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Ready To Reinvent Your Career? Here's What You Need To Know'

By Mary Eileen Williams

Are you fed up with the path your career has taken as of late? Do you feel frustrated and blocked from what you really want to do? Is your work draining you of energy and enthusiasm? If you answered, “yes” to any of the questions above, this is a sign that you are due for a change. As we mature into midlife and beyond, we have a greater urgency to achieve a sense of satisfaction from o...

Do You Have A Job, A Career, or A Calling?

By Ron Thomas

“I had just gotten laid off and could not find work even with an MBA. My husband was an attorney who did not like being an attorney.” “I became a CPA because my mom and dad said that accountants will never be out of work.” “I became an attorney because my family are all attorneys. However, my first job as attorney, I knew at the end of that first day, I could never do...

Filling Big Shoes: Living Up To and Surpassing Your Predecessor’s Reputation

By Laura Stack

“I’ve got big shoes to fill. This is my chance to do something. I have to seize the moment.”— Andrew Jackson, seventh President of the United States. In just about every field of endeavor, you start out at or near the bottom (depending on the extent and quality of your education), and have to work your way up from there. According to the Peter Principal, you also rise to yo...

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Performance review - tips for writing your self assessment

By Joan Lloyd

Dear Joan: My performance review is coming up in a few weeks and I would like to ask you a question about something that has me ill at ease. Last week my boss asked me if I would fill out a ‘self assessment," which is basically filling out my own performance review. I have never done this before and I'm not sure what I should do. What is the purpose? Isn't my supervisor supposed to be doing ...

Describe Your Ideal Work Environment

By John Putzier

Have you ever been asked to describe your ideal work environment? What do they want to hear? What if I describe something that they cannot provide? Isn't this a no-win question? As I have indicated in prior "gut wrenchers" articles, when in doubt, tell the truth. What a concept! Actually, that is what you should do. The reason so many people find questions like these so difficult is because they d...

The Art of Negotiating a Raise, Promotion, Better Job Title, and Bonus

By Teena Rose

Negotiation is a give-and-take process until an eventual agreement is reached between two or more parties. To understand the art of negotiation, a jobseeker must understand that it is a give process as much as it is a receiving process. Look at the proposition from the side of your employer. When faced with such a proposition, your superior will ask himself the reasons you're deserving of more and...

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Working Without Pay

By Susan Morem

Dear Sue: I am a commissioned sales rep and I work for a company that is going through some financial difficulties. They've recently stopped paying my commissions and when I asked my supervisor about it, she said that there is no money to pay me right now. She told me that they were waiting to see whether the company would be sold or whether it would have to file Chapter 11. However, I found out t...

Is Fear Wrecking Your Career?

By Kevin Donlin

Here's an email I got from a job seeker who knows how important networking is, yet is reluctant to do it. In other words, fear is wrecking his career. Could it be wrecking yours, too? Read on and see if this applies to you … Dear Kevin, As a job search veteran of 3 of the last 6 years, about the only thing that has worked consistently to get me jobs was somebody knowing me. When I have been ...