Check out this Yahoo News article where I was quoted regarding in-demand careers that pay well.

 

 

I was recently quoted in an article on modbee.com by Mildred Culp, titled: Maverick Moves for Job Hunters. 

Here is an excerpt from the article:

“Not every maverick move has to be major. Think of tweaking your process. Leto Papadopoulos, director of training and development at King & Bishop Inc., an HR and contract recruiting firm in Waltham, Mass., lists a number of possibilities, including how to network and get really good leads.”

Read more here: 

Workwise: Maverick Moves for Job Hunters.

Some people fear staying in the same job for too long and seek out new opportunities every year or two. Others may fall into a bad situation and make a quick exit and then appear to be job hopping. Either way, employers and employees may have strong opinions on the subject of job hopping.

By moving around too quickly, an employee is never truly able to settle in and succeed. It takes a certain amount of time to learn a new job, even if it is a familiar position or industry. Any accomplishments are only short term gains and do no show long term development. One benefit of job hopping is that an individual is always picking up new information in his or her industry and it’s possible that their skills are sharper than a person who has been with one organization for an extended period of time.

There are benefits to both short and long term employment. They key is to continuously grow and improve in both types of situations. If you’re not doing that as a job hopper, then it’s time rethink why you’re quickly cycling through jobs.

How do you talk to someone who wears too much perfume at work? What a lot of people (mostly women?) don’t realize is that we can smell their perfume perfectly well each day, even if they think they need to wear more because they are used to the smell and can no longer smell it.

Here is my public service announcement: Put on the same amount of perfume each day, or less than you think you need, even if you can’t smell it that well!

Wearing too much perfume at work, or anywhere, can be distracting and problematic for colleagues and managers who don’t necessarily feel comfortable telling the person. It can also be detrimental for a job interview since the interviewer will probably be turned off by a strong smell. On that note, good hygiene is essential, since other smells could also be a hinderance.

Not sure if you’re an offender? Perhaps one way to check is to ask people you’re comfortable with if they think you wear too much perfume. Managers are in an awkward position when they are the ones who have to speak to an employee about this, but it’s likely you’ll hear from them about it. As a manager, how have you approached this issue?

Life Coaching is different from consulting, giving advice, or counseling. The coaching process addresses specific personal and business objectives, general conditions and transitions. These include the client’s personal life, relationships or profession. The coach and client examine what is going on right now, discover potential challenges, and choose a course of action to make your life what you want it to be.

 

 

Coaches charge a few different ways. One way is by the month. They charge a certain amount which will cover a set number of appointments over that month and any work that is done between appointments. Another way is to charge for a set amount of time that is longer than a month. In some cases, coaches charge for six months or so. This is an intensive program, and both client and coach go into that knowing what they plan to accomplish. Another option is to charge per appointment. This is a flexible approach where the pace is not necessarily determined in the beginning of the engagement. An appropriate program is determined by individual needs and goals. Not all types fit for everyone. 

 

Last night, I was a panelist for an event called, Finding Your Balance: Succeeding in your Work, Financial and Personal Life. Here is an article about the event. All of the panelists were able to share experience and advice with young professionals in transition.

Some common topics brought up the audience were related to salary negotiation, office politics, promotions, and socializing with coworkers outside of the office.

For salary negotiation: never be the first to say a number! This isn’t always possible, but try. And do your homework on salary ranges for your job/industry. Ideally, give a salary range, not just one number. Make sure you would be happy and can live on the lowest number of that range.

A lot of people feel that they are overlooked when it comes to promotions, and that favorites are picked by bosses. This may be true, but be able to look at yourself and determine where you can improve so that you’re in position for the next promotion. If you are truly succeeding in your work and there is room for growth at your company, you won’t be overlooked for long.

When it comes to socializing with coworkers, my advice is to keep it to a minimum! It’s fun to spend time with coworkers, but don’t test your limits with that audience. Try not to add all your coworkers on Facebook. Create some space between your work and personal life.

This topic reminds me of the Tufts Health Plan commercial about people’s excuses for not going to the gym. “There’s always an excuse to not work out.”

“I forgot my ponytail holder” and “Wednesdays are weird” are both great excuses from the commercial. It reminds me that we have no trouble coming up with an excuse when there is something we just don’t want to do. Personally, I like going to the gym (most of the time). When I first meet with clients who are avoiding something, they will come in with big stories about why they can’t do something. Sometimes the excuses are around money, not having time, or it’s just too difficult. Usually, we’re able to uncover what’s really in the way and then move forward.

The next time you find yourself making an excuse for not doing something, ask yourself what you are avoiding. Maybe it means having an uncomfortable conversation, or confronting a fear. We all make time for the people and things that are important to us. Sadly, sometimes that includes too much time on Facebook or in front of the tv, instead of doing something productive.

If you’re wanting (or need) to make a career transition, are you spending quality time each day on your search? This can be applied to any part of your life. Pay attention to the excuses you make and honestly ask yourself what you are avoiding. Sometimes we need help reaching that next step.

Many times I talk to my career coaching clients about what work they have really done during their career. 20 years of experience doesn’t matter if you have done the same thing every year. 5 years of experience can mean so much more if you continue to learn and stay relevant in your field.

You want to be considered a source of knowledge, or even an expert in your field in order to gain the trust of clients and potential referral sources. This means following relevant news sources and publications, attending professional development events and seminars, networking, reading, and anything else that will help you learn, so that you’re able to show clients that you are up-to-date in your field.

Recently, I had a couple conversations with an IT professional about purchases and news that were related to that field. I was surprised to hear that in both instances, this person was not aware of what I was talking about. This immediately made me hesitant to refer business to this person. I bring up this example so you can ask yourself if you would ever find yourself in that situation. How up-to-date are you in your field? Do you continue to find ways to learn and stay relevant?

There seems to be a big range in the level of activity I see in people’s job searches. One client who landed a new position recently told me to tell my clients to talk to everyone, apply to everything, and try anything. Maybe this is more than most people would do, but I also see other clients who sit back, and think that opportunities will come to them. People have to know you’re looking and they have to know what you’re looking for.  Some people are lucky and do have opportunities come to them, but we can’t rely on this method in a job search.

Whether you’re a job seeker, a business owner who is trying to gain new clients, or in any other position where you’re trying to grow in some way, ask yourself if you’re doing everything you can to make that happen.