August 26, 2015
In last week’s blog I discussed how to manage people who are older or have more expertise than you. This week, I’m addressing the flip side – how to work for someone who is younger or less experienced.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of workers aged 65 and older increased 101 percent between 1977 and 2007, as more employees delayed their retirement for economic reasons. With a huge bolus of baby boomers still in the workforce, it’s likely that many employees will work for a younger boss at some point in their career. Here are tips to ensure a smooth working relationship with a younger boss. Read the rest of this entry »
August 19, 2015
You were just promoted into a management position or asked to lead a project team – and you’re the youngest person in the group. Here’s what you need to know when it comes to managing people who are older or have more expertise than you.
When I began my career in the sales operations department at a large medical equipment company, I was like most college graduates – excited and willing to work hard to learn everything possible. Within a year, my employer acquired another company and I was chosen by management to work on integrating the sales operations departments of both companies. I was 23 years old.
To make matters worse, I was also petite in size (former gymnast) and had blonde hair. In baseball terms, you could say that I had three strikes against me: young, petite and blonde. Read the rest of this entry »
August 12, 2015
Have you ever felt like you’re stuck in a job you don’t like and can’t seem to get yourself out of the situation? That’s what happened to a reader, who felt that her lack of self-confidence was holding her back.
Question from a Reader: “How can I gain self-confidence? I’m smart and intelligent, I always have solutions for things at work and people keep telling me I’m good at what I do, but I don’t have confidence. I’m stuck in a job that doesn’t pay well just because I don’t have confidence. What can I do to change that?”
Lisa’s Response: The difficult part about trying to gain self-confidence is that before that can happen, you must dig deep, reflect on yourself and your life, and analyze the reasons why you feel like you lack confidence. Read the rest of this entry »
August 5, 2015
When I met with a mentee recently, she looked sad and a bit depressed. When I asked her if anything was wrong, her shoulders sagged lower, and she said was feeling like a failure in her career and her life.
I was surprised by her comment because the last time we had spoken (a few months prior), she had been excited to share with me that she had received a pay raise, been given a leadership role on a new project in her department and had even been recognized and praised by her boss for her outstanding work. Read the rest of this entry »
July 29, 2015
Reader: I get incredible anxiety before and during job interviews. I don’t know why this happens, it just does. Sometimes during interviews my mind goes blank and I don’t know what to say. At other times, I talk so much that I end up talking my way out of the job, because of my rambling. What can I do so I’ll be more relaxed for interviews? Read the rest of this entry »
July 22, 2015
You just graduated from college and have been searching the Internet looking for jobs. You’re passionate about finding a position as quickly as possible, but don’t let that passion turn into desperation or you might scare off recruiters and hiring managers.
To ensure you’ll come across as enthusiastic without seeming desperate, follow these tips: Read the rest of this entry »
July 15, 2015
A young man I’ve mentored since he was in college recently called me. “Chris” is now about five years into his career and had been interviewing at various companies in search of a more challenging job. He had received a strange question during his telephone interview that day and hadn’t been sure how to answer it.
“The question was bizarre because it had nothing to do with the job requirements and it kind of blindsided me because I wasn’t expecting it,” he explained. “I have no idea if I answered it correctly and now I’m worried that my answer might have cost me the job opportunity.” Read the rest of this entry »
July 8, 2015
Client: “I’ve been receiving call backs and going to interviews, but I always seem to lose the hiring manager’s interest half way through the interview. How can I hold their attention?”
“Sarah” was in her mid-thirties and had worked as a graphic designer since graduating from college. She had also just finished her master’s degree in communications at a prestigious local university. She had the skills, the experience, and the education, so what was her problem? Sarah hadn’t created a work portfolio – a collection of examples that she could use to show hiring managers how her projects had benefited previous employers and clients. Read the rest of this entry »
July 1, 2015
Having children can be an exciting time in life, especially if you’re planning on taking a few years out of your career to raise them. But, don’t forget to plan ahead for your return to your career, using as much energy as when you planned ahead for having children. Read the rest of this entry »
June 24, 2015
You graduated from college. Congratulations! Now you’ve landed your first job and want to do well. Here are 10 things you need to know, to help you succeed. Read the rest of this entry »