How to Make Your Job Search Fun
by Kevin Donlin - Aug, 2010
If you’re looking for a job, here’s a strange question: How much fun are you having? Not much? Well, you might want to change that. That’s the advice of former Minnesota Viking Fran Tarkenton, who suggests you try to find the fun in every task: “If it’s not fun, you’re not doing it right,” he says. Wouldn’t it be nice if you were as motivated to write your resume tomorrow as you were to play Little League or skip...
Grow Your Career Networking Seeds Organically
by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter - Aug, 2010
I admit, I’ve never really embraced the word, “networking,” or the idea of it. Instead, I love the concept of NetWeaving. Over at the NetWeavers International website, they promote a pay-it-forward approach and publish a creed that talks about a “shift from thinking about WIIFM (What’s in it for Me) to WIIFY (What’s in it for YOU).” As well, they discuss strategies in learning how to be a resource for others to provide informa...
Are You Headed Toward or Away?
by Christine Hassler - Aug, 2010
Our motivation is directional, impacting the results we create and the ease in which we create them. Think about when you are motivated to do something. Are you motivated more by what you want to get away from or what you want to move toward? TOWARD motivation moves us toward more of what we desire while AWAY from motivation is an attempt to get us away from circumstances/feelings that are causing discomfort. Let's consider...
Career Tips: Eleven Steps To Reduce Killer Stress
by Ramon Greenwood - Aug, 2010
Today's workplace is a breeding ground for stress: pressure to get more done with less; layoffs; overtime and inflexible schedules; irritable co-workers and bosses; sedentary lifestyle that leads to bad habits of overeating junk food and spending too much time in a stupor before the TV; uncertainty about the future. While there is no such thing as a job without stress, you can take 11 steps to reduce the life threate...
We’ve Got A Failure To Communicate
by Ramon Greenwood - Aug, 2010
Everyone agrees…at least pays lip service to the idea that effective internal communications are necessary to have a smooth-running organization. How else would management and employees understand and agree on assignments and common goals? How would members of the team be motivated to achieve their best? Organizations spend hundreds of millions of dollars a year on employee attitude surveys, newsletters, brochures, videos...
5 Back-to-School Supplies for Job Seekers
by Lindsey Pollak - Aug, 2010
Yep, it’s that time of year again. Back-to-school shopping season brings back memories of crisp notebooks, freshly sharpened pencils, shiny new shoes and the excitement of the new year ahead. Even though I’ve been out of school for a long time, I still feel that sense of excitement and possibility when the end of August rolls around. Whether you’re headed back to campus this fall or already out on the job market, here are...
Career Stagnation: Why You Need an Exit / Re-Entry Strategy
by Dee McCrorey - Aug, 2010
"Why," you might be thinking, "Should I worry about an exit strategy when I don't plan to leave my employer?" With worldwide unemployment rates stuck at we're-not-out-of-the-woods-yet, people with full-time, decent paying jobs will likely stay the course (for now). However, many professionals are nearing burnout after 18 months of relentless stress about jobs, their financial situation, and quality of life. Burnout does...
7 Key Aspects of a Professional Business Philosophy
by Rob Taub - Aug, 2010
The dictionary definition of philosophy is “a set of principles, beliefs and aims, underlying somebody’s practice or conduct”. As such, a “business philosophy” can be both a guide to help you grow a business, and in the ‘business of careers’ it can be a guide to help you decide what to do…and where to do it. So, define what you consider important, and you can be on your way to uncovering your “best fit” job opportunities. I...
12 Steps for Climbing to the Top of Your Career
by Thomas J. Denham - Aug, 2010
I have been climbing mountains across this country for more than 30 years. There are plenty of analogies between climbing to the top of mountains and climbing to the top of your career. I recently returned from a successful summit of The Grand Teton in Wyoming. It was the most difficult and dangerous ascent of my career. Here are some lessons from the top. 1. Pick Your Peak Carefully. Be sure where you want to go is in...
Resiliency-How Do You Measure Up?
by Sherri Edwards - Aug, 2010
This has been a year filled with endings: banks failing, businesses closing their doors, homes going into foreclosure. Everyone has been impacted by the turbulence in the business world, and the need to adjust quickly is greater than ever. If we don’t learn another thing from the economic wake left behind, resiliency is a quality everyone needs to understand and develop to carry on in the years ahead. The initial thought f...
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