Job Seekers Are A lot Like 450 Pound Pianos
by Barbara Safani - Dec, 2009
I’m having a piano delivered to my house. Arranging for a piano delivery is no small feat. Besides making arrangements with the showroom, I had to coordinate the insurance with my apartment building’s managing agent and figure out if the piano would fit in my elevator. Delivering a baby seemed to be much easier than this ordeal. The delivery was scheduled for tomorrow, yet the piano showed up at my house today. It seems tha...
Will This Be Your Year?
by Deborah Brown-Volkman - Dec, 2009
Another year has gone by. For some of you, it was filled with challenges. For others, the year brought some surprises. Wherever you are today, you are here because you said by your actions that you wanted to be here. Some of you set goals. Some of you wanted to wait to see what happened before you said what you wanted. Others told yourself that setting goals was not worthwhile. The pathway to achieving goals is straigh...
Five Ways Goal Setting Can Go Wrong
by Tai Goodwin - Dec, 2009
One of they keys to being successful in making over your career is to set realistic goals. Many people use the acronym SMART to remember the criteria for goals. According to the acronym goals should be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely. Playing by the rules and creating smart goals however, doesn’t make goal setting problem free. Goal setting can go wrong for a number of reasons. When it does, it can be...
Personal Decision-Making: Perfect Timing Doesn't Exist
by Dee McCrorey - Dec, 2009
Our decisions put us in the driver's seat and over time define who we become. So, why do people so often allow others to make decisions for them by choosing to do nothing? Of course, it is easier to blame someone else for not doing right by us, instead of accepting the consequences of an imperfect decision. But when we give others permission to make choices for us, we still risk an imperfect outcome when the decision made i...
Three Secrets of Career Superstars
by Dwain Celistan - Dec, 2009
It’s been said that half of the job is “showing up.” And that is certainly true. However, the more important half is what you do when you get there. Thriving in your workplace goes beyond attendance and basic job competency. Your goal should be exceptional delivery of your work product. Here are three techniques you can use that will help focus and improve your output. Longer term, adherence to these action steps will...
Are You Listening?
by David Lee - Dec, 2009
Most of us could seriously improve our listening skills. Have you ever... 1. talked with someone who kept vigorously nodding their head as you spoke, yet when they responded, it was clear they hadn’t been listening? 2. had someone assure you they got what you were saying, yet when you asked them what they heard, what they fed back to you was not even remotely close to what you said? 3. shared an idea or point of vi...
Personal Branding for Dummies
by Mary Sherwood Sevinsky - Dec, 2009
Personal branding can be something as simple as a title or label: General Contractor Nurse CEO Stay at Home Mom These “tags” allow others to immediately know something about who we are and what we do. As adults, most of us identify ourselves by our jobs or what we do. We understand others in these same terms as well. We are known by these tags until we choose to provide more insight or information into who we are a...
Getting Your Transition Started Dream First, Dream Big
by Hallie Crawford - Nov, 2009
"The best way to predict your future is to invent it." – Alan Kay The first step to successfully identifying your ideal career is to Dream BIG! When I work with career clients, I ask them to dream first and worry about the specific logistics of how they're going to make the change later on. If you focus too much on the practical side (or put on your practical hat) and think "how will I make this work?", then you will sq...
Five Essential Things To Know When You Start Your First Job
by Shweta Khare - Nov, 2009
Congratulations! You are on the way to join your new job, but do not do so before reading these very essential tips. “Welcome Aboard” – Don’t Fall Overboard As a new employee you may find yourself in a “honeymoon” period for some time when you join your new job – the time period varies for each one of us. In general terms it may last for a couple of days or a week or ten days.. seldom more. This period is all “welcomy” h...
How to Escape a Good Job That’s Turned into a Bad Trap
by Tai Goodwin - Nov, 2009
When you have what most people consider a “good” job, it is easy to feel obligated to stay where you are. After all, you have what most people want, right? Well most people want that. But there are some of us who aren’t satisfied with the good job. We require work that feeds our passion. Work that has meaning that extends beyond a paycheck. And we need work that lends itself to the lifestyle we want in stead of a job that forc...
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