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Job Search Question: How to start a blog, and what to write?

  I’ve written a bunch on blogging, back in the olden days (2006, 2007, 2008).  I think that blogging is a terrific tool to help people understand your personal brand.  And, there are many ways to do this – there’s not necessarily a “right” way, and what might be right today could change tomorrow.   ... Read more

Is using technology to have a tough conversation just another form of avoidance?

A recent Forbes article titled, “Is technology turning us into cowards? When to talk instead of type,” talks about how more and more people are opting to send an email or text message instead of having those difficult conversations face-to-face. While I agree with the idea expressed in the post that too much critical communication is now being sent by email,     ... Read more

Authenticity and Success

  Regarding personal branding success, a lot has been said about authenticity — and for good reason. Getting wrapped up in a façade can be very tiring, and can lead to a complete collapse when it becomes impossible to sustain it.   ... Read more

Negotiating moving expenses as part of your hiring package?

Before you negotiate relocation expenses with your new employer, consider whether some — or all — of those expenses might be considered taxable income by the IRS. SHRM’ HR Magazine starts with the obvious answer, ... Read more

Body Language in the Workplace – Communicating a Confident Image

Body language: Nonverbal, usually unconscious communication, where thoughts, intentions, or feelings are expressed by physical behaviors, such as facial expressions, posture, gestures, eye movement, touch and the use of space. What image do you convey during an interview, meeting with your colleagues or presenting a speech? How do you give yourself confidence”       ... Read more

Cover Letters: Attachment or E-Note?

While a cover letter used to be the top page of the printed package you would submit to potential employers, today you’re most likely to be sending it electronically. An e-note is where you take the text of your cover letter and paste it directly into the body of an email. The other option is to   ... Read more

Achieving a work-life balance is key to success

  Nowadays, it seems increasingly common for people to allow work to take over their lives. This, however, is not healthy and can lead to a wide range of problems. These can range from health problems such as depression and anxiety, to the breakdown of families. A poor work-life balance can also affect your performance at work and lead to you losing a job. There are a number of things you can do to manage your work-life balance.   ... Read more

Aiming for promotion

It might get you double Olympic Gold but will it get you promoted? Probably not. Too many people think that doing a good job is all they need to get a promotion or exciting new assignment but it’s unlikely to be enough. I’m going to share advice that has worked for me, and my clients. ... Read more

How do I do a Job Search?

Imagine that today you get the pink slip.  This might come in the format of an email, a phone call, a face-to-face meeting, a closed-door session with the HR manager, your company doors are locked, whatever it is, it’s time to find a new job. Or, maybe you pink-slip yourself!  You are bored, or you are tired of a toxic boss or work environment, or it’s just time to move to the next level… and it’s time to look for a new job. Where do you start?   ... Read more

Three Simple Ways to Check and Build Your Online Brand

You wouldn’t build the world’s finest hotel without first drafting up the architectural plans and laying the best possible foundation. The same applies to your reputation online. ~ Andy Beal in Repped
The world is listening and watching your every move. Everything you say online, you scream from the highest building and from the mountaintops. Like it or not your words, shares, images and statements are on display to the entire world 24/7. How do you want your brand reputation to be perceived? It’s so important to think about the connotations that you want for your online brand whether you work for a company, own your own business, do consulting on the side or are “successful” in any way. Your online brand development should never stop.     ... Read more