Career Advice

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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Five of the best ways to be less busy all the time – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

In your eyes, how does a “successful” person spend their time? Do they work tirelessly every hour of the day and night? Are they constantly rushing from one meeting to the next, never really coming up for air? Can they be spotted every day eating their lunch at their desk, whilst dialling into a conference call and checking their emails all at the same time? If you think this is what “successful” looks like, then, in most cases, you’re wrong.…

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5 Phone Interview Tips to Get That Job – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

Learning about different phone interview tips is just as much understanding the interview process, as it is understanding the phone interview process. Everyone loves landing an interview because it means that your resume (and other credentials) left enough of an impression that someone liked you – they really liked you!  What does the phone interview process look like? Many companies like to take their time in finding, vetting and hiring talent. While some may be in a rush, due to a…

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The 3 Deadly Enemies of Career Change – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

Thinking about a career change and making the move from one career to another can be seen as quite an undertaking. Taking the steps needed to make the change a reality require certain mindset tools we need to either have or develop. These tools are often at the heart of why we end up not following through on our decision to start a new career. This article sets out what you can do to turn these 3 deadly enemies into…

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How to skyrocket your career growth through community — Your Career Girl – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

In the final episode of this 3 part series breaking down the 3 things you’re underestimating in your career that are keeping you from reaching the level of success you crave, I’m talking about community – which is the last foundational piece of building a successful career.So many of the women that I talk to throw networking and community to the side, thinking they can ride the elevator of success to the top by themselves.But truthfully, community means SO much…

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Q&A – What are some things truly awesome bosses believe? – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

They believe in hiring people who are smarter than they are, and they don’t feel threatened by that. Likewise, they believe in hiring people who are more talented than they are in their specific profession (e.g., Design managers hiring more talented designers). They believe in hiring people who are not like them or their friends. They know that a homogenous team is less likely to be effective and successful. They believe in cognitive diversity too. They know that you need…

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Join the FREE, Live 5-Day Challenge to Land Dream Job: Starts June 20, 2019 – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

This is me sippin’ on lattes all month as I gear up for my second 5-day live challenge event (virtual) to support all of the amazing professionals in my community (yes, you!). I am SO excited because we already have 3,000 job seekers who have joined. Want to join? Getting in the inside is super simple: sign up here before we kick off on June 20! Trust me, if your goal is to land a dream job, you don’t want…

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How to improve the customer centricity of your leadership team – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

None of us asked for the iPhone. Just 20 years ago, we were all happy using our mobile phones simply to make calls and send text messages, blissfully unaware of their untapped potential. Fast forward to the present day, and the smartphone is now integral to the functioning of our day-to-day lives. Apple did what all long-standing, successful businesses should do: they anticipated what we, the customer, would want and need before we even realised it ourselves. It was, after…

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Secrets to Researching Your Next Career Move – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

Posted at 14:40h in job search by Adam McInelly You all know that great research is a critical step in your job search process. Duh, right? So, why do career coaches, like me, continue to talk about it? It is because we are continuously surprised at the lack of research performed by job seekers every day.   I believe there are two main triggers to inadequately researching your next career move:  One: It’s easy to skip. No one will know, right? Wrong! It shows in your application, your networking, and your interview (if you…

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