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    New Year, New Career

    Each new year offers a time to reflect on the past year and set goals for the new one. And this year is no exception. With the economy continuing to improve, more people are likely to seek career improvement in 2015.

    As I reflected back on clients who were successful in making career improvements in …

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    New Year’s Resolution: Get a Coach?

    Last week I was contacted by a late-thirties executive who was seeking a career coach. He said he had worked previously with a coach in an other state, the result of which was a move to Atlanta with a step up to a Vice President position and considerably more income. I asked him why he …

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    Networking: Your New Year Cure for the Career Blahs

    Another new year is just around the corner. And if you are part of the 15% of workers who a Gallup poll says are underemployed or the 53% of workers who a Conference Board survey says are not satisfied with their current employment, perhaps this is time to dust off your networking shoes and get …

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    Enhance Your Resume with More Accomplishments

    I sat down this week with a 39 year old client to review his resume. As we went through his resume, I suggested changes and the reasons for them. Perhaps some of the items we discussed would be helpful to you. Here goes….

    Creating attention from the start of your resume

    My client’s resume started …

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    Synchronize Your LinkedIn Profile for a Better Career

    I spoke with a job seeker this week who is seven months into his search. After receiving his inquiry and before calling him, I did what many professionals and all recruiters do these days…. I reviewed his LinkedIn profile. What I saw was that he had eight jobs in the last 11 years. Yikes!

    When …

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    MOOCs and the Coming University Mergers

    If you are considering going to college or going back to college in the near future, I recommend you read my last post titled How Universities Are Failing Their Graduates, Part 3. I ended it with:

    “Dinosaurs are dead. Is higher education (as we now know it) headed for a slot beside them in the …

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    How Universities Are Failing Their Graduates, Part 3

    Cigarette advertising was banned from radio and television in 1971. In addition, while not legislated, many television networks have made it a policy to eliminate advertising of alcoholic beverages… or restrict such advertising based upon the age of program viewership. Both of these actions were intended to eliminate negative influencing of impressionable audiences. With such …

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    How Universities Are Failing Their Graduates, Part 2

    Failure to Launch was a 2006 romantic comedy in which Matthew McConaughey was a thirty-something who was perfectly happy living at home with his parents. Unfortunately, the term “failure to launch” has become more generally associated in the 21st century with college graduates and other twenty-somethings who are living at home out of necessity. Their …

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    How Universities Are Failing Their Graduates

    Universities are failing their graduates in many ways. My purpose in addressing such topics is not to chastise higher education, which I don’t believe can be reformed, but rather to warn future educational consumers and help more recent graduates improve their odds of career success.

    Last week I attended a panel discussion on the impact …

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    Want a Better Career? Smile More.

    I have been leading a volunteer job seeker workshop for the past six years. My mission in this workshop is to help active job seekers improve their job interview effectiveness.

    By now, you are probably guessing that the first thing I tell the participants in my workshop is to smile more. This is also the …

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