The Most Important Commitment You Make
by Nan S. Russell - Mar, 2010
Commitments. Commitments. Commitments. They fill our days, our heads and our lives. Most of us are in the commitment business. Of course, that's not what we call it. At work, we're making commitments to customers, suppliers, bosses, coworkers and staff. At home, we're making commitments to family, friends, neighbors, community and organizations. Not to mention commitments to pay taxes, credit card bills, mortgages and car loan...
What Job Seekers Can Learn from a Close Call Ice Fishing
by Kris Plantrich - Mar, 2010
Learn From Others Mistakes, Failures and Successes An ice fishing outing a few weeks ago reminded me of a simple, yet valuable lesson. With weeks of cold weather and a previous weekend of successful ice fishing we thought we would try it again. The week had been beautiful with temperatures in the mid to upper 30’s and sunny, a nice change for Michigan. The weekend came and we decided to punch a few holes in the ice and see...
Self-Doubt as Saboteur - Silencing Your Career Demons
by Dawn Lennon - Mar, 2010
Do you give yourself away? Show the chinks in your armor? Reveal the weaknesses in your game? We spend a lot of time trying to look and act the part in our careers. Every day we show up, take care of business, wait for our defining moment, and hope we can deliver. We showcase what we’re made of when all eyes are on us, including our own. We can run but we can’t hide from ourselves. We can do our best to cover our inse...
How to Successfully Navigate 12 Very Common Career Situations
by Andy Robinson - Mar, 2010
Be Prepared! Time to Take Action...NOW! Proactive career planning and career management are key career success elements, but even our best laid plans can get side-tracked if we don't keep our eyes on the horizon and be prepared for unexpected changes and detours in our career path. As an executive career coach for the past 15 years, I have noted 12 common career situations that present themselves to us at both expected...
Characteristics Of A Successful Entrepreneur
by Marshall Brown - Mar, 2010
Entrepreneurs are people who will make decisions, take action, and think that they can control their own destinies. They are often motivated by a spirit of independence which leads them to believe that their success depends on raw effort and hard work, not luck. Studies have shown that successful entrepreneurs possess these characteristics: 1. Self-confidence This is that magical power of having confidence in oneself...
Cover Letters - Dos and Don'ts
by Robin Ryan - Mar, 2010
The biggest mistake many job hunters are currently making is that they actually skip writing a cover letter when sending off a resume, says an AT&T Human Resource Manager. “Cover letters are very influential, and a well written letter can grab an interview just on its own merit. It’s too bad most job hunters are so lazy they don’t write one anymore,” notes this HR manager who’s seeing hundreds of applications a week. This i...
Focus First, Network Second
by Thomas J. Denham - Mar, 2010
The number one reason clients work with me is because they lack focus. A typical client may have been tossing around a few ideas in their head for a while, but are just not sure. Sometimes, they’ve been on the Internet seeing what’s out there with little or no luck. Without a sharply defined focus, this process quickly becomes scattered leaving them feeling confused, discouraged and at-risk of giving up any hope for change....
A Brief Overview Of Common 401k Mistakes
by William Lemerond - Mar, 2010
Believe it or not there are many mistakes that can be made along the way when it comes to financial retirement savings and investing. Unfortunately a good many of these mistakes center around the 401(k), which can be a tremendous boost to your retirement plans when used properly in order to build your portfolio. The problem is that the mistakes are often the only things we hear when it comes to retirement plans and investing....
Career Question: What Do You Have at Stake?
by Kris Parfitt - Mar, 2010
Considering a career change? Thinking of going for that promotion? Looking for a job? Something is motivating you to consider your options, but have you asked yourself the one question which once answered really identifies what would happen if you didn’t pursue the change? That question is simple in content yet profound in context: What do you have at stake? In other words, what do you have to lose in your life if you do NOT s...
How to Find a Job Long-Distance
by Kevin Donlin - Mar, 2010
In the current economy, some folks are looking far and wide for jobs, including out of state. But there are plenty of obstacles to relocating, right? Not exactly. Most obstacles to a long-distance job search are in your mind, not the employer’s. That’s according to David E. Perry, co-author of Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters 2.0 (Wiley; 2009). Perry, a working recruiter with more than 24 years of experience, of...
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