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Are you working through beach envy?

Beat Summertime Blues! 5 Productivity Tips After a long, cold winter, followed by a slow spring, summertime finally arrived!  Here in the Pacific Northwest, when the sun shines so brightly, it’s hard to resist its sweet song and instead settle down to do desk-bound work.  Worse - it seems that the rest of the world is vacationing at the beach. Your mind starts to wander. You can’t pull yourself away from your social media feeds. Before you know it, the morning is gone and you haven’t done half of the work you set out to do. Thus starts the vicious cycle.  You feel [...]

Guest Post: Do You Speak Color’s Secret Language?

By Joy Overstreet, Portland’s personal color analyst www.ColorStylePDX.com Do You Speak Color’s Secret Language? Try this quick thought experiment: think of the color red. What adjectives, associations or symbols come to mind when you think of red? Did you think of passion, courage, valentines, anger, blood, energy, a politician’s tie? No doubt you came up with other associations as well. Why does color matter to someone seeking career advancement? Color matters because human beings respond strongly to color, though usually it’s at a subconscious level. The good news is that if you understand the psychological power of color [...]

Could Humor Be Your Key to Success?

Could humor be your key to success? If the best part of your job is that the chair swivels… sadly, you’re probably not alone. We’re an overly serious lot when it comes to work.  According research noted in Harvard Business Review http://bit.ly/1Nav9r5  The average 4-year-old laughs 300 times a day, the average 40-year-old — only 4! http://bit.ly/1uIEd2u Far less during the week than on weekends Yet the downside to this dearth of happiness is no laughing matter.  Seriously, good fun at work is good for business. Funny Business?  No Joke Here are some salient stats. Humor gets hired. [...]

Review Disaster to Career Turnaround

Is it possible to believe you’re making all the right moves at work, while in reality you’re at best treading water while your career’s stalling out? One Woman’s Illuminating Career Transformation A query for a recent post about “Terrible, No-good, Bad Boss Survival Strategies” prompted this inspiring career turnaround story from Megan Bigelow, President & Co-Founder, PDX Women in Tech.  She recalled this painful experience…. “After asking my boss for two years for a discussion about how to take my career to the next level, she did — on her last day with the company. She chose to do so [...]

2017-07-20T02:51:36+00:00 March 27th, 2017|Career Advice|0 Comments

The Secret to Recruiting and Retaining Today’s Top Talent

The Secret to Recruiting and Retaining Today’s Top Talent The Gallop Job Creation Report released February 1, 2017 reveals that job creation was up +34 in January 2017.  The report further claims job creation has been in a steady upward trend since May 2016.  None of us in corporate America needed the report to tell us what we already know – companies are growing and desperately in need of new employees to handle the increased workload The market has shifted and in this growing, increasingly more complex and competitive market, doing what you’ve done before no longer works. Supply and demand applies as much to employees as it [...]

2017-07-20T02:51:39+00:00 February 15th, 2017|Recruiting, Retention|0 Comments

What 2017’s Hot Job Market Means to You

What 2017's Hot Job Market Means to You By now you’ve read articles like this (Glassdoor 2017 Job Trends) and this (40% of employers plan to hire full-time permanent employees in 2017). Bottom line -- the hiring outlook for 2017 is the best it’s been in a decade, in most cases, across the board. What does that mean to you going forward? Considering a new job with better advancement and more money? Wondering if you should? You Are In the Driver Seat Wage gains are finally outstripping inflation after a long period of flat to weak wage increases. [...]

2017-07-20T02:51:41+00:00 January 26th, 2017|Job Search Tips|1 Comment

7 Habits of Successful Job Seekers

Submitted by Guest Blogger,  Rick Christensen / Career Consultant For over 25 years one of the most respected business texts has been The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People.  I wondered if these same principles could be applied to job search.  So I took Dr. Covey’s list and applied them to the modern job search process. Be proactive – The passive approach of online search, sitting at a computer and clicking the apply button doesn’t pay off enough to warrant spending more than an hour a day. Job search is a contact sport, you have to find ways to connect with those [...]

2017-07-20T02:51:43+00:00 December 15th, 2016|Recruiting|0 Comments

Greatest Weakness? Smart Honest Answers!

“What is your greatest weakness?” question comes up in just about every interview. Tempted to give a cliché answer? Don’t. You run the risk of losing out on your dream job before the interview is over. The Question is Such a Cliché. Why Do Interviewers Ask It?  Greatest Weakness? Smart Honest Answers! There actually are many good reasons interviewers ask that question. The question is not asked to trip you up, but to make sure you are the right person for the job. Hiring the wrong person is a costly mistake all employers want to avoid. By asking the [...]

2017-07-20T02:51:45+00:00 October 21st, 2016|How to Interview|1 Comment

Do You Need to Quit?

Terrible, No-good, Bad Boss Survival Strategies Do you need to quit? Do You Need to Quit? Are you in need of bad boss survival strategies? Half of us [Americans] quit our job because we didn’t get along with our boss, according to a 2015 Gallup Poll. As veteran recruiter, Gallup supports my observations -- bad bosses are the number one reason why otherwise happy employees leave their job. Got a boss from hell, and wondering if you should stay or go? To get an answer to that burning question I recently took a poll from the trenches of [...]

2017-07-20T02:51:47+00:00 September 27th, 2016|Career Advice|0 Comments

Are you over-sharing your political views?

Who will lead our county in the not-too-distant future is a hot topic. Maybe too hot! Are you over-sharing your political views? Politics are a divisive topic, especially these days with partisanship at an all-time high. Thus, when engaging in political workplace debates, generally you’ll find you have nothing to gain, but everything to lose. Why? If you disagree, whether you “win” the debate or not, you may well find yourself sacrificing your working relationship. The reality is, you’re unlikely to change anyone’s mind. Those with strong opinions are rarely interested in being confused by the (contrary) facts, [...]

2017-07-20T02:51:49+00:00 August 21st, 2016|Career Advice|1 Comment

Are You Afraid to Deal with Workplace Conflict?

Are You Afraid to Deal with Workplace Conflict? Did you know the typical manager spends 25-40% of their time dealing with workplace conflict? That’s up to two days a week of manager’s time, according to a Washington Business Journal report. When this insidious productivity killer runs amok, its sneaky, underlying destructiveness can be as carefully hidden as “Game of Thrones” backroom machinations.  Typically, by the time workplace conflict is observed and addressed, too late – if it’s ever addressed at all. Conflict is not always bad; sometimes it’s […]

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2017-07-20T02:51:53+00:00 June 7th, 2016|Leadership, Management Tools & Tips|0 Comments