7 Tips To Kick Your Career Into A Higher Gear

August 22, 2016

Angry businesswoman with red boxing gloves giving a punchAre you just back from vacation, feeling refreshed and ready to take on more career challenges? Now’s the time to use that energy to propel yourself forward by creating a career development plan! Here’s how. 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 »

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 »