Before You Quit

Most of us have indulged in the quitting fantasy. We envision barging into our manager’s office and bellowing a triumphant oration that culminates in a “take this job and shove it” decree.  We believe our defiant declaration will win back our professional soul and right all that has been made wrong…by our boss, by our colleagues, and by the fleeting nature of chance […]

Does Volunteering Help Your Career?

Dedicating a year or two to help others through service-oriented work experiences is a noble pursuit filled with potential benefits including hard and soft skill development, cross-cultural exposure, and the sense of accomplishment that comes from lending a hand. It can also be viewed as a positive differentiator in a world full of self-promotion and “company me” mindsets. However, before you head off to […]

Four Advantages That Set Career Changers Apart

People often think they have to play catch up when they switch careers. While there will certainly be a fair bit of technical or job-specific learning to do, one shouldn’t discount the value of the skills and experiences they bring to the new profession. Specifically, career switchers have the following advantages over some traditional candidates: Optimism: When you’re new to […]

Should You Return to a Former Employer?

Some industries and organizations expect an element of employee churn and don’t think twice about rehiring workers. The bounce-back phenomenon however is not exclusive to service-based industries or early talent workers. While some individual managers might write you off once you leave, savvy leaders and HR professionals understand the triggers that make people leave and the common rationales for their return. It’s a small […]

Can You Be Promoted Too Quickly?

There’s a difference of course between ten years of experience and one year of experience repeated ten times. When it comes to expediting one’s career trajectory, project and role diversity can be a great catapult. Callenges, stretch assignments, and mistakes can also advance our learning curve. That said, too many young professionals adopt a “fake it till you make it” mindset […]

How to Stay Relevant as a Long-tenured Employee

Job hoppers are red flags to many recruiters and hiring managers, but they are not the only candidates to give these gatekeepers pause. Long-tenured employees are often shuffled to the bottom of the resume pile because they are, perhaps unfairly, perceived as inflexible, stuck-in-a-rut, unmotivated, or even unlikely to thrive in a new setting. To avoid looking like a laggard, keep […]

4 Signs That You’re Ready for the Next Job

It happens. The new becomes common, the bloom falls from the rose, and the ordinary creeps in to what was once the job of your dreams. There’s ways to reclaim your mojo and approach an old role with new vigor of course, but sometimes an ending is just what you need to prompt a new, more meaningful beginning. If you’re experiencing […]

Midlife Career Change

I began my midlife crisis at 18. As a pragmatic artist (a blog for another time) I was just trying to get a jump on feeling the kind of angst novice writers think they need to put pen to paper. They don’t. In the words of Chuck Close, “Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to […]

How to Negotiate Benefits

Job search books are filled with tips and techniques for negotiating salary, but compensation is only part of the package. Savvy employers know that candidates want more than an attractive salary, so many provide a targeted employee value proposition (EVP) that covers everything from flex time and telecommuting to wellness programs and an opportunity to become involved in a variety of social responsibility causes.  Jobseekers, […]

Career Change Best Practices

While January is the typical time for revaluation ­– of one’s diet, habits and direction in both life and work – it doesn’t have to be the only one. Many of the successful people I’m lucky enough to know pilot their lives, as they would cruise ships, making subtle course corrections as they go. They understand that fine adjustments are easier to make […]