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The Shoe Doesn't Fit: What To Do When Your Job Is Not A Good Fit For You

career Feb 06, 2018

Many companies hire for “fit” with their organizational culture. A key question that many hiring managers ask themselves, before deciding on a candidate, is whether that person will fit in the team or organization. There are some companies that use personality assessments to help them make these decisions. Research has found that personality fit is important and linked to performance and success. However, while companies are making decisions based on fit, very often the candidate is not.

People pick jobs and even careers for a wide variety of reasons: personal, family, financial, etc. Many times, they are unhappy because the role or even their career is the wrong fit for their personality – i.e. the shoe doesn’t quite fit. Unfortunately, just like a pair of pretty shoes, sometimes we force our foot in and then wonder why we have a blister after standing in them all day. The same concept applies to your role or career – if your role or career is not a...

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New Year, Time for a New Job? 5 Tips to Get You Started

career Jan 16, 2018

Many people start off the new year, by hitting the job market. If you want to find a new job in the new year, here are 5 tips to help you get started.

Tip #1: Be active online and build your brand. 

In today’s social and digital world, people are looking at your brand online, often before they ever meet you. They are forming impressions and opinions, based on what they see and based on what they don’t see. Digital invisibility can also be hurting your career, as people may perceive you and your skills as out of date. If you want to be successful, you need to actively manage your brand online. 

Tip #2: Network!

There is an old saying, “It is not what you know, but who you know.” It is a saying for a very good reason. Your network can be incredibly helpful in opening doors to new opportunities, mentoring and sponsoring you, and propelling your career forward. You just need to ask. Often people don’t think of leveraging their network (or their...

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I've "Leaned In" ... Now What?

career Jan 09, 2018

In the five years, since Sheryl Sandberg’s book, “Lean In” was released, millions of women have “leaned in”. We have taken a seat at the conference table. We have spoken up, so our voice and opinion could be heard. We have raised our hand and taken on more visible projects. The question to ask ourselves, is why are we doing it? What's our purpose and goal?

Am I “leaning in” to get recognized and promoted? Am I “leaning in” for a new opportunity? Something else?

If you look at the advice, as a career strategy and tactics for women, then we must ask ourselves the obvious question - what is our personal end-goal? Once you know what your end-goal is, it is easier to evaluate if your strategy and tactics are working. 

Let me tell you about Jessica.  Jessica wanted to get promoted and be the head of PR for her company. She took on more visible projects and a lot of extra work, hoping that it would be recognized and rewarded....

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New Year, New You: 3 Tips to Catalyze Your Career in 2018

career Jan 02, 2018

What is your New Year’s Resolution? Is it related to your career? Probably not, but it should be.

If you are like many other women I know, your New Year’s Resolution falls in the health and fitness category. What has always amazed me is that, so few people set career aspirations and goals. We spend more than half of our waking hours at work. According to the United States Department of Labor, the average full-time employee works 8.56 hours a day. Yet, we often treat our careers as if it was on autopilot.

If you spend more than 50% of your waking hours at work, shouldn’t it be time spent on getting where you want to go?

One of the biggest mistakes people make, especially women is to autopilot their career. Women feel that if you work hard and do a great job, people will notice. They believe they will be rewarded with a raise, bonus, promotion, career opportunities, etc. Unfortunately, that is not the case. According to the Women in the Workplace 2017 study, women...

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