Should you should stay or should you go? Free Article (..for a limited time)

Are you struggling with deciding whether you should remain in your current job or whether you should make a change? If your current employer does not value what you bring to the table, perhaps it is time to find another table. On the other hand, depending on your circumstances, it may be in your best interest to remain in your current job and bloom where you are planted. I have a lot to say about this common dilemma, and for the next two days you can download my article about this very topic for FREE on Amazon. You can access the article here: http://amzn.to/2CAGn8U And, if after you are done reading this article, you are interested in learning some new strategies you can use to navigate today’s workplace, be sure to also check out the limited time offer I am running on my new book, The Perpetual Paycheck: 5 (more) … Continue reading

159,544 likes and 11,575 comments? Seriously?

Last week Oleg Vishnepolsky, the Global CTO at DailyMail Online & Metro.Co.Uk, posted a LinkedIn comment saying that he once hired (gasp!) a person over 50 years of age. Oleg went on to write about the resistance he had to overcome when making this decision, being on the receiving ends of comments such as 1) the candidate will never work hard enough; 2) the candidate will not fit in our culture; 3) the candidate is overqualified etc.  Turns out, Oleg writes, the candidate ended up being one of the best hires he ever made. The content of this post did not surprise me but what did was that, within just a short period of time, 159,544 people liked the post and 11,575 people took the time to post a comment. There were some comments that recognized the skills of 50+ workers—perhaps these individuals do not have any hiring authority. However, there were … Continue reading

Love Your Life, Do Your Job

Over the past few months I have spoken to a number of recent graduates about their future career plans and many of them tell me they cannot wait to forge ahead, discover their passions and follow their dreams. This is an admirable goal, for sure, but unfortunately, what I have found is that following that advice can be a hindrance to your ability to find a job in the loyalty-free workplace. Now before you start to tell me I am wrong, let me make an important
 distinction: A job is an incredibly
powerful tool that can help us realize our dreams. Our jobs allow us to 
make money, which we can use to 
follow our passions, pursue our dreams, and celebrate the things we love. In other words, our jobs and our dreams are not one and the same—and yet, far too often, we ignore this reality and try to combine … Continue reading

Yes, Cover Letters Are Truly Necessary!

Are Cover Letters Necessary? 5 Reasons Career Experts Think They’re Vital Brooke Cagle/Unsplash SHARE ByKRISTINE FELLIZAR 18 hours ago For the third year in a row, Bustle’s Upstart Awards are honoring young women who are doing incredible things in the realms of business, STEM, fashion and beauty, the arts, philanthropy, and beyond. Want to be an Upstarts honoree one day? Read on for career tips, insights, and inspiration to help get you there. I can’t be the only one who feels like cover letters are the worst. Resumes are no big deal. You can pretty much keep the format, change a few keywords to fit the specific position you’re applying for, and you’re good to go. Cover letters, on the other hand, take a little more time, energy, and effort to put together the perfect words that will make the right impression to all the right people. But are cover … Continue reading

Challenging Times at Work? Forget About Whether The Glass Is Half Empty Or Half Full & Focus On What You Can Do With The Water

As you navigate the modern workplace, you must always focus on your main goal: earning and growing your perpetual paycheck. This will not always be easy, since today’s work environment is objectively difficult and no one is immune from its hardships and heartaches. Every day I hear about employees facing challenging times. You may have been passed over for a promotion, or not received a job offer after a few rounds of interviews. Perhaps you were laid off through no fault of your own, were terminated for behavior you now regret, or find it challenging to regain your position after taking a leave of absence to tend to a personal matter. The good new is that regardless of your situation, more often than not, even the most difficult situations can become the launching pad for different types of successes. The business world is filled with examples of forward-thinking entrepreneurs who … Continue reading

A Dog, Cinderella, and Your Job Search

Have you heard the joke about the dog that walked down the street and saw this sign in the office window: HELP WANTED  MUST TYPE 70 WORDS A MINUTE MUST BE COMPUTER LITERATE MUST BE BILINGUAL EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER The dog applies for the position, but is quickly refused. “I can’t hire a dog,” says the office manager. The dog points to the line “equal opportunity employer.” The office manager sighs and asks if the dog can type. The dog walks over to a typewriter and flawlessly bangs out a letter. “Can you operate a computer?” asks the manager. The dog sits down at a terminal, writes a program and runs it perfectly. “Look, you have fine skills, but I still can’t hire a dog,” says the exasperated office manager. “I need someone who’s bilingual. It says so right in the ad.” The dog looks up at the manager and … Continue reading

“Stranger Danger” & Your Job Search

From an early age we are taught not to talk to strangers. For that reason, by the time we’re adults many of us tend to avoid engaging strangers in conversation, even for just five minutes. This mindset likely infiltrates a number of components of our daily lives. We may first reach out to a babysitter we have known for years before we try out a new babysitter, even if the prospective new hire comes highly recommended. We may drive a bit out of our way to a gift store where we know the salesperson, even if we know there is another similar store in town. The fact is, it’s human nature to gravitate to people we know and to help those who help us. This is precisely what happens in the workplace. You work alongside your colleagues eight hours a day, five days a week. Why would you want to … Continue reading

Don’t Look a Job-Lead Gift Horse in the Mouth!

As the holiday season approaches, there is a lot of talk about the etiquette of gift-giving, and any lessons learned can actually have a powerful impact on your job search. To see the relevance, first consider this story that illustrates the old adage about not looking a gift horse in the mouth. Once when I was on the way to my college dining hall, I saw a man holding a sign saying that he was homeless, had not eaten in days, and was desperate to feed his wife and two children. An hour later, as I exited the dining hall, I packed three peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, three apples, and three cookies into a lunch bag and delivered them to the man. When I handed him the bag, he asked what was inside. “Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, apples, and cookies,” I said. To my surprise, he said that … Continue reading