Is An Advanced Degree Worth It?

Let’s me start by saying it depends. Great now you can punch me in the nose. No kidding. Of course it depends. A variety of factors play into the decision including your profession, career goals, time to retirement, financial wherewithal, academic prowess, workload, family commitments – the list goes on. However, there are things you can do […]

Returning to a Company After a Lay-off

In this volatile and hyper-competitive economic climate, restructuring is sadly part of the corporate playbook. In my career I’ve been on both sides of the event and what I’ve learned is that no one relishes the action. While your first impulse maybe to forever shun the organization that let you go, many professionals, especially those with niche skills or geographic restrictions could find themselves […]

Developing Your Personal Brand

In today’s competitive job market, it’s not enough to have the required skills, experiences, and education requested on the job description. To truly stand out, you need to clearly demonstrate why you are the best (insert your profession here). This means identifying your X factor and being able to communicate that in a resume, during an interview, and ultimately, on the job. Your brand is […]

How to Help Your Boss Help You

Let’s face it. Your manager is more apt to have your back when he knows that you have his. To do that, you’ll have to make a personal investment in his success. If he’s a good guy, he’ll do the same. If not, it will become readily apparent in short order. On the assumption that you’ve followed my advice in the last blog and are […]

Salary Negotiating Guidelines

Many people have difficulty asking for or even discussing money. Reasons for this range from culture and upbringing to self-worth and skill set. While I’ve been an executive and career coach for over 15 years, I’m no psychologist. If you need a little couch time (and there’s nothing wrong with that) seek out a qualified therapist. However, if your issue is skill based or a natural […]

Restarting A Career After An Extended Break

Job-hunting is a difficult endeavor. Doing so after being out of the game for a while can prove even more challenging. The good news is that there is a big difference between hard and impossible. Like most things, technique and attitude can go a long way toward ensuring success. To increase your chances of successfully reentering the job market, following these five […]

The Ageless Resume – Give Your CV a Facelift

Thinking of leaving your job? You’re not alone. Reports from leading survey firms such as Gallup, IBM/Kenexa, and Towers Watson indicate that even self-described engaged employees are susceptible to a competitor’s pull. In the reality of the millennial-led, “company me” mindset, employees are more transient and discerning than ever before. Even Gen-X and baby boomers are more apt to shop the competition these days. […]

Team Building Events That Actually Work from Geneva National

Have an upcoming team building event?  Then check out this Geneva National article for some great tips on how to make your next session a success.  Article Excerpt “You wouldn’t be where you are today without your team. They’ve stood by you through the ups and the downs, the early-morning meetings and the late-night phone calls. They’re the backbone of […]

Succeed in the “Meet for Coffee” Business

For many people, networking is a dreaded affair. This is especially true for introverts who loathe the required small talk that comes with the territory. That said, even the most gregarious among us can be a little intimidated by the process, especially if their conversation counterpart is seen as a more powerful or politically important player. As an executive coach, writer, and businessperson I’ve been on both […]

Happy New Year

January is traditionally a time to reflect on where we’ve been, what we’ve accomplished, and whom we’ve helped and learned from along the way. Of course, it’s also a time for setting new goals, chasing new dreams, and finding more people to both help and learn from. We’ll get into that of course, but not just yet. For now, take a breath, take a […]