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. […]

Building Trust

FOCUS ON: Trust and Team-building Getting everyone on the team to go the extra mile involves all the components of trust: telling the truth, avoiding bad-mouthing, fulfilling commitments, giving credit – and the list goes on. Building “psychological safety” i.e., “the belief that you won’t be punished” requires trust. Having trust on the team means […]

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 […]

The Career Summary

FOCUS ON: The Profile Section of a Resume Whether its called a Qualifications Profile, an Executive Summary, or a List of Accomplishments, the top of the resume is where the recruiter looks for the overview. The key is to tailor this section to the specific job being applied for. Read more about summaries on resumes […]

Success

FOCUS ON: The Positive Side of Success International Positive Psychology’s 5th World Conference offered new ways to think about what people want in regards to health, happiness, and success. First, what you achieve at work is not as important as “relational energy” – your ability to motive or energize others. Second, your mindset has physical […]

Performance Reviews

FOCUS ON: The Pros and Cons of 360 Degree Feedback When accurate, reflective and validating information is received from the organization, the employee’s personal and career development is enhanced. But a valid assessment of strengths and weaknesses is dependent upon the method of implementing the assessment. Read the good and bad side of this performance […]

Counselor Competencies

FOCUS ON: Active Listening Can Make Everyone Happier Deep positive relationships begins with the most important element of good communication: active listening. The empathetic counseling relationships requires mastery of this art. Review and practice these steps toward more active listening from this Positive Psychology resource. FOR PRACTITIONERS: Be Careful and Be Open to Theories Comfort, […]

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 […]

E-Coaching

FOCUS ON: Effective Coaching/Counseling Can be Electronic Contextual cues and professional development can assist the counselor in functioning in non-traditional mediums, such as email, phone, e-chat, texting, or online video. The key is to use technology that is appropriate for each client, be comfortable and flexible with the platforms, and continually research and practice. Read […]

Kindness and Respect

FOCUS ON: The Respectful Model A counseling relationship can progress ethically and holistically when the multidimensionality of the client is recognized. The Respectful Model offers ten factors that influence the client’s psychological development and personal well-being, from “Religious” and “Economic” to “Unique” and “Location” (hence the acronym RESPECTFUL is revealed). Read more about the model […]