Is Your Work Life Balance Tipping in the Wrong Direction?

Work Life Balance

Calibrating a work-life balance takes place as a series of small decisions. It isn’t a grand strategy you devise in cold contemplation at the beginning of your career and stick to doggedly through the twists and turns of your work life. Instead, it’s a series of answers to mundane questions, which add up over time… Read more »

Soft Skills vs Hard Skills: Which Ones Do You Need, and Which Ones Can You Leave Behind?

Soft Skills vs Hard Skills

Career experts often talk about soft skills. The phrase has entered the lexicon of common buzzwords, nestled among terms like “results-driven” or “outside-the-box thinker.” And like those expressions, the idea of soft skills gets mentioned so frequently in casual advice that it loses much of its meaning. The concept rarely gets the nuanced examination it… Read more »

How To Prepare For Your First Day at Your New Workplace

Prepare for New Job

All your worry and effort paid off. That stellar resume and that perfect interview performance landed you the perfect job offer. But the pride and elation you initially felt has quickly morphed into nervousness and expectation. After a few minutes of celebration, you realize: there’s still more work to do. Getting ready for your first… Read more »

6 Ways to Maintain a Positive Attitude at Work

Maintain Positive Attitude at Work

Although work can be less than enjoyable at times, it’s very important to maintain a positive attitude in the workplace. Not only does a positive attitude help you cope better with challenges, but it also helps improve team morale, productivity, and team-building. A positive mindset brightens your day-to-day spirits, gets rid of cranky work slumps,… Read more »

Best Questions to Ask Your Boss When You Get New Assignments

Questions to Ask on New Assignment

Your big break: Your boss has finally put you in charge of your own project. It’s your chance to distinguish yourself and start climbing the ladder for real. Just don’t screw it up. Now that you’ve gotten an opportunity, you need to maximize your chance to succeed. That process starts, well, at the start. You… Read more »

Want to Take on More at Work … Without Overstepping Boundaries?

Asking For More Work

It’s the classic “put me in coach, I’m ready” moment. You’ve toiled for a long time in small roles and with fringe responsibilities. Now you want a chance to assert yourself. You want to move closer to the center of the action and start making a reputation for yourself with the higher-ups. But there are… Read more »

Is This Job the Right One for Me?

The Right Job

You can’t build a job like you’re building Frankenstein’s monster. You can’t take the salary for Opportunity A, the corporate culture from Opportunity B and the boss from Opportunity C, then sew them together, add a little lightning and animate the ideal situation. Unfortunately, you have to take the position as a whole. You can’t… Read more »

The Importance of Staying in Touch With Your Professional References

Getting to the reference stage of the job search process is like winning a double lottery: you were one of a small group of people chosen from a thick stack of resumes to get an interview; then, you were one of the handful of people chosen from the interviews to get to the reference stage.… Read more »

Get Your Resume to the Top of the Pile With These 4 Tips

Getting your resume noticed doesn’t happen in a sudden, eureka moment. Instead, it’s more like winning The Bachelor. In order to get to the interview stage, your resume needs to survive a series of cuts. If you’re a strong enough candidate, you’ll still be around at the end, when it’s time to start meeting candidates… Read more »

Changing Your Career Path? Use These 4 Tips!

The traditional life progression goes something like this: a few years learning how to talk and how to tie your shoes, 12-16 years of schooling, then about four decades in a single profession, followed by a couple of more decades spent in restful activities like golf, fishing or gardening. But that structure doesn’t really work… Read more »