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Nov 17 2014

Hope For Tomorrow

Recently I attended a number of events populated mostly with people substantially younger than myself.  Among the many things I gleaned from these experiences is that there is hope for tomorrow.  The energy, exuberance and enthusiasm of today’s young people is intoxicating and I always find being around them a great learning experience.  They are [...]

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Aug 11 2014

Both Sides Now

Let’s look at both sides of the job seeker – employer equation.  When you think about where you want to take your career, one of the first considerations is the kind of work you want to do, and the industry in which you want to grow.  But an equally important consideration should be your understanding [...]

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Jul 28 2014

Competition

Competition:  It drives innovation.  It fosters change. It motivates.  It can instigate growth and development.  And it can encourage.  But it can also bring about fear, trepidation, feelings of inadequacy, incompetence and irrelevance.  Yet every day in the world of work, whether on the job or looking for one, we face some form of competition.  [...]

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Jul 14 2014

Passing Inspection

Sheila was well established as an architect long before we met over 20 years ago.  She had received numerous accolades for her home and building designs and worked for prestigious companies.  Having not heard from her in a long while, I was unaware that she was making a transition into a new, albeit somewhat related [...]

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Nov 04 2013

Stress

Published byHank under attitude, stress, work/life balance

Whether you are looking for a job or have a job, you will experience some stress.  It will happen! The degree to which one is affected by stress will differ due to individual circumstances; overall emotional state, daily pressures from work or job search, and attitude.  Even the healthiest, well paid, mellow, chillaxed individual will [...]

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Oct 21 2013

The Path Taken

Published byHank under attitude, transitions

It is not uncommon that I talk with folks who are surprised at where they are in their jobs and careers.  Not necessarily unhappy with where they are in life, but recognizing that the path taken has turned out differently from what they started out to pursue.  Some aren’t sure they are where they are [...]

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Aug 12 2013

Katrina Rides New Waves

Recently, I heard from Katrina, a French-born marketing assistant living in Ohio, who has spent most of her life in the United States.  She has lived in many diverse locations around the globe, has traveled extensively, and considers herself industry-wise because of her world-wide exposure to her field.  Katrina told me she attended college in [...]

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Jul 29 2013

Longevity

Published byHank under attitude, retaining employees

When Leonard Nimoy as Star Trek’s Mr. Spock first uttered the words “Live long and prosper” in 1967 he was not referring to the length of one’s career.  Although by extension, longevity in one’s chosen profession isn’t a bad thing to wish on anyone.  And when the original series aired, the supposition was that most [...]

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May 06 2013

Holding On To Yesterday

Published byHank under attitude, employer needs, resumes

It is not uncommon for adults to take pride in their personal histories and the experiences that have shaped them into who they are at this point in their lives. Our accomplishments and the goals we have attained empower us to continue our careers, try things in new and different ways and continue to grow.  [...]

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Apr 08 2013

Control Part Two

When you are out of work, control isn’t something you generally feel.  But when you’re looking for work, you have more control than you may think!  There are many aspects to the job search where you, the job seeker, are in control.  And while you may need to exercise caution and respect exerting that control, [...]

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Nov 26 2012

You Don’t Say!

When clients tell me they aren’t sure how they did during an interview, they usually talk about all the things they claim they told their inquisitor.  Granted, knowing what to say is important.  But frequently, the success of an interview can hinge on what you don’t say.  And sometimes, what you don’t tell your interviewer [...]

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Oct 15 2012

Good Sports

Recently, I was talking with a new client who asked about careers in sports.  He told me he played football; competitively but not professionally, while in college. But I was pretty sure he was asking about jobs behind the scenes in pro sports.  As we talked, he revealed himself to be a devoted fan of [...]

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Oct 01 2012

Beware The Cry Babies

There are certain kinds of people who suck the life out of your day.    On an airplane, a screaming child can ruin a flight for even the most seasoned traveler.  Surly passengers and transit operators with negative attitudes won’t help get your day off on the right foot.   In the work place, a coworker or [...]

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Jul 09 2012

Sacrifice And Compassion

There are times in your life that necessitate that sacrifices are made. The small act may not seem like a big deal at the time, especially if the right sacrifices is made, and is done with our hearts so we can demonstrate our compassion, our understanding and patience.  Things like giving up your seat on [...]

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Apr 30 2012

Exit Strategy

Back in the day, workers spent a lot more years with a single employer than they do today.  We once thought we’d spend our entire careers with a single employer, but this is no longer the case.  In fact, it’s becoming increasingly rare for employees to spend more than 5 years with a single employer.  [...]

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Aug 08 2011

In Flight Patience

Published byHank under attitude

“Jack” and  “Jill” (I don’t want to know their real names, but we’ll call them J&J!) were sitting across the isle from each other, one row behind me, on a full cross-country flight.  It seemed they both wanted aisle seats!  They were apparently well acquainted, though their exact relationship isn’t important.  But what is important [...]

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May 02 2011

Attitude Of Gratitude

Among the complaints I hear frequently from employees are comments like:  “I’ve been busting my butt for this company for years, and not once has anyone actually said, ‘thanks for your efforts’.”  And almost as frequently I hear employers say things like: “Why should I say ‘thank you’?  It’s their job!  What the heck am [...]

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Jan 10 2011

Only In It For The Money

Published byHank under attitude, employer needs, trust

One of the prime motivators for switching jobs has always been money.  Right or wrong, financial growth has been identified as a primary reason many workers have pursued certain careers.  True enough, there are certain careers where high salaries and monetary gains are the attraction, but rarely are those fat paychecks achieved without lots of [...]

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Jul 25 2010

The First Days

Regardless of the type of relationship you are trying to establish, the first days truly are the hardest.  This is particularly true when you start a new job.  Even if you are a veteran in your field and think you are prepared to do the work that is expected, you are thrust into a multitude [...]

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Jul 12 2010

Time For A Raise?

Recently my client Jessica and I were discussing salaries and raises.  Her primary question wasn’t IF she should ask for a raise, but if under her current circumstances  was Now a good time? Although Jessica’s situation may be somewhat unique – everyone’s situation is a bit different – I thought there was some good information [...]

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