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5 Tips for Entering a New Job Industry

By Cash Cary

60 years ago you went to college, got a job and then stayed there for the next 40 years until you retired. Nowadays employees want to get the most out of their work experience and if they aren’t getting what they want from their job or career industry they are more likely to look else where. Whether you’ve hit the ceiling and there is nothing else for you to conquer—or just plain...

Laid off? Here's what to do ASAP

By Sarah Landrum

Layoffs. Over the past year, you’ve watched too many colleagues gather their belongings and trail out of the office in a flurry of hugs and teary goodbyes. You never thought it could happen to you. But today, out of the blue, the boss asked you to meet him in the conference room and your stomach dropped. When you opened the door and saw the HR team, you knew. You were being laid off. Let go....

Adult Internships: A Growing Trend for Career Changers

By Molly Moseley

Do you remember the Friends episode where Chandler takes an internship at an ad agency? Older than the other interns, they initially mistake him for senior management by quickly offering him coffee and calling him “sir.” Although his supervisor is two years younger, he uses the experience to jump-start a new career — and of course plenty of comical moments ensue. If you watched t...

How Do I Look For A New Career?

By Julie Walraven

Are you launching a new career? For many people who returned to school as an adult, they may be facing a new career path. Or perhaps you are looking for a new career because you are ready for a new challenge? Where do you look for jobs for a new career? Most job seekers I speak with are excited about looking online: Indeed, Glassdoor, LinkedIn, ZipRecruiter, Simply Hired, and many other job board...

Nannies: How To Use Temping To Stay Afloat During Your Job Search

By Joey Trebif

One of the most stressful parts of looking for a job is the financial hardship that often comes with being unemployed. Nannies who are on the hunt for a new job have the option to earn extra money while they search by babysitting or temp nannying. Taking on temp jobs brings in a steady stream of income while still allowing you time to interview for a full-time position. Here are some tips for succ...

Are You an Absentee Manager?

By Joan Lloyd

Dear Joan: Something happened to me that I thought other readers could benefit from, especially managers. I took a new job about a year ago as an accountant for a small insurance company. There was a long-term employee who seemed to have it in for me and never let up. Because I was new, I didn't push it by telling our boss. Instead, I tried to do my work and get along with everyone, including her....

Constant Interference From Boss Frustrates Manager

By Joan Lloyd

Dear Joan: I am a manager with fifteen people reporting to me. I've been in my job for two years. I'm ready to look for a new job because my boss is driving me crazy. She had my job before me and she thinks she is the only one who can do it right. She's always telling me step-by-step what I should do and then breathes down my neck while I'm doing it. Lately she began attending my staff meet...

Changing Your Career? A Little Coaching is Key

By Janine Moon

A given fact of business life in the 21st century is a high level of frustration, even downright dissatisfaction in the workforce. Many workers eventually reach a “pivotal point,” a level of frustration or dissatisfaction that forces that employee to either surrender or fight: surrender to the pressures and let the job take its toll on many fronts, or fight to make changes in either ho...

Being Open to Relocation

By Maggie Tomas

As a non-native Minnesotan one thing that strikes me is how loyal and devoted Minnesotans are to this land of 10,000 lakes. Don’t get me wrong, this state, specifically the Twin Cities, has much to offer from boasting 20 of the Fortune 500 companies (3rd largest of any US metro) to an array of outdoor adventures appeasing any REI enthusiast. However, having grown up and spent most of my adul...

Can I return to my old job?

By Joan Lloyd

Dear Joan: I'm writing to request your guidance. I started a new job about 7 weeks ago. In my former role, I worked independently andhad a lot of responsibility and autonomy. I was recognized as a talent and I was assured I was on track for another promotion. However, I was frustrated because I felt that my workload wasn't adequately recognized. I was working in a smaller line of busi...

Ten Signs of Job Dissatisfaction - Don't Ignore Them!

By Deborah Walker

Are you completely happy with your current job? If not, now is a great time to analyze your job satisfaction. There are ten sure signs that you are experiencing job dissatisfaction. If you: Dread Mondays or coming to work Can’t wait for Friday Are often bored at work Feel tired or chronically fatigued Avoid your boss and dread meetings Have no enthusiasm or sense of self-worth ...

Learn To Love Career Change

By Deborah Brown-Volkman

Is your career changing? If you are like the majority of people in the workforce today, the answer is probably yes. Companies thrive on change, and most change very quickly. But how are you handling your change? Are you going with it, or hoping that you can ride it out? Or are you wishing that your change would just go away so you don't have to think about it anymore. Change is not e...

Unfinished Business into the New Year

By Barbara Wulf

Marking endings is an important part of moving through transition to start a new stage of life, a new career, a new relationship, a new year. Life is a series of beginnings and endings, comings and goings, hellos and goodbyes, holding on and letting go. As the year comes to an end and we look forward, it’s a good time to prepare for living fully and making the most of the fresh start ...

New Year's Non-Resolutions

By Joan Lloyd

Even though I’m not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions, there is a lot to be said about doing a re-examination of your career and making some adjustments along the way. So, if you are up for a little self-scrutiny, here are some ideas to get you started. If you decide to take action on any of these ideas call it anything but your New Year’s Resolution. Resolutions are too easy t...

Organizations want three things from candidates

By Dwain Celistan

In the current economy there is a supply demand imbalance that favors hiring organizations. They have also taken a posture of favoring candidates that have the greatest chance of success and lowest risk of failure. The criteria used to screen talent has skewed to three areas: 1) functional recency; 2) industry knowledge; and 3) where possible, geographic proximity. Hiring organizations have a uni...

Career Change Is Inevitable

By Deborah Brown-Volkman

Is your career changing? If you are like the majority of people in the workforce today, the answer is probably yes. Companies thrive on change, and most change very quickly. But how are you handling your change? Are you going with it, or hoping that you can ride it out? Or, are you wishing that your change would go away? Change is not easy for most people. We like our routines and want to know wha...

Embrace Change In Your Career

By Deborah Brown-Volkman

What is your career like these days? A bit of uncertainly and confusion? If this is the case, you are not alone. It's good to know that there are other people experiencing the same challenges, because at times you can feel like you are the only one. What has happened to you this year? (Or, the past couple of years?) I bet a lot of change. Maybe your job responsibilities have changed. Or, ho...

Tips to streamline your transition back into the workforce

By Robin Ryan

Admit it, you may not be sure how to start your job search, or what are the most effective job search techniques. Sometimes you aren't even sure exactly what career or job you want to do now. Many women want to restart a career after beginning a family, but with years out of the workforce they question their own worth and whether anyone would hire them. The job search process seems downright scary...

Hate Your Job? Have a Plan Before You Quit

By Jessica Holbrook Hernandez

I had lunch with a friend the other day who left her job earlier this year. She relayed to me how she had gotten fed up with a particular client, and so she decided to quit. She had about four months of living expenses saved up, so she figured she was good to go while she looked for another job. Four months later, she finds herself running out of money with no prospects in the pipeline. I w...

Change at Work

By Barbara Wulf

Fall is the season I can sum up in one word, change. The change is predictable. Every year we experience fall with the changing color of the leaves, cooler temperatures, and retiring the lawn mower for the snow blower. The season of change isn’t always marked by the same day or week, but we know it will come. The change is predictable. Change in the job market is not so predictable an...

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