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    Employment Notebook - Remote Workforce: Factors to Consider Before Switching
by Craig Bryant and Tim Muma - Mar, 2014
Technology, efficiency and flexibility are all coming together to entice employers to move to a remote workforce. Of course, many individuals welcome the opportunity to work from elsewhere and have some autonomy. Craig Bryant, founder and product manager for Kin HR, gives Tim Muma and the employers listening some tips on what to think about before making the switch to a remote workforce. Employment Notebook (formerly Points...
 
    Moving Up the Ladder - Being Assertive, Not Aggressive
by Lynn Taylor and Tim Muma - Mar, 2014
It's been a key component to workplace success for a while, but it remains a difficult concept to to get a hold of as an employee. We're talking about the way you can be assertive, while not being aggessive. Lynn Taylor, a frequently-quoted workplace expert and CEO of Lynn Taylor Consulting, uses her experience to breakdown the keys to striking this balance. She explains to Tim Muma the negative side of aggressivenes and the b...
 
    Volunteering At - National Multiple Sclerosis Society
by Jocelyn Cheng and Tim Muma - Mar, 2014
Multiple sclerosis (MS), an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and the rest of the body. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society exists to make sure MS doesn't stop people from moving. Jocelyn D. Cheng is the Senior Manager of Volunteer Development at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society-Greater Illinois Chapter, and...
 
    Job Search Guide - Getting Your Foot in the Door
by Cheryl Simpson and Cady Chesney - Mar, 2014
Don’t let the door slam on your foot at your dream organization. There are several ways to successfully get your foot and the door and start on the path of getting a job at your dream organization. Learn how to do more than just apply for open positions with host Cady Chesney and executive career and job search coach, Cheryl Lynch Simpson. From informational interviews to building connections in the company, before you know it...
 
  How to Write Great Resume Bullet Points
by Louise Fletcher - Apr, 2014
So you’ve read lots of resume advice, and you know that your resume needs strong, results-focused bullet points. But try as you might, you don’t really know how to write those bullet points. I sympathize – it’s very hard to write about yourself in this way. Most of us have been taught to be humble and modest about our accomplishments, and now suddenly we’re required to brag about them. It feels very uncomfortable. As...
 
  6 Thoughts to Remember as Your Brand Blossoms
by Valerie Sokolosky - Apr, 2014
It’s hard to believe, but May is almost here…and summer isn’t too far behind. I remember the rhyme from my school days: “April showers bring May flowers.” While my part of the world wasn’t too rainy this past month, we’re beginning to see Mother Nature’s colorful spring bouquet everywhere we look. It’s also exciting to see the pace of business picking up in many areas that have been in hibernation through the winter. So now...
 
  Job Interview Jitters? What You Can Do To Soothe Them
by Michelle Dumas - Apr, 2014
Work can be stressful. Being out of work can be very stressful. And looking for work is stressful as well. There are few things (a visit to the dentist, for example) more sweaty palm inducing than sitting through a job interview. Whether your angst is attributable to the importance of getting the job or because you’re uncomfortable talking about yourself, it’s normal to feel nervous about a job interview. So, what can...
 
  Two Ways to Do Your Resume: DIY & HAE
by Georgia Adamson - Apr, 2014
Boiled down to its simplest level, you have two ways to create or revamp your resume: Do It Yourself (DIY) or Hire An Expert (HAE). Since my profession is resume writing, you might guess I’m not going to tell you you should always do your own resume, but I will say that sometimes “it depends.” Having made my disclosure about possibly not being 100% impartial, I’ll still do my best to give an unbiased view of the two ways y...
 
  How To Take Advantage Of LinkedIn College Alumni Pages
by Laura Smith-Proulx - Apr, 2014
Want to network, but don’t know where to start? Wish you could use LinkedIn for something beyond connecting (and waiting for others to respond)? Meet LinkedIn’s College Alumni section (also accessible through the Education section), which will quickly become one of your greatest networking tools. If you haven’t already discovered this hidden gem on the site, you’ll be surprised at how powerful it can be in your job search....
 
  Make LinkedIn References Count
by Louise Garver - Apr, 2014
Sometime during the job search process, every executive is asked for references from a potential employer. Before 2004ish employers asked for references from the executive at the end of the interview and before extending an employment offer. Fast-forward 10 years—today references may be checked before an interview. LinkedIn Reference feature makes this easy for a recruiter or hiring manager to see what people are saying about...
 
  Toxic Work Environments
by Georgia Adamson - Apr, 2014
This isn’t the first time I’ve blogged about toxic work situations–including toxic bosses. However, it was prompted by a recent comment from a new client that was fairly disturbing. He indicated that even though he’d had a successful record over the past three years, he was very concerned about the situation in his company. Many people had quit, including his last two bosses, and a number of others had been fired. He...
 
  Ask For What You Want: You’re Worth It!
by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - Apr, 2014
In my coaching practice, and in interviews I’ve conducted around the country, I see women, time and time again, waiting in the proverbial wings of their organizations – hoping and praying that they’ll be given a raise or promotion. As the saying goes, ‘hope is not a strategy’. If you’re at a point where you have a proven track record at work, you’re ready for that raise or new challenge, and you’re leaving it to your boss...
 
  Eating Lunch at Your Desk Can Hurt Your Job Promotion Potential
by Lisa Rangel - Apr, 2014
How often do you find yourself eating lunch at your desk? If you decide to work through lunch you could be hurting your chances for growth opportunity. Not just because companies are now looking for balanced employees, but perhaps because you may be missing out on opportunities to network with other people. Oftentimes people assume that networking has to involve big formal (and let’s face it, sometimes stuffy) events. For...
 
  How Having Life-Work Balance Can Help Advance Your Career
by Lisa Rangel - Apr, 2014
Many people assume that companies couldn’t care less about life-work balance. On the contrary, many companies are now trying to make sure their employees are healthy, happy, and balanced. As a result, they want to make sure that any new employees they take on (or anyone they promote) embody these same characteristics. The reality is only by being a balanced employee can you attract a truly balanced employer. (Note: We call it...
 
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