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 »
July 9, 2014
It was a moment in my career that I will never forget. I had accepted a new job at a different company and when I went into my boss’s office to quit, with resignation letter in hand, he offered me a higher salary if I would remain in my current job.
Even if you think this would never happen to you, it is best to prepare in advance so you’ll feel comfortable with your response, which should always be: “No, thank you.” Surprised that I’m telling you to decline your manager’s counter offer? Here’s why… Read the rest of this entry »
June 25, 2014
One of my favorite interview questions as a hiring manager is, “What’s your game plan to ensure success in the job?” because it quickly reveals the proactive candidates – the ones who have thought through what it will take to be effective in the role. Not having a well thought out answer to this question is a quick way to get eliminated from the hiring process. Read the rest of this entry »
June 18, 2014
Whenever someone comes to me for coaching to obtain a different job or change careers, the first question I ask is, “Why do you want to change jobs?”
It sounds like a simple question, right? But, it’s actually pretty complex, and it often leads to some soul-searching to discover why the person is unhappy in their current job and whether or not changing jobs is in their best interest.
Are you considering a different job? Before you jump into the job seeker process, take the time to consider why you want to change jobs. Grab a cup of coffee, sit down, relax, and write out your list of reasons. Read the rest of this entry »
June 11, 2014
In last week’s blog I provided seven tips for laying off good employees when a company must downsize to lower costs. This week, I have shifted the topic to terminating employees due to contentious reasons, such as misconduct or poor performance.
If you haven’t already read last week’s article, I suggest you read it now and then come back to this blog. The foundational tips for laying off a good employee due to downsizing, discussed in my last blog, are just as important (sometimes even more so) when you are faced with a contentious termination. There are also additional aspects you’ll need to consider to protect the employer, other employees, and the employee being terminated. Read the rest of this entry »
June 4, 2014
Ask any manager and they’ll probably tell you that one of the most difficult things they’ve ever had to do was let an employee go due to company downsizing. This is an especially tough situation because these could be loyal and productive employees who have done nothing wrong; there may be no performance or behavior issues – they are being let go to reduce the company’s overall costs.
You might mean well in how you approach a downsizing situation with your employees, but if you don’t think it through and carefully plan out your process, things could go very wrong. Here’s one story I received from a reader: Read the rest of this entry »
May 14, 2014
The sun is finally shining brightly and you’ve just been told that your employer has scheduled a picnic for employees and their families. You’re thinking about hot dogs, apple pie, baseball and finally getting to relax with your colleagues.
Many people don’t think twice about how they should act at company events, such as a spring or summer picnic. News flash: It’s not just a company picnic – it’s a “business” event. Read the rest of this entry »
May 7, 2014
This discussion happens a lot: Someone contacts me for career coaching because they’re frustrated that they haven’t been promoted into a management position. More often than not, what spills out with their story is how unforeseen forces, over which they have no control, mysteriously seem to be keeping them from moving forward in their career.
I beg to differ. The forces are not invisible. They are not mysterious. You have control over them. Why? Because the key denominator holding you back from moving from an individual contributor role into a position managing people is most likely (drum roll, please): YOU. Read the rest of this entry »
April 30, 2014
One of the questions I’m often asked by job seekers who want to change careers is how to figure out if their skills are transferable to other industries. Here are four ways you can do this: 1) Analyze the job requirements, 2) Analyze yourself against the job requirements, 3) Seek out people already working in your target career or industry, and 4) Consider general skills necessary across almost all industries and careers. Read the rest of this entry »
April 23, 2014
You finished your job interview and were excited about how it went. Then you waited for that important call back from the hiring manager or recruiter. And you waited. And waited. And waited some more. “Now what do I do?” you wonder.
In addition to writing a thank you note after your interview, it’s also important to create your follow up plan. Because you’ve already learned how to close an interview with class, you’ll have asked the hiring manager about his or her next steps in the hiring process and the time frame for the hiring decision. Use this information to make a note in your calendar on the day you expect to hear back from the employer. Read the rest of this entry »