Freelance Specialization: Finding Your Niche
by Adrienne Erin - Aug, 2013
In an attempt to maximize their chances of finding gigs and contracts, freelancers run the risk of spreading themselves too thin. We have a tendency — especially in the early years of our careers — to offer generalized services, turning ourselves in to the clichéd jack-of-all-trades. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but most often it’s the freelancers who specialize in a specific area who win the most frequent and profitabl...
Do You Suffer from Monday Morning Blues?
by Georgia Adamson - Aug, 2013
Chances are, at least some of you answered yes, thinking that it’s perfectly understandable to feel a let-down when your weekend is over and you have to return to work. However, chances are, you’d be wrong–if you think Monday morning blues means that Monday is the worst day of the week for you by far. Yes, many people feel a mood change when going to work after a weekend, but the mood isn’t much if any different on Tuesday...
Some Advice for New (and Old) Managers
by Kristen Carter - Aug, 2013
I am convinced that people don’t leave jobs, they leave managers. Whether it is a team manager to which you directly report or a senior level manager that casts the vision of your department, it is evident that leadership at all levels matters! While some individuals are natural-born leaders, it remains a mystery how others have obtained their management roles (case in point). While this example may be a bit extreme, the numbe...
14 Tips For Working From Home
by Mary Sherwood Sevinsky - Aug, 2013
Overall, working from home can be a positive and rewarding experience for you, your family, and your employer, if you follow a few simple tips: 1. Understand Your Employer’s Expectations Will your job requirements and duties be the same at home as in an office environment? How much support will you receive as a home office worker? Some companies have very stringent guidelines about what equipment and support will b...
What Messages Are You Sending To Employers?
by Bob Roth - Aug, 2013
College students should begin to pay attention to their words, actions and results in the classroom, at work and as they participate in activities. They must come to understand that they are sending messages to the people around them, whether they realize it or not. As students get close to graduation, employers begin to pay attention to those messages, so they can decide who they will interview and eventually who they will...
Your Career: The Remix
by Shun McGhee - Aug, 2013
I recently listened to Destiny’s Child’s first record “No, No, No.” I remember thinking how good the original four member group sounded together. Like most people I had almost forgotten Destiny’s Child’s first record was a ballad. The song’s vocal arrangements were flattering and the music was nice. Those factors considered, the tune received minimal airplay. The audience Destiny’s Child attempted to reach wanted to dance, and...
Use Positive Affirmations to Overcome Obstacles
by Marshall Brown - Aug, 2013
Life doesn’t always turn out how you plan it. Challenges are inevitable and problems may arise when you least expect it. Now, the decision is yours- whether you will allow the situation to dictate your life or if you will rise above the challenges, give yourself a few positive affirmations, and come out a winner. One of the most disappointing things an employee can face in his career is to feel unappreciated and forgotten....
Trust Me: Communication Is Key
by Brian Anderson - Jul, 2013
Trust Me: Communication Is Key Effective communication involves much more than sharing information. It is about building trust. “To see real change and gain significant benefits from their strategies, leaders need to establish an environment of trust. Leaders who are trusted – even in times of great difficulty – are skilled communicators.” My experience suggests the following communications fundamentals when leading...
What’s Your Career Success Record?
by Georgia Adamson - Jul, 2013
It would be great if you could answer the question, “What’s your career success record?” by rattling off a long list of major contributions you had made to employer after employer during an illustrious executive career. Right. Maybe a few of you actually could do that in all sincerity, but what about the rest of us? What Career Successes Have You Achieved Recently? How do we answer our current employer’s inevitable quest...
Are You Your Own Worst Enemy?
by Dale Kurow, M.S. - Jul, 2013
Are You Your Own Worst Enemy? When I work with clients, I often notice two distinct types of individuals. The first group consists of self-reliant clients who are eager to make breakthroughs. They want to change how they approach their job search and/or career advancement. They know what they are currently doing is not netting them the results they want. They celebrate having new tools and practicing using new methods....
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