Stop Procrastinating

5 Easy Tips for Curbing Procrastination Are you dreaming about owning your own business? Maybe you want to find a more rewarding job for the New Year? Or are you thinking 2019 will be the year you finally write that novel you’ve been plotting in your mind? Procrastination is an insidious energy drain that will keep you from completing the goals you set for yourself. Thinking “I have plenty of time. No need to start now” or “I don’t know [...]

Time Management

5 Simple Steps to Better Time Management Skills Time, as the cliché goes, is money. Whether you are working for an established company, are an entrepreneur, or are a job seeker, learning to manage your time and limit distractions is key to achieving your goals and attaining success. Getting bogged down by unimportant emails or turning your attention to a Smartphone screen will eat up your time and hinder your productivity. Here are five steps to recognizing problem areas and [...]

Opportunity Cost

Opportunity Cost -- It Might Be Time To Hire a Professional Each decision you make -- be it in your professional or personal life -- comes with a certain cost. The price you pay, so to speak, may be inconsequential or life-altering depending on the scenario. Take, for instance, a simple decision you make every day: the choice between two lunch options. Let’s say the menu includes only a protein power bowl and a hamburger combo meal. You choose the [...]

Body Language

Hearing What is Not Said in an Interview Over the years, I have enjoyed studying people and how body language is used to convey a non-verbal message. In my profession, a critical component of the job is the ability to read people, and make no mistake, a lot is communicated through people’s expressions or gestures. As Peter Drucker said, “The most important thing in communication is hearing what is not said.” Funny thing is, we are all experts in using body [...]

Military Transition

My Transition From Planet ORK (aka the Military) By Captain Laura Hatcher, USN (Retired) Recently, as I briskly walked up the sidewalk towards the Metro entrance, I came shoulder to shoulder with a woman and without hesitation, I made eye contact, smiled and said, “Good Morning.” First, some context: 1 June marked the first time I’ve been off military active duty status in over 30 years. It also happened to be week three of my new civilian career (yes, I know I broke [...]

Don’t Fudge Titles

Don't Fudge Job Titles Do you ever feel like you do more than your job title implies?  It is tempting to want to put an unofficial job title on your resume to align better to what you actually do at work, especially if it makes you the perfect fit for a job you are interested in; however, I caution you against the urge. Your resume is the first thing a prospective employer is going to receive from you. It serves [...]

Multiple Jobs?

Is Applying for Multiple Positions at the Same Company a Good Idea or a Bad One? As a career coach, I always cringe when I hear a client is applying for multiple jobs within the same company. Apparently, I am not alone. In a recent article by Lindsay Tigar, Recruiters reveal the qualities that are an instant ‘no’, this very topic was discussed.  According to Lindsay, job seekers applying for several open positions in hopes of increasing their odds of getting [...]

Stand Out

Tips to Help YOU Stand Out from the Competition! Whether you realize it or not you are constantly in competition with others. Don’t believe me? Here are some examples of what I mean: Job Search: If you are searching for a job, you are competing with others for the same potential job openings. According to Monster.com, 29 resumes are uploaded to their site every minute. If I did the math correctly, that is more than 15 million people a year who [...]

LinkedIn Profile

How to Drive People to YOUR LinkedIn Profile Do you ever feel like your LinkedIn profile is an undiscovered island just waiting for visitors to arrive, but they never do? Well, I have good news for you my friend, below are four tips to help you change that scenario today! Are you ready? Let's do this! Keyword Optimization: As you know, LinkedIn is a professional site where people are looking for people just like YOU; however, they don't know you or [...]

LinkedIn URL Update

Finding & Changing YOUR LinkedIn Profile URL Did you know that YOUR LinkedIn profile has a web address that you can share with others? The web address also referred to as your URL is typically displayed as follows:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/firstname-lastname-b430325/ *Numbers are unique to you and can be changed as well. To find your profile's web address follow the guidance below.  Here is my profile as an example. Click the Me icon at the top of your LinkedIn homepage and then click View [...]