Career Advice: 11 Steps To Help Secure Your Job in 2017

Secure Your Job in 2017 There is no such thing as guaranteed employer stability in today’s world.  Although the economy has improved significantly since 2007, it can still be tumultuous.  And, when companies face an uneasy economy, layoffs can occur.  If you sense layoffs are looming with your organization, follow these steps to improve your long-term outlook. Come to work early and stay late. This illustrates, like as nothing else, that you are trying. The additional time empowers you to … Continued

Do I Say “Like” Too Much? How Do I Improve My Office Communication Skills?

This One Word’s Killing Your Credibility at Work—Here’s How to Stop Saying It “Hey, can I give you some quick feedback about that meeting?” my co-worker asked. We’d just walked out of a particularly discussion-heavy session, and since I’d made a couple great points, I figured she was about to praise them. “Sure!” I said. “You had some good contributions…” she began, “but you really need to stop saying ‘like.’ It’s totally undermining your credibility.” I sighed. My “like” problem … Continued

Help!! Are There Any Typos In My Resume?

3 Questions to Ask a Friend Editing Your Resume Besides “Are There Any Typos?”  Not only is your resume essentially your career summed up on one page, it’s also your ticket to your next awesome opportunity. So, yeah, it’s kind of a big deal. With that in mind, it probably doesn’t take too much convincing that it’s a good idea to have an extra set of eyes look over it to make sure it’s in tip-top shape before you use … Continued

I Blew It! My Interview Went South!! Misery Loves Company And Other Stories Of Bad Interviews

64 Job Interview Horror Stories That’ll Remind You it Could Always Be Worse Maybe you went the entire interview with spinach stuck in between your two front teeth. Maybe you showed up 20 minutes late after getting stuck in traffic. Or maybe you just really didn’t mesh well with your hiring manager. No matter what happened, I can promise you that a subpar job interview isn’t the end of the world. It’s also probably not as bad as you’re imagining. … Continued

Help!! I Have A Job Interview And Don’t Know What To Do To Land The Job?!?!

4 Little-Known Facts About the Interview Process—and How to Use Them to Your Benefit You landed the job interview. (High-fives and fist bumps all around, for real.) Now it’s time to prepare. And one of the best ways to do this is to first understand how the game works, and what’s going on behind the scenes through the process. Because once you “get” the game, you’re going to be in the best position to strategize. And, believe me when I … Continued

What To Do When Nothing Is Going Your Way Professionally Or Personally

10 Smart Moves to Make When Nothing’s Going Right in Your Life In the Army, I taught an introductory course on what to do if you became a prisoner of war. I’d start by saying that I hoped this would be the least relevant course the students ever took. That’s my hope here too—although the truth is, things fall apart in people’s lives all the time. Maybe it’s a relationship, a job, a business—something that makes up the bedrock you’re … Continued

Talking About Your Current Job? How To Perfect Your Interview Skills!

3 Mistakes That Are Easy to Make When Describing Your Current Job in an Interview When I was in elementary school, I asked my dad what he did for work. To make it simple for me, he said, “I’m a civil engineer, which means I design roads.” And even though there’s much more to what he does on a daily basis, that basic description made it crystal clear to me. If you’re anything like me, your job is not this … Continued

I Want A Promotion? How Do I Do It?

The 3-Step Plan That’ll Significantly Up Your Chances of Getting a Promotion Do you know someone who has run a marathon? Did you notice how he or she trained? Marathoners are very systematic in their training. They log their mileage, pace, and rests so they can best measure their progress and performance. Without tracking they would have no knowledge of their improvement. They might as well be running in place. Your career’s a marathon, too, but do you track your … Continued

Good At Your Job? How To Manage Your Career Development!

Yes, Being Too Good at Your Job Is a Thing (and Yes, It’s a Problem) You know the term rock star is an annoying, overused hiring cliché. But, lets be real: That’s just the kind of employee you are. Your interviewer told you—on the spot—that you were the perfect candidate. You got the salary and perks you wanted, and your boss has yet to give you a project you couldn’t handle.   And yet, you’ve recently started to notice some … Continued

Help!! I’m So Disorganized!! How Can I Make My Day Better!

4 Basic Organization Moves You Can Make Today So That Tomorrow’s More Productive Take a glance at your desk. If you’re like, well, everyone, you’ve got a few stacks of paper, a cup jammed with pens, and some leftover lunch keeping you company as you work. Open a drawer and there’s a dusty collection of business cards stuck next to menus and a stapler (so that’s where the stapler went). Look underneath and you’ll probably spot a broken umbrella and … Continued