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Michelle M. Carroll, MCDP,
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Stephen Van Vreede, MBA, ACRW, CPRW, CSSBB,

Ruth Winden, CCMC, CJSS, CSMCS, Careers Enhanced

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Joan Runnheim Olson, M.S., ACC, CCMC, CLTMC, Certified Five O'Clock Club Career Coach
Pathways Career Success Strategies, LLC
Career Success & Satisfaction
Phone: 715.808.0344

Give to Get during Networking

Networking is an important part of the job search. We've all heard the statistics that 70% or more of jobs are found through networking. Whether it’s online networking or face-to-face networking, it’s important for job-seekers to give when networking. 
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Network into Your Next Job

A job search can feel overwhelming at times. You don't need to do it alone. Your network can help take some of the "work" out of your search. Getting Clear It's important to let your network know that you are in a job search. They can't help you if they don't know! And, without clearly defined job targets, i.e., specific positions, industries, and companies you are seeking, it can be even harder for your network to help... ... Read more

Are your Sundays Spent Dreading Mondays?

Do you enjoy your work? Are your Sundays spent dreading Mondays OR do you look forward to getting up each week day? Since yesterday was Labor Day, I thought this topic would be fitting. On average we spend 40 to 46 years of our life working. With work consuming a large chunk of our day and our life, why not be doing something we enjoy?   ... Read more

How to Climb the Proverbial Career Ladder

If your goal is to climb the career ladder, you need to continuously market yourself. Successful marketing is necessary throughout your entire career. Never stop selling your skills, abilities, and accomplishments once you land a new job. ... Read more

Factors for a Successful Career Choice

When exploring career options, it's important to take several factors into consideration, including your skills, interests, work values, personality, and lifestyle. Skills - You're no doubt good at a lot of things, but what are you both good at AND enjoy doing? These are referred to as your motivated skills. Interests - Are you interested in animals, helping people, the outdoors, or leading? Or maybe you're creative and enjoy making everything ... Read more

Climbing the Proverbial Career Ladder: Network Your Way to the Top

Want to advance to the next level? Networking can help you do just that!
How networking can help you….
1.     Be seen as an integral part of the company.
2.     Become well known within your industry.
3.     Be seen as a
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Network to Keep Your Work!

Increase your visibility up, down, and across your current organization.
Networking can help you….
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Jump Start Your Job Search through Networking

Networking can help you….
1.     Get the word out that you are in a job search.
2.     Gain advice about your job search techniques.
3.     Uncover job leads in the
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How to Respond to Salary Requirements

As a job-seeker, you may be asked salary requirements during the online application process, during a phone interview, at the first interview or anytime during the interview process. If asked, you could say, "I’d rather hold off salary talk until we’ve both decided this is a good fit.” The truth is you most likely haven't learned enough about the position in the early stages of the interview process. It's best to hold off salary talk until 
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Overcoming Social Media Stress

The job search has definitely changed drastically over the past few years. Gone are the days when you'd open the Sunday paper, find a job you like, mail in your resume, get an interview, and land the job! For folks that find themselves laid off after 20+ years with the same company, launching a job search today can feel scary and overwhelming. Today the use of social media and applying online is ... Read more