Are you a stress junkie?

Are you a stress junkie? Are you a stress junkie? Many working Americans believe a 40-hour workweek would almost feel like a vacation.  We work long hours. We spend time commuting to our jobs. We have families to tend to. We try to squeeze in time to eat, sleep and exercise, but there’s only so much time in the day.   There is more to do than time to do it. This creates stress. At the same time, many of us secretly — or openly — treat the marathons we’ve turned our lives into as a badge of honor. It’s easy [...]

Could You Be Accused of Sexual Harassment?

Could you be accused of sexual harassment? “Congratulations, you five ladies no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein,” Academy Awards host Seth MacFarlane flippantly told the 2013 best actress nominees. Yet for those on the receiving end – believed to be at least one in four women in the workplace* – the reality of sexual harassers wielding power to get their way isn’t at all funny.  And four years later, Mr. Weinstein is no longer laughing either. *Per a comprehensive 2016 study by the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) a government agency responsible [...]

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 [...]

2018-02-20T20:20:12+00:00 September 26th, 2017|Career Advice, Management Tools & Tips, Networking|2 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 ( 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%." IBM insists, “Everyone in this marketing group must live in one place." "Yahoo reverses its telecommuting policy…." 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 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  The average 4-year-old laughs 300 times a day, the average 40-year-old — only 4! 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

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 [...]

2017-11-14T19:36:54+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 [...]

2017-11-14T19:37:40+00:00 January 26th, 2017|Job Search Tips|1 Comment