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…

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.…

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…

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…

Networking is Essential

Networking is Essential for Professionals   While most positions require networking to a certain degree, only some individuals seem to naturally gravitate to networking and joyfully attend numerous functions. Considering that networking is vital to your career you may want to embrace networking and socializing for your success. You will most likely network throughout your career so…

Can Performance Management Limit Opportunities?

Can Performance Management Limit Opportunities? It Depends Performance management programs too often consist of independent activities that occur in isolation or with varying degrees of correlation (e.g., performance appraisals, workshops, conferences, and other training and development activities).  Performance appraisals, as a component of performance management programs, are generally created and given by supervisors with numerous…