4 Common Barriers To Success: And How To Overcome Them – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

We may receive compensation when you click on links to products from our partners. Everyone has their own hopes, dreams and ambitions. No matter what you do, where you do it, how old you are or where you are on your career journey, you deserve to aspire, hope and dream. But we get older and more experienced, more and more of our support network drops away, and before we know it we’re swimming in deep and wine-dark waters that might…

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my top 3 strategies to help job seekers stand out in 2020 – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

As we brave the storm of the COVID-19 pandemic and all its ripple effects, I have been told by tons of my clients and job seekers alike that there are thousands of applicants to every single job posting. In fact, the number of applicants just keeps growing by the day. My community has been worried about what to do, so I want to share my top 3 strategies to help job seekers stand out in 2020. I’m having my clients…

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I’m all out of synonyms for unprecedented — Lynn Carroll, Career Coach – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

As we navigate uncharted waters…And face unparalleled challenges…So, hey. I haven’t blogged for a while, because I’ve been tired. My last post back in January, entitled Rest, feels like it was posted a lifetime ago. And I haven’t blogged because I wasn’t sure what I wanted to say.I’m watching people I care about go through tough stuff – some related to COVID-19, some nothing to do with the virus – and I’ve realized something.I actually do have something to say.…

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How to FINALLY give yourself Permission to Prosper with Kathlyn Hart — Your Career Girl – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

She’s not only been able to amass huge success in her own finances by saving over $16,000 to quit the 9-5 world to make my dream of backpacking across Asia a reality and finding the courage to successfully switch careers from non-profit to software design, she’s also coached countless millennials on their journey to increase their income as well!Listen in as Kathlyn shares her super practical and relatable advice on how to give yourself permission to prosper. P.S. If you enjoy this…

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Q&A – What was the biggest sacrifice you faced when changing career? – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

My original answer on Quora: With my most recent (and biggest) career change, the biggest sacrifice was leaving behind a Silicon Valley salary to start my own business. I was easily making a lot more money with a full-time comp package that included my base salary, bonuses, stock options, 401K, and health insurance. As a business owner, I fund my own benefits and my income is completely based on the effort I put in every week. To make this possible,…

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3 time management hacks to use while job searching – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

Have you ever set out to do something on your to-do list while job searching and realize that the day has slipped by and nothing on that list got completed? If yes, then you’ll definitely benefit from these 3 time management hacks to use while job searching. These are tips I personally utilize to make sure that whenever I have a busy day or a ton of distractions, I can stay committed and focused on the task at hand. Although…

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The ABC of managing our wellbeing in an uncertain world – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

In the current pandemic where everything is uncertain and the world of work is completely different, what can we do to maintain our mental wellbeing? How do we manage any worries or feelings of anxiety that we might be having? If things seem uncertain or difficult in this time, or you are wondering how to get through this time, remember the three ABCs of our basic psychological needs – Autonomy, Belonging and Competence. Understanding what they are and working towards…

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3 Myths That Are Stunting Your Career – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

A lot of frequently disseminated knowledge surrounding job hunting and career maintenance has been passed down by our parents. While I’m sure they all knew what they were doing back in their heyday (looking at you, dad), a lot of their information can be outdated. The job market and the global economy have changed drastically even in just the last decade. Following the advice of those who came before you is not always beneficial. In fact, it may even be…

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How to Process the Trauma of Getting “Let Go” from Your Job — Your Career Girl – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

I was chatting with one of my career coaching clients the other day about her professional journey, and our conversation veered onto the topic of when she was fired two years ago from her job and how much emotional baggage she still carried from that experience.Even though she’s since found another role that she enjoys. Even though the reason for her being fired wasn’t because she was incompetent or not good at her job, she still carries the scars.Our conversation…

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Q&A – What are some keys to Work-Life balance? – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

You decide what work-life balance means for you. I work a little bit every day and every night, every day of the week. Some people prefer to work Mon-Fri and be off work completely for the weekends. You decide when you will be available and hold firm to that. If you don’t want to work or answer emails/texts after 10 PM, put your phone away or set yourself to “away.” When it’s time for fun and vacation, don’t touch any messages…

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Which Pathway to Entrepreneurship is Right for You? – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

By Leslie Kuban Now that we’ve explored the common traits of the successfully self-employed, let’s dive into the different types of business ownership opportunities and which one might best suit you. For simplicity, let’s stick with four pathways to entrepreneurial success. Each has unique pros and cons. The true measure of viability for you is weighing each to determine the best solution for your unique skills, budget, lifestyle, signature talents and goals. Start-up Entrepreneur Starting a new business completely from…

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7 Steps to Land Your Dream Job (in 2020) – CultiVitae – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

Let me guess: you don’t want just any job… you want your dream job. And in an ideal world, you’d land it in 2020! Did I guess correctly? I’m not a mind reader, I’m just a good listener! As a job search expert and career coach, I have listened to hundreds of job seekers talk about their greatest struggles, deepest desires, and biggest goals. So I wanted to break down my step-by-step foundations to get to where you ultimately want…

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Why Online Education Makes Sense – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

Education is amongst the most important facets of society and hence people, to further their education even go into debt or spend their life savings on it. Over the years, online education has rapidly been used, with more and more students opting to receive their education online rather than attending physical classes. In today’s digital world, online education is becoming more accepted, as opposed to when it was first introduced, which saw a lot of stigmas associated with online degrees.…

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How to Eliminate Impostor Syndrome as a Woman of Color — Your Career Girl – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

I wrote a post on the Your Career Girl Facebook page last year that started off with the words: I don’t believe in Impostor Syndrome. And as you can imagine, it was quite controversial. Impostor Syndrome is defined as the persistent inability to believe that one’s success is deserved or was legitimately achieved as a result of one’s own efforts or skills. And while I believe that there are very real emotional and professional implications of being affected by Impostor…

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This is Why Looking Others in the Eye Changes Your Life – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

Be one of the few who do. You’re at an event and meet someone. You begin talking, and things seem to be going well. But then, her gaze begins to drift. She stops making eye contact with you and starts sweeping the room, apparently looking for someone more important or more interesting, as she halfheartedly continues the conversation. How does this make you feel? I know that it made feel as if I had failed some social experiment. It’s one…

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Career Change And Impostor Syndrome – How To Increase Your Confidence When Changing Careers – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

Impostor syndrome, or feelings of inadequacy despite having achieved recognizable success, is a phenomenon more commonly used to describe high-performing women who feel like a fraud (or impostor, hence the phrase) despite their high achievement. I have encountered clients (of both genders actually) who use the word impostor to describe how they feel when attempting a career change. When changing careers, you’ll be starting with less experience and achievement in your new field versus your existing one. As you rebrand…

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The 8 best Tips to crush it in your next Video Interview – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

As you probably already know, video interviews are becoming increasingly popular. You will most likely experience at least one video during your job search, so I want to help you prepare with these 8 practical tips to crush it in your next video interview. Video interviews are actually beginning to replace phone interviews because you can tell so much more about a person when you can see them. It provides far more insight into a person compared to just hearing…

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The Sales Skills of Each Good&Co Persona – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

Sales… honestly, it can be for everyone! From the persuasive, way-too-pushy salesperson, to the all-knowing guide who will walk you hand-in-hand through some of life’s toughest choices, the role of salesperson varies from individual to individual. With so many companies reliant on sales and sales being one of the toughest jobs to master, it’s no wonder sales positions have the highest turnover rates. How can you find the right salesperson to fit your culture while also driving the company forward?…

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Seven ways to make yourself instantly more employable in 2020Viewpoint – careers advice blog – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

The start of a new year is often a time when many of us to decide the moment has come to look for a new job. After all, the holiday season often feels like a natural time to reflect on where life is going. Combine this with the back-to-work January blues, and it’s no surprise that job search activity, and thus competition among jobseekers, is typically high at this time of year. In fact, a recent survey* of ours found…

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Returning to Work After a Career Gap? Five Tips to Get Started. – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

For those who have taken a break in their career – whether to raise children, travel the world, care for an aging parent, or anything in between – there’s no doubt that it can be intimidating to re-enter the workforce. But, there’s no need to panic. In fact, it matters less about having a gap in your career, and more about showing potential employers how the experience you gained before and during your break can make you an asset to…

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Top 6 Ways To Grow Your Small eLearning Business – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

Starting your own business is a daunting task. An even more difficult challenge is to keep it growing. Statistically, almost half of the small businesses shut down within five years of inception. Growth doesn’t happen over a couple of nights; it is a constant process of hard work, smart decisions, right investments, employee training, and more. Below are some useful tips for sustained business growth. Understand What Your Customers Need – You should develop products and services that your customers…

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A Different Kind of Creativity — Lynn Carroll, Career Coach – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

Even career coaches like me fall into this trap! The most frequently used skills and interest assessments are based on a personality-to-occupation matching model created in 1959 called the Holland Occupational Codes. When a client seeks clues to which careers may be ideal for them, a coach usually gives the client an assessment with questions like these:On a scale of 1 (dislike) to 5 (like), how would you feel about a job where you might:Repair household appliancesDevelop a new medicinePlay…

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The ONE major thing blocking you from achieving major success in your career — Your Career Girl – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

Since launching my free Career Breakthrough Coaching Sessions about a month and a half ago, I’ve had the privilege of speaking with dozens of women about their career journeys and goals. It’s been such an eye opening experience – both for me and for the women I’ve spoken with.What I’ve noticed is that although the women I’m speaking with have different goals and are at different places in their career, there are common blockers that run through each of their…

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How do you talk about a 7-year gap in employment? – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

It starts with confidently owning that 7-year gap and having an interesting story to tell about it. Most people dream of being able to take that much time off from employment, so be proud that you were able to do it. I wrote an article about the power of a “gap year.” While your duration was much longer, my recommendations are the same. Taking a “Gap Year” will make you perform better If you want, skip to the bottom of the story and…

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Are you guilty of turning a blind eye to the biggest world of work issue?Viewpoint – careers advice blog – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

For the first time ever, there are now more people in the world over 65 years old than there are under five. More of us will live longer lives than our predecessors. As a consequence, more of us will be working to an older age than has traditionally been the norm before. This is our new reality, and it represents a monumental demographical shift – a shift that is going on before our very eyes. But, are we, as leaders, guilty…

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Career-Saving Email Etiquette You Need to Know – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

There are 156 million emails sent per minute, according to the World Economic Forum. We rely on email for both personal and professional communication — and if we aren’t careful, a poorly-written email could wreak havoc on both. However, as important as email is to our lives, knowing the proper etiquette for email correspondence is tricky, since finding a hard and fast rulebook is somewhat nonexistent. Just like communication over the phone and in-person, it’s essential to express yourself in…

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Love LinkedIn in 10 minutes a day — Lynn Carroll, Career Coach – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

Now that we’ve covered why many people are stressed out by LinkedIn notifications, how can we turn that around? How can LinkedIn notifications actually become something that gives us that little pulse of endorphins, that “Yesss!” feeling you get when an Instagram post is well-received?Spread good energy on LinkedIn every day.That’s it. That’s the tip. Just use LinkedIn every day, for about 10 minutes, and spread positive energy. You can do this by commenting on other people’s posts, thanking them…

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How to Stop Letting Fear Cripple Your Career Goals — Your Career Girl – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

In part 1 of this series, episode 51, I talked all about confidence – which I believe is the #1 thing blocking your career glow-up. I broke down how detrimental lack of confidence is and why it’s the one critical skill for crafting a successful career.Today I’m unmasking the second biggest culprit when it comes to career standstills – fear.In all of the conversations I have with women, there’s a lot of fears that come up when it comes to…

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Fast Company | How to handle a boss who gives you vague feedback – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

My first Fast Company article was published today! Most of us have experienced this problem at some point. This comprehensive guide can prevent your career from stalling. “It can be challenging to push back or ask for clarification, especially with some bosses. But, you can’t settle for ambiguity in your job requirements or fuzzy feedback on your performance. If you let it persist, it will slowly stall your personal development and career progress. So, what can you do? These steps may…

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The 8 Best Job Boards from a recruiters perspective – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

Not all job boards are created equal. Although there are plenty to choose from, I want to share with you the 8 best job boards from a recruiter’s perspective. I’m going to break down why you might use one over the other, and why I recommend each one. As a head hunter and a recruiter, I used to use these job boards to find quality candidates just like you! This isn’t by any means a comprehensive list, but I personally…

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