“Brain Day” Facilitator

Posted on October 17, 2013. Filed under: CIO, Recruiting, Resumes, Technology | Tags: , , , , , |

I was recently asked by the Career Thought Leaders (CTL) to facilitate the Virtual Brain Day Event covering the Eastern US.

Brain Day is an event for career services professionals to brainstorm about the now, the new, and the next in the careers field. This includes discussions about the resume, LinkedIn profile, cover letter, executive bio, marketing documents, recruitment, hiring, the job search, and much more. It is being held on Friday, November 1st.

These discussions, which are being held all over the world in addition to virtual events in various time zones, will help to identify emerging trends, establish performance standards, and foster best practices.

I encourage you to check out the details and get engaged at – http://www.careerthoughtleaders.com/brain-day-2013/

Here’s a link to the registration page on the CTL site – https://www.resumewritingacademy.com/ctlc-secure/brain-day-register.phpGlobal Career Brainstorming Day November 1, 2013.

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The Era of Promotions Will Return…Will You Be Ready?

Posted on October 8, 2013. Filed under: Career Management, Job Market Trends | Tags: , , , |

Job PromotionFor the last several years, there has been a lot of discussion in the world of work regarding a reduction in internal promotions. Anything from the economy, to job reduction, to Baby Boomers delaying retirement, to talent shortages have been cited as reasons for the slowdown in career progression at most companies.

As a result, social media has been a buzz coming up with all kinds of workarounds, anything from planning the complete annihilation of silo management or office hierarchy to predicting the dawn of the age of the independent contractor. It has set frustrated Gen-Xers a flame contemplating a world in which management works for staff, a staff who really works for itself…in other words, total and utter collaboration on a level playing field that will, naturally of course, usher in world peace.

And although it is true that companies have shifted management structures at least to give the appearance of being a little less “traditional,” and that entrepreneurialism, at least in the form of consulting work, has been on the rise, I wouldn’t call it a revolution just yet.

And here are 5 reasons why

First, Baby Boomers will retire, eventually, especially over the next 2 to 5 years.

Second, the restructuring of management in most companies is not all that drastic. Putting the boss’s desk in a room without walls doesn’t change who is ultimately in charge.

Third, you can just only do so much job-hopping to get ahead before your spouse, kids, and midlife crisis catch up with you.

Fourth, half of all small businesses fail…and that is just as true for independent contractors as for anybody else. (If you want a frustrating pursuit really lacking in accolades and entitlements, just try your hand at it.)

Fifth, climbing the corporate ladder is still a noble goal, despite what you may hear, and deep down, most professionals waiting in the wings know that.

So, will you be ready?

Therefore, with the era of promotions returning, sadly, most Gen-Xers and the Millennials trailing behind will not be ready when it comes. And it is important that they should be.

Why?

  1. Companies aren’t likely to do a 1-to-1 exchange, which means there will be competition.
  2. Your colleagues will have been waiting for a while too, and they will feel just as entitled.
  3. Companies say they like to promote from within, but that’s not always true.
  4. Leadership is forgetful, and it will be your job to remind them (like it or not).

So, even though you might be thinking a job search or a consulting gig is around the corner for you, don’t forget that building a promotion portfolio might be the wisest of them all.

Are you maximizing your current job opportunity?

Before you write off your future with your current company, evaluate your chances of landing a promotion and then get prepared. I guarantee you those around you will drop the ball on this one. After all, they will be too busy trying to figure out who said starting your own business was for everyone.

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Executive Job Search TweetChat

Posted on September 9, 2013. Filed under: Career Management, CIO, Interviews, Job Search Tips, Recruiting, Resumes, Technology | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

toon890The Executive Job Search can be a challenge. Where does one even begin in today’s tough market?

Well, I will be serving as an Expert Panelist for a twitter chat on just this topic hosted by Executive Career Search leader BlueSteps. The chat will take place on Tuesday September 17th at 12:30pm Eastern. Simply sign in to Twitter or TweetChat and use the hashtag #ExecCareer to make comments and follow the discussion.

You can review the details and panelist information on the BlueSteps Blog. We hope to “see” you there!

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