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Individuals considering a career change may experience mixed emotions. The excitement elicited by such a decision may be tempered by fear. Such fear is natural when embarking on a new path and leaving behind some security and professional equity, but that fear should not be the deciding factor when people mull whether or not to change careers. The decision to change careers is something that requires careful thought and ample consideration...
Spring is a time for renewal and rebirth, and the signs of change are all around us. Flowers are blooming, and the days are longer, brighter, and warmer. We become more open to inviting changes into our lives. Spring, a season of transformations, may be the time to dare yourself to make desired changes in your career. To clarify your feelings about your job, take this quiz! Are you satisfied with your job? Respond "yes" or "no:"...
Finding a new job is never an easy task. That task grew even more difficult over the last half decade, when a struggling economy forced many companies to lay off workers and institute hiring freezes. As a result, unemployment numbers rose, and many out-of-work men and women found themselves searching for ways to stand out among a crowded pool of applicants. Standing out in a crowded job market has always been tough, but many professionals...
Make the most of your entry-level job Many top-level business executives, including some CEOs, began their careers in entry-level positions. Such positions may not fulfil a post-grad's dream, but they are often great opportunities for freshly minted graduates to learn about a given industry. Like many opportunities, entry-level jobs are often only as valuable as employees want them to be. Those who approach entry-level opportunities...
Since 2007, the American Psychological Association has commissioned an annual nationwide survey to examine the state of stress across the United States and understand its impact. The 2013 survey found that people continue to experience what they feel are unhealthy stress levels, with 42 percent of adult respondents reporting that their stress levels have increased over the past five years. In addition, 44 percent of survey respondents feel...
The benefits of adopting a more eco-friendly lifestyle are numerous and well documented. In addition to helping the environment, an eco-friendly lifestyle can have a positive impact on personal health. Though many people are aware of the myriad ways they can make eco-friendly changes in their personal life, it's also important to note the ways to do so in their professional lives. Instituting a few eco-friendly changes in your professional...
Executives who occupy corner offices tend to get much of the glory for a company's success. But many professionals know the progress and sustainability of a business tends to lie within the daily services offered by its front line of employees. A number of these seasoned and dedicated workers fall within the category of administrative professionals. Administrative professionals have seen their roles evolve in the changing face of office...
Many people face the challenge of balancing work and family. Workloads may be hefty on both fronts, and the pursuit of a healthy balance between home and career may seem like an unattainable goal. Stress can build from feelings of being pulled in too many directions. According to Mental Health America, stress can compromise a person's ability to concentrate, lead to feelings of irritability or depression, negatively affect personal...
While losing weight and quitting smoking remain among the most popular New Year's resolutions each year, many more people resolve to change careers at the dawn of a new year. Changing careers is a significant step, especially for men and women who are firmly established in their fields. A career change can be just as rewarding and life changing as losing weight or quitting smoking, and there are some things professionals might want to...
The ability to communicate, interact and work collectively with others is both a professional and personal asset. But in certain ways, the reliance on technology has made working as a team more complicated. People have grown accustomed to spending large quantities of time alone working at computers or on phones and tablets, potentially compromising their ability to work directly with others when the need arises. According to Monster.com,...
Networking is often seen as a means to further one's career, but developing a group of professional contacts can also be a great way for professionals to stay abreast of the trends in their particular fields. Networking also can benefit small businesses as they look to connect with vendors that can help them grow their businesses. A strong professional network is not built overnight, and many professionals spend years nurturing...
Many a night's sleep has been lost worrying about an upcoming job interview. Questions like "Will I make a good impression?" or "Am I qualified for the job?" can make for a restless night's sleep on the eve before a job interview. Writing a resume is another aspect of the job hunt that can stoke your nerves. Men and women may pour over job timelines and skill summaries for hours to ensure they have included the right mix of information to...