A Letter to My 20-Year-Old Careerist Self About What Really Matters
by Karen Vitale - Mar, 2013
It’s a classic Catch-22—with a careerist twist. When facing big decisions early in your career, you don’t have tons of real-world experience to draw upon. And by the time you’ve actually racked up a decent supply of workplace wisdom, you may feel like you no longer need career advice. If only career tracks came with fast-forward and rewind buttons. (Or a blue police call box, for those who like to time travel in style.) Wh...
How to Walk Into Your Boss’s Office With Confidence and Walk Out With a Raise
by Katie Slater - Mar, 2013
It’s the holy grail of negotiating for yourself at work—walking into your boss’s office and knowing you will come out with a raise. It is actually possible. And no, there isn’t a magic phrase or action. It takes more than minimal effort. But putting in the time to understand what it takes, and then doing it, will get you that raise. Understand your workplace’s financial dynamics Long before you walk into tha...
Navigating Your Way to Success
by Leslie Becker-Phelps - Mar, 2013
Do you remember the wooden labyrinth game from childhood? Or maybe you even still have one. It’s that game in which you move a metal ball around a maze without letting it fall into any of the holes. Knowing the path to the finish is clearly not enough – there are those darned holes that you need to get around! Attaining your goals is a lot like that game. You might know some good advice about how to open your own business, los...
How Valuable Are You to Employers?
by Georgia Adamson - Mar, 2013
Whether it’s your current employer or the company(ies) you’ll be targeting in your next job search, the question of your value takes center stage. If you can’t answer the question posed by this post, you’re probably in trouble! Employers flat-out will not take the time and effort to figure it out for you. Your Needs vs. Employer Needs You need or want a new job, maybe a new direction involving a career change or an opp...
Graduating from Facebook to LinkedIn
by Kathy Bornheimer - Mar, 2013
LinkedIn is now acknowledged as one of the most effective modes of job search/career management networks. It is not for social purposes and you have connections not friends in your network. As college students prepare for the professional world of work, the transitions begin well before graduation. To begin this journey the use of Social Media must go to that next level beginning in the junior year for a 4-year degree or by t...
6 Revealing Signs You Should Start a Business
by Miriam Salpeter - Mar, 2013
You've been having a tough time finding a job, and the longer it takes, the more obstacles you face. Your last job's end date has become more distant, and you aren't seeing any reason to be optimistic about landing something permanent anytime soon. If this describes you, it could be time to shift gears and stop looking for a job in favor of starting your own consulting firm or business. Is the writing on the wall, but you...
A Word on Multi-Tasking
by Sherri Edwards - Mar, 2013
There has been a rumor going around asserting that it is “impossible to multi-task.” I suppose a declaration of this kind allows those who aren’t skilled at multitasking to feel triumphant, but very common examples of real life multitasking prove this theory incorrect. If we couldn’t multi-task, then: When driving, we couldn’t look both ways and behind us at an intersection, activate a turn signal and apply pressure to...
How Your Parents Could Cost You a Promotion
by Ben Drake - Feb, 2013
Did your parents ever tell you that if you work real hard and keep your head down, the rest will take care of itself? As far as career advice goes, that’s B.S. You’ve been at your job for a little while now. You love the company; you enjoy your job. You’ve worked really hard, mastered your current post, and exceeded all expectations…Yet you are still overworked and underpaid, your boss thinks Jimmy in the cubicle next-...
Rule #1 in Business: It’s Not About You
by Alexandra Levit - Feb, 2013
Every day, I get at least three requests from people who want to write guest posts on my personal blog. I have given up responding to these people. Why? Because looking at my blog for 30 seconds will tell you that I don’t do guest posts. I have never done guest posts. I may include tips from other experts, but the writing is always my own. Yet people continue to ask me, because THEY want to do a guest post. They a...
5 Ways to Maximize Your Annual Performance Evaluation
by Kim Meninger - Jan, 2013
Annual performance evaluations are managed differently by company, as well as by leader. Some managers use the opportunity to engage in meaningful dialogues with their employees, offering constructive feedback, as well as valuable insights on how to take the next step. Others view performance evaluations as yet another administrative task to cross off a long list of action items. Regardless of how your manager typically...
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