The Most Frequent Cause of Career Plateaus and How to Prevent It

The Most Frequent Cause of Career Plateaus and How to Prevent It

Over the course of your career, the pursuit of reaching your full potential never ends. Meaningful careers are a labor of love, and the work to better oneself and keep moving forward should always be present. A career full of promotions and accolades often requires balancing your strengths with challenges that force yourself outside your comfort zone. However, when you feel like progressing (e.g. moving up or accomplishing significant feats) is not realistic, it’s likely because your career lacks this balance, and you may be headed toward a career plateau.

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Why Employee Engagement Will Benefit Your Career & How to Do It

Why Employee Engagement Will Benefit Your Career & How to Do It

Your employees are the backbone of your organization and their outlook is imperative to its success. As a manager, it’s important to cultivate positive employee engagement and it’s even more critical to address issues when they’re poorly engaged. Poor employee engagement can take a toll on your business, and ultimately, your career. Whether you’ve noticed (or want to prevent) an increase in turnover or negative changes in workplace behavior/attitudes, it might be time to reflect on your management style. You want to ensure the individuals who work for you are active contributors for the best possible outcomes.

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Why 'Unsubscribe' is My 2019 Word of the Year

Why 'Unsubscribe' is My 2019 Word of the Year

I love the idea of picking just one word to define your intention for the year.

For me, this year, that word is ‘unsubscribe.’

Ask yourself: What concepts, narratives, or cultural norms do you inadvertently support, simply through your failure to outwardly reject them?

Office gossip? Unhealthy organizational politics? Diet culture? The illusion of crafting the perfect life on social media?

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How to Talk about that Job You Hate While You're Home for the Holidays

How to Talk about that Job You Hate While You're Home for the Holidays

You finally get to come up for air and take a few days off for the holidays. Sure, you’ll probably still need to check your email four times per day, but the intensity of a standard workday has subsided. There’s room for quiet in your mind and your heart.

When all the noise fades away, what are you left with? When you’re sitting around the table with your extended family, passing the dinner rolls and catching up, how to you respond to the inevitable, “how’s that job of yours?” Are you tensing up just thinking about it?

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Should You Really Quit Your Job Without Another Lined Up?

Should You Really Quit Your Job Without Another Lined Up?

So you’re considering quitting your job. Maybe you’re absolutely sick of how your employers are treating you and your work environment has become toxic to your wellbeing. And now you’re desperate enough to leave without an alternate in place. Whether you’ve held this role for 12 years or 12 months, if you dread going to work every day, seem emotionally unstable at work, and feel so dissatisfied and unhappy you think your only option is to outright quit, it’s important to seriously evaluate three key aspects of this decision.

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4 Inappropriate Interview Questions and How to Combat Them with Confidence

4 Inappropriate Interview Questions and How to Combat Them with Confidence

Interviewing for a new position can be tough, but it can be even worse when the interviewer’s questions start to drift into uncertain territory. We’re not talking about the cringe-worthy — and illegal — questions about race, sex, and nationality; rather, the more covert questions that toe the line between unnecessary and out of line, particularly when it comes to other interviews or offers you may have.

Let’s review some potential questions recruiters might ask in an interview, why they would ask such aggressive questions, and good responses to deflect them.

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A Strengths-Based Approach to Career Coaching

A Strengths-Based Approach to Career Coaching

I would describe my career coaching method as strengths-focused and highly individualized. I believe focusing on exploring, elevating, and prioritizing strengths is the most efficient way for clients to 1) identify ideal positions they find fulfilling and make them happy, 2) articulate their unique value, and 3) gain confidence in their job search, interview, and compensation negotiation processes.

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Use this Formula to Confidently Deliver Your Personal Introduction

Use this Formula to Confidently Deliver Your Personal Introduction

Back when I was a project manager hiring people for my team, I was forever amazed by how many candidates stumbled through the first question I'd ask - can you please introduce yourself and tell us why you're interested in this position?

I've realized that candidates aren't stumbling because they're unprepared; they're stumbling because we're often really bad at speaking about ourselves in positive, confident terms. The content was there, but the delivery was...lacking. Instead of a concise, engaging introduction, it turns into a meandering, disjointed stream of consciousness. 

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Using Emotional Intelligence for Interview Success

Using Emotional Intelligence for Interview Success

Demonstrating high Emotional Intelligence is all the rage in the job market these days. 

So what is emotional intelligence? 

Well, it's a number of things. It includes a high amount of self-awareness (strong understanding of your impact on others, awareness of how your emotions and inner feelings influence your outward demeanor, and the ability to accurately assess your actions, reactions, and impact) and self-management (appropriate emotional expression, courage and assertiveness, resilience, awareness in the present moment, and planning tone). 

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