Monthly Archives: April 2012

The Right Attitude

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, ... Read More
 

Stay Motivated During a Prolonged Employment Search

Keeping a positive frame of mind during an extended search for meaningful employment is difficult. However, there are a variety of strategies that you can employ that will mitigate negative feelings as you search for the next wrung on your career ladder. Ten things that will help maintain hope, positive thought, and motivation: 1. Set ... Read More
 

W.I.I.F.T. Networking

The 21st century job search is evolving. We can no longer simply review job boards and company websites. Approximately 75% of the available positions are never posted electronically. If they are posted, human resources or the hiring manager already has a candidate selected and your application will be overlooked. My suggestion is to look at ... Read More
 

Your Career Success Stories

It is good practice to reflect on your past experiences to see how you can best use them to sell your skills to a potential employer. I cringe when I see resumes that list job responsibilities from the company’s job description, but don’t take the time to detail how the person truly impacted the organization ... Read More
 

Where to Gather Information about Your Dream Employer

Prior to the start of the Great Recession, there was significant demand for labor, so individuals simply had to apply online to a company’s website to be considered for an interview. It’s no secret that the job search has evolved over the last two and one-half years. The changes to the labor market have forced ... Read More
 

When the Writing’s on the Wall

“He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery.” – Harold Wilson I’ve talked to a couple of people recently about the change process and why they struggle with it so much. One said, “I wish someone could have warned me about the financial collapse ... Read More
 

Management by F.E.A.R.

“You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you.” – Eric Hoffer I have had my share of bosses that manage with fear. I’m sure you have to. The thing that irks me is how those individuals don’t see how destructive it is. Managing through fear rarely leads ... Read More
 

Delivering Exceptional Public Presentations

How many times have you, or someone you know, talked about not wanting to speak in public? Giving presentations in public can be a scary thing. In fact, it’s commonly referred to as glossophobia, the fear of public speaking. People experience anxiety prior to delivering their content, will attempt to avoid the event altogether, or ... Read More
 

Generational Differences and Improving Communication

In 2007 Jennifer J. Deal, research scientist for the Center for Creative Leadership, wrote a book about the various generations in the workplace and how they were similar. She called the book Retiring the Generation Gap: How Employees Young and Old Can Find Common Ground. She found that all generations are similar in the following ... Read More
 

The Job Skills Mismatch

It is no secret that the unemployment rate has remained high during the recession and the recovery because of a mismatch between the jobs needed for the 21st century and the 20th century skills currently available in the workforce. There are a variety of events occurring that are fostering change, but the change is occurring ... Read More
 

The Glorification Nation

While spending time at a friend’s house yesterday, I couldn’t help but to hear the cheers coming from the television in the living room. A few people were huddled watching the NCAA basketball tournament and after watching the end of one game and the beginning of another, I couldn’t help but wonder, how many Americans ... Read More