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Coding as a Second Language:  An In-Demand Skill to Learn

Coding as a Second Language: An In-Demand Skill to Learn

If you can code, you can get work.  Coding is one of the most in-demand skills there is. Why learn coding?  Because more and more computers are in use in our modern lives.  Computers are in everything from phones to cars to thermostats and refrigerators.  So if you know the language of computers, you will... ...Continue Reading
9 Reasons to Cultivate Your Curiosity, Jobseeker!

9 Reasons to Cultivate Your Curiosity, Jobseeker!

“Cats have 9 lives.” “Curiosity killed the cat, satisfaction brought it back.” Cats want to know about everything.  I have 2.  They are always looking out the windows to see what’s going on outside.  And both sniff and paw at grocery bags, packages, boxes, flowers, and other things I bring in from the outside.  Sometimes they... ...Continue Reading
How to Prepare Yourself to Get a Promotion

How to Prepare Yourself to Get a Promotion

You can help prepare yourself to pursue a promotion by taking actions in the 4 areas leaders consider when deciding who to promote. SKILLS: Your boss assesses what you do now and what you could do in the future. Do your current job extremely well, exceeding expectations and goals. Show you’re capable of doing more.... ...Continue Reading
7 Ways Unemployed People Can Show Employers Their Skills are Up-to-Date

7 Ways Unemployed People Can Show Employers Their Skills are Up-to-Date

If you’ve been unemployed for many months, it’s difficult to overcome the perception that your skills aren’t up-to-date. Here are 7 ways to keep current and showcase your value to potential employers. Take classes. Going to school is a great way to keep your skills up-to-date and fill in skills gaps. There are endless learning... ...Continue Reading
Why You Need to Stop Micromanaging if You Want to be a Leader

Why You Need to Stop Micromanaging if You Want to be a Leader

My clients complain about micromanaging bosses more than any other problem. Yet almost no one sees himself or herself as a micro-manager.  And people have asked me what is so bad about micromanaging.  Isn’t it a good thing to want something done right? Micromanagers Hurt Staff – and Themselves Micro-managers disempower, annoy and anger their... ...Continue Reading
Should I Quit My Job and Pursue My Dream Work?

Should I Quit My Job and Pursue My Dream Work?

Photo Credit: Julia Manzerova via Compfight cc A reader asked whether I thought it made sense for him to take a severance offer and pursue his dream work.  My response focuses on gathering more information and offering some guidance to how to think things through. Start by asking yourself these questions: Do you already know exactly what your dream... ...Continue Reading
Confidence Attracts Jobs

Confidence Attracts Jobs

Two weeks ago, a client began her dream job.  She wrote to me that she actually had two job offers, both of which would use her skills and abilities in work she believed in.  This is a woman who found it difficult to find a temporary job.  So what made the difference? Here’s what she... ...Continue Reading
How to List Jobs on Your Resume When You're a Freelancer

How to List Jobs on Your Resume When You’re a Freelancer

There are two ways to describe your work when you work freelance or on a contract basis: List the client name as if it were an employer. Create a consulting company name for yourself and list your clients under it. Which way you choose depends on how much you work for any particular client. If... ...Continue Reading
How a Long-term Unemployed Job Seeker Can Get Relevant Work Experience

How a Long-term Unemployed Job Seeker Can Get Relevant Work Experience

Long-term unemployed people do have a disadvantage when it comes to landing a “right fit” job. This infographic shows that 36% of recruiters think people are disadvantaged in job search when they are unemployed more than 6 months (26 weeks). Meghan Biro reminds us that officially there are 4.8 million people out of work at least... ...Continue Reading

Infographic on Workplace Discrimination and Its Negative Consequences

Please check out this great infographic on the costs of workplace discrimination, from Compliance And Safety. This site has other great infographics about workplace safety topics. Featured By: Compliance and Safety   ...Continue Reading
What Counts as Experience on a Resume

What Counts as Experience on a Resume

On your resume, EXPERIENCE usually refers to your paid work experience.  What if you don’t have a lot of paid experience? Look at volunteering your professional services to gain experience. If you provide professional services to organizations or businesses as a volunteer or on a pro bono basis, that counts as experience. It’s professional experience... ...Continue Reading
Job Seekers Beware! Employers Now Want Your Social Media Password

Job Seekers Beware! Employers Now Want Your Social Media Password

I read a shocking article today about some employers and colleges asking to see people’s Facebook pages, and insisting on being able to monitor their Facebook and social media accounts. It starts with this quote: If you think privacy settings on your Facebook and Twitter accounts guarantee future employers or schools can’t see your private... ...Continue Reading