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Kindness is a Great Way to Cope with Difficult Times
Aired December 28, 2009
One of the wisest coping strategies in tough times is to be as helpful as you can to others.
Within a few months, Maxine herself lost her job. As the company continued to struggle, they eliminated her department and transferred its most essential functions to another group.
Among the people Maxine called on for help with her own job hunt were the three people whom she’d helped find jobs.
When and How to Focus on Your Needs During Hiring
Aired November 23, 2009
Smart job hunters know it’s best to focus on the needs of employers instead of their own during hiring. But if you do that, how do you figure out whether a job is a good fit for you?
It’s a matter of timing and how you frame questions.
Balancing Personal and Work Life
Aired October 26, 2009
The truth was her job was ok. It wasn’t overly taxing, but she was making a worthwhile contribution. She enjoyed her co-workers, the physical environment and the diversity of her tasks. The pay wasn’t great, but money wasn’t a major issue for her.
What was in need of attention was her personal life, something more difficult to tackle than a job hunt. She needed to take on the challenge of reaching out, meeting new people and becoming socially active more than she needed a new job.
Take Your Boss Solutions, Not Undigested Problems
Aired September 28, 2009
Burt was just starting out in sales. He was apprenticed to an older man. He relied heavily on him to solve problems.
When the older man retired, Burt thought his new boss, the VP of Sales, would provide similar help. But the VP didn’t have the time. So Burt had to learn to solve his own problems.
He was doing great - then he committed a classic beginner's mistake.
Recession Creates Roadblocks for Advancement
Aired August 24, 2009
Denise has been waiting patiently to take over her boss’s job. She’s being groomed to succeed him. He strongly hinted he intended to retire in 2009. But with the dive in the stock market, he’s now indicating he’ll postpone retirement indefinitely.
New challenges are what keep Denise going. How long can she wait before seeking another job? And what chance does she have of finding a good opportunity in the current economic environment?
Aired July 27, 2009
Mentors can greatly benefit your career. They can put in a good word for you, offer perspective, coach you and more. But some mentors can be a liability instead of an asset.
This doesn’t mean you should shy away from mentoring opportunities.
New Careers Likely to Come from Who You Are, Not Who You Were
Aired June 22, 2009
Trying to find a job in a shrinking field can be very difficult. Sometimes a better solution is to launch a new career based on your unique strengths and personal preferences rather than your past occupation.
It's Possible to Launch a New Career Near Retirement Age
Aired May 25, 2009
Many people in their 50’s and 60’s now need to work past age 65 because of the recent hit they’ve taken to their retirement savings. Dan was one of them.
But his work was neither secure nor enjoyable, so he couldn’t simply work longer at his current job. At 60, he was bored and frustrated with being an accountant. Worse, his firm was about to merge with a bigger one, and he wasn't sure his job would survive.
He decided to explore making a change, and started with some introspection that ultimately provided the clues for a great solution.
But his current job was neither safe nor enjoyable, so he couldn’t simply extend his work years to make up the loss. At 57, he was bored and frustrated with being an audit manager. Worse, he wasn’t sure his job would survive the impending sale of his firm.
Interview Questions Can Help...And Hurt
Aired April 27, 2009
It’s common during hiring interviews for employers to ask candidates whether they have any questions. How you respond can impress employers - or turn them off.
Betty’s experience offers a good example.
Job Hunting in a Weak Economy: Leave the Shotgun at Home
Aired March 23, 2009
If you're job hunting in today's difficult employment climate, it might be tempting to pursue any kind of a position for which you might be even remotely qualified. But that kind of "shotgun" approach isn't usually successful.
The main question in every employer’s mind when hiring is: "What can you do for me?” If you lack a compelling answer, you probably won’t get to first base.
Coaching References Key in Successful Job Hunt
Aired February 23, 2009
You need to coach your references politely and appropriately about the job you are applying for and why you are a good match for it, so they can make a good case for you. It’s best to do this by phone or in person, because it allows more in-depth discussion than email.
Mentoring - Now a 2 Way Street Between Older and Younger Workers
Aired January 26, 2009
We've long been aware of the benefits of seniors mentoring juniors, but awareness of the benefits going the other direction is just beginning to emerge in the workplace. Two-way mentoring between older and younger colleagues can be very beneficial to both groups.
Appropriate and Disrepectful Places to Network
Aired December 22, 2008
Networking, in the sense I mean it here, is a conversation in which you ask for advice or information to help you with a job hunt or career change. It’s a given that you never, ever, ask someone for a job during a networking interview. In my opinion, that’s not networking. That’s imposing on a person.
But even when you are seeking information and advice, not asking for a job, it’s important to do it the right way.
Protect Yourself, Then Blow the Whistle
Aired November 24, 2008
So what do you do if you discover your employer is doing something really wrong, and won't change it?
That was Ted's situation.
Asking "What Would an Employer Want?" is the First Step in Writing a Great Resume
Aired October 27, 2008
When jobs are tight and unemployment is high, job hunters are sometimes tempted to throw everything but the kitchen sink into their resumes. The hope is that an employer will sift through their information and find something that will appeal to them. But that’s not the best approach.
Figure out what your strongest assets are for the job you are going after, then arrange your resume to showcase them.
Choosing Not to be Upwardly Mobile
Aired September 22, 2008
Americans are an upwardly mobile society. Bucking that orientation takes courage.
Moira was a successful academic who might have a shot at becoming a high level college administrator if she played her cards right.
Letting Go of a Company is Challening Business
Aired August 25, 2008
Michael had built his company into a powerhouse. But at 64, he was finding the pace overwhelming and realized he couldn’t continue in his current role indefinitely. He knew it was time to sell his business but the vacuum that would create in his life stopped him from moving forward.
He needed a new vision of what to do with himself.
Disheveled Style Not for Job Hunting
Aired July 28, 2008
Hal was a lawyer who was frequently a little late and disorganized. His clients loved him because he came up with brilliant solutions. But he worked for a very “buttoned down” law firm that treated him poorly.
It was no problem to get his hair trimmed, and his clothes pressed, but his lack of visual and verbal contact was a difficult habit to break.
Expect Younger Bosses and Accept Them Gracefully
Aired June 23, 2008
Peter was 55 and expected to be promoted to department head when his boss retired. He was outraged when instead he found himself reporting to a 34-year-old.
At first he thought he’d have to leave. But he was well compensated, enjoyed perks like a 6-week vacation and basically liked his work as the star salesperson in the department. Plus, he’d undoubtedly have a higher retirement income if he stayed
These factors led him to explore how to adjust to the situation.
Lift Mid-Career Doldrums by Changing in Place
Aired May 26, 2008
Today’s flattened organizations offer few promotional opportunities, but doing the same job for many years can lead to burnout. The logical solution might be to change careers, but heavy family and financial demands at mid-life can sometimes make career change impractical.
Another solution to this mid-career dilemma is to change functions within your organization.
Working for a Manager Who Overloads You Can Be Hell on Earth
Aired April 28, 2008
Betty had a new boss who heaped projects on her. She was frantic and started having migraine headaches.
Predictably, he said it was all equally important, had to be done right away and only she could do it. She countered with her idea of priorities. He retorted with different ones. She left that difficult meeting with a tough but doable set of goals.
But that wasn't the end of Betty’s struggle.
Overcoming Internal Barriers to Job Hunting
Aired March 24, 2008
Edith wanted to leave the job she was in, but the thought of job hunting made this usually self-confident woman hit a brick wall.
She had a slight stutter that only surfaced when the spotlight was on her personally. Instead of retrenching she decided to try something new and very different. Sometimes that's what it takes to get through a brick wall.
Research is Critical in Hiring Interviews
Aired February 25, 2008
The partner who made the offer commented, "You were far and away the candidate who best fit what we were looking for." Bill knew that was no accident!
Empathy is Central to Success at Work
Aired January 28, 2008
Understanding others’ needs and taking them into account as you pursue yours is essential for success at work.
Kara was the business manager of a non-profit. But she really wanted to manage programs, not business functions.
Kara had a plan for how to reach her goal.
Business Gifts Should be Small, High Quality Tokens
Aired December 13, 2007
Sandy’s over-the-top gift damaged their collegial relationship. She would have been better off with a nice pen, note cards or even a single bottle of wine.
Bring Back the Mommy Track - But Make it an Option for Everyone
Aired November 26, 2007
Bringing it back today could provide a welcome alternative for women - and men - who want to set a limit on work and are willing to accept less money, less advancement and less influence as the trade-off.
Working Around Limitations and Dislikes is an Important Part of Success
Aired October 29, 2007
Bob owned a profitable business and enjoyed what he did. One of the secrets of his success was having the courage early in his career to sidestep his weaknesses and dislikes.
Inviting Discussion of Visible Disabilities is Good Interviewing Strategy
Aired September 24, 2007
Often the biggest hurdle is an interviewer who is afraid to ask questions about your disability, and how it affects your capacity to do the job. If you can’t get past that, you run the risk of being rejected.
Let Go Of What You Dislike Doing
Aired August 27, 2007
He grew up believing work was not enjoyable but if you did it faithfully, you’d be rewarded with a comfortable lifestyle. At an unconscious level, he'd translated that into a fear that if he didn’t do his share of work he disliked, it'd come back to haunt him.
Finding Work Satisfaction is About Making Intelligent Tradeoffs
Aired July 23, 2007
What Sarah most wanted was to be a full time mom. Her part time job was the tradeoff for being able to do it.