5 Tips for Staying Productive in Your Home Office

More people than ever before are working from home. In fact, 43 percent of U.S. workers said they spend at least some time every year working from home in a 2017 Gallup poll.

There are a number of reasons why working from home has become such a popular option, from cutting down on transportation costs to …

The Top 3 Fashion Essentials for Professional Women

No matter your job, you always want to show up to work looking professional.

A strict workplace dress code can raise fears like “Is this okay?” and “Is this professional enough?” On the flip side, if your job allows you to dress casually, it’s easy to get lazy — and when you don’t put in the effort to look put-together, you can come across as disrespectful.

To help you avoid the …

How to Deal With a Holiday Season Layoff

As the end of the year approaches, employers reevaluate their priorities and reorganize their businesses. These strategic shifts often lead to layoffs.

It’s never easy to lose your job, but it’s especially difficult during the holidays. Expenses go up thanks to travel and gifts. Searching for a job at this time of year can be slow and discouraging.

This holiday season, I’ve seen a lot more people than usual be …

The Right Way to Deliver Bad News to Your Team

“Because I am better than the rest of you, this is your problem. Good luck.”

Would that message inspire you? Would you trust an organization to navigate successfully the next challenge if this were the message it offered in response to today’s crisis?

Of course not. Yet, this is exactly the message most leaders communicate when facing bad news, like the departure of a critical customer to a competitor or …

5 Tips on Interview Prep From a World-Class Career Coach

When it comes to landing a job, interview prep is just as important as your resume. Hiring managers interview hundreds of candidates throughout their careers; they can spot your lack of preparation from a mile away.

Thea Kelley is an experienced career coach and the author of

Why Holiday Parties Are Great Times to Kick Off a Job Search

We’ve all been there: Stuck at a company holiday party you’d rather not attend, or maybe your next-door neighbors are throwing an event you just can’t avoid. Whatever the occasion, these parties can be draining during the holidays. This is especially true for those of us who are introverts, or those of us who have other commitments such as children or demanding jobs.

But if you’re planning to enter the job market soon, holiday parties can truly be the perfect places …

How LinkedIn Recommendations Can Boost Your Career

The days of hard-copy recommendation letters privately shared with prospective employers are over. Now, it’s all about LinkedIn recommendations.

LinkedIn recommendations give prospective employers valuable insight into your skills and accomplishments. They stand as public proof of your professional reputation, because they’re tied back to the profiles of those who give them.

Thoughtfully written LinkedIn recommendations can help you get a leg up in your career. They showcase your …

Forget A.I.: 8 Timeless Job Search Tactics You Can Use in 2018

Despite all the talk about how A.I. is taking over industries, pushing people out of jobs, and reshaping the hiring process, I’m here to tell you that as long as “human” remains a central element of “human resources,” you can rely on a few surefire job search tactics that reach people.

Here are …

Breaking Down Barriers Between Veterans and Civilian Employment

Military service gives veterans a broad set of skills that can be applied in the civilian workforce. Yet, countless veterans remain unemployed, or they land in part-time or minimum-wage jobs that pay far below what they were making in the military.

This happens for a variety of reasons. Recruiters and military veterans can run into communication difficulties because they use different vernaculars to talk about the same things. Civilian jobs …