• 6 Ways To Use LinkedIn To Advance Your Career

    I’ve said it time and again to clients that when it comes to LinkedIn: what you put in is what you put out. It’s not enough to make a gorgeous profile—although that’s important. In fact, I created a 16-page guide in my online store that walks you through all of the possibilities for writing a killer profile! Check it out here: www.careeruprising.com/store.

    Beyond the profile though, you need to use LinkedIn as a tool in your job search and career. I’ve laid out six ways you can actively use LinkedIn to advance your career, in the short and long-term.

    You have access to over 650 million people. LinkedIn is the number one social network for professionals — and, arguably, the most important website for jobseekers — with more than 650 million members worldwide. Not ...
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  • When To Change Your Job Title On Your Resume

    I've been asked this question by clients so many times: Can I adjust my job title?  

    The answer is....sometimes.

    I do advocate changing your job title, just slightly, in two situations:

    1. To Accurately Describe What You Do

    First, you change it when it actually makes your title more accurate to you do. Many job titles out there are very ambiguous and don't give an accurate picture of what the job entails. Plus, we've all taken jobs that sounded like one thing, and then turned out to be SO much more when we actually took the job.

    Let's say your job title is Program Coordinator. This job title may seem harmless but it's very general and could be misleading. The word "coordinator" typically implies something low ...
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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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  • 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

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    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Why You Should Change Jobs Every Five Years

    It used to be the standard advice that you should stay with one employer as long as you can and be happy that you have a job. I know this because I work with mid and late career job seekers, people who grew up in world where it was normal to stay somewhere for 20 or 30 years and retire. We all know that those days are long gone, but is that a bad thing?

    If you want to stay current in your skills, make more money and be happier with your career, then no, it's not a bad thing. Believe it or not, there are significant benefits to changing jobs more frequently. And by frequently, I mean about every five to seven years. I don't mean every one to two years. That’s a little quick and then you are going to look ...
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  • Are You Headed for A Career Burnout?

    We spend a large portion of our lives at work often seeing our coworkers more than our own families. I’m sure you’ve heard that saying before and for many people it’s true. In fact, It’s been estimated that you will spend about 90,000 hours of your life working, or roughly 1/3 of your life. That’s assuming that you work 40 hours a week from age 20 to 65 with 2 weeks of vacation a year. So you can imagine, working long hours—as we’re known to do here in the U.S— coupled with long commutes often an hour or more each way, and feelings of unfulfillment, underappreciation, etc. is a recipe for career burnout. And worse than that, depression. And career burnout = life burnout. If you hate your job, you’ll hate your life.

    When we experience chronic stress from our jobs, it bleeds into ...
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  • How To Be More Engaged At Work (Even In Your Current Job)

    It’s estimated that 70% of U.S. workers are disengaged. If I were to ask everyone reading this if you’ve ever felt disengaged at your job, I think that every hand would go up. Do a Google search and you’ll find a plethora of articles, research and experts and so on, all weighing in on this topic.

    Employee engagement has become the holy grail in today’s workplace. Companies everywhere are scrambling to figure out how to gain more productivity and loyalty from their employees. They’re doing studies and hiring consultants, they’re doing employee surveys and anything else they can think of. Meanwhile, employees everywhere are trying to figure out how to not hate their jobs. As I said, I think everyone has experienced disengagement at some point. To a certain degree, it's normal. There are going to be peaks and valleys ...
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