10 Dollars and A Laptop
by Steve Farber - May, 2011
Last weekend at the always inspiring SobCon event in Chicago, I had the opportunity to meet Greg Hartle, the itinerate business consultant and philosopher. He’s on a mission to visit 50 states, collect 501 stories, and demonstrate that it’s possible to make a living starting from scratch–even in this new, challenging (to say the least) economy. He started his journey with ten dollars, a laptop, and the clothes on his bac...
Baby-sitting Your Job or Owning It? A Career Differentiator
by Dawn Lennon - May, 2011
obs are precious these days. Most careers are made up of jobs we¡¯ve loved and others that felt like a long trek across the desert with an empty canteen. It¡¯s tempting to grouse when we see our jobs as: ¡öBoring and repetitive ¡öUncreative and confining ¡öUnchallenging and limiting If we¡¯re not complaining that the work isn¡¯t exciting enough, we¡¯re dissing on the boss who isn¡¯t doing something about it. It...
Action Is Essential To Career Success
by Deborah Brown-Volkman - May, 2011
Are you working on your career goals regularly or just thinking about them? Are you moving forward a little bit every day or waiting for the right time to begin? Goals don’t get realized on their own. They get completed and achieved when you are working on them. Work on your goals and you will reach them. Work on something else and your goals will take a back seat. Nothing great happens in your career without your activ...
Career lessons from a royal wedding
by Miriam Salpeter - May, 2011
Did you get up to watch the royal wedding? I did! I’m a royal watcher from way back. Unlike the last royal weddings I arose early to view, this time, I am thinking of the career lessons from the story. Everyone seems to be making a major point of how Catherine and William hold the burden of the whole country — the future of England and the monarchy — on their shoulders. Can you imagine a bigger job? These are the...
Do You Really Want to Use THAT LinkedIn Photo?
by Laura Smith-Proulx - May, 2011
Some time ago, I ran across a LinkedIn picture of a job seeker who was holding a very specific political sign over her head. In bright letters. In shorts (and no, they did NOT become her). Curious about this phenomenon, I surveyed my fine resume-writing, coaching, and careers industry colleagues at Career Directors International on the subject of inappropriate LinkedIn photographs. As a result, I came away with a...
How to Explain Being Fired
by Debra Wheatman - May, 2011
Dear Deb, Q. I was fired from my last job because of a conflict I had with the manager. He did something that I felt was unethical. When I found out, I went over his head and told his superior. He was able to twist the situation and next thing you know, I got the boot. I have decided not to take the company to court; but I was wondering what your thoughts are on how to best explain this during an interview. J.D, Houston...
Are You Ready to “Work on Purpose”?
by Lindsey Pollak - Apr, 2011
In today’s changing economy and challenging job market, it can be difficult for a young professional to make choices about what type of career you’d really like to pursue. The options can seem nearly limitless, and it may feel impossible to truly consider all of the necessary factors involved in your decision-making. Furthermore, many Millennials feel compelled to find work that is personally fulfilling and beneficial to th...
by Emily Chardac - Apr, 2011
Have you ever thought about how you are greeting your colleagues? Probably – you say good morning to everyone as you bustle into your office or cube. You’ve never thought anything of it. And neither have your colleagues. What happens when you throw in a non-American into the work culture? Should your greetings change? I’ve met a lot of people who’ve said, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.” That may have been an acceptab...
10 Simple Steps to Exceptional Customer Service
by Emily Chardac - Apr, 2011
Ever wonder how you can be exceptional when you’re working with your clients or employees? My boss gave our department these ten simple steps… and they are indeed exceptional. 1. Be Accessible: Be where your customers expect to find you. 2. Respond to requests timely: If you can’t meet their demand immediately, tell them when you can. 3. Listen to your customers: Sometimes they just want you to hear what they have t...
Getting a Little Ahead
by Suzanne Bates - Apr, 2011
In college I once pulled three all-nighters. In a row. I wasn’t trying to ace the finals. I had to cram, just to pass. It wasn’t a report card I was proud to show my parents. And, just before the last final at 7 pm, I lay down (exhausted) to take an hour or two nap. I awoke in the middle of the night, in a panic, 7 hours late for the test. No way to reach the professor. I sweat it out until office hours. He had mercy a...
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