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  • A No Bull Keynote Address
    by Steve Farber - February 24, 2017
    Standing as the keynote speaker in a room filled with CEOs and board chairs can feel a little like being a matador in a bullfight – it seems like a great idea until you’re actually there. Fortunately, the CEOs and board chairs at the CUES symposium were of the friendly variety. No horns, or, as they call them in American rodeo, no clown stabbers. These were hard-working, smart leaders eager to learn and looking...
  • New Career Advisory Board Research Reveals Employers Are Lukewarm About Talent Development
    by Alexandra Levit - February 24, 2017
    This week, my organization the Career Advisory Board announced the results of our sixth annual Job Preparedness Indicatory survey, which identified gaps between the skills and traits candidates have and the skills and traits employers seek to fill open positions. Gaps were measured by assessing skills that are most important but least common among entry-level, mid-level, and senior-level job candidates. This year’s re...
  • Use This Checklist To Measure Your Work Satisfaction & Boost Career Success
    by Louise Garver - February 24, 2017
    “The world of work ain’t what it used to be. The long-held contract between employers and employees has been ruptured. Since we can no longer rely on “the company” for security, it must come from within. For people who know who they are and what they’re called to do, it will be a world of great opportunity. For those who continue to define themselves in terms of the expectations and opinions of ot...
  • 2017 Can Be Your Best Year Yet, Just Follow These 3 Steps
    by Steve Farber - February 23, 2017
    A pessimist found an optimist doing some yard work and started a conversation with his good-natured friend. “Last year was awful,” he said. “What do you think 2017 will bring?” “I think it will bring flowers,” said the smiling optimist. “Really,” said the pessimist. “What makes you think that?” “Because I’m planting flowers,” the optimist...
  • Is Your Resume DOA (Dead On Arrival)?
    by Georgia Adamson - February 23, 2017
    If you “Google” the phrase “resumes are dead,” you’ll see a long list of items covering a wide range of views on the subject. More to the point, I think, is the question, “Is your resume DOA (dead on arrival)?” Why? Experience tells me that resumes in one form or another are likely to be around for quite a while yet, but that doesn’t matter if yours is lifeless when an employe...
  • You Were Laid Off, Stop Saying You Were Fired
    by Debra Wheatman - February 23, 2017
    Being involuntarily separated from your employer can be devastating. Not only are there worries about finances, but there are concerns about how quickly you can find a new job, and how to position the separation. If you’ve been hit with a layoff—as has been the case for many productive, valuable employees since the early 1990s—I have one consistent piece of advice for you. Stop using the word “fired&rdq...
  • #Goal: To-Do List Zero
    by Lindsey Pollak - February 22, 2017
    Some productivity zealots are obsessed with “inbox zero,” but you might also be looking to conquer “to-do list zero.” Whether you’re a to-do list app aficionado, a “write it down so you can cross it off” type, you’ve jumped down the “bullet journal” rabbit hole, or you’re super Type-A like me and buy graph paper notebooks so you can make little boxes to put c...
  • How to Successfully Leave Your Job
    by Marshall Goldsmith - February 22, 2017
    Transitions such as quitting one job for another opportunity or retiring from your current career are usually far harder than we imagine. It’s easy to talk about letting go, but when the time comes, it’s hard to do. The emotional aspect of departing is difficult to fathom, but at a recent meeting I attended, a marketing exec put the dilemma in succinct terms to a group of us. She said, “My job was my best...
  • The Truth About Open Offices and Standing Desks on Workplace Productivity
    by Alexandra Levit - February 22, 2017
    I’ve never liked open offices. Never. I remember the first time my CEO announced that we’d all be giving up our private offices. A part of me felt like I was about to lose my home. The next step? Goodbye cubicles. Now, we all sat together like one big, happy family, and any illusion that you could have a confidential conversation or crash on a deadline without interruption was shattered. I wonder sometimes if the o...
  • Concrete Tips for Outstanding Informational Interviews
    by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - February 21, 2017
    The world is changing, and one of the real benefits is that employees now have more control over their careers than ever before. One of the best ways to get the job you want is to know everything you can about the position and industry you’re striving to work in. An informational interview is an exceptional method for gaining the insight you need to climb the ladder in any career field. Below are tips for a successful in...