May 20, 2015
Reader’s Question: I admit that I’m an emotional person and cry easily. What female doesn’t? But based on feedback from a few coworkers, I’m apparently seen as being “too emotional in the workplace” and now I’m worried that my emotions and crying at the office will keep me from getting the higher-level jobs that I want. How do I know if I’m showing too many emotions at work? Read the rest of this entry »
May 13, 2015
Reader’s Question: What’s a good way to deal with rude or insensitive people in the workplace? I work in an office environment where almost everyone is in a cubicle. My new “neighbor” seems to think it’s okay to hold conference calls in his cubicle. He’ll squish five to six people into his cubicle and then put his telephone on speaker with lots of other people on the call. He does this several times a day and the noise level is so loud that I can’t concentrate to get my work done. Technically, he works for a different department and different boss than me, so how can I get him to stop being so rude to everyone in the office? Read the rest of this entry »
May 6, 2015
Reader’s Question: How can I position myself now, for a promotion in 18 to 24 months?
Lisa’s Answer: First of all, congratulations on thinking ahead and allowing yourself enough time to create a game plan to get you from where you are today, to where you’d like to be in the future! Read the rest of this entry »
April 29, 2015
Gone are the days of creating one resume and using it for every job application. Customization is the name of the game in today’s digital age, which has become more and more important with the increasing use of Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS). Read the rest of this entry »
Individual Contributors: How To Push Back When You Don’t Want To Take On People Management Responsibilities
April 22, 2015
Back in March I wrote a blog that you don’t have to be a people manager to have a successful career. In it, I provided examples of some of the many career types and jobs where I’ve seen successful individual contributors and pointed out research showing that only about one in 10 employees has the necessary traits to be a good people manager.
After that blog was published, I received many emails from readers sharing their frustrations about wanting to remain as individual contributors, but being pushed by their managers to take on people management responsibilities. 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 »