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Businesses Help With Home-Sharing Duties

WSJ Careers - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 22:49
More and more travelers are opting to rent their apartments while they are gone— through home-sharing websites. Now, these time-strapped New York area hosts have help to prepare for their guests: online property management firms.

Arizona State Completes Deal for Troubled Business School

WSJ Careers - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 01:05
Arizona State University has completed its deal to take over the Thunderbird School of Global Management, the last chapter in what has been a yearslong saga for the troubled Glendale, Ariz., business school.

Universities Push Harder Into Realm of Startups

WSJ Careers - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 19:41
Universities are stepping up efforts to create “spinouts,” or startups born from cutting-edge research. Some schools are creating funds to help cover startup costs. Others are pairing scientists with entrepreneurs and launching incubators.

Picking Your Workplace Battles

WSJ Careers - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 17:56
From the colleague who steals your chair to the one who steals your clients, there is plenty of potential for conflict at work. Which issues are worth going to war over?

Airlines Groom New, Global Flight Crews

WSJ Careers - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 17:56
The major Persian Gulf airlines are attracting international employees, as well as criticism for some labor practices.

Figuring It Out….

Lisa Kaye - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 02:40

Sometimes the choices seem obvious other times you are confused with what road seems likely to lead to success. You may not have all the answers but sometimes the process of figuring it out will lead to some remarkable results. You may have been at the same job for sometime thinking this is my path and I’ll stick to it. You can’t imagine another choice no matter how tough the road gets. Feeling complacent may be a job strategy but what if you allowed yourself the luxury of thinking outside your proverbial career box?

Finding what you love from loving what you find, may seem harder than it actually is when you are not even certain the first place to look. Listening to others career stories may provide some inspiration for you as you sort through your options but believing you can and will deliver on the promise of following your career desires is a better option for you to consider.

Living up to your full potential does not always mean the same thing for everyone. For some it means sticking to the same job and pulling down a steady income to support your family is fulfillment enough. For others, taking risks, following your passions and throwing caution to the wind feels right when considering a career with potential from a job with benefits. Knowing what motivates you to put your very best effort not only into your work but into your vision of who and what you want to be and accomplish helps you figure out if you are on the right path from any path when it comes to following your career ambitions.

When you are not sure if you are on the right career path start by asking yourself these few questions:

  1. Do you love getting up in the morning and going to work? Even if your job does not take you further than the dining room table do you love what you do no matter where you are doing it? If the answer is yes, then by all means stick to it. If the answer is no, then find out what would make you excited to get up in the morning and start following those road signs wherever they may lead.
  2. Do you find reward and self-satisfaction in what you do? If yes, then you know you have chosen wisely. If you wonder how the hell you got where you are and how on earth do you find the main road again, start thinking about the choices you made and ask yourself if you were really following your own guidance or that of someone else? It does not matter how you got here, it matters that you find the road out if you are not feeling like your work is meaningful and rewarding.
  3. Do you have an optimistic outlook?   You may not think about it much but do you consider yourself to be a positive and a happy person? If you are not generally content with who you are then you will forever second-guess the choices you make no matter what career you have chosen for yourself. Being happy with yourself signals that you are confident in your choices and that you believe you will make the right decision for you no matter how hard the career path you have chosen.

Figuring it out might not always be easy but beginning to ask yourself questions about who you are and really understanding what makes you happy may be a first step in an otherwise overwhelming process no matter how successful you’ve become in your so-so career.

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Women at Work: A Guide for Men

WSJ Careers - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 12:31
Essay: Even the most well-intentioned male managers can be clueless when dealing with women in the workplace.

German Firms Set for Gender Revolution

WSJ Careers - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 12:52
Corporate Germany is on the cusp of a gender revolution after Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government adopted a bill that will dramatically increase the number of women in the top echelons of the country’s mightiest corporations.

Easy Tricks to Get Party Ready

WSJ Careers - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 18:01
‘Tis the season to get dressed for glamorous post-work parties in 15 minutes flat. Our guide to looking fab without the fuss.

Court Ends Amazon Workers' Suit

WSJ Careers - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 13:48
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Amazon warehouse workers weren’t entitled to pay for the time they spent being screened for theft at the end of their work shifts.

Counteroffers Make a Comeback

WSJ Careers - Wed, 12/10/2014 - 11:58
Coming to the boss with a competing offer once branded you as disloyal, but these days, savvy negotiators are using counteroffers to land new roles and get ahead.

Job Holiday Hustle ….

Lisa Kaye - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 14:31

Running around, following the crowd, jumping in and out of lines and burning it on either side and in the middle may feel like the right thing to do during the holiday season but what ever happened to just kick back and relax? You may be feeling the pressure now more than ever as you try to tie up loose ends before the New Year and forget about figuring out your resolutions – who has time for that? You can keep going at the pace you have become accustomed or find some down time no matter how crazy the weeks ahead appear.

You are NOT going to finish it all so don’t even try. Putting undo pressure on your self now is a waste of your valuable time and resources. Actually shutting down may be the best thing you can do for yourself and for those you love. As contrary to your beliefs as this might seem, finding time for you now is not only the most productive thing you can do but will help you prepare for the hustle of finding or securing a job in the new year. Needless distractions are great for avoiding the obvious, but actually sitting still may seem the hardest yet most important gift you can give to your self this holiday season.

Like anything that is difficult to do, getting quiet and really allowing the feelings to surface will help you get clear on what has not worked for you in the past. Your career may have hit some bumps in the road, or you may be looking for a new challenge, but unless you are quiet and truly let yourself be inspired by the world and people around you, you may never get out of the job hustle that is all around you. It’s always good to make a list but even that might be too much work for you now. Just sitting and staring at the sky may be all it takes to find the inspiration you are seeking when it comes to your job search. You may not feel that counting clouds is very productive, but silencing the mind in a way that allows you to be calm, focused and clear may help you get to the answers you seek when it comes to your next career move.

Meditation, journaling and self-contemplation are all valuable skills not taught to you when job seeking that may come in handy now when all you need to do is reflect on your goals and what it is you really want out of life. Being thankful for all you have and all that you have accomplished is a good start to understanding what you have from what you will do in the future. You are your best advocate and counselor so isn’t it time you stop the holiday hustle and listen to the little voice inside your head for true inspiration? Finding a little “me” time during this holiday season may be all you need to figure out the road ahead no matter where your career may take you.

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How to Break Your Bad Work Habits

WSJ Careers - Mon, 12/08/2014 - 06:57
Employees need to determine what the problems are, deconstruct the causes and work to replace the bad habits with good ones.

Supreme Court Hears Workplace Pregnancy-Rights Case

WSJ Careers - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 00:35
The Supreme Court on Wednesday struggled with how to balance workplace rights for pregnant women, in a case brought against United Parcel Service by a former delivery driver.

Stop Wasting Everyone's Time

WSJ Careers - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 07:49
New data-mining tools are helping companies pinpoint which work groups impose the most on others’ time and raising awareness of behaviors such as long meetings and overuse of ‘reply all.’

Bosses Ask: Are You Happy at Work?

WSJ Careers - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 07:08
More bosses use short, frequent workplace polls to get data about how employees feel about work and help catch problems before they fester.

How to Train Your Voice to Be More Charismatic

WSJ Careers - Tue, 12/02/2014 - 10:44
Scientists are analyzing the harmonics of pitch, frequency, and timbre to discover how charismatic public speakers use their voices to dominate, rouse and influence a large audience.

Career Uncertainty…

Lisa Kaye - Mon, 12/01/2014 - 11:58

Everyone feels uncertain from time to time. You have pressure from every direction and the voices in your head are not helping you get any closer to figuring out what you really want. The holiday will herald even more family pressure as you hear your aunt tell you how great your cousin is doing in his new career as a mixologist and you wonder whether you should have turned down that free invitation to attend Bartending School? When life has you second-guessing your career choices all you have to do is shut the noise out and get real with yourself. Easier said then done? Maybe, but what else is there to do, stew in your own madness?

So you may not have been a math wiz in school so becoming a doctor or engineer was not a likely option for you. Or you may have stage fright and speaking in front of anyone sends you into a cold sweat. There goes any chance of being a trial lawyer or sales person. You may have made choices in your career based on your own very real fear but that should in no way stop you from pursuing what you want. Career fear is real and catches up to everyone no matter what stage of your career you are in. It does not have to paralyze you or make you feel inadequate in any way when you are forced to choose one career path from another.

Combing through the uncertainty in what you want from your career is a process you should not be afraid of. As someone profound once said, “It’s the journey, not the destination or goal that is important” I’m paraphrasing here but you get the point. Now that might not make you feel any more confident in your inability to choose from one career over another but you are the one who has to choose and that is not a task you can delegate to anyone else.

Finding and holding onto a career takes more than just a fancy resume or the right connections it takes your unwavering desire to be and do what you love best no matter how well you believe you can excel at it. Choosing a job that is “safe” over one that makes you quiver does not mean you are likely to fail at something that gives you butterflies in your stomach. Pushing yourself towards what really makes you excited is a true test in choosing between the career that will give you a steady paycheck from the one that will make you feel great.

Career choices are not always logical and sometimes a door opens that you walk into and you can’t figure out how you have been in a job you love when you didn’t even know what you were walking into in the first place. It does not matter. Following your instincts means more than the degree you studied so hard for in school because it tells you that you are doing something you love over something that someone told you was a good career choice. Keeping every option open affords you the luxury of picking and choosing from a career that makes you glad to wake up each morning from a one that has you wondering how you ever got there. Career uncertainty does not need to follow you all the days in your job life but knowing when to choose wisely will help you make the decision that’s right for you.

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In Thailand, Firms Add Apprentices

WSJ Careers - Fri, 11/28/2014 - 12:31
An increasing number of companies in Thailand, including many in the auto industry, are rolling out apprenticeship programs aimed at beefing up the country’s workforce.

The Boss Makes How Much More Than You?

WSJ Careers - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 20:14
Companies prepare for a federal rule that will make them disclose how much more the top boss makes than the rank-and-file worker.