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July 25, 2014

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Take Time to Make An Introduction

By Sunny K. Lurie

Recently, I was the lucky recipient of a random act of kindness when a car in front of me at a drive-through paid for my coffee.

A light went off: what if more people applied acts of kindness to the workplace — helping job seekers connect with potential employers? Having a personal introduction inside an organization is a huge advantage to career changers.

In fact, referrals are the number one source companies use to find outside hires and over 70% of people find jobs through leads from others, according to LinkedIn.

Access to the right people and companies is vital for a successful career change, especially as the market place becomes more challenging. A few moments of time connecting people to your network is a powerful act of kindness.

Many of us have made introductions in the workplace. But what I’m suggesting is to consider doing it more often and help someone gain employment and improve their life.  Introductions require no money and are simple to do. Here are a few ways to do it: Read More

Take A Page From Recruiters In Your Job Search

When executive recruiters look for talent, they develop a search strategy that includes a job description, target companies and people within those firms whom they might approach. They also check in with people they know and trust to find the best candidates. Job seekers can employ the same techniques, says Doug Ehrenkranz. Read more on Business 2 Community.

Is ‘Having It All’ A Pipedream?

When it comes to measuring work-life balance, maybe it’s time to stop comparing ourselves to others, says Forbes’ Samantha Ettus. “If we can’t point to anyone who ‘has it all,’ why are we all measuring ourselves on this preposterous yardstick?” she asks.

Creating Your Best Tomorrow, Today

By Bruce Rosenstein

One-third of all Americans are dissatisfied with the future facing themselves and their families, according to a recent Gallup survey. And even among those who are satisfied, their optimism about the future is the lowest it’s been in 40 years.

The good news: you can create your own future. Better yet, you can do it simply and systematically as part of your everyday life, inside and outside the workplace.

Peter Drucker, the legendary father of modern management, approached the future with a forward-focused mindset, as something to be created and nurtured in the present moment. The takeaway for today: make choices and commitments, and take action, with tomorrow in mind.

Don’t leave your future to chance or fate, or to the whims of others. Instead, unlock and live your best future, beginning in the here and now. Start with these five keys, inspired by Drucker and imagined for today’s fast-moving, uneasy times: Read More

Exercise Before Work

A day at the office can drain you, which is why many of us view hitting the gym or jogging after work as some form of torture. I’m too tired. But Hannah Newman says that if you get into an exercise routine before work, and bring a buddy, it can make a before work workout more palatable.

Six Ways to Escape Career Limbo

By Michelle Kruse

When you’ve been with a company for a number of years, it’s easy to feel stuck in career limbo. Whether you’re working in a position that is no longer fulfilling or taking home a paycheck that suddenly seems insufficient, you may think the solution is to start looking for work elsewhere. It never hurts to reassess your options, and here are six ways to keep moving up the ladder.

1) Organize your thoughts. Set a day aside to very deliberately reflect on your career path. What do you like about working at your current company? What would you like to change? What do you dislike about your current position, and what would you rather be doing? Where do you see yourself one, five and 10 years down the road? It’s important to have a clear understanding of your own goals before moving forward with your plan.

2) Position yourself as a leader. This could be as simple as speaking up more often in brainstorming sessions or as challenging as volunteering to head up a major project. Show your higher-ups that you’re ready and willing to take on more responsibility, and be sure to give the best performance that you’re capable of. Read More

New In Town? A Networking Guide

Danielle Herzberg, a senior sales manager for HubSpot, spent 27 years building a personal and professional network in the Northeast. But when she moved to San Francisco, she was determined to build a career and life for herself there. Here are the six ways she did it.