U is for Updating Your Resume

Updating Your Resume Whether or not you're in an active job search, regularly updating your resume is smart. Your resume must reflect your up-to-date skills and experiences. Why Keep Your Resume Updated? It is much easier to maintain your resume than start from scratch once each decade. If you wait that long, you may forget some of the details and valuable experiences you've gained. I recommend keeping a running note on your phone or in a file and adding skills, experiences, and...

T is for Toxic Workplaces

Unfortunately, toxic workplaces are not as rare as we’d like to believe. If you’re reading this, chances are you’ve possibly seen some red flags pop up in your workplace. Read on to find out five signs of a toxic workplace environment. Overwork is Toxic Finding yourself taking on much more work than you can reasonably handle is a red flag. A toxic employer shows no regard for your capacity or saturation levels. Overwork dramatically increases your stress level, which further depletes...

S is for Starting Over

Starting over in your career is just one of the many changes that life may throw at you. We all will face changes – some good and some bad. Some of us embrace change better than others, but when it happens, it’s natural to wonder how we’ll ever start over. Get Unstuck by Starting Over Are you in a situation at work where you don’t see a possibility of growth? Are you sick of the mundane? Have you lost the passion...

R is for Resume

An effective resume is one that gets you the job. Sounds simple, right? Well, anyone who’s been in the job search for more than a month knows that it’s not quite that straightforward. What Makes a Good Resume? All good resumes have a few things in common. First, your resume should be free of grammatical errors and visually appealing. These two qualities show that you put time and attention into your resume. Remember that today's resumes are viewed on devices such...

Q is for Quit

Reasons to Consider Quitting There are so many reasons that a person might consider quitting their job. Perhaps you’re in a toxic work environment. Maybe your job is a total dead-end with no growth opportunities. Perhaps you’re leaving over forced mandates with which you fundamentally disagree. Or maybe the company doesn’t align with your values, goals, or passion. Here are some other popular reasons people quit their jobs: Burnout Low pay Transitioning to self-employment Staying home to raise children Unreasonable expectations and workload Poor work-life balance Changing...

P is for Priorities

What are your priorities?  For many of us, that’s a simple question that we can give a quick answer to. For others, it’s a loaded question because it comes with the instant self-reflection of where we’re spending our time. Do your actions reflect your true priorities?  Or do they indicate a disconnect between what you think you value with what you actually value? Dedicate Time to Your Priorities A good way to determine your priorities is to examine where you’re spending...

O is for Opportunities Through Mentorship

You might be wondering what exactly a mentor/mentee relationship is and why you would want (or need) one. If so, you’re in the right place. What is Mentorship? Mentorship is a relationship between you (assuming you’re the one being mentored) and someone acting as your professional advisor. This person should be a more experienced individual in the same field or your desired field. Your mentor will help you develop by giving you advice drawn from their knowledge and experience. Why Would I...

N is for New Beginnings

As we look back at the end of 2021 and forward to 2022, it is natural to start thinking of new beginnings. Many of us look at the turn of the year as a chance to start new, better habits, or to get rid of things holding us back. I, for one, think that this last week leading up to the new year is an excellent time for reflection and planning. Reflect on the Past What accomplishments are you proud of this...

L is for Living a Life of Gratitude

A blog about gratitude the week of Thanksgiving?  What a novel concept! But seriously, there are so many great reasons to actively practice gratitude that I think we should make it an integral part of our lives throughout the year. Gratitude is Good for Our Health Did you know that scientists have done brain imaging of people thinking of things they are grateful for?  The results were impressive – happy thoughts release serotonin and dopamine into our bloodstreams. We can refer to...

J is for a Job You Love

There is a popular saying that says, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” I think there is some truth to that, don’t you? So, do you love the job you’re at? If you can answer yes to that, then great! You can stop reading now. But if you answered no, then I have a few points for you to consider. A CAREER WITH PURPOSE You may be feeling restless in...