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Original articles from Hallie Crawford.
 
3 Ways to Determine Your Long-Term Career Direction
Choosing a career is a much more complicated process than taking a simple career test. We have clients come to us often who want to find that ideal job, and have read a book or taken a career assessment only to still feel lost. It’s frustrating, understandably, because we all want to be successful and happy with our choice of career.

Don't Let Fear Hold You Back
Many times we react to situations with feelings of fear, weakness, or negative energy. But really, fear prevents you from being open to new directions and solutions. How you can get over your fears?

4 Questions to Ask in a Job Interview
The hiring process is a two-way street. You will want to make sure that the job will be a good fit for you. Having some telling questions of your own will help you to make the right decision and make sure that the job will be everything you think it will be.

3 Ways to Set Meaningful Career Goals
A goal, by definition, is the object of a person's ambition or effort. Goals are what keep us moving forward in life, and reaching them gives us great satisfaction. But when it comes to work, 80% of people are not passionate about what they do.

Management 101: Reconnect and Earn Respect From Your Peers and Team
No matter where you are in your career, it’s important to work well with your peers. But sometimes that is easier said than done.

Making Better Career Decisions
Career Regret: When you realize the career you've spent so much time working on isn't a good fit. Here are three tips to make better decisions.

Go Beyond SMART When Setting Goals
Setting SMART goals is a great way to stay focused and advance in your career. But sometimes we focus too much on a goal being SMART and we forget to ask ourselves if we even like the goal, are inspired by it, or if it’s the right one.

4 Tips When You're In A New Job With No Training
Being thrown into the deep end in a new job with unclear expectations or mentoring can be difficult and stressful. But there are specific steps you can implement to take the reins and get a handle on the situation.

4 Ways to Manage Workplace Negativity, Starting With You
Negative feelings on the job are inevitable, just like any other area of our lives. But when negative thoughts and attitudes linger, or you feel that your work environment is negative and influencing your day-to-day attitude on the job, it can become more of a problem than just the usual day-to-day challenges we can face at the office.

Using Social Media to Strengthen Your Personal Brand
We all understand the importance of having a professional brand. It allows us to communicate our value to others easily, the skills and experience that make us stand out from everyone else in our industry.

5 Factors to Ask a Hiring Manager and Yourself Before Accepting a Job Offer
You’ve landed a job interview. That’s great news! Surely you will want to prepare well for the interview. You will want to prepare your STAR stories, know which strengths to talk about, and the general questions the hiring manager will most likely ask. However, sometimes in the preparation process, we forget about things to ask the hiring manager and factors to ask ourselves before accepting the job.

Avoid Career Regret: Making Better Professional Decisions
“Never regret. If it's good, it's wonderful. If it's bad, it's experience.” - Victoria Holt In life, we all experience some form of regret. It can be hard to have Victoria Holt’s positive point of view and see regret as a learning opportunity — harder still when someone realizes that the career they spent so much time working towards isn’t a good fit.

3 Tips to Stay Focused and Motivated When Working from Home
Working from home is becoming more standard practice for business professionals. 24% of business professionals worked from home in 2015 and that number is expected to grow. While working from home has a lot of benefits, it also comes with its own list of distractions. How can you stay focused and motivated?

3 Ways to Encourage Creative Thinking
We all know the expression “think outside the box” — be more innovative and creative at work. And when we’ve experienced this ourselves, I think we can all safely say we are more successful at work, and happier because we’re using our creative potential. But what happens when we can’t get there, and we get stuck inside the box, so to speak?

How to Show Gratitude to Your Professional Connections
In today’s business world, we all want to get ahead and reach our career goals. It’s important to have a plan to know how to get there. But too many times, an important factor is left out: gratitude. Sometimes we focus so much on getting to the next level that we forget to take a moment to celebrate our accomplishments (being thankful for them), as well as thank those who have helped us along the way.

3 Steps to Create Your Next Career Opportunity
Most professionals want to advance at work. Some do not (because they would prefer not to move into a management position where they are supervising others), but the majority of us want to advance in some way and, at least, continue to feel challenged by what we do.

Tips for Networking at Large Events
Networking at large events is essential for making new connections, but it can seem overwhelming if you don’t know anyone in the room and it’s a very large event. It can also seem like an insurmountable challenge if you are more introverted than extroverted.

4 Things to Ask Before Accepting a Job
Most times when we think of a job interview, we think of all the potential questions the hiring manager will ask us. The general questions, the personality-telling questions, and how to show our strengths during the interview process. But a lot of times business professionals forget to prepare questions to ask the hiring manager.

Lead Your Career By Leveraging Your Strengths
It would be wonderful to have a career that fits us, where we always use our strengths! Gallup affirms that if you are lucky enough to be able to do so, you will be six times as likely to feel engaged in your job. However, sometimes we don’t know what our real strengths are or how to properly use them in the workplace to our best advantage.

How to Stay Motivated To Reach Your Career Goals
Have your new year’s resolutions for your career lost their luster? If you started the year off with exciting plans and a timeline and did well for several months, but you’ve lost your enthusiasm, you’re not alone. As the months pass it’s easy to lose your enthusiasm for any goal, career or otherwise. Before you give up, read on to find your motivation. There are ways to get back in the saddle.

Three Ways to Determine Your Long-Term Career Direction
Choosing a career is a much more complicated process than taking a simple career test. We have clients come to us often who want to find that ideal job, and have read a book or taken a career assessment only to still feel lost. It’s frustrating, understandably, because we all want to be successful and happy with our choice of career.

Don’t Let Fear Hold You Back
Fear. This could be the biggest thing holding you back in your career. Nine out of ten times this is an obstacle for clients, because it’s not just about not knowing career direction, but a fear of making a change and trying something new. We encourage our clients to make decisions with strength and positivity. Many times we react to situations with feelings of fear, weakness, or negative energy. But really, fear prevents you from being open to new directions and solutions. How you can get over your fears? Here is a three-step process to dealing with your fears.

3 Ways to Promote Yourself to Achieve Your Professional Goals
Whether you are looking for a new job or you are working towards a promotion, it’s important to know how to promote yourself. After all, you have to be able to show why you deserve the position over all the other candidates. Promoting or selling yourself is also important if you want to expand your professional network.

Manage Those Negative Nellies
Everyone wants to succeed in their career path. Henry Ford said, “If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.” Unfortunately, not everyone moves forward together, and not everyone in our lives is positive about us moving forward in the career path we have chosen, whether they intend to be that way or not. Or they are simply negative about their own life course and in the process can inadvertently cause our own negative feelings to creep up.

The Biggest Mistake Job Seekers Make
If you are currently seeking employment and you have done the following, you may feel like you’re doing everything right: You’ve updated your resume and LinkedIn profile. You are regularly sending in applications online. You are attending networking events. You’re expanding your network through LinkedIn.

Why Selfies Could Tank Your Job Search
The recent buzz in the media regarding selfies and narcissism, and the fact that most employers will now Google their prospective employees, begs the question of whether the selfie can harm your job search. It’s a great question, and while it would be difficult to predict or study, as with anything related to your career, it’s better to err on the side of caution. Here’s why and what to do about it.

Three Things to Avoid to Be a Good Leader
To be a successful leader, it is important to help your employees grow. Because new hires are the future of your organization, it is critical to train them well and empower them to become successful in their role as well as within your organization. Not everyone understands intuitively how to lead. Here are some common errors that even the most well-intentioned leader can make and what you should avoid in your own leadership role.

How Losing Your Job Can Be the Best Thing That Ever Happened to You
Losing your job can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be the end of the world. In some cases, it actually could be the best thing that has ever happened to you! I had a client, years ago, call me, and she sounded great — much better than she ever had during our previous coaching sessions. Two minutes into the conversation she said, “I got fired last week and I’m so happy!” She had wanted to move on for a long time. So if you’ve recently lost your job, although we know in many ways it’s not ideal, here are a few ways to reflect on your situation and find the silver lining.

Avoid Career Regret: Making Better Professional Decisions
“Never regret. If it's good, it's wonderful. If it's bad, it's experience.” - Victoria Holt In life, we all experience some form of regret. It can be hard to have Victoria Holt’s positive point of view and see regret as a learning opportunity — harder still when someone realizes that the career they spent so much time working towards isn’t a good fit.

Facing the Fear: Take Control of Your Career Transition
Thinking of making a career change immobilizes most people with fear. Whether you are aiming for a slight adjustment or a dramatic shift, altering your career path in any way can be overwhelming. And let’s face it — conducting a job search is not anyone’s idea of a good time. Often, job seekers choose to ignore the challenge instead of face it head-on. As a result, they end up years later in the same job they do not enjoy, wondering where the time went.

3 Steps to Create Your Next Career Opportunity
Most professionals want to advance at work. Some do not (because they would prefer not to move into a management position where they are supervising others), but the majority of us want to advance in some way and, at least, continue to feel challenged by what we do.

Three Ways to Take Control of Your Career in 2017
As we know from working with our career coaching clients and their enthusiasm when they identify their ideal career, it is possible to have a job you truly enjoy and are excited about. These three tips can help you take control of your career today, and begin to define the right fit for you!

3 Strategies for Effective Assertive Communication in the Workplace
Communication in the workplace is very important; we all know this. It's the number one skill that employers want in their employees. Communication skills contribute to interpersonal skills and teamwork skills, which means relating well with others, whether it be clients or other workmates. Some communication skills come easily to us, like being assertive, speaking up at meetings, or writing effective emails.

Manage Those Negative Nellies
Everyone wants to succeed in their career path. Henry Ford said, “If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.” Unfortunately, not everyone moves forward together, and not everyone in our lives is positive about us moving forward in the career path we have chosen, whether they intend to be that way or not. Or they are simply negative about their own life course and in the process can inadvertently cause our own negative feelings to creep up.

4 Ways to Combat Workplace Negativity, Starting With You
Negative feelings on the job are inevitable, just like any other area of our lives. Maybe you don’t feel that you can accomplish the task at hand, you’re frustrated by a customer, you don’t feel that the right choice was made by your superior, or you just don’t enjoy the project you’re working on.

How to Show Gratitude to Your Professional Connections
In today’s business world, we all want to get ahead and reach our career goals. It’s important to have a plan to know how to get there. But too many times, an important factor is left out: gratitude. Sometimes we focus so much on getting to the next level that we forget to take a moment to celebrate our accomplishments (being thankful for them), as well as thank those who have helped us along the way.

Three Things to Avoid to Be a Good Leader
To be a successful leader, it is important to help your employees grow. Because new hires are the future of your organization, it is critical to train them well and empower them to become successful in their role as well as within your organization. Not everyone understands intuitively how to lead. Here are some common errors that even the most well-intentioned leader can make and what you should avoid in your own leadership role.

Three Ways to Set Meaningful Career Goals
A goal, by definition, is the object of a person's ambition or effort. Goals are what keep us moving forward in life, and reaching them gives us great satisfaction. But when it comes to work, 80% of people are not passionate about what they do.

How to Find a Job You Love
Confucius said, “Choose a job you love; and you will never have to work a day in your life.” That is most everyone’s career dream, right? Do something you love. However, in today’s world, it isn’t always easy. There are many factors that can make it difficult to find a job that you love. Responsibilities and constraints like financial and family obligations, where you live, where you went to school, and your past work experience and skill set can affect your ability to do what you love.

Three Ways to Set Meaningful Career Goals
A goal, by definition, is the object of a person's ambition or effort. Goals are what keep us moving forward in life, and reaching them gives us great satisfaction. But when it comes to work, 80% of people are not passionate about what they do.

Three Ways to Manage Up
Would you like to take on more responsibility in your place of employment? Many quickly say yes, but are unsure of how to do so. Some think they let their boss know they are available for more work in the right way, but then watch as another employee is given a management position. What went wrong?

New Job? No Training? What To Do
You have started your new job, are a week into it, and realize you are either in over your head or your company is offering little training and support — worst case, both. Being thrown into the deep end in a new job with unclear expectations or mentoring can be difficult and stressful. But there are specific steps you can implement to take the reins and get a handle on the situation.

3 Ways to Encourage Creative Thinking
We all know the expression “think outside the box” — be more innovative and creative at work. And when we’ve experienced this ourselves, I think we can all safely say we are more successful at work, and happier because we’re using our creative potential. But what happens when we can’t get there, and we get stuck inside the box, so to speak?

Four Ways to Take Charge of Your Attitude
Being successful at work, just like anything else in life, is not just about what we do. Getting caught up in our to-do lists, it’s easy to forget that it’s also about how we approach actions: with the right perspective, the right attitude, the right energy level.

What to Do When Your Coworker Is Promoted
You work on the same team. You have similar job descriptions and work ethic. Maybe you even helped train them and have seniority. You both applied for the promotion but you felt confident that you had more experience and would be the first choice. But when the new promotion is announced, it’s their name that’s read, not yours. You want to feel happy for them, but all you can think of is: “Why? Why them and not me? What went wrong?” Here are a few tips that can help you.

The Biggest Mistake Job Seekers Make
If you are currently seeking employment and you have done the following, you may feel like you’re doing everything right: You’ve updated your resume and LinkedIn profile. You are regularly sending in applications online. You are attending networking events. You’re expanding your network through LinkedIn.

Tips for Networking at Large Events
Networking at large events is essential for making new connections, but it can seem overwhelming if you don’t know anyone in the room and it’s a very large event. It can also seem like an insurmountable challenge if you are more introverted than extroverted.

Don’t Let Fear Hold You Back
Fear. This could be the biggest thing holding you back in your career. Nine out of ten times this is an obstacle for clients, because it’s not just about not knowing career direction, but a fear of making a change and trying something new. We encourage our clients to make decisions with strength and positivity. Many times we react to situations with feelings of fear, weakness, or negative energy. But really, fear prevents you from being open to new directions and solutions. How you can get over your fears? Here is a three-step process to dealing with your fears.

Lead Your Career By Leveraging Your Strengths
It would be wonderful to have a career that fits us, where we always use our strengths! Gallup affirms that if you are lucky enough to be able to do so, you will be six times as likely to feel engaged in your job. However, sometimes we don’t know what our real strengths are or how to properly use them in the workplace to our best advantage.

Go Beyond SMART When Setting Goals
Most professionals are familiar with the importance of setting SMART goals. They should be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Results-focused, and Time-bound. Setting SMART goals is a great way to stay focused and advance in your career. But sometimes we focus too much on a goal being SMART and we forget to ask ourselves if we even like the goal, are inspired by it, or if it’s the right one.

Three Ways to Determine Your Long-Term Career Direction
Choosing a career is a much more complicated process than taking a simple career test. We have clients come to us often who want to find that ideal job, and have read a book or taken a career assessment only to still feel lost. It’s frustrating, understandably, because we all want to be successful and happy with our choice of career.

How Losing Your Job Can Be the Best Thing That Ever Happened to You
Losing your job can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be the end of the world. In some cases, it actually could be the best thing that has ever happened to you! I had a client, years ago, call me, and she sounded great — much better than she ever had during our previous coaching sessions. Two minutes into the conversation she said, “I got fired last week and I’m so happy!” She had wanted to move on for a long time. So if you’ve recently lost your job, although we know in many ways it’s not ideal, here are a few ways to reflect on your situation and find the silver lining.

How to Show Gratitude to Your Professional Connections
In today’s business world, we all want to get ahead and reach our career goals. It’s important to have a plan to know how to get there. But too many times, an important factor is left out: gratitude. Sometimes we focus so much on getting to the next level that we forget to take a moment to celebrate our accomplishments (being thankful for them), as well as thank those who have helped us along the way.

Create a YouTube Channel for Your Job Search in 5 Steps
As we all know, YouTube can be a powerful tool for self-promotion — especially when in the midst of a job search. YouTube has over one billion distinct visitors every month. So if you can create a solid, professional YouTube channel for your job search, you can not only have an additional tool for prospective employers to understand your value and your brand, but you can also create a national and even global presence in your industry.

How to Find Your Place in the World of Work
In November 2015, statistics showed that around 121.9 million people were employed on a full-time basis in the United States. That’s a lot of people working full-time. However, other studies show that over 50% of Americans are dissatisfied with their jobs. Too many people are not in the right fit in their careers. So how can you find your place in the world of work?

Three Ways to Set Meaningful Career Goals
A goal, by definition, is the object of a person's ambition or effort. Goals are what keep us moving forward in life, and reaching them gives us great satisfaction. But when it comes to work, 80% of people are not passionate about what they do.

How to Find a Job You Love
Confucius said, “Choose a job you love; and you will never have to work a day in your life.” That is most everyone’s career dream, right? Do something you love. However, in today’s world, it isn’t always easy. There are many factors that can make it difficult to find a job that you love. Responsibilities and constraints like financial and family obligations, where you live, where you went to school, and your past work experience and skill set can affect your ability to do what you love.

Three Ways to Manage Up
Would you like to take on more responsibility in your place of employment? Many quickly say yes, but are unsure of how to do so. Some think they let their boss know they are available for more work in the right way, but then watch as another employee is given a management position. What went wrong?

3 Strategies for Effective Assertive Communication in the Workplace
Communication in the workplace is very important; we all know this. According to Job Outlook 2005 (Bethlehem, PA: National Association of Colleges and Employers) it is the number one skill that employers want in their employees. Communication skills contribute to interpersonal skills and teamwork skills, which means relating well with others, whether it be clients or other workmates. Some communication skills come easily to us, like being assertive, speaking up at meetings, or writing effective emails.

The Biggest Mistake Job Seekers Make
If you are currently seeking employment and you have done the following, you may feel like you’re doing everything right: You’ve updated your resume and LinkedIn profile. You are regularly sending in applications online. You are attending networking events. You’re expanding your network through LinkedIn.

Best of TZM: How to Stay Passionate About Your Position
Have you lost that lovin’ feeling for your job? How do you know if it is just a phase, whether it is your job or role, or instead maybe the industry that you are in? If you are not as jazzed about your work lately, one of the things you want to consider first is — how bad is it? Is it just a passing phase and hopefully something you can address, or do you need to change positions or your long-term career direction?

How to Avoid the #1 Career Mistake: Not Having a Mentor
We talk about mentors a lot- from softball coaches to swimming trainers to a high school teacher. When we are growing up, almost every adult could be considered a mentor for one reason or another. But many times when we enter the workforce, the general idea seems to be that our training is finished and we no longer need a mentor.

Lead Your Career By Leveraging Your Strengths
It would be wonderful to have a career that fits us, where we always use our strengths! Gallup affirms that if you are lucky enough to be able to do so, you will be six times as likely to feel engaged in your job. However, sometimes we don’t know what our real strengths are or how to properly use them in the workplace to our best advantage.

Land the Job In One Step: Create a Career Sheet
With steep competition for jobs (with at least three people for each opening, most likely more) and so many ways for your competitors to stand out in their job search, it’s even more important to find effective ways to stand out in the job market. Hokey tactics like printing your resume on colored paper, using strange fonts, or calling an employer too often are all frowned upon. But job seekers, feeling desperate, don’t know what else to do. Add to the mix the increase in the use of social media, and figuring out how to separate yourself from your competition can seem overwhelming.

Manage Those Negative Nellies
Everyone wants to succeed in their career path. Henry Ford said, “If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.” Unfortunately, not everyone moves forward together, and not everyone in our lives is positive about us moving forward in the career path we have chosen, whether they intend to be that way or not. Or they are simply negative about their own life course and in the process can inadvertently cause our own negative feelings to creep up.

The Unpaid Internship: Ticket to A Full-Time Job or A Dead End?
Our clients in career transition often ask us whether they should apply for internships as well as jobs, paid or unpaid, especially when they are just out of college or making a transition into a new career path. There are obvious pros and cons to working for free or having a short-term gig. And the argument can be made that internships are just a way for employers to just take advantage of free or low-cost contract labor.

Three Ways to Determine Your Long-Term Career Direction
Choosing a career is a much more complicated process than taking a simple career test. We have clients come to us often who want to find that ideal job, and have read a book or taken a career assessment only to still feel lost. It’s frustrating, understandably, because we all want to be successful and happy with our choice of career.

5 Keys to Managing a Career Transition
Mark Twain said, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” While this quote is inspiring and easy to say, in reality it can be harder to actually implement, as we all know.

The 5 Most Important Factors for Choosing Your Work Environment
Being in the right work environment is as critical (if not more) to enjoying your work and being successful at your job than any other component to consider. It is so important, yet many people are not in a work environment that allows them to thrive and be fulfilled. Moreover, half of the clients I work with are actually in the right role or in a job that truly is a fit for them, but their work environment is not a fit. They’re miserable.

Facing the Fear: Take Control of Your Career Transition
Thinking of making a career change immobilizes most people with fear. Whether you are aiming for a slight adjustment or a dramatic shift, altering your career path in any way can be overwhelming. And let’s face it — conducting a job search is not anyone’s idea of a good time. Often, job seekers choose to ignore the challenge instead of face it head-on. As a result, they end up years later in the same job they do not enjoy, wondering where the time went.

Create a YouTube Channel for Your Job Search in 5 Steps
As we all know, YouTube can be a powerful tool for self-promotion — especially when in the midst of a job search. YouTube has over one billion distinct visitors every month. So if you can create a solid, professional YouTube channel for your job search, you can not only have an additional tool for prospective employers to understand your value and your brand, but you can also create a national and even global presence in your industry.

Why Selfies Could Tank Your Job Search
The recent buzz in the media regarding selfies and narcissism, and the fact that most employers will now Google their prospective employees, begs the question of whether the selfie can harm your job search. It’s a great question, and while it would be difficult to predict or study, as with anything related to your career, it’s better to err on the side of caution. Here’s why and what to do about it.

Land the Job In One Step: Create a Career Sheet
With steep competition for jobs (with at least three people for each opening, most likely more) and so many ways for your competitors to stand out in their job search, it’s even more important to find effective ways to stand out in the job market. Hokey tactics like printing your resume on colored paper, using strange fonts, or calling an employer too often are all frowned upon. But job seekers, feeling desperate, don’t know what else to do. Add to the mix the increase in the use of social media, and figuring out how to separate yourself from your competition can seem overwhelming.

Face the Fear and Take Control of Your Career Transition
Are you immobilized by the fear of making a change in your career? Whether you are aiming for a slight adjustment or a dramatic shift, altering your career path in any way can be overwhelming. Often, job seekers choose to ignore the challenge instead of facing it head-on. As a result, they end up years later in the same job they don’t enjoy, wondering where the time went. As a certified career coach, I keep track of the surveys published every few years with depressing numbers about employee satisfaction. One of the most recent is from Right Management: 16% are somewhat satisfied, 44% are unsatisfied.

5 Job-Search Mistakes to Stop Making
Job searches can be frustrating for many of us. You feel like your resume is going into the black hole in the HR department. You do not hear back right away after your interview. Or you do not know how long your job search is going to take, much less which strategy will prove to be the winner.

How to Stay Passionate About Your Position
Have you lost that lovin’ feeling for your job? How do you know if it is just a phase, whether it is your job or role, or instead maybe the industry that you are in? If you are not as jazzed about your work lately, one of the things you want to consider first is — how bad is it? Is it just a passing phase and hopefully something you can address, or do you need to change positions or your long-term career direction?

Make an Impression at Career Fairs
It can feel like the same old thing — you and hundreds, if not thousands, of other job seekers are trying to make a good first impression. Career fairs can be a critical piece to your job search because of the access they provide you, in person, to employers who are hiring — a goldmine. But how can you stand out in the sea of faces from the hundreds of others in your field vying for the same job?

New Job? No Training? What To Do
You have started your new job, are a week into it, and realize you are either in over your head or your company is offering little training and support — worst case, both. Being thrown into the deep end in a new job with unclear expectations or mentoring can be difficult and stressful. But there are specific steps you can implement to take the reins and get a handle on the situation.

Facing the Fear: Take Control of Your Career Transition
Thinking of making a career change immobilizes most people with fear. Whether you are aiming for a slight adjustment or a dramatic shift, altering your career path in any way can be overwhelming. And let’s face it — conducting a job search is not anyone’s idea of a good time. Often, job seekers choose to ignore the challenge instead of face it head-on. As a result, they end up years later in the same job they do not enjoy, wondering where the time went.

How to Survive the Deep End at Your New Job
We all want to make a good impression at our new jobs, especially in that first few weeks. We are excited, enthusiastic, and ready to take on any challenge. So what happens if you realize early on that things are not as they seemed in the interview, specifically with the training or mentoring you thought you would receive? What if there is no honeymoon period and you have been thrown into the deep end with no flotation device?

How to Find Your Real Dream Job
We hear it all the time: “find your passion” or “do what you love and the money will follow.” It sounds so easy, right? But if it was, we would all be passionate about our work. And we know from statistics year after year that many of us do not feel that way, or even remotely close — only 19% are satisfied according to Forbes.com.

From Entry Level to Executive: 3 Steps That Will Enhance Your Career Progression
The new year is coming soon! When you set your goals for 2014, be sure to include your career path in your list. Many people set personal goals and, unless they are very unhappy in their job and are ready to make a career transition, completely forget that aspect of their life altogether when goal setting. We tend to only focus on our career when something is wrong or when we want to make a change.

New Job? No Training? What To Do
You have started your new job, are a week into it, and realize you are either in over your head or your company is offering little training and support — worst case, both. Being thrown into the deep end in a new job with unclear expectations or mentoring can be difficult and stressful. But there are specific steps you can implement to take the reins and get a handle on the situation.

Online Profiles: It's Not Just Copy and Paste
Social networking sites are no longer optional in your job search. Over 90% of employers are starting to use social recruiting, and the number is growing. They are online finding candidates, and so are recruiters. When I met with a PR executive years ago, she said, “If you are not online, you don’t care enough about your career."

Finding the Job of Your Life: Plan to Succeed
Even in a challenged economy, landing your dream job will be easier if you are a “career seeker” rather than a “job seeker.” Being a career seeker doesn’t just mean looking for the job you want. It involves developing an ultimate career goal and planning your approach to it.

Finding the Right Fit: Brainstorm Possible Career Ideas Online
If you are unsure of your career direction, identifying the right fit can be a tough process. There are so many things to consider in order to define your ideal career path. There are no websites out there with comprehensive lists of all the career paths or jobs available in the world. As a result, it can be overwhelming for career seekers who are unhappy in their current position and want to have a fulfilling job but do not know where to start.

The Unpaid Internship: Ticket to A Full-Time Job or A Dead End?
Our clients in career transition often ask us whether they should apply for internships as well as jobs, paid or unpaid, especially when they are just out of college or making a transition into a new career path. There are obvious pros and cons to working for free or having a short-term gig. And the argument can be made that internships are just a way for employers to just take advantage of free or low-cost contract labor.

Five Job Search Mistakes You May be Making
Job searches can be frustrating for many of us. You feel like your resume is going into the black hole in the HR department. You do not hear back right away after your interview. Or you do not know how long your job search is going to take, much less which strategy will prove to be the winner.

Top 5 Ways to Leverage LinkedIn
There are many ways you can leverage LinkedIn and your profile in order to define your career direction. Here are five ways to make LinkedIn work for you.

Tap Into the Hidden Job Market to Find and Define Your Dream Job
Most people have heard of the hidden job market, and unfortunately I still find that not enough of those people have actually taken the advice about tapping into it for their job search. If you are one of those, it is time to jump on board. If you have not heard the term, the hidden job market is the word used to describe the unadvertised jobs that companies do not openly post or publicly advertise.

Expand Your Job Search with Place-Based Research
Clients come to me all the time wanting to find a job that is stable, in an industry that is foolproof, sometimes to the detriment I think of really looking for something they truly enjoy. And we all know the story about stability now; it doesn’t truly exist. The job market has changed dramatically. Now this is not to say “throw caution to the wind and dive into an area that is doomed.” Simply consider other factors as well, like job satisfaction, when you are choosing your next move or looking for that new job.

2013's Must-Have Job Skills
With the dramatic changes in the economy in the past few years, it can be hard for job seekers and employees alike to know where they need to focus their time and attention in order to land that next job or keep the one they have. Societal changes and economic changes both influence what these top skills are, but time and time again we are reminded that soft skills almost always beat out the hard skills.

Need a Career Makeover? Five Tips for Reinventing Yourself in the New Year
Has your job lost its luster? Are you tired of feeling dragged down by your work and, have you wanted to make a change but haven’t done anything about it? If so, it is time for a career makeover. The New Year is a great time to evaluate your career direction and whether you are truly fulfilled at work. Everyone deserves to have a job that makes them want to jump out of bed in the morning. It takes time and commitment to make this happen, but it is possible.

The 5 Most Important Factors for Choosing Your Work Environment
Being in the right work environment is as critical (if not more) to enjoying your work and being successful at your job than any other component to consider. It is so important, yet many people are not in a work environment that allows them to thrive and be fulfilled. Moreover, half of the clients I work with are actually in the right role or in a job that truly is a fit for them, but their work environment is not a fit. They’re miserable.

Coping With Career Regret
We’ve all experienced some form of career regret, whether it’s in a career change or just a professional decision we wish we hadn’t made. How do we avoid, as best as we can, making those poor career choices the second time around?

Informational Interviews: The Most Underutilized Tool for Job Searching
You've probably heard of it, but how often have you actually used it? The informational interview is a critical piece to your job search, but too few people actually know its purpose or protocol. Informational interviews unfortunately are very underutilized. College graduates are better about using them because their career centers encourage it.

Don't Just Sit There, Leverage LinkedIn
“You’re not taking your career seriously if you’re not on LinkedIn.” A friend who is an executive at a PR firm told me this several years ago — point blank — and I agree with her. Are you currently on LinkedIn? Do you have a complete LinkedIn profile?

Sell Your Brand to Potential Employers: Part 3
The third step to branding is selling yourself and your brand to potential employers; a critical step, but one that job seekers often fumble. They write elevator pitches that are blasé, a list of their accomplishments instead of something memorable that someone will recall easily. When I give presentations to networking groups and they go around the room asking everyone to give their elevator speech, only about 13% of the attendees have a correct pitch that makes you want to learn more about them.

Brand to Land Your Dream Job: Part 2
One of the most important parts of the process of branding yourself is being able to communicate your value and your brand easily, effectively, and with confidence. Without this important step, you won't get very far in your job search. Understanding your unique value proposition and being able to powerfully convey that message is something you need to be able to do consistently and continuously in your search.

Finding the Job of Your Life: Plan to Succeed
Even in a challenged economy, landing your dream job will be easier if you are a “career seeker” rather than a “job seeker.” Being a career seeker doesn’t just mean looking for the job you want. It involves developing an ultimate career goal and planning your approach to it.

Develop and Market Your Brand to Land Your Dream Job
Regardless of the economic climate, it’s vitally important for job seekers to understand their unique value proposition and be able to develop that into a branding statement. Your branding statement can then be easily translated into your elevator pitch, your cover letter, LinkedIn profile, and any number of marketing avenues. But first you need to know what you bring to the table.

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