Using LinkedIn To Boost Your Professional Brand
Quite frankly, the quality of LinkedIn profiles for people 25 years old and younger is underwhelming. What gives? LinkedIn is a great tool that can be used to connect with industry professionals and to brand oneself as a business samurai, so to speak. No matter how hard everyone tries, they’ll never get anywhere on LinkedIn without […]
How to Better Present Yourself to Future Employers
The job market isn’t just somewhere to look for jobs. It’s where you sell your most valuable asset: experience. Whether you have aspirations of freelancing or climbing the corporate ladder, representing yourself well goes a long way toward getting that gig. On Paper Consider whether the person reading a whole pile of résumés is going […]
The Benefits of Being Engaged in Your Work
Let’s be honest — our generation gets a bad rap, particularly in the world of work. Publications like the New York Times and Philadelphia Business Journal along with huge companies like PricewaterhouseCoopers and Deloitte — and seemingly every group in between — have spoken out about “Millennials in the Workplace”. Some call us entitled, lazy and arrogant; others call us innovative, energizing and […]
Time to Develop Your Marketable Skill Set
Even after you land a job, industries change and job climates fluctuate — which means that paycheck may not be a sure thing. Future-proofing your career by being marketable, well-networked, and flexible could be critical to surviving in the future. Sure, hope for the best, but anticipate the worst: Take these steps to be as […]
10 Easy Ways to Become a Better Networker
The key to becoming and being great at networking is not how many business cards you can hand out, but how memorable you can make yourself to others. Networking is the most effective way to get on the inside track of your chosen industry. However, making a connection that will last beyond an initial meeting […]
What to Do When You’re Ready to Leave Your Job
So, you’ve officially hit the working world, nabbed an alright gig and have been on the clock ever since. But, now you think you’re ready for the next stop. A few years ago, I was in this same position. Before graduating from Central Michigan University, I had a job offer in hand as an account […]
Budgeting for Your Entry-Level Paycheck
The transition from being a dependent to an independent person can be a rough one, especially when you’re staring at paychecks from not-so-lucrative wages. Bills and expenses can seem overwhelming, and the amount left for fun is depressing. Before thinking the end is near, remember that there are ways to prevent financial obligations from hindering […]
Is It Time for a Self Evaluation at Work?
For some employees, there’s nothing more dreaded than review time, especially if your performance dictates whether you’ll be getting a raise for the upcoming year. But while getting reviewed by a manager is nerve-wracking in its own right, perhaps the most stressful piece of the puzzle comes in the form of the self-evaluation. In recent […]
Is It Time to Consider Getting a Business Loan?
There may come a point when your small business plateaus. Expanding operations is difficult without cash, and there won’t be new cash until operations are expanded. Financing that move is the next step. A business loan might fit your needs. A business loan, like any loan, is an agreement to transfer property (usually cash) from […]
Managing Your Quarter Life Crisis
Like the midlife crisis, the quarter life crisis brings on questions about life and our purpose in it. Whether you are facing life after college or have chosen to jump right into the workforce, transitioning to an independent lifestyle requires adjustments. Very few people find success with their first job, and securing a fulfilling career while simultaneously […]
Writing a Résumé That Will Get Results
Looking for a job? You’re not alone, and in this economy your résumé could make or break your job search. Regardless of where you are in your career or job search, you can still put together a résumé that can help you get noticed. The purpose of a résumé is to show potential employers your relevant […]
What to Do If You Immediately Hate Your New Job
Do you want to quit your job and never look back? Well, maybe you should! You never know, you could be much better off . . .