Warning! If You’re Using These 5 Words, You’re Killing Your Executive Presence!
by Valerie Sokolosky - Sep, 2014
Remember that time when you were at a business meeting and it took an awkward turn? There was congenial conversation—then all of a sudden you or someone else said something unprofessional that killed the flow of the discussion. The conversation went from congenial to awkward. The point is, how we communicate is a reflection of our personal brand and executive presence. Let’s look at some “brand busters” that can rot an othe...
Behavioral Interviews: What Are They & How Do You Handle Them?
by Georgia Adamson - Sep, 2014
The term “behavioral interview” isn’t new. It’s been around since at least the 1990s, I believe. However, you might still not have heard it or you might have encountered a behavioral interview without knowing that’s what it was going to be. You can prepare just as well for a behavioral interview as for a “normal” interview (whatever that is!). However, you do need to understand what they involve in order to do the most effe...
Will You Settle For What You Think You Deserve?
by Bob Roth - Sep, 2014
Many college students can recite a litany of reasons for why their performance is relatively average when it comes to college and career endeavors. They talk about their lack of resources, their family history and the disadvantages they have faced. Because these students focus on personal problems, shortcomings and failures, they are trapped in the mind set of someone who is likely to underperform. For most students,...
Entry, Mastery, and Disengagement: Where Are You in the Career Cycle
by Carole Kanchier - Sep, 2014
Do you feel moody, apprehensive, unhappy? Are you wondering what to do with your life? You know that something’s missing, but you can’t put your finger on it. My research on occupational change, described in "Questers Dare to Change Your Job and Life," suggest that growing adults experience cycles of discontent every five to ten years with the average cycle occurring every 7.5 years. These periods of dissatisfaction may...
Using Google+ to Create a Target Company List for your Job Search
by Lisa Rangel - Sep, 2014
Creating a target list can help you find leads for jobs and meet valuable contacts. Thanks to social media you’re no longer just limited to your local community or live networking events. The rise of websites like Google+ make it easier than ever to create target lists for your job search. Use the following tips to effectively use Google+ to leverage social media on the job hunt. Google+ Communities Google+ Communities...
Are Your Sundays Spent Dreading Mondays?
by Joan Runnheim Olson - Sep, 2014
Do you enjoy your work? Are your Sundays spent dreading Mondays OR do you look forward to getting up each week day? Since yesterday was Labor Day, I thought this topic would be fitting. On average we spend 40 to 46 years of our life working. With work consuming a large chunk of our day and our life, why not be doing something we enjoy? For many people, little thought was put into their career choice. Some may think that wor...
Job Landing Action: Craft a Target Company List Using Twitter
by Lisa Rangel - Sep, 2014
With the rise of social media it’s become apparent that connecting with other professionals online can lead to tremendous opportunities. Furthermore, companies are also using social media to post jobs and Twitter is no exception. Creating a targeted Twitter list can help you keep potential job contacts and opportunities all in one place. This makes it much easier than searching through your endless Twitter feed on your home...
Communicate with Power: Master the Unconscious
by Dr. Maynard Brusman - Sep, 2014
Most communication is unconscious. You may think you’re delivering clear and consistent messages based on your words, but unconscious nonverbal behaviors are key to communicating with power. Startling advances in brain science have made it possible for us to gather and test evidence as we uncover the unconscious mind’s amazing strengths. While our conscious brains can handle some 40 bits of information per second, the unc...
Confidence Part II – Change Your Body, Change Your Mind
by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - Aug, 2014
You may recall the scenes in The Sound of Music where Julie Andrews, as Maria, is trying to summon her confidence as she prepares to interview for the governess post with the Von Trapp Family. I love Maria’s feisty, go-get-em attitude. She’s terrified, but she holds her fear at bay by dancing down the road taking big steps and making big, bold gestures – waving her guitar and satchel in the air as she sings “I have confiden...
The 411 on Informational Interviews
by Kristen Carter - Aug, 2014
One of the new networking strategies that you may have heard buzz about is informational interviews. This term was developed by Richard Nelson Bolles, author of What Color Is Your Parachute?, and its purpose is to gather information on a particular industry and/or specific company you may wish to work at one day. Think of it as an information gathering session, not an opportunity to ask for a job. This is an excellent strategy...
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