Coworker’s Bad Mood Ruined Other People’s Day

June 29, 2016

iStock_000014105727Small_150Have you ever stopped to consider the amount of influence you have on other people as you go about your normal day? It was something I hadn’t really thought about, until one day in particular.

It started out as any other workday, but on this day, things took an unexpected turn – all because of a colleague’s bad mood. Read the rest of this entry »

Here’s How To Get Your Boss To Let You Work From Home

June 13, 2016

iStock_000016732914Medium_150Are you longing for a shorter commute, a more flexible schedule or even just a day to be heads-down and complete a passion project for work? Telecommuting could be the answer.

According to a recent Gallup poll, 37 percent of workers say they have telecommuted, up from 9 percent in 1995. If you want to tap into this growing trend to work remotely a few days a week or month, answer these questions in preparation for a pitch to your boss. Read the rest of this entry »

6 Things To Do If Your Personal Brand Takes A Dive

June 8, 2016

personal brand - isolated text in mixed letterpress wood type printing blocksPersonal branding to benefit your career continues to be a growing topic of conversation. It’s a powerful tool for standing out among coworkers, getting a promotion, scoring interviews and getting hired.

But what happens when your personal brand takes a dive? Whether you made a big mistake, became known for the wrong thing, acquired a reputation for being difficult to work with or whatever else – hope is (usually) not lost. Take a deep breath and follow these steps. Read the rest of this entry »

5 Common Job Seeking Mistakes And How To Fix Them

May 18, 2016

Close-up Of Businessman Reading Resume With Tea Cup On DeskMistakes make us human. We’re all guilty of them, but it’s time we stop making them within our resumes, job applications and interviews. Whether written or face-to-face, it’s imperative that we present the best version of ourselves.

So how do you ensure you’re being perceived the way you want? Consider these simple tips to negate the most common job-seeking mistakes. Read the rest of this entry »

Grads: These 4 Things Will Transform Your Job Search

May 11, 2016

pretty african female college graduate at graduation with classmatesCollege graduation is right around the corner, and according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), an anticipated 1.87 million students will be graduating with a bachelor’s degree this spring. Many will begin their first real job search, and while NACE says employers expect to hire 5.2 percent more new graduates from the Class of 2016 than they hired from the Class of 2015, that doesn’t mean they’re guaranteed a job. Read the rest of this entry »

Groupthink: 7 Tips To Prevent Disastrous Decisions

April 20, 2016

Business team hiding their faces behind question mark signs at officeWhen you’re the new boss, it feels great to have employees agree with your decisions. But, agreement isn’t always a good thing, as one of my clients found out.

“John” was new in his director-level role and needed to quickly assess several situations and make some decisions. During one meeting in particular, employees seemed to be paying close attention to the discussion. John was feeling especially good because, once two employees spoke up in agreement with his decision, the rest of those in the meeting seemed to easily go along with how to move forward. Read the rest of this entry »

April 12th Is Equal Pay Day: How Does Your Compensation Compare?

April 12, 2016

equal pay equality in rigths for man and womenSee Dick and Jane (fictional characters). Dick and Jane are the same age, earned the same college degree, have four years of work experience, are employed by the same company and hold the same jobs (same title). The only difference? Dick makes $50,000 per year and Jane makes only $39,500.

Today is Tuesday, April 12th – also known as Equal Pay Day – and it symbolizes how far into this year that Jane must work to earn the same amount that Dick earned in 2015. Her education, skills, experience and job responsibilities are the same as Dick’s, but Jane makes 79 cents for every dollar that Dick is paid. Why? Because Jane is female and Dick is male.

Did reading this story about two fictional characters make you angry? It should, because for many women, this isn’t a fictional story, it’s what they live through every day. Read the rest of this entry »