For Career Success, Improve Your Executive Presence

Recently, I participated in two separate panels where we discussed the importance of executive presence and how people can improve their own executive presences.

Now, you may be wondering exactly what “executive presence” is. There are many ways to define the phrase, but at its core, it simply refers to how people carry themselves. For example, a

Not Getting Results? You’re Probably Using Outdated Job Search Tactics

Those of us who are heavily involved in recruiting and hiring know that a lot of companies are extremely dissatisfied with the quality of their new hires. Those of us who are lucky enough to have insight into both sides of the coin — recruiter/employer and job seeker — also know that dissatisfaction is widespread. Job seekers, too, are unhappy with the current state of affairs in recruiting and hiring.

Looking at the situation, you may feel an intense desire to reach …

How to Build Your Career by Volunteering

Volunteering in your community is a great way to gain skills in your chosen profession. Community service also looks good on your resume — and it will give you a warm, fuzzy feeling deep inside.

Uncertain about the value of volunteering and how it helps with getting hired? Here are some stats that will make you ask, “Where do I sign up?”:

“[O]ne out of every five hiring managers in the U.S. agree they have hired a candidate …

3 Steps to Help You Tackle Unpleasant Grunt Work

Article by Mary Carlomagno

Every job has some degree of grunt work: those repetitious, uninspiring tasks that can often be boring and exhausting. Most people dread tasks like stuffing envelopes or filling out expense reports, preferring more fulfilling and stimulating work instead.

As a professional organizer who encourages people to find the joy in tidying up their desks, calendars, and filing cabinets, I am very familiar with the common attitudes toward grunt work. After all, organizing is often …

How to Succeed at Work Without Kissing Up

That promotion you were hoping for just went to the guy in the department next to yours. He is nowhere near as qualified as you are, and you’re pretty sure his I.Q. places him just below the plant you have sitting on your shelf on the office intelligence scale.

How could this have happened?

No, wait – you know exactly how it happened.

Marvin is the best suck-up on the fourth floor. He’s made pandering to the boss an art form. …

Productive Much? What’s Your Secret?

Productivity and I are not easy bedfellows. In fact, we’re downright enemies sometimes. For example, if I have an amazing day at work and totally nail all my to-dos, I can virtually guarantee I will not have a similar day tomorrow. Working out, getting great sleep, following a regimented schedule – none of these things seem to make a difference to me.

Add in 20 employees, three kids, three properties, …

Using Best-in-Class Development Programs to Turn Managers Into Leaders

Many executives feel that managers should be chosen internally from a pool of candidates who demonstrate company values and stellar job performance. Good workers, however, don’t necessarily make great managers.

Of course, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t award good performance with promotion. Entering your company’s managers and executives into appropriate leadership development programs can help them gain …

Are You the Office Grouch? How to Get Along at Work

One of my very first clients called me to say he had committed career suicide. He had yelled at everyone in his office and kicked the trash can. He needed help rebuilding his workplace image.

Every workplace seems to have that one person who is known for not being a team player. You know the person – the grouch, the gossip, causing discontent wherever they go. Everyone avoids this person – but …

11 Steps to Becoming a LinkedIn Power User

“Get on LinkedIn!”

It’s advice you’ve probably heard over and over again, both when you were on the job hunt and when you were settled in at a company you liked. It’s understandable why LinkedIn is such a big deal: It can help you find a new job, make powerful professional connections, and establish yourself as an authority in your field. LinkedIn is basically the digital center of professional …

5 Tips for Dealing With an Employee’s Drug or Alcohol Problem

Substance abuse can be an employer’s worst nightmare. Unlike a bad dream, however, it’s a very real problem in the workplace.

Seventy percent of the 14.8 million Americans who use illegal drugs are employed, according to an estimate from the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD). Because Americans spend most of their time at work, it’s not unlikely that an employee’s problem with drugs or alcohol …