If you are looking for the perfect career, consider your personality type. What do you love to do? What are you good at doing? And, just as importantly, what bugs the heck out of you? Working eight hours a day at a job you’re ill-suited for is draining. By taking the time to consider your
The green economy is coming — some say it’s already arrived — and around the country new jobs and training programs are popping up rapidly, while old jobs are changing to align with sustainable practices. Green services and products are already in demand, and workforce development experts agree that this movement is going to have
Even in a turbulent economy there’s hope for sustained employment in careers that stand the test of time. The downturn means an opportunity for those who want to return to school to increase their skills and earning power — or for those who are training for their first job.
Getting laid off is an embarrassing experience — and not a particularly fun one to relive again and again during interviews. But the way you handle the topic can make or break an opportunity to restart your career and leave the past behind.
Accomplished professionals often don’t consider the federal government as a prospective employer. But they should–half of federal hires in the past several months have been at starting salaries over $100,000, says Seattle career coach Robin Ryan. And by some estimates, the government needs to hire more than 270,000 people just to keep “mission-critical” functions up
My religion prohibits being alone with women — am I entitled to accommodation? 03-01-00 I am a truck driver and have been on “light duty” for the past several weeks. Last week my supervisor told me to take one of the office girls to the bank to make a company deposit. The other employees made
I used to hate the sound of the alarm clock in the morning. As an accountant and internal auditor, I found my work tedious. People dreaded seeing me. I disliked having to confront them every day on recurring problems. I became disconnected from others and didn’t feel I was helping anyone.
Now I know why I haven’t always succeeded in interviews. Being a factual, logical, sequential-thinking person, I answer questions honestly and directly. If interviewers want to know about me, I tell them. I haven’t known anything about creating “shared control” with an interviewer. I didn’t realize that by asking questions, I could literally force interviewers
In 1997, we flew to Seattle and hauled our film gear to the quaint little town of Langley on Whidbey Island. There we filmed the poet David Whyte, who is known for the message he shares with organizations about bringing one’s whole self to work. We became immersed in conversations about wholeheartedness in the workplace.
Rick Lackey worked in the Atlanta office of real-estate firm Grubb & Ellis when he lost his job during cost-cuttings in 2002. Like many downsized executives, he was averse to commit to another employer. “I never want to put myself in a situation where I can do a good job, probably better than the other
The reigning assumption among many Americans is that teenagers go directly from high school to college, but that’s not the way life always works. Just 27% of Americans over age 25 hold bachelor’s degrees or higher, according to 2004 Census data.
As Christmas approaches, retailers are taking on extra staff for the holiday rush. This provides an opportunity for recruiters, but they should note they may be liable for any discrimination claims brought by temps and there is no limit to the compensation that may be awarded in such cases.
When you’re in the throes of a job search, it is easy to apply for anything you think will accept you, and take any job you’re offered. You may start out with standards, but after weeks or months of applying with no response, it’s easy to let those criteria drop and settle for any job
Maintaining a successful job search can be tough – it is often said that finding a full time job is a full time job in itself. From searching for suitable vacancies to drafting out numerous resumes and sending dozens of emails, there are many steps that need to be completed, which can make keeping
These days, being tech savvy has a major advantage: it can lead to an in-demand career. Knowing how to navigate information technology systems, which is the software and the use of computers to manage information, is a skill that is in demand worldwide. The reason behind this is technology’s presence and constant impact on our daily
The only failure in life is to fail to learn from one’s experiences. Never is this more true than when facing involuntary separation from your job. There are any number of reasons you might be let go – from legit to legally dubious – and there are lessons to be learned from all of them.
Respect is an enviable quality, which we all want and probably deserve. But, respect is granted only to a select few in the workplace. Those are the ones who manage to balance tremendous work with office politics and communication. Wondering how to earn respect at work? Read on – in seven simple steps, you’ll have the