Beyond LinkedIn – Using Social Media For Your Job Search

December 30, 2015

iStock_000064660017_Medium_150It’s no secret that LinkedIn is a powerful job search tool. It can help you expand your network, gain job prospects, grab the attention of recruiters and more. There are many other ways to leverage social media to give your job hunt a boost, though. Try these tips during your job search in 2016, to get a leg up on the competition. Read the rest of this entry »

Even Santa Doesn’t Love His Job Every Day

December 16, 2015

High angle view of Santa Claus working on computerIt was mid December and Santa was exhausted. He had spent the majority of the year working on a large, global project. While the project’s end goal was inspiring – to increase the happiness factor of children around the world by 50 percent – not everything had gone smoothly. Read the rest of this entry »

Here’s A Morning Routine To Catapult Your Career

December 9, 2015

iStock_000015453567_Medium_150Weekday mornings are tough, especially in the busy month of December. You’re tired, there’s a lot going on in preparing meals, getting dressed, feeding pets and more. Furthermore, maybe you’re heading to a job you hate, making you even more resistant to getting up in the a.m.

With all of this being said, reclaiming your mornings is one of the easiest ways to achieve and exceed your career goals. Even just 20 minutes to do one or a few of the activities below can make a big impact as you’re striving for professional success. Read the rest of this entry »

Introverts: Here’s How You Can Succeed In Job Interviews

December 2, 2015

iStock_000050681258_Medium_150In my years as a career coach, I’ve found that introverted clients often have a tougher time nailing interviews. Job seeking is nerve-wracking for everyone, but the ongoing interaction and need to be always be “on” can be especially draining for introverted personalities.

The assumption that hiring managers are always looking for outgoing star employees who dazzle them with their personalities can translate into nervousness and self-doubt for job candidates who aren’t innately extroverted. But hiring managers aren’t always seeking this employee. Sometimes they need an outgoing go-getter, other times it’s an introspective thinker.

Introverts, to shine in your next interview, try these tips. Read the rest of this entry »

The Gender Pay Gap Issue is Fixable – But May Require Bolder Actions To Overcome

November 25, 2015

iStock_000047943336_150The topic of gender pay equity was back in the news this week with the release of two new wage gap reports, which demonstrate that women continue to make less than their male counterparts. The Economic Policy Institute reported that despite women entering the workforce in record numbers and making gains in educational attainment, the 2014 median hourly wages of U.S. women were only 83 percent of men’s – and the small decrease in the gap is primarily due to stagnant or falling male wages, not from gains by women.

The World Economic Forum also released their 2015 Global Gender Gap Report, which shows that wage inequality persists; with women only now earning what men did a decade ago. The wage disparity analyzed on a global basis is even worse than in the U.S., with the 2015 global average, annual earnings of women only 52 percent of men’s. Based on the slow pace of progress towards gender economic parity, the data suggests that it could take another 118 years (until 2133) to close the global pay gap.

Why has it been so difficult to close the wage gap between women and men? Because the situation is much more complex than most people realize, with many elements influencing the problem. Even though the gender pay gap issue is complex – it’s fixable. But fixing it will require the efforts of people throughout the world, from schools to hiring managers, from human resource personnel to parents of daughters, from governments to groups championing economic and human rights. And, it may require taking bolder actions. Read the rest of this entry »

New Managers: Here’s The Secret To Ensuring Your Team’s Success

October 28, 2015

Drawing 'My Goals' on transparent white board with blue marker.

Want to know the secret to ensuring that the team you’re managing will be successful? Want to guarantee that everyone will be working together and headed in the same direction? Shhh… here’s the secret: Create a “Goals & Objectives” document for each employee.

You and your team have spent time creating your department’s tactical plan by determining the projects/initiatives that need to be completed over the next 12 months. To ensure your success as a leader, the next step is translating the overall department tactical plan down to the individual employee level, so each person on your team will have a document they will use to best manage their time.

This process will also help ensure you’ve allocated your resources appropriately, so you can get everything done on a monthly, quarterly and annual basis. Here’s how:

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