Know “Brand You” And Put Your Future In Your Own Hands

Thinking of setting some career goals?  I've noticed that it's a lot easier to plot a direction and make decisions when you know what value you bring – what impact you make to those around you.Perhaps your next career step involves interviewing for a new job.  If so, you'll need to be prepared to answer the question, "Why should I hire you?"  Whether they ask it or not, that is basically what interviewers want to know.  And you can easily answer this question if you can describe how you bring value....more

How Losing A Job Can Be A Good Thing

When I was terminated from my job in 1998, I didn't know then what I know now.For 11 months I’d been trying to “stick it out” even though I’d known this wasn't the best company for me less than 60 days after starting there. At last, I was ready to admit defeat. I was ready to give up and move on, but the regional manager beat me to the punch and fired me before I could quit....more

Stripping Away The Illusion

I was skimming through Facebook.  An old friend from high school who I occasionally see on my news feed had posted a link to her website.  Out of curiosity, I clicked it.The link led to her website, where I saw her miscellaneous accomplishments in the fine arts – an award for poetry and various articles in foreign publications, among other works she’d gotten published.  I thought, “Now this is creative writing!”...more

You Don't Have To Go It Alone

When you're trying to make something big happen in your life, you don't have to go it alone.Find someone who you can talk to about your dreams, goals and plans.Nurture relationships with people who give you constructive, rather than destructive, feedback. You'll get where you want to go much faster when you feel supported and encouraged.There are at least 2 ways I suggest you get support....more