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9 years 11 months ago

In my previous post, I provided job hunting tips you can use to increase your chances when using a reactive search approach (i.e. identifying and applying for jobs online).  However, as most of you know and how numerous research has shown, only few of the jobs available are ever advertised.  Indeed, as reported in the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, a majority of job filled are never advertised.  An analysis conducted by jobfully.com in 2010 further confirmed that about 70...


9 years 11 months ago

The end of December is a great time to integrate new job hunting tips into your current job search strategies.  Indeed, according to the Manpower Global Outlook survey issued on December 7, 2010, hiring will be up in most industrialized countries during the first quarter of 2011 (Q1 2011).  Most notably, stable or increased hiring in Q1 2011 as compared to Q4 2010 were anticipated in all G7 countries (i.e. Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States).  This is the first time this happened since the third quarter of 2008.  Therefore, whether you are...


9 years 11 months ago

Many college and graduate students believe that their only career choices in education they have are (1) to apply to Teach For America (TFA) or (2) to pursue a Master of Arts in Teaching Degree in order to qualify for teaching jobs at public schools.  But with the 2010 TFA admission rate of 17%, and the massive layoffs of teachers we saw earlier this year, the outlook for career choices in education might seem quite bleak.

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9 years 11 months ago

Making responsible career choices partly depends on the visibility and availability of responsible career options in the marketplace.  Fortunately, we all have the power to increase the number and range of responsible career choices based on how we are voting with our dollars.  Indeed, by buying products and services that are sold by responsible companies that get business done better, we will all increase demand for responsible products and services, we have a direct impact on...


9 years 12 months ago

Increasing the number and range of responsible career choices primarily comes from each of us voting with our dollars.  By buying products and services that are sold by responsible companies that get business done better, we will all increase demand for responsible products and services, leading to growth for these companies, which translates into more responsible jobs and career choices over time.  So what better opportunity than the Holiday Season for you to spend your dollars...


9 years 12 months ago

Career choices expand or contract depending on your experiences.  With every career move, you become more qualified and desirable for specific career choices, and at the same time, less qualified and desirable for other types of career choices.  Therefore, it is up to you to decide which career choices are more compatible with your values, your skills, and your aspirations.  Indeed, in any economy, but especially in this...


10 years 4 days ago

To me the best holiday gifts are those that contribute to building more responsible career choices. How can I contribute to that?  By doing my shopping only at companies that I know I can believe in. Indeed, every dollar my family and I spend is a vote of confidence that fuels the types of companies I want to buy from...


10 years 6 days ago

As a Brain and Cognitive Sciences PhD turned career coach, I am always curious about new articles that address career choices for PhD students. This morning I came across a new article in the Chronicle of Higher Education titled 'Master's in English: Will Mow Lawns - Most programs don't say where graduates get jobs, and future Ph.D.'s don't demand the data'. The article was trying to explain the dissociation that exists between prospective students interested in professional graduate degrees (e.g. JDs, MDs, and MBAs), and prospective doctoral students in PhD Programs....


10 years 1 week ago

Responsible career planning is mainly determined by what you do today to best position yourself for future career opportunities to get business done better.  One simple thing you can do to emerge as a competent and desirable responsible professional moving forward is to make sure that you are showing how grateful you are for the help you currently receive at work.  Whether you are an individual collaborator or have supervisory responsibilities, the way you thank people around you for their help and contributions will go a long way to build your reputation as a...


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