Mistakes to Avoid on LinkedIn

By now, you know that LinkedIn is the most important resource for professionals in a job search. It’s essential in this time of social distancing, and it will again be (soon, I hope) a great way to enhance your in-person networking.  This is a good time to update and improve your LinkedIn profile so you’ll … Continue reading Mistakes to Avoid on LinkedIn

How to Be Discovered

Everyone loves the idea of being discovered.  Lana Turner’s discovery at a Hollywood drug store is a show-business legend. (According to Wikipedia),  sixteen-year-old Turner skipped a high school typing class and bought a Coke at the Top Hat Cafe located on the southeast corner of Sunset Boulevard (not Schwab’s Pharmacy), where she was spotted by … Continue reading How to Be Discovered

FlexJobs Supports Military Veterans and Spouses with Discounted Subscription

Even before the pandemic changed the way we work, military spouses faced special challenges in finding and retaining traditional jobs. Military spouses face uncertainty every day; their service member could be called in to duty, deployed or delayed from returning home on a moment’s notice. The spouses must juggle being a (mostly) single parent with … Continue reading FlexJobs Supports Military Veterans and Spouses with Discounted Subscription

Coaching Yourself

Eileen Mulligan is the author of Life Coaching: Change Your Life in Seven Days.  The book is designed to help readers reassess their lives, redefine success, and set new goals.  Mulligan says that “problems are a useful and necessary part of your development.  They can reveal things that you might not otherwise see.”  Losing your … Continue reading Coaching Yourself

The Pandemic has been Hard on Micromanagers

A global crisis no one saw coming and no one sees ending (for now) can make even the strongest of us feel out of control. Having your workforce working from home in their bunny slippers for months at a time is challenging for any manager. Pity the micromanager forced to endure a pandemic and having … Continue reading The Pandemic has been Hard on Micromanagers

Be the Coach, Not the Boss

In previous posts, I wrote about how your advice habit is making everyone around you feel less empowered and less smart. Michael Bungay Stanier is the author of The Advice Trap: Be Humble, Stay Curious & Change the Way You Lead Forever, a book about how to get rid of your tendency to jump in … Continue reading Be the Coach, Not the Boss

3 Upgrades for New Graduates

Graduating from college or high school and beginning your first serious job search means you need some upgrades. Here are three improvements new graduates can spend some of their cash and time on before starting to schedule interviews. Upgrading your wardrobe is essential if you want to be taken seriously as a professional. Invest in … Continue reading 3 Upgrades for New Graduates

Advice to Women: Be the Waffle, Not the Pancake

(This post originally appeared in my Careerist column in the Jacksonville Business Journal) I just checked my calendar, and yes, it is still the 21st century. But you’d never know that by reading through the “Power-Presence-Purpose” training delivered to female employees at EY (formerly Ernst & Young.) The last time the 55-page training was delivered … Continue reading Advice to Women: Be the Waffle, Not the Pancake

A Fresh Start for Your Job Search

States are opening up, and companies are retooling their workforce. Some workers might not be returning after the pandemic, for health reasons or simply because their priorities have changed. You’ve probably put your traditional job search on hold during the time you spent socially distancing at home. If you’re feeling ready, it’s time to get … Continue reading A Fresh Start for Your Job Search

The Four Zones of Interpersonal Space

Social Distance is the new business buzz phrase, so I thought it was a good time to reprint this post from 2012. Right now, leaning in is not recommended, and there are experts who predict this virus will end the ancient practice of handshakes forever. What do you think? Tony Alessandra, PH.D, is the author … Continue reading The Four Zones of Interpersonal Space