| Moving Up the Ladder - The Power of Negative Thinking
by Julie Norem and Tim Muma - Nov, 2013
Most of the time, optimism and confidence are described as keys to success in one's career, but it may not be that simple. Psychologist Julie Norem, a professor at Wellesley College, has done intensive research on the idea of defensive pessimism and is the author of "The Positive Power of Negative Thinking." She talks with Tim Muma about the important role of pessimism and how some people need to hear something different to th...
| Executive Decisions - Keys to Strategic Thinking
by Samantha Howland and Tim Muma - Nov, 2013
According to a poll done by Chief Executive magazine, seven out of 10 leaders say they do not consider themselves to be strategic thinkers. This can be a major issue for organizations as executives and senior leaders need to find the appropriate balance between current performance with the risks and rewards of the future. Samantha Howland, senior managing partner at Decision Strategies International, describes to Tim Muma the...
| Employment Notebook - Early Recognition to Aid Retention
by Cord Himelstein and Tim Muma - Nov, 2013
It's no secret American workers are quick to leave one employer for another with the average job tenure less than five years and millenials barely staying beyond three. Cord Himelstein is the vice president of marketing and communications for Michael C. Fina, an employee recognition company, and he offers up an underutilized strategy. Cord argues companies need to recognize employees sooner and he gives Tim Muma some details o...
| Moving Up the Ladder - Mistakes When Switching Careers
by Alison Elissa Cardy and Tim Muma - Nov, 2013
Deciding to completely change careers can be a frightening and challenging proposition. Often times, people who make the leap into another field don't understand what it takes to make a successful transition, causing them to make key mistakes. Alison Elissa Cardy is a career coach who specializes in helping people figure out their career direction, and she joins Tim Muma to discuss the areas people need to focus on when taking...
From Freelance to Full-time on LinkedIn
by Lindsey Pollak - Dec, 2013
Throughout the past several years, the challenging job market and growing acceptance for working virtually have led to a boom in freelancing and contract positions. Many job seekers eagerly took on these roles and thrived in them. If you’ve been a freelancer, consultant or contractor and are now ready to work full time again, here are some ways LinkedIn can help you make your move. The key is to address the main concern a pote...
Holiday Networking and Your Brand
by Wendy J. Terwelp - Dec, 2013
The holidays are fast approaching and that means parties, parties, parties – friends, family, and office parties. A great time to network. Let’s talk first about the “Do’s,” the right things to do during holiday gatherings that improve your brand and build your network: Attend holiday gatherings. I know, you’ve been invited to so many and it can get a bit overwhelming. I encourage you to participate and take an active...
Job Action Day: 5 Quick Tips to Rebuild Your Network
by Wendy J. Terwelp - Dec, 2013
This year’s Job Action Day is about helping our military transition from a Military Career to a New Career. With broad military experience that typically requires travel for extended periods while on active duty, it can be difficult to maintain a network that will be there for you when you’re ready to transition to a civilian career. Here are some tips to reconnect and rebuild your network: Create a networking plan....
Are You Making This Critical Mistake on LinkedIn?
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Nov, 2013
Dumping your resume content straight into each section of LinkedIn —and calling it done? If you’re still assuming that your resume will stand in for your Profile, you’re doing yourself (and your job search) a disservice. Here’s why: your resume might be well-written and contain solid achievements—but that doesn’t mean it was developed for online reading or recruiter searches. Here are 3 compelling reasons that p...
Cover Letters That Get Noticed
by Lorrie Boyer - Nov, 2013
The Cover Letter is the first chance you get to make a lasting impression on the potential employer. In many cases, it is what makes the employer or Human Resources person want to read your resume. The cover letter should showcase your personality, professionalism and of course your skills relevant to the position you are seeking. In addition, you should make sure that the tone and how you write the cover letter to a perso...
Fill ‘Er Up!
by Harry Urschel - Nov, 2013
Keeping a full pipeline of job opportunities you are pursuing is one of the best ways to maintain a positive mental attitude, take away fear and worry, and avoid great discouragement in your job search! Too often, job seekers slow down their networking and hunting efforts once they are in process of being considered for a particular position. When that position never materializes, it can feel like a tremendous blow, especi...
Finding Yourself in Your Work or Losing Yourself in It? | Pursuing Growth
by Dawn Lennon - Nov, 2013
Work has a habit of revealing a lot about you. Coworkers watch what you do and then draw conclusions like you: Really know how to get stuff done the right way (or not) Are someone who should be promoted (or never allowed to supervise) Want to keep getting better (or only do enough to get by) You assess yourself too each time you cross a work hurdle, discovering that you: Take to new assignments with relative ease (or...
How to Best describe the Objective in your Resume
by Shweta Khare - Nov, 2013
First impressions must make an impact, to be precise, to show respect and to be courteous is what it takes to make a pleasant and lasting one. You might be able to do it in person but how good are you on it at writing – and especially when you are applying for a job your resume and cover letter are the ones that make this special first impression. And of course to make that impact, be sure to polish your objective and that...
Is Embellishing Your Resume Part of the Job Search Game?
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Nov, 2013
I was in a radio interview with the Local Job Network team this week discussing the perfect balance of a resume—and not overselling or understating yourself. And this question came up: It’s often perceived that embellishing one’s skills or experience is a part of the “game” of getting a job. What do you say? I would say that the real issue is that most job seekers do not know how to effectively market themselves and show...
by Sherri Edwards - Nov, 2013
Change is inevitable. Change for the better and change for the worse. Either way, a time of change can be a great opportunity for you to make a statement, become more visible or take on a major challenge that ultimately builds your value over the long term. By continuously broadening your skill set and showing a willingness to adjust to the new needs of an organization throughout periods of change or to the needs of a new empl...
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