November 4, 2013
Navigating a Sea of Business Degrees
from Brown Mackie College
Among the multitude of business degrees and similar-sounding job positions, it can be difficult to navigate your way to where you want to be. Focusing your skill set into a job where you can utilize it is the key to successfully growing your career and reaching your goals.
Any combination of interests, skills and strengths can take you on a promising career path if you know how to use them. This infographic easily breaks down entry-level job opportunities with color codes and a map of relatable skills.
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October 21, 2013
How to Survive as a New Manager
By Dave Clemens
You just got promoted. Now you’re a manager and finally on the career path you always dreamed about. But does it feel different to be in a leadership role? You still get up every day and take a shower, have breakfast and drive to work. Your spouse, your children, your friends – they all see you the same. So not much has really changed, right?
Wrong. At work, everything has changed. Why? Because your boss, the most important person in your professional life, needs you to play a completely different role.
You probably got singled out for promotion because you were a strong performer, a producer who achieved excellent results. Now you’re in charge of a team, and your job is to get OTHER people to be strong performers. That’s what management is about. It’s the art of getting results through people. It’s so difficult that most people want nothing to do with it. Of those who take the challenge, many underestimate the complexities of management, and fail. But knowing what to expect when you take on that new position can help you succeed.
First, you need to truly understand what your new position means. It might be tempting to show up for work acting as though nothing’s changed. But that’s simply not true.
You can’t behave around rank-and-file employees the way you did before. In the eyes of those employees, you ARE the organization now. You weren’t promoted only because you were a good performer. The higher-ups recognized that your values were aligned with those of the organization and that you had assimilated its culture. So they made you, in effect, a representative of that culture.
As a new manager, it’s easy to overlook the fact that because you represent the organization, you’re constantly “on stage.” Everyone is watching and listening. Everything you say and do is amplified. If you propagate the organization’s core values and culture through your example, you’ll be on your way to success in your new role.
But if you contradict those values and culture, you’ll create confusion. And if you do it consistently, you’ll erode your credibility and effectiveness as a manager.
There’s another major test to pass. Top executives must be 100% confident that a new manager can be trusted. As a member of the management team, you’ll be privy to sensitive information.
We’re not talking about anything nefarious or illegal. It could be competitive info. Imagine a new product is doing exceedingly well and you want to keep that quiet for a while to slow down your rivals. Or it could be the CEO’s decision to step down, which could cause chaos with investors and other stakeholders if it weren’t announced in a well-planned communications campaign. New managers, like other managers, must hold knowledge like this close to their vests. Remember, indiscretion isn’t a minor error. It’s the ultimate blunder for an aspiring manager.
Many mistakes you’ll make as a manager can be overcome. But a lapse of discretion can be terminal. The consequences are often extremely damaging. Also, it’s a breach of trust, and trust is very difficult, if not impossible, to restore.
Stepping into a managerial role may sound daunting. But it need not be. Knowing where most managers fail and what your boss hopes to achieve from promoting you are the first steps to succeeding as a new manager.
About the author:
Dave Clemens has spent years consulting with HR professionals, researching developing trends, tracking employment case law and reporting on what it all means to human resource professionals. His HR Café blog is read by 14,000+ subscribers three times each week and he is a senior writer for the Compliance & Management Rapid Learning Center online training site. His work has also appeared in the World Press Review, The Associated Press, and in several nationally recognized human resources, employment law and business newsletters. Connect with David via Twitter @TheHRCafe
October 14, 2013
September 30, 2013
You Know It Is Time To Look For A New Job When…
Beth Cliff, Tech Recruiter
Whether you are a true blue loyalist or an empowered rolling stone, it is not always about your generational or personal disposition. Sometimes the handwriting is on the wall, and sometimes there are no obvious outward indicators. But you know it is time to look for a new job when… (more…)
September 2, 2013
Happy Labor Day!
Labor Day Parade, Union Square, New York, 1882
September 2, 2013 marks the 120th federal Labor Day! Break out the barbecues and celebrate!
In America we pay tribute to American Workers on the first Monday in September although in more than 80 countries May Day (first of May) is the day to honor workers. In the U.S. the holiday was initiated by the New York Central Labor Union and first celebrated in New York City in 1882. In 1894 Congress passed an act declaring the first Monday in September Labor Day and a legal federal holiday.
Barbecue this weekend!
Originally Labor Day was celebrated with a street parade and orations to glorify the power and spirit of the American laborer and trade organizations. The holiday has evolved but continues to encompass a celebration of the history and spirit of the U.S. economy and political ideals.
This holiday also marks the end of summer and the beginning of school. It’s the last hurrah for camping, barbecuing, and enjoying the fantastic weather over a nice long weekend. Sorry kids, it’s time to go back (pschew)!
Labor Day also signals the beginning of the fall or fourth quarter hiring season. There’s the obvious retail full court press in Q4, and there is end-of-year financial and budget maneuvering. And while December can be slow due to vacations and distractions, the final months of the year are critical to many sector’s strategic plan for the new year.
So if you are considering a new career, relax and enjoy this Labor Day. Then get your resume ready and your search in gear. Contact Redfish Technology – Nationwide Recruiters – if you are a highly skilled and accomplished professional looking for lead and managerial roles in high tech and clean tech.
August 19, 2013
More Companies Are Hiring MBA Grads in 2013
The fortunes of recent MBA graduates were rocked when the 2008 recession hit and employers froze hiring and significantly scaled back growth estimates. Fortunately, the economy has rebounded and jobs for MBA graduates have followed. In 2013, companies around the globe stated their intention to hire a new crop of business school graduates, reports the Graduate Management Council, indicating that tides have changed for employees considering earning an MBA.
Benefits of Getting an MBA
The Master of Business Administration degree is consistently the most popular graduate degree in the United States, according to CBS News. Although some programs, like a San Diego MBA at Alliant.edu, offer one-year programs if you have the correct prerequisites, many traditional MBA degrees take two to three years of full-time work to complete. Most MBA programs consist of academic coursework in accounting, operations, economics, finance, marketing, leadership, management, and ethics. (more…)
March 18, 2013
The Reality TV Career Shows for Job Seekers
The last thing anyone would suggest to a recent grad or seasoned professional is to spend their free time watching TV when they should be out building a new career, but the truth is most of us are going to watch from time to time.
Reality shows grew to become one of the most popular genres on television, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The “reality” within these shows needs to be taken with a bit of skepticism, but there are some lessons to be learned in the world of business if you know where to look.
The new competition show from CBS pits job seekers against each other to compete for spots with companies like the Palm Restaurant Group and Cosmopolitan. One of the twists in the show is that a trio of related businesses can swoop in and hire a candidate out from under each week’s featured company. (more…)
February 25, 2013
4 Ways to Customize Your Resume Based on the Job Posting
By Jessica Holbrook Hernandez
I’m sure you’ve heard me say before that it’s critically important to customize your resume when applying for positions—especially to online job postings. Hundreds of candidates apply to positions posted on job boards, and employers have become very savvy at weeding out those candidates who are not qualified. Or who at least do not appear to be qualified because of what is or is not (in most cases) on their resume. So I’m going to share some tips for making key adjustments to your resume to target it exactly for the position based on the job advertisement.
Search for keywords
Look for keywords throughout the job posting related to the position and then include those keywords on your resume. For example, customer service resume keywords might include: account relationship management, customer retention, customer management, order processing, process simplification, relationship management, or service benchmarks.
Incorporate Required Skills
Most position descriptions include required skills or qualifications. Ensure that you address within your resume your ability to meet and exceed these required skills. For example, if one of the position requirements is service delivery, don’t just say “responsible for service delivery”. Show the employer how you successfully delivered this by saying something similar to this: Restructured service delivery procedures, improving staff field time by 35% and increasing customer satisfaction ratings by 92%.
Include Education & Credentials
Is a degree required for the position? Then make sure that you put this information front and center on the resume. Especially if you recently obtained the degree or credential required. If you possess an M.B.A.—and it’s required for the position—a great way to showcase that is to put the degree next to your name at the top of your resume.
Always Address Requested Information
If the job ad requests that you provide salary requirements, be sure to include these on your cover letter. Additionally, if the posting asks for any other additional information such as hours of availability, samples of your work, etc., make sure you always provide what they are requesting so as not to exclude yourself from consideration.
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About the Author:
A nationally recognized resume expert, Jessica Holbrook Hernandez is President/CEO of Great Resumes Fast and a former human resources manager and recruiter. Author Website: http://www.greatresumesfast.com
Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.
February 18, 2013
Ranking Yourself: Be Confident yet Self-Aware
By Nathan Stuller
A common interview tactic is to ask you, the candidate, to rank yourself on acquired technical skills, attributes, and aptitude. The interviewer may run through a list of them, asking you to simply “rank yourself from 1 to 10 on:”
• Leadership ability
• Getting along with coworkers
• How hard-working you are (more…)
January 28, 2013
The Type of Employee That Employers WANT to Promote
Global resume authority Jessica Hernandez of http://www.greatresumesfast.com is a former HR Manager who partners with professional- and executive-level candidates to create authentic, branded resumes and cover letters.
Are you the type of employee that your employer wants to promote?
I heard an interesting statistic on the radio awhile back that really sparked my interest … it stated that 90% of people who do this are promoted. (more…)
January 14, 2013
Discover the Best Graduate Degrees for Emerging Careers
Are you looking for a way to qualify for “hot jobs” in a poor economy?
Instead of aiming for a graduate or professional degree which personally interests you (folklore or film, anyone?) or impresses friends and family (M.D, MBA, J.D.), let’s consider more objective criteria:
- New and emerging occupations
- Positive job market outlook
- Good return on investment
- Breadth and depth; interdisciplinary with focus
- Experiential (internship, co-op, or capstone component)
The Occupational Information Network (U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration), has prepared a list of emerging occupations by industry. Some of the career fields generally requiring a master’s degree are listed here: (more…)
October 15, 2012
The Unwritten Importance of a Job Title
What’s the importance of a job title today? Is being the “senior” something or other as valuable to a person as being a “vice president” or something?
Job titles are a tricky business in today’s work environment. (more…)
October 1, 2012
Beth Cliff, IT Recruiter
What are Recruiter Referral Fees?
By Beth Cliff, IT Engineering Recruitment Manager, Redfish Technology
Did you ever get a message from a recruiter in your voice mail that goes something like:
“Hi [your name]. This is Beth Cliff from Redfish Technology, nationwide IT recruiters. I am working with the VP of Engineering for a Network Security company (more…)
June 25, 2012
How Do You Evaluate Compensation At A Startup Company?
Salary evaluation is an initial part of looking at any new opportunity. And despite the various salary calculators and Bureau of Labor Statistics tracking, compensation evaluation is not cut and dried by any means.
Large companies and public corporations often make available salary information based on roles, experience, and tenure. It may be fairly easy to compare remuneration between some of the large players because of this. But how do you evaluate the right level of compensation at a startup company? (more…)
June 18, 2012
December 6, 2011
‘Tis the Season … for quitting your job!?
By Jonyt Meyer, guest contributor
If you aren’t happy in your job, or your organization suffers from retention issues, this may be worth reading.
For the first time in years I find myself foregoing a tradition that has for me been a very valuable career drill. Each year as the Holiday season approached, I would sit down and create a Pros/Cons list, the list covering considerations for remaining with or moving on from my current company. Instead of using this to drive a year end career decision, it was meant to remind me of the positives while creating a “to-do” list for the year to come. My intent being that if I was ever incapable of significantly improving the cons list based on my to-do activities, that would be my indicator that it was time to move on to new opportunities. (more…)
September 27, 2010
August 4, 2010
Credentials? Qualifications? Well, what sort of professional development have you done lately? In today’s uber-competitive, ever specialized workplace having an additional set of skills is absolutely critical for career advancement. Whether it’s LLM, PMP, CCIE or MBA, the acronyms can be dizzying but from my vantage point it takes certified, specialized knowledge and training to really pass muster these days. (more…)
June 16, 2010
June 10, 2010
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Sabbatical: Career Builder or Career Damper?
There are many good reasons to take a sabbatical. These may be maternity (paternity leave), caring for a sick or elderly relative, personal enrichment or a business endeavor. Pursuing a degree or specialized training is not really a sabbatical. Whatever the reason for your sabbatical, a lot of your success in re-marketing yourself to prospective employers will depend on how you present the sabbatical.
“Are career breaks or sabbatical years really accepted? Does the industry welcome you back, acknowledging your strengths and prior experiences? Or is there a price to pay?” – Asha Naidu, Senior Software Consultant
If you are considering a sabbatical but want to come back to your present employer, this is definitely the easiest re-entry. (more…)