Navigating The Emotional Side Of A Career Transition

Great article by Ron Ashkenas:

For the past 37 years I’ve worked as a management consultant at the same firm I started in straight out of graduate school. I went from junior associate to partner to managing partner and eventually to senior partner. But several years ago, I started thinking about what comes next, and when next should come. All things considered (interests, age, health, finances), early 2016 seemed like the right time.

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One-fifth of employees to seek new job in 2016

More than one-fifth of employees, 21%, plan leave their current employers in 2016, according to a survey from CareerBuilder. This is an increase from 16% in last year’s survey.

Looking at only workers between 18 and 34 years old, 30% expect to have a new job by the end of 2016, up from 23% last year.

The survey also found 34% of employees are regularly searching for job opportunities, even though they’re currently employed, up from 30% last year.

“Just because a person is satisfied with their job doesn’t necessarily mean they aren’t looking for new work,” said Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer at CareerBuilder. “Because of this, it’s critical to keep up with your employees’ needs and continue to challenge them with work they feel is meaningful.”

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Why You Should Never Trust Your Gut

Dreams don’t pay the bills...

It’s often said, especially by entrepreneurs and those who would like to be, that you should go with your gut when making big decisions. In my experiencethis is the worst possible way for entrepreneurs to make big decisions about their businesses.

If you’re a successful entrepreneur, you possess a level of willpower far beyond that of everyone else. It is this willpower that allows you to overcome obstacle after obstacle in launching and growing your business. A large part of this willpower is a result of your desire to achieve something and to do it before you run out of money, time, or energy.

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3 Secrets to Writing a Cover Letter

“How do I write a good cover letter?” I get this question at least once a week. Here’s the thing with this question: There is no ONE way to write a cover letter, and here is why:

  1. Companies communicate differently: You will see some younger organizations put a lot of emphasis on the cover letter. They may give you some edgy assignment or want you to show your personality. Another more formal organization may call for no cover letter, or you can pretty much tell that the company is more button-up and you should keep it rather traditional.

Now what?

Aim the TONE of your letter to the TONE of the organization. Go to their website. Do you see the word “awesome?” Keep it casual and open. If their site looks a little more traditional or they are a big public company, you may want to factor that in your tone. Get a FEEL for the organization you are writing to and aim your creativity in the right direction.

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Why changing jobs is a bad idea

For the early part of my career, I job hopped. From the time I graduated college in 2003 to the year I took the leap and became self employed in 2010, I worked a total of 4 jobs. Two years seemed to be the magic number of years that I could stay in any job. Once the 2nd year creeped up, I got that familiar itch to explore what else was out there for me. Some would say this is par for the course for people of my generation. Research shows that millenials tend to stay in a job for less than three years compared to 4.4 years of the average worker. While it’s said that job hopping allows us to cultivate different experiences and learn new skills along the way, what I find is that, no matter what generation you belong to, underneath it all, what we’re really looking for is happiness and fulfillment within our careers.  It’s like soul searching for our career.

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