Is Your Head Ready to Explode? 4 Ways to Keep It Together. | Simplifying
by Dawn Lennon - Jan, 2014
“Make it stop,” you say, ”–the noise, the confusion, the stupid mistakes, the wasted time.” When our work days amount to one distraction and miscue after another, we feel caught in an endless squeeze, desperately trying to get our work done in spite of it. If we could only find the cause and do something about it. Or if our boss would just stop contributing to or ignoring the problems. Alas, we’re left hel...
Job Searching? 11 Effective Ways to Create Your Target Company List
by Lisa Rangel - Jan, 2014
Most job seekers struggle with how to build their target company list and end up resorting to job boards and depending on recruiters. That rarely works. It’s time to take back control of your job search by using these target list building methods to find your own opportunities and expand your target company list. (1) Create a Wish List of companies where you have always wanted to work. If you are going to conduct a jo...
Leading Through Inquiry - Do Ask, Don’t Tell
by Dr. Maynard Brusman - Jan, 2014
Good communication is a hallmark of healthy organizations, but it’s often founded on the belief that employees thrive when given clear directions. In today’s increasingly complex organizations, it’s not enough to tell people what to do. Leaders who ask evocative questions instead of giving instructions set the stage for better communication, employee engagement and high performance. After airplane crashes, chemical and nucl...
Learn Something Unrelated. Kick Your Career Up a Notch.
by Dawn Lennon - Jan, 2014
Learning something new gets our attention. It reminds us we have skills to build on, dormant interests ready for the light, and talents (latent or otherwise) screaming for an outlet. It you want to build self-confidence and give your career trajectory a shot in the glutes, find something unrelated to your job and learn it. Embrace the counterintuitive. We’re told at work that we need to develop our skills and expa...
Negotiating: Twenty-One Rules of the Game
by Ford R. Myers - Jan, 2014
Negotiating Ability? Your negotiating ability is a strength and an asset to your prospective employer. By doing it effectively right from the start, you are proving that when you’re on the other side of the desk, you will negotiate on behalf of the company to make the best deals, get the best prices, and generate the most profit. Some hiring managers even go so far as to say that when candidates do no negotiating at...
Networking, Networking, Networking … Did We Mention Networking?
by Teena Rose - Jan, 2014
We are a social people and the continual and complex exchange of managers dipping into the talent pool to pluck candidates and candidates offering up their talent and services is, at its heart, a social transaction. It makes sense, therefore, that the hiring manager will act socially and be more likely to choose someone he or she knows, or even someone he or she has briefly met, over some name on a sheet of paper. Similarly,...
Never Give Up!
by Harry Urschel - Jan, 2014
Quite a while ago, I wrote a piece titled… I can’t get a job because… In it, I made the case that people aren’t truly affected in their job search by various forms of discrimination as commonly as they may think they are. Often, when people are unwilling to face personal shortcomings in their attitude, experience, job search approach, interview skills, or other factors they could improve, it’s easier for them to d...
Resolutions to Make the Career Change of Your Dreams in 2014
by Michelle Dumas - Jan, 2014
2014 will be the Year of the Horse. On the Chinese Zodiac, the year is for those who make efforts to improve themselves – energetic, bright, intelligent, and capable people. For even sounder reasons, it may be the time for professionals and mid-professionals to make a career change. The end of 2013 may be the best time to prepare for a change. Ask yourself the following: Where do I want to be on my career an...
Resume Help: How to Craft an Accomplishment Statement
by Debra Wheatman - Jan, 2014
The lack of powerful accomplishment statements is the most common resume shortcoming. If a candidate does not include relevant and compelling accomplishments on his resume, his chances of earning interviews are diminished. A hiring employer may receive hundreds of resumes. The resumes lacking accomplishments will be cast aside. In most cases, the resume is the one shot you get to capture the hiring employer’s attention and...
The 10 Most Overused Words on LinkedIn Profiles in 2013
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jan, 2014
Every year (at least for the last four years) LinkedIn has performed an analysis of all the English language profiles on its site. This year, with more than 259 million members, you can imagine how varied the list is. Shockingly, the number-one most overused buzz word on LinkedIn profiles in 2013 was used TWICE as much as the number-two word on the list. To be honest, the fact the word was used twice as much as the second word...
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