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Write a Compelling Self Review in 8 Steps

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Ah, performance review season! A stressful time at all levels of the organization, but a whole lot better than it used to be. Not that long ago, reviews were top-down, delivered by your boss and brutally subjective. Evaluations today are finally collaborative, two-way conversations. So, thank you, self review! You're a welcome game-changer. Whether you

How to Ace an Internal Interview

Monday, January 28, 2019

You did it! You got the attention of a hiring manager within your company and have been selected for an internal interview. Since you already have inside knowledge of the company, you're probably thinking this is going to be easy. Maybe it will be. But you can't assume so. It’s possible your prospective boss already

How to Speak Like a Leader

Monday, January 14, 2019

Who are the people you love to hear speak? If you draw a blank, maybe this will help: Their content is so engaging, you feel like they're talking to you individually. They're committed, convincing and direct. You take on their message as your own. And you walk away feeling more trust and respect for them.

How to Navigate the Office Holiday Party

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Off the top of your head, what you love most about the holiday season at your workplace? According to two firms (Randstad USA and Challenger, Gray and Christmas) that do annual surveys about these things, it’s definitely not the office holiday party. They found that 90% of workers would rather get more time off or a

Undervalued at Work? Take This Quiz Now!

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

So, so much research has been done to help managers figure out how to engage and retain their best employees. And in the end, it boils down to a company’s ability to deliver on four core needs. If you feel undervalued at work, it’s very likely that one or more of these core needs isn’t

3 Ways to Make Hobbies Show You’re the Best Candidate

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Last time, I wrote about critical job skills that can help you advance your career and the hobbies that build these skills. Today, I’m going talk about how to make hobbies show you’re the best candidate. Not all hobbies though. Consider only hobbies that: Are directly related to the position you’re pursuing. Show you have

6 Hobbies that Make You Better at Your Job

Monday, October 8, 2018

I've always loved to cook multi-course, gourmet meals for family, friends and sometimes huge crowds. Fast action in the kitchen thrills me, especially when things go wrong. I love to improvise on the spot: quick decisions, immediate action, precise steps. After one particularly tense day at work, I noticed that no one around me came

The Cold Networking Email that Opens Doors

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Just find out about a really cool company you'd love to work for but aren't sure how to contact them? Share a passion with a speaker you just heard and would really like to discuss his ideas more? Or perhaps you'd like to ask someone you admire from afar for career advice? If can think

Recover from a Work Mistake in 6 Steps

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

We all make typos, misunderstand assignments or raise our voices inappropriately. And our co-workers readily forgive us because it can happen to the best of us. But then there are the really big mistakes that everyone notices. Mistakes that cause serious self-doubt and can alter an entire career trajectory. Do you have a plan to

Hiring Differences Between Startups and Big Companies, Part 3

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

This is the third and final post of a three-part series about the differences between startups and big companies. The first post was about differences in company culture; the second focused on differences in interview practices.  Today's topic is the hiring differences between startups and big companies, with a focus on compensation.   8.  Hiring Process First, some things