Want to Advance Your Career? Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

Doing what you’ve always done and expecting different results?  One of my favorite quotes is “if you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten” by Tony Robbins.  I’ve been fortunate to have experienced a variety of circumstances that have forced me to frequently adapt to change, seldom appreciating the ‘comfort of…

Professional Development for the Life of Your Career

Tuesday Tips on Careers: Are You Owning Your Professional Development? First I’d like to thank Steve for the invitation to join him for Tuesday Tips on Careers, I appreciate the opportunity to engage with this great group.  I’m a proponent of proactive professional development and believe that we should BE SIMPLYREADY for the life of…

Q & A with Ron Thomas, a Chief Human Resource & Administrative Officer

I am very pleased to have recently had the privilege of interviewing Ron Thomas, a Chief Human Resource & Administrative Officer currently based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  We asked him to share his insight and recommendations for human resource practitioners. Q:  Would you speak to your experience as a professional and describe how you stay…

The Problem with Your Job Search and How To (Potentially) Solve It

Your Job Search Job searches can take more time than we prefer or can afford at times.  Finding a new job can seem to take an eternity if you’ve lost your job and need to be employed now.  Depending upon the conditions in which you became unemployed, you may have received a severance package or…

Professional Development Plans and Your Career

Managing Your Career with Professional Development Plans   Professional development plans can be quite useful in managing your career.  They can help align your efforts and resources with your goals.  Professional development plans do not need to be complicated or take considerable amounts of your time.  Making them useful involves your willingness to be adaptable…

You are Responsible for Your Career, Own Your Professional Development

Own Your Professional Development   Too often professionals rely on the advice of their management or human resources departments in isolation to guide their professional development.  While I agree their feedback and guidance is very important to your performance at your present place of employment, if you rely on it in isolation you may be…

Stay Relevant in the Job Market by Understanding Your Career Life Cycle

How Relevant are You in Today’s Job Market?   Much is being discussed these days about how to remain relevant (and employable) in such a competitive job market.  I participated in a pilot program offered by the Indiana University Alumni Association about a year ago and was exposed to the idea that understanding and being able to tell…

Reputable Adult Continuing Education Online

Adult Continuing Education Online Changes Lives   Having completed various adult continuing education programs online that enabled me to continue to work full-time while completing degree programs, I’ve come to appreciate the value of life-long learning and of appreciating my story.  Through my experience I’ve learned how powerful stories can be.  Stories connect and motivate…

New Initiative Promotes Hiring Our Military Veterans

Hiring Our Military Veterans   Thank you to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Toyota, and Sergeant Dakota Meyer for partnering to create programming to help veterans translate their military experience into civilian equivalents using personal branding tools.  Now is the time to focus on hiring our military veterans.  Unemployment statistics, industries in decline, and…