Here’s why accepting a counter offer when you resign might NOT be the best idea

September 23, 2018

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 »

How to close a job interview with class

May 23, 2018

Don’t leave a job interview wondering where you stand with the hiring manager. There are techniques you can use to professionally close an interview, so the hiring manager will know that you want the job, and, so you’ll be able to leave knowing the next steps in the hiring process.

After I videotaped “Rebecca” (name changed) during a practice interview, we sat down and watched how she had done. When it was over, I turned to her and asked, “Did you get the job?”

Rebecca raised one eyebrow. “What do you mean?”

“You thanked the hiring manager at the end of the interview, shook hands, and then left. But did you get the job?”I asked. “What I mean by that is, do you know how the hiring manager felt about your qualifications for the job?” Read the rest of this entry »

7 tips for a successful panel interview

May 9, 2018

A young woman I was mentoring called me with panic in her voice. The recruiter had just told her that her job interview had been changed from individual interviews to a panel interview.

Due to time constraints, instead of meeting individually with the hiring manager and then with two other managers, she would now meet them all at once in a 45-minute panel interview.

“Jackie” (name changed) was worried because she’d never been through a panel interview. The thought of sitting across from three people while they rapidly fired questions at her was terrifying.

Many companies are changing their hiring practices to bring others into the process, and due to time constraints, this often means holding panel interviews instead of individual job interviews. At some point in your career, just like Jackie, you’ll most likely have to go through a panel interview.

To be successful in panel interviews, you’ll want to slightly modify your preparation as well as your communication style during the actual interview. Here are 7 tips to consider: Read the rest of this entry »

The secret trick to gaining agreement at work

April 11, 2018

You spent a lot of time preparing your presentation for the upcoming meeting. You thought you had everything ready and a pretty persuasive argument.

You started your presentation strong, but then someone asked a tough question and your voice faltered as you tried to answer. Then someone else brought up something you hadn’t thought of. Suddenly, the rest of the managers in the room jumped in with their own questions.

Nothing during the meeting went as you’d expected and you walked away from the meeting without the approval you’d wanted. Has this ever happened to you? Read the rest of this entry »

5 steps to getting your boss on board with your idea

March 28, 2018

“I feel like I’m stuck in this endless loop with my manager. I keep trying to explain to him something that needs to be changed, but he just doesn’t seem to get it,” my mentee told me over the phone one day. “I don’t know what else he wants and even he doesn’t seem to know what additional information he wants. He just keeps asking me for more information each time we meet.”

Ever felt like that? Like you’re on a hamster wheel going around and around? Sometimes it’s not what you say, it’s how you structure your recommendation so your boss can see the logic behind your thought process. Read the rest of this entry »

5 characteristics of a positive workplace

March 14, 2018

Maybe you’re interviewing for a new job and wondering what the workplace environment is like. Maybe you’re new to an organization and wondering what you got yourself into. Or maybe you’ve been working at a company for several years and are looking around your office thinking, “Hmm…”

No matter what your situation, here are five characteristics of a positive workplace and the signs to look for: Read the rest of this entry »

How to Turn Adversity into Advantage

February 28, 2018

It was a cold, snowy day and my flight home was delayed due to the weather. I was sitting in a drafty airport holding a cup of coffee and warming my hands, hoping the caffeine jolt would wake up my tired brain.

I had just finished a very long, very difficult global project. You know the type – not enough resources (people or budget), not enough time, and overly-ambitious expectations from the executive team.

After finally finishing what had turned out to be one of the most difficult projects in my career, I thought I would be in good spirits on my flight home. Instead, I felt like I had just been given a career death sentence. Read the rest of this entry »

When Your Day Isn’t Going Well, Do a Quick Re-Boot

February 14, 2018

As my career coaching client rushed in the door for our lunch meeting, her eyes darted around the coffee shop until she found me. Hurrying over, she sank into the chair across the table. “Wow, what a crazy morning,” she commented. “I don’t think anything has gone the way I’d hoped today.”

When she pulled out her notepad and pen from her bag, she bumped the table, dropping both on the floor. “See what I mean? Nothing is going right.”

In a word, my client was frazzled. Ever had one of those days? Read the rest of this entry »

5 Reasons Why You Aren’t Getting Promoted

January 17, 2018

You’ve been working hard and thought that, by now, you’d have received that promotion you wanted. But it still hasn’t happened.

Instead of getting frustrated, now is the time for a little introspection and self-analysis. Here are five things that might be holding you back – and how to overcome each obstacle. Read the rest of this entry »

3 Options To Shake Up Your 2018 Resolutions

January 3, 2018

You survived the holiday season and your in-law’s lengthy visit. Now, everywhere you go, people seem to be talking about their 2018 New Year’s resolutions.

You’ve thought about setting some goals for the New Year, but if completing last year’s list of resolutions didn’t go very well then you’re not alone. Before you give up on your goal-setting efforts, how about trying something different? Read the rest of this entry »