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Stuck in a Career Rut?

February 10, 2017


Ashley Stahl’s blog post – Get Unstuck: Three Ways To Get Out Of A Career Rut, in the Huffington Post, suggests way to move forward to a more rewarding career.
We are evolving constantly while we are in college. We learn many new things, ace exams and accomplish our ultimate goal – graduation.
Then the journey in the next phase of our life begins – work. We work with the same people every day and seem to be stuck in this place for a year or two with no changes to our titles or salaries. Statistics indicate that only 18% of employed millennials stay with their current role for more than a year.
Life is continually changing and flowing; businesses and careers change along with it. But sometimes we get stuck in a certain mindset or concept of how things should be. It just takes a little nudge of small changes that help us deviate from our current situation.
This can be accomplished by interacting with someone who thinks differently than you. It could be a mentor, coach or just someone who is in a different field. Alternatively, it could be someone who is more qualified or less qualified than you. Building a professional support system is one of the best things you can do to get out of this rut.
A few points to remember while going through this process is to know the difference between a mentor and a sponsor. A mentor gives you more inspirational support while a sponsor is the one who will guide you to take the necessary actions that convert into tangible results. Another thought to keep in mind is to connect with people who professionally inspire you. Cold networking creates many opportunities. Learning and growing from conversations with people from outside your own circle is one of the best ways to jumpstart your career.

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Job Search Resolutions for 2017

January 3, 2017

With a new year ahead, you may have created your own personal resolutions for self improvement, new habits, or goals you want to accomplish. But what about resolutions for advancing your career or finding a new job path?‘s chief writer and editor Susan P. Joyce offers job search resolutions for 2017.

  1. Monitor your online reputation: potential employers may attempt to learn more about you by searching popular social media sites; do you know what they might find? How will those findings affect perceptions of you as a potential employee?
  2. Use online networks to your advantage: Professional networking sites like LinkedIn are heavily consulted by recruiters. Basic access is free, so make sure your information is up to date and available for interested parties.
  3. Know what you want to do: Have an elevator speech that focuses on your skills and passion. If you cannot communicate your job search goals, you might not noticed when an opportunity presents itself.
  4. Know where you want to work: Target the top firms in your job search field. Setting a high bar can display ambition for a potential employer, or lead to a connection that improves your search chances.
  5. Focus on networking rather than cold-call applications: Quality is more important than quantity! Instead of flooding potential employers with resumes and applications, first build connections with people you know. A personal recommendation can make the difference in your job search.
  6. Help others: Something as simple as an introduction, a contact name, or a tip about an employer might be the difference maker in a person’s job search. Help others and they will help you.
  7. Manners matter: Being polite may not result in a noticeable reaction from a potential employer, but bad manners can have immediate negative effects. Good manners cost nothing and can pay off in big ways. Write thank you notes, be prompt to appointments, and treat your contacts with respect. It may make the difference between landing a job and continuing to search.