Guiding Gen Z

FOCUS ON: Describing the Gen Z Lifestyle Trying to connect with recent college graduates as they enter the workforce? Understanding anyone born after 1995 requires a look at their media consumption, brand interests, entrepreneurial bent, marketing eye, and desire to co-create culture. The need to learn about Gen Z has resulted in a number of […]

Best Jobs For…

FOCUS ON: Best Jobs for Americans According to Glassdoor, Data Scientist tops the list of the 50 Best Jobs in America. Three engineering jobs made the top 10, as did jobs in HR management and occupational therapy. The three factors that determined these results were number of job openings, salary, and overall job satisfaction rating. […]

Networking in the 21st Century

FOCUS ON: Leveraging Relationships for Success A tech expert and Harvard Business Review contributor explains why networking is more important in the 21st century. Watch the video, shared on theMuse.com JOB SEARCHING: Alternatives to LinkedIn Joining or being active in a professional network is an effective method of job searching. Is LinkedIn the best one […]

Supervision

FOCUS ON: Federally Mandated Training of Supervisors Senator Heidi Heitkamp’s Federal Supervisor Training Act keeps the spotlight on federal personnel, hiring, and performance management issues. The possibility of big improvements in areas that affect employee morale and productivity could result from such a bill. If this bill passes, the first 12 months on the job […]

The Job Search Jungle

FOCUS ON: Defining Unemployment Job seekers are not always specifically those out of work. Yes, some may be unemployed, but they may also be underemployed or have given up on finding employment. Terms such as “discouraged workers” or “marginally attached workers” are used in addition to terms such as “the real unemployment rate” and “nonsense.” […]

Staying Upbeat

  FOCUS ON: Positive Psychology Hope can vanish if there is no intentional effort to stay upbeat. Optimistic leaders operationalize tactics to keep others from being dragged down. Try sharing positive stories, focusing outward, doing something fun and taking time to create to make things better. Read more tactics and behavorial changes here.  FOR PRACTITIONERS: Vital […]

Being the First

  FOCUS ON:First You Were a Student The initial learning process for counselors-in-training requires the navigation of of individual learning styles and management of expectations while developing skills that affect the interpersonal roles that shape the counseling outcome. Learning to master basic skills first, before jumping into applying theoretically-based techniques is a goal for beginning students. […]

How to Work Like an Entrepreneur

FOCUS ON: Staying Motivated It is a daily choice: be motivated to continue as an entrepreneur or lose focus and pride. It helps to remember what you left behind and surround yourself with positive people. Read more hints from a successful entrepreneur. JOB SEARCHING: Write Your Next Job Description With a New Mindset In the […]

Working Internationally

FOCUS ON: Unintentional Rude Behaviors by Americans Travelers beware: there are a few American behaviors that could be rude in other countries. Loud, open laughter could offend a Japanese worker, as could being “on time” in Argentina. Help overcome social awkwardness and aim for politeness all around the world. Read more. COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES: Studying […]

Servant Leadership

FOCUS ON: Taker-Leaders versus Giver-Leaders Leaders who have an inner vision that drives their purpose for the benefit of others are giver-leaders, such as Mahatma Gandhi and George Washington. These people are servant leaders and inspire others to enthusiastically follow. Taker-Leaders, such as Hitler, more often are driven by external opportunities and they gain followers […]

Cultural Fit

 FOCUS ON: What is Fit? A match with organizational values? Ability to get along with clients? Having fun with the interviewers? Pure chemistry? A match with diversity goals? Because the definition of “fit” determines who will get hired (which depends on who is doing the hiring), it is tough to predict on-the-job success. Knowing that […]

Graduates and the Job Market

FOCUS ON: Backpacks to Briefcases Google that catchy term, “backpacks to briefcases” and you will find hundreds if not millions of links that offer something on the topic of what graduates are facing this month. One source is the book with that title found on Amazon.com (2006, published by Life After Graduation). Several other search […]