Editorial Results (free)
1. Job Seeking: The One Last Taboo?
- Wednesday, January 10, 2018
In the age of oversharing online, it seems that searching for a job is one of the last topics anyone wants to share. The world’s largest job site, Indeed.com, recently commissioned a study by Censuswide, surveying 10,000 job seekers around the world – in the U.S., Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
2. Creating A New You In 2018
- Wednesday, January 3, 2018
If 2017 left you feeling disappointed at work, today is the perfect day to start turning things around in 2018.
How many times did you think the following to yourself? “If only I work a little harder, my boss will recognize my value. Next year, I really will get a decent raise and a promotion. I’m really not happy, but I have no other choice.”
3. If Interviewing Were Dating
- Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Interviewing for a job is a nerve-wracking process. When else do we want others to judge us? We spend so much time preparing – finding the perfect clothes, organizing our resume and sneaking out of our job. We ask for recommendations from our old bosses.
4. Laid Off Just In Time For The Holidays
- Wednesday, December 20, 2017
I hate to admit this. I have seen more people let go this holiday season than in years past. It’s a sad and stressful situation. As employers approach the end of the year, they re-evaluated their priorities and made business decisions to reorganize. The shift in structure left many people without a job.
5. Best Places To Work in 2018
- Wednesday, December 13, 2017
For the 10th year, Glassdoor.com has released its Employees’ Choice Awards. For 2018, they’ve expanded the list of best companies from 50 to 100.
6. Making The Most Of Holiday Parties
- Wednesday, December 6, 2017
We’ve all been there. There’s a company holiday party you’d rather not attend – or maybe your next-door neighbors are throwing an event you just can’t avoid. Whatever the occasion, these parties can be draining during the holidays. This is especially true for those of us who are introverts or have other commitments such as children or a demanding job. It can feel like there’s just no room for another to-do on the list.
7. The Importance Of Saying ‘Thank You’
- Wednesday, November 29, 2017
The holidays are here again. Along with the turkey, stuffing and loved ones, there’s more to consider. This season is a time of giving thanks.
One of the topics I’m often asked to speak about is personal branding. And part of your personal brand comes across in the way you thank others.
8. What is Your Biggest Weakness?
- Wednesday, November 22, 2017
One of the favorite interview questions of hiring managers continues to be, “What is your biggest weakness?” This is a tough question all the way around. If you are too honest, you may eliminate yourself from consideration and not get the job at all. But if you’re not honest enough, you may come across as evasive.
9. Don’t Overlook Company Reviews
- Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Being happy at work is an essential part of career fulfillment. Sometimes, it seems we spend more time researching where to eat the best hamburger than where to work. Much like skipping restaurant reviews, failing to research a company can come back to burn you later. The good news is you no longer have to know someone personally to get the scoop on a company.
10. Increasing Your Executive Presence
- Wednesday, November 8, 2017
I recently had the honor of speaking on the topic of executive presence, not just once – but twice. I participated in panels where we discussed the importance of executive presence to your career and how to increase yours.
11. Using Social Media in Your Job Search
- Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Social media isn’t part of a job search. In order to find a job, you only need a resume, business cards and a nice suit. Right? This was true – if you were looking for a job in 2001.
In today’s wired world, many more options are available to you. Why not try them? After all, submitting your resume blindly just isn’t working. If you want to try something new, social media is a great place to start.
12. Will My Job Be Replaced By a Robot?
- Wednesday, October 25, 2017
In the age of computers, the way we do business is changing at a record pace. Some change is good. But, inevitably, some is also quite painful. One concern many professionals have is whether or not their job may be replaced by a robot.
13. The Power Of Punctuation
- Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Your words are an incredibly powerful business tool that you use each and every day. This is especially true during your job search. Not surprisingly, the punctuation around those words can be just as important as the words themselves.
14. LinkedIn’s Latest HR Tool: Talent Insights
- Wednesday, October 11, 2017
The hiring landscape is continuously being reshaped by the internet and the increasing data available to employers. On Oct. 4 in Nashville, LinkedIn.com unveiled its latest human resources product offering: LinkedIn Talent Insights. It will most likely impact how you, the job seeker, experiences the hiring process.
15. Freedom At Work
- Wednesday, October 4, 2017
One of the worst feelings you can feel at work is trapped with no way out. I meet professionals every day who feel chained to their job. They are very often in unhealthy situations that make them miserable each and every day. Some have an abusive boss. Others work for a company they no longer believe in. But because they rely on the income, they’re stuck. It feels like a dead-end road with no way out. It can be stressful and emotional.
16. Always Take The First Interview
- Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Have you ever received a call from a headhunter or recruiter out of the blue? Sometimes, they’ll call your work phone and leave a voicemail you weren’t expecting. They’re recruiting for a new position. It’s one you haven’t heard about, but they want to speak to you. You don’t know how they got your name or phone number. The recruiter says, “I have a new position I’m trying to fill. I wanted to reach out to see if you know anyone who might be interested.”
17. Should Your Resume Include A Photograph?
- Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Recently, I started receiving a question I haven’t heard much before: “Should I put my photo on my resume?”
It’s a great question! If you’ve wondered the same thing, you’re not alone. Resume templates are beginning to pop up on the internet with photos embedded. In all honesty, these templates are often beautifully designed. They look like a work of art. At first glance, they’re very enticing – and they make you question what you thought were the rules of the road with resumes. It makes you wonder if things have changed since the last time you looked.
18. 3 Tips For Moving To Another City
- Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Have you ever thought of moving to another city? For many job seekers who are searching in a difficult market, I often recommend looking in other places. But, searching in one city while you live in another can be a challenge.
19. Pay Attention To Signs It’s Time to Go
- Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Often as job seekers, we struggle with the idea of when to leave. We may feel that it makes no sense to leave one good job for another. This can make sense in certain situations. However, when the writing is on the wall, it’s best to pay attention.
20. Helping a Hopeless Job Seeker
- Wednesday, August 30, 2017
If you have a job seeker in your life, there’s a decent chance you’re concerned about them. This is especially true if they are currently unemployed. They’re upset. You feel upset. You may secretly wonder what they’re doing wrong, and what you can do to help.
21. 3 Job Search Tips for The Introvert
- Wednesday, August 23, 2017
I have to confess: I’m an introvert. People I’ve met in person are often surprised by this little-known fact. They assume that public speaking and networking skills equate to extroversion. And, this makes sense on the surface. But, introverts can excel too. If you struggle, here are three tips to help you excel in your job search.
22. How Long Should This Job Search Really Take?
- Wednesday, August 16, 2017
One of the number one questions I hear from job seekers is, “How long should my job search really take?” It’s a good question. Knowing what’s “normal” can help you to know whether you’re winning or losing at this game we call the job search.
23. Job-Seeking Anxiety Is Universal
- Wednesday, August 9, 2017
By now, we can all agree: The job search process can be a grueling one. If you’re actively looking for a job, you know what I’m talking about. You apply online and never hear back. Or, maybe you go through rounds of interviews that lead nowhere.
24. Advice to My Younger Self
- Wednesday, August 2, 2017
In the past week, two interesting things have happened. First, I was asked the question, “What advice would you give your younger self?” Then, I attended my high school reunion. Walking through the old halls of my high school brought back memories of where it all started. Needless to say, both moments made me think about the past and what advice I would give a young person today.
25. Are ‘Snaplications’ The Next Trend In Recruiting?
- Wednesday, July 26, 2017
When most job seekers think of using social media to apply for a new job, they think of networking website LinkedIn. But McDonald’s pushed the boundaries of recruiting by partnering with Snapchat to hire new employees this summer. Previously rolled out in Australia earlier this year, they’re calling the recruiting effort “Snaplications.”
26. After-School Job Not For Everyone
- Wednesday, July 19, 2017
A reader recently wrote to me with an interesting question. He was seeking advice on how his teenage daughter might find an after-school job for her high school years. His logic makes sense. He wants her to learn discipline and to gain a work ethic. These are great qualities for a young student to develop. Although I respect this method of getting there, I also suggested an alternative path.
27. Bullying 2.0: The Mean Co-Worker
- Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Growing up, it seemed like one of the perks of being an adult was a lack of bullies. After all, bullying stops after high school graduation, right? Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. A few bullies sneak through life without giving up their bullying ways. Often, these meanies resurface at work, making your eight hours there much less rewarding.
28. When You Thought It Wasn’t Personal
- Tuesday, July 4, 2017
A reader recently wrote to me with a unique situation. They landed an impressive contract position. Everything was going along great for 11 months until one day, they were let go. The company laid off a large number of people all at the same time. After soliciting feedback, the reader was given a good review and sent on their way.
29. Breaking The Rules And Finding Your Perfect Job
- Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Sometimes in your career, things don’t always work out the way you plan them. For me, the first time I learned this lesson, I was in college. I went to one of those fancy, private schools to study computer engineering in the late ’90s. I knew that an investment in such a great degree would guarantee me a job when I graduated. Not only that, it would guarantee me a great paying job.
30. 3 Tips for A Successful Interview
- Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Interviewing is hard work. If you're currently looking for something new, you know that finding a job is a job. From preparing your favorite suit to revising your resume to networking and rounds of interviews – there are times it feels like it will never end. It can be tough to keep your head above water with your existing role while you're balancing your life and your job search. To ensure you're making the most out of every interview, do these three things.
31. Key To Winning Job Candidate’s Heart? Flexibility
- Wednesday, June 14, 2017
I recently had the opportunity to travel to Austin, Texas, to meet a number of folks who work at the job website Indeed.com. If you’ve looked for a job in the last 10 years, there’s a good chance you’ve visited Indeed.
32. Get Inside The Head of The Job Seeker
- Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Typically, this column is targeted toward the job seeker. Today, I’m going to take a slightly different approach. I’ve received the same question from multiple different employers in the past week: “How can I hire better candidates?”
33. It’s OK To Say No
- Wednesday, May 31, 2017
OK, this is going to sound strange, but bear with me. After coaching hundreds of folks on their job searches, I’ve noticed a pattern. And it’s not one I would have expected.
What’s one of our No. 1 fears when it comes to job searching? It’s actually that we will get the job! That’s right. We are afraid of being offered a job.
34. Please, Let Your Child Grow Up
- Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Today’s young people are more thoughtful and kinder than many of the older job seekers they’re competing against. They care about making a difference more than their own personal finances or another self-serving endeavor.
35. Questioning Your Hiring Manager
- Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Sometimes, getting a job is dependent more on what you ask than what you answer. We spend so much time preparing for how we will answer the hiring manager’s questions but very little time thinking about what we want to know.
36. Don’t Forget To Say Thank You
- Wednesday, May 10, 2017
How many times have you heard, “Don’t forget to say thank you”? When we were children, adults reiterated it over and over again. Yet, somehow, as adults, we are forgetting this simple lesson.
37. Finding Your First Job
- Wednesday, May 3, 2017
You’ve made it through four years of college. Now what? Getting your first job after graduation can feel like a daunting task. We have such high hopes of finding the perfect career quickly and easily – until we hit a wall. Based on a recent Wall Street Journal piece, many college graduates can relate.
38. You Weren’t Picked – Now What?
- Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Being overlooked for a job is the worst. It’s especially bad after you’ve had a series of interviews. You took off work (multiple times), bought a new suit and updated your resume. How could they reject you after all of that hard work?
39. The Limits Of Loyalty
- Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Loyalty is an important quality. It’s what helps bind friendships and loved ones. It’s what holds teams together. But, dare I say it – there are limits to loyalty.
Many of us were taught to be loyal to our companies. To some degree, this makes a lot of sense. We should all be truthful. We should keep trade secrets private. And, we should put in an honest day’s work when we’re there. We have a duty to be great employees each and every day.
40. Career Interference
- Wednesday, April 12, 2017
The job market often offers twists and turns you’d never expect. My first twist happened during college.
I grew up in the ’90s, along with the internet. Companies like AOL were just starting. With a “fast” dial-up modem, you could connect through your phone line. It was just the sort of thing a teenager dying to go to college out of state needed. It was an exciting time. Everything and everyone suddenly seemed magically intertwined in a new way.
41. Respect For Athletes And Actors
- Wednesday, April 5, 2017
In the business world, things move fast. You write a business proposal, seek approval and move on to your next project. Efficiency is key in business. Move fast. Waste little time. Produce as much output as possible.
42. Is College Worth The Investment?
- Wednesday, March 29, 2017
I’ve met a number of people lately who have said something that’s surprised me. They’ve told me that they aren’t sure if college is really worth it. They believe it would be a waste of money to pay for something they might never use, especially if they change their mind on their career path later.
43. Prioritizing Your Search
- Wednesday, March 22, 2017
When you’re truly unhappy in your current job, a new one can’t get here fast enough. Having to drag yourself to the office each day can be the worst.
When you’re caught up in the emotion of it all, you begin to wonder why you don’t have a new job yet. Is it a problem with your resume, your cover letter or your LinkedIn? Panic and frustration begins to set in as each day goes by.
44. Waiting for Permission Isn’t Working
- Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Today’s job market is tough. If you’re trying to find a new job or get a promotion at your current job, you can probably relate. One of the most frustrating things, if not the most frustrating, is when your current boss is overlooking you.
45. Where Are You Getting Stuck?
- Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Whenever I meet with a new job seeker, I always ask the same question: “Where are you getting stuck in your search?” It sounds like a simple question, but it can shed quite a bit of light into what’s going on.
46. Email and The Golden Rule
- Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Have you ever gotten an email you just want to ignore? Perhaps it’s from a vendor you work with that wants to tell you about a new product they’re selling. The email provides no immediate value for you. There’s nothing you can do about it right now, and frankly, you’re busy. You’re so far up to your eyeballs in reports that you can barely breathe.
47. Unreasonable Interview Expectations
- Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Sometimes, interviews can be the worst. I mean, truly. Doesn’t the hiring manager realize that you have a job, life, spouse, children and existing commitments?
You spend months trying to get your foot in the door for a job interview. You spend all your time filling out applications and updating your resume. You call your references and update your LinkedIn and Facebook accounts.
48. Opposing Views at Work
- Wednesday, February 15, 2017
2017 has certainly started off on an interesting foot. I don’t know about you, but social media used to be a relaxing activity where I learned about engagements, saw baby photos and watched cat videos. Lately, it’s filled with opposing views and tension – on all sides of every issue. It’s exhausting.
49. Happiness At Work Hinges On People
- Wednesday, February 8, 2017
If you’re looking for a new job, I bet one of your top two priorities is finding a job you truly love. Somehow, you’ve found yourself at a job you don’t care for, and you’re ready to make a change. And you hope to not wake up in another situation where you don’t like your job.
50. Finances Can Impact Your Career Path
- Wednesday, February 1, 2017
As you grow in your career, finding a new job can become harder and harder. One of the big reasons for this has to do with salary. If you think about it, when you first started working, you were open to just about any job and would happily take a tiny paycheck. But as you’ve progressed in your career, your requirements have evolved.
51. Overcoming Legal Issues In Your Past
- Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Questions around past legal trouble has come up multiple times recently, so it’s worth addressing. A reader writes, “I’m a job seeker with a felony record and a college degree. I can’t expunge the record, and I’m not sure what to do. Where should I begin?”
52. The Real Reason A Company Doesn’t Call Back
- Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Interviewing for a job is an incredibly personal process – at least for the job seeker. If you’re looking for a new job, you know the frustration when a company doesn’t call you back. It stings like rejection. It can leave you reeling – wondering what’s wrong with you.
- Thursday, January 12, 2017
“Breaking the Rules & Getting the Job” author Angela Copeland will hold a discussion and book signing Thursday, Jan. 12, at 6:30 p.m. at South Main Book Juggler, 548 S. Main St. Visit copelandcoaching.com.
54. Making Friends As An Adult
- Wednesday, January 11, 2017
The title of this column sounds a little strange at first glance. But if you’ve ever tried to make friends as an adult, you know this is a big deal. And it’s not just because it’s important to have friends. The friends you have as an adult can have a major impact on your career.
- Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, Jan. 11, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in NovaCopy’s conference room, 7251 Appling Farms Parkway. Eric Eurich of FocalPoint Business Coaching will present “Achieving Success in 2017.” Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.com.
- Tuesday, January 10, 2017
PizzaRev will hold job fairs Tuesday, Jan. 10, and Thursday, Jan. 12, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at its future location near International Paper at 6450 Poplar Ave., suite 119. The fast-casual eatery is looking to hire 50 crew members. Interested applicants can apply in person or visit pleaseapplyonline.com/tennrev to begin the process online.
- Saturday, January 7, 2017
The 2017 Memphis Bike Swap will be held Saturday, Jan. 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Minglewood Hall, 1555 Madison Ave. Bikers will be able to buy, sell or swap parts with other cyclists around the city. Admission is free for buyers; food and beer will be available for purchase. A portion of proceeds will benefit the American Diabetes Association. Visit peddlerbikeshop.com/events for details.
- Monday, January 9, 2017
The Yard will recycle Christmas trees free of charge through Jan. 29 at its recycling and composting facility, 1735 Thomas Road. Hours are Mondays through Fridays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you mention Memphis Botanic Garden when dropping off a tree, The Yard will donate $5 to MBG. Call 901-833-9273 for details.
59. Listen to Yourself
- Wednesday, January 4, 2017
You may wonder, “What’s the worst thing that could possibly happen during my job search?” Is it making a fool of yourself in an interview? Is it saying the wrong thing? Is it wearing the wrong outfit?
60. Reinvent Your Career In 2017
- Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Have you ever wondered if you might have picked the wrong career path? If so, you’re not alone. Ask a friend, “How did you end up in your career?” There’s a good chance they’ll say that they just happened to fall into whatever it is that they do.
Perhaps they happened to get a particular internship during college that happened to lead to a job. Or maybe their parents were connected to a certain company. Or they had a friend who contacted them about a job.
61. New Year, New You
- Wednesday, December 21, 2016
No matter what your personal religious, political or social views are, it seems fair to say we can all agree on one thing: 2016 has been a tough year for everyone. Friends and families were pulled apart by different political leanings. Workers went through difficult corporate layoffs and restructurings. Violence and death were reported daily in the news. It’s been rough – very rough.
62. Small Town, Big Perks
- Wednesday, December 14, 2016
One of the first things every job seeker considers is what city to live in next. A list of questions comes up when evaluating options: “Are there many jobs available in my current city? Am I near my family and friends? Would I rather be on the coast, or near the mountains?”
63. Make the Most of Your Performance Review
- Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Do you wish you were making more money? Do you feel frustrated that you haven’t received the promotion you’ve been waiting for? Well, now’s the time to make a case for yourself. It’s almost time for your annual employee performance evaluation.
64. Preparing For 2017
- Wednesday, November 30, 2016
The holidays can be a difficult time in the life of a job seeker. Very often, things at work slow down a bit. We begin to consider what we would like to find in a new job, whether it’s more money, a new position or a better work-life balance. Unfortunately, the time between Thanksgiving and the New Year is also a slower time of year for hiring. Managers may go on vacation, and hiring may be put on hold for budgetary reasons.
65. Making It Official
- Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Can we agree that the interview process can be stressful? It can be exhausting. You spend weeks, sometimes months, going through many rounds of interviews, tests and background checks. You do all this in secret, slipping out of work and trying not to spill the beans to co-workers and friends. Your current job stress may be growing, and you cannot wait for the process to be over.
66. External Recruiter 101
- Wednesday, November 16, 2016
I received a question that’s important for job seekers to consider: “Should I work with an external recruiter, and if so, how does it work?” If you’ve never tried it, enlisting the help of a placement firm can appear to be a confusing proposal. It can be tough to know where to find a recruiter, how to begin, and what to expect.
67. Transitioning Into the Civilian Workforce
- Wednesday, November 9, 2016
There are few groups I have more respect for than our U.S. Military. These honorable men and women are on the front lines of our country each day. In fact, they spend many of their most employable years in service.
68. The Biggest Application Misconception
- Wednesday, November 2, 2016
In the 1989 film “Field of Dreams,” Kevin Costner’s character builds a baseball field after hearing a voice say, “If you build it, he will come.” As job seekers, it seems we often try to take a similar approach.
69. Have Plenty Of Questions To Ask
- Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Sometimes, the devil really is in the details. This is especially true when it comes to the questions you ask when you’re looking for a job. Asking the wrong question, or not asking the right question, can get you into trouble when you least expect it. And it can be tricky to know when to ask which questions.
70. Don’t Be Afraid To Bend Rules
- Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Inevitably when I meet a job seeker, I ask a question that makes them pretty uncomfortable. Most of the time, the question is along the lines of, “Why don’t you send that hiring manager an email on LinkedIn?”
71. When to Walk Away
- Wednesday, October 12, 2016
As strange as I know it sounds, I think of looking for a job a little bit like dating. Unless you are a reality TV show contestant, you’ve probably never gone on a first date hoping the other person would marry you. You’re there to get to know them and to decide whether or not to have a second date.
72. Resume Preparation
- Wednesday, October 5, 2016
One of the hardest parts of looking for a job isn’t the looking part. It’s what happens during preparation. In particular, writing a great resume can be an incredibly stressful feat.
Imagine this. You’re asked to put an entire summary of your life down on paper. But it must fit on one or two pages, or it won’t be read. It must be 100 percent accurate, or you could be fired by your future employer. It must tell the story of every career victory, or no one will take you seriously. It must not make you look too old or too young, or you could be perceived as incompetent. Oh, and it should be up to date – always. You never know when someone might ask for it.
73. Social Media Narrative
- Wednesday, September 28, 2016
You probably never thought you’d hear the words “social media” and “cover letter” together in one sentence. But today, I hope to convince you to consider them to be related when you’re looking for a new job.
74. Have An Opinion
- Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Very often in school, we’re taught to understand both sides of an issue. If you can argue for or against a point, you’re often more likely to truly understand all dimensions of the problem at hand.
- Wednesday, September 14, 2016
The Booksellers at Laurelwood and Memphis Botanic Garden will host Dick Wall for a book discussion and signing of “Mister Owita’s Guide to Gardening” Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 1 p.m. at MBG, 750 Cherry Road. The book was written by Wall’s late wife, Carol Wall, about her friendship with Kenyan-born landscaper Giles Owita. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.
76. Put Your Career First
- Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Loyalty can feel like a lost art. It’s often hard to know where alliances lie and who really has your back. Sadly, this can be especially true in the workplace.
Over the years, I’ve noticed an interesting phenomenon. Even when we know things are going badly, we want to hang in there for the good of the company. In theory, it’s good to be committed. It’s great. But, in practice, this doesn’t always make sense in today’s job market.
- Tuesday, September 13, 2016
The Orpheum Theatre will present “Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story on Stage” Tuesday through Sunday, Sept. 13-18, at 203 S. Main St. Visit orpheum-memphis.com for times and tickets.
- Monday, September 12, 2016
The Orpheum Theatre will present “Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story on Stage” Tuesday through Sunday, Sept. 13-18, at 203 S. Main St. Visit orpheum-memphis.com for times and tick-ets.
79. Believe in Yourself
- Wednesday, September 7, 2016
When I meet with job seekers, there’s one quality that quickly separates those who are successful in their search from those who flounder. It’s not the college they went to, whether or not they have a MBA or how smart they are. It’s not if they have a particular certification or a certain number of years of experience.
80. The Importance of Honesty
- Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Recent events have brought this very basic idea back to the surface. Honesty should be a critical part of each of our professional and personal brands. Building and maintaining trusting relationships is such an important piece of a successful career.
81. No-Fear Networking
- Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Have you ever wondered where you can make the biggest investment into your career? At first glance, another advanced degree might make sense. Or, perhaps an online certification course would be beneficial. Although these things will help to beef up your resume, there’s a cheaper alternative that very well may be more impactful: networking.
82. Olympics Lesson: Age Is Just a Number
- Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Our age can be a big concern, especially if we’re looking for a job. Of the job seekers I speak to, approximately 25 percent of them have real concerns about their growing age. Questions include: Is it too late to change career paths? Is it too risky to look for another job? Will a hiring manager take me seriously? What about all of the younger job seekers out there?
83. Summertime Decisions
- Saturday, August 13, 2016
“Yeah, I’m going to miss it,” said LaJereka Hunt, 15, on the last day of her internship with Memphis United, a grassroots group housed at the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center. Over the summer, Hunt attended Memphis City Council meetings, advocated for an overhaul of the city’s Civilian Law Enforcement Review Board and led more than 60 workshops focused on teaching students, many older than she, how to effectively communicate if stopped by the police.
84. A Move May Be Best Path To Big Raise
- Wednesday, August 10, 2016
How often have you talked to a friend who hasn’t received a real raise in years and is feeling frustrated? Perhaps you are that person. You’ve been at your company for years, receiving 2 to 3 percent raises each time you have a performance review. You know you’re falling behind financially as compared to your peers, but you’re not sure what to do.
85. Getting The Recognition You Deserve
- Wednesday, August 3, 2016
A common issue faced by many employees is the feeling that they’re not appreciated. There’s a general sense of not feeling recognized, or being overlooked for promotions and raises. It can be overwhelming, disappointing and demotivating, to say the least.
86. Always Avoid Taboo Topics
- Wednesday, July 27, 2016
A reader contacted me today with an important question for consideration: when is it appropriate to wear clothing, jewelry, or other items associated with her religion to an interview or to work?Her concern was about being judged in the office for her religious affiliation.
87. Would You Work for Free?
- Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Last week, I had the good fortune to attend a work conference in Chicago. It wasn’t your average work conference though. Attendees wanted to be there. In fact, their companies didn’t pay for them to go. Attendees paid their own way. And they went to all of the workshops offered – even at the end, when everyone was tired.
88. Whatever You Do, Don’t Quit
- Wednesday, July 13, 2016
We’ve all been there. Your boss doesn’t appreciate you. Your coworkers are rude. You’re underpaid and getting no respect. The last thing you want to do is spend one more day at that awful place you call work.
89. Breaking The Rules
- Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Life lessons seem hard to grasp at first, yet so obvious once you get them. I recently spoke with a former client who completely transformed his career. He went from working in a university in administration to working in corporate strategy at a Fortune 500 company. I asked, “Looking back, how have you changed the most in the last few years?”
90. Career Independence Day
- Wednesday, June 29, 2016
The Fourth of July is just around the corner. It’s so close that you can almost smell the fireworks and taste the barbecue. But, before Independence Day was a family holiday, it was a commemoration of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. It’s a celebration of the independence of the United States from Britain.
91. Is There Room for ‘Fair’ at Work?
- Wednesday, June 22, 2016
One of the worst things that can happen to any employee is to find out they aren’t being treated the same as their co-workers. We’ve all been there. Perhaps you didn’t realize the person who sits next to you gets a week more of vacation. Or, maybe they have special permission to leave early every day. Or, they make more money than you do. Perhaps their mobile phone is paid for.
92. How to Make a Big Move
- Wednesday, June 15, 2016
With the summer here, you may be planning a fun vacation. That vacation to visit a faraway, relaxing location can leave you dreaming of moving to a new place. The further along you are in your career, the trickier moving can feel. At times, it’s hard to know where to even begin.
93. Your Job Search Secret Weapon
- Wednesday, June 8, 2016
When we’re looking for a new job, we often spend all our time perfecting our resume and applying online to random openings. These tactics can sometimes work, but is there a better way? What about the times when we’re ready for a career change, but aren’t quite sure where to look for something new?
94. How to Start Off on The Right Foot
- Wednesday, June 1, 2016
In the most difficult of cases, a job search can take a year or more. The process is grueling and emotionally exhausting. We spend many days and lots of money perfecting our look, networking with new people and trying to find just the right fit.
95. You Aren’t Made for Every Job
- Wednesday, May 25, 2016
The number one reason employees change jobs varies depending on the source you’re reading. One list includes “appreciation and recognition” while another says “unsatisfied with upper management.” Whatever the reason given, one thing’s for sure. These answers can all be grouped under one important category – cultural fit.
96. Refer a Friend
- Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Business networking can be a tricky subject. With that in mind, I received a great question from a reader I want to share with you. The reader writes, “A recruiter recently reached out to me about a particular job they are hiring for. I’m not a good fit for it, but I know someone who is. Should I say anything, or should I keep my mouth closed?”
97. More Than Just Hard Work
- Wednesday, May 11, 2016
One of the most common messages I received as a child was, “work hard and you will be rewarded.” This sentiment was echoed by loved ones, teachers, and mentors. There’s a good chance you heard the same rumor about life being fair and equitable.
98. The Art Of The Resume
- Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Job seekers often spend quite a lot of time perfecting their resumes. From tiny details such as the font, to the experience and education sections, a resume can be mulled over for days, weeks or months. It can be overwhelming and can paralyze a job search.
99. Proclaim Email Debt Forgiveness
- Wednesday, April 27, 2016
In today’s workplace, email is an inevitable fact of life. Gone are the days of predictable phone calls or regular in-person chats to check in. The bulk of communication is expected through email.
100. The Value Of Leadership
- Wednesday, April 20, 2016
A friend called me recently with a question I was not expecting. He said, “Why is it that all the resumes I get from recent college graduates are packed with their leadership experience? I don’t care about that. I want to know what they can really do for my company, workwise. What are their skills?”