Think social media is a fad? You are falling behind.

In my recent webinars on Recession-proofing Your Career, I have emphasized the importance of networking. I have also emphasized that networking via social media is an important part of that process. I have seen so many people who are complacent because they have jobs. As a result, they have few, if any, LinkedIn connections, and they have rusty, at best, connections outside of their internal network.

Improve How You Communicate Up

In many of my past articles, I have written about the importance of management’s influence on retention, productivity, morale, and employee satisfaction. You have heard me rant and rave about how “employees don’t leave organizations, they leave their managers.”

Well, there is a flip side to that coin too.

Every team member has a responsibility to effectively communicate with his or her manager. Let me say that a little bit stronger. You are primarily responsible for making sure communication with your manager is working.

Understanding the Hidden Job Market and It's Secrets

Have you been laid-off or outsourced more than once due to mergers and acquisitions or the economy? Are you in a dead-end job that doesn't utilize your skills and talents? Are you uncertain about how best to market yourself and find work that's right for you?

I  have teamed-up with career coach Laura A. Davis to offer this 3-part webinar series Recession-proof Your Career.

Motivation: The Questions to Ask

One of the common questions I hear from people is, “how do I know what motivates my people?”

Well, the answer is pretty simple.

Just ask.
Then listen.

Would you work for You?

I was recently at a meeting with a group of Human Resource executives, and one of the HR Directors mentioned that her slogan for her supervisory training was “would you work for you?”

That is a great question to ask - regardless of whether you have the title of leader or not. There is a tremendous amount of research, supported by the Gallup Organization and others, that indicates that people don’t leave their organizations, they leave their managers.

EPIC Puts You In Control

By Kathy Brohm

You have probably heard us talk about DiSC and many of the other profiles that we offer. What you may not know is that there is an online system called EPIC that can put you in control of the administration process. What is EPIC?

Busting Loose from the 7 Costliest Myths About Today's Job Market

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Have you been laid-off or outsourced more than once due to mergers and acquisitions or the economy? Are you in a dead-end job that doesn’t utilize your skills and talents? Are you in an organizational culture that doesn’t match your style? Are you uncertain about how best to market yourself and find work that’s right for you?

It's time to bust loose.

Failing to find your dream job?

Here's a great quote from What Color is Your Parachute 2009.

"Most job hunters who fail to find their dream job fail not because they lack information about the job market, but because they lack information about themselves."

What are you bringing to the table as you approach new employers?

Consider the following.

Recession-proof Your Career by Building Your Network


According to What Color is Your Parachute 2009, the 5 worst ways to look for a job are:

Tip 26: Build Your Internal Network

Being well networked is not just something to do when looking for a job. Being well networked is critical for your long-term success within an organization too.

Unfortunately, many people get "comfortable" within their own department and role and don't take the initiative to expand their reach. In times of rapid change, this can be a huge mistake. Often times I see companies laying off people in one department and hiring people in other departments.

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