6 Thoughts to Remember as Your Brand Blossoms
by Valerie Sokolosky - Apr, 2014
It’s hard to believe, but May is almost here…and summer isn’t too far behind. I remember the rhyme from my school days: “April showers bring May flowers.” While my part of the world wasn’t too rainy this past month, we’re beginning to see Mother Nature’s colorful spring bouquet everywhere we look. It’s also exciting to see the pace of business picking up in many areas that have been in hibernation through the winter. So now...
Personal Brand Audit
by Stacey Lane - Apr, 2014
As a career coach, I get a ringside seat to great brands and so-so brands. But so do you - take your experience as a consumer and think about your favorite brands. What's their emotional appeal? Are they quirky? Are they innovative? Are they reliable? The brands that come to my mind: Southwest Airlines is Quirky, Apple is innovative and Maytag is reliable. Now think about your current or past co-workers. Who...
10 Things About Work You Should Have Learned in Kindergarten
by Alexandra Levit - Apr, 2014
Some of you know that my firstborn is six years old and in kindergarten. He’s learning all the basics – how to add, how to read, how to tie his shoes. But he’s also mastering some great lessons that it would behoove all of us to remember as we slog through the work week and attempt to advance our careers. Here they are: in my son’s words: “Always try to do it yourself before you ask the teacher.” The kids in my son’s cl...
The 401(k) is Old Hat: Work Perks for the New Generation
by Jessica Powell - Apr, 2014
How do successful companies attract the best and brightest young talent? It's a question that small businesses and Fortune 500 corporations alike have struggled with in the efforts to replenish their operations with new workers. The millennial generation faces many struggles to find work, including a greater difficulty in finding health insurance than any other age bracket, but that hasn't changed the fact that a job alone won...
Baby Boomers’ Retiring Effect on the US Economy
by Dr. Maynard Brusman - Mar, 2014
Succession planning is critical in preparing for the transition of Baby Boomers to retirement. Perhaps you’ve noticed the term ‘brain drain’ more and more in the popular media. This term is being used to describe the anticipated loss of skilled talent from our workforce as members of the baby boom generation begin to retire. The younger Gen X and Gen Y (New Millennials) are growing impatient to ascend to leadership respons...
Everyone Wants to Be the Boss
by Rowe Leathers - Mar, 2014
As a career coach I am often asked to review resumes targeted for management positions, and it becomes my unfortunate duty to advise them that they have not listed any previous management experience or leadership roles that would qualify them. The question that always comes back to me is, “So, how do I get qualified?” To identify previous experience in leadership, begin by examining your career. OK, so you’ve never had t...
Are Your Work Habits Slowing You Down?
by Dale Kurow, M.S. - Mar, 2014
Nobody’s perfect and we all come chock full of our own personal bad habits. But what if your undesirable habits are piling up and creating a case against your work success? If you think you might be committing some office faux pas and are interested in making some small steps to improvement, ask yourself if any of the following bad habits ring true for you: Exaggerating the Truth You may feel you need to “prove...
Job Performance: How Do You Measure Up?
by Georgia Adamson - Mar, 2014
It’s easy–sometimes all too easy–to get caught up in the day-to-day activities of your work-life and not take a good look at how you’re really doing overall. This approach bears an uncomfortably strong resemblance to a racehorse with blinkers on. If you’ve fallen into that trap, now is the time to free yourself from it. Job Performance and Blinkers Just to give a little background, blinkers have at least a couple of pu...
Is it time to strengthen your professional brand?
by Beverly Jones - Feb, 2014
What’s your brand at work? And why does it matter? There’s you, the essential person you are. Obviously related, but not quite the same, is you — the professional who shows up on the job and makes a contribution. And then there’s your professional brand. Originally a “brand” referred to a word or symbol indicating the owner or producer of a product. Ranchers used hot irons to brand cattle. And bac...
8 Things I Wish I Knew about Business and Careers When I Was 22
by Alexandra Levit - Feb, 2014
This month, I will release the 10th Anniversary edition of my first book, the bestselling They Don’t Teach Corporate in College. I wrote the book when I was 26, and ever since then, I’ve learned a ton about what works and what doesn’t in the business world. Today, I’m sharing some of my recent insights. No one cares as much about your career as you While your organization and your manager probably do have your best int...
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