September 17, 2014
I’ve worked for some pretty bad bosses during my career. Some were managers who became my boss after I was already working in the job, but others were toxic bosses that I should have spotted before I even accepted the job offer.
Here are 10 ways to spot a bad boss – before you take the job: Read the rest of this entry »
September 10, 2014
Are you a recent college or high school graduate? As your last summer of freedom is coming to an end and you are about to join the ranks of the office workers, I’ll bet you’ve been receiving a lot of career advice from your family and friends. All well intentioned, I’m sure.
So I’m going to give you some career advice that, most likely, no one has told you yet – and that you might not want to hear. But if your goal is to climb the career ladder, then you should read my comments… Read the rest of this entry »
September 3, 2014
Monday was Labor Day, for those of you in the United States of America. While having a day off of work to celebrate the end of summer is always a treat, you might be surprised at the real reasons we celebrate “Labor Day” on the first Monday of September each year. Read the rest of this entry »
August 27, 2014
Looking for a job? Don’t forget to consider working for a non-profit. These organizations offer challenging work in many different industries with the ability for employees to serve others or positively impact a cause that is near and dear to their heart. Just be sure to consider the advantages and disadvantages, so you begin your job search fully informed. Read the rest of this entry »
August 20, 2014
I once had a new boss with horrific meeting behavior. If he disagreed with what you said he would walk over to where you were sitting, lean down close to your face, and then start yelling. He would show up late to his own meetings, interrupt others in mid-sentence, and his anger often boiled over into temper tantrums – even to the extent of throwing things during meetings. Read the rest of this entry »
August 13, 2014
Several years ago, my boss called me into his office. “Lisa, I need you to do something for me,” he said as he handed me a sheet of paper. “See that list of meetings? I need you to attend each of them and then let me know if you think the meetings are necessary.”
I thought he was joking. He wasn’t. The company we worked for had acquired several other companies and we were in the process of integrating. My boss was the CEO of one of the divisions and was receiving invitations to more meetings than there were hours in the week. I couldn’t blame him for wanting to figure out which ones were important and which ones weren’t. Read the rest of this entry »
August 6, 2014
Are you looking for a new job within your current company? Don’t assume just because you already work there, that you’ll have an advantage in obtaining the job. In fact, most hiring managers are even tougher on internal candidates than external ones. That’s because they know internal candidates have access to more company personnel and a lot more information about the position than an external candidate. So if you don’t do your homework, be prepared for poor results. Read the rest of this entry »
July 30, 2014
Are you a recent high school or college graduate trying to decide on your career direction? Returning to work after taking time off to raise children or taking care of elderly parents, but not sure about the kind of work that would make you happy? Then you might find it helpful to seek work at a temp agency – because it could help you determine your career direction. Read the rest of this entry »
July 23, 2014
In last week’s blog I explained how job seekers can use formal letters of recommendation to help give them an edge when it comes to obtaining a position. This week, I’m focusing on obtaining LinkedIn recommendations.
Many younger job seekers are foregoing formal letters of recommendation and instead, asking people for recommendations they can include on their LinkedIn profile. Then, they choose the recommendations they want to show within their profile and can hide (or unhide) the others. Many of my clients print out their LinkedIn recommendations and provide them to the hiring manager at the end of job interviews instead of formal recommendation letters. Read the rest of this entry »
July 16, 2014
“Are you serious?” my twenty-two year old client Brittany (named changed) said, and then rolled her eyes. “You’re going to make me ask people to write recommendation letters? I thought that was something people only did back in the old days.”
Sigh. While I’d like to think I’m not as old as the dinosaurs, there are some days I definitely feel like it. Especially when it comes to discussing the topic of job recommendations with my younger clients. Brittany did have a point, though. The use of recommendation letters has changed over the last decade.
In the past, obtaining recommendation letters was a requirement of the job search process. Today, not as much. Now, this step is considered optional, but savvy job seekers understand that it can help give them an edge when it comes to obtaining a position. Read the rest of this entry »