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 […]

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.” […]

New Growth in Spring

 FOCUS ON: Adult Learners Are Different Practitioners who encourage clients to pursue professional development (or want to pursue it for themselves) need to understand the principles behind adult learning. This will help the adult keep the end goal in mind, while selecting a practical program that is self-directed. When adults get too pressed for time […]

Execute is One Key for the Executive

FOCUS ON: Climbing the Ladder Define, share and network are the keywords for those who want to move up. Volunteering and staying current are also valuable tasks. Reposition yourself with these strategies from an executive and career reinvention coach.  JOB SEARCHING: How Do You Want to be Perceived? How might you be considered for advanced […]

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 […]

Engagement and Disengagement

FOCUS ON: Research on Engagement Dale Carnegie Training and MSW conducted a study of 1500 employees. To show why engagement matters, first, the definition was shared: “the emotional and functional commitment an employee has to his or her organization.” Next, the research results: 71% of all employees are not fully engaged; 26% are actively disengaged; […]

Retention

FOCUS ON: Employee Career Development Key reasons organizations support internal employee development include stress reduction, a focus on the long-term, in preparation for massive baby-boomer retirement, avoidance of attrition costs and the maintenance of intellectual capital. To make these efforts work, employees and managers need to be given the concepts, tools and practical experience. Read […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Women in the Workforce

FOCUS ON: Helping Women Break the Glass Ceiling Yes, the glass ceiling still exists for women in the workplace. Recent research suggests that even today there are invisible roadblocks to women moving into the upper echelons of the corporate world. How can career development professionals help shatter these barriers for female clients? Discuss options such […]