Take the Hint

cherylHow to know when to go. Not all employers are adept at letting people go. For the most part, firing someone is an employer’s least favorite thing to do. Plus, there is the aspect quiting vs. firing and Unemployment Benefits, but that’s a whole other blog. However, sometimes when an employer is getting ready to make a change, he or she will give “hints” that you should think about moving on. I’ll share seven signs with you that it may be time to start hunting for a new job. Continue reading “Take the Hint”

Follow Your…What?

JoAnn KawamotoFollow Your Passion!” Throughout the years, this advice is a well-worn one in the world of careers.

The assumption is personal passion will motivate an individual to focus on a career goal and sustain him or her until it is attained. It’s a step by step planning, preparation and growth phases, which could take years. As we all know, anything of value is worth working for.

However, what if a person is passionate about many things? How would they choose? Once a choice was made and the passion wanes, should they still continue on the same path or find another passion to pursue? Should the pursuit of a career last only as long as the passion? Continue reading “Follow Your…What?”

Knowledge is Power

One of my favorite sayings is, “Knowledge is Power”. Often times at the end of an information packed workshop, I will ask participants if they believe this saying. Ninety nine percent of the time the answer is, “Yes” – which is just what I am hoping to hear! Continue reading “Knowledge is Power”

Sense-ational Impressions

In our Interviewing workshops, we typically recommend that job seekers go into an interview odorless (i.e. without their favorite lotion, perfume, or aftershave), so as not to trigger any allergic reactions with the interviewers. We also recommend that they try to keep their wardrobe color pallet neutral, so that it is them and their amazing skills that are memorable – not their SCREAMING clothes. While I’m positive that these recommendations are valid, my curiosity was piqued about just how big of a role these “sensory” factors play . . . so I decided to do a little research.
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