6 signs your job is at risk

Posted by Amanda Augustine

September 16, 2014 @ 12:01 PM

Don’t wait for the ax to fall. Learn how to read the signs that your job's on the line.

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Even the best employees worry about their job security from time to time. In fact, a recent Gallup poll found that only 58 percent of U.S. full- and part-time workers are completely satisfied with their job security. Sadly, this represents the highest level recorded since the Great Recession (2009 – 2013) when about 50 percent felt secure in their jobs. While feelings of job security may be on the rise, it’s clear that many professionals across the U.S. are still kept up at night worrying about their jobs.

If your gut is telling you something is off at the office, don’t ignore it. Look for the following signs to determine if your job may be in danger.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Job Search, Professional Development

Email secrets of successful professionals

Posted by Amanda Augustine

September 09, 2014 @ 09:12 PM

Never have an email go unanswered again. Get your emails read with these simple rules.

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It’s a constant battle to keep up with the deluge of emails inundating my inbox on a regular basis. Between my online publications, social media alerts, and the god-forsaken spam email, it’s a wonder I’m ever able to find and respond to the emails that matter most.

Sound familiar?

I’m not surprised. According to Outlook, 144.8 billion – that’s billion with a b – are sent every day worldwide. Sadly, a report by McKinsey Global Institute and International Data Corp found that workers only consider a mere 14 percent of the emails in their inbox to be important. [TWEET]

Topics: Ask Amanda, Professional Development, New to the Workforce

Could your writing get you fired?

Posted by Guest Contributor

September 05, 2014 @ 12:02 PM

6 reasons your boss won’t tolerate bad writing skills.

By Steve Aedy

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If you want to land and keep a job in today’s market, communication is the name of the game. From your first job interview to your daily business interactions, your job performance will rely on what you say and how you say it. And, as organizations become more connected with their clients and peers through the Internet, excellent written communication will become one of the most important job skills you learn.

But why is writing so important to keeping your hard-won job? Here are just a few of the reasons why your boss won’t tolerate poor writing skills.

Topics: Professional Development

5 stupid things to stop doing before it’s too late

Posted by Guest Contributor

August 07, 2014 @ 09:55 AM

By Scott Ginsberg

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In my most recent article about interviewing, “10 good ways to 'Tell me about yourself,” I offered a free list at the end about stupid things to stop doing before it’s too late.

Since that article premiered, I’ve received hundreds of emails from people requesting the list. And so, I wanted to share five of my favorite tips from that list, along with a link so readers can access the full compilation at their convenience.

Topics: Professional Development

7 leadership lessons from 30 Rock’s Jack Donaghy

Posted by Guest Contributor

August 05, 2014 @ 08:00 AM

By The RBL Group

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Jack Donaghy, of NBC’s 30 Rock, is arguably the best on-screen boss the world has ever seen. His success-driven life philosophies, ability to navigate any difficult situation, and flawless problem-solving skills make him an inspirational figure for businessmen (and women!) everywhere.

While we don’t recommend mimicking his bluntness and occasional insensitivity, some of the quotes we’ve culled from the series back up solid leadership lessons.

Topics: Professional Development

The one thing successful professionals to do to get ahead

Posted by Amanda Augustine

July 29, 2014 @ 10:50 PM

Why you need to make networking a priority – even when you’re employed.

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Networking isn’t just for job seekers. In fact, the most successful professionals are often superb networkers. With that said, it can be difficult to make networking a priority when you’re happily employed and other, more pressing activities are competing for calendar space. If your business cards have begun to gather dust, it’s time to brush them off and get back into your networking groove. Need more incentive? Here are four reasons professionals at the pinnacle of their careers continuously network (and why you should, too!).   

Topics: Ask Amanda, Networking, Professional Development

Five qualities that all great leaders share

Posted by Guest Contributor

July 15, 2014 @ 01:27 PM

Leaders come in all shapes and sizes, but they all have a few common denominators. 

By Ken Sundheim 

The most effective leaders are the individuals who can transform a good firm into a great company.  They are the people who continually push their subordinates to become better, more engaged employees and allow them to adapt to changes in the corporate landscape.  

Instead of suppressing new ideas and ignoring innovation, they encourage creative thinking, open collaboration and individual growth.  They reward the employees who deserve recognition instead of promoting the “yes men” who simply agree with them.

Regardless of industry or company size, studies have shown that the best bosses share common traits that lead to consistent success. Below, you’ll find five of these qualities.

 

Topics: Professional Development

7 ways to stay energized during the dog days of summer

Posted by Amanda Augustine

July 01, 2014 @ 10:22 PM

Don’t let summer’s lazy days take their toll on your productivity.

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Whether you’re currently employed or searching for a new opportunity, it can be difficult to stay productive during the summertime. Between the energy-draining, hot, humid weather and the influx of social events, it’s no wonder we have trouble staying on task.

Here are some ways you can increase productivity and boost energy levels so the lazy days of summer don’t take their toll.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Professional Development

It’s time for your mid-year career checkup

Posted by Amanda Augustine

June 17, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Keep your career on the right track with this evaluation.

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When was the last time you sat down and thought seriously about your career?

It’s not uncommon to get so caught up in your day-to-day work that you lose sight of your long-term career goals. Or perhaps your fast-paced career that has you traveling all the time has lost its appeal and it’s time to reassess your goals. Use the list below to give your career a mid-year check-up and make sure you’re on track.

Revisit your goals

What you desired at the beginning of your career – or perhaps only a year ago – may no longer hold true today. As our lives change, so do our career plans. Dedicate some time this week to reevaluate what leadership expert Jim Collins calls your Big Hairy Audacious Goals, or BHAGs.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Professional Development

Are you becoming obsolete at work?

Posted by Amanda Augustine

June 03, 2014 @ 10:07 AM

Stay competitive in the workplace with this top advice.

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You’re well-established in your career and you have the track record to prove it. You’re comfortable at your current role and management seems content with your work. All is right with the world.

But as Millennials flood the job market, you get a little anxious. What if your experience is not enough? While this concern is reasonable, take heart. A survey by Adecco found that hiring managers are three times more likely to hire experienced workers than their Gen Y counterparts.

That said, it’s in every professional’s best interest to take steps to remain relevant and competitive in the workforce. Below are some tips to help you accomplish just that.

Topics: Ask Amanda, Professional Development