Changing Careers: Look Before You Leap
by Barbara Safani - Apr, 2011
I frequently talk to people who want to change careers. They often tell me one of these four things: • I hate my job. • I don’t think my job is a good fit. • I want to do something more meaningful. • My friends tell me I would make a great (fill in the blank) But when I hear these statements, I’m not always convinced that the person expressing these doubts really wants to change careers. Instead, I often believe th...
Have You Written Your Thank You Letter Yet?
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Apr, 2011
Now that we’ve officially settled into the digital age, many old-school job seeking practices have been thrown out the window. One formality that was popular years ago but has all but faded away is sending a thank you letter. What is a Thank You Letter? A thank you letter is a note or card sent to a hiring manager via snail mail. It’s usually sent after you’ve completed the interview process to let the manager know tha...
Rebranding Your Image on the Job
by Debra Wheatman - Apr, 2011
What does your brand say about you? Are you famous or infamous? Are you sought out for projects or are you the last one picked? Is your professional image not quite what you had hoped or expected at this stage of your career? Even if you don’t think your brand is good – take heart – it isn’t too late. You can always begin anew with the brand new “YOU.” Your income and opportunity for advancement may depend on it. In order...
Dick Nettell, Extreme Leader
by Steve Farber - Apr, 2011
Yesterday, I had a long talk with my old friend (and constant source of leadership inspiration), Dick Nettell. Dick had a long and storied career at Bank of America where his results and style were legendary. I mentioned in an earlier post that he’s in the process of writing a book, and he’s told me that I’ll be getting the rough draft, soon. But in the meantime… …Since I wrote about Dick as a semi-anonymous example in The Ra...
Making a Case for Air Traffic Controllers Sleeping on the Job
by Marcia Robinson - Apr, 2011
There have been five reported incidents of air traffic controllers sleeping on the job in the last few weeks. Following the Reagan International Airport incident, air traffic controllers have been caught sleeping on the job at Reno-Tahoe airport, McGhee Tyson airport, Seattle International airport, Lubbock Preston Smith International airport and at a Miami regional radar facility providing area control services for Florida as...
Basic Rules of Using LinkedIn
by Kathy Bornheimer - Apr, 2011
While LinkedIn is a form of social media and networking, it must be used as a tool with a professional focus. More and more articles are being written about how to use LinkedIn, so here are some major considerations and basic etiquette dos and don’ts: Why do you have a LinkedIn account? • I’m a job seeker • I’m changing or managing my career • I’m starting a business or becoming self-employed • I’ve accepted a LinkedIn in...
Volunteering: Gain work experience and exposure
by Hallie Crawford - Apr, 2011
Volunteering your time is a great way to get experience in a new career field you haven’t worked in before. What is even better, it’s a wonderful way to give back to your community. One of my group coaching clients sent me this update recently: This Friday is my first scheduled presentation for the North Georgia Goodwill and there are three others later in the month. Next Monday is my first formal speech with the Gwinnett H...
Retention of Female STEM Faculty
by Wendy Enelow - Apr, 2011
On a recent flight to East Lansing, Michigan to present a workshop on nontraditional careers, I sat next to Avis Cohen, professor at the University of Maryland. Avis works for the ADVANCE Program for Inclusive Excellence at the University of Maryland which aims to transform their institutional culture by facilitating networks, offering individual mentoring and support, and offering information and strategic opportunities for w...
Book Review: Nice Girls Just Don’t Get It
by Lindsey Pollak - Apr, 2011
We tend to think of negotiation skills when it comes to situations such as agreeing to a salary for a new job, finalizing a contract with a new client or haggling price with a car dealer. These are all important situations that require skill, but the reality is that we are negotiating all the time in both our personal and professional lives. Negotiation is a daily practice. This can be problematic for anyone who hates to n...
How many votes is your social network worth? (Help a friend!)
by Miriam Salpeter - Apr, 2011
One of the best things about social media is it gives job seekers an opportunity to pick an area where they can excel — it’s different for every job seeker. Some are great using video, others may want to blog. Many more can share expertise via Twitter in 140 characters or less and connect with potential colleagues and contacts. At the same time, some employers are using social media and thinking “outside of the box” when i...
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