Job Seekers, Know These Email Signature Do’s and Don’ts

One of the first things you are instructed to do when starting a new job may be to set up your email signature using the official company template. But have you set up an email signature for your personal email account? Email is a frequently used communication tool in the workplace, with approximately 36 emails sent per person per day in 2014, according to The Radicati Group, a technology market research firm. It is also a powerful marketing tool. Each … Continued

It’s Evaluation Season — How To Get Not-So-Great And Manage Constructive Criticism

Getting Not-So-Great Feedback Sucks, But It’s the Only Way to Get Ahead By Emily Triplett Lentz of Help Scout The further you get in your career, the harder it is to pinpoint—and then do something about—your personal and professional shortcomings. Why is that? You’d think leaders especially would be skilled at identifying and removing obstacles. But as career coach Marshall Goldsmith explains in What Got You Here Won’t Get You There, “We get positive reinforcement from our past successes, and, … Continued

Are You Like An Olympic Athlete? In A Win, Do You Have Grace And Humility or Are You Arrogant and Selfish?

Originally published at You Don’t Have to Be an Olympic Athlete to Behave Like One I’ve always loved watching the Olympics. The personification of perseverance, determination, strength, competition, and success enthralls me every cycle. I look forward to it; I study up on the hopefuls; I watch—often on the edge of my seat. So it’s no surprise that this Olympic season has captured my attention as usual. but for the first time, my young daughters are old enough to be … Continued

Need Sleep!!! How Do I Make Myself A Morning Person?

I Finally Found a Way to Turn Myself Into a Morning Person I am not a natural-born morning person. In fact, I would go so far as to say that I absolutely hate mornings. Not a morning person . . . Yes, I’ve tried to view them with an optimistic, sunshiney outlook that reminds me each morning is a start to a brand new day. I’ve tried going to bed earlier. I’ve written down lists of things I can look … Continued

The 4 Biggest Mistakes You’re Making on LinkedIn

The social networking site should be used for hiring, not raising brand awareness. LinkedIn may be the ultimate business social networking site, but that doesn’t mean you know how to use it. For starters, many people use LinkedIn to maintain contact only with people in their professional networks. That means the platform doesn’t lend itself as easily to creating the kind of viral, widely-shared content that brands can craft on Twitter or Facebook. So stop using it to gin up … Continued

Be Successful! Plan Your Career Development Team!!

5 People You Should Have in Your Life if You Always Want to Be Successful While it’s easy to spot the toxic people you should immediately banish from your life, it can be sometimes more difficult to decide who the people are that you should invite into your life and keep close. Who are the people you absolutely need to have around? These are the five kinds of people I always keep in my life. 1. The Leader This is … Continued

Work-Life Balance — Does It Even Exist?!?!

5 Lies You Believe About Work-Life Balance That Simply Aren’t True One of the most annoyingly overused concepts in the world of work is the sought after, ever-elusive idea of work-life balance. This catch-all phrase has been around since the beginning of time (read: the 1980s) and is used every day by recruiters trying to attract new talent into their companies and by employees trying to rate exactly how horrible their job (and/or boss) actually is. Work-Life Balance If we … Continued

The 6 Do’s and Don’ts of Delegating Tasks to an Assistant

When you delegate a task, you want the person taking it on to be responsive and proactive. If they can complete it well enough so that it almost feels like they’re “reading your mind,” even better. But it takes time to get to that level, and some work from you as well. Even the most seasoned direct report or assistant is going to need some instruction regarding how you want things done. At Uassist.ME, we work with clients who are … Continued

To Do or To Don’t — Would an “Anti To-Do List” Be More Productive?

I Actually Tried the “Anti To-Do List” and I Didn’t Hate It I live and die by my to-do list. Jotting down everything that needs to get done is often the very first thing I do when I sit down at my desk in the morning. It helps me to feel focused, organized, and like I have a decent plan of attack for my day. But, despite the fact that my planner has the capability to make me feel like … Continued

Do References Really Get Checked? What Questions Are Asked?

3 Real Questions Hiring Managers Actually Ask During Reference Checks Every part of the interview process can feel tenuous. For example: Here are a few thoughts I’ve had in the past, which I’m willing to bet have crossed your mind at some point, too. If I wear the wrong outfit to the first interview, I’ll get made fun of relentlessly. If I say something stupid during my final interview, the jig will be up — and nobody will ever hire … Continued