October 12, 20180

Do you ever give yourself time to do something enjoyable, a project or activity you might even consider to be fun? Many people have a list of ideas or projects they would like to complete, and the sentence which usually precedes the list is: If I only had time I would get started. Does that sound familiar?

Yes, everyone should have a hobby, especially those who work in an office every day and complete the same routine tasks. There has been a lot written about mindfulness and the benefits of meditation. This is based upon the idea of giving yourself time to be alone, away from your daily routine and responsibilities, to help regain a sense of balance and manage stress. But for many people, the idea of sitting in a quiet room and trying to suddenly become calm and focused without...

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Online Teaching as a Career: Ongoing Professional Development is Needed
August 30, 20180

Do you have formal plans in place for ongoing professional development? Do you seek out new opportunities to learn and grow?

What is the essence of online teaching? Should an online instructor be referred to as a teacher, facilitator, educator – or perhaps all three are applicable? In the reality of online teaching, all three of those words apply as an online instructor must know how to teach a subject, facilitate a learning process, and be an educator by knowing how adults learn.

At the heart of online teaching are the relationships and interactions developed and sustained with students, the personal connections made that humanize the learning experience, and the discussions that are nurtured to engage students in meaningful conversations. The work of an online...

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The Key to Success in Life and Work is Learning What Fear Means
August 15, 20180

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.  – Franklin D. Roosevelt.

There is one feeling that carries with it more negative power than any other and it is fear. The very word fear itself can bring unpleasant memories to light and remind us of what we believe we cannot accomplish. It carries a negative connotation and represents an uncomfortable feeling of helplessness or hopelessness. It may be felt when a goal was not achieved, and result in a time of questioning, doubt, and second-guessing.

Fear is also associated with a time when a person becomes afraid to try something new or becomes indecisive while considering possibilities about what may or may not happen as a result of a pending decision. It is a time of uncertainty, looking ahead and not knowing...

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5 Strategies for Working with a Challenging (and Often Difficult) Boss
June 30, 20180

A difficult manager. We have all known someone like this or worked for this type of person. This is a person who seems to have an on and off switch which can be triggered or activated, with or without any warning. This manager is challenging to work with and when it is your manager whose personality or demeanor seems to constantly change – it poses even greater challenges as this person is responsible for your work assignments, performance evaluations, and establishing a reputation with your employer. When you find you are in this situation, there are coping strategies you can implement to help how you respond to and work with this type of challenging (and often difficult) boss.

Management Styles

While there are countless articles written about managing...

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Career Coaching
May 01, 20180

Finding the purpose for your career may be known early on in life, through a series of jobs, or you may struggle to understand what really interests you no matter how hard you try to find the "right" job or career. This is when people become interested in professional development, mentoring, and even career coaching programs.

Career coaching programs have become popular and yet there is somewhat of a mystery involved because of the number of programs available, and the quality of these programs or coaches may be difficult to assess. The cost of a program can vary significantly, along with the background and experience of the coach. If you are going to make an investment you need to be certain the program has an ability to meet your needs and more importantly, you should be fully...

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Should You Accept a Job Offer, Even if It Doesn't Advance Your Career?
February 15, 20180

Are you willing to take a job just because you need it and you believe it will become something more in the future? Or do you have an ability to wait until a job which is a better match for your career comes along? What is most important for the long-term success of your career?

It takes quite a bit of time and effort to find a job, especially when you take into consideration the amount of time spent working on the development of a resume, searching through online job boards, filling out online applications, and going through the interview process – often interviews with multiple recruiters and hiring managers.

What happens after you have spent all of that time and discover the job you've begun is not what you had hoped it would be or not what was advertised...

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Are You Thinking About Building a Successful Long-Term Career?
December 12, 20170

What's more important for your long-term career goals: Do you want to find a job and accept whatever comes along, or do you want to keep yourself focused on the big picture, search for a better job, and work towards building a successful career?

There is no question the job market is challenging, no matter what point in time it is as many industries are struggling to sustain employees and grow their businesses. Those of us who work in higher education, especially the field of distance learning, have watched this industry change dramatically over the past few years. And every month it seems you can read about another business or industry making layoffs, leaving many valued employees searching for new positions. I have seen this too as a resume writer, having written resumes for...

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October 15, 20170

How do people perceive you at work? Does it matter what your colleagues think about you? Should you be concerned about your reputation?

People generally want to be perceived and portrayed at work as someone who is professional, reliable, ethical, trustworthy, open-minded, adaptable, flexible, and willing to learn, along with many other similar qualities and characteristics. This is a significant aspect of developing a long ranger career reputation, which serves as a representation of a person while they are at work, on the job, and while they are developing their career through new jobs and opportunities.

From a personal perspective, many people are not seemingly as concerned about the reputation they have as a person. As a society we are...

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August 15, 20170

"Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings." -Samuel Johnson

There is one particular quality which makes everyone shine, one which shows through their work and even within their resume. Do you know what it is? It is having a well-established sense of self-confidence. A person who is self-confident will approach their work with a measure of certainty; possessing self-awareness of the experience and knowledge or know-how needed to get the job done.

Even a resume will reflect that confidence through the word choice used and this will also come across through a person's tone during an interview. Being self-confident comes easily for some people, yet others struggle to try and sustain it. For most people this is a feeling that can fluctuate at times...

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Here are Five Warning Signs You Are Stuck in a Career Rut
March 15, 20170

Are you feeling unhappy about your job or your career? Does it feel as if you are going nowhere in your job no matter how hard you work or the amount of time you devote to performing your very best? Or have you just given up and resigned yourself to the present circumstances?

Most people want a reliable and steady job, one that provides a feeling of security and a sense of accomplishment. A job can serve a variety of purposes and that includes meeting a need for income or serving as part of a specific career plan and becoming a step towards meeting career goals. Over time a job can become the basis for a stable career, one that allows for the development of new skills and provides new opportunities. While stability in a career is important, what happens when that job you value...

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