4 Ways You Could (Accidentally) Damage Your Reputation In Your New Job

May 25, 2016

iStock_000012685215Medium_150Congratulations on your new job! While you’re busy creating your 30/60/90 day game plan and thinking of other ways you can make a good first impression, don’t forget to consider ways you could (accidentally) damage your reputation. Here are four mistakes to avoid. Read the rest of this entry »

5 Common Job Seeking Mistakes And How To Fix Them

May 18, 2016

Close-up Of Businessman Reading Resume With Tea Cup On DeskMistakes make us human. We’re all guilty of them, but it’s time we stop making them within our resumes, job applications and interviews. Whether written or face-to-face, it’s imperative that we present the best version of ourselves.

So how do you ensure you’re being perceived the way you want? Consider these simple tips to negate the most common job-seeking mistakes. Read the rest of this entry »

Grads: These 4 Things Will Transform Your Job Search

May 11, 2016

pretty african female college graduate at graduation with classmatesCollege graduation is right around the corner, and according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), an anticipated 1.87 million students will be graduating with a bachelor’s degree this spring. Many will begin their first real job search, and while NACE says employers expect to hire 5.2 percent more new graduates from the Class of 2016 than they hired from the Class of 2015, that doesn’t mean they’re guaranteed a job. Read the rest of this entry »

Groupthink: 7 Tips To Prevent Disastrous Decisions

April 20, 2016

Business team hiding their faces behind question mark signs at officeWhen you’re the new boss, it feels great to have employees agree with your decisions. But, agreement isn’t always a good thing, as one of my clients found out.

“John” was new in his director-level role and needed to quickly assess several situations and make some decisions. During one meeting in particular, employees seemed to be paying close attention to the discussion. John was feeling especially good because, once two employees spoke up in agreement with his decision, the rest of those in the meeting seemed to easily go along with how to move forward. Read the rest of this entry »

April 12th Is Equal Pay Day: How Does Your Compensation Compare?

April 12, 2016

equal pay equality in rigths for man and womenSee Dick and Jane (fictional characters). Dick and Jane are the same age, earned the same college degree, have four years of work experience, are employed by the same company and hold the same jobs (same title). The only difference? Dick makes $50,000 per year and Jane makes only $39,500.

Today is Tuesday, April 12th – also known as Equal Pay Day – and it symbolizes how far into this year that Jane must work to earn the same amount that Dick earned in 2015. Her education, skills, experience and job responsibilities are the same as Dick’s, but Jane makes 79 cents for every dollar that Dick is paid. Why? Because Jane is female and Dick is male.

Did reading this story about two fictional characters make you angry? It should, because for many women, this isn’t a fictional story, it’s what they live through every day. Read the rest of this entry »

4 Reasons Why Creating A ‘Life Plan’ Isn’t Such A Great Idea

April 6, 2016

iStock_000063372303_Medium_150On this week’s Madam Secretary television show, Daisy Grant, who plays the (fictional) press coordinator, expressed frustration that she hadn’t accomplished what she thought she would have, at her age. “I’m already two years behind on my life plan,” she tells the Chief of Staff (played by Bebe Neuwirth). “If everything had happened the way it was supposed to, I’d be married and pregnant by now.”

Like many people, Daisy had a list of things she wanted to accomplish in life, but she wasn’t achieving them according to her well-planned schedule. Ever felt like that? Read the rest of this entry »

The Skill To Sharpen: Leadership

March 23, 2016

Young businesswoman explaining report to her colleague at meetingLeadership and navigation is the most critical competency for businesses now and in the next decade, according to a recent Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) survey.

However, this competency – which they define as “the ability to direct and contribute to initiatives and processes within the organization” – is something most employees and job candidates lack.

It’s estimated that 3.6 million baby boomers are going to retire in 2016. This means businesses will be replacing a lot of senior leaders and managers. If you aspire to hold a leadership role, now is the time to sharpen your skill set. Here are ten ways to become a better leader, no matter what stage you’re at in your career:  Read the rest of this entry »

Don’t Hire The Wrong Person! 5 Tips For Finding A Career Coach

March 16, 2016

iStock_000010466280Medium_150“I thought I was hiring someone who could help me with my career, but the person wasn’t a good fit,” Anna told me during our telephone discussion. “I wanted a career coach to help me strategize what it will take for me to move into a management role at the global tech company where I work. Turns out, the person I hired was a ‘life coach’ not a career coach.”

Hiring the wrong person can be frustrating, especially when you realize the mistake after you’ve hired the person. To help you avoid this situation, here are five tips to follow before you hire a career coach. Read the rest of this entry »