CareerFuel

March 19, 2014

Several years ago, a good friend gave me The Anti 9 to 5 Guide: Practical Career Advice for Women Who Think Outside the Cube. This lean, little book by Michelle Goodman has been one of my bedside table mainstays ever since. When I’m not reading the latest ‘wine club with a book problem’ ...

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Denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance are the five stages of looming layoffs. We've all been through this full range of emotions in our working lives, especially those of us who have been laid off or lived with the rumors of layoffs at our workplace. Denial - "I'll never get ...

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Anybody else out there marvel at someone because everything seems to come so easy to them? You know the ones who seem to have achieved career happiness. They seemingly have thought through each of life’s eventualities and have come up with the perfect answer before the question is even ...

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National media is still king when it comes to putting a new product on the map.  Ellen Degeneres may have had her Oscar’s selfie retweeted 1 million times last night, but don’t forget that it was Oprah’s first @oprah tweet on her former talk show that helped make Twitter the success it is ...

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According to a Zimbio quiz I took recently, the Star Wars character I resemble most is R2D2. In addition to being loyal and skilled, I am apparently the “hardest working droid in the galaxy.” I can think of several Star Wars characters whose personalities stand out more prominently than R2D2’s: ...

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Right now the weather has a lot of people in a rut. The West has too little precipitation while the East has too much of a good thing, that is if you like snow. For those who are looking for work, it only adds to the sense of impossibility some days. Personally, I find mixing it up is one of ...

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It was a humid Sunday afternoon in early August. One of those sticky summer days in Chicago where you sprawl out in front of a window fan while your iced coffee forms a sweat ring on your coffee table. I was reading a New Yorker profile piece on the ...

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The road to a new job is generally littered with all sorts of failure, but there’s no need to give up just because you didn't get the position you were seeking. Trust me, if they gave out T-shirts for making the final two or three on the hiring list I’d have enough material to make a quilt. The ...

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Millennials will soon make up 40% of the workforce, and the changes they are bringing will better everyone in the long run. Millennials are smart, they’re caring, they’re collaborative, they’re mobile, but more than anything, they want to be respected and to be given autonomy over their ...

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SEO - the art and science of ranking highly on search engines -  is ever-evolving. As we start 2014, there are many important changes that small business owners and webmasters who wish to maximize their online presence and search engine results may wish to take note of. Since SEO began, ...

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Long ago and far away when I was a young pup newspaper reporter the local high school basketball coach told me about a phone call he had received late one night from one of his former stars who had moved on to the college ranks. The coach told me his player called him in a panic hoping to ...

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My New Years Eve was decidedly non-Millennial.  I didn’t get dressed up and go out with friends to a black tie shindig or a cozy house party.  Instead, I watched TV in my New England childhood home, delighted to have dozens more cable channels that I do in DC.  Indeed, I was so engrossed ...

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Katie Crosby and her boyfriend, James, are busy building their futures. Both have full time day jobs and while he attends Kellogg’s Evening business school program, she has been bartending at night to pay for her prerequisite courses toward her Master’s degree. Part-time was once a matter of ...

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They’re out there – armed with freshly-minted MBAs and other advanced degrees, up on all the latest social media, with fancy smartphones and tablets, willing to work for very little – and they’re competing with YOU for jobs. In today’s challenging job market, facing less-experienced competition, ...

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One of the key advantages to “crafting” a product that people around you request is that it puts you next to the customer. That direct connection offers real-time access to feedback, improvement and future product ideas—all critical factors for startup success. Teajai (TJ) Kimsey, owner ...

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There’s an old Chinese proverb that says when winds bring change some will build walls, and others will build windmills. I suppose there’s a part of all us – especially creative people — that wants to think that we are windmill builders and not wall builders. We want to believe that we can ...

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Julie Du Brow's public relations business of 12 years was dipping by 2010 as the recession picked up steam. Faced with fewer long term, and smaller, clients she was concerned, getting worn out, searching, and in need of a new source of income. In a world of “meant to be”, Julie married up her ...

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The best stories of our lives generally start with “once upon a time” and end with “they lived happily ever after” – at least the best stories I can remember from my formative years. These days, the master narrative has shifted somewhat from those halcyon days of youth as we’ve moved into ...

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Imagine a world where ideas find their muse, money changes hands, entrepreneurs are paraded in the business media like Oscar contenders and fortunes are frequently made at a ridiculous multiple—one that is rarely accessible in the stock market (i.e, the public markets where everyone can play.) ...

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Somewhere around seven or eight years ago the holiday season took on a different flavor for our family when the older of our two children joined a Boy Scout troop that sells Christmas trees as its annual fundraiser. My wife and I love this about the troop among other things because it means ...

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This week, I continue with my theme of how a service or retail job can aid in the development of excellent work skills, including the highly coveted moxie. Unlike the Maine soft drink that shares its name, moxie is not an acquired taste. Know-how, determination and enthusiasm are qualities that ...

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There may be magic in the air, but for job hunters the holidays can feel like an extended chill. Over Thanksgiving several people asked me if they should put their job search on hold until the new year. It’s an understandable question given the hectic pace of December with shopping, school ...

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Whoever said love what you do and you’ll never work a day in your life was a damn liar. Trust me, no matter how much you love what you do, there is always a certain amount of work involved. Regardless of how much fun you have creating the latest project, there’s always a fair amount of ...

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Continuing with our theme of Baby Boomer parents and the Millennials they smother, I’d like to introduce a segment called “Baby Boomer, Echo Boomer” where I discuss breaking Millennial and employment issues with the people who coddle me best: my parents. The participants: My mother, ...

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A well-written resume aligned properly with your career goals will enhance your chances of getting interviews. It should demonstrate your skills, achievements, and what you potentially offer a company in a concise and influential manner. Developing an effective online LinkedIn profile is ...

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Well, it's official. My job-searching strategy is changing. I’m going startup! I’ve been doing some thinking about changing my job-search plan, and what the heck, I'm over halfway to my new business model. My brain is literally littered with cocktail napkins filled with business plans ...

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If you’re not interviewing with a company on campus looking to hire upcoming grads, how do you know what jobs are entry level? This is the challenge we hear repeatedly from recent graduates. Couple that with job descriptions that always require experience and it’s no wonder there is such a high ...

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Karen Ross, CEO of Sharp Decisions, keeps challenging the status quo. A female founder of a 20-year-old technology company, she is now convincing U.S. companies to utilize veterans—newly trained on Sharp Decisions’ nickel—for IT work that would normally be done overseas. Tired of reading ...

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Maybe you just started college or you are considering a career change. In either case, what has hopefully crossed your mind (you practical thinkers!) is “where are the jobs going to be in a few years.” Believe it or not, you have a friend in the government—the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The BLS ...

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mltwW9VVo5o Every startup needs an audience and more money. Today, there are no shortage of technology shows, business plan competitions, accelerators, and Meetups available to build awareness, media attention and possibly catch the eye of an investor. Lori ...

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