Editorial Results (free)
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Transitioning Into the Civilian Workforce
- Wednesday, November 09, 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.
5. The Biggest Application Misconception
- Wednesday, November 02, 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.
6. 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.
7. 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?”
8. 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.
9. Resume Preparation
- Wednesday, October 05, 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.
10. 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.
11. 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.
13. 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.
16. Believe in Yourself
- Wednesday, September 07, 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.
17. 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.
18. 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.
19. 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?
20. 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.
21. 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.
22. Getting The Recognition You Deserve
- Wednesday, August 03, 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.
23. 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.
24. 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.
25. 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.
26. Breaking The Rules
- Wednesday, July 06, 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?”
27. 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.
28. 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.
29. 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.
30. Your Job Search Secret Weapon
- Wednesday, June 08, 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?
31. How to Start Off on The Right Foot
- Wednesday, June 01, 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.
32. 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.
33. 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?”
34. 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.
35. The Art Of The Resume
- Wednesday, May 04, 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.
36. 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.
37. 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?”
38. The Social Job Seeker
- Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Most of the time, job seeking today feels much more complicated than it did in years past. In addition to your resume, cover letter and business suit, there’s a new layer to consider: social media. Although we often don’t typically think of social media as part of our job search, it can be helpful for both the recruiter and the job seeker.
39. Career Fairs Aren’t Just For Kids
- Wednesday, April 06, 2016
Yesterday, I found myself saying something I often say this time of year: “One of my all-time favorite things is to go to a job fair!” The response I received was not unexpected. The job seeker hadn’t even thought of attending a job fair since college. They seem so juvenile on some level.
40. Making Friends with Technology
- Wednesday, March 30, 2016
There’s an elephant in the room. It’s something we’re talking about, but not really getting to the heart of. The elephant is our relationship with technology.
Very often, I speak with someone who says, “I’m a great manager and I’m good with people, but I absolutely am not comfortable with technology. I can do anything but things related to technology.” I hear this feedback from all ages of job seekers, from 21 to 71.
41. Say No To Gimmicks
- Wednesday, March 23, 2016
There seems to be a rumor about job searching floating around. Have you heard? Finding a job is easy. It’s easy as long as you format your resume in a very specific way and you include the perfect phrases on your LinkedIn profile. There’s a very specific way that all recruiters want your resume to be formatted, and there are specific keywords they’re all looking for. Every successful job seeker knows these rules, and they’re not hard to learn.
42. My Lucky Break
- Wednesday, March 16, 2016
During the week of St. Patrick’s Day, luck is on our minds. We may think, “When will I get my lucky break? When will it be my turn?” We may feel overlooked for things like promotions and raises.
43. What’s Your Exit Strategy?
- Wednesday, March 09, 2016
With the unusual job market we’ve been experiencing for years now, keeping an exit strategy in mind is a must. Do you have yours nailed down? If your exit strategy is dependent on hope and crossed fingers, it’s time to rethink things.
44. Last Word: Trump, Clinton and Stanton, The Greensward Vote and Cover Letters
- Wednesday, March 02, 2016
This will be a relatively short edition of Last Word given the crush of an exceptional Tuesday in which a day at City Hall was more exciting than the state’s presidential primaries.
45. Death of The Cover Letter
- Wednesday, March 02, 2016
Have you heard the rumor? Everything important about your career is listed within the pages of your resume. Why would you possibly want to waste your time putting together a cover letter these days?
Applying online is easy. All you need to do is upload your resume and click submit. If you’re qualified, the company will call you. Right?
46. Beyond The Resume
- Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Resume writing can be one of the most frustrating parts of the job search process. Many job seekers focus close to 100 percent of their energy on perfecting their resume.
And, it makes sense. We’re often squeezing up to 20 years of work experience, our education and any community involvement onto two pages. We want to ensure the entire document is accurate, easy to read and free of typos.
47. You Aren’t Bothering Me
- Wednesday, February 17, 2016
One of the number one things that stops us in our job-seeking tracks is the online application process. We submit resume after resume and never hear anything back. So, if the Internet isn’t working, then what’s the answer?
48. For the Love Of Work
- Wednesday, February 10, 2016
I must confess: Valentine’s Day is very possibly my favorite holiday. Despite being overly commercialized, it’s what you make it, and that’s what I like. There are few expectations from family and friends. You can choose to ignore it, go all out, or find a comfortable space in between. And the best part is it’s about love and gratitude.
49. What’s In A Review?
- Wednesday, February 03, 2016
Reviews have become a standard way in which we communicate our satisfaction or displeasure with one another. Chances are good that the last time you had a negative experience at a restaurant, you logged on to a site like Yelp to share your experience with the online community.
50. Are You An Expert?
- Wednesday, January 27, 2016
How many things have you truly mastered? For example, you must know how to cook to survive day to day. But, is your food the quality of a professional chef? Similarly, you might like to travel – domestically, and maybe even internationally. But, how good are you at booking travel?
51. Money Matters
- Wednesday, January 20, 2016
There’s an issue that keeps popping up over and over again. I’ve got to be honest. It’s one of my biggest pet peeves. And, I’ve heard it from so many people lately, I’m fired up about it.
52. 8 Career Trends For 2016
- Wednesday, January 13, 2016
With the New Year here in full force, employees are setting their sights on new goals, new jobs and new careers. One question I keep hearing is “What’s new in 2016?” Here’s the rundown.
53. Letting Go Of Fear
- Wednesday, January 06, 2016
As we enter into a new year, there’s quite a bit of talk about setting new goals. They may be related to career, family, fitness or other personal pursuits. As these goals began to be shared, it’s interesting to think about which will be achieved and which will eventually be shelved.
54. New Year, New You
- Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Happy New Year! With the holiday season coming to a close, 2016 is upon us. It’s such an exciting time, full of hopes and dreams for the future. One of the first things we often do is create resolutions for the upcoming year.
55. All I Want For Christmas Is A New Job
- Wednesday, December 23, 2015
I hope this holiday season has been a great one. If you’re like many people, a new job may be on your Christmas list. Whether you’re looking for a better work environment, more money or something else, December brings up thoughts of something new.
56. Office Gift Giving
- Wednesday, December 16, 2015
It’s that time of year again. The time of year that you’re required to attend an awkward holiday party with your co-workers during the day. I’ve gotten the sense that most people mainly are looking forward to receiving any sort of holiday bonus and leaving work early for the day.
57. Navigating Holiday Parties
- Wednesday, December 09, 2015
Office holiday parties can often feel like a drag. There’s frequently an expectation that you must attend and bring your spouse. In addition to the stress of taking time out of your personal life for a work event, you must find childcare, pick out the perfect holiday attire and convince your spouse that this evening is important.
58. Grit to Great
- Wednesday, December 02, 2015
The Memphis Grizzlies have made “Grit and Grind” a common phrase heard today in basketball. The concept of grit, however, extends far beyond the court. In applies in business, life and many other areas.
59. Give Thanks at Work
- Wednesday, November 25, 2015
The holiday season is a fantastic time to reconnect with friends and loved ones. But, the importance of thanking those around you at work should not be overlooked at Thanksgiving or through the rest of the year.
60. Getting Ahead This Holiday Season
- Wednesday, November 18, 2015
One of the biggest misconceptions about the holidays is that your career can take a back seat until January. Don’t get me wrong. Family festivities and reconnecting with close friends is important. But putting your career on the back burner for two months is a big mistake.
61. Is Anybody There?
- Wednesday, November 11, 2015
In today’s modern world of communication, it should be easier than ever to get in touch with colleagues. We have so many options including the old fashioned telephone, the cell phone, email, text messages and even social media.
62. Careers for Veterans
- Friday, November 06, 2015
Veterans Day is the official holiday honoring our U.S. Armed Forces, I feel thankful to live in a country where so many men and women voluntarily serve and put themselves in harm’s way for the better good of everyone.
63. ESPN Announces Layoff
- Friday, October 30, 2015
With the NBA basketball season just starting up, ESPN has made an announcement that may seem quite shocking. They are planning to lay off 300 employees, or 4 percent of their 8,000-person workforce. Given that ESPN is a worldwide authority in sports, this news seems a bit jarring at first.
64. Build Your Credibility, Be On Time
- Friday, October 23, 2015
The importance of being on time is often underestimated in business. It is one of the easiest ways to build credibility and conversely, one of the fastest ways to lose it. Whether you are just starting your career or are a seasoned professional, this is an important point for everyone.
65. What Hiring Managers Wish You Knew
- Friday, October 16, 2015
Recently, I had the opportunity to speak with a group of hiring managers at a conference hosted by the Society for Information Management. It’s an organization that encourages networking and education for technology leaders.
66. 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.
67. 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.
68. 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).
69. 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.
70. 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.
71. 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.
72. 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?”
73. 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.
74. 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.
75. ‘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.”
76. 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.
77. 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.
78. 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.
79. 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.
80. 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.”
81. 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.
82. '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.
83. 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.
84. 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.
85. 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.
86. 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.
87. 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.
88. 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.
89. 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.
90. 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?
91. 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.
92. 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.
93. 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.
94. 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.
95. 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.
96. 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.
97. 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.
98. 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.
99. 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.
100. 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.