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10 years 4 months ago

In any economy, employers are worried about losing their best talent to competitors.  Indeed, whether in a good economy or in the current  jobless recovery we are living through, top talent is always able to find a new job if they are dissatisfied with their current job.  So, employers are right to be worried about employee loyalty, especially that of their top talent.  This is even more important today, as many employees have been asked to do more with less since 2007 (and many have not had a raise...


10 years 4 months ago

I have received quite a few questions about my previous posts about responsible careers in education and in healthcare. Many of these questions had to do with how build a responsible career in the energy industry.

You might think that building a responsible career in the energy industry means being an engineer or a lab researcher.   Such opportunities are indeed most relevant to creating new...


10 years 4 months ago

When it comes to responsible career management, doing the right thing over doing the easy thing is tantamount. In a recent study, Klaus and associates set out to investigate whether business ethics can be taught and reinforced as an indispensable soft skill for employees within specific organizational cultures. Specifically, the study attempted to provide insights with regards to how organizational cultures contribute to making individual employees more (or less) ethical when making business decisions.

Of course, we all know through Pavlov's dog experiments and basic operant...


10 years 4 months ago

For those interested in getting business done better, a central piece of career advice revolves around where to find responsible job opportunities that combine a good salary with socio-eco innovation. As mentioned in a previous post, the risk of a jobless recovery in the US is mounting, and US-based socio-eco innovators might be wondering where to look for jobs beyond the highly visible corporate social responsibility jobs.

Valuable career advice can be derived from a recent study from the...


10 years 5 months ago

An effective career planning strategy is key for you to best compete for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) positions. Knowing which skills you already have available in your skill toolbox and which ones you will need to dedicate more time to develop or refine is the toughest part of this process.

Fortunately, as reported by Ana Arias in our justmeans CSR news section, the results from the new Boston College survey on the CSR profession can serve as your...


10 years 5 months ago

When coaching students and working professionals who want to pursue a responsible career, I have heard them again and again expressing a huge fear: Many believe that the salary they can draw from making a positive social and/or environmental impact will not be sufficient to meet their financial goals, especially when it comes to paying back their student loans. In my previous post, I have provided two strategies for current students to minimize the amount of loans they take while in college....


10 years 5 months ago

When coaching students and working professionals who want to pursue a responsible career, I have heard them again and again expressing a huge fear: Many believe that the salary they can draw from making a positive social and/or environmental impact will not be sufficient to meet their financial goals.

This fear usually revolves around how to pay their student loans back. This fear is further exacerbated by the recent stories of young professionals that, for some reason, only seem to realize post-graduation that they have signed loan papers that gave them money that they have to pay back...


10 years 5 months ago

When is comes to career management advice, you might have heard that the best way to gain credibility among peers and established leaders in your field of interest is to 'look like them and talk like them'.  Well the field of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is no different.  In terms of attire, there is more of acceptable range in CSR and in socially responsible businesses than in other fields, so essentially your attire strategy will largely depend on the dress code of the types of employers you are targeting.

In terms of vocabulary though, an interesting and fun new video was released today by the...


10 years 5 months ago

Aspiring Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) are hungry for career advice on how to deal with the apparent contradictions that exist between CSR initiatives for socio-eco impact, CSR initiatives as the latest cost cutting craze, or CSR as pure PR.  Indeed, it is sometimes difficult to determine whether a company invests in CSR initiatives because (1) the company wants to do the right thing or because (2) the company implements the initiative primarily because it will save the company money, but then will also repackage the cost cutting project as a CSR initiative that looks good from a PR perspective...


10 years 5 months ago

Given the brutal job market, the graduates of the class of 2010 are hungry for sound career advice.  With the US unemployment hovering around 10%, and an all time record of unemployment length around 34 weeks, it is obvious that the members of the class of 2010 are up against fierce competition for jobs this summer.

In my previous posts providing advice to the class of 2010, I focused on career options, on job...


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