Laid Off (Part IV): 100 Things to Do If You’ve Been Laid Off

This is the last part of our 4 part series on how to strategize if you have been laid off.  If you have been laid off or unemployed the obvious first thing to do is to get working as quickly as possible.  That is what we have been speaking to in the last two months.  However, sometimes it is a waiting game, so in absence of employment what can we do? Sometimes we have to have … Read more

Laid Off (Part III): Is Your Ego Getting In The Way?

Confident Career Tip No. 8 “I’m not going to fast-food, that’s for sure!”  This is a phrase I hear during an economic downturn from clients who have been recently been laid off. The question I ask is, “if you are in this state 12 months from now will you work at fast-food then?”  It is hard to believe that you could be laid off for that long, but it is happening. In this regard, there … Read more

Still Laid Off? Map Out Your Network

Confident Career Tip No. 7 Because of the market we are in with the downturn in oil and gas, last time we reviewed some articles on what you need to do if you get laid off.  I have included those links again below in case you missed them the first time. When it comes to looking for work, remember, it’s not what you know but who you know.  Here are a few additional steps that … Read more

Job Titles Are Bullsh*t – Strip Away the Title and Dress Up the Job!

Confident Career Tip No. 5 Let’s bust the five biggest bullsh*t’s about job titles so that we can get past the title and get you into the job you were born to do!   Bullsh*t #1: Picking Your “Title” in High-School While it is unlikely that in most high schools you are choosing the title you want when you get into the workforce, there is a huge emphasis on picking a fairly specific career path … Read more

Does Your Job Fit You?

Marcus Buckingham would tell you that only 17% of people are playing to their true strengths in their current job.  This is based off an extensive study done on over 2-million people worldwide! Are You “Title Shopping” or Dream Job Shopping? Sometimes I wonder what it would be like if everyone was in a job that made them feel strong at the end of every single day. The problem is that we spend too much time … Read more

Relentless Disssatisfaction: Be Unreasonable

  “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself.  Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” ~George Bernard Shaw   Think about this concept for a moment. Throughout my career in the corporate world I was accused of being “relentlessly dissatisfied.”  I used to resent the remark because I thought it made me the squeaky wheel, the nag, the complainer.  I’ve since … Read more

7 Quick Tips to Making Your Goals Stick

By this point in the year 29% of people have already stopped working on their New Years Resolutions.  Six months from now more than half will have stopped working on their resolutions!  Just hearing the numbers is enough to discourage some from even attempting to set goals.  One joke among my friends is “New Years resolutions are meant to be broken.”  One year we even went around the table humorously answering the question “What New … Read more

Get Paid What You Deserve: Asking For A Raise

Did you know that that this is the time of year when most employers start considering what raises and bonuses they will be giving their staff? Unfortunately, if you check google analytics it is during the month of March that people are researching how to ask for a raise. Usually by March most employers have made their decisions about which staff will receive which increments and which will get what bonuses.  It should come as no surprise then … Read more