Performance Review Best Practices

– Posted in: career management

Ideally, your company offers a mid-year performance review so you can see where you stand and make some adjustments before year-end. If your company doesn’t offer one, set one up for yourself – doing a self-assessment of where you think you are and asking your manager for feedback. If your company does offer one, here [...]

10 Tips For A Successful Skype Interview

– Posted in: career coaching, interviewing

Being asked for a video or Skype interview instead of the live job interview is increasingly common. Employers like it because, unlike phone interviews, video or Skype interviews feel closer to live interviews with the ability to connect face-to-face and the employer’s ability to assess non-verbal clues. It’s good for the candidate, too, in that [...]

Five Ways To Manage Fear When You Stretch Outside Your Comfort Zone

– Posted in: career change, motivation, time management

I thought about writing about growth, since it’s spring, and growth is something that happens when you stretch outside your comfort zone. (I did write about growth for the 4/16 issue of the newsletter in case you missed that one!) But the flip side of the positive growth that comes when you stretch outside your [...]

Four Ways To Achieve Both Professional And Personal Fulfillment

– Posted in: life coaching, time management

The other day I was catching up with a very accomplished technology executive who was at a loss in forming her next professional moves because everything she prioritized right now pointed to her personal fulfillment – getting back into shape, focusing on family, travel. It made sense in a way since she had been working [...]

Seven Levers To Negotiate As A Consultant, Temp Or Freelancer

– Posted in: career management, negotiate and close the offer, Salary tip

Yes, you can negotiate as a consultant, temp, freelancer, or small business owner. Don’t assume that just because you’re not full-fledged staff, you have less influence. Don’t assume that since it’s just you v. a bigger company that you don’t have leverage. Don’t assume that a company can’t pay more, even if they insist they [...]

Networking From Scratch — If My Professional Network Suddenly Disappeared, Here Is How I Would Build It Up Again

– Posted in: networking, Uncategorized

A reader of my recent networking post, Ten People You Need To Have In Your Professional Network, gave me a follow-up challenge: I've been to so many lectures or read articles and they all say the same thing. Rely on your network or use your network to accomplish this or that. What they all overlook [...]

Financial Freedom Is The Ultimate Leverage In An Offer Negotiation

– Posted in: career coaching, Salary tip, Uncategorized

When I blogged about how to gain the upper hand in an offer negotiation several of the strategies revolved around strengthening your ability to walk away from the negotiation altogether. Negotiating in good faith means that you sincerely want to work something out, so walking away should be a last resort. However, the ability to [...]