Job Seekers: How To Gracefully Quit Your Job

April 16, 2014

iStock_000022114280Medium_150x150You just accepted a new job. Congratulations! Way to go! You’re so excited, you feel as if you could fly. Then it hits you… now you have to quit your current job. Ugh.

Don’t worry, just follow these steps to exit your current job in a manner that is professional and will leave your reputation intact: Read the rest of this entry »

Office Etiquette: Tips To Overcome Bad Manners At Work

April 9, 2014

Stock_000022584122Medium_150x150“James” (name changed) didn’t realize he was causing anger and frustration among his coworkers. Because he scheduled meetings back-to-back, he would regularly show up to his next meeting 10-15 minutes late. James also checked his email messages and took cell phone calls – during meetings.

Worse yet, because James wanted his manager to view him as productive, he rarely took days off when he was sick; choosing, instead, to come to work and expose his coworkers while he coughed and sneezed his way through the day. Read the rest of this entry »

Job Seekers: 8 Tips To Negotiate Your Starting Salary

April 2, 2014

A smiling businesswoman shakes hands with a young businessmanHere’s the sad truth I’ve learned as a career coach: Women rarely negotiate their starting salary. Most of the women I’ve coached tell me they’ve never even considered negotiating their salary for a new job. As the majority of male business executives will confirm, being a good negotiator is a critical success factor for climbing the career ladder. Read the rest of this entry »

Job Seekers: Avoid Giving Away Your Job Search

March 26, 2014

iStock_000014400548Medium_150x150If you’re looking for a job outside your current employer, it’s often helpful to avoid giving away your job search. That’s because if you’re discovered, it can sour your relationship with your boss, which can be detrimental if you change your mind about obtaining another job. And, there are some managers (hopefully rare) who may even take the drastic step of ending your employment. Read the rest of this entry »

6 Tips To Overcome The Mid-Winter Work ‘Blahs’

February 7, 2014

3350295499_cb9ddb6cdd_q_150x150“I’m beginning to wonder if this grey winter weather is ever going to end,” remarked the woman in front of me as we waited in line at the coffee shop. “I just feel so blah. I don’t think I could make it through the work day without coffee,” she added.

Sound familiar? Unfortunately, the feelings that come from a prolonged lack of sun during the winter can get especially terrible, causing many people to lose steam at work. Need a pick-me-up to take you from ho-hum to energized at the office? Try these six simple tips: Read the rest of this entry »

8 Tips To Dress For Interview Success

January 29, 2014

interview-attire-women_150x150Struggling to decide on an outfit for your upcoming job interview? What you wear to an interview creates an image or perception of the type of person you are, so choosing your attire is critical to presenting yourself as the right candidate to hire. (Advice as seen on New Day NW television show)
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Criticized By The Boss? Here’s How To Handle It

January 22, 2014

6829524075_b047af41e4_qScenario 1: You’re staring at your boss during your performance review and can’t believe the criticism you’re receiving.

Scenario 2: You’ve just presented an idea during a staff meeting and your boss angrily criticizes it in front of the entire department.

You want to tell him or her what you think, but know that if you do, you’ll likely damage your career. Here’s what you should do when you want to call your boss the B-word… Read the rest of this entry »