Choosing the Right Employer

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If resumes and cover letters are meant to be about the employer's needs, when is it your turn to make the job search about you? At the start of your search, you have the opportunity to identify your preferred employers and target your search strategies toward those organizations. But the question you should be asking yourself is how do you identify a preferred employer? What makes one organization better than another?

Here are some things to look for as you go through your potential employer checklist:

Where/how you work- In the global, digital economy, the idea of working 9-5 in one specific location is becoming less and less practical. Telecommuting and flex work hours may allow you to live father away from the office if you don't have to travel there on a daily basis. Check on the employer's HR page to see if telecommuting and flexing hours is a standard practice, and if it's important to you then make sure you discuss it before signing on.

Focus Your Time

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Confession: I am a procrastinator. I like writing, whether it’s research, curriculum, or my blog, and I have lots of ideas that run through my brain at all times of the day or night. But when it comes time to type it up I can find a million other things I’d rather do. Email? Yes! Vitally important. Twitter? LinkedIn? Yes! Can’t ignore social media. Research? Yes!!! And before I know it my morning is gone. Now I only have half a day to get a full day’s work completed.

I’d like to blame social media for my procrastination problem, but I’ve always been this way.  If you’re a procrastinator too, I have a few lovely resources to help you reform your time wasting ways:

How to Work the Room Like a Pro

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In my last post, I revealed my deep-seated fear of networking in person. I’m also afraid of sharks and Alex Trebek, but I’ve bodysurfed in the ocean and taken the qualifying test for Jeopardy, so overcoming networking jitters is definitely doable.

If you’re like me, and you don’t like meeting new people at networking functions, consider trying some of these techniques at your next event:

Career Advice: Get Outside Your Comfort Zone


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Eleanor Roosevelt advised all of us to do one thing every day that scares us. As a naturally risk-averse person, daily thrill seeking isn’t necessarily in my cards, but the theory does have some merit for planning a solid career. Whether you’re searching for a new job or looking to spice up the one you already have, here are 5 ideas to get you outside your comfort zone:

1. Say YES: In Enchantment, Guy Kawasaki encourages everyone to become a yes person. Don’t hesitate, don’t weigh the pros and cons, don’t think about how much extra work you’re adding, just say yes. Getting involved in new projects, offering expertise, and putting yourself forward will make you more visible and help you grow your reputation. This is extremely important if you are looking to advance your career, and just as important if you want to maintain the status quo. With companies downsizing and restructuring, you can no longer afford to sail under the radar because when it comes time to eliminate roles, who are they more likely to cut: the highly visible integral team member they can’t live without or Whatshisname?

Passions or Paycheck?

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Of all the career advice I’ve encountered over the years, “do what you love and the money will follow” makes me sigh the most. I agree that you should let your interests guide you toward professions and jobs, but I will never promise anyone that the money will follow. Depending on your interests, you may absolutely love a profession that has a statistically low pay scale, like teachers. They may be passionately invested in their craft, but most of them won’t be gracing the cover of Fortune anytime soon.

So if you’re supposed to be engaged with your profession, but you’re not supposed to blindly “follow your passions” then how exactly does this work?

Find the answer, and strategies for combining passion and career development in my guest blog post at Integrative Academic Solutions





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For individuals seeking assistance with their careers, we offer support for everything from resumes and cover letters through growth and advancement, specializing in clients with graduate degrees and mid-level careers across all fields. We also offer client group coaching programs and custom designed solutions for organizations.

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