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There Is No Career Ladder

By Priscilla Claman

Reaching the apex of the career ladder by gradually getting promoted to the top is a thing of the past. From my experience as a career coach, career ladders in most organizations have not existed for at least fifteen years.

Career ladders are an artifact of the Mad Men era, when you signed onto an organization at age 21, followed the rules, were incrementally promoted, and retired with a gold watch.

But those days are long gone. Career ladders died out during the late 1980s and early 1990s, when over 85% of Fortune 1000 American companies downsized their white-collar workforce.* Downsizing has only escalated from there, however in the 80s and 90s the lost jobs were not in manufacturing but white-collar jobs, including management jobs. As companies thinned out, those leadership positions disappeared — and most haven’t come back since.

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8 Snap Interview Decisions Every Boss Makes

By Jeff Haden


Everyone does it: We all make decisions based on a little data and a lot of experience.

Other people might call that acting on a hunch or going by gut feel—especially if they disagree with your decisions—but if you have a wealth of experience to draw from, often those quick decisions turn out to be correct.

Like where hiring employees is concerned: Over time you’ve learned to quickly size up a candidate, sometimes within a few minutes, based on one or two actions or comments. (If you’re a job seeker and feel that’s unfair, you might be right, but it’s also a fact of hiring life. Complaining about the injustice of it all doesn’t help; accept that interviewers often make snap decisions, and use that fact to your advantage.)

That’s because as interviewers people are naturally influenced by first impressions. And they’re definitely influenced by what experience indicates are key or pivotal moments.

Here are some of my snap judgments, both positive and negative:

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4 Tips to Spice Up Your Cover Letter

Cover letters aren’t just there to serve as a cover page for your resume. While the debate rages on over their importance, the fact remains that they are a part of your job search and not to be ignored. Here are some new ideas for cover letter content to keep your readers interested!

1) Start with a really strong statement telling the hiring manager why you’re the person for the job. For example, “I was excited to learn of your need for a talented and knowledgeable resume writer. Today is your lucky day, because I am the candidate you’ve been looking for.” Perhaps the hardest part of writing the job search package yourself is being self-promotional. It’s hard to talk about yourself as the greatest thing since sliced bread, but that’s what this is all about. You’re selling yourself as the BEST candidate to a potential employer. This is no time to be bashful.

2) Convey your ability to add value to the organization. This sounds like a simple one, but it’s incredibly important for an employer to know that you understand the challenges they face and can help them achieve success. For example: “In today’s dynamic and ever-changing workplace, companies need solutions-oriented team players with great attitudes.” Who wouldn’t want an employee who fits that description on their team?

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5 Out-of-Date Job-Search Tactics

By Liz Ryan

“Is it still correct to use ‘Dear Sir or Madam’ in a cover letter?” a reader asked in an e-mail.

“That isn’t such a great idea,” I wrote back. “No one uses ‘Dear Sir or Madam’ anymore, unless they’re actually writing to a madam, such as Heidi Fleiss.” I’m not sure my e-mail correspondent caught the joke.

It’s not that using out-of-date job-search approaches brands you as older. Rather, it’s that using no-longer-in-fashion job search techniques marks you as out of touch.

Employers pay us, in part, to be aware of trends and phenomena that affect the workplace. Working people (and job-seekers) should follow the news, keep a bead on our changing world, and stay abreast of changes in business, technology, politics, and cultural shifts. That isn’t an unreasonable expectation. If a job-seeker isn’t curious and perceptive enough to notice that the last time he saw “Dear Sir or Madam” on a letter was around the time Chevy Chase impersonated Gerald Ford falling down the stairs, how will he notice what’s changing in his field?

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Watch Out! Ten Interview Questions Designed To Trick You

By Jenna Goudreau

For the long-term unemployed or those workers looking for a change, getting an interview in today’s market may feel like a win in itself. But once you’re in the door, interviewers often put you through an obstacle course of deceptive questions with double meanings or hidden agendas. Do you know how to read the subtext?

“On the other side of the desk, hiring managers spend countless long hours interviewing candidate after candidate,” says Joyce Lain Kennedy, a nationally syndicated careers columnist and author of Job Interviews For Dummies. “A tricky question may be used as a time management tool to quickly eliminate a less qualified candidate.”

Kennedy says that even if job hunters have rehearsed anticipated topics, an unexpected question may jar loose an authentic answer that exposes hidden problems. She outlines the top 10 most common questions designed to trick you.


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What To Do If You’ve Been Wrongfully Terminated

When you lose your job, regardless of whether you were fired or laid off, it’s always hard to understand your employer’s reason behind it. After doing some soul searching what if you realize you were let go for an unlawful reason? If this is the case of you, then you have the right to bring a wrongful termination claim against your former employer. What does this mean? You can get money damages, severance packages and other compensation. Follow this guide from a civil rights attorney to see if you lost your job due to a wrongful termination and what you can do about it.

What is the definition of “Wrongful Termination?”

If you have been let go or fired from your job for an illegal reason then you have been wrongfully terminated. Some of the illegal reasons for losing your job may include:

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Have a Safe Memorial Day Weekend!

It is important to remember that Memorial Day was not declared a holiday so that we can have a long weekend off from work, go to the lake, or take a vacation.  It was set aside as a day to honor those who gave their lives that we might live in freedom.

Memorial day this year will be observed on Monday May 28th.  Take the time to go to a Memorial Day service, fly the American flag, teach your children and grandchildren the true meaning of Memorial Day, and don’t forget to remember.


Talk Your Story

By Lisa Adams, Career Management Coach

I hear from job seekers all the time about “how do I answer the question ‘tell me about yourself’ in an interview”? A previous post did a quick answer to this as compared to “what is my brand” and “what is an elevator pitch.”

For today, let’s dig deeper into the specific interview question “tell me about yourself”.

This question really brings up the whole area of interviewing and interview preparation. This week has been filled with this topic from friends to clients.

The key to any interview is preparation. As part of that preparation is the ability to talk your story. Tell the interviewer why you bring value to this role and company and who you are. In a nutshell you are telling them what makes you unique.

We are all unique. We all have a story… and it needs to be told.

I hold this principal to be true, we each bring our gifts, personalities, and life experiences to every situation and decision we make. The fun part is expressing this uniqueness in our stories.

In his book A Million Miles in a Thousand Years, Donald Miller examines story and specifically his life story. In the book he describes the process by which his life story is about to become a major motion picture. He begins to discover and feel that his life story, thus far, was boring and lacked purpose and meaning. Through out the book Miller learns and shares the elements of story.

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7 Entrepreneurial Lessons From "Shark Tank" 


By Amber Mac


Shark Tank—the prime-time feeding frenzy where successful entrepreneurs fight over promising startups, and ruthlessly chew up the unprepared—is stirring up much buzz in its third season. To date, the Sharks have invested more than $6.2 million of their own money in a number of companies. With billionaire Mark Cuban, real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran, venture capitalist Kevin O’Leary (aka Mr. Wonderful), and other business magnates sitting in as the Sharks, the show offers a glimpse of pitching sessions gone totally right—or deliciously wrong.


An example: When three ice cream makers first lined up in front of the Sharks to pitch their product, they generated some friendly conversation. After all, the concept of morphing together beer and America’s favorite frozen treat is bound to appeal to our inner glutton. However, when the investors started asking the entrepreneurs tough questions about their finances, the men from The Brewer’s Cow had a minor meltdown. Whether the Connecticut-based founders were the victims of calculated editing or simply unprepared, their presentation lacked a certain professionalism. The final verdict? A flurry of “I’m outs” from the Sharks.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Have a Personal Brand

By Erin Kennedy

Social Media has dramatically changed the job landscape. Today’s job seekers must remake themselves as a brand. Think of McDonald’s golden arches or Ford’s iconic script logo. People remember these brands because they set themselves apart from the rest. People don’t settle for any old hamburger when they know what they will get at McDonald’s. Brands build trust with people and that trust translates to increased business and a reliable customer base, which is exactly what you want your online brand to do for you.

Your personal brand builds trust in prospective employers and opens the doors for you to find new positions. Unfortunately, most people don’t think that they need a personal brand, and they are so wrong in assuming this.

Below are 5 reasons why you should establish a personal brand on your resume and online:

1. A personal brand differentiates yourself…

When an HR Manager scans the pile of resumes on their desk, they look for someone who stands out. But, they don’t just focus on the resume, they also look for your online presence because the internet contains much more information about you as a worker. Do you have an industry specific blog or website that you regularly update? Is your personal brand listed on your LinkedIn profile, along with your best career achievements? Listing a successful work history and any extracurricular activities that you’re involved in helps to build your online brand.

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