Monday, December 31, 2012

Career resolutions you should make in 2013


 

 

 By: Lori McMullin, APR
Director of Business Operations & Communications
Center for Business Excellence

 

New Year’s resolutions…most of us have made them at least once in our lives.  What about resolutions specific to our careers?
I found and article suggesting five we all should make – even if we are happy in our current positions.
For the suggestions, follow the link below and hit the “continue to slide” button on the top right-hand side of the page.  Oh, and Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Advice for the New Year


Posted by:  Darlene Duncan CWDP, JSS, CCC, JCTC, JCDC
                  Training Coordinator

This is my last post of 2012 and with the New Year just around the corner I wanted to offer these suggestions for a successful New Year.

One, if you’re a job seeker and the methods you’ve been using haven’t been working for you consider trying some different methods. Keep in mind Einstein’s definition of insanity. For those of you who may not know his definition, “Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”.

Two, mistakes you’ve made in the past are in the past unless you choose to bring them forward with you. I’ll grant you that a leopard can’t change his spots; however, you’re not a leopard. People can change (within limits) if they choose to change. Take inventory of your life. Figure out where you are, how you got there and where you want to be. Once you know where you want to be you can figure out how to get there.

Let me leave you with this quote from Samuel Butler, “All the animals except man know that the principle business of life is to enjoy it.”

Whatever your belief system ,here’s hoping you have a wonderful Holiday Season and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.
 
 

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The Times They Are A Changing


Posted by:  Darlene Duncan CWDP, JSS, CCC, JCTC, JCDC
                  Training Coordinator

Some of you may wonder why I continue to point out the obvious and repeat the same topic for posts. The answer is simple. There are still a great many people that don’t get it. Social media, LinkedIn in particular, is the new way to get found for a job.
I recently attended a workshop on Social Media for Job Seekers. The presenter told us that the majority of recruiters and headhunters she has spoken with recently tell her that 70% of their time is spent on LinkedIn.
Here’s a link to another good article on this topic.
Click here for the article.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Is there a softer side of strong leadership?


 

By: Lori McMullin, APR
Director of Business Operations & Communications
Center for Business Excellence


I recently saw the movie, “Lincoln,” and it got me thinking about his leadership style. By the way, it is an excellent movie – go see it.

This article is an interesting read -- reminding us there IS a softer side of strong leadership:

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Is The Force With You?

Posted by:  Darlene Duncan CWDP, JSS, CCC, JCTC, JCDC
                  Training Coordinator

I just read an awesome article about ‘job searching’ for the over 40 and unemployed group. The truth is that regardless of your age, it’s still a great article.

Click here to read words of wisdom from Yoda.
 
 

Monday, December 10, 2012

Charitable giving without breaking the bank


 

By: Lori Mcmullin, APR
Director of Business Operations & Communications
Center for Business Excellence

 

So many of us have a philanthropic soul -- and an increased fiscal conscience after living thorough the recession.  So, how do you marry the two up these days?

Yes, the old adage, “give until it hurts,” has merit, but does it still hold up in this new economy?

I have to say, I was more than a bit turned off when I recently received a solicitation letter from an organization I am involved in suggesting I give a MINIMUM of $1,000.  Really?

Was the organization implying that anything less would not be needed or appreciated? As a former fund-raising professional, I ask, “Is that the tactic an organization should take in this day and age?” 

Needless to say, I was pleased to find a link with simple ideas/reminders of how we all can make a big impact in the community without breaking the bank.  I hope you find it both inspiring and refreshing:

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Overused Words In Your LinkedIn Profile


Posted by:  Darlene Duncan CWDP, JSS, CCC, JCTC, JCDC
                  Training Coordinator

With the New Year just around the corner now is a good time to update your LinkedIn profile and get rid of the clich├ęs and overused words.
 
Click here to read a good article on some of the most overused words.

Monday, December 3, 2012

The greatest beauty tip



By: Lori Mcmullin, APR,
Director of Business Operations & Communications
Center for Business Excellence

 

During this holiday season, many people struggle with how they look.  Maybe, they’ve put on extra holiday pounds and feel guilty.  Perhaps, they are working out extra hard to look more toned in that sparkly, little holiday dress.

In any case, we should take time to check ourselves when it comes to aesthetics and heed the advice the timeless, elegant Audrey Hepburn once gave.  Good stuff:

“For attractive lips, speak words of kindness. For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people. For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry. For beautiful hair, let a child run his / her hands through it once a day. For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone. People, more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed, never throw out anyone. Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of each of your arms. As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands; one for helping yourself, and the other for helping others. Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."

-       Audrey Hepburn