A Wise Course

I’m often asked what is the best course to take for those seeking to enter the work force. Obviously this depends in part on the profession, but I was never too fond of vague answers. So here is my take on the matter: The best course to get a job is public speaking. It will teach you how to confidently inform, […]

Your Job-hopping Rationale

Most employers understand that the days of the one-to-three job career are long gone. Gen-Y workers are even more prone to adopt a Company Me attitude and move to the next best thing as soon as the opportunity presents itself. That’s what the war for talent is all about. Having a storyline, an intelligent, logical rationale for each of your career moves will […]

Change the Work/life Conversation

Employees sometimes struggle with broaching the work/life balance conversation with their manager because they assume (like a novice salesperson) that they are asking for a favor. Before doing anything else, employees should understand their organization’s formal policy on the matter. Assuming there is one, they should change the conversation to focus on results, not time. The following is a quick guideline […]

Big Meeting Ahead? Skip the Trust Falls

Sooner or later many employees will get tapped to plan a company event. Whether it’s an extended, off-site staff meeting or a strategic, global conference, the task can be daunting. And while some larger organizations have corporate communications, HR, and/or training departments that might be able to lend a hand, often given workloads and budget restrictions, you’ll be largely left on your […]

LinkedIn Endorsements and Recommendations

For some people LinkedIn has become the professional equivalent of a video game, where users attempt to score relationship points by randomly connecting with as many people as possible. As in most things however, quality trumps quantity. While having a large number of connections or followers may make you feel better about yourself, it won’t produce much if they aren’t actively engaged or at […]

Why Soft Skills Matter

Ever see those guys in the gym? You know, the ones who look like a body double for a 90s style Arnold Schwarzenegger. They might appear to be in perfect shape, but several lack the flexibility, balance and agility to keep up with the average teenage bookworm. This is not a slight (seriously, huge people at the gym, I mean no offense) […]

Network Without the Desperation

People dread networking because the events can feel like the business equivalent of a “meat market” style night club where attendees replace the cheesy “how you doing? (insert hopeful wink)” with a “What do you do? (insert fake – wait for my turn to talk – smile)”. You can make networking more meaningful and effective by aiming for quality of […]

Managing Millennials

As a Gen Xer I find it amusing that both my generational colleagues and more often Baby Boomers, discuss how to handle the Gen Y crowd like they would a batch of spent nuclear fuel. Perhaps it’s my inner latchkey kid talking, but I just don’t understand all the fuss. Yes, they grew up with technology. Yes, they were […]

No Cost Skill Boosters

There are many ways to enhance your skills in advance of a job search. And while am a proponent of traditional classroom training, pursuing another degree or earning a new certification can be time-consuming, costly, and often not directly applicable to the opportunity you’re seeking. Even more flexible on-line options such as webinars and asynchronous presentations can burden your personal bottom line […]

How to Say No to Promotion

It might seem unthinkable to those who endlessly launch themselves up the corporate ladder, but for many people there are times when accepting a promotion, especially when it comes with longer hours, additional responsibilities, more direct reports, and/or taking on an international assignment, is simply a bad decision. Don’t get me wrong, most employees get the jitters when taking a new […]