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  Why Boomers Are More Likely To Succeed as Entrepreneurs
by Alexandra Levit - Feb, 2014
A study by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation reported that the highest rate of entrepreneurial activity over the last few years is not Gen-Y upstarts, but Baby Boomers in the 55-64 year age group. In fact, Boomers are actually driving a new entrepreneurship boom as they retire from their traditional corporate jobs and seek more meaningful sources of work. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 60 percent of th...
 
  Is it time to strengthen your professional brand?
by Beverly Jones - Feb, 2014
What’s your brand at work? And why does it matter? There’s you, the essential person you are. Obviously related, but not quite the same, is you — the professional who shows up on the job and makes a contribution. And then there’s your professional brand. Originally a “brand” referred to a word or symbol indicating the owner or producer of a product. Ranchers used hot irons to brand cattle. And bac...
 
  8 Things I Wish I Knew about Business and Careers When I Was 22
by Alexandra Levit - Feb, 2014
This month, I will release the 10th Anniversary edition of my first book, the bestselling They Don’t Teach Corporate in College. I wrote the book when I was 26, and ever since then, I’ve learned a ton about what works and what doesn’t in the business world. Today, I’m sharing some of my recent insights. No one cares as much about your career as you While your organization and your manager probably do have your best int...
 
  Why Entry-Level Hires Should Not Telecommute
by Alexandra Levit - Feb, 2014
Telecommuting is the future. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that about a quarter of employed Americans work from home some hours each week. In a recent study by the Families and Work Institute, 63 percent of employers said they allowed employees to work remotely in 2012, up from 34 percent in 2005. Even Marissa Mayer, the new Yahoo! CEO who banished telecommuting from company policy last year, can’t stop this t...
 
  6 Tips for Success When Working with Career Coach
by Ford R. Myers - Feb, 2014
People who are seriously considering engaging the services of a professional coach or consultant usually ask many questions about “what the advisor will or should do” in order to make the coaching relationship work for the client. This is certainly reasonable and understandable. However, there are also several “prerequisites” or standards that the client must meet for the engagement to be successful. Unfortunately, these c...
 
  How to Bring up Work Flexibility in a Job Interview
by Alexandra Levit - Feb, 2014
The first question to address on this topic is—should you bring up work flexibility in an initial job interview? And in general, the answer is no. Here’s the thing. Hiring managers want to believe that you’re a candidate who is enthusiastic about the job and willing to do whatever it takes to succeed. They don’t know you from Adam, so immediately broaching the perfectly legitimate question of flexible hours and benefits ma...
 
  Job Search: Say Yes to the Best by Keeping Your Career Goals Clear and Close
by Kris Plantrich - Feb, 2014
Knowing your career goals and staying focused on those goals during your job search is vital to achieving long-term career success and that you say yes to the best job for you. A client I have been working with (we’ll call him Greg) was excited to start a recent coaching call. He had been approached by a recruiter interested in him for a VP Sales and Marketing job for an international retail organization. The company is ta...
 
  Target your job search & get results!
by Joan Runnheim Olson - Feb, 2014
Are you in a job search? What jobs are you targeting? If you say any of the following, you need to gain more clarity: 1) I'm open. I'll take anything. 2) I don't care what industry I work in. 3) I don't want to limit myself. A lot of job seekers worry when asked, "What positions and industries are you targeting? They're afraid that if they are too specific they will limit their opportunities. Actually, the opposite hap...
 
  Avoid LinkedIn Goofs
by Georgia Adamson - Feb, 2014
As you probably know, LinkedIn keeps changing–sometimes it seems as if that happens every time you turn around. However, that’s no excuse for letting yourself get so far behind the curve that your profile brands you as hopelessly out of touch. 10 Amateurish LinkedIn Blunders According to a Forbes.com article by personal branding guru William Arruda, there are “10 LinkedIn Blunders That Make You Look Like an Amateur.” T...
 
  How to Use LinkedIn Groups
by Lisa Rangel - Feb, 2014
When it comes to networking on LinkedIn professionals have to do way more than just setting up a profile. Users must engage with each other, share content, and take action in order to get the most out of this social media platform. Fortunately, LinkedIn groups let you do all of that and more. According to the LinkedIn website, these groups are like online forums where professionals in the same industry (or with similar int...
 
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