New on The Job? 5 Strategies to Make a Great First Impression
by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - Dec, 2014
Changing jobs can be a welcome and exciting transition, but it can be a stressful time as well. A year ago, I had the opportunity to step into a newly created position – becoming Director of Professional Enrichment for the Indiana University Alumni Association – experiencing, once again, what it’s like to be “the new girl” in the office. While I was thrilled to be starting this job, I will admit that I was feeling butterflies...
Career Advice I’d Give My Younger Self
by Bernie Frazier - Dec, 2014
I officially started my career on June 13, 1989 (wow, I can’t believe it’s been that long…and I remember the date!). I worked as a Sales Representative for an international Consumer Packaged Goods company. Shortly after I began, I was placed on a recruiting team. For the next almost 25 years, recruiting, training and speaking played major to exclusive roles in my work. During this same 25 years, my career weaved from co...
Career Change: Is Now the Time?
by Georgia Adamson - Dec, 2014
Recently I published a post about midlife (or other) career change. Related to that is the situation that too many people face–being in a lousy (read: toxic) work situation that clearly isn’t going to get substantially better soon, if ever. During this year-end holiday period, you might benefit from carving out at least some time to consider your current work environment and decide whether it’s great from start to finish, s...
5 Great Career Resources
by Mary Jeanne Vincent - Dec, 2014
In the course of working with hundreds of clients I have discovered that what works with one person doesn’t necessarily work with another. As a result, I have developed a list of favorite career tools from which to draw ideas and better serve my clients. Today I will share a few of my current favorites. “Cool Careers for Dummies” by Marty Nemko. Yes, it is one of the Dummies books; I only wish I had written this one....
5 Ways to Survive a Bad Day
by Melody Wilding - Dec, 2014
Lousy days happen to all of us. Even a seemingly harmless wake-up-on-the-wrong-side-of-the-bed morning can send you into a funk. No matter how many happiness hacks or positive mantras you try to make it better, it can be hard to shake your grouchiness and glass-half-empty attitude. And when a bad mood follows you to work, it can amplify all sorts of everyday annoyances and frustrations. Now, perhaps you’re not able to ho...
Are You Following Your Company’s Hidden Rules?
by Terri Tierney Clark - Dec, 2014
Every company has an unwritten set of rules. These are the rules that no one reveals; you just have to figure them out on your own. But it’s important that you do or you may be judged by your colleagues. At my company, I learned quickly that the junior employee picks up the tab for client dinners, taxis, and tips. I wasn’t unusually perceptive; my boss hoisted several restaurant bills on me so I clued-in. As I became more s...
Reduce your Email Footprint at Work
by Terri Tierney Clark - Dec, 2014
Email, used heavily in the corporate world over the past 15 years, has made businesses much more efficient. But office emailing can drag you down when you have to wade through useless emails. Some executives complain that they receive 300-400 emails a day and wish their offices would cut down on extraneous emailage. Here’s an example. You are copied on an email with 10 other recipients. Seven of your colleagues “Reply All”...
Dealing with Unexpected Job Loss (Part 3)
by Kalindi Garvin - Dec, 2014
First Things First The shock of losing your job can be overwhelming. However, the decisions you make during this time are crucial to making a successful transition to a new position. Unemployment Benefits One of the first things to do after being fired is to check into unemployment insurance benefits. If you are fired from a job, you are generally eligible for unemployment compensation unless your employer proves you...
How to Know if Your Technical Skills Need an Upgrade
by Alexandra Levit - Dec, 2014
The market for continuing education in technical fields is exploding, but are re-skilling efforts worth it? The answer is: it depends on your situation. According to the 2014 Udemy Skills Index, an analysis of trends in American skills development based on data from Udemy’s top 100 paid online courses, technology courses have the highest enrollment numbers of any subject. We get that we need them, and so we’re signing up in...
Midlife Career Change–And Other Times, Too
by Georgia Adamson - Nov, 2014
The phrase “midlife career change” is nothing new. It’s something that’s been occurring for decades, maybe even centuries. However, there are some aspects these days that might make career change–midlife or otherwise–more challenging or at least challenging in different ways than in the past. Midlife Career Change–What’s Involved Two broad scenarios can apply to these situations. Either you’re considering a career change...
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