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Considering a Job Switch?

December 13, 2017 by

If you are considering a job switch for 2018, now is the time to get moving on it. Hannah Morgan, a contributor for U. S. News and World Report’s Money has written a great article that will inspire you and get you motivated to do just that. In her article How to Prepare for Your January Job Search-Now (December 7, 2017) she details the planning and prepping that can be done now to give you a comfortable edge on the competition.
First and most important, do not ever use company time or resources to do your job search. This also includes updating on company time any job related social media platforms you use. Simply put, you should just avoid the temptation even if work is slow. Second, maintain confidentiality. Do not share with anyone at work that you are job hunting. Leaks can imperil your success and create problems for you if word gets out.
Consider the following questions that will help you start off with your best foot forward:
• Where are former colleagues working? Companies like to hire referrals from current employees. Now is the perfect time to tap into friends and former co-workers and let them know what you are doing. Networking is a great way to reconnect with them.
• What companies would you like to work for? Make a list of companies where you might envision yourself working. Do your research and investigate the company, the city’s location and current jobs that are available on the company’s website.
• What is your salary range? Check with other people who hold similar jobs as to what they consider the range is for the position. Be sure to do your research here as well. Salary websites are also helpful to help find the current information for the position.
Ms. Morgan provides more suggestions in her article and you can read them all at the following link:


Book Highlight “Designing Your Life”

December 1, 2017 by

Are you looking for a new approach to shaping your career? Have you tried an design concept that is trending called wayfinding? Every design starts with a problem that a designer or team of designers seeks to solve. In short, that is wayfinding. The same design thinking responsible for new technology, products, and spaces can be used to design and build your career and your life.

The authors, Burnett and Evans, have worked in Silicon Valley and the book is based off of workshops they popularized. The book includes worksheets and exercises.

Find this book, and others at the Plano Library. You can find Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived Joyful Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans in all of its formats. See below!

We have been enjoying career finding books for decades, and for those looking for a new approach and alternative to What Color is Your Parachute? will love this book.