Job and career transitions can be messy. Letting go and moving on are emotional rollercoasters. Sometimes you don’t get a choice whether to stay or go if you get fired or made redundant. Other times you make the leap because you need a change or life sucks. The one thing you have in your control is your response to any given situation. How do you leave well whatever the circumstances? Here are some pros and cons for burning and not burning your bridges when you leave a job or career:  You…

Job and career transitions can be messy. Letting go and moving on are emotional rollercoasters. Sometimes you don’t get a choice whether to stay or go if you get fired or made redundant. Other times you make the leap because you need a change or life sucks. The one thing you have in your control is your response to any given situation. How do you leave well whatever the circumstances? Here are some pros and cons for burning and not burning your bridges when you leave a job or career: You…

As a career mentor, one of the most frequent inquiries I get asked is: “What are the best questions to ask during a job interview?” So, broken down by the most common priorities for job seekers (including just getting the job!), here are the questions that impress me the most when I’m hiring: Priority: Teamwork and Testing Passion What qualities and traits do your very best contributors share? How could I immediately help the current team succeed? When you first started working here, why did…

As a career mentor, one of the most frequent inquiries I get asked is: “What are the best questions to ask during a job interview?” So, broken down by the most common priorities for job seekers (including just getting the job!), here are the questions that impress me the most when I’m hiring: Priority: Teamwork and Testing Passion What qualities and traits do your very best contributors share? How could I immediately help the current team succeed? When you first started working here, why did…

We all know being an older Job Seeker is just a state of mind.  Most of us are ready to contribute right now, regardless of our birth generation. However, it seems there is continuing bias against workforce veterans… and that relevancy as a candidate is perhaps determined in large part by their age. So, how can you best counter ageism during your job search?? Or mitigate the perception of “old” – or at least “old school”? Here are ten signs that may indicate you are an old job seeker, ...

We all know being an older Job Seeker is just a state of mind. Most of us are ready to contribute right now, regardless of our birth generation. However, it seems there is continuing bias against workforce veterans… and that relevancy as a candidate is perhaps determined in large part by their age. So, how can you best counter ageism during your job search?? Or mitigate the perception of “old” – or at least “old school”? Here are ten signs that may indicate you are an old job seeker, ...

How often have you taken the time to think about what really interests you at work, what has perhaps shaped the career choices you have made so far?  Think about those times when you get really absorbed in something, the time flies by doesn’t it? Why is this important?  Because it’s all about bringing more of yourself to work. When you really enjoy what you do, you are more likely to perform well and be satisfied with your career. What comes to your mind when you think of career…

How often have you taken the time to think about what really interests you at work, what has perhaps shaped the career choices you have made so far? Think about those times when you get really absorbed in something, the time flies by doesn’t it? Why is this important? Because it’s all about bringing more of yourself to work. When you really enjoy what you do, you are more likely to perform well and be satisfied with your career. What comes to your mind when you think of career…

Are you a Positive Persuader or a Cautious Realist when it comes to your job and career? Do you see sunshine or showers? Both of these perspectives have their pros and cons, yet seeing them as mutually exclusive can be unhelpful. This article looks at how you can marry the two to move you forward ... Read More »

Are you a Positive Persuader or a Cautious Realist when it comes to your job and career? Do you see sunshine or showers? Both of these perspectives have their pros and cons, yet seeing them as mutually exclusive can be unhelpful. This article looks at how you can marry the two to move you forward ... Read More »

Gap Year. Recently these two words have been used, thought about, and planned around more than ever, but what is a gap year actually?  Most people understand a gap year to be time spent post-graduation before pursuing more schooling, jobs or other exciting opportunities. In some cases, it may mean traveling, getting a job ... Read More »

Gap Year. Recently these two words have been used, thought about, and planned around more than ever, but what is a gap year actually? Most people understand a gap year to be time spent post-graduation before pursuing more schooling, jobs or other exciting opportunities. In some cases, it may mean traveling, getting a job ... Read More »

In Part I of this article, “To Move or Not to Move,” we talked about spicing up your career to build depth and expand knowledge of your organization. Part II offers five suggestions once you have decided it is time to move on. Have you done everything you can to spice up your career in your current position and still feel it is time to move up or move on? Are you frustrated with the lack of opportunities in your organization? Here are five suggestions for your next steps.  Give your…

In Part I of this article, “To Move or Not to Move,” we talked about spicing up your career to build depth and expand knowledge of your organization. Part II offers five suggestions once you have decided it is time to move on. Have you done everything you can to spice up your career in your current position and still feel it is time to move up or move on? Are you frustrated with the lack of opportunities in your organization? Here are five suggestions for your next steps. Give your…

It’s a new year, a new you, but your job isn't quite what you want it to be anymore.

It’s a new year, a new you, but your job isn't quite what you want it to be anymore.

In its 2012 Best Places to Work survey, the Partnership for Public Service found that US federal civil servants are less happy with their jobs than at any time since 2003

In its 2012 Best Places to Work survey, the Partnership for Public Service found that US federal civil servants are less happy with their jobs than at any time since 2003

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