5 Email Lessons Every Employee Should Learn From The Sony Hacking Incident

April 15, 2015

iStock_000049271812_150Almost 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 »

Want A Raise? Preparation, Strategy And Timing Are Key

April 8, 2015

smiling young business woman thinking in the officeReader’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 »

How To Get In Shape – Even While At Work

April 1, 2015

Healthy Asian business woman lift a dumbbell  isolated on white backgroundEvery year right about now, I get excited to see the sun shining brightly outside. I live in Seattle and as you can imagine, we get a lot of gray, rainy days. I’m not complaining, because the rain is why everything is so green and beautiful. But I have to admit that seeing the sun makes me want to head outside for run (before the rain comes back). Read the rest of this entry »

10 Survival Tips for Grads to Land the Job They Want

March 30, 2015

shutterstock_230410570_150In 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 »

How To Get Yourself Fired From A New Job

March 23, 2015

iStock_000026393810Medium_150I 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 »

How To ‘Shark Tank’ Your Way To A Job Offer

March 18, 2015

iStock_000046220048Medium_150I 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 »

You Don’t Have To Be A People Manager To Have A Successful Career

March 11, 2015

iStock_000019557032Medium_150At a recent coffee talk with several young people I mentor, the discussion took an interesting turn. When I asked the group what it meant to be successful in their careers, almost every person said that success meant being promoted into higher and higher-level jobs and eventually managing a large team of people.

So I asked the group if they thought someone could have a successful career if they weren’t a people manager. Most started squirming in their chairs. Then they looked at each other, hoping someone else would answer my question. Read the rest of this entry »