Holly Jolly Holiday Networking

 (This is a repost I freshen up like the chip bowl every year …. people seem to like it as much as the spiked punch, so here you go, a tad early for Christmas but in time for Thanksgiving weekend soirees ….) Happy holidays, one and all! ‘Tis the season of festiveness — for  twinkly lights, favorite sweets, Aunt Jule’s Famous egg nog, and the holiday parties that go with them. Yes, yes, it’s mostly about merry-making, but it’s also about reconnection. It’s a time when we review our year, celebrate our gains and blessings as the true gifts of the Read More

Resume Reader Pet Peeves – and WT..? Stories

  “We ought to be able to learn some thing second hand.   There is not enough time for us to make all of the mistakes ourselves.”  – Harriet Hall Just for fun (but also, some education, perhaps…) here’s just a sampling of some real life, straight from employers/recruiters (and one of my own memorable client experiences, too!)  I give to you the Real Resume Reader Pet Peeves & “Oh, Please Don’t Do This” stories… It’s the job search version of “What Not to Wear” – the don’t do’s, turn-offs and professional faux pas. Remember two things: 1) We can Read More

Please and Thank You (+ Sample Letter – You’re Welcome!)

  Say your “please’s” and “thank you’s”, please! My momma raised me to send thank you letters, whether it was for the gifts I’d received as a child all the way up to making sure I followed up promptly after my first job interviews in high school.  And I still do this, all the time as seems appropriate. I saw a colleague post on my LinkedIn page about this. She was in the job search industry as well, and wondered in a post:  is it common, or expected, anymore, to send a thank you note after a job interview? After a networking Read More

Does Your Career Align with Your Life?

  Think About It: Does Your Career Align with Your Life? “When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: ‘If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.‘ It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.” ~ Steve Jobs Photo by Laurenz Read More

Teaching to Establish Your Expertise – Trainer Tips

Training Tips for Non-Teacher Types Congrats!  You’ve been recognized as an expert in your line of work, and asked to give a training, presentation, or teach the new hires all your best practices.  Or you’ve decided to build your digital work portfolio (and/or income streams) by creating and offering an online course. Awesome!  These are all great opportunities to expand your career skills and reputation! But, perhaps the idea of teaching bores or confuses you, or, you just don’t know how to teach others in a way that won’t bore or confuse THEM. Never fear! As someone with a corporate trainer background that Read More