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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Have You Discovered Your Power to Uplift and Inspire Students?
May 22, 20170

Do you want to teach your students, or would you like to use the power of teaching to also inspire and uplift your students?

Many people view an educator as someone who is a subject matter expert in their chosen discipline, a gatekeeper to a school's policies, and the one who is charged with providing instruction through the teaching strategies he or she has implemented. As a point of reference: When I use the word "teaching" I am not referring strictly to primary education, rather I am using it as a generic term for instruction, as my perspective is written based upon my work in the field of higher education.

Many institutions value credit hours and scholarly publications as the primary criteria for hiring instructors. Yet having qualifications and publishing articles...

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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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August 20, 20160

How do you react when a co-work disagrees with you? How do you address a negotiation that requires you to meet specific goals? How do you approach a customer who appears to be upset or angry? These are just a few examples of the scenarios you might face as you interact with others each day. Communication is part of every job and every relationship. The process of communication is complex yet occurs in a split second or the very moment a person decides to send a message – whether verbally or in writing. We all have natural, human reactions to circumstances and other people. But do those reactions always produce the best response? The answer is that our gut reactions or initial replies and responses do not always address situations or other persons in the most...

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July 20, 20160

What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?  – Vincent Van Gogh

Consider the last time you looked back at your life or your career. Did you ever question the choices you made or had to make? Did you ever wish that outcomes experienced had been better or different? 

Hopefully you are able to look at the past and consider it to be old news or something that is beyond your ability to control now. However, many people cannot let go of the past – even knowing that 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 many of these comments can be summarized as follows.

If I only had the courage to:

  • Take a Stand
  • ...
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Career Checkpoints
May 15, 20160

One of the most common suggestions given for anyone who needs or wants to accomplish something in their career is to set goals. The typical recommendation is to set short-term and long-term goals, with the purpose of setting specific deadlines. With goal setting people usually start out strong and with good intentions to reach for completion of those goals. Some will follow what they have mapped out while others may fail to even reach the short-term objective – and then the goals are abandoned. While goal setting can be effective there is another process that ensures more interactivity and involvement in the career development process. It is a strategy that uses checkpoints as the primary indicators of progress. This method encourages the development of a career plan that engages you...

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Digital Footprint
April 10, 20160

The time when job seekers relied solely on the newspaper for job ads has passed and now jobs are often found through online sources such as job boards. The obvious benefit is the ability to find jobs on any given day or time of the week, along with information about potential employers. What job seekers must always keep in mind is that potential employers can also learn about them with a quick search using any search engine.

What can be found is a digital footprint and that is what needs to be monitored on a regular basis. It is possible to sabotage your career potential if you don't monitor your online presence and control how you interact with and participate in social networking websites. While this applies to many people in careers where their online presence is closely...

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Power of Potential
March 09, 20160

Have you discovered the potential you have now, whether it is in your life or your career? Everyone has potential, perhaps more than they realize now or will ever come to fully know in their life because of fear and self-doubt. Your ability to tap into your potential will determine how many successes you have throughout your life, which is especially important for your career. You have the potential to learn, which many people do not realize even though they learn from life experiences every day. Everyone have a potential for personal and professional self-development because of an ability to learn, as long as you are willing to purposefully seek out new knowledge and skills, and develop a supportive mindset.

The awareness of your own potential is important for the...

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Stay the Course
February 15, 20160

Any time you think about your current job or career, and you question the decisions you've made that caused you to arrive at this particular point, it may be easy to let self-doubt and negativity take over your thoughts. If this pattern of thinking is allowed to continue for any length of time you will likely find that it can cause you to lose sight of the control you have over your career, regardless of the present circumstances that may seem to be beyond your immediate power to change for the better. A mindset like that can easily become a self-defeating attitude, which will lead to further frustration and stall your developmental plans.

There is a common phrase that would be helpful to keep in mind as you reflect on your career and it is known as "stay the course" – and this...

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