How To Be A Star At Work?

Janice is an extraordinary performer at work and because of her image, she is considered a star. In case you didn’t notice, stars get more training, more mentoring, better projects, and greater flexibility. The good news is you don’t need the perfect job situation in order to be a star because most star qualities come from you – from taking your basically good skills and bringing them up a notch. One of the best ways to get what you want from your career is to give an outstanding performance at work. According to career experts, you probably have the ability...

Do Job Fairs Really Pay Off?

How many job fairs do you attend a year? You probably do not attend enough. Job fairs can be wonderful and resourceful tools when looking for a new career. Most allow registration via the Internet, others are just walk-in registrations.  Job fairs can also be beneficial to those who don’t really know what career they want to pursue or are re-entering the job market, for example, a student, someone changing careers, or the unemployed.              Attending job fairs also allows the attendee to learn more about corporations and what they have to offer. It gives you a chance to meet...

A Resignation Letter That Won’t Burn Bridges

As much as a person might want to leave a job, one of the hardest things to do is resign. It does not come easy, especially when butterflies are fluttering in the stomach and sweaty palms reveal the eagerness to approach a supervisor when giving a two week’s notice. There is no getting around this process, therefore, it is essential to exit professionally and without burning any bridges. The consequences of leaving a job with a distasteful resignation letter could be detrimental to a career in the long run. For this reason, putting together a well-written and thought-out resignation letter...

How to Successfully Re-enter the Job Market

How to Successfully Re-enter the Job Market What is the biggest obstacle for a person successfully re-entering the job market today? According to most career counselors, being relevant and up-to-date in your particular field is the most common hurdle to overcome. With technology moving so fast, many skills and knowledge are outdated every couple of years. What should you do to reconnect yourself? The first step is to take some brush up courses prior to beginning the job search. Research the field or industry you want to enter. Check out any recent legislation or news articles that address changes affecting...

Volunteering Your Way to a Paid Position

Millions of Americans volunteer a portion of their time each year. From donating a few hours weekly to nearby hospitals to participating in breast cancer walks to raise research funds. Many people contribute both time and skills to a variety of organizations and causes. But if you’ve lost your job and are thinking of abandoning your volunteer commitments, outplacement executives say, “Don’t. Volunteering can be both psychologically and strategically helpful to your job change effort.” Whether you are looking for your first job, wanting to change careers, re-entering the workforce, or are just in-between jobs, volunteering can help you land...

Workplace Drama Stay away!

You’ve heard the phrase “Drama Momma”! On the job, it means conflict so stay away! Not so fast gentlemen, this means you too. There is nothing worse than getting caught up in workplace drama. If you want to keep a clean image and a professional reputation stay as far away as you can from people who enjoy drama on the job. Conflict, jealousy, and gossip equal disaster. Many who engage in such acts are generally bored with life, envious, or out to sabotage someone’s reputation. They are generally unhappy or hostile individuals out to make everyone else’s life miserable. If...

Salary Negotiations – Be Prepared

Negotiating a salary is probably one of the most difficult parts of a job interview. It could also be one of your worse moments if you are not satisfied after accepting the offer. It’s not always easy to talk about the salary at an interview, even though the employer knows that you are eager to get to that point.  Somehow asking about the salary has become a major taboo, as though you want the salary not necessary the job that comes along with it. But let’s face it, salaries attract job seekers, even if the job doesn’t become a long-term...

How to Turn a Bad Annual Review Around

It’s a simple truth that no one likes being judged and very few like being critiqued. That natural disdain is what makes the formal job-review process nerve-wracking for many. The idea of sitting across from your supervisor as your achievements and shortcomings are laid out in front of you on a stark sheet of paper can be an intimidating experience. What makes the occurrence more daunting is far too many employees walk into the process blindly. If they’ve managed to avoid any major screw-ups during the course of the year and haven’t been chewed out by the boss, then it’s...

Think Twice before You Recommend a Friend

So, you want to refer a friend? Even though it seems like a small favor in a tough job market, it’s important to move carefully before recommending a friend to someone in your professional network. Referring a friend to a former colleague or someone in your network is simple for most people, but if your friend is less than stellar at the job, it may backfire on your own career. Because you know your friends mostly from a social perspective, vouching for them on the job may affect your credibility. Consider the following: Referring someone whom you’ve met just a...

The Seven Deadly Sins of Office Romance

Amore… Love… Romance… It can strike at any time, without warning, bewildering you with sudden, primal urges, flooding you with fantasies and daydreams. It can be an instantaneous attraction or move with the slow, burning rhythm of a Tango. It’s the first dance invented that you didn’t need to be taught and the oldest Golden Oldie that everybody knows all the words to. Poets have immortalized it as an element as potent as fire or wind. Al Green moans about “Something that can make you do wrong / make you do right,” and we all know what he’s talking about....