Making Big Decisions: The Importance of a Broad Range of Information Sources

You cannot make wise decisions by getting input only from those who are most likely to agree with you or similarly see the world. This approach causes insular thinking, and you’ll miss key input for your decision.

5 Tips for a Quality Letter of Recommendation

Many people wonder if there is a secret to the ‘right’ letter. They struggle with knowing who to ask and what to ask for. Below, find five tips to secure quality letters of recommendation.

Why Do People Become Defensive? Six Factors That Influence Defensiveness

Understanding the basis for your defensiveness will allow you to gain control of your feelings and make a choice about how you want to respond.

What to Know About Explaining a Gap in Employment

If you focus on the positives of what you learned rather than shying away from the gap, it shows employers that you are honest and ready to dive back into your career.

Employee Onboarding: Invest in Your Organization’s Success

When professionals feel connected to their employers — and committed to their careers — their interactions with other people are more consistently positive and constructive.

Is 2021 the Year for Pay Equity?

Many public employers continue to rely on pay programs adopted decades ago, a time when women and minorities were rarely involved or considered in the decisions.

How to Overcome Ego Depletion

How to Overcome Ego Depletion

Each day you make over 35,000 decisions. Some you may not even notice, like choosing a bagel instead of cereal. Others, like choosing between putting in another hour at work or heading home early, take more consideration. It’s not uncommon after a long day of dedicated work to feel like our willpower is gone. This is a phenomenon known as ego depletion.

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Roadmap for Tomorrow

Roadmap for Tomorrow

Planning is key to success, if you do not have a plan for your life then you will just end up falling into someone else’s plan and your life will not amount to much but mediocrity. What is the future of work in America in the new era of automation, digitization and artificial intelligence? Now is the time to Plan and Prepare self in times of change.

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Communication Is the Heart of Leadership

Communication Is the Heart of Leadership

Recently, a staff member was discussing a problem with me that was affecting morale and moreover productivity. As I listened to the issues being laid out before me I was also listening to the issues not being said. Once they had completed their tirade and given me the emotional side of the conflict, I asked a simple question. So what’s your part in the conflict? Invariably the answer always comes back to some version of “I am the victim.” Now do not get me wrong there are many times when a manager is not a leader.

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Can the Increase of Tech Positively Impact Jobseekers?

Can the Increase of Tech Positively Impact Jobseekers?

Whether we are ready or not, the technology in HR continues to expand. For some, it has already expanded so much that they are unclear and confused as to which tool is needed for a task. Some jobseekers are still becoming acquainted with ATS (Advanced Tracking Systems), which I discussed in my October 2019 blog on how it affects resume writing for jobseekers. To the dismay of some, Talent Relationship Management systems (TRM) are now being added to the mix.

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It’s About What You Know!

It’s About What You Know!

The more the workforce transitions towards a more agile and technologically enhanced entity within society, the more complex the knowledge base will be. If your intent is to be the master of your own destiny, rather than being subservient to whatever destiny picks out for you in terms of a career, then the pursuit of knowledge is the key.

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Unrelenting Integrity – Built with Every Promise Kept

Unrelenting Integrity – Built with Every Promise Kept

Our integrity is maintained with every kept promise. If we live with unrelenting integrity, we might create a trend – in our work team, among our friends, in our neighborhoods – where others embrace unrelenting integrity in their lives. While getting others to embrace unrelenting integrity is beyond our control, if we can move the needle a bit that direction, greater trust, respect, and dignity might occur.

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How To Become A Better Negotiator

How To Become A Better Negotiator

When it comes to working with people, one of the best to have is the ability to negotiate. Being a great negotiator will help you reach goals you did not think were possible. Especially for some positions, like Careers In Government jobs for instance, where you may interview for positions with high stakes and responsibilities. Being able to negotiate will help put your best foot forward in business, negotiate contract terms and promotions.

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How to Motivate Your Millennial Employees for Retention

How to Motivate Your Millennial Employees for Retention

When I hear from my millennial clients that they are leaving their jobs it is usually one of three reasons. The first is that they are feeling bored, stagnant, and underutilized. After all, 64% of millennials would rather make less at a job they love than make more at a job they find boring. The second reason is that the workplace is lacking learning and growth opportunities to enhance their career potential. This is also demonstrated by the 64% of millennials who state that they will leave their job if they feel that there is a lack of career growth. The third is that they are seeking flexibility within the workplace.

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The Transition Decade

The Transition Decade

The start of a new year is always a wonderful opportunity to stop, do a stock-take of your personal and professional life and begin to plan what that transformation for the new year might look like for you. You may even draw on the ideas in last month’s article by David Ivers entitled “Personal and Professional Transformation. The notion here, of course, is how do you plan to be the best iteration of yourself at home and at work, each and every day of the new year? However, the year is now 2020 and the second decade of the 2000’s has been and gone and a new decade has just begun.

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Learn Your Boss So You Can Make Work-Life Easier for Both of You

Learn Your Boss So You Can Make Work-Life Easier for Both of You

Chances are you don’t have much choice about who your boss is, and these days, you may have more than one (i.e. if you serve on a short-term project combining staff–and leadership–from various departments.) You can save time and frustration by giving serious consideration to the approach, topics and personal agendas of the bosses you interact with regularly.

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Local Government Laws on Workers’ Compensation Insurance: 5 Things that Vary from State-to-State

Local Government Laws on Workers’ Compensation Insurance: 5 Things that Vary from State-to-State

Workers’ compensation is a sort of insurance providing medical benefits and wage replacement to injured workers. Any employee with work-related injuries that happened during their employment can use their employee rights to sue their employer for negligence, which frequently means their medical expenses are paid, they are paid for long term care, as well as being compensated for suffering and pain.

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How To Effectively Network Your Way Into a New Job

How To Effectively Network Your Way Into a New Job

One of the biggest mistakes I see jobseekers make is keeping their search confined to job boards. Some of the issues with job boards do lie with employers and their standard practices. ATS is becoming the norm, which is making hiring and recruiting a low-touch profession and it is wreaking havoc on the candidate experience. It takes longer for candidates to receive a response – if they even receive one at all. Many clients have told me that prior to having their resume optimized it would end up in the black hole- what is commonly referred to as the deep dark hole in which a resume falls once it is determined that it wasn’t a fit for the role.

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Personal and Professional Transformation

Personal and Professional Transformation

As the last month of the calendar year finally arrives and we collectively celebrate the end of one year and the start of a new year, Raymond Carver’s question is so pertinent. As you look over the year that has been, ask yourself: “Was it the year that should have been?” In other words, when you go back to your wish list of dreams on 1 January of this year, “did you get what you wanted from this life, even so?” It is a wonderful question and turns our focus to purposeful self-reflection and to personal and professional transformation.

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