Spring clean your mind clutter first
by Dawn Bugni - Mar, 2011
With the wild popularity of shows like Clean House and Hoarders and websites like Fly Lady, it is evident clutter is a problem for many of us. It’s true. Living amongst clutter and disorganization can befuddle even the most stoic individual. But what about the mental clutter we carry around during a job search? It’s time to spring clean cob-webby, pigeon-holed thinking too. I recently worked with a talented woman wanting t...
Are You Innovative? Start by Upsetting the System!
by Valerie Sokolosky - Mar, 2011
“What we can do – what America does better than anyone – is spark the creativity and imagination of our people. We are the nation that put cars in driveways and computers in offices; the nation of Edison and the Wright brothers; of Google and Facebook. In America, innovation doesn’t just change our lives. It’s how we make a living.” ~ President Barack Obama, State of the Union Address 2011 Those are some big shoes to fil...
5 Kinds of Stories That Create Our Reality
by Dr. Maynard Brusman - Mar, 2011
The stories we tell ourselves can either create struggle and pain or happiness and fulfillment. Emotionally intelligent leaders are able to tell themselves positive stories that create untold possibility. Enlightened leaders are able to help their organizations shift its culture from good to great. They guide their people in retelling the history and growth of the organization that fully engages people to create a prosperous...
A Career Tip from the Academy Awards: Milk It!
by Lindsey Pollak - Mar, 2011
I’ve long been a fan of the Academy Awards. Every year around this time I spend who-knows-how-many hours watching the pre-event predictions, the endless red carpet coverage, the three-hours-plus event itself, the nonstop stream of Twitter and Facebook commentary and the days of post-show analysis. This year, perhaps because the show itself was pretty boring, my mind started to wander away from the glamorous gowns and gold s...
Inclusion Gone Viral
by Dr. Linda Burrs - Mar, 2011
Getting the inclusion virus can be a great thing as viruses by their very natures duplicate and spread! Having the inclusion virus go viral is symptomatic of an organization that has learned to value diversity in all of its forms and has created a culture that has learned to leverage its diversities to increase and enhance the organization's performance. In the same way viral marketing is encouraged, viral inclusion needs a h...
Inclusion in Virtual Teams
by Dr. Linda Burrs - Mar, 2011
I have worked as a member of traditional and virtual teams for many years and based on my experiences, while there are some unique challenges facing each type of team, there are plenty issues that are the same. Both types of teams require significant trust to function as a high performing entity. When unable to regularly, visually and personally interact with another human on a regular basis, some team members may feel left ou...
Do you say what you know or know what you say?
by Dr. Arlene Barro - Mar, 2011
Understanding employers' responses and requests is essential to succeeding in your job search. Based on what I have learned from coaching job seekers, many have difficulty reading in between the lines. It is not uncommon for employers to: • spend significant amounts of time interviewing for an open position and then cancel the search • hire someone other than you after picking your brain Do you say what you kno...
Women’s Liberation: Is having so many options really a good thing?
by Hallie Crawford - Mar, 2011
As I’ve worked with younger career clients over the years, I’ve noticed a theme, especially with my female clients. This may not be the most popular perspective but here it goes… Women’s Liberation gave us a lot of great things, the right to vote, more equal pay (although still not perfectly equal as we know) and more career choices than ever. Did it also give us women the burden of being more confused than ever in our earl...
3 Key Strategies for Creating a Winning Resume – It’s All About Relevance!
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Mar, 2011
It’s important to express in a resume the unique skill set, expertise, and knowledge that you can bring to the employer. It is commonly referred to in the career world as your unique promise of value. Essentially, what you’re communicating to the employer through this unique promise of value is exactly that—the value that you offer the employer if they choose you over another candidate. So what are some elements in your resume...
4 Guerrilla Job-Search Tips from Ireland
by Kevin Donlin - Mar, 2011
St. Patrick’s Days is fast approaching. What better time to learn from one Irish job hunter, who was so resourceful, he found work in only 7 days -- despite having no permanent address. Read on to learn how you can get hired faster by taking the “Irish” approach, courtesy of Curt Bolan, a career counselor in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. “It was Spring 2009 when Pat first e-mailed me, from Ireland,” says Bolan. “He and his...
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