So you want a job that pays you to do your best work. You want to be appreciated for your experience, your special abilities and your creativity. You want to work for an organization that aligns with your personal values
, a place you can feel proud to call home.
Sounds reasonable, right? It is — but you have to do a bit of work. You have to articulate your career brand.…
Do you, or have you ever had, a “dream job
”? Do you have any friends, former classmates or colleagues who describe their job as a dream? Do you believe them?
Don’t get me wrong – I love when I see someone fulfilled in their work, successfully using their strengths in an environment where they feel appreciated and fulfilled, and getting paid appropriately to do it. But that’s no dream: behind that deep sense of satisfaction is someone who has ventured down the path of self-discovery
, sometimes at real personal cost, and has matched his strengths and most important values with a need he is uniquely suited to fill.…
There is a long-standing misconception among job seekers about recruiters
– how they can help, how to engage them and, most often, why they’re not returning your calls.
When I was head of marketing for the Association of Executive Search Consultants, we spent a lot of time explaining the difference between retained search consultants and contingency recruiters. To provide candidates
with the opportunity to be “found” by search firms, the organization created a senior-level candidate site called BlueSteps.com, where candidates could pay a fee to list their credentials and search firms would consult the site to help fill their searches.…
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.…