Job Seeker: Where’s the Joy?
by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter - Feb, 2011
I sat staring at the computer screen, stifled. Emails crowded my view, like schools of fish, mouths open for food. Will I trigger an undulating wave by diving into this email ocean? Or, perhaps I’ll engage with MS Word and apply the needed salve to dozens of career documents. Will I get sucked into an abyss of streaming insights? At the end of the day, will my applying energy this direction result in hundreds of words st...
How To Beat the Winter Career Blahs
by Lindsey Pollak - Feb, 2011
I am writing this blog post while watching snowflakes pile up on the windowsill outside my New York City office. The snow is beautiful and peaceful…that is, until I have to go outside and trudge through it. As much training as I’ve had in “appreciating the moment” and “turning lemons into lemonade,” I’ll be honest: this freezing, snowy winter is starting to get me down. If you’re feeling the same way, here are some techn...
Job vs. Career
by Thomas J. Denham - Feb, 2011
Having multiple careers is an ever increasing trend. The average American may have two, three or even five careers during their lifetime, but even more extensive array of jobs. In the world of work, the terms “job,” “occupation” and “career” are often used interchangeably. However, there are some major differences that need to be clarified. Job A job is a position with specific duties and responsibilities that are regul...
Take another look at transferable skills: You’ve heard it over and over – listen in this time
by Hallie Crawford - Feb, 2011
This New Year’s, Frank, Vaughn and I attended a party where I spoke to a woman, Donna, who gave me a great story for the idea of transferable skills. Donna was a marketing and ad representative for MSNBC and NBC for years in New York City. She really enjoyed her work, but after several years she realized it wasn’t what she wanted to do forever. One of Donna’s friends told her about corporate real estate leasing. She had never...
Two heads are better than one-Brainstorm your little heart out
by Hallie Crawford - Jan, 2011
Last week while I was working with one of my evening coaching groups a client, Dave, implemented a GREAT tool for brainstorming additional career ideas. Honestly in my 9 years as a career coach, I think this is the first time someone has implemented my advice so well. Rock on Dave! (Important note: Dave is currently unemployed. He has the most positive attitude I’ve ever encountered in someone who’s unemployed. As a result, he...
The King’s Speech
by Suzanne Bates - Jan, 2011
Oscar buzz is in the air for the King’s Speech, the riveting story of a famous public figure, Prince Albert, Duke of York, who wrestles mightily with a severe and debilitating stammer that has plagued him all his adult life. The Prince, portrayed with tremendous force by Colin Firth, is thrust onto the throne in 1936 when his father King George dies and his elder brother runs off in a selfish fit to marry two-time divorcee Wa...
Start Your Career with Self-Assessment
by Thomas J. Denham - Jan, 2011
Most of my clients don’t know what they want to be when they grow up, and often say to me, “I just don’t know what I want to do.” The very first step is Self-assessment. It’s the most ignored part of the entire career development process, but required for an effective job search strategy. It begins with an extensive and written inventory of your “VIPS” (Values, Interests, Personality Traits and Skills). The goal is to buil...
Ten Resume Tips for Older Workers
by Barbara Safani - Jan, 2011
As an older job seeker, writing a resume can bring an additional set of challenges. It can be hard to know what to include and what to leave out of the document when you have had a long work history, and it may have been years since the last time you even needed a resume. Resume etiquette has changed, and it is important to change along with it. Here are 10 tips for updating your resume to remain relevant in the eyes of the...
How to Improve Your People-Reading Skills
by Dr. Maynard Brusman - Jan, 2011
Socially intelligent leaders know how to read the body language and emotions of their people. They are highly aware of social environments and highly attuned to the language used by people. They are curious about people and are great observes of human behavior. I love to watch people. Maybe that’s why I love to face the door when eating out at a restaurant. It always seems uncomfortable facing the wall. A number of years ago...
Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater!
by Hallie Crawford - Jan, 2011
I was thrilled to be featured in this article on CNN last week, "Trading a six-figure salary to become a teacher". Jon Fitch’s story is inspirational, but as we all know, it’s not applicable to everyone. Not everyone can afford to make a dramatic career change like he did, but that doesn’t have to stop you from finding your dream job. Two important points to keep in mind: 1) Remember doing what he did and having enough...
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