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Lavish Perks Spawn New Job Category

WSJ Careers - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 10:53
Amid fierce competition for technology employees, companies are hiring aim-to-please specialists to plan yoga classes, Jell-O shot-making nights and other perks in an effort to keep workers productive and happy.

Average Wall Street Pay to Rise 4% This Year

WSJ Careers - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 21:11
Wall Street pay will rise slightly this year, though the increase will be offset at some banks by huge legal settlements agreed to this year, an industry recruiter said in a new study to be released later this month.

From Loyal Sidekick to Partner

WSJ Careers - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 14:08
It’s easy for someone who does a great job as a No. 2 to get pigeonholed as merely an able lieutenant. How one executive raised her profile.

Bosses Seek 'Critical Thinking,' but What Is That?

WSJ Careers - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 03:32
Critical thinking is a critical skill for young workers these days, but what bosses mean by that and how to measure it is less clear.

10 Things To Be Thankful for this Holiday…..

Lisa Kaye - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 14:54

When you think about the past year what are you most grateful for? Are you grateful for the job you have or the one you expect will come? Are you still wishing for something big and wonderful to come into your life? Opportunities abound and the future lay bright and sunny but do you ever stop and give thanks to what you have today?

When Thanksgiving represents what you give thanks for in your life here are some things you might consider when you give yourself time to reflect on your job and your career in a meaningful way:

  1. Thank you for the gift of work;
  2. Thank you for the ability to provide for myself and my family;
  3. Thank you for the new opportunities ever present in my life;
  4. Thank you for the abundance I have in my life;
  5. Thank you for my professional relationships of friends and co-workers;
  6. Thank you for my many mentors I have had in my career;
  7. Thank you for the ability to learn new things in new ways;
  8. Thank you for the chance to use my skills in productive ways;
  9. Thank you for my ability to help others in their career;
  10. Thank you for all of the many chances I have to grow, learn and become who I am really meant to be in my career.

Giving thanks for all of what you have now allows you to make room for all of the new opportunities that are just waiting for you.

Original Post 11/2012

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How College Can Make You an Entrepreneur

WSJ Careers - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 12:20
What to study, where to study—and other ways to use your education to be ready to start your own business.

A Life Cruising the Harbor, in Eight-Minute Voyages

WSJ Careers - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 23:02
Jay Downen has spent more than three decades working on the water. He commutes halfway across the country to help ensure that Governors Island Ferry is shipshape for its 30 daily New York Harbor crossings.

Nike's Martin Lotti on Just Doing It

WSJ Careers - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 18:07
The Nike Football vice president and creative director talks about the importance of design, the future of shoes and the place he’s happiest.

Internship Numbers Stuck in Neutral

WSJ Careers - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 01:01
The number of recent graduates who completed an internship that applied what they were learning in college has ticked up only slightly from a previous generation, a survey showed.

When Ebola Is a Workplace Issue

WSJ Careers - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 03:32
Only a few hospitals in the U.S. are currently treating Ebola patients, but health-care workers around the country are on edge. Issues around communication, training and even pay are cropping up.

Female CEOs Make Room for Female Directors

WSJ Careers - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 23:57
Many U.S. companies run by women have multiple female directors—a bright spot amid the sluggish progress in board gender diversity.

3 Tips To Harvest Your Career…..

Lisa Kaye - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 11:30

You may think that you should be relaxing and not worrying about your job search at a time when Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner. It’s not that you are lazy and think you should take some time off but knowing how to use the down time associated with the holidays is a smart strategy if you need to gear up your career search. Maybe you’ve been putting off that resume rewrite. Maybe you are just not feeling like networking and applying for those jobs you are hearing about. It’s okay to take a break, but knowing how to be productive when you are coasting is smart for you and for your career.

When you think you just don’t have another job interview in you, follow these useful tips to harvest not only what’s on the dinner table but also what you put into your job search:

  1. Breathe and Focus: As much as you believe pulling your resume together is important, knowing what you want in the first place is the key to starting a successful job search. The good news here is it takes little manual effort to achieve this goal. Taking time to relax, meditate, focus and listen are the steps you need to take in order to kick your job search into high gear. Having some much needed alone time even if you have to schedule it will help you to unwind and really listen to what is making you happy or unhappy with your current job search. Paying attention to your instincts about the direction you need to take even if that means you are feeling you need to go back to school or get some additional training are all invaluable pieces of information that will help you move ahead. Taking time for yourself now before the holidays hit will help you stay grounded and feel like you are accomplishing a great deal towards your future career goals.
  2. Fantasy Game: Playing a little mental game with yourself and visioning your ideal career environment takes no time and is a fantasy game that will help you materialize and harness what is truly missing from your career now. Picturing your career the way you always wanted from what you are doing, to whom you are doing it with, to where you are working and what your office or life looks like will help you visually put the pieces of your career together for you in a fun and imaginative way. Playing the fantasy game will help you not only feel what you want but will actually deliver it in buckets just the way you want as long as you keep your focus.
  3. Talk To Yourself: Some people may think you are losing your mind but mentally interviewing yourself and asking a series of questions about what you want from your life, your career and your work are important steps to putting the pieces together of how you need to move forward with your job search when the time is right. Asking yourself, “What do you like about what you are doing now?” to “What would you like to change in your current work situation?” will lead you to answers that will help you move your career in the right direction. Listening carefully to the feelings and responses that bubble up will help motivate you towards seeking a career that’s right for you even if you are a little surprised by the answers you hear!

Using the down time as you gear up for the holiday season is a good way to stay focused, figure out what you want and start to plan for your future without stressing yourself out and making you feel inadequate if you have not sent out multiple resumes. Harvest your alone time to your advantage and watch the fruits of your labor unfold to the career you’ve always dreamed of.

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Big Data Gets Master Treatment at B-Schools

WSJ Careers - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 23:51
Interest in specialized, one-year master’s programs in business analytics, the discipline of using data to explore and solve business problems, is prompting more schools to roll out stand-alone programs.

Monster Names New CEO

WSJ Careers - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 13:08
Monster Worldwide said Timothy Yates would take over as the company’s chief executive, effective immediately, following the resignation of Salvatore Iannuzzi.

Dishing With the Zagats

WSJ Careers - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 11:54
Tim and Nina Zagat, who sold their restaurant guidebook empire to Google in 2011 for a reported $125 million, seem to be having all the fun, with half the responsibility now that they work for the Internet company.

You're Fired! And We Really Mean It

WSJ Careers - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 11:02
Fired CEOs used to plan to ‘spend time with family’ or ‘pursue other interests.’ But as boards strive to appear in control, firms are dropping the niceties.

Red-Hot Skill: Managing in Gray Areas

WSJ Careers - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 12:28
At a turbulent time in business, U.S. companies are picking and promote executives who thrive amid ambiguity.

Your Job Race…

Lisa Kaye - Sun, 11/02/2014 - 14:15

Endurance, focus, practice, determination and perseverance may be what it takes to win the New York Marathon, but some might say these same attributes are what it takes to make it to your job finish line. Whether you are in transition, a recent grad or someone who is happy where they are in life, harnessing what it takes to win the job race takes time and yes a little more than just dedication.

Being a winner in anything you undertake may feel good when the race is over but how many of you actually recall what it took to get there? You may have a natural instinct towards winning that comes easily to you or, like so many you have to work at it in order to move forward just a little. Whatever your inclination towards winning, no one can deny that with the right amount of effort you will master just about anything you set your mind towards no matter how long it takes.

Challenges, obstacles, adverse conditions are a part of any course you take when it comes to winning the job race. You have options like with anything in life. You can quit, go at your own pace or you can push through to you get to your goal. Whatever course of action you choose, the goal is the same: make it what you want and you will reach your goal. Not everyone takes on a race to win. Sometimes just being part of the process is winning enough. Take for example if you are in a job or career you really love. Your natural inclination may be to rest easy and enjoy the ride and put little or no effort into the thought that you should interview for another job opportunity. Wrong. Even when you think the race is won or you are not even sure you want to jump in to the race, that’s when you need to put even the smallest amount of effort into it in order to keep yourself prime and in good shape.

Interviewing for another job when you already have one and one that you like is the very BEST time to practice, get in shape and learn how you stack up against the competition even if you are not interested in jumping into the job race. It may seem counter-intuitive but you are at your very best when you are not trying so hard to win a job offer, another chance to interview or a higher salary when you are relaxed, focused and in a good mental and physical shape. Just like an athlete with a few wins under their belt, it does not mean you have to ease up on the effort you put into it, but you definitely come at the process of winning from a very different mind set if you are comfortable and confident in your own skin.

Winning means different things to different people. Just being part of the race is accomplishment enough for some while charging towards the finish line is all anyone else can see. Whether you are a joyful participant or a hungry athlete, learning how to manage your job race at your own pace will help you gain the courage and momentum you need no matter how hard you are driving towards the finish line.

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Honeywell's Wellness Plan Gets a Checkup

WSJ Careers - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 19:43
The EEOC filed a lawsuit this week seeking to shut down Honeywell’s medical screenings.

The Accelerators: Benefits of Crowdsourcing

WSJ Careers - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 19:27
Obtaining ideas or services from a large group of people can solve a problem quickly—which is why many founders see crowdsourcing as the secret sauce in their business models.