May 13, 2015
Reader’s Question: What’s a good way to deal with rude or insensitive people in the workplace? I work in an office environment where almost everyone is in a cubicle. My new “neighbor” seems to think it’s okay to hold conference calls in his cubicle. He’ll squish five to six people into his cubicle and then put his telephone on speaker with lots of other people on the call. He does this several times a day and the noise level is so loud that I can’t concentrate to get my work done. Technically, he works for a different department and different boss than me, so how can I get him to stop being so rude to everyone in the office? Read the rest of this entry »
May 6, 2015
Reader’s Question: How can I position myself now, for a promotion in 18 to 24 months?
Lisa’s Answer: First of all, congratulations on thinking ahead and allowing yourself enough time to create a game plan to get you from where you are today, to where you’d like to be in the future! Read the rest of this entry »
April 15, 2015
Almost everyone in the world has heard about the incident where Sony Pictures Entertainment became the victim of a cyber attack and sensitive information was leaked to the public, including internal company emails. While this situation highlighted the issue of cyber-security, it also provides a good warning for all employees on the use of email in business.
Here are five lessons every employee should understand when it comes to using company email: Read the rest of this entry »
April 8, 2015
Reader’s Question: I’m still new to my career and am interested in getting a raise. But, I’m finding it difficult because I’m not sure how or when to bring up the topic of a raise with my boss. Can you help?
Lisa’s Answer: Before you broach the subject of a raise with your boss, it’s important to spend time preparing for the discussion, determining your strategy and considering the timing for the conversation. Here’s how… Read the rest of this entry »
March 30, 2015
In June, more than a million college students will graduate*. The good news: surveys suggest employers will be hiring. In fact according to a new survey from Michigan State University, hiring for new graduates is expected to jump by 16%. The bad news: recruiters and employers suggest millennials are entering the labor market with “lackluster resumes and slipshod cover letters,” appearing unfocused, unmotivated and with unrealistic expectations about starting salaries (according to Monster.com). Read the rest of this entry »
March 23, 2015
I have a tendency to write about the positive aspects of career development and the proactive things people can do to maximize their potential at work. But sometimes, it’s important to highlight the don’ts – things you should avoid doing, or you just might get yourself fired from your new job. Read the rest of this entry »
March 18, 2015
I have a confession… I love watching the television show Shark Tank. For anyone who hasn’t heard of this show, it’s about aspiring entrepreneurs who pitch their business or products to a panel of potential investors. The reason I love this show is because of how similar it is to real life – specifically, to obtaining a job. Here’s what I mean… Read the rest of this entry »
March 4, 2015
If you’ve been trying to climb the career ladder or want to get promoted, here’s a technique that can really help: Think of yourself as an ‘internal consultant.’ Read the rest of this entry »
February 25, 2015
I’ve seen a lot of resumes over the last twenty years as a hiring manager (and as a career coach). There have been great resumes, good resumes and so-so resumes. And there were some resumes with such horrific issues, that I quickly threw them into the recycle bin. Don’t want your resume to end up in the garbage? Then avoid these six issues… Read the rest of this entry »
February 11, 2015
Sometimes, just coming to work each day and doing your job isn’t enough to get yourself noticed by upper management. If you want to get great assignments and projects or be promoted into higher-level jobs, you’ll need to do things that make you stand out from others (in a good way). Read the rest of this entry »