Introducing yourself professionally—it should be a simple and straightforward thing to do. But so many of us struggle with how to do it right. So, whether you’re prepping for a networking event, workshop, conference, or interview, here are some tips on how to appropriately connect with others and communicate your value effectively and naturally in a way that makes people like and remember you.Read More
As my clients know, I am a fierce--let's even call it aggressive--proponent of finding you a role where you are unapologetically paid your worth. Getting paid your worth is all about understanding your value and advocating fiercely to be compensated for that value. Follow the steps below to understand your market value. Follow the steps below to understand your market value and set a market-based target salary.Read More
To have a productive, valuable work experience, it is critical to work well with your boss. This is necessary because your boss is usually the person with the biggest impact on that experience. And this impact, both positive and negative, can influence the future of your career and your opportunities to advance. When evaluating your relationship with your boss, or if you’re shopping for a new one, here are some things to keep in mind to find the leader who will stand beside you.Read More
If you’re intending on resigning from your job, you should have a plan in place for that initial conversation with your boss. Prepare your key talking points and practice your delivery with confidence in advance. However, not all bosses take the news very well. You should also be prepared to handle an emotional or harsh reaction. In some very extreme cases, I’ve seen some bosses totally reject a resignation. If you really think your boss could go nuclear, here’s how to handle that situation.Read More
So, you’re ready to resign from your current job. You’ve found a better opportunity elsewhere and accepted it. You are so ready. Now all you have to do is put in your notice and tie up loose ends. You’ll want to find a time to give your boss the news and have your talking points prepared. This can sometimes be a nerve-wracking experience, so I always advise my clients to have a plan.Read More
Over the course of your career, the pursuit of reaching your full career 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.Read More
In today's job market, you to not only stand out, but also soar to the top of an organization's prospect list. But, you don't want to fall into the trap of over-preparing to the point that you go in sounding rehearsed, and then have a deer-in-the-headlights moment when you get thrown a curveball.
Demonstrating high Emotional Intelligence in the workplace 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).Read More
You know it's imperative to ask thoughtful and engaging questions, but do you know how to do that? It's important to think about who each interviewer is and what they do at the organization. The goal is to demonstrate your interest in them as people and professionals.Read More
Let's talk about accomplishments.
Yes, I want you to proudly talk about yourself, and feel good about it.
A long while back, I was a finalist for a position where I was asked to discuss my proudest professional accomplishment. I told the story of being partnered with the Lake Mills Elementary School design team through the LEED v4 Beta Program while serving as Program Manger for the U.S. Green Building Council. It's an inspiring story, and I couldn't help but get a glisten in my eye and visibly more excited as I was describing the project.Read More