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1. Good, Fast and Cheap
- Friday, October 09, 2015
If you’ve ever worked for a large corporation, you’re probably familiar with the phrase, “You can only pick two: good, fast or cheap.” The idea is that you can create a new product that’s good in a short timeframe if you’re willing to pay enough. Or, you can create a product that’s good and cheap, but it’s going to take some time. Or, you can make a product that’s fast and cheap, but it’s not going to be very good. Expecting to produce a product that’s good, fast and cheap just isn’t realistic.
2. Cohen Raises Questions About Fairness of Hiring Practices
- Friday, October 02, 2015
The last time you applied for a job, you probably assumed your application and resume were the only things your future employer used to make a decision about whether or not to hire you. Tennessee Rep. Steve Cohen and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren have been working on a project that may change your mind on this idea.
3. Double-Spacers, You’re Dating Yourself
- Friday, September 25, 2015
There’s something you may be doing every day that’s making you look old. And you probably have no idea what it is. It’s not your clothes, your hairstyle or the AOL email address you’re using (although those aren’t helping either).
4. Local, National Fourth-Quarter Jobs Outlook Rises
- Tuesday, September 22, 2015
It’s been a long road to economic recovery since the Great Recession struck seven years ago.
But U.S. employers are making a comeback, according to a recent Manpower Employment Outlook Survey that shows strong hiring plans in Memphis and nationwide to close out 2015.
5. Translating an Academic Resume for the Corporate World
- Friday, September 18, 2015
Over time, one theme keeps coming up in the questions I receive from readers. After spending years going to school to receive a master’s or doctoral degree, many recent graduates find themselves with a long resume.
6. Work Stress is Bad for Your Health
- Friday, September 11, 2015
If you’re feeling stressed at work, it turns out it may actually be bad for your long-term health. Researchers from Harvard and Stanford found that work stress can be as bad for you as secondhand smoke.
7. The Secret to Retaining Your Best Employees
- Friday, September 04, 2015
It’s that time of year again. Time to celebrate Labor Day, the holiday dedicated to recognizing the achievements of American workers. With an unemployment rate hovering around 5.3 percent, many employers are asking the same question: “How do we retain our best employees?”
8. The Art of Interoffice Communication
- Friday, August 28, 2015
With so many generations working together today, communication has never been more confusing. Our communication vehicles include email, phone, social media, text – not to mention real life, face-to-face conversations and handwritten letters.
9. Know When To Cut Your Losses at Work
- Friday, August 21, 2015
Typically, we think of sunk cost in terms of investing or economics. It’s the concept that money or some other cost you have already lost can’t be recovered. In business, the idea of sunk cost might come in to play when a project has failed. Management eventually decides that no amount of additional work will save the project. It’s best to cut their losses and walk away while they can.
10. ‘Job or No Job’
- Friday, August 14, 2015
In the job market today, millennials are one of the groups most likely to be unemployed. Last week, ABC Family premiered a new reality TV show to shed light on this issue, “Job or No Job.”
11. Loving What You Do
- Friday, August 07, 2015
Last week, I had an experience that inspired me. I want to share it in hopes that it might inspire your day the way it has mine.
I attended a conference in Fort Worth, Texas, called the Podcast Movement. I went with relatively low expectations – to meet a few people, and to learn something to help me with the career podcast I host. What I would learn, and who I would meet, I wasn’t quite sure.
12. How to Say Thank You
- Friday, July 31, 2015
One important component to any job search is the art of saying thank you. It may seem cliché, but saying thanks never gets old. Expressing thanks shows your appreciation for others and nurtures your connections for future interactions.
13. The Online Trap
- Friday, July 24, 2015
I’ll admit it; I’m an online junkie.
I’ve been on the Internet practically every day since its invention. I studied computers in college and had a long career as an online marketer.
14. Disruptive Innovation Helps Fill in the Gaps
- Friday, July 17, 2015
Being out of work in today’s economy can be daunting. Even as things continue to improve, finding a job can be tough. In addition to the small number of new positions created each day, the entire hiring process takes longer – despite when you find the perfect job.
15. How to Change Careers Later in Your Life
- Friday, July 10, 2015
This week, a reader reached out to me with a question many people are facing. She says, “A friend is seeking to leave education after 13 years and re-enter business where she worked as a tech writer. She teaches math and computer science and is incredibly detail-oriented, smart, concise and reliable. … I was wondering if you had any advice for someone changing careers – or going back to a career after a decade-long hiatus.”
16. Take Charge of Your Career Independence
- Thursday, July 02, 2015
With the Fourth of July just around the corner, I’ve been thinking about the importance of independence. So often, I meet people who are struggling. Whether they’ve lost their job, or work for a boss who doesn’t appreciate them, they’re going through a rough time.
17. 'Underqualified' for a Job? You Can Still Apply
- Friday, June 26, 2015
If you’re like most people, there was a time in life when you were underqualified for a job. This is typically the case when you apply for your first job. It can also happen when you make a big career change midstream and have to start over.
18. The Invisible Safety Net
- Friday, June 19, 2015
This week, the Internet is buzzing about the struggles of Gap Inc. and Lucky Magazine. Gap announced it will lay off 250 workers and close 175 stores. From the outside, Lucky appears to be going out of business or reducing operations considerably. At Lucky, there are rumors claiming many people were laid off without any severance. I received an email from a reader about just this issue, and what workers can do to prepare.
19. The Importance of Timing
- Friday, June 12, 2015
One of the quickest ways to stand out from the crowd is one of the easiest. And, unfortunately, it can make you look very good or incredibly bad. The concept I’m referring to is timing. Your timing can have a huge impact on your outcome on multiple fronts professionally.
20. The Importance of LinkedIn
- Friday, June 05, 2015
There’s a question I hear at least once a week, “Should I have a LinkedIn account?” Job seekers often wonder if LinkedIn is a waste of their time, if anyone will ever see their profile, and if they need a photo. Absolutely, without a doubt, my answer is always yes.
21. Talent Takes the Wheel
- Friday, May 29, 2015
As the economy continues to improve, employers are beginning to think of what they can do to attract and retain the best talent. In fact, I was just asked for tips on this very topic by a local employer.
22. Death to Reply-All
- Friday, May 22, 2015
In the past two decades, the way we communicate has completely changed. Twenty years ago, email was somewhat of a novelty. Today, it’s a necessity.
It’s often more important you have access to your email than your office, or even your phone. Along with changes in our methods have come updates to the etiquette we use to communicate. When it comes to email, it’s important to pay attention to the unspoken rules to effectively get your message across.
23. The Power of Grit
- Friday, May 15, 2015
This NBA basketball season has been an exciting one for the Memphis Grizzlies. If nothing else, Mike Conley’s recent injury and subsequent return to the game has demonstrated that the Grizzlies, and the city of Memphis, have some serious grit.
24. What to Do After a Big Raise
- Friday, May 08, 2015
As today’s professionals are learning, the fastest way to get a big raise is to switch jobs. Often, staying at the same job will put an additional 2 to 3 percent in your pocket each year. That’s not enough to keep up with the rising costs of rent, food or much of anything.
25. We’re All in Sales
- Friday, May 01, 2015
Lately, I’ve heard the phrase, “we’re all in sales” a few too many times. This thought can be a strange one to grasp when you think about it. For example, how could you ever be considered to be “in sales” if you work in the accounting, operations or legal department?
26. Small-Business Bonus
- Friday, April 24, 2015
For most of my career, I’ve worked for big businesses. In fact, some of the biggest. I was fortunate that my very first job was for auto giant General Motors, and along the way, I also spent time at FedEx and Westinghouse, to name a few.
27. The Power of the Follow-Up
- Friday, April 17, 2015
As I reflect back on the past week, I’m reminded of the Multicultural Career Expo. Nearly 1,400 job seekers had the opportunity to connect with more than 50 employers.
Before the event, many people asked me what to do during the event. Oftentimes though, the most important work comes later. Whether you’re attending a job fair, interviewing for a job or networking, the rules are the same.
28. Updating Your Strategy
- Friday, April 10, 2015
When it comes to job searching, one thing’s for sure. Times have changed. Over the past 20 years, the process for getting a job has been transformed. Most companies require you to apply online, and some even interview you via video chat.
29. Business Means Business
- Friday, April 03, 2015
Over the past 30 years, one thing is for sure. Business has changed. In fact, the change has been so dramatic that it’s become somewhat of a generational issue.
Whereas past generations diligently worked at a job for 20-plus years until retirement, today’s workforce would often be foolish if they tried this approach. Changing positions every three to five years has become a natural and necessary part of career progression. It’s how many workers diversify their experience, get promotions and increase their salaries. This movement also provides long-term stability.
30. 2,000 Job Seekers Expected At Multicultural Career Expo
- Friday, April 03, 2015
The second annual Multicultural Career Expo promises to bring together the communities and businesses of the Mid-South, with organizers expecting 2,000 jobseekers to visit with 50 companies across the health care, financial services, travel, logistics, higher education and nonprofit sectors.
31. Personally Impersonal
- Friday, March 27, 2015
It’s not an uncommon experience for an interview to go incredibly well, and then to receive a very impersonal “thanks, but no thanks” e-mail from the hiring manager. Even worse, you could receive an automated e-mail from the company’s application system that provides virtually no information. This experience can be frustrating at best and anger inducing at worst.
32. Finding the Right Work-From-Home Job
- Friday, March 20, 2015
Finding a work-from-home job (or WFH job as they’re sometimes called) can seem to be an impossible proposition. It’s like finding a unicorn. You’ve heard they exist, but you’ve never actually seen one.
33. Time to Get Creative
- Friday, March 13, 2015
By far, the biggest frustration job seekers report is the experience applying online. They spend hours scouring the Internet for the perfect job. When they find it, they spend the time crafting a cover letter introduction and tailoring their resume to look perfect. Sometimes, the online system will only allow them to paste in a messy looking resume, or won’t allow a cover letter to be submitted.
34. The Value of Honesty
- Friday, March 06, 2015
I’m not going to lie; recently, I’ve been on the receiving end of dishonesty in a business setting. The person could have easily told the truth or apologized, and it would have been no big deal. But, they didn’t. In order to save face, they stepped right up and said something that was clearly and definitely not the truth.
35. Right Your Resume
- Friday, February 27, 2015
Occasionally, I’ll meet with a new client who apologizes profusely in our first meeting. They apologize their resume isn’t well done, and that many of the facts in it are incorrect.
There’s one common thread to these situations. The person has always used a resume writer.
- Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Greater Memphis National College Fair will be held Tuesday, Feb. 24, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Wednesday, Feb. 25, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Road. Students and parents can meet with admission representatives from a wide range of colleges and universities, learn about financial aid and more. Cost is free; registration is required. Visit nacacnet.org.
- Monday, February 23, 2015
Greater Memphis National College Fair will be held Tuesday, Feb. 24, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Wednesday, Feb. 25, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Road. Students and parents can meet with admission representatives from a wide range of colleges and universities, learn about financial aid and discuss individual needs with college experts. Cost is free; registration is required. Visit nacacnet.org.
- Saturday, February 21, 2015
The Daily News will host the 2015 Women & Business Seminar and panel discussion Thursday, Feb. 26, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Brooks Museum auditorium, 1934 Poplar Ave. The seminar will be followed by a wine-and-cheese reception with the panelists. Tickets are $25. Visit seminars.memphisdailynews.com.
39. Personal Brand Building
- Friday, February 20, 2015
When’s the last time you thought of yourself as a brand? If you were a car, would you be a Ford or a Mercedes? Would you be a SUV or a convertible?
When you’re job seeking, it’s strange to think of yourself as a brand or a product. It would make the most sense if all hiring decisions were based on your abilities and whether or not you could do the job.
40. Relocating for Work
- Friday, February 13, 2015
Moving for a new career, or the potential of a new career, can be daunting. You’ll have to sell your home. Your children will need new schools. Your belongings will have to be boxed, moved and unboxed. You’ll need to find new service providers, including doctors, hairstylists and childcare.
41. Using Creativity in Your Job Search
- Friday, February 06, 2015
It goes without saying. Applying online can be a long, difficult process. You’re often left wondering if anyone has read your resume, or if they even know you exist at all.
Earlier this week, I read a story of a creative job seeker who found work passing out resumes at a train station. This inspirational tale reminded me of my own job search years ago.
42. Become the Complainer, Become the Problem
- Friday, January 30, 2015
Have you ever experienced a problem at your job where you were truly in the right? A co-worker or boss did something to you that was either against the law or just ethically wrong. Maybe your boss has a temper, or perhaps you’re being discriminated against in some way.
43. Know What to Carry to Interviews
- Friday, January 23, 2015
It’s official: Hiring season is on! Chances are good you’ve been sending out your resume online for every interesting job out there. Soon, you’ll find yourself invited for in-person interviews.
44. What We Can All Learn From Techies
- Friday, January 16, 2015
Sunday night, when most of us were relaxing and watching the Golden Globe Awards, I received a text from a friend. It said, “I spent some time today figuring out a new video software.” And, it had a link to a fun short video.
45. European Job Hunt
- Friday, January 09, 2015
When I visited Dublin, Ireland, in 2013, I was surprised at what I found. It was a European city that in some ways reminded me of home. People were incredibly friendly. The culture was built around music, food and socializing. The city’s core is a similar size to Downtown Memphis, and it’s built around a river.
46. Making Career Resolutions for the New Year
- Thursday, January 01, 2015
Happy New Year! The holidays flew by this season. If you’re in disbelief that we’re starting a new year, you’re not alone. Just learning to say “2015” may take a little time.
47. You Can’t Afford a Job Search Holiday
- Thursday, December 25, 2014
The holiday season is a perfect chance to spend quality time with friends and family. It’s fun to put up holiday decorations, exchange gifts, and attend holiday gatherings. If we’re lucky, we get lots of rest, and extra time doing things we enjoy.
48. Preparing for January
- Friday, December 19, 2014
In less than three weeks, the race will be on. Are you ready? You may wonder what race I’m talking about. It’s time for one of the most important races of your life. The race to your dream job.
49. Networking to the New Year
- Friday, December 12, 2014
December is my favorite time of year for networking. It sounds a little crazy, right? The holidays are for family and loved ones. It’s a time of gift giving, cookie baking, and sing-alongs. It’s a time to visit those you haven’t seen in over a year, and if you’re lucky, to build snowmen with your children.
50. Don’t Stop Your Job Search During the Holiday
- Friday, December 05, 2014
One of the biggest mistakes job seekers make is to stop looking for work over the holidays. Once Thanksgiving rolls around, our priorities shift. We decide companies aren’t hiring anyway, and we move on to other things. We begin to focus on putting up decorations and buying gifts.
51. Show Appreciation This Thanksgiving
- Thursday, November 27, 2014
Thanksgiving week is here: a time of showing appreciation, eating too much turkey and watching football with loved ones. It’s also a great time to reflect on what you’re thankful for at work.
52. Doing Everything Right is Still No Guarantee
- Friday, November 21, 2014
I meet people every day who are down on their luck. They’ve applied for job after job online and nothing is clicking. They’ve had a few phone interviews and even an in person interview or two. Their resume seems virtually flawless. They’re actively engaged in LinkendIn and regularly attending networking events.
53. Secrets to a Successful Military Transition
- Friday, November 14, 2014
This week is a special one. With Veterans Day this past Tuesday, it has been important to honor our military personnel. In addition to thanking them for their service, former military members face an issue many people overlook: underemployment.
54. Reinventing Your Career
- Friday, November 07, 2014
The desire to want to change careers is a common experience. Turning that desire into reality is a different story. Navigating dramatic shifts in one’s career can be both complex and confusing. The frustration causes many people to drop the idea altogether.
55. Job Search Nightmare
- Friday, October 31, 2014
With Halloween upon us, we’re talking about our fears. Finding a job can be a scary thought for many people. But what is it about the process that unnerves us?
According to Glassdoor.com, research shows over 90 percent of Americans are afraid of something about the job search process. Some candidates become nervous that they’ll arrive late. Others worry about what to wear. Many people are afraid of feeling like they’re bragging. Some are afraid of being underqualified and others are scared of being overqualified. Some fear they’ll be judged for their age – either for being too old or too young.
56. Timing Is Everything
- Friday, October 24, 2014
Timing is everything; at least, it can be. Whether it’s in life, relationships, or job seeking, timing can strongly influence the outcome of a situation.
When you’re searching for a new career, there are many things you should do, such as update your resume and cover letter. You want to keep your LinkedIn profile current, and have a nice suit on hand for interviews. You should spend time growing your network and applying for jobs.
57. Promotions and Advanced Opportunities
- Friday, October 17, 2014
In the past week, Satya Nadella’s words have been all over the internet, television and newspaper. You may have seen the Microsoft CEO’s original statements, his later retractions or commentary from outsiders.
58. Joining the Team
- Friday, October 10, 2014
As football and basketball seasons start up again, questions have started to arise about working in professional sports. Let’s be honest. Who wouldn’t want to get up and go to work for their favorite sports franchise? Every day would be fun and exciting – and we might even meet a few of the players!
59. Focus On Your Strengths
- Friday, October 03, 2014
A few weeks ago, I had the honor of sitting on a career panel about making the right career moves. In a packed room, we covered everything from preparing for a job interview to how office politics can influence promotions at work.
60. Free Tools to Help With Your Job Search
- Friday, September 26, 2014
This week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Mike Steinerd from Indeed.com. Indeed is the No. 1 job site worldwide with over 140 million visitors per month. We talked about everything from how fast you should apply for a job to companies you should consider if you’re looking for work-life balance.
61. Are You Sharing Too Much?
- Friday, September 19, 2014
When it comes to job seeking, sometimes less is more. Everything we do – from the clothes we wear to our resumes to our social media accounts – says something about us. These things are pieces of our personal brands.
62. Door Opener or Doorstop
- Friday, September 12, 2014
When I talk with millennials who have recently graduated from college, one thing is clear: They’re struggling to figure out what exactly to do next.
A common theme is they’re taking jobs that would normally be considered beneath their skill level.
63. Jobs are Like Buses
- Friday, September 05, 2014
The title of my column today may sound a bit confusing. It comes from one of my own mentors. Years ago, when I was finishing graduate school, I spent a significant amount of time searching for the right job.
64. Standing Out in The Crowd
- Friday, August 29, 2014
Last weekend, I had the pleasure of participating in a panel as part of the Memphis Urban League Young Professional’s 2014 Empowerment Conference. We spoke on the topic of “Stand Out in the Crowd.”
65. Minimizing Jargon
- Friday, August 22, 2014
Recently, my doctor explained a topic so complicated that even my two advanced degrees weren’t helping to decipher what she was talking about.
“If we were talking about marketing, I’d completely understand,” I said. “But, unfortunately I don’t. Can you explain this to me again in a more simple way?” My doctor paused, laughed, and said, “You know, this is how I feel when my pest guy comes to tell me about my lawn. I have no idea what he’s talking about!”
66. Westin Memphis Honored for Community Service
- Wednesday, August 20, 2014
When an F-5 tornado tore through Angela Copeland’s hometown of Moore, Okla., last year, she initially felt helpless.
67. Keeping Your Search Secret
- Friday, August 15, 2014
Can you keep a secret? Benjamin Franklin famously said, “Three can keep a secret, if two of them are dead.” Keeping private information private, especially about your job search, can be a tall order.
68. Lessons Learned From Millennials
- Friday, August 08, 2014
Much of the research about employment suggests older workers are waiting longer to retire. This means many seasoned professionals are also still job searching. And, many of those are struggling to find their way.
69. To Stay or to Go
- Friday, August 01, 2014
Job seeking can be a long, difficult process. If you’re currently looking for a job, there’s a good chance it’s because something at your current job isn’t right. Whether it’s your boss, the pay, or the job itself, you just aren’t happy. And, you probably haven’t been happy for a while. Most people have to reach a certain breaking point before they are willing to volunteer to experience the discomfort of job searching.
70. When Education Falls Short
- Friday, July 25, 2014
One of the chief complaints I hear from job seekers is that their lousy college education is to blame for their poor career success. Whether they went to the wrong school or got the wrong degree, the person wishes they could turn back time. They consider going back to school as a road to success.
71. Networking How To’s
- Friday, July 18, 2014
One of the best ways to advance a career in a competitive market is through networking. In many ways, it’s both the easiest and hardest part of a search. Today, I received two questions on the topic of networking best practices.
72. Leveling the Playing Field
- Friday, July 11, 2014
One of the biggest struggles many job seekers face is gathering enough information. It’s important to understand how much a company pays, if the environment is healthy, and how the interview process works.
73. Giving Your Child Independence
- Friday, July 04, 2014
Parents of newly minted graduates have all heard about it: the “Boomerang Generation.” According to Pew Research Center, It’s estimated that some 45 percent of college graduates between the ages of 18 and 24 are living at home with family. If you are a parent, you may be wondering what you can do to give your children the gift of independence on this Fourth of July.
74. Exiting Your Job Gracefully
- Friday, June 27, 2014
There’s a lot to be said for grace. Although many interpretations of the word exist, my favorite is Merriam-Webster’s. They define it as “a controlled, polite, and pleasant way of behaving.” After a number of questions from people about how to quit their jobs, I wanted to share a few thoughts with you.
75. Outlasting Outdated Industries
- Friday, June 20, 2014
One result of technological advances is a change in the way we do business. Sometimes this change results in new jobs, but often, it can also result in job loss.
Have you ever had the sense your job might be going away soon? Maybe you’ve noticed your industry is declining and being replaced by another. When this happens, you should pay attention.
76. Career Transitions for Scientists
- Friday, June 13, 2014
I’ve recently received multiple letters from scientists in the research community with questions about their career transitions. Most likely, this is because of Memphis’ thriving medical research community. After all, Memphians are developing new technologies for things from vaccines to cancer cures.
77. Conquering Rumors
- Friday, June 06, 2014
It seems that every week there’s another rumor. Some big corporation is going to lay off its employees. A company’s going to relocate to another city. A department is going to be restructured.
78. Dressing for Career Success
- Friday, May 30, 2014
You’ve been applying online for months, and finally something has clicked. You have an interview in a few days for the perfect job at the best company in town.
This scenario sounds great on the surface, but can often lead to stress and anxiety when job seekers prepare to suit up for their next interview. And it makes sense, because your outfit can impact your overall interview success.
79. Scaling Your Career
- Friday, May 23, 2014
One of the most exciting career transitions job seekers make is changing industries. You may want to move from nonprofit to corporate or from a large organization to a small business. These moves expose you to a new workplace and can reenergize you if you’re feeling burnt out in your current environment.
80. Networking Over Coffee
- Friday, May 16, 2014
Workers change jobs more frequently now than ever before. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employees only stay at a job for a little over four years on average.
In the past, people making quick transitions were sometimes looked at as flaky or unstable. Today, it’s common to assume those who transition more frequently are also more experienced. They’ve seen different environments, and have been forced to grow their skills.
81. Transitioning Between Corporate and Nonprofit
- Friday, May 09, 2014
Career transitions are all the rage these days. Whether it’s moving between jobs more frequently or updating your skill set midstream, change is happening. One trend growing in popularity is employees who are making a move between the nonprofit and corporate worlds.
82. Negotiation 101
- Friday, May 02, 2014
Negotiation is one of my favorite topics. You negotiate things every day – from which movie to watch to what to eat for dinner. At work, your ability to negotiate can hit close to your wallet.
83. Relationship Building Blocks
- Friday, April 25, 2014
When you’re working to turn over a new leaf in your career, you start with the basics: an updated resume, a catchy cover letter, new business cards and a fresh LinkedIn profile. These pieces are requirements of your search, but they’re not where the important work happens. The foundation of a long-term career is built on networking.
84. Unconventional Career Advice
- Friday, April 18, 2014
Conventional wisdom seems to indicate that the steps to finding a new job are writing a resume, and then applying to job postings online. Soon after, every company will contact you for an interview and after one meeting, you’ll get a great offer and start just a few weeks later. Months after trying this method, jobseekers feel frustrated and confused.
85. The Grey Ceiling: Beating Ageism
- Friday, April 11, 2014
The unfortunate truth of today’s job searching climate is that applying for jobs is competitive – very competitive. Employers can be picky about who they hire and how much they’re willing to pay. For many job seekers over 50, the search process is a longer, harder road than they remember from years past.
86. Going Back to Graduate School
- Friday, April 04, 2014
“Should I go back to graduate school?” This is a question many professionals wonder about each day. If you’ve struggled to find a new job in the difficult economy, you may be seriously considering it.
87. Cleaning Off the Cobwebs
- Friday, March 28, 2014
When new jobseekers start their search for the perfect opportunity, they’re often met with one of two concerns. Either “I’m too old” or “I’m too young.” Those who are older feel their experience will be overlooked because they have too many gray hairs. Those who are young feel their lack of experience will trump their abilities.
88. Becoming Your Own CEO
- Friday, March 21, 2014
I’ve heard the same story at least three times in the past two weeks. A high-performing worker went in for a performance review with the boss. The boss said something along the lines of, “You’ve done a great job. I appreciate you. I can’t offer you a promotion, or a raise, but please don’t leave. I need you here.”
89. Defining Luck
- Friday, March 14, 2014
Some people seem to have all the luck. From the outside, they appear to get every promotion, make more money, drive a nicer car and live in a nicer house. It’s like they are surrounded by a ray of sunshine all day. This seems especially true of celebrities, company heads and professional athletes. How do they get so lucky, and when will my luck change?
90. Making the Most of Career Fairs
- Friday, March 07, 2014
As college graduates prepare to enter the working world in May, corporations begin to ramp up their hiring. More jobs are posted, and recruiters increase their search efforts. Even if you graduated from college years or decades ago, this can be a perfect time to look for a new opportunity.
91. Networking With No Fear
- Friday, February 28, 2014
Last week, as I pulled toward my parking space at home, the adorable 3-year-old boy who lives next door ran up to my car. “I haven’t seen you in a while!” he exclaimed in the most excited voice I’d heard all week. “How have you been?” I rolled down my window and chatted with him until his grandmother quickly rushed over to sweep him up.
92. Make More Money This Year
- Friday, February 21, 2014
If you’re like most people, you created a list of new year’s resolutions at the end of December or in the beginning of January. One of your resolutions was probably related to your finances. It may have been to save more, to make more or both. Regardless of which you selected, increasing your income can achieve both goals.
93. Putting Your <3 Into Your Job
- Friday, February 14, 2014
The season of love is upon us. Is it fair to say you love what you’re doing for a living? Do you find yourself putting in your all every day, or is it a drag to get up in the morning – or worse yet, to go to bed the night before, knowing your next day’s work is looming over you?
94. Starting Over: When Corporate Goes Kaput
- Friday, February 07, 2014
For many employees in the Memphis area, the story is all too familiar. You wake up one day and go to work, just like it was any other. You wear the same clothes, drive the same route, and eat at the same place for lunch. Things seem fine at first, but something starts to feel a little out of whack.
95. Apply Dinner Party Etiquette to Job Search
- Friday, January 31, 2014
The title of this column may sound funny. After all, you’re looking for a new job, not a steak and baked potato. On the surface, you’re right, but there are lessons you can carry over from your dinner tonight to your job interview tomorrow morning.
96. Your Calling Card
- Friday, January 24, 2014
These days, the way in which you present yourself has become more complicated. It’s no longer just about being well groomed with a firm handshake. Your Facebook page, LinkedIn account, email address, business cards and phone number all say something about you. They are all pieces of your personal brand.
97. What’s in a Name?
- Friday, January 17, 2014
The name we go by with our friends and family can be a very personal thing.
In a professional environment, I go by Angela Copeland. At home, I go by Angie, Angie Dawn, Sister and Aunt Angie. So often, our name reflects our role or status, whether its doctor or dad. We have an emotional tie to the names we choose to go by. It’s such a strong tie that, in fact, it can often cause internal conflict when we attempt to adjust it. Our name is our identity and part of our personal brand.
98. Learning to Stand Out From the Pack
- Friday, January 10, 2014
Many people think they know what it is that makes one candidate stand out from another. Some think it’s an expensive graduate degree. Others say it’s the ability to take on loads of student debt, or being born into the right family. Although a pedigree from a good school and being in the right social circle never hurts, it usually won’t be the deciding factor between you and another candidate.
99. New Year, New You
- Friday, January 03, 2014
January is the perfect time to begin working on your 2014 plan. As you prioritize your New Year’s resolutions, consider a career cleanup along with your plans to go to the gym more often. If you’ve been thinking of a career change, whether it’s an internal promotion or moving to a new company or field altogether, this is the perfect time.
100. Keeping Up Job Searches During the Holidays
- Friday, December 27, 2013
Now’s the time to get started on your resolution to find a new job in the new year. The holidays are the perfect time to begin your search. Yes, many HR departments are on vacation and hiring appears to halt. But, it’s a great time for you to lay the foundation to stand out in 2014.