Better Listening Skills Could Mean More Promotions. Here’s How

September 21, 2016

Pretty business interns listening to their team leaderI recently had the opportunity to compare the difference in listening skills between my 7-year-old niece and a grown adult (my sister). My niece won.

My niece told me exactly what I had said in a previous conversation, while my sister could barely remember the topic we discussed. That’s when my niece reminded us of a very important lesson. Read the rest of this entry »

2 Job Offers? Here’s How To Choose

September 12, 2016

Asian woman standing in the middle of cross roadA former client “Catherine” approached me with an unusual career situation. Her problem? She was stressed out and didn’t know what to do because she had two job offers, but couldn’t decide which to take. Neither was her dream job, but both paid more than she currently made, and one could lead to a human resources manager position – her career goal.

Most job opportunities are not quite the dream job we want. In Catherine’s case, trying to make a choice had become overly stressful and was causing decision paralysis. I suggested Catherine use this process of analysis to help her fully explore her options: Read the rest of this entry »

Mean Coworker? 5 Steps To Deal With The Situation

August 31, 2016

Angry woman makes face behind person over whiteEver had a coworker try to humiliate you or ridicule your ideas in front of others? There are professional ways to put a stop to poor behavior in the workplace.

Q: I have a coworker who tries to make me look bad at every opportunity. For example, during a recent meeting I made a suggestion to the team. Everyone liked my idea except for this one person. She singled me out and tried to humiliate me by making fun of my idea in front of everyone. This isn’t the first time this has happened. I think she’s good at her job, but why is she doing this to me and what can I do to make her stop? Read the rest of this entry »

To Survive A Job Layoff – Acknowledge Your Emotions

August 17, 2016

Redundant Businesswoman Leaving Office With Box“I can’t believe I was let go. After all the downsizing over the last several years, I thought my job was safe. How could they do this to me right after I got back from my family vacation?” wept the client sitting in my office.

“What am I going to do now?” she asked, as I handed her the box of tissues.

Shock. Anger. Frustration. Fear. These are often the first feelings to occur after being laid off or fired from a job. The cycle of feelings is actually very similar to the emotional stages that occur after the death of a loved one. And, the worst thing you can do is ignore your feelings. Read the rest of this entry »

10 Tips To Help You Win Every Negotiation

August 10, 2016

A smiling businesswoman shakes hands with a young businessmanBeing a good negotiator can make a big difference in your career. It can help you earn more money (by negotiating a better starting salary or a raise), a higher title (by negotiating a promotion) or even budget money (to take on a prominent project).

How good are you at negotiating? Read the rest of this entry »

How To Stay Laser Focused During The Dog Days Of Summer

August 3, 2016

Bored black businesswoman in officeIf you’re like me, you love soaking up every ounce of sunshine you can get (I live in Seattle). Have you ever found yourself daydreaming about an August afternoon at the beach when you’re stuck behind a desk?

While the warm weather is great, the laid-back attitude that often comes with it can mean declining efficiency in the office. Consider these tips to stay focused, leaving you more time for after-work fun: Read the rest of this entry »

4 Ways Hiring Managers Ruin Job Interviews

July 27, 2016

iStockOver the last decade that I’ve been a career coach, I’ve heard a lot of stories from job seekers about their pet peeves with hiring managers.

Here are four of the most common candidate complaints about hiring managers – and tips for hiring managers to fix each issue: Read the rest of this entry »

2 Things That Could Keep You From Landing That Job Offer

July 13, 2016

Dismissal or failed job interviewLeah was discouraged with her job search and hired me to help her. “I’m really good at what I do, but I’m not a dynamic interviewee,” Leah told me during our first meeting. “My resume gets me the telephone interview. That gets me the in-person interview. But then I never get the job offer.”

She took a sip of coffee and sighed as she set her cup on the table. “It’s happened over and over. I practice. I study. I do everything right. But then I don’t get the job. What’s wrong with me?” Read the rest of this entry »