For Leaders: The Importance of a Monthly Review

This week, for me, ends another graduate class, of which I'm now spending time finishing up grading. One of my favorite questions for the last discussion board is their take-away's from the course. It is very uplifting and heartfelt when you see that the material covered has 'sunk in' and made a difference. For leaders, …

You Have a Degree but Not Satisfied: Now What?

Not sure if this is a (growing) trend or not, but I'm seeing more clients who have graduated with a degree win what they thought was the career of their choice, but who are now finding dissatisfaction and unfulfillment.The reasons vary but it seems to lead into an aspect of once they got into the …

How to Do a Career Exploration and Why it Matters

Throughout the life of you career, you will experience highs and low; some jobs will be a great fit while others will leave you feeling frustrated and depleted. This is why it is important to do a career exploration evaluation, which  involves assessing not just the self but industries as well as work environments. If …

Mistakes as Learning Opportunities, Not Failures

One thing I know for sure is that we all make mistakes on a daily basis.  Not all of these errors are major; it can be as simple as missing a deadline at work or pulling out in front of someone while driving.  Regardless of the severity, mistakes actually are learning opportunities to help us …

Is a Career Transition Really In Your Best Interest?

The circumstances of the economy, over the past several years, has forced a lot of people to take jobs that they would not otherwise have taken.   People had to do what they had to do.  But the uncertainty of the economy has had a greater impact on American workers; most have had to endure layoffs …

Have You Ever Been Blindsided?

Bob is a manager at a large financial call center.  He is in charge of 100 employees, who are responsible for collections.  Bob goes about his day, and weeks, problem-solving and motivating his employees.  He feels he has created a good team and that his employees like and respect him.  So imagine his surprise when he …

Career Planning – Strategies that Help you Move to Your Dream Career

In the process  of effective career management, one step entails career planning. These are specific strategies to take that will lead you to a fulfilling career path. It is one thing to plan and to have a goal, which we talked about the last time. But without specific steps to take, the goal becomes nothing more than …

Career Planning – Are You Really Doing the Work?

If you are currently in job search mode, you should have a strategy that includes goals and the steps you will take to become employed.   Often, I see clients who have a strategy and feel they are working it but,  in reality, they are not.   Some clients are still in the early stages and not …

The Top 10 Work Values

During self-assessment, which is a crucial step in one's career management process, an area of importance to understand is one's values.  Values are "the beliefs about the qualities of human life or the types of behavior that an individual wants to attain" (Greenhaus & Callanan, 2006).  Values usually develop early on and can be learned behaviors …

5 Ways to Develop a Job Search Frame-of-Mind

Looking for a job can be frustrating and anxiety-producing even in the best of times.  Knowing what employers are exactly looking for can stump the best detective.  Determining how to present yourself in a way that will get you noticed takes skill; there seems to be alot of varying information that is out-of-sync and can …