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  • How Hard Is It To Be a Manager of People at McDonalds? Hard.
    by Kris Dunn - February 27, 2017
    How hard is it to be a manager of people at McDonalds? Hard. Like riding a bike on the freeway hard. This week found me for almost 2 days at Exit 11 off I-20 in Georgia, stranded because of the South's Snowpocalypse, which was caused because when you don't own a snowplow, salt or sand, 3 inches of snow and ice in hard freeze temperatures can screw things up. So I got the last room at a Microtel (no lobby restau...
  • In Your Job Search, Embrace the Struggle!
    by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter - February 27, 2017
    Most likely, if you are doing it right, job search will be a struggle. As many of us know, in order to grow and change, toil is involved. Depending upon where you are in your career, and how long it has been since you’ve embarked on a job search, you’ll likely exert dormant job-search muscles. I was inspired to write this post after reading my friend and fitness guru, Heather Frey’s article over at the...
  • Questions to Ask Your Resume Writer
    by Robin Schlinger - February 27, 2017
    Before you sign up with any resume writing firm, you should ask these five essential questions: Can I see examples of your work? Chances are, if you do not like what you see in the past examples, you will not like the resume they prepare for you. How long have you been writing resumes? While length of time as a resume writer is no guarantee of quality, you do not want to trust your resume to someone who is completel...
  • A No Bull Keynote Address
    by Steve Farber - February 24, 2017
    Standing as the keynote speaker in a room filled with CEOs and board chairs can feel a little like being a matador in a bullfight – it seems like a great idea until you’re actually there. Fortunately, the CEOs and board chairs at the CUES symposium were of the friendly variety. No horns, or, as they call them in American rodeo, no clown stabbers. These were hard-working, smart leaders eager to learn and looking...
  • New Career Advisory Board Research Reveals Employers Are Lukewarm About Talent Development
    by Alexandra Levit - February 24, 2017
    This week, my organization the Career Advisory Board announced the results of our sixth annual Job Preparedness Indicatory survey, which identified gaps between the skills and traits candidates have and the skills and traits employers seek to fill open positions. Gaps were measured by assessing skills that are most important but least common among entry-level, mid-level, and senior-level job candidates. This year’s re...
  • Use This Checklist To Measure Your Work Satisfaction & Boost Career Success
    by Louise Garver - February 24, 2017
    “The world of work ain’t what it used to be. The long-held contract between employers and employees has been ruptured. Since we can no longer rely on “the company” for security, it must come from within. For people who know who they are and what they’re called to do, it will be a world of great opportunity. For those who continue to define themselves in terms of the expectations and opinions of ot...
  • 2017 Can Be Your Best Year Yet, Just Follow These 3 Steps
    by Steve Farber - February 23, 2017
    A pessimist found an optimist doing some yard work and started a conversation with his good-natured friend. “Last year was awful,” he said. “What do you think 2017 will bring?” “I think it will bring flowers,” said the smiling optimist. “Really,” said the pessimist. “What makes you think that?” “Because I’m planting flowers,” the optimist...
  • Is Your Resume DOA (Dead On Arrival)?
    by Georgia Adamson - February 23, 2017
    If you “Google” the phrase “resumes are dead,” you’ll see a long list of items covering a wide range of views on the subject. More to the point, I think, is the question, “Is your resume DOA (dead on arrival)?” Why? Experience tells me that resumes in one form or another are likely to be around for quite a while yet, but that doesn’t matter if yours is lifeless when an employe...
  • You Were Laid Off, Stop Saying You Were Fired
    by Debra Wheatman - February 23, 2017
    Being involuntarily separated from your employer can be devastating. Not only are there worries about finances, but there are concerns about how quickly you can find a new job, and how to position the separation. If you’ve been hit with a layoff—as has been the case for many productive, valuable employees since the early 1990s—I have one consistent piece of advice for you. Stop using the word “fired&rdq...
  • #Goal: To-Do List Zero
    by Lindsey Pollak - February 22, 2017
    Some productivity zealots are obsessed with “inbox zero,” but you might also be looking to conquer “to-do list zero.” Whether you’re a to-do list app aficionado, a “write it down so you can cross it off” type, you’ve jumped down the “bullet journal” rabbit hole, or you’re super Type-A like me and buy graph paper notebooks so you can make little boxes to put c...