Ten Tips for Playing Well With Others at Work
by Karen Burns - Jan, 2010
Who would you rather work with: a genius star performer who’s an incredible pain in the you-know-what or a “merely” competent worker who’s a breeze to get along with? Your coworkers think so, too. Scary thought: You probably spend more hours of the day with your work colleagues than with any other group of human beings. And the great majority of the time you don’t even get to choose them. You all have different backgroun...
Dress To Get The Job!
by Harry Urschel - Jan, 2010
From time to time I get asked about what’s appropriate to wear to a job interview, networking meeting, or other event. The answer varies based on the circumstances and type of position. The key to keep in mind at any time, however, is that first impressions do matter and dressing appropriately and professionally is a prime component of that first impression. The way you dress can tell someone a lot about you: • Do you...
Out Of Work For Over A Year? How To Bounce Back
by Deborah Brown-Volkman - Jan, 2010
It happens to the best of us. You hit a bump in the rocky road of your career and find yourself out of work for longer than you'd like. Being out of work for an extended period of time does more damage than just a gap in your resume. It affects your self esteem, how you view yourself, and what you believe you can bring to the table. Everyone has doubts at some point in their career; this is your time. Know that you can...
Suffering from Resumophobia? A Remedy for Job Seekers
by Dawn Lennon - Jan, 2010
The dreaded resume! Every job seeker desperately needs one but no one wants to write one. Why? Because it’s agony. The irony is that we fear our resume—the very thing that is our entry ticket to the job we want. Since we resist the things we fear, we put off writing it or suffer major distress when we must. Our concern: “What if my resume isn’t good enough!” Our “resumophobia” has three main causes: • Frustrating unce...
A 10-Part Rx for Hiring Better People in 2010
by Lou Adler - Jan, 2010
Over the past year, I’ve been making the case that the best people – the top-third of your future workforce – won’t look for jobs, nor decide which one to take, based on the primary sourcing processes you now use. Making matters worse, traditional behavioral and competency interviewing are not designed to differentiate between the best and least best of your fully-qualified candidates, even if you can find them. To address the...
The Softer Side: Toning Up Your Soft Skills
by Amanda Guralski - Jan, 2010
Why Gen Yers are lacking old-fashioned people skills, and what we can do about it I recently saw the film Up In The Air. Besides being a lovely excuse to stare at George Clooney for two hours, it also provoked me to think about Generation Y and their “soft skills” (skills like manners, friendliness; basically, what makes you a nice person to work with), or lack thereof. These musings were due to two reasons: first, the movi...
Take the Hit and Keep Playing
by Kris Parfitt - Jan, 2010
What’s the size of a baseball, the weight of a grapefruit and can knock you to the ground at 50 mph? My beau, Dan, was an all-star lacrosse player in high school and college and has been playing the game since he was a kid, he still plays. One of my favorite stories he tells is also one of the best analogies to how we deal with failure, rejection or when we are confronted by something that stops us in our tracks. When yo...
Cover Letter Fashions: What's Hot, What's Not!
by Sharon Cohen - Jan, 2010
• Is your Cover Letter unfashionable? • Does the thought of writing a cover letter – put dread in your heart? • Would you rather get a root canal, sort your socks, clean the drain? If this sounds like you, read on to learn the Psychology behind cover-letters... These days, with the advent of social media, texting and tweeting – writing is a lost art. Some predict that the ability to spell and write in full-sentences may...
Nipped and Tucked Resumes
by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter - Jan, 2010
In many cases, just a single year or two at a new position will infuse your resume with a plethora of new content that if plugged in too hastily, will create a patchwork coat effect: It may serve a practical purpose at a very base level but it will not turn heads, evoke a visceral reaction and inspire the meaningful, targeted interview call that, as a job hunter, you seek. Nourished Career Bodies Require Resume Refitting...
Career Management: It Takes a Village
by Barbara Safani - Jan, 2010
Last week I attended the first of many college planning meetings at my daughter’s school. Jammed into the school auditorium with 200+ other neurotic parents of high school juniors, I listened to details about student entrance exam test dates, transcripts, and application deadlines. Parents who are going through this process for the second time offered advice to the newbies and shared anecdotal stories about oscillating between...
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