Tips for Getting to the Top Floor – 3 Simple Ways to Upgrade Your Elevator Pitch

Is your elevator pitch elevating your career all the way to the top? Or is it leaving you stuck on the ground floor?If your elevator pitch educates your listeners about what you do now, but not what you are capable of doing next, you may be missing an important opportunity to re-shape how others perceive you. (And even how you perceive yourself.)So, what do you typically say when you introduce yourself to someone for the first time? When done right, this elevator pitch—or thirty-second commercial—can be the verbal equivalent of “dressing for the job you want”....more

9 Ways to Help Your College Senior Land His First Job

As the parent of a college senior, you may be feeling anxious about graduation day and wondering how to help your child prepare to find work in the recovering job market. The current unemployment rate for college graduates ages 21 to 24 is 8.8 percent (up from 5.7 percent in 2007). Graduating in a bad economy has long-lasting consequences; the class of 2013 will likely earn less during the next 10 to 15 years than if they had graduated in a year when job opportunities were plentiful....more

Stepping back into a career after a break

Is it even possible? Of course it is because anything is possible. If you had a successful career before you took a break then you definitely have the skills and knowledge to do it a second time. It all starts with positive thinking! Don’t let the negativity and doubt sink in! It’s important to stay confident in your knowledge and abilities so you can easily discuss this and portray it in your body language....more

Mommy Sabbatical

Don'ts When Interviewing for a Job from a Receptionist

    By night I blog but by day I am an office manager. I started as a receptionist and by a stroke of great luck I was promoted to administrative assistant which lead me to office manager.  Despite the title, I am still a receptionist.  My desk is in the lobby, I greet people, schedule rooms, and let vendors in. Well, all that plus more but for a good portion of the day I am a receptionist. I happen to love my job but like any great jobs there are certain aspects that are not my favorite.  Greeting people coming for an interview is one of those things.  Don't get me wrong, I work with some fantastic people who once came for an interview but there is a fairly large percentage of would be employees who don't make the cut and I can usually tell their outcome based on how they treat me. ...more

24 Things Only People Who Work Entirely Too Much Will Understand

Oh to be young, gifted and on the fast track to success. If you’re one of the lucky few who actually enjoy their job then you know pulling yourself away from a desk you actually don’t mind sitting at is easier said than done. You also know that “I Want to Work for Diddy” and “The Devil Wears Prada” are eerily too close for comfort to your everyday life....more

Millennial Adaptability Heightened by Rapid Technological Change

Originally posted on ChapterTK.comLife is never stagnate. I don’t know if it’s karma or just the way energy was meant to flow in this world, but if I have learned anything in 24 years of life, it’s that life will always throw you a curve ball. The second you feel most comfortable and secure is the moment to be wary. Life loves to pull the rug out from under those enjoying contentment....more

The trade-off

Would you give up a week of vacation time and your 401K match to be able to work at home?After being laid off recently, my choices were between a contract position and a “strategic career move” (or being unemployed while I continued to look, but as we all know, unemployment isn’t working, so I did not consider that at all)....more

How to Create a Company Culture That Sticks

Company cultures always seem to come with a layer of expectations and reality, no matter how members are on your team or where you’re located. The expectation and reality of the situation affects both parties involved – the boss and the team members. And even though it might not always match up just so each and every time so everyone is constantly happy, there are still ways to make sure your company culture sticks for everyone on the team to engage in.Make every day, and everything, a cause for celebration....more

Change: The Only Game in Town

Erica works for a company that is always changing and it makes her crazy. “Why can't things just stay the same? Why is there always something that has to be done differently? What is wrong with the way it is now? I want to do my job one way, every day. Instead, my head is spinning,” she tells me....more