The Truth About Why You Are Still Stuck in Your Career
by Annemarie Segaric - Jan, 2009
I know how frustrating it is to be in a job you don't like but yet not sure what you would like to be doing. It's not fun being stuck, feeling almost trapped in a career, whether it be because of money, lack of information, fear, or anything else. Believe me, I get it. I've been there. It took me many years of going through my own transition and helping hundreds of others go through theirs to realize that we've all been ...
Six Strategic 'F's for Mastering Loss and Change
by Mark Gorkin - Jan, 2009
1) Familiar. Grapple with the anxiety, rage, hopelessness or sadness in letting go of the familiar role or predictable past. The big question: Who am I? Remember, sometimes your former niche of success now has you mostly stuck in the ditch of excess. There's a critical crossroad ahead. 2) Future. Clearly the horizon appears cloudy and threatening, lacking direction and clarity. Just because your past or traditional roles ...
Laughing in the Face of Layoffs
by Mark Gorkin - Jan, 2009
"How can the person displaced or downsized see both the danger and opportunity in career change or disruption? Can we learn, even, to both cry and laugh at this career crisis turning point?" To be able to see the comic in the crisis requires two achievements. First we must embrace Charlie Chaplin's penetrating insight: "A paradoxical thing is that in making comedy the tragic is precisely what arouses the funny...we have to...
How to Make Your Job Search Fun
by Kevin Donlin - Jan, 2009
If you’re looking for a job, here’s an odd question: How much fun are you having? Not much? Well, you might want to change that. This is the advice of former Minnesota Viking Fran Tarkenton, who suggests you try to find the fun in every task: “If it’s not fun, you’re not doing it right,” he says. Wouldn’t it be nice if you were as motivated to write your resume tomorrow as you were to play Little League or skip ro...
Overcoming Pitfalls in the Senior Level Interview
by Joe Turner - Jan, 2009
As the current credit crisis continues to deepen, global markets are reeling, prompting the universal question, "When will it end?" Since no one knows the answer, we soldier on with the knowledge that it will end sometime. According to Brian Sullivan, the CEO of the executive search firm, CTPartners, "Hiring will be especially competitive and selective in 2009." In their recently released 2009 annual list of hot executive jobs...
Performance Reviews in a Down Economy
by Joe Turner - Jan, 2009
If you're expecting a performance review soon, understand that there's no place to hide nowadays. Over the years, the corporate performance review has been seen as the ticket to our annual raise or quarterly bonus. Perhaps so much that it's become almost automatic in our thinking. This will be a big mistake in the 2009 recession and continued economic downturn. This obsolete way of thinking will certainly net you less in...
Career Planning in a Down Economy: Ten Ways to Recession Proof Your Career
by Debbie Brown - Jan, 2009
The recent financial crisis has challenged even those optimists who always see the glass as half full. Every day brings with it new challenges as we see the stock market dropping to levels we have not seen in years. Those of us who watch our retirement savings dwindle wonder if we will ever be able to retire. During these times many are concerned with keeping their jobs or their businesses. So what can you do to recession ...
Assessing Your Progress
by Nan S. Russell - Jan, 2009
I'm not a big fan of New Years resolutions. Sure I've made dozens of them, all with good intentions and a bit of magical thinking, believing this time the resolution will stick. Maybe a few have, but generally these wishful self-promises end up broken. And when that happens my self-esteem suffers. You see, every time you break a self-promise, your self-trust is weakened. Every time you give up on your commitments your self-...
Your Old Ideas Are Your Biggest Liability
by Deborah Brown-Volkman - Jan, 2009
Now is a good time to reflect on the past year and recognize your successful and not so successful moments. Many people experienced a frustrating 2008, and they find comfort and understanding in blaming their frustrations on changed external circumstances. Your true source of frustration is not that your circumstances have changed, but that your ways of thinking have NOT changed. You develop thinking patterns to deal with ...
Students Can Perform Their Way To A Great Job
by Bob Roth - Jan, 2009
Employers look for and seek out college students who can get things done. They believe that what you’ve done in the past is the best predictor of what you will do in the future. Therefore, while in college, wise students build a list of significant accomplishments and positive contributions. These students understand that they can’t talk their way into a great job, but they can perform their way to one. Since employers do...
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