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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Metaphorically Speaking

FOCUS ON: Defining Terms in the Field of Career Counseling One key to using language as a tool is to determine that the terms being used communicate the same meaning to the entire audience. Typically, for definitions we look in dictionary – but which one fits our field? In the past, many practitioners used the […]

Soft Skills and Leadership

FOCUS ON: The Soft Skills Gap Having technical skills may get the job done, but soft skills will keep job going. People skills, work ethic, attitude, and emotional intelligence are just a few that are crucial. When the organization is facing an inability to retain clients, high staff turnover, and managers who don’t lead, can […]

Change Happens

FOCUS ON: The Fluidity of Change Rapid readjustment is one solution to the “one step forward two steps backward phenomenon” that often occurs in projects. Are teams accordingly equipped (e.g., with generous freedom allowance)? If yes, then employee engagement during change can continue, leading to a greater chance of success. Read More. FOR PRACTITIONERS: Helping […]

Work and Mental Health

FOCUS ON: Depression at Work Keeping a job and getting help are the two goals when depression enters one’s life. Remembering that depression could be exacerbated if the worker just stays at home may be motivation for focusing on the those two goals. An employee assistance program (EAP) or supportive employer may be as important […]

Write Right

FOCUS ON: Poor Grammar Detracts from Our Image No one can claim to be not guilty of misusing the English language at various times. Just remember that following rules we learned in grammar school serve as powerful predictors of how we are perceived. Keep a reference book on your desk, such as the high school […]

Virtual Work

FOCUS ON: Turning the Disadvantages of Virtual Work into Advantages If your client is hesitant to become a virtual employee, counsel them to look for well organized teams and opportunities for videoconferencing. The geographic distance can lead to lack of trust unless informal communication occurs (e.g., videoconferencing or chat time). Organized teams offer carefully constructed […]

Mindfulness

FOCUS ON: Defining Mindfulness American Psychological Association (APA) authors Daphne M. Davis and Jeffrey A. Hayes, define mindfulness as “a moment-to-moment awareness of one’s experience without judgment”. Their lengthy compilation of benefits, based on research, include reduced rumination, stress-reduction, boosts to working memory, focus, less emotional activity, more cognitive flexibility, relationship satisfaction, and more. Read […]

Negotiation

FOCUS ON: Salary Negotiation Is Not Basic Many people mistakenly believe that a salary negotiation is a straightforward, back-and-forth process. Helping clients broaden their definition of negotiation can be a crucial part of the career development process. Understanding that there are alternatives and focusing on collaboration with others are all useful techniques to consider when […]

Social Media

FOCUS ON: The Importance of Social Media Skills With 92% of recruiters using social media to find their next employees, it is crucial to be well versed not only in the different types of social media, but also in the effective ways of using them. Thinking about who to include in a social network is […]

Leadership

FOCUS ON: Improving Leadership Skills Quick: think of someone who you admire as a leader. What traits does that person possess? Chances are, the characteristics that come to mind might include authenticity, adaptability, and passion. When considering your own growth as a leader, it can be helpful to not only look towards the people we […]

Preparing to Change Career Fields

FOCUS ON: Getting Started Changing Careers The idea that 80% of people want to change jobs is pretty stunning. It is important to help clients understand the many issues that come along with changing a career. Doing so can help them make an informed decision towards a fulfilling future, instead of acting out of temporary […]