Tag Archive: professional development

Career Assessments Give Insight

November 6, 2017 8:04 pm Published by

“It’s not hard to make decision when you know what your values are” ~ Roy Disney How much work have you done to know more about your personal values, interests, skills and abilities.  I refer to this as your V.I.S.A. Knowing who you are and what you have to offer must be considered as you contemplate any career choices or decisions. There are many career assessments to help you get started and costs range from free to very expensive. Remember that no career assessment will tell you what you should be or... View Article

Set S.M.A.R.T. career goals

November 2, 2017 10:36 pm Published by

Be S.M.A.R.T about your career goals.   “Give me a stock clerk with a goal and I’ll give you a man who will make history. Give me a man with no goals and I’ll give you a stock clerk” ~ J.C. Penney Set career goals. Write them down.  According to research from Dr. Gail Matthews of Dominican University, individuals are 42 percent more likely to achieve their goals by writing them down.  There is also a 78 percent increase in achievement when sharing weekly progress on goals with a friend.  Goal setting is... View Article

70% of Employers Looking at Job Applicant Social Media Accounts

July 5, 2017 1:43 pm Published by

Recent Career Builder survey confirms what you already know – Employers are looking at applicant social media accounts.  The number is up from 60% in 2016 to 70% in 2017.  We can only assume it will keep growing.   What’s good about employers looking at applicant social media? Well according to survey respondents, recruiters are looking at the following good things and making hiring decisions: 61% looking for information that supports the candidate’s knowledge and skills for the job 50% are looking to see if you have a good professional... View Article

Tell Your Story and Push Past Networking Anxiety

November 14, 2016 7:21 pm Published by

Anyone who knows me well enough can tell you about my very real aversion to most conventions, among them, the traditional networking event. Something about the prospect of going into a room full of strangers— not necessarily to have fun per se— but to just chat about what we’re up to professionally and maybe exchange contact information, unnerves me. These events can often begin to feel tiresome when the meaningful exchange of ideas intersects with the need to self-promote, preach, or sell something. I’m not into that. Enough of my... View Article

No Pay Raise; What Else Could You Ask For?

February 2, 2016 11:48 am Published by

Let’s face it, many of us see our annual pay raise as a way to feel value at work. It reaffirms our importance to the company and it is something employees look forward to – even more than they do the company picnic or Christmas party. USA Today reported, based on survey data from Towers Watson (a compensation consulting firm) that U.S. employers were planning to give pay raises averaging 3% in 2015.  That was on par with the 2.9% average raise in 2014 and 2013.  However, if you are... View Article

Put your Best Foot Forward in Temp Jobs

November 23, 2014 8:57 am Published by

The National Employment Law Project reports that temporary workers fill 2.5% of all jobs in the US.  And this was before the Gig Economy really took off. Millions of new college grads, people reentering the workforce or those making career transitions will often spend some time in temp jobs.  No matter how long the assignment, temp jobs are an opportunity to put your best foot forward and be an impressive employee. Be a Team Player and Get Along With Other People The National Association of Colleges and Employers surveys employers... View Article

Combat Job Search Age Discrimination

July 3, 2014 2:53 am Published by

I spoke with a colleague recently who had lost a spouse and was looking to reenter the workplace.  It was pretty clear that his biggest concern was the job search age discrimination he felt he would face. He was worried about his chances of finding, what he called, decent employment.  “Nobody wants to hire old people anyway and with all these young people looking for work, I feel bad trying to take a job from them.  They have families. They are starting out. I’m just too old for a job search anyway.” Not only... View Article

Should I name job references on my resume?

September 7, 2009 10:51 am Published by

It is never too early in your college program to begin thinking about who could be professional job references for you. You will need these references when you are applying for internships, graduate schools or careers after graduation. Having a list of professional job references is definitely part of an effective job search strategy. However, the names of your job references should not be listed on your resume. This is not what recruiters prefer to see. What you should do instead is create a separate document titled: Job References. This will... View Article

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