Ask at Work or You Won’t Receive
by Terri Tierney Clark - Oct, 2014
It’s time to come clean. I was, or am, (not really sure… once one, always one?) an investment banker. I was in hiding for a while, especially during the early days of the recession. Neither Capitol Hill, the news media, or…well, really anyone… seemed to like my type. But as an investment banker, I gained a lot of experience fighting for my pay every year and hopefully some of that experience will be useful to you. Most...
Cover Letter Essentials
by Terri Tierney Clark - Oct, 2014
Cover letters, or cover emails, are a necessary evil to landing an interview. It’s annoying to have to craft a brilliant, succinct and distinctive email when many interviewers toss them aside and dive right into your resume. But then again, there are those hirers that won’t get to your resume if they don’t like your cover letter. As the influence of texting, Twitter and other shortened forms of communication have permeated...
Fifty Shades of Marketing: The Essential Guide for today’s Entrepreneur
by Connie Pheiff - Oct, 2014
The sheer torture of expanding our marketing strategies has reached an all-time high for those who are looking to take their business to the next level. There are just too many choices. Last time I checked, and I checked, and I check often, there was a new app, icon, blog, image, website, social network...lets stop there because it is exhausting. A business will create social media pages expecting fans to flock to their websit...
Using Testimonials in Your Resume
by Thea Kelley - Oct, 2014
When writing your resume, it's one thing to claim you're terrific at teamwork, building great client relationships, or coaching others. But where's the evidence? It can be especially hard to make a compelling case for "soft skills" like those above; they can be hard to quantify or certify. Rather than just asking the employer to take your word for it, why not have someone else vouch for you? In an increasingly review-...
First Impressions Count
by Carole Kanchier - Oct, 2014
Do you make great first impressions at job interviews or business meetings? Do you present yourself professionally when making phone, fax, e-mail or videoconference contacts? First impressions are critical. Research suggests that people evaluate others within the first minute. Decisions are usually based on appearance, posture, speech, and demeanor. Many business transactions are won or lost in the first few minutes. D...
Generation vs. Generation: How Can We All Get Along at Work?
by Lindsey Pollak - Oct, 2014
You probably just think of yourself as you, not part of a massive demographic group. But seeing yourself as a member of a generation is valuable, because it can help explain why your motivations, preferences and work style may seem different from those of your colleagues. Below is a quick primer on each of the generations in today’s U.S. workforce. Every individual is unique and should be treated that way, but these generat...
Discomfort Means You’re On The Edge Of A Break-Through
by Stacey Lane - Oct, 2014
There’s so much that’s uncomfortable about this whole career thing. Facing rejection as you interview, embarrassing yourself when networking, coming across as a desperate job seeker, having to ask your network for help, being unclear about your career direction when you think everyone else is clear, or desiring a career reinvention but being unsure about even where to start. Yuck. Uncomfortable terrain. I don’t care if...
Don't Let Short Term Thinking Derail Your Career
by Jean Cummings - Oct, 2014
Is this you? Do you find that the pressures of day-to-day work and home responsibilities keep you from doing what you need to do to get a good job fast in the future? I think that would describe the vast majority of us. It's human nature to pay attention to what is front of us rather than what's down the road. It's also human to choose pleasures in the present (completing current projects) over pleasures down the road (gett...
Should You Use Your Personal Cell Phone for Business?
by Mary V. Davids - Oct, 2014
Through my personal experience and conversations with many friends and colleagues over the years, I’ve found one thing in common; many feel pressure from employers to stay on top of every work issue even while away from the office. These demands significantly impact work/life balance. Now while some employers may give employees company cell phones to use, more and more companies are allowing employees to use their personal...
How to Gain Trust With Your Colleagues
by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - Oct, 2014
Building and maintaining trust in the workplace is vital to a healthy environment where colleagues feel valued and respected. Attempting to build trust amongst employees has become a major challenge for many organizations and lack of trust often leads to disgruntled colleagues and frequent turn over. Lisa Carver from Associated Content shared these practical tips for establishing and maintaining trust at work. Always be t...
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