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Low Cost Ways to Continue Your Professional Development

Professionals who anticipate changes are more likely to act and transition with the least amount of disruption to their lives. In fact, the ability to be anticipatory is gaining attention as a competency desired of employees. No doubt, being anticipatory in your role for your employer is valuable but it’s also valuable to you as…

Is being exceptional really this simple?

Could it really come down to effort? Yes, it’s really possible to realize the benefits of being an exceptional candidate or from doing a great job if you put forth the effort. Effort can help you stand out from your peers and other professionals whether you’re in a job or career that you want to…

Focus Your Job Search on What Matters

Communicating Your Value Proposition I recently read, “Strategy Is Not about the Competition” and couldn’t help but relate the article to managing a job search. Ken Favaro points out, “when strategy is about competitors, leaders lose focus on the unlimited opportunities to grow customer value.” This concept can also be applied to a job search.…

OWN IT! Take Charge of Your Career

Have You Taken Charge of Your Career? Technology, globalization and the pace of change continue to be drivers for independent career management. Work environments and the way in which we work and think about work continue to change at an accelerated pace. Career management is also changing. Savvy professionals realize that they (not their employers) are…

Are You Leaving Money on the Table?

Your Career If you’re not actively managing your career and reputation you may be missing out on opportunities and ultimately leaving money on the table. Personal branding, reputation management and self-marketing are terms used interchangeably to describe the concept of proactively communicating how you add value. Taking deliberate actions over time to develop your reputation…

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Do you have a values-driven career?

Our Values Motivate Our Decisions Perhaps your work environment and current role are in alignment with your values. Our professional lives become a significant part of the impact we make and what we are remembered for. Do you have a values-driven career? Many of us go through various exercises throughout our careers to discover what…

Why did you continue your education?

Tuesday Tips on Careers   I’ve re-read many of Nelson Mandela’s quotes over the past several days.  One in particular, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world,” resonates with me.  I apply this quote to my circumstances and believe that education is an enabler of change.  Do you? …

Managing Your Career or Job Search requires New Techniques

Times have Changed.  Have You?   During the past few years the job market has changed leaving us no choice but to change how we manage our careers and employment transitions if we are to survive and thrive in these new times. For the majority of jobs it’s no longer realistic to believe that anyone…

How robust is your network?

Who knows you and what you’re capable of? Networking should be a natural part of what you do as a professional, although it isn’t natural for many.  Networking is important before and during job searches.  Do you have a network of professionals who know you for your ability to use your skills in a variety…

Surely you’re not searching for a Job without a Networking Plan

Planning to Network: A Foundation for Success Given that jobs are in ‘visible’ and ‘invisible’ markets it’s best to ensure you know how to access both if you are searching for a new career begin with a networking plan.  The visible job market can be found online, in newspapers, job boards, company websites, advertisements, etc.…