Resume
January 01, 20190

Are you looking for a job? Or do you plan to look for a job in the near future?

Those questions represent the most common reasons why someone would begin to look at their resume and decide if it needs to be updated. What most people discover over time is that their resume should always be update-to-date as job changes can occur suddenly and without any prior warning. But most people wait until a resume is needed and it is at this time that a decision is made to try to refine and update it, or leave it as is and hope that it will be sufficient enough to gain a recruiter or hiring manager's attention. There is a misconception that because resumes are rarely mailed out any longer, they are not that important. Yet many online application forms still request that a resume...

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5 Strategies to Help You Learn From Life Lessons
September 02, 20190

What happened the last time you looked back at your life or your career? Did you question any decisions made because of outcomes received? Do you believe your life or career should have or could have been different?

The best strategy to take is to look at the past and view it as old news or something beyond your ability to control now. However, many people cannot let go, or will not let go of the past, even knowing it cannot be undone or changed. As a career coach and educator, I have had heard many negative statements made about past decisions during self-reflection exercises and these comments can be summarized as follows.

I wish that I would have:

Made a Better Decision

Listened to Reason, Instead of Acting on Impulse

Followed My Heart,...

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Six Strategies to Manage Stress from the Inside Out
July 27, 20190

When conditions at work become challenging, how do you react? Are you able to continue on with your day and feel a sense of self-control, or do you internalize the stressful conditions and experience a negative reaction?

There are many circumstances on the job which can have an adverse impact on your performance, from poor working conditions to taking on too many tasks, or facing an over-extended schedule. But there is one condition that can arise as a result of not responding well to circumstances, which can have a negative effect on a person's well-being, and it is a condition known as stress. While it may seem as if there is not much more to be said about this topic, given how extensively the subject...

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5 Strategies to Change Negative Beliefs About Your Job or Career
July 06, 20190

For some people a job is something to get through to pay the bills, or what is referred as a necessary evil. For others, it is a vocation, a calling, or something that gives a sense of purpose to each day of the week.

It may take a lifetime to find the right job or career, and it is often the product of developing the necessary skills, acquiring specific knowledge, being dedicated to the company, demonstrating a sense of commitment, and for some, perhaps there is good luck involved, or being at the right place at the right time.

While there are many reasons why a person can succeed or fail in finding a good job or career, there is another factor that can have a significant influence on how a career evolves, and that is the beliefs a person holds about their abilities and...

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Learn How to Cultivate Self-Discipline as a Success Mindset
June 03, 20190

Do you understand the connection between what you think and the success you experience, or do not experience, in your job or career? If you could learn to discipline your thoughts towards an attitude of success, do you believe it is possible you could in turn become successful?

There is a well-known phrase that talks about the importance of working smarter and while there are many interpretations of what it can mean, overall it is meant to emphasize the benefits of being focused, disciplined, and working hard. Hard work is the backbone of any career but over time, and when routine work habits are established and set in, the effort that a person exerts may become conditionally based. It could be due to a person's perception of a "bad" boss, poor working conditions, not...

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Six Strategies for Facing Challenges in Your Career
May 06, 20190

How do you respond during those moments at work when you feel insecure, threatened, lacking in some way, outdated, or any other quality placed upon you because of present circumstances? Are you able to find something positive about yourself to believe in and hold onto long enough to over the challenges you face?

It's surprising how quickly our sense of security and resolve can be stripped away at work, whether you go to work in an office or you are a remote employee. The moment something comes along to challenge your ability to complete a task, project, or requirement, it may start a mental process of negativity and one which is difficult to stop. You even may not realize how much your job means to...

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5 Steps to Create a Purpose-Driven Teaching Philosophy Statement
April 15, 20190

What would you say about yourself if you were asked to explain your teaching philosophy as an educator? Do you have a guiding mission statement for your instructional practice?

You may be surprised with the number of educators who either do not have a teaching philosophy or cannot clearly and concisely articulate (without the use of clichés or generalizations about teaching) what their beliefs may be about learning and teaching. When I have been responsible for interviewing faculty for online teaching positions, many candidates I spoke with had not developed a clearly defined philosophy statement or never thought it was needed for their career. While it did not automatically disqualify them from a teaching position, it does not help them provide a true representation of...

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Discover What it Means to Be Resilient in Your Career
December 13, 20180

When you are faced with challenges in your career, how do you respond? When you experience negative emotional reactions about your job, can you control what you feel? Do you know what it means to be resilient?

The word resilience typically refers to a person's ability to bounce back from setbacks; however, as an educator and career coach I've learned that a person who becomes resilient has developed a success focused mindset. Where resiliency matters most is on the job because this demonstrates to an employer that you are flexible and adaptable to changes and new situations. What it doesn't mean is that you are emotionally bulletproof as there are times when you have to take the emotional hit and work through what you are feeling as circumstances around you change....

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Are You Ready for a Job Change? Trust These Indicators and Transition Steps
December 02, 20180

Are you feeling it is time for a change in your career? Do you believe you have gone as far as you can in your current role? Can you recognize the signs it is time to make a job transition? Are you uncertain if the timing is right to make a change and how you should begin the process?

Every job has a life cycle. There is an exciting or interesting starting point and then a natural progression that occurs over time. After a period of growth there will be a point when the job will peak. At this maturity point there may be a change made that allows the cycle to restart, or the job enters the decline and the employee loses interest, becomes complacent, works to just get by, and/or begins the search for a new job. Regardless of the final outcome, most every job goes through...

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5 Strategies To Help You Face Stress Head On
November 21, 20180

Do you feel knots in your stomach the moment you begin your work day? Does the phone ring and you immediately dread answering it? Or does your workday begin fairly well but become progressively worse, especially as the week continues and the demands never seem to let up?

There are many circumstances on the job that can have an adverse impact on performance, from poor working conditions to numerous responsibilities and an over-extended schedule. But there is one condition that can arise as a result of not responding well to circumstances, which can have a negative effect on a person's well-being, and that is the condition known as stress. While it may seem that there is not much more to be said about this topic, given how extensively the subject of stress management has...

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