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Roadmap to Your Dream Job

Roadmap to Your Dream Job Roadmap To Your Dream Job There’s this little lie most of us tell ourselves about our careers –“Everything is ok.”  We tell ourselves that even if we don’t love our job, if we just keep plugging away, we’ll have nothing to worry about.  The truth however is -- whether we choose to admit it or not, even if we love our job -- the one thing we can count on is change.  Long gone are the days of our parents or grandparents, who spent their entire work life with a single employer, doing [...]

2017-11-14T19:34:16+00:00 October 25th, 2017|Career Advice, Job Search Tips|0 Comments

Surefire Tips for Email Response

Surefire Tips for Email Response Surefire Tips for Email Response Do you get far more email than you can process? Odds are your boss, the hiring manager or whomever you are sending your important email to gets as much or more. What does it take to get your email seen, read, and responded to?  When do attention-getting email antics backfire?   These email tips will help in getting the response you're hoping for. Email – 7 Golden Rules (Beyond the Basics) Consider the purpose of your communication before you begin. Know what you want your recipient to do or know [...]

2017-11-14T19:34:13+00:00 September 26th, 2017|Career Advice, Management Tools & Tips, Networking|0 Comments

Telecommuting – community, tools and communication

Telecommuting -- community, tools, and communication Telecommuting – community, tools and communication The talent war is real. Increasingly, talent-management savvy employers recognize the potential of telecommuting to provide them with a competitive edge (http://bit.ly/2vyfPlW) whether it’s for global teams, attracting talent to high cost-of-living areas or retaining legacy knowledge. Widespread as telecommuting has become, you still need to get a handle on the nitty-gritty practical knowledge about what makes telecommuting tick (or tank): Is telecommuting cost effective? How does it really work? What separates telecommuting winners from losers? What counter-intuitive habit is crucial for robust remote teams? When [...]

Telecommuting – should you or shouldn’t you?

Telecommuting – should you or shouldn’t you? Telecommuting, good for companies and good for employees Wondering what all the fuss over telecommuting is all about? How big is it — really (and why)? What’s in it for you? Why should — or shouldn’t — you consider telecommuting for yourself or your company? Telecommuting - the Debate Is Hot & Getting Hotter Recent telecommuting snippets and statistics are rife with contradictions…. "Telecommuting Grows 159%." http://bit.ly/2pxQ9DN IBM insists, “Everyone in this marketing group must live in one place." http://bit.ly/2nNt1A3 "Yahoo reverses its telecommuting policy…."  http://for.tn/1NYAxCe Telecommuting — Some Basic Facts Whether [...]

Are you working through “beach envy”?

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. [...]

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

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

Could Humor Be Your Key to Success?

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 [...]

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 [...]

2017-11-14T19:36:35+00:00 March 27th, 2017|Career Advice|0 Comments

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 [...]

2017-10-02T21:01:36+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) [...]

2017-10-02T20:46:00+00:00 August 21st, 2016|Career Advice|1 Comment

What Are Your Salary Expectations?

Interviewing? What are your salary expectations. Interviewing?  Get the Salary You Deserve.  The interview’s just about over.  You’ve done well, you think.  Your heartbeat’s slowly returning to normal.  Your interviewer’s glanced at their watch, and is packing up their notes.  You follow their cue. They pause, cock their head, look you straight in the eye while at the same time feigning a casual approach.  You know what’s coming next.  It’s that dreaded, seemingly innocent but in reality often a final make-or-break question.… “What are your salary expectations for this job?” […]

Marijuana @ Work. What you need to know. 

Marijuana @ Work. What you need to know. Recreational pot smoking is now legal in four states in the US. Medical marijuana is currently legal in 23 (and counting) states. The trend seems clear – if medical and/or recreational marijuana is not currently legal in your state, it’s likely to become so in the relatively near future. But what does that mean for employers and employees in those states? Is it a free-for-all?  Can you legally smoke or consume marijuana, more commonly referred to as "pot" any place, any time?  What are employee “rights”? Are employers now required to [...]