• Never Be Overqualified Again

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    Have you ever been told you’re "overqualified" for a job? Of course, you have. Anyone over the age of 40 will tell you that’s a code word for old.

    So, what does conventional advice say to do? Remove the older jobs on your resume. Remove the years from your education. Slap a younger photo on your LinkedIn profile. You’re supposed to play all sorts of games to hide the fact that you are 50 something with 30+ years of experience.

    All of this sounds great…until they interview you. You can hide your age all you want on a piece of paper or online, but you’re forgetting one little thing: they’ll figure it ...
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  • Find an Amazing Job (Without Applying Online)

    I’m sure you have heard people talking all the time about how they found an amazing new job through a connection or referral. They didn’t even have to touch an online application. These are the lucky people, right? How do they do it? Are they just naturally lucky or well-connected? How can I get those results?

    Online applications are by far the most common job search method. Unfortunately, they are the least effective. Why? Because 80% of all job openings are filled before they ever reach the general public! You probably figured that out after you’ve been searching and applying with no luck for months or longer. First, we need to expose the truth about job boards and what you really should be using them for. Then we’ll go in-depth and explore three strategies for uncovering job opportunities without ...
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  • Five Life Skills That Everyone Must Master

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    There are so many critical skills that we're never formally taught because they are a bit abstract and considered "softer" skills. That phrase is misleading though. The real secret to career advancement and satisfaction lies in your soft skills, not your knowledge. There are five crucial skills that every professional must master in order to win job offers and promotions, but also to just be effective and satisfied in their jobs. And good news, no matter who you are or what you do for a living, even if you’re in between jobs, these skills apply to you.

    What skills do we need to be successful? Probably not what you think. It’s not about what you know and ...
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  • Three Steps To Manifest Your Ideal Career

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    Changing careers can be an overwhelming process. Many people worry that they will have to “start over” and settle for less. Others don’t know exactly what they want to do or what they are good at. I am going to help you gain clarity on your path and prepare you for the career transition process.

     When you think about your current job or lack of one, what feelings come up right now? Are you feeling bored, frustrated or stuck? Maybe unfulfilled, underpaid, or underappreciated. Maybe all of these things. Maybe you’ve had a lot of jobs, but never really found a career. I’ve heard all of these from clients. And the problem is that we get ...
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  • Working With A Bad Boss

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    It’s been shown time and time again that the #1 most critical factor in employee retention is a good relationship with your boss. More than money or length of commute, or anything else. People are willing to stay in jobs that pay less if they have a good relationship with their boss. That’s powerful.

    It’s actually been said that people don’t leave jobs, they leave bosses. If you don’t have trust and communication with the people you work with, your engagement and performance will decline.

    But what makes a boss bad?  A bad boss would be characterized as micro-managing, unsupportive, and aggressive even. They call you out in front of everyone ...
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  • 5 Ways to Recharge Your Energy After a Rough Day

    SPECIAL GUEST ARTICLE 

    by Amanda Babineau LaRose of We Care Management

    Few things zap your energy the way a stressful day can. Stress is known to reduce our levels of serotonin and dopamine, neurotransmitters that play an important role in our mood, energy and motivation. After a difficult day, you might be tempted to lounge on the couch watching TV until it’s time to go to bed. Although it might feel good in the moment, it won’t give you the mood and energy lift you need after a rough day. Here are five simple ways you can recharge yourself.

    1. Unplug

    After a stress-filled day, you need to unwind—and that means turning off your phone for some much-needed “me” time. It can be tempting to sit on the ...
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  • The Birth of Career UpRising (A Special Announcement)

    If you're a member of my email and social media community, you may know that I’ve been alluding to a big announcement. It’s finally here.

    One year ago, this month, I began a podcast, Career UpRising. It’s been more than a podcast though. It’s been a labor of love and an enormous creative outlet for me. It was also an opportunity for me to expand upon the tactical job search advice and move towards big picture thinking and broader life coaching.

    Shortly after launching the show, I saw a glimpse of the future. The name “Career UpRising” inspires all of the feelings that my coaching practice is about. Rising up. Expanding. Growing. (And it’s a nice play on my last name, right?)

    I knew early on that I would eventually merge the two ...
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  • How To Negotiate A Raise (And Get It!)

    How many of you out there have actually negotiated more money? Many people shy away from asking for more money because of the fear of rejection.

    What if they say no?

    What if it makes it awkward with your boss?

    Well, I’m here to tell you that you can do this. It’s actually a very normal thing to do and it may not be completely comfortable, but it doesn’t have to make things awkward. I’ve done it myself and got the raise.  If you want to learn how to confidently and successfully ask for a raise, this article is for you. I will share three practical strategies and some dialogue for your next negotiation.

    Do your research. It goes without saying that you need to know ...
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  • How To Beat An Internal Candidate For The Job

    I recently received a question from one of my blog followers, Cindi, about how to beat an internal candidate in a job interview.  I've never been asked this before but I think its a great question!

    Cindi says: “I have read and will continue to read, your columns and articles on your website and I find them informative and useful (Thanks, Cindi!). I work full-time as an Administrative Assistant and I have been looking to switch to a different employer – into the community college area – still as an Executive Assistant. I have had two interviews, called back for a second interview and even had that third follow-up phone call. I am one of the final two candidates; however, the internal candidate always wins out at the end. The employer’s only reason is “the internal candidate will make the transition easier”. How ...
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  • Position Yourself For A Promotion

    What is the secret to getting ahead at work?

    Why do some people get promoted over others?

    I’ve managed, trained and promoted dozens of people in my career. In fact, my first management position was when I was just 19. No doubt, it's frustrating and de-motivating when you don’t get picked for the job, especially when the person who did get the promotion has been with the company less time or has less experience. This happens! It’s happened to me.

    First, we need to clear up a big misconception about what it takes to get promoted. A lot of people think that getting promoted is about doing really well in the current role. If you're a star performer and get a perfect score on your reviews, you'll surely get promoted. Well, maybe. ...
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