Career Transition and Four Stage Career Planning: Bitten off More Than You Can Chew?
by Sharon Cohen - Mar, 2010
Bitten off more than you can chew with your career transition? Do you feel overwhelmed and confused about all of the potential career choices? Don't know how to plan a successful career change? Is your lack of career direction creating chaos? My dog, Chester, often bit more than he could chew, and created chaos. Chester is a brown, "Bearded Collie," and the photo was taken when he was 4 months old and about 25 lbs....
Extreme Job Change: One Woman’s Story
by Mary Sherwood Sevinsky - Mar, 2010
A 53 year old female client, Rhonda, was just offered her dream job. Not too surprising until you hear that the job she was offered was with the FBI. She thought she was wasting her time, she informs: The FBI only hired young (male) college students. She had an associate’s degree in administrative science (read secretary) earned 30 years ago and experience in administrative and IT positions. Most recently, she worked in...
How LinkedIn’s Twitter Integration has Changed LinkedIn
by Joshua Waldman - Mar, 2010
I used to tell my clients to update their profiles and status on LinkedIn no more than two times a week. All of that has changed since LinkedIn’s integration with Twitter. Now, there is almost no limit to the number of times you should update your LinkedIn status, but there are still some things you will need to be careful about. Update Frequently, but LinkedIn is NOT Twitter In an earlier post, I wrote about the ...
Life Happens: Dealing with Gaps In Employment on Resume
by Rosa Elizabeth Vargas - Mar, 2010
Dear Rosa: “I worked as an account manager for XXX Brands for nearly 9 years but was laid off in January 2007 as part of a divisional reorganization. I wasn't expecting this and had not really thought about where I would go next. So instead of jumping into something I wasn't sure I wanted, I decided to take this opportunity to try the stay-at-home mom routine with my 2 boys. The oldest had just turned 5 and the other was ab...
I’m Sorry, You Have Two Minutes
by Suzanne Bates - Mar, 2010
“I feel that luck is preparation meeting opportunity.” - Oprah Winfrey Imagine this. You’ve worked for several weeks to prepare a 30 minute presentation. You’re feeling pretty good about it. You hope it will be enough to make an impression on your board, senior team or client. You walk into the room and they say, ”Listen, sorry, we’re really behind, uh...can you cover this in two minutes?” Freeze. Smile. Nod. OH...
by Andy Robinson - Mar, 2010
It’s Definitely Not “Business as Usual” in the Current Job Search Market. Today’s employment and job search market can easily strike fear in the heart of anyone who’s recently lost their job. Finding a job in this market IS a challenge...No question. This is the toughest and most competitive job market that most of us in the career and employment profession have ever seen. Jobs, however, ARE out there, firms and companies ...
The Most Important Commitment You Make
by Nan S. Russell - Mar, 2010
Commitments. Commitments. Commitments. They fill our days, our heads and our lives. Most of us are in the commitment business. Of course, that's not what we call it. At work, we're making commitments to customers, suppliers, bosses, coworkers and staff. At home, we're making commitments to family, friends, neighbors, community and organizations. Not to mention commitments to pay taxes, credit card bills, mortgages and car loan...
What Job Seekers Can Learn from a Close Call Ice Fishing
by Kris Plantrich - Mar, 2010
Learn From Others Mistakes, Failures and Successes An ice fishing outing a few weeks ago reminded me of a simple, yet valuable lesson. With weeks of cold weather and a previous weekend of successful ice fishing we thought we would try it again. The week had been beautiful with temperatures in the mid to upper 30’s and sunny, a nice change for Michigan. The weekend came and we decided to punch a few holes in the ice and see ...
Self-Doubt as Saboteur - Silencing Your Career Demons
by Dawn Lennon - Mar, 2010
Do you give yourself away? Show the chinks in your armor? Reveal the weaknesses in your game? We spend a lot of time trying to look and act the part in our careers. Every day we show up, take care of business, wait for our defining moment, and hope we can deliver. We showcase what we’re made of when all eyes are on us, including our own. We can run but we can’t hide from ourselves. We can do our best to cover our inse...
How to Successfully Navigate 12 Very Common Career Situations
by Andy Robinson - Mar, 2010
Be Prepared! Time to Take Action...NOW! Proactive career planning and career management are key career success elements, but even our best laid plans can get side-tracked if we don't keep our eyes on the horizon and be prepared for unexpected changes and detours in our career path. As an executive career coach for the past 15 years, I have noted 12 common career situations that present themselves to us at both expected ...
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