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  • Prepare for Ambush Interviews
    by Carole Kanchier - December 11, 2017
    The term “ambush interview” refers to an unscheduled interview that occurs because someone has forced or tricked another into on-the-spot participation. Although the press typically uses the term to describe a journalism interview tactic, it can also refer to a tactic used by some employers and job seekers. An ambush interview can have a negative or positive result depending on the ambusher. Are you prepared for...
  • Critical Strategies for Attaining Career Goals
    by Carole Kanchier - December 4, 2017
    Tina's lay off from her retail position provided the impetus to follow her passion -- art therapy. Bruce aced his interview for a cyber security position. They both attained their desired goals. So can you! Positive thinking is powerful. Whatever your mind can conceive and believe, and your heart desires, you can achieve. But you must have persistence and patience. The following strategies will help you achieve your go...
  • Questers Begin the New Year with Optimism
    by Carole Kanchier - November 28, 2017
    Questers, who are redefining how we look at career and work, look forward to the New Year with optimism! Questers are described in the award winning, Questers Dare to Change Your Job and Life. Positive psychology has demonstrated a clear relationship among, optimistic thinking, job satisfaction and health. Optimism can be developed. Tips for Becoming Optimistic - Believe in yourself. William James, the father of A...
  • Holiday Season: Time for Parties - and Job Hunting!
    by Carole Kanchier - November 20, 2017
    The Holiday Season can be a good time to find a new job! Professional get-togethers, office parties, and year-end meetings abound during the Holiday Season. As companies complete their financial planning for 2018, they're under pressure to fill certain openings or risk losing budgets. Hiring managers with new goals are eager to find productive workers. Several organizations interview in December for positions starti...
  • Is Perfectionism Hindering Your Career Advancement?
    by Carole Kanchier - November 13, 2017
    Are you always worried that no matter how hard you try it’s never good enough? Do you feel you must give 100 percent on everything or be considered a failure? Do you delay completing projects because you can’t get them right? Avoid giving opinions because they may sound stupid? If so, you may be a perfectionist. Perfectionism refers to self-defeating thoughts and behaviors which cause people to set unrealistic g...
  • Dodging Downsizing
    by Carole Kanchier - November 6, 2017
    When Manuel learned that the company he worked for was laying off hazardous-waste technicians and outsourcing this kind of work to Company Y, he updated his resume and applied for work at company Y. He started his new position with Company Y the same day his layoff from Company X took effect. People like Manuel will prevail in the current job market. Experts suggest that there will continue to be layoffs. Whereas previously...
  • Millennials and the Age-30 Transition
    by Carole Kanchier - October 23, 2017
    Are you a millennial between ages 18 to 34? Are wondering what to do with your life? If so, you may be experiencing the Age-30 transition. This transition from late adolescence to adulthood, is extending in length due to changing economic, technological and societal uncertainties. During this critical period, you assess who you are and what you want to do. You can now think in abstract terms, look at reality from many...
  • Check Your Job Hunting Knowledge
    by Carole Kanchier - October 16, 2017
    Tim has emailed 600 resumes over the past few months, but still has no responses. Is your search coming up empty? Are you knowledgeable about appropriate job-hunting strategies? What do your responses to this quiz say about you? Answer 'true' or 'false': 1. Responding to want ads is a waste of time. 2. Effective job hunters devote many hours to research. 3. You need to sell yourself to get the right job. 4. Execut...
  • Depression - Tips for Lifting the Blues
    by Carole Kanchier - October 9, 2017
    Do you have difficulty sleeping or concentrating? Have you lost your appetite or interest in pleasurable activities? Are you sad most of the time? If so, you may be depressed. The Mind/Body Health Newsletter reports that depression is more common than coronary artery disease, cancer or AIDS. It causes greater day-to-day impairment in quality of life than diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis or ulcers. Depression cost...
  • Job dissatisfaction can negatively affect your health and productivity
    by Carole Kanchier - October 2, 2017
    Staying at a job you hate may affect more than just your happiness. Research suggest that employees who are dissatisfied with their jobs are prone to several interrelated health problems, including exhaustion, stress, anxiety, headaches, and burnout. Job dissatisfaction is a reliable indicator that a person is at high risk for high blood pressure, heart attacks, and strokes. Studies indicate that heart rate and blood press...