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When It’s Time to Leave an Unfulfilling Relationship

Do you remember, in the beginning of your relationship, how you loved being together, how your eyes would light up at the thought of the new activities and adventures you would have, how you would say “thank you” when people said the two of you do so well together, and how you felt so complete and purposeful? Good, you remember, because I’m talking about your job! If you are no longer feeling the joy and satisfaction of being together, then it is time to break up! Here are some tips to check if it’s over between you and your employer: It’s not you, it’s the profession. Professional environments often create silo mentalities when it comes to outside industry resources and tools. So that leaves you to function in your profession only with what is available to you via your organization. Just working within what you have

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Refresh Your Resume for 2014

  The resume as we know it is dead! In the past, an updated resume consisted of adding a new position, a new job title, or updating additional responsibilities. Today’s job market demands more than a few lines and some added duties. Resumes still play a major role as one of your staple career communication documents. In this case, refresh simply means saying something old in a new and relevant way with current market language to showcase your value. Your resume is your marketing brochure, and it should be fresh at all times. Here are seven ways refresh your resume: Delete Your Home Address. Don’t want to tell where you live? Then don’t. It is completely appropriate to just put your name, email address, and cell phone number on your resume. Today’s professionals pursue career opportunities without zip code boundaries. With cloud technology, one can work

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Leveraging 2014 Top Personal Branding Trends

  For the past several years, William Arruda, personal brand guru and Founder of 360 Reach, has delivered his top personal branding trends for savvy professionals who want to be on brand point in their career endeavors. This list is good to help you assess your current brand and create a branding strategy that will help you achieve your branding goals. Ideally, putting them all into play could be good for your career; realistically, however, you may not be able to implement them all at once. A suggestion is to identify the top three trends for immediate implementation and create a personal branding goal strategy to help implement the other choices. Here are my top 3 picks for 2014: Mobile Business Cards: Sites like vizibility.com offer free to low-cost mobile apps that allow you to have a virtual business card. This saves from having to order business cards and

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Increase Your Digital Presence & Curate Content

  Let’s face it; social media has infiltrated our professional lives at warp speed. To top it off, professional networking sites like LinkedIn almost insist that we use our profile site as a primary branding tool to attract and grow rich networks. Here are some tips to help you increase your digital presence and curate content that will broaden your audience reach and strengthen your online networks: Engage with your Network. Don’t be a sideline watcher. Share, comment, and post on relevant information that is in alignment with your expertise. Add value by sharing your expertise via group discussions or start a discussion topic. In this way, people get to experience you in a way that extends beyond your static profile. Manage your online reputation. What are you known for within your professional circle? Are you a thought leader, a subject matter expert, or a rock star? Whichever

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The Art of Relationship Networking with Current and Former Colleagues

The Art of Relationship Networking with Current and Former Colleagues
Most times, when we hear the word networking, we automatically imagine ourselves at a networking event dressed up in a suit, meeting strangers and feeling awkward while trying to make small talk. Or perhaps we think about our social networking presence on LinkedIn or Facebook and we cringe at the idea of connecting with colleagues outside of work. Relationship networking is a little different and closer to home, so to speak. It is built on the premise of people with whom we share common values and interests. Therefore, we don’t have to find reasons to connect; we just need to talk and build relationships based on our commonalities. Work environments are the perfect place for networking opportunities and building relationships with trusted contacts. Often, we take for granted our colleagues and negate the opportunity of building stronger, resourceful and informative relationships. Relationship management is a key component to career

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I Am Not My Career: 5 Ways to Claim and Manage Your Professional Brand

I Am Not My Career: 5 Ways to Claim and Manage Your Professional Brand
Have you ever introduced yourself at an event first by your name, then your company’s name and finally your job title? You proceed to talk about “the company” and all it attributes. Every now and then you throw something in about the tasks you perform. You have taken on the role of the company’s spokesperson while being completely devoid of your professional brand. Sound familiar? Professional Branding is all about career identity and reputation. You get to curate and self-package certain skills, career accomplishment and achievements that validate your expertise and return on investment (ROI) for your audience. Here are 5 ways to claim and manage your professional brand: Claim your profession- the occupation where you have formal or prolonged training is your profession. Identify the classification and use the profession as an introduction of who you are then add the roles you have held under this profession

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5 Ways to Recharge and Reinvent Your Career

Help! I need a Career Re-Do! Have you ever wanted to get a “re-do” in your career? Maybe you took the wrong job. Perhaps you are in a career that someone else said you should be in or you hate your current role. Well, guess what you can have? A career re-do! Here are 5 ways to recharge and reinvent your career! Tell the truth to yourself about your current situation. In order for you to move forward you first have to acknowledge what’s not working. What exactly are the things you do not like about the work you do? Make a list so you can have concrete information to help you focus on what needs to change. Take a self-assessment test to identify your career personality strengths and the kind of work you would be best doing. Is your personality and skills in alignment with the type of

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Wait! Don’t Post Your Resume!

Wait! Don’t Post Your Resume!
  Writing a resume requires a level of consciousness about your professional brand and what it is you want to communicate. If your resume is old or outdated it’s time to make some changes. Use these resume writing tips to improve your resume before you post it online or give it to a hiring manager for review. Update The Style and Content If you haven’t updated your resume in the last ten to five years, guess what, it probably looks like it! Things change and get better. Do not think for a second that your old and outdated looking resume is going to be acceptable. Change the design and feel of your resume to make it more modern and up-to-date. An easy way to do this is to change the font. Consider using Tahoma, Garamond, or Georgia fonts. These fonts are readable across different computer platforms and will

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Does Your Life Suck Because of the Work You Do?

Does Your Life Suck Because of the Work You Do?
Do you know that the phrase, “help me I hate my job” gets searched over 30,000 times a month in Google? Obligation is a powerful thing. You can trick your mind into feeling obligated to do things you despise for decades. Although it is common, it is not healthy. If you put as much effort into finding a career path or job you like as you do into keeping the job you despise, you might surprise yourself and figure out exactly what it is you are supposed to be doing. People say they feel trapped or stuck at the jobs they hate. My question is whose fault is that? Sure you have to pay the bills but is that the only way you can think of to pay the bills? My guess is no. This post is about to be brutally honest but you need to think about the

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Personal Branding Tools for your Job Hunt and Career

Personal Branding Tools for your Job Hunt and Career
Standing out and getting noticed during a job hunt requires a combination of the tried, true, and modern strategies. Technology is a wonderful thing and today’s job hunter should be prepared by using their own common sense and leveraging the most up to date tools possible. Today we are going to explore a few of those tools to help you take your personal brand and career to the next level! Quick Response Code (QR Code) You may have seen these new scan-able codes around but did not know what they were. They are those little square boxes that are similar to barcodes. You can scan them with your cell phone to get more information about a business or a product. Did you know that you could also create your own QR code and include it on your resume or business card? Yep. You sure can! Why not create a

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