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Making Sure Boss Is the Right Fit

WSJ Careers - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 09:58
A poor cultural fit is the primary reason top managers fail. Industry experts says job candidates as well as recruiters need to step up the diligence in the hiring phase.

Catching Job Fire….

Lisa Kaye - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 00:05

Like the Hunger Games you might be ready to do battle and fight for your job survival at any cost. But how well you play the game is just as important as whether or not you are in it to win it.   Catching job fire means you are ready to take on your career game for the fight of your life.

Like any good winning champ, you’ve got to first discover what you are really good at and what makes you stand apart from your competition.  Highlighting your skills on a resume is one thing but really being a subject matter expert in your field and showcasing your accomplishments is another.  How do you do that exactly you might ask?  Well, making sure you are seen and not just heard is one way to showcase your talents to the world.

When was the last time you were asked to speak on a panel?  When did you judge a competition in your field?  When were you asked to be a keynote speaker at an industry conference?  Being your own press machine helps you promote your skills and talents to a wider audience than to just your co-workers and to your boss.  It’s good to be recognized by your peers but being acknowledged and revered by your industry is a way to know you are not just well liked but you are loved in return!

When you know what you are good at you can promote your expertise and showcase your knowledge and maybe give back a little something in return.  Even if you are not looking for your next job, realizing that you need to be seen AND heard in order for people to know who you are is important when it’s time to ratchet up your game to the next level.  Your ability to make yourself known for all the right reasons means you are able to traverse your accomplishments and skills to the next level playing field which will set you apart from all the others out there trying to do the same.

You are a master at what you do and knowing how to leverage your skills and highlight your accomplishments beyond your LinkedIn page is what the world of Facebook and Twitter is all about.  Self-promotion is the way to become the lead horse in the race to your career like no other vehicle.  We tend to think promotion is left for product-placement and brand strategy.  But when you start to think of yourself as a brand than you are making a larger connection to showcasing your talents on a whole new level.

Being good at something and getting a raise in title and compensation is one way to catch job fire.  Figuring out how to scale to the highest levels in your field is another way to show off what you have to offer and help others in your field do the same.

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Push to Prove Career Success Tests Colleges

WSJ Careers - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 10:02
Colleges, under increased pressure to justify the cost of education, are having a hard time getting proof of graduates' success in finding well-paying jobs.

The New ABCs of Business

WSJ Careers - Sun, 04/13/2014 - 01:21
The Saturday Essay: From administrative assistants (the real office power brokers) to enemies (the product of success) to 'reply all' (why you may be fired one day), Stanley Bing offers a modern glossary for workplace survival.

Less Bleak Outlook for Law Grads

WSJ Careers - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 21:54
Employment prospects for law-school graduates are less bleak than in past years, according to new data, but the job market is also showing few signs of improvement.

Companies Say No to Having an HR Department

WSJ Careers - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 16:23
Companies pursuing flat management structures and more accountability for employees are deciding to do without a human-resources department, finding other ways to manage hiring, firing and benefits.

Restless Ambition

Lisa Kaye - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 21:00

There maybe times in your life when you feel you can’t move fast enough and that you’ll never get to where you want to go no matter how much you sprint.  It’s nice to have so many options rolling around your head but when it comes time to making a move do you know which direction you will take? There are those who procrastinate and find it challenging to make a decision even if it’s about what to have for breakfast in the morning let alone what to do with their career life.  Then there are those that have so many ideas, so many interests that the thought of choosing just one makes them mad!  There are ways to tame your restless ambition even if you are not sure which career is right for you.

Making a plan and sticking to it seems like a good idea when you are fresh out of school and the world is a blank page from which you can write your own story.  Then there is “life” and all that comes up in the course of a day, week, year that forces you to twist and turn with uncertainty and makes you anxious to make a career commitment.  You may have a job you love but hate the pay.  You may make tons of money but hate the work you have chosen to do.  You may long to be an entrepreneur but need to support a family.  You may wish to go it alone but work in a family business.  Whatever your ambition, you need not make the choice a stressful one no matter how restless you are to get ahead.

Managing your ambition is like maintaining self-control when the options, choices and possibilities seem endless or overwhelming. Knowing how to say “No” to what does not work and “Yes” to what feels right is the difference between knowing when too much chocolate is a bad thing. Whether you know what you want or you can’t decide, managing your expectations about the future will help you overcome feeling like the world is rushing ahead without you.

Playing catch-up with your career goals may have you looking over your shoulder at every passing opportunity in hopes of getting a second chance at success. Don’t press the panic button just yet!  If something passes you by it just means it was not right for you.  Becoming anxious over any missed opportunity will not help you get to your career goals any faster.  Being restless about your next move may make you jump into the wrong situation before you’ve had a chance to really think it through.  Moving too fast especially when you have many options to consider may cause you to make an abrupt choice in your next move towards success.

Being restless can work to your advantage in that nothing generates more opportunity for you than when you start to obsessively focus on what you want next from your career move.  Restless does not have to spell reckless when it comes to making a decision about where you want to spend the rest of your career days.

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Nonprofit Brings Golf to the Disabled

WSJ Careers - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 15:34
After a severe illness, a lifelong golfer is on a quest to share his discovery of 'adaptive golf' with others.

Where Have All the Workers Gone?

WSJ Careers - Sun, 04/06/2014 - 08:38
Essay: The U.S. unemployment rate is down, but rising numbers of Americans have dropped out of the labor force entirely. The problem is more than just cyclical, writes Glenn Hubbard.

When Banks Won't Lend to Your Startup

WSJ Careers - Sat, 04/05/2014 - 22:02
There are ways to improve your risk profile and 'alternative' lenders in the meantime.

How to Start Your Own B&B: Plan

WSJ Careers - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 17:15
It took Selena Einwechter 10 years, but when her Bed & Breakfast on Tiffany Hill finally opened, her intensive preparations proved worth the effort.

M.B.A. Students Wait for Perfect Job

WSJ Careers - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 11:47
Second-year M.B.A. students are holding out for the perfect job, even if that means rejecting safe-bet offers and graduating into unemployment.

Why China Doesn't Export World-Class CEOs

WSJ Careers - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 05:47
The People's Money: The appointment of India-born Satya Nadella as Microsoft's CEO has caused a bit of a stir in China, where people are questioning why Indians but not Chinese are getting top jobs in the U.S.

A Harvard Study Spices a Bollywood Romance

WSJ Careers - Thu, 04/03/2014 - 22:00
Work of Harvard professor Stefan Thomke plays a role in 'The Lunchbox,' an acclaimed Indian romantic comedy.

When Chief Executives Become Job Seekers

WSJ Careers - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 14:02
Hunting for jobs, CEOs become just like us; mulling the LinkedIn profile.

The Hottest Corporate Fad: Pay CEOs to Find Successors

WSJ Careers - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 09:35
Boards of companies such as Intel, EMC, Avnet and Terex are paying chief executives extra to work on succession planning.

Can This Online Course Get Me a Job?

WSJ Careers - Tue, 04/01/2014 - 02:02
Apollo Education is expected to launch a new service, dubbed "Balloon," that will aggregate lists of online courses and explicitly link them to job opportunities.

It’s Not Love, It’s Business…

Lisa Kaye - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 16:31

Knowing when to love your job vs. leaving it is not an easy decision to make.  Like a marriage that has run its course, your job is like any relationship where you have to invest in it to make it work. Understanding your feelings about your relationship with work, with your boss and with your co-workers will help you create the necessary boundaries in order to remain objective.  Remember, your work relationship is not about love, it’s about business!

Yes, I believe you have to love what you do in order to be truly successful.  When you are just phoning it in you are not doing yourself or your employer any justice.  Loving what you do and who you do it with is as important as making sure you commit to the right partner. When you commit to an employment arrangement you are entering into a relationship where both parties need to feel the love.  If you are not 100% “into” the relationship than you won’t be motivated to make it work no matter how much you love what you do.

Finding and maintaining the right relationship balance means you need to put your needs and wants into perspective without making it personal. After all, it’s business right?  What does that mean when you love what you do but you may not be crazy about whom you are doing it with?

  1. Get Real:  Being realistic about your expectations of others is a good place to start when you decide whether you’ve made the right decision in your working relationship.  You may not always agree and you may feel like you are better off without that other person around, but until you can manage your way around your working relationship and setting the proper boundaries will help you until you can make the right move.
  2. Keep Focused:  Remembering why you said, “Yes” in the first place will help you remain focused on what you love instead of wanting to quit the one you no longer love.  Keeping the work you love front and center while you plan your next move means you are not being unfaithful to yourself or to the work you cherish.
  3. Set Boundaries:  It’s all about understanding where your work life ends and your personal life begins.  Knowing your boss is your boss and not a member of your family helps to keep your perspective in check when the going gets tough at work. You can always quit your boss but it may be harder to quit your parents!

Knowing why you entered into the relationship in the first place will help you make the right decisions about whether you need to stay or move onto new horizons.  Knowing that you can take what you love to do anywhere should make the decision easier for you when it’s time to make a change.  Remember, it’s not love it’s business so save the marriage vows for the one you love not the one you work for!

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How Autism Can Help You Land a Job

WSJ Careers - Sun, 03/30/2014 - 17:14
Some employers are viewing autism as an asset and not a deficiency in the workplace. SAP, for instance, believes features of autism may make some better at certain jobs.

Walking Tours of the Windy City

WSJ Careers - Sun, 03/30/2014 - 17:05
How a retired teacher turned something he enjoyed doing as a volunteer into the largest privately owned walking-tour company in Chicago.