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January 31, 2015

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Finding Work When You’re Older

iStock_000003804600 smallOlder job applicants know that age discrimination is a fact of life, but some are finding ways around it by going after jobs at smaller organizations that are more receptive to hiring them. Read more on The New York Times.

60+ Needles in My Face

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As New York City shut down, this is my calm in any storm. Acupuncture is my quiet.

It’s the only hour where I’m fully awake and completely still. No tv, no talking, no texting, no thinking, nothing but total calm.

I hate needles. I have no tolerance for pain. But this is different. It’s all good. I am so grateful the I suspended my fears and gave it a shot. I’ve been learning a lot in the last six months about embracing new thoughts and ideas. (More on that coming soon.)

Sadly my beloved Chinese doctor is leaving the country, returning to his native Taiwan. Our last session was yesterday.

His final advice to me: “Slow down. Don’t go back to your excessive thinking.”

Tell us below how you find your stillness and quiet.

Escaping Corporate America

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Escaping corporate America. Why do we do it? The most obvious reason could be attributed to job security.

Working for a big corporation just isn’t the same as it was 30 years ago

Very few people work for the same company their whole lives. Receiving a huge pension and gold Rolex when one retires has become a thing of the past. With recent generations, most people switch jobs every few years. Millennials in particular, are switching jobs every two to three years.

With employee loyalty not being rewarded as it once was, it appears the fastest way to move up the corporate ladder and receive more pay is to move on with another company.

The Glass Ceiling still exists

With lack of employee loyalty comes another unfortunate factor of the corporate world: the glass ceiling.

In 2014, women still earned less than men for the same job and with both parties having the same amount of experience. Figures report women earning $0.77 for every dollar that a man earns.

Reports indicate the “Motherhood Penalty” and “Fatherhood Bonus” also play a role in the Glass Ceiling, citing women make less for each child they have. This shocking data point could be based on the misconception that women who have children will be less productive due to the demands of childcare. On the contrary, fathers are more likely to see an increase in pay, because they are viewed as a more valued and reliable employee.

Tips for those who are looking to leave the corporate world

Given the above, going off on your own and starting your own business could be a viable option. On top of that, making the transition between leaving your job and starting your own small business may be easier than you think.

  1. Review your finances and begin to save money
  2. Discuss the time commitment
  3. Identify your opportunities and skillsets
  4. Follow your passion

For detailed tips on making a plan, working towards your goal, and leaving the corporate life behind, read the full article on the Arise Home-Based Business Blog here.

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Career Growth and Professional Development Opportunities Help Dietitians Reach their Goals

Sodexo Logoby Trish Freshwater, Senior Communications Manager

If you’re a registered dietitian, chances are that you know a colleague who works for Sodexo. With a network of more than 2,250 dietitians, Sodexo is the largest private employer of dietitians in North America.

As experts in this field, we place a high priority on the careers of our dietitians – offering numerous opportunities for career growth and professional development – so that they can focus on reaching their career goals while cultivating relationships with our clients and their patients.

The stories from the Sodexo family of dietitians are many, including that of Nina Crowley, who serves as a bariatric dietitian for the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC.

“In my eight years of working with Sodexo, I have grown from an entry level Registered Dietitian, just happy to be getting a paycheck, to a professional specializing in bariatric surgery nutrition with a promising career,” said Crowley.

She credits her success with the flexibility Sodexo offers in career movement and opportunities to add new skills and knowledge to her repertoire. Read More

Career Stuck? Change your GPS in 2015

By Peter C. Diamond

The beginning of a new year brings the promise of a fresh start. However, like many others, you may struggle with a stalled career or lack of personal and professional growth. The prospect of initiating change is daunting. This is particularly true if you’re looking for a job, wanting to change companies or start a new career.

When times are good, you are charging forward on autopilot without much thought. You are positive and future focused. When times are bad, you suddenly feel as though you are stuck in neutral or worse yet reverse. You quickly become mired in negative thoughts and lose perspective and hope about the future. This can easily show up in your attitude and how you present yourself. People want to hire and be around people who are positive and will bring a good attitude to work everyday.

Finding your way out of career and life gridlock requires you to reset your internal GPS to Good – Present – Space. Read More

Mastering The Stretch

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By Liz Wiseman

The best leaders bring out the best in others.  They inspire people’s best thinking and finest work.  They not only encourage and empower but are challenging and demanding.  They set high expectations, push people to the edge of their comfort zone, and then hold others fully accountable.  When leaders don’t hold the highest of expectations, they hold people back.

While encouraging others comes easily to many women, playing the role of challenger can be, well, a real challenge.  It is hard to ask people to do something they don’t yet know how to do.  We know it will be hard on them as they scramble up a steep learning curve.  But it’s in this rookie space – doing something for the first time that is hard – where people do their best work.

In my research for my book, Rookie Smarts, I found that rookies are surprisingly strong performers.  They listen carefully, marshal experts and work quickly, conducting small experiments and frequently checking in with stakeholders to mitigate risk.  In knowledge industries, rookies tend to outperform experienced professionals – especially in innovation and speed. Read More

What You Wear to Work Matters

By Jacqueline Whitmore

iStock_000005531570 smallCall it “dress for success” or “dress for the job you want” — it’s more than an adage for women.

Style and image have played and continue to play a crucial role in the career strategies and trajectories of many high-powered execs. Let’s face it, how you look says a lot about you — whether you’re organized, lazy, fashion-forward, creative or serious.

You may think that focusing on appearance as part of your career strategy sounds superficial — that we should be judged for our intelligence and experience, not our style.

But will someone really want to listen to you if you look dull, boring, meek, and frumpy? Sure, it’s what’s on the inside that counts, but sadly, that’s not how the workforce works. Read More