Have you ever experienced a huge accomplishment, only to immediately afterward: get sick, get into an argument, worry incessantly about something out of your control, get in an accident, etc.? This may not have been a coincidence. It may have been an Upper Limit Problem.Read More
An informational interview is one in which you, the interviewer, seek advice and input about careers, industries, and/or corporate culture from a professional in the field. Note that an informational interview is one in which you ask for information, not a job. You’re simply in it for research and learning purposes.
These meetings can be an incredibly efficient and impactful way of exploring opportunities, as professionals in the field can provide great insight. But how do you go about asking for such a meeting?Read More
Although it’s been many years since I held my first internship, I still remember it well—particularly the excitement and the nervousness before my first day. I remember the joy I felt once I completed my first big assignment. I remember my confusion about how to ask for feedback, how to navigate my first company event, and how to obtain a letter of recommendation once the summer was over. Really, I just remember emotions swirling. Chances are, you probably have very similar recollections.
Now the tables have turned and you are the boss, managing an intern of your own. Bogged down with our own work and deadlines, stressed about meetings and juggling projects, we’re distracted. We often forget the way we first felt as a young professional trying to navigate the workplace.Read More
E-mail pet peeves. All of us have them. None of us think we’re guilty of them.
But my guess is that with a closer look at our email habits, we all might find at least one or two things we could stop doing to improve our professionalism over e-mail. And as the primary mode of workplace communication these days, stepping up your e-mail game is critical to putting your best foot forward on the job.Read More
I’m a planner, which means that I like knowing what’s coming next and anticipating changes in my future. I’m so much of a planner that you’d be surprised how long it took me to come to terms with the fact that things just don’t always go as planned.
For example, if you had told my 23-year-old self that one day I’d go to graduate school or move across the country, I probably wouldn’t have believed you. These things weren’t in my “plans.” My guess is that you’ve experienced a shift in your plans a time or two as well.
We can plan all we want, but when things don’t go as we originally expected, it’s often due to a chance meeting or opportunity. When it comes to career development, we sometimes forget what a large role chance plays.Read More
A lot has been written about the value of a mentor on your career development. I absolutely believe mentorship plays a huge role in our growth, but I also believe that a strong network, a personal board of advisors, is key to our success.Read More
With the start of every new year comes a lot of talk about all the ways we hope to set new goals, reach new heights, and basically do more…better, stronger, and faster. But I’ve got to be honest: I hit a wall this past winter, and I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one.Read More
At some point in your career, the question of salary expectations is bound to come up. While you should always try to avoid naming a number first, the fact of the matter is: at some point, you will have to provide an answer. But determining what that number should be is not always an easy task.Read More
As a career coach, I frequently get asked the question, “How do I find my passion?” While I fully support the aspiration to find meaningful work, I don’t prescribe to the idea that we must ask this question to get there. When we focus simply on finding our passion, we limit ourselves so that we can no longer think comprehensively about the world of work and career possibilities that may fulfill us. Instead, we often become stuck, searching for our one and only career soul mate.Read More
At one point in time, spring break may have been a warm escape that you eagerly awaited during a cold, stressful semester as a college student. You want to get away (and carry on the tradition of kicking off spring in the sun), but now as a working professional, the idea of heading to a traditional spring break spot filled with college crowds sounds less appealing. Instead of simply veering toward one of the customary southern beaches with the droves of college kids, why not take a spring break to really getaway from it all – in a less common locale like these.Read More
The time has come to bid your current work digs farewell, but you want to make sure you do so on a positive note, right? Avoid last minute blunders and the potential to burn bridges with valuable colleagues and connections by following these steps.Read More
I love a good TED Talk. In fact, I often find myself recalling different messages I have heard in my everyday work. Here are some of my favorites that hopefully inspire you as well.Read More
The hours we spend getting to and from the office can really add up over time. If you find yourself sitting for lengthy periods of time during your commute, consider some of the following ways to use your commute more effectively.Read More
If you're anything like me, you've probably thought that doing everything "right" at work meant that you were a star-performer. It meant that you were excelling and would progress quickly along your career path, right? Wrong. This need for perfection has probably hindered you in more ways than one.Read More
I know it’s fun to look forward to the weekend. We make jokes about dreading Mondays and we celebrate Fridays. That’s all good, but what about the rest of the days? I don’t know about you, but I’d like to live for more than just the weekend. This got me thinking about how rather than griping about the work week, we could use gratitude to change our perspective.Read More