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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Intergenerational Teams

FOCUS ON: Collaboration is Key Any team project will require good communication and respect, particularly a team of mixed generations. Avoiding a one-size-fits-all approach while fostering mentoring and new workplace benefits may be the keys to achieving collaboration. Read more from the Career Pivot blog. FOR PRACTITIONERS: Applying Generational Theory Four generations in the workforce […]

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 […]

May Mortarboard Momentum

FOCUS ON: Advice for the Graduate Confidence makes a difference. Gaining belief in oneself can come from taking risks, travel, teams of high-level advisors and taking action. Read this on-target advice for all graduates from the author of “The Confidence Factor for Women in Business” Carol Sankar. JOB SEARCHING: How to Make Good Decisions for […]

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 […]

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; […]

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 […]