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21
April
2015

Leaders Start with Gratitude

Leaders Start with Gratitude

We have a bedtime ritual with our four year old:

1. Brush teeth 2. Practice letters/numbers 3. Read a book 4. Say one thing we are thankful for from that day 5. Prayer

Although all of them are important for various reasons, number 4 seems to be the one that never gets left out. Sometimes we are all tired and don’t want to practice letters or numbers or read a book. Sometimes we even forget to brush our teeth (maybe that goes back to being too tired) and even pray, but regardless of where we are, what time it is, or how long of a day it has been, our 4 year old will not let anyone go to bed without us all answering the question “What are you thankful for?”

 

16
April
2015

How do you make your resume stand out among the thousands of others received by employers?

How do you make your resume stand out among the thousands of others received by employers?

Resume writing is among my favorite tasks in my role as a career consultant. I enjoy getting to know clients and assisting them in their job search by making their resumes the best they can possibly be by providing results of their past achievements.

14
April
2015

Midlife Career Change - Is it for you?

Midlife Career Change - Is it for you?

Are you halfway to retirement and considering a career change? Maybe you’re in a role that is being eliminated or just ready to try something new as you dive in to the last half of your career. Where do you begin?

09
April
2015

Leadership lessons from a 4 year old

Leadership lessons from a 4 year old

A friend shared with me the struggles she is having with her pre-schooler’s behavior. Been there, done that. The good thing is, there always seems to be a leadership lesson in the raising of children.   In fact, I’ve even written about the leadership lessons learned from our then two year old’s biting bent.

07
April
2015

Career Sportlight: STEM Careers

Career Sportlight: STEM Careers

Do you like science or math? Does engineering or technology interest you? If so, this career spotlight is a must read. STEM Careers are “in-demand” and offer several options for cool jobs, and according to Stemcareer.com, during the next decade, the U.S. demand for scientists and engineers is expected to increase four times the rate for all other occupations.

02
April
2015

6 Steps to Choose a College

6 Steps to Choose a College

Accordingto collegeboard.org, you have almost 4000 colleges and universities to choosefrom the in United States. Sorting through which options would be right for you can be a challenge given the seemingly unlimited possibilities.

31
March
2015

Be Aware, Be Very Aware: Why "Healthy Paranoia" is Killing HR

Be Aware, Be Very Aware: Why

As a part of a subcontract I work on, I just sat through a 30 minute plus online compliance training video. If you want to leave yourself paralyzed to make business decisions, I’ll send you the clip. It will leave you questioning the world in general.

I know we live in a world of terrorists, computer hackers and people who want to do harm, but the video left me thinking that their approach to business was to scare the living daylight out of every employee thinking that this would help prevent mishaps, lawsuits and wrong actions.

26
March
2015

Give Back Feature- Ben Eubanks

Making HR Better- One Pro at a Time

Give Back Feature- Ben Eubanks

 

Making HR Better- One Pro at a Time is Ben Eubank’s mission.   Ben, who started his career in Human Resources in 2008, has a passion for his field that gets him up at 5 AM on the weekends to blog and develop other content to help HR professionals become better at what they do. He does this in addition to holding down a full-time HR role himself and raising three young children with his wife (and he runs quite a bit too!).

 

The results of Ben’s efforts have led to national speaking opportunities, recognition for his efforts in global publications and an audience of over 15,000 monthly readers. “I firmly believe that without this deep passion to help my audience succeed,” Ben says, “I would have given up long ago!”

 

24
March
2015

7 Steps to Implement a Realistic Job Preview

7 Steps to Implement a Realistic Job Preview

Last week we discussed why it’s important to do a realistic job preview. Well you might ask, how exactly do I do one? Companies. Internships and co-op programs are long-term realistic job previews. This set up can provide a company with an opportunity to screen candidates without a making a permanent hiring commitment, but it may take too long.

17
March
2015

Internship Spotlight

Internship Spotlight

Are you a college student in search of experience to prepare you for the world of work? Why not consider an internship? It’s a great way to build your resume, network and possibly get your foot in the door with a future employer. Internships are also great for high school students. It gives students an opportunity to try out different occupations before making a career path decision. For high schools students, use our Job Shadowing Questionnaire if you get the chance to intern.

12
March
2015

Realistic Job Previews

Realistic Job Previews

3 Reasons to Make Realistic Job Previews a Part of Your Hiring Process

What’s the best way to determine if a person is right for the job? What’s the best way for a job candidate to know they are accepting the right job? Traditional methods for employers tell us to screen resumes, interview candidates and make a decision. In the case of hiring recent college grads, traditional wisdom tells us to look at their G.P.A. and their major to predict success. That’s the way most companies do it; it must work.

10
March
2015

Job Search Tips for College Students – Use Your Spring Break to Prep for Job Search

Job Search Tips for College Students – Use Your Spring Break to Prep for Job Search

While others are on the beach for spring break, why not get a step ahead and get ready to land the perfect job after graduation?

You at least have an idea of what career path you are pursuing upon graduation, but do you know what company you want to work for? If not, do a google search of relevant job titles and find out who’s hiring. Then, do research on each company. You will be surprised at how helpful that will be when you land an interview. Having background knowledge of your future employer is invaluable.

05
March
2015

Why interviews aren’t the best way to hire right

Why interviews aren’t the best way to hire right

We’ve had two young men as career coaching clients lately.   Although pursuing different types of opportunities, they are both in their early to mid-twenties and are having a hard time finding a job in their respective fields- both of which, by the way, are in demand.   Both have been getting called for interviews, but something seems to fail in the interview every time and they haven’t been offered jobs.

03
March
2015

Career Spotlight: Market Research Analyst

Career Spotlight: Market Research Analyst

Do you like analyzing data? Are you interested in sales forecasting? If so, then a career as a Market Research Analyst may be perfect for you.

On the other hand, if you don’t enjoy gathering data, preparing reports, critical thinking and problem solving, becoming a market research analyst may not be a good fit for you.

26
February
2015

Passion + Productivity = Give Back: Education Elements

 Passion + Productivity = Give Back: Education Elements

Education Elements, an organization that helps school districts personalize learning,embodies the saying “Tell me and I’ll forget. Show me, and I may not remember. Involve me, and I’ll understand” in their approach to education. Because of their belief that learning can be customized for every student, powerful results are being seen across the nation in student outcomes.

Their story demonstrates how passion + productivity for the work that they do and for improving K-12 education leads to students who are better prepared by their education for college and career so that they can give back to their communities as they get older.

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