Should you just take any old job?
by Hallie Crawford - Jan, 2012
I was talking to a career coaching client recently whose husband works at a large rental car corporation. He has been posting for a job opening for over a month. They have received very few, if any responses to the job listing. I know that most people don’t want to take a job they don’t like or one that would lower their morale. It can be frustrating to think you have to settle with any old job, especially something that is lo...
The Perils of Affirmative Action
by Gladis Benavides - Jan, 2012
Affirmative Action stands like a wounded warrior in the battlefields of today\s political environment. Misconstrued, misused, challenged, defended and hailed as the program that has helped and hinder, is seldom truly understood for what it was designed to be. So what exactly is Affirmative Action? As defined in the Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary Affirmative Action is: “ . . . an active effort to improve the employment or edu...
The secret to finding fulfillment in your career
by Hallie Crawford - Jan, 2012
So how do you know what’s fulfilling for you to help you define your ideal career? The secret is – Values. Values are one of the first things I help my career coaching clients identify in order to understand what would be fulfilling to them. Values are your guideposts to fulfillment and the foundation of figuring this out. Begin figuring out what your values are right away. To figure out what your values are, you can ask...
Tips to Position Yourself for a Promotion
by Louise Garver - Jan, 2012
“Am I where I want to be in my career?” There are many phases to a career. It can be thought of like a beginning, middle and end. In the beginning an individual experiences almost all new learning, skill development and obtaining industry knowledge. The middle (as well as the end) of a person’s career can be a comfortable place to be – for a while. At this point, you may know your industry, have gained skills to do your jo...
What do you want to do?
by Miriam Salpeter - Jan, 2012
What do you want to do when __________? Fill in the blank. The question is typical for many life stages. We remember being asked, “What do you want to do when you grow up?” when we were younger – too young to really know what to say. Admit it — was “superhero” on your list? Certainly, it’s a valuable question to consider after high school and upon graduating from college. It makes sense for anyone laid off of a job to re-visit...
3 New Career Habits for the New Year
by Lindsey Pollak - Jan, 2012
Happy New Year! Let’s get right to it and talk about how to make your mark in the coming 12 months. Whether you want to secure a raise, a promotion or a better job, these habits — one daily one weekly, one monthly — will keep you on track for big success. I’m committing to them and I hope you will, too: 1. Empty your email inbox every day. At every workshop I present, someone always asks how it’s possible to accomplish any...
Expect the Unexpected–in Your Job Search as Well as the Economy
by Georgia Adamson - Dec, 2011
In a previous post I talked about the need to be–and stay–aware of job search trends and other related trends. At the same time, it’s clear that the “experts” in a variety of fields don’t always have all the answers and they can’t predict with a high degree of certainty what the job market or the national/world economy will hold during the coming months, let alone years. If you look back in history a ways, you can find example...
Inside the Mind at Work – What Really Motivates Us?
by Dr. Maynard Brusman - Dec, 2011
Question for Discussion – How important is managing for progress? The topics of performance evaluations and feedback come up quite often in my executive coaching sessions. It’s human nature that people want to know where they stand. I often suggest to my coaching clients that in-the-moment feedback based on progress helps motivate people. It can also help avoid those tense performance evaluation meetings where people ca...
Standing Out in a Job Search
by Joshua Waldman - Dec, 2011
Sometimes, there is nothing wrong with defining who you are based on NOT being someone else. Let me explain. When I was in high school, I didn’t really stand out. Despite how hard I tried. Grew my hair long, dyed it green. Whatever it was I tried, it didn’t really work. I was still the quiet, unremarkable white kid in the back of the class. Then, one day the loud speaker announced, “Will Joshua Waldron please come...
The true culprits of job dissatisfaction
by Hallie Crawford - Dec, 2011
As a career coach, I consistently meet with career coaching clients who feel they’ve lost their sense of purpose in their work. They want to feel more passionate about what they do on a daily basis, and they often feel their work is the culprit. They feel their boss, coworkers, office environment, monotony of their schedule, or cubicle are the reasons for their lack of excitement and motivation for their work and life. Ho...
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