August 22, 2016
Are you just back from vacation, feeling refreshed and ready to take on more career challenges? Now’s the time to use that energy to propel yourself forward by creating a career development plan! Here’s how. Read the rest of this entry »
August 17, 2016
“I can’t believe I was let go. After all the downsizing over the last several years, I thought my job was safe. How could they do this to me right after I got back from my family vacation?” wept the client sitting in my office.
“What am I going to do now?” she asked, as I handed her the box of tissues.
Shock. Anger. Frustration. Fear. These are often the first feelings to occur after being laid off or fired from a job. The cycle of feelings is actually very similar to the emotional stages that occur after the death of a loved one. And, the worst thing you can do is ignore your feelings. Read the rest of this entry »
August 10, 2016
Being a good negotiator can make a big difference in your career. It can help you earn more money (by negotiating a better starting salary or a raise), a higher title (by negotiating a promotion) or even budget money (to take on a prominent project).
How good are you at negotiating? Read the rest of this entry »
August 3, 2016
If you’re like me, you love soaking up every ounce of sunshine you can get (I live in Seattle). Have you ever found yourself daydreaming about an August afternoon at the beach when you’re stuck behind a desk?
While the warm weather is great, the laid-back attitude that often comes with it can mean declining efficiency in the office. Consider these tips to stay focused, leaving you more time for after-work fun: Read the rest of this entry »
July 20, 2016
Employers aren’t the only ones who can conduct background investigations and reference checks. So before you accept that job offer, do a little digging to make sure the employer will be a good fit for you. Read the rest of this entry »
July 13, 2016
Leah was discouraged with her job search and hired me to help her. “I’m really good at what I do, but I’m not a dynamic interviewee,” Leah told me during our first meeting. “My resume gets me the telephone interview. That gets me the in-person interview. But then I never get the job offer.”
She took a sip of coffee and sighed as she set her cup on the table. “It’s happened over and over. I practice. I study. I do everything right. But then I don’t get the job. What’s wrong with me?” Read the rest of this entry »
June 29, 2016
Have you ever stopped to consider the amount of influence you have on other people as you go about your normal day? It was something I hadn’t really thought about, until one day in particular.
It started out as any other workday, but on this day, things took an unexpected turn – all because of a colleague’s bad mood. Read the rest of this entry »
June 22, 2016
Working for a bad boss can be physically, mentally and/or emotionally draining, but sometimes the best thing to do is change how you’re looking at the situation. Instead of feeling frustrated and angry, consider all the things you can learn and how it could actually help your career development. Read the rest of this entry »
June 13, 2016
Are you longing for a shorter commute, a more flexible schedule or even just a day to be heads-down and complete a passion project for work? Telecommuting could be the answer.
According to a recent Gallup poll, 37 percent of workers say they have telecommuted, up from 9 percent in 1995. If you want to tap into this growing trend to work remotely a few days a week or month, answer these questions in preparation for a pitch to your boss. Read the rest of this entry »
June 8, 2016
Personal branding to benefit your career continues to be a growing topic of conversation. It’s a powerful tool for standing out among coworkers, getting a promotion, scoring interviews and getting hired.
But what happens when your personal brand takes a dive? Whether you made a big mistake, became known for the wrong thing, acquired a reputation for being difficult to work with or whatever else – hope is (usually) not lost. Take a deep breath and follow these steps. Read the rest of this entry »