Bragging Rights and Wrongs
by Joshua Waldman - Dec, 2013
If you can’t tell a potential new employer what makes you different (better) than the other 118 candidates, how will they ever know? This is actually harder than it sounds. When I first started working, I landed a huge deal. I was at a solar energy installer in Kathmandu back in 2004 and the market was hot. In fact, I remember that the customers paid in cash. I couldn’t keep all the bundles of paper money in the small bag...
Staying Marketable Through Networking
by Joan Runnheim Olson - Dec, 2013
Being and staying marketable is important for every careerist today. What are your career goals and what steps can you take to get a job, keep a job, or move up? One of the most important keys to success for careerists today is to build and maintain your network. It's vital for job seekers, folks that want to advance, and even those who want to keep your job. It's easy for job seekers to sit behind your computer all day...
Are You (or Could You Be) a Difference-Making Leader?
by Georgia Adamson - Dec, 2013
What does it take to be a true organization leader…one whose business leadership makes a clear difference in the operations and outcomes of a company or other organization? And do you have what it takes? Leader versus Manager Managers play a major role at many levels in an organization; however, I think it’s important to note that there are differences between being a manager and being a leader. Not all managers are l...
Becoming a Valuable Team Player in the Office
by Brad Karsh - Dec, 2013
Unless you have been living under a rock in the last few weeks, you know that sports have been all the rage. The Chicago Blackhawks clenched the Stanley Cup, NBA finals are heating up the courts, the World Cup is in full swing, and baseball fans across the country are rooting for their home teams. All of this talk of sports has made the JobBound team think about what makes a good team in the workplace. The answer is synonymous...
Career Advice: 13 Steps To Cope With Losing Your Job
by Ramon Greenwood - Dec, 2013
In times of economic turmoil anyone can get the axe at any time. It happens to good people and bad ones…hard workers as well as slackers. Therefore, plans for your career path should include knowing what to do to survive and reach your career goals should you ever get the dreaded “pink slip”. 13 Career Tips To Survive and Prosper Losing Your Job Keep in mind that the idea of womb to tomb job security is as dead a...
Finding the Good in Your Summer Job
by Brad Karsh - Dec, 2013
Let’s face it, the job outlook for teens and college students wasn’t pretty for summer 2010. The unemployment rate for teens reached a record 26%, leaving many students taking whatever position they could get to make money. Now that summer is coming to a close, you may be wondering how you will translate your less than desirable experiences on a resume or at an interview in a way that will impress employers. We have fi...
Here One Day . . . Then? Accepting Self-confidence As a Work in Progress
by Dawn Lennon - Dec, 2013
We know it when we feel it. When it’s in our grip, we soar. When it leaves us in the lurch, we land hard. Self-confidence, by definition, is: Being sure of your own abilities Trusting those abilities Having faith in them Feeling assured you really have them Self-confidence is in our heads. It’s the way we assess ourselves and decide if we’ve met expectations–our own and others. Every day, readers find th...
Mastering the Behavioral Interview Question
by Brad Karsh - Dec, 2013
The Class of 2010 has commenced, and there are hundreds of thousands eager, ambitious, hard working graduates hitting the pavement looking for a job. Everyone has great experiences that would make them outstanding for certain positions. Employers value these experiences - but more so, they value the ability to talk about these experiences. Hence, the behavioral interview question! Yes, these probing questions are awkward and s...
by Suzanne Bates - Dec, 2013
The other day I was talking with a client who had recently moved into a new role. It was a true stretch assignment. He left behind 15 years of experience in a specialized area. His graduate studies were almost irrelevant. "What did you say, when your boss first came to you?" I asked. "I turned him down flat," he replied. "Wrote him a lengthy email explaining why it wasn't the right job for me." "So, what happe...
To Go or Not to Go . . . To Networking Events
by Sharon Melnick, Ph.D. - Dec, 2013
As the ones responsible for developing business, we are faced with a dizzying array of choices for networking. Its not infrequent that I’m asked: “Should I go to this event?” “Where should I be going to meet people?” Here’s good old kitchen table wisdom from my mother who is a pioneering entrepreneur in the travel industry (I am very proud of her!) Whenever I try to make a decision, still to this day she says: “Did yo...
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