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  • Career Advice For The New Year
    by Debra Wheatman - March 16, 2017
    The beginning of a new year is a time to reflect upon what we’ve accomplished in the past, and envision what we’d like to accomplish in the future. When we think about new year’s resolutions in terms of our careers, it can be tempting to oversimplify by simply stating the end goal. For example, in 2017, I want to increase my salary by 20%, or in the coming year, I want to move into a management position. T...
  • Reconsidering the Performance Management Process
    by Debra Wheatman - March 7, 2017
    Companies are moving away from the traditional annual performance review process, much to the delight of employees and managers everywhere. The annual performance review process, as well as goal and objective setting, has long since ceased to be a meaningful process that improves productivity and morale. Instead, it is viewed as a bureaucratic time suck that is of little value. If we want to change that and make it a truly...
  • 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&...
  • Don't Lowball Yourself
    by Debra Wheatman - February 9, 2017
    There is much advice on how to deal with a lowball offer from a prospective employer. We talk about how to avoid being on the receiving end of a lowball offer, and how to negotiate your way out of one. But what we don’t talk about all that often is how candidates sometimes lowball themselves. This is a tactic often borne out of desperation, and one that should be avoided at all costs. When unemployment protracts an...
  • Help! I've Been Fired!
    by Debra Wheatman - February 3, 2017
    One of the questions I frequently field pertains to how a job seeker should position himself when he’s involuntarily left his previous position. Many people think that being involuntarily severed from a previous employer leaves them with an indelible mark and that they are forever stained. This simply is not true. Many, if not most people will find themselves on the wrong side of the conversation with HR at some point...
  • 10 Outdated Job Search Tips
    by Debra Wheatman - January 27, 2017
    I’m sure you’ve heard some of these from well-meaning friends and family. What worked back in the era of the 3 martini lunch—or in the era when MTV still played music—doesn’t work today. If you hear any of these bits of advice, you have my permission, and encouragement, to ignore them! Drop your resume off in person. Companies follow strict protocol for resume submission. I don’t know...
  • How Much Personal Information Should I Disclose When Interviewing?
    by Debra Wheatman - January 23, 2017
    Dear Deb: Debra WheatmanI have recently re-entered the job market, after being in my previous position for nearly ten years. One of the reasons that I stayed in that role for so long was that it offered enormous flexibility of schedule. I have a special needs child, and I really need the ability to work from home as needed to accommodate things like doctors’ appointments, therapy sessions, and meetings with school....
  • Women's Day Off
    by Debra Wheatman - January 18, 2017
    October 24, 1975. 90% of the women in Iceland went on strike. No work. No cooking. No shopping. No cleaning. No caring for children. Almost 25,000 women assembled in the capital city of Reykjavik in protest of economic inequality of women. The impact was enormous. It paralyzed the economy, and put the tiny nation of Iceland at the forefront of the fight for gender inequality. This year, on the 41st anniversary of Women&rsq...
  • Ten Tips For Successfully Negotiating an Offer
    by Debra Wheatman - January 6, 2017
    Undoubtedly you’ve heard the adage that everything is negotiable. Whether or not this is true is up for debate, but what is true is that in any situation, it’s worthwhile to explore options. When you’ve been engaged in a job search, it can be tempting to jump at the first offer that comes your way. Most people do. In fact, only a mere 37% of candidates negotiate their job offers, and an abysmal 7% of women...
  • Ask Deb: LinkedIn Endorsements Vs. Recommendations
    by Debra Wheatman - December 27, 2016
    Dear Deb: I am trying to build out my LinkedIn profile, so I can make it as complete as it can be. I know you frequently discuss the importance of LinkedIn, so would you be able to answer why I need to have recommendations? Aren’t endorsements the same thing? Signed, Marco Dear Marco: Thank you for asking this important question. There is a big, huge, cavernous difference between LinkedIn recommendations...