April 15, 2015
Almost 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 »
April 8, 2015
Reader’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 »
April 1, 2015
Every 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 »
March 30, 2015
In 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 »
March 23, 2015
I 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 »
March 18, 2015
I 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 »
March 11, 2015
At 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 »
March 4, 2015
If you’ve been trying to climb the career ladder or want to get promoted, here’s a technique that can really help: Think of yourself as an ‘internal consultant.’ Read the rest of this entry »
February 27, 2015
February 25, 2015
I’ve seen a lot of resumes over the last twenty years as a hiring manager (and as a career coach). There have been great resumes, good resumes and so-so resumes. And there were some resumes with such horrific issues, that I quickly threw them into the recycle bin. Don’t want your resume to end up in the garbage? Then avoid these six issues… Read the rest of this entry »