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  • Before you jump into the new year, evaluate what you got done this past year
    by Sherri Edwards - December 5, 2016
    We probably all begin a new year with good intentions. Many people make resolutions to lose weight, improve their eating habits or get a new job, to name a few. If these sound like familiar promises you’ve made and ultimately fell short on, then it’s probably a good idea to evaluate what happened. Now is a good time to review your past year and figure out where things went sideways. First, look back and take sto...
  • The Importance Of Work Experience
    by Bob Roth - December 5, 2016
    Students who work as they go through college with internships, part-time and summer jobs give themselves an important advantage in the job market when they graduate. Since not all working students understand how they benefit from their work experiences, it is important for them to think about their jobs as a way to support their career goals. For that to happen, students should understand five factors that improve their odds...
  • Top 10 Holiday Tips for Career Success
    by Ford R. Myers - December 5, 2016
    Every year as the holidays approach, most job-seekers and career changers make the mistake of halting all their efforts. They believe there is no point in pursuing new opportunities during the holidays, and that nobody is making hiring decisions until late January, so “why bother?” Many decide to do absolutely nothing from mid-November to the second or third week in January! Making these kinds of assumptions about...
  • 4 Cover Letter Tips That Will Help You to Stand Out Now
    by Jessica Holbrook Hernandez - December 2, 2016
    Need a few tips and tricks to make writing your next cover letter a little easier? Here are four of my favorite quick tips for creating a cover letter that will help you to stand out to employers right now: START WITH A QUESTION How are you a fit for what the employer needs? Tell the company about the benefits they’ll get should they choose you by asking them a question about what they need—but by writing it...
  • DIY Agile Performance
    by Alexandra Levit - December 2, 2016
    Agile performance management has been adopted by large corporations such as Microsoft, Accenture, and Cargill for over a year. Despite these large companies adopting, an agile approach and seeing positive results, SilkRoad’s The State of Talent Management Report has found that 84% of businesses are not agile and only 15% are moving towards an agile performance system this year. According to our report changes in perform...
  • The Top 5 Signs You Should Say 'Yes' To This New Direction And Not Walk Away
    by Kathy Caprino - December 2, 2016
    One of the most common and crushing dilemmas that professionals of all levels share with me every week goes something like this: “Kathy, I’m feeling paralyzed and so confused. I have a number of options in front of me, but I just can’t figure out what to do. How can I reliably determine if I should take this new job (or interview, or role), or if I should just walk away? How can I know it’s the right...
  • Do You Have A Great Boss? Are You One?
    by Georgia Adamson - December 1, 2016
    You might be working for a really good company and happy with everything–EXCEPT your boss. If he/she is not even a good boss, let alone a great one, your work environment is probably what we call toxic. More than likely, you want out! How to Tell if You Have a really Bad Boss For the most part, this one is easy. Your boss makes life miserable for you from the time you arrive in the morning until you leave at night&...
  • How Following Up Can Help You Land The Job
    by Rich Jones - December 1, 2016
    'I don't want to put a potential offer in jeopardy.' 'I don't want to be a pest.' 'I'd rather just wait and see what happens.' These are three of the most common responses I get when I advise job seekers to follow up with a potential employer about a job they’ve interviewed for. We’ve probably all had these thoughts, and you may have said these things yourself, but I’ve got news for you:...
  • The Heart of Your Value Proposition
    by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter - December 1, 2016
    In its most basic sense, a unique value proposition is defined as, “a clear statement that describes the benefit of your offer and what distinguishes you from the competition.” It’s a positioning statement that explains what benefit you provide for who and how you do it uniquely well. In some circles, “unique value proposition” is so overused, it is incapable of rousing a meaningful response. N...
  • Conversations to Help Develop High Performers
    with William Dann and Tim Muma - November 30, 2016
    One key to long-term, sustainable success is the level of performance put forth by each employee. Not every person comes to your organization as an 'A' player, but there are ways to bring them up to high performer status. William Dann, founder and president of Professional Growth Systems, leverages his years in management and as a CEO to discuss the types of communication that develops high performers. He also explains to Tim...