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 »
January 28, 2015
It’s 2015 and you’ve decided to look for a different job. While your goal is to do everything possible to avoid giving away your job search, there’s always the chance that your boss will find out. So what can you do? Plan your strategy as to how you’ll handle the situation if your boss finds out – before you begin your job search. Read the rest of this entry »
January 14, 2015
January is National Mentoring Month, created in 2002 by the Harvard School of Public Health and The National Mentoring Partnership to focus attention on the need for mentors for young people. I’ve been a mentor to others for most of my career and I’ve been a mentor for the University of Washington Foster School of Business MBA students for almost a decade now. Being a mentor continues to be a very rewarding experience, but when I think back to my own mentors as I grew up, not all of them were there for me in person – some were figures in history.