I Think I Can, I Think I Can – Be Your Own Motivational Career Coach

November 30, 2016

Healthy Asian business woman lift a dumbbell  isolated on white backgroundYou glance up at the clock on the wall. It’s 3:30pm and your five o’clock deadline is quickly approaching. You take a deep breath and exhale slowly, moving your head from side-to-side and relaxing your shoulders. “I can do this,” you mentally tell yourself several times as you finalize the financial analysis assigned by your boss and get prepared to share your recommendations for cost reductions.

That little voice in our heads we hear before, during or after situations throughout each day is known as ‘self-talk.’ This internal voice can be positive or negative, and, it can turn into a self-fulfilling prophecy. Read the rest of this entry »

7 Nonverbal Mistakes To Avoid Making During Job Interviews

November 16, 2016

istock_000021080638medium_150Now that you know how reading the nonverbal cues of hiring managers can improve your chances of job interview success, this week I’ve focused on the nonverbal mistakes (your own) to avoid during interviews.

While the most important aspect of the interview should be the content of your answers, the interaction you have with the hiring manager is also important, even the nonverbal communication. Good nonverbal communication can help you establish a positive connection, whereas bad/strange nonverbal communication can be, well, odd and sometimes even a little unsettling if you’re the hiring manager. Read the rest of this entry »

Oops! Don’t Miss These Nonverbal Cues During Job Interviews

November 9, 2016

istock_000010061080medium_150Has this ever happened to you? You finished a job interview and someone asked how it went, but you weren’t really sure. You had been a little nervous when you arrived at the interview, so you focused on answering the hiring manager’s questions – and forgot to pay attention to the hiring manager’s nonverbal communication.

That happens a lot. Most people are so worried about how they come across in an interview that they forget to watch the body language of the interviewer. But being able to read nonverbal cues can increase your chances of interview success.

That’s because the way the interviewers react and move their body can demonstrate whether they’re listening or bored, whether or not they agree with what you’re saying, and if they believe you’d be a good fit for the job. So the next time you’re in a job interview, look for these nonverbal cues: Read the rest of this entry »

3 Reasons Why You Might Not Be Getting That Promotion You’ve Wanted

October 19, 2016

Portrait of  business woman waiting for call over white backgroundYou’ve had your head down, diligently completing your work, but you still aren’t getting that promotion you want. Guess what? The reason might just be… because you’ve had your head down, completing your work.

Nope, you didn’t read that wrong. Being a diligent employee might actually be holding you back. Why? Because doing your work is the first part. Making sure management sees what you’re doing is the missing piece. Read the rest of this entry »

Feeling Bored In Your Job? 7 Ways To Shake It Up

October 12, 2016

istock_000049488598_medium_150Are you sitting at your desk feeling the Autumn blahs or wishing your job was as exciting as that vacation you had back in August?

While work might never be as fun-filled as your vacation – like line-dancing on an exotic beach at sunset with a margarita in your hand – you can still kick it up a notch in October.

Let the crisp Autumn weather outside inspire you inside the office. Here’s how. Read the rest of this entry »

Promoted From Coworker To Manager? 7 Tips For A Smooth Transition

October 5, 2016

Two Businesswomen Having Informal Meeting In Modern OfficeOne of the more difficult career situations I’ve coached people through – and been through myself – is being promoted from within a department to become the manager of that group.

As one client found out, going from a peer who previously talked “trash” about the manager with other colleagues to the person others talked about can make it a stressful transition. Read the rest of this entry »

PR Tricks For Getting Noticed At Work – The Right Way

September 28, 2016

Young girl in costume at the officeI have a friend who’s terrific at being his own public relations agent. Whether he’s celebrating his latest promotion or cooking dinner for friends, he’s got a knack for showcasing what he’s good at without sounding self-centered. What’s his secret?

Shameless self-promotion is about knowing what you want and then being your own best advocate. For many people, self-promotion falls outside their comfort zone. But there are ways to boost your career and visibility without coming across as conceited. Read the rest of this entry »