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There’s No Such Thing as a Dream Job

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.…

The Interest You Left Behind

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.…

Why Getting Nervous Makes You Happier

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.…

Negotiating a Flexible Schedule? An Expert Shows You How

  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.…

How to Handle Resume Gaps

  I love getting questions from readers—and here’s a very practical one that I’m not sure I’ve addressed on this blog before. “I would like to know if you have any blogs with advice on how to get back into work or a job after long periods (ex. years) of unemployment and how to explain these breaks to your employer.” This is a great question and one that plagues many job-seekers.…

The Perils of Working From Home

Working from home has pros and cons, but for the recent college grad it's not a good option for many reasons.

Let Me Interview You About Your Interesting Career

Do you do work that you find deeply engaging? Are you proud of what you do and want to share it with others? If so, I’d like to interview you for my new career series, every Thursday, called “What Do You Do and How Did You Get Your Start?” I’ll be interviewing a cross-section of professionals with inspiring stories, so if you or someone you know would like to be included, please get in touch with me at allison@allisoncheston.com.…

Don’t Just Find a Job—Find a Career

Recently a career industry colleague who works with Millenials asked me a question very relevant to our times. She asked, “How do you get college graduates to think not in terms of finding a job, but finding a career?” This question, and the thought process behind it, forms the basis of all my work helping new and recent grads to think about their strengths, interests and proclivities as clues to what their career life should look like.…

Look Ahead in Your Job Hunt, Not Behind You

In a tough economy, I often hear job-seekers worry about “the competition” – with so many people looking for jobs, it’s harder to be the chosen one. I believe that your biggest competition is yourself—the fear that goes on inside your head, the lack of confidence that stops you from doing your best work — promoting yourself for the qualities you bring to the table. Instead of focusing on what others can do, think about bringing your best self to every interview.…

Yes, Your Grammar Matters to Your Career

I loved the recent blog post by a tech CEO who says he won’t hire people who have bad grammar. As they say, you only have one chance to make a first impression, and those impressions are what count when you’re hunting for a job. When people don’t know you, they will make judgments about you based on what they see. That’s why it’s so important to dress appropriately for an interview, use good hygiene, have a firm handshake and speak well.…