Career Advice

Why two heads are always better than one

We’re all familiar with the wise proverb, “Two heads are better than one”—but how often do you follow this advice? If you’re anything like me, or should I say the old me, the answer is (I mean was): not enough.

When you’re rushing to get something done—or let’s admit it, maybe you’re just too stubborn to ask for help—and refuse to get the guidance or support you really need, you’re shooting yourself in the foot. The result: wasted time, feelings of frustration and confusion—and some pretty embarrassing and irreversible mistakes. That’s why today, I work with an army of trusted mentors, advisors and coaches to help me achieve my goals—and if you need more convincing, here’s why you should do the same.

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Career Advice, Leadership

You’re doing it wrong: How to lead millennials the right way

Awhile back, I had a telling conversation with a millennial who recently quit his job. When I asked the young man why he left his employer, his response was, “My boss.” After probing a bit more, I discovered he didn’t feel connected to his supervisor or his work. At one point in our conversation, he passionately said,

“My supervisor was very task-focused and always told me what to do. The problem was, he never told me why I was doing what I was doing. Anytime I asked my boss to connect the dots, he would get aggravated and tell me it wasn’t my job to understand the full process. I eventually realized I was never going to learn and grow as a leader under his management style.”

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Career Advice, Leadership, Management

How to use negative feedback to be a better leader

A few weeks ago, I gave constructive feedback to a colleague.  Although those types of conversations are never easy, the discussion went well. Looking back on our meeting, I attribute its success to my detailed pre-planning.

At the close of our meeting, I was feeling good about our time together, but then something unexpected happened: This employee said they had feedback for me. My colleague then shared two examples of when I had recently let them down. The feedback stung. While I had planned to give feedback, I certainly hadn’t planned to receive it. I was thrown off guard and immediately felt hurt because I could empathize with this person’s concerns. They were right — I could have handled a few things differently than I had.

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4 proven ways to impress recruiters with your resume

Ensuring a recruiter has a stress-free time reviewing your resume will increase the chances of you being called in for an interview. As a hiring manager who’s looked at thousands of resumes, this is what I and the industry look for from potential new hires.

Write a powerful summary statement

HR professionals and recruiters only spend 30 seconds or less reviewing an individual resume. That’s why developing an impactful and memorable summary statement is critical. Your statement should:

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The 1 networking mistake you should never make again

A few months ago, an acquaintance reached out to me for career and personal branding advice. Thrilled to help, I offered to call this person right away (free of charge of course) and I spent close to an hour sharing advice, suggesting various resources and offering to introduce her to one of the most valuable mentors I have ever had.

I went above and beyond for this contact, just like I do for almost anyone who reaches out to me for guidance. In return, I received the absolute worst thing you could get after extending help with networking.

Nothing.

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How to become an even better public speaker

Between my management, training and teaching responsibilities, I regularly speak to large audiences. While I can’t claim to be a world-renowned professional speaker, I can assert I am an engaging speaker who has come a long way over the years. I attribute my success to building my self-confidence, taking risks and regularly self-evaluating my presentations.

If you are trying to enhance your public speaking skills, you may benefit from learning about some of the steps I have taken to improve.

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My 4 favorite career advice articles I wrote in 2015

It’s hard to believe we’ll be celebrating the New Year in a few weeks. As I reflect on 2015, I can proudly say I accomplished a lot; both personally and professionally. I transitioned to a new career in human resources, started teaching as an adjunct professor and got more involved working with a nonprofit in my community.

Reflecting on my achievements helped me realize I measure success by how helpful I am to others.

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Career Advice, Human Resources, Management

The perfect trick to help you cope with making tough decisions at work

In all of my management roles, I have been “the bad guy” more often than not. I’ve said “no” more times than I can count and I have made hundreds of unpopular choices. I’ve also been responsible for initiating and supporting dozens of corrective action conversations and terminations. In short, I’m not people’s favorite person at work. But you know what? That’s okay. I take pride in taking a difficult stance as long as it’s for the greater good of the company.

When I started out in my career, being “the bad guy” didn’t come as easy to me. I would get nauseous before I had to have a difficult conversation and the idea of someone not liking me would make me cringe.

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How to keep your resume current and why you need it to succeed

Have you ever felt stressed out because your resume wasn’t up-to-date? It turns out you’re part of the majority of job seekers in this feeling.

2015 CareerBuilder Candidate Behavior Study revealed that 61 percent of people keep their resume current at all times. I was both shocked and disappointed to learn that leaves only 39 percent of us who are up to speed on the resume process, ensuring we are staying up-to-date and stress-free.

Keeping your resume accurate allows you to regularly reflect on your career path while also preparing you for an unexpected job loss or opportunity. It also gives you the framework needed to keep your LinkedIn profile fresh.

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4 salary negotiation mistakes to avoid

With annual review season here, chances are you will be negotiating a pay raise. Your negotiating approach will have a significant impact on your end result so be sure to avoid these common mistakes.

Bringing your personal life into it

Whether you’re expecting a child, buying a house or having financial troubles, it doesn’t qualify you for a raise, so don’t act like it does. When you bring your personal situation into the conversation you are letting your manager know why you need a raise as opposed to why you deserve it.

What to do instead: Share data and some recent examples of your accomplishments with your boss to help them see the value you bring to the organization. Helpful supporting facts you should include in your discussion are metrics where you exceeded expectations, completed projects, and employee and customer testimonials.

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