Archive | August, 2015

Career Success Strategy: Three Ways To Not Lose Control

If you’re a “control freak” like me, you need to have a handle on your projects, your schedule and what’s going on around you in order to keep your stress level low. But unfortunately, there are plenty of things we cannot control and sometimes that may cause us to lose control, a.k.a. “freak out.” We […]

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The Strong Interest Inventory (SII) as a Career Test

Career tests are not definitive ways to discover what you are good at. Still, they make great launches for further exploration. The Strong Interest Inventory is not a career test, but it is a wonderful interest inventory that helps you discover where your passions may lie. What is different about a career test and the […]

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Resumes and Employee Retention—Is There a Correlation?

This may seem like an odd correlation, but there is a direct connection between designing a resume and employee retention. Typically, the resume is the first reason a disgruntled or frustrated employee will reach out to me for career coaching. Their intent is typically to leave the organization or team because they are frustrated with […]

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Demonstrate Career Happiness In the Interview

If your nerves get the best of you, this may translate negatively in the interview. If you’re too confident, it may look a little arrogant. So where’s the happy medium? Career happiness. If you are truly happy about where you are in your life and profession and are enthused about the career opportunity, then you’re […]

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Preserve Professional Promises

We make them, but don’t always keep them. Canned promises are sour substitutes for ones acted on while still fresh. If we intend to do something, what holds us back from acting on these obligations? Time? Will? Energy? Lip service only goes so far before backfiring and blowing up our careers along with it. This […]

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Professionalism—Putting Others First

Ouch! It hurts to get stepped on as a colleague scrambles up the corporate ladder. Like it or not, it happens to all of us somewhere along our career journey. When it does, a plan of approach will go much further than a plan for retaliation. So push that bitterness aside, swallow your pride and […]

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Career Advancement Query: How may I help you?

I never leave a professional interaction without extending this final query. Though this often-unspoken offer is always extended, I’m chagrined to admit that I haven’t habitually formalized this request until I was asked years ago by my mentor, “How may I help you?” Wow, what an impact that made on me. In that moment I […]

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