you already have one. Useful for reminding your network what you bring to the table and introducing your background to prospective contacts, your bio also presents key details about you to recruiters,...
How I Overcame Insecurity at My New Unconventional Job
by Katie Chamberlain Kritikos - Sep, 2014
Maintaining confidence and sanity in a society that encourages competition and judgment is tough at work and at play. Herein, I share my story of recognizing and accepting my limitations on the yoga mat...and how I found peace with my yoga practice and new career. Falling In and Out of Love with Yoga In the fall of 2013 when I started going to the hot yoga studio just around the corner from my condo in Chicago, I wante...
Network into Your Next Job
by Joan Runnheim Olson - Sep, 2014
A job search can feel overwhelming at times. You don't need to do it alone. Your network can help take some of the "work" out of your search. Getting Clear It's important to let your network know that you are in a job search. They can't help you if they don't know! And, without clearly defined job targets, i.e., specific positions, industries, and companies you are seeking, it can be even harder for your network to help....
How to Use Travel Tips to Reach Your Career Goals
by Louise Garver - Sep, 2014
Were you one of the lucky ones that actually took time off this summer for a vacation? Typically, there is a lot of planning that took place before you took off to the wild blue yonder; choosing a destination, setting a budget, purchasing travel tickets, hotel rooms, and then packing the suitcase. What if the plan to reach your career goals was as easy as planning a vacation? Choose your destination Most people don’t...
Commodity Job Seeker: Make Sure This Isn’t You
by Georgia Adamson - Sep, 2014
One definition of commodity is: “A basic good used in commerce that is interchangeable with other commodities of the same type.” In the world of job search and career management, you do not want to be a commodity! Interchangeability is not your friend. Avoid the “Me Too” Syndrome If your resume and other career marketing/job search tools paint you as just another candidate like the scores whose resumes preceded yours...
4 Secrets to Formatting Your Resume for a Long-Distance Job Hunt
by Lisa Rangel - Sep, 2014
While most people cannot succeed in a job hunt that would require relocation, the good news is that executives have an edge: good executives are hard to come by. As a result, long distance recruiters may be willing to hear you out if you present yourself properly. Use the tips below to improve your long-distance resume. Have a local address. Having a local address on your resume shows the recruiter your commitmen...
How a Great Resume Prepares You for a Great Interview
by Robin Schlinger - Sep, 2014
Your resume introduces you to a company and puts you in line for an interview. But your resume is also an essential part of your preparation for that interview. First, suppose you tried, without a resume, to keep the exact same information on employment websites, social media like LinkedIn, personal contact, networking, email and snail mail. It would be very difficult to avoid minor errors and contradictions while juggling...
How Does Networking Fit Into Your Brand Strategy?
by Valerie Sokolosky - Sep, 2014
In a recent blog post, I mentioned how a positive second impression develops a lasting business relationship. When you’re networking, your brand is “on stage.” You’re making connections, focusing on your presence, and collecting business cards. You’re doing great! Now be sure you have a strategy to keep it going. Once you’ve made sure to “Do it Right”— from your appearance, to your behaviors and business etiquette—how will...
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