You’d been hearing the rumors off and on that “changes” might be coming, and, despite declarations in the news that the recession is over, it hasn’t felt that way. One day, you are called down to a conference room with 15 of your co-workers. You sit outside the room, waiting – dreading – your turn. But eventually, your name is called. The HR manager and your boss’ boss sit at one end of a very long table, and you take a seat at the other end. The walls seem especially cold and sterile. The HR manager speaks: “The past several quarters have been very challengingRead More →


Every job, class project or volunteer work assignment teaches us something. While the position itself might not be something that you’d like to emphasize on your resume or in your work history (such as that stint you worked in fast food), it can still be a valuable experience in terms of transferable skills you gained at the opportunity. Transferable skills are the skills you’ve gathered through previous experience (jobs, hobbies, volunteer work, etc.) that can be used in your next job or new career. Determining transferable skills Take a look at the previous jobs you’ve held. Think about what skills you used to successfully complete tasks andRead More →


Typically if you read business books or talk to anybody about starting a business, you would hear advice that is centered on the importance of having a business and sales and marketing plan; the focus is on numbers, figures and logistics that you would need in order to turn your idea into reality. But rarely would you hear the advice about having a Life Plan. That’s right, regardless of the size and the nature of the business you’re planning to launch, if you are an aspiring business owner, you must assess whether you and your life is actually ready to take on this venture. Overlooking this can often prove toRead More →


Nowadays, everything is so ON! At work, people can connect with us via phone (landline and cell), fax, email, text, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Skype… The list is endless! And when we do get home with the work cell and laptop in tow, we have to fight the urge to do a “quick” check-in while eating dinner or giving the little ones their baths. Unfortunately, being fractured like that doesn’t do anyone any favors. Children and significant others can feel slighted because we are still somewhat in work mode, and any work we try to do may be compromised because we can’t fully focus onRead More →