I was listening to one of Tim Ferriss’s excellent podcasts the other day, and he made the comment that the best way to guarantee someone won’t mentor you is to ask them directly to be your mentor.
That sounds counterintuitive. But here’s why it makes a lot of sense.
Mentoring someone in a formal way requires a lot of time. Scheduling meetings, making introductions to others who can help, answering questions in person and by email – these activities can all add up to a big time suck.…
We all have subjects that particularly interest us, that capture our attention. It could be a skill
, a hobby or just a topic you follow very closely. Try taking note of the articles that attract you online or in the newspaper and you’ll have your answer. Have you incorporated that interest
into the job you have today?
As much as we are told, to use a trite term, to “follow our passion”, many times life leads us down a different path and we leave that interest behind.…
You’ve been asked to make a presentation
at work, or you’re a consultant who delivers speeches and workshops to generate interest in your work. You have some time to prepare—and you’re anxious. Depending on how you regard public speaking, you may be extremely nervous. And probably a bit excited, too. How can you best use your anxiety to your advantage?
You may not realize that having some anxiety in your work is actually a good thing.…
You’ve heard it before: Ask 10 people to look at your resume
and you’ll get 10 different opinions. So what’s a self-respecting job seeker in the throes of unemployment angst supposed to do?
Here’s my advice for what to include in your resume to help you stand out:
Summarize, Summarize, Summarize
One of the things that drives me crazy about resumes–and I look at a lot of them–is when people don’t put a summary on the top of their resume.…
I heard negotiation expert Katie Donovan interviewed for an 85 Broads webinar and thought my readers would benefit from her advice. Katie’s company, Equal Pay Negotiations, LLC
, specializes in helping women negotiate
for equal pay, benefits and promotions and Katie frequently addresses the topic of flexible schedules. Following is my Q&A with Katie on this important topic.
Allison Cheston I feel like we’ve been a work/life balance discussion for at least 20 years.…
Find the right fit by finding a job that brings out the best in you. Job search is a lot like dating - the more work you do at the front end to understand both yourself and your fit in the marketplace, the better the opportunities that will come your way.
For many people September
presents a fresh start—like going back to school, it’s a time of renewed motivation and enthusiasm. Three things that help me get restarted are writing, taking a course and attending a conference especially in person. There’s nothing more inspiring than being in a shared interest group, with a lot of great speakers. And classes offer unlimited opportunities to network
in a friendly setting.
To kickstart some ideas, I gathered a few upcoming conferences and classes in NYC that look interesting.…