Talk about commitment – career coaching in the janitor’s closet!
by Hallie Crawford - Jun, 2011
During one of my recent career coaching groups, client Brent admitted he had been attending our career coaching calls from some very interesting places at his company. Brent is one of the most committed clients I have ever worked with. I’m constantly impressed with his positive attitude, his willingness to take a look at the tough obstacles in his way, and he is the first one to take action on our homework every week. On t...
Why Your Email Address Matters
by Caitlin McNally - Jun, 2011
You may have just updated your resume, fine-tuned your cover letter and discovered that the job of your dreams was recently posted online. You plan to reply to this job with the perfect email that will present yourself as a true professional. To accomplish this, you double and triple-check your email message, resume, and cover letter for spelling and grammar mistakes. No doubt, perfecting every last detail in your email res...
4 Phrases That Scream “Under Qualified” You Should Avoid on Your Executive Resume
by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - Jun, 2011
At the executive level, you know a lot is expected of you on the job. But those high expectations actually begin at the application process. From the moment you submit your application and executive resume, employers are checking you out to make sure you’re suited for this level. So if you want to avoid instant rejection, it’s best to sidestep the following phrases that could make a resume look elementary: “Excellent Org...
Are You a Reactor or a Responder?
by Andy Robinson - Jun, 2011
As a leader, as a human, it's natural and instinctive to REACT to a situation -- allowing our EMOTIONS to drive our immediate behavior. Many times, our initial/immediate reaction is something we regret later or is something we realize could have been handled much better. Great leaders are conscious of their reaction and response to situations. The best leaders substitute reaction with a conscious RESPONSE to a given situ...
Do You Have Interview-Ready Hair?
by Barbara Safani - Jun, 2011
I’ve known a lot of men who were sensitive about their hair. Guys who didn’t want to part with their long locks for the sake of an office job, men who were concerned they didn’t have enough hair, and others who checked out the gray around the temples and thought about coloring it. But men rarely talk to me about their hair prior to an interview and if you think about it, that’s as good a time as any to discuss the topic. So...
Executive Job Hunting? You'll Need more Than a Resume
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Jun, 2011
If you’re an executive planning your next career move, it might intrigue you to learn that you’ll be judged by more than just your resume during your job search. In other words, a full resume is not necessarily the best fit for each interviewer or contact. Surprised? You’ll find that recruiters, company owners, Boards of Directors, and other hiring decision-makers often look at your experience through a series of interv...
How Many Americans Are Happy at Work?
by Barbara Safani - Jun, 2011
According to a recent survey of close to 2,400 US employees conducted by Mercer, half of US employees are not happy in their jobs. Here are some other interesting stats from the survey: • Thirty-two percent of US workers are currently considering leaving their organization, up from 23% in 2005. • Twenty-one percent are not looking to leave but view their employers unfavorably and have low scores on key measures of engag...
OFCCP Proposes Changes to the Scheduling Letter and Itemized Listing
by Bill Osterndorf - Jun, 2011
When a federal contractor is formally selected for a compliance review, the OFCCP notifies the contractor by sending what is referred to as a Scheduling Letter directly to the facility that will be evaluated. The Scheduling Letter includes an Itemized Listing that requests various statistical reports and other pieces of information. Contractors are required to submit all of the data requested in the Itemized Listing to the O...
Women in the Trades
by Joan Runnheim Olson - Jun, 2011
Over a decade ago, I began my journey helping females and males consider non-traditional careers. I worked for a St. Paul, MN-based non-profit helping women enter and succeed in blue collar jobs in the trades. My role was to assess women’s readiness to enter the six-week pre-apprenticeship training program and then help them find jobs once they finished. I conducted lengthy interviews to determine their level of interest...
Positivity and High Performance - Characteristics of High-Performing Business Teams
by Dr. Maynard Brusman - Jun, 2011
Enlightened leaders over the past two years became aware of the need for resilience, and restructuring their organizations for a period of survival and stabilization. Now leaders must rebound and take the next steps for a sustainable future. They must refocus, inspire and innovate to lead successfully and grow their business. I was recently working with one of my San Francisco Bay Area executive coaching clients – the presid...
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