A Blueprint for Telecommuting Success
by Jill Kurtz - Jun, 2014
Our roads are congested, gas prices are high, and internet access is just about pervasive nationwide. Despite these realities, most jobs still operate under the 40-hour butt in an office seat model. There is a Federal law that allows for telework and the President has just issued a memo calling for more telework options. But many organizations seem reluctant. People can work effectively from remote locations but the busines...
Is Your Job Leaving You, or are You Leaving Your Job?
by Rowe Leathers - Jun, 2014
As a career coach, I find that among the most common reasons why a person leaves a job is to find something “better.” My response is typically, “What kind of better?” Salary aside, what are you really looking for? There are a variety of reasons why people leave their jobs, oftentimes feeling that they are ready for bigger and better challenges. Other times, it is because they feel their position is a dead end with no room f...
How to Make a Career Change With No Experience
by Louise Fletcher - May, 2014
So you’ve decided that you want to change careers, but you have no experience in your chosen field. If this is you, you may find yourself getting discouraged. But you mustn’t let your current lack of experience stop you from following your dreams. Instead, you’re going to need to get some … but how do you do that when no-one will give you a job? Here are 5 time-tested ways to gain the experience you need and ensure that...
How to Lose a Job in 10 Days
by Mindy Thomas - Apr, 2014
I never cease to be amazed how the same people who can talk themselves into a new job can also walk themselves out of that very same job. First impressions may be important, but so are second ones! Following are eight fatal mistakes to avoid when you have a job offer signed, sealed, and delivered: 1. Showing up late for training. A millennial client of mine who just landed a job with a bank recently told me that 3 out...
Seven Trust-Diminishing Habits to Avoid at Work
by Nan S. Russell - Apr, 2014
When it comes to building or diminishing trust at work one thing is clear, there is no little stuff. Everything matters. That includes routine actions, casual habits, and how, what and to whom you communicate. Too often, the speed of work causes us to quickly craft a message or reply without awareness of its trust-diminishing or enhancing dynamics. But, you can improve your trust-building odds by eliminating common trust-di...
Toxic Work Environments
by Georgia Adamson - Apr, 2014
This isn’t the first time I’ve blogged about toxic work situations–including toxic bosses. However, it was prompted by a recent comment from a new client that was fairly disturbing. He indicated that even though he’d had a successful record over the past three years, he was very concerned about the situation in his company. Many people had quit, including his last two bosses, and a number of others had been fired. He...
Bored at work? Then do something!
by Beverly Jones - Mar, 2014
Boredom isn’t productive. So make some changes! As I waited in a Post Office line, I watched the clerk. She looked to be so deep into the doldrums that she could barely hear her customers. It seemed that, when she finally took in a request, she’d move in slow motion, lethargically searching through stacks of paper with her eyes half closed and her mouth half open. As the minutes ticked on, I became annoyed. T...
Why Entry-Level Hires Should Not Telecommute
by Alexandra Levit - Feb, 2014
Telecommuting is the future. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that about a quarter of employed Americans work from home some hours each week. In a recent study by the Families and Work Institute, 63 percent of employers said they allowed employees to work remotely in 2012, up from 34 percent in 2005. Even Marissa Mayer, the new Yahoo! CEO who banished telecommuting from company policy last year, can’t stop this t...
How to Tell When It’s Time to Quit Your Job
by Adrienne Erin - Jan, 2014
There was a time when you loved getting up every morning to go to work. Somewhere along the road however, something changed. Now, your dream job is more like a nightmare. How can you tell if you’re going through a rough patch or if it’s time to pull up stakes and leave? There are several things you should take into account when deciding if you should quit your job. Consider these factors before choosing to walk out the door....
Will You Have a Portfolio Career?
by Jean Cummings - Dec, 2013
Everyone's head is spinning with the rapid pace of change in the employment market. Many more workers are contract workers or consultants, whether by necessity or choice. Many have a business on the side. Many have 2-4+ jobs they are juggling at any one time. Those who have more than one employment gig at a time have "portfolio careers." Why do they do it? 1. They can't find or don't want a full-time job that uses only the...
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