How to Create a Culture of Fearless Innovation
by Robin Fisher Roffer - Dec, 2013
Quality and customer service are no longer differentiators. Innovation is what creates a sustainable competitive advantage. I’m feeling like the word “marketing” should be retired. I know this may sound like blasphemy to most of you, but what I see driving success in large corporations and in small businesses is not traditional marketing, it’s culture. The American Marketing Association defines marketing as “an activity,...
Are you promotable?
by Joan Runnheim Olson - Dec, 2013
Are you looking for a promotion? If so, what steps are you taking to climb the proverbial career ladder? The first thing you'll want to do is develop a career development plan. If you don't know where you're going, how are you going to get there? Take time to take stock of your strengths and where you would like your career to take you. Knowing your long-range career goals can help you stay on track and position yoursel...
Feeling Left Out and Don’t Know Why? Turn Things Around. Reaching Out
by Dawn Lennon - Nov, 2013
It can’t be avoided but we don’t want it to last. It’s that feeling of being disconnected, conspicuous, and self-conscious whenever we’re plunked in workplace situations with people who don’t know us. It can happen when we: join a new work group participate in a cross-functional meeting attend an industry conference go to our first company party become part of a new project team The sooner we feel accep...
5 Ways to Overcome Obstacles
by Gary Cohen - Nov, 2013
The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people. –Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture The best way to overcome obstacles, Randy Pausch suggests, is to imagine they’re opportunities to...
The Art of Salary Negotiation
by Shun McGhee - Nov, 2013
Upon graduating college and returning to the D.C. area from Baltimore, my older brother inquired about the types of jobs for which I was looking. After satisfying his curiosity, he then asked me what my salary requirements were, to which I responded by saying I would not being applying for any positions offering less than 35-40 thousand dollars per year. He responded by laughing hysterically. It was not that what I had said wa...
What Career Coaches Can’t Do for You
by Cathy Francois - Nov, 2013
I love what I do and believe it’s my personal calling to help others move forward in their careers. Whether I’m working with a student or doing private consulting I assist people of all walks of life with career planning, updating resumes, job search techniques and even motivation. However, with all the benefits of having a coach guide you through the sometimes complex job search process there are some things career coaches ca...
Have a Strategy to Make Social Media Job Search for You
by Joshua Waldman - Nov, 2013
Don’t get bogged down in keeping up with the seeming constant changes of social media, just keep focused on your goals and how these tools can help you achieve them. For people just beginning to use social media to advance their careers, a common complaint is that it changes so much. For example, they often cite the most recent Facebook privacy change or LinkedIn’s new user interface. A good army general doesn’t get ca...
How-to Turn Your LinkedIn Profile Into a Multimedia Career Portfolio
by Michelle Dumas - Nov, 2013
Once upon a time, conducting a job search was relatively straightforward: You’d ask friends and acquaintances if they knew of any openings, peruse the Classified Ads section of the local newspaper, and send resumes along with a nice cover letter. It was even permissible, if not advisable, to follow up with a telephone call. No longer. The Internet has completely (and likely irreversibly) altered the job search lan...
What do you do when a recruiter has viewed your LinkedIn profile?
by Georgia Adamson - Nov, 2013
The etiquette required in connecting/contacting people on LinkedIn can make even senior executives anxious. The thing to recognize is that people who look at your profile are usually there for a reason. While some may be recruiters, others could be friends, or former co-workers trying to reconnect. So, what do you do when a recruiter has viewed your profile on LinkedIn? This question came up in a LinkedIn Group discussion...
4 Ways Women Can Get a Miserable Job Off of Their Back
by Debra Ann Matthews - Nov, 2013
Five years ago, you enjoyed your job, right? Now, you are bored, restless and feel as if you do not want to go back to work. So in a way you feel stuck. But then again, it's the end of the year and you are in luck. Time to take stock and re-evaluate your career plan to get that miserable job off of your back. Here are a few good tips taken from a talented woman from the Barnes and Company organization, Ms. Emily Barnes. You ma...
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