When Routines Replace Common Sense
by Sherri Edwards - Dec, 2012
Every couple of years, my husband and I get in a debate about the term “common sense”. I believe common sense is something people either have or don’t, and he believes that it revolves around skills that are learned. Regardless of wherever it comes from, the question still remains: why don’t more people use it? Each week I receive communications from people that are in dire straits financially. Most have waited more than...
Job Search and Housecleaning: An Odd Couple?
by Georgia Adamson - Dec, 2012
I am not necessarily recommending that you start your job search planning by literally cleaning your house, but the combination of the two activities is not such an odd couple as you might think at first. Whether you are the kind of person who finds housecleaning (or cleaning in general) therapeutic–I am not!–you could find it useful to consider some of the key aspects of housecleaning and how those might translate to an eff...
Want to get promoted? Don’t overlook this important step!
by Kim Meninger - Dec, 2012
You’re a high performer with a great track record of success. You’ve proven yourself to be a valuable asset to your team. And you consistently invest in professional development opportunities to improve your skills and broaden your experience. So what else do you need to do to get promoted? Many professionals are under the impression that a promotion is a reward for past performance. This is actually not true. Profess...
What Does Your Boss’ Desk Say About His Work Style?
by Barbara Safani - Dec, 2012
Understanding how co-workers and bosses give and receive information is important, and knowing their preferences can help improve communications and general job satisfaction. Savvy professionals are always looking for clues to a person’s preferred style of communication. Most social psychologists recognize that there are four basic temperaments or communications styles. One widely accepted concept for acknowledging the...
The Pros and Cons of Job Hopping
by John Crant - Dec, 2012
My Take on Job Hopping Pros and Cons What do employers think when they see someone has quickly changed jobs several times on their resume? Employers are always looking for a ‘successful hire’, and that means someone who will join their team, stay challenged and motivated in the new role for about 2 years, and then be ready to be promoted to a new role where they will stay challenged and motivated for another 2 years...
Do You Have What It Takes To Get Promoted Now?
by Alexandra Levit - Dec, 2012
According to a new study from the Center for Talent Innovation, 268 senior executives cited executive presence, or being perceived as leadership material, as an essential component to getting ahead. In fact, executive presence accounted for, on average, 25 percent of what it takes to get promoted. Co-sponsored by Marie Claire, the research initiative was led by my colleague Sylvia Hewlett, who often studies the barriers...
5 Ways To Pump Up Your Career Muscle
by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter - Dec, 2012
Your career is organic. It is a living, virtually breathing organism that needs to be nourished and exercised. Without attentive, continual care, you cannot expect your career heartbeat to remain vibrant and strong. To prevent career malnourishment, consider applying these five activities to your daily routine: 1. Stop Weighing Down Conversations. Too many people, especially early in their career or in the throes of tran...
Handling Transitions at Work
by Alexandra Levit - Dec, 2012
I was at a meeting in which a c-suite executive proclaimed that her organization had experienced too much tumult lately. This organization had decided on a new policy: managers in new positions would now have to wait a full year before changing absolutely anything. Halleluyah. It is well known that in the business world, people starting a new job will try to make their mark immediately, and this inevitably involve...
The five stages to leave the ‘old’ behind in a career transition
by Hallie Crawford - Nov, 2012
With any change in your life, including a professional change, there is loss – even if the change is good. And loss must be grieved so you can leave the ‘old’ behind and move into the ‘new’ in a healthy way. Keep this in mind when change happens to you in your career, as well as in your personal life. Career transitions can have a big impact on us because our jobs can be such a big part of our lives. So be pro-active and...
A Good Attitude Is Critical For Older Job Candidates
by Deborah Brown-Volkman - Nov, 2012
Still looking for a job? Do you think it's because of your age? Maybe the number of years you have been on the planet is fine, and what you're lacking is a good perspective. The best thing about getting older is the knowledge and experience you have. You're at a point in your career where you know yourself well and can make good decisions. But perhaps the steps you've used in the past to find a new job aren't working. In yo...
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