Category Archives for Increasing Your Career Currency

Let Go of Fear in the New Year: Add Risk-Taking to Your 2017 Resolutions

The New Year has arrived and with it comes new hurdles, excitement and opportunities, and . . . if you let it, a time for a new, empowered you! A primary directive to feeling empowered is letting go of fear. The fear of taking risks could be the single most critical barrier between you and […]

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What Does Casual Dress Really Mean Today?

Wardrobe Tips for Career Success. Casual dress has become a mainstay in the workplace – but along with the shift is greater ambiguity in knowing what will help or hinder your career. The policies, written or not, can vary by company; department; industry; your boss; geographic location; day of the week; the day’s events; and more. Your […]

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Attractive Personality Traits to Help You Land Any Job

Are you tenacious, confident, organized and professional? Then hiring managers are likely to put you at the top of their job candidate list over someone who has technical ability but limited people skills. As I discussed with Jacquelyn Smith of BusinessInsider for her article 16 attractive personality traits that can help you land any job, […]

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Making the Best First Impression

You only get one chance to make a first impression – is a comment I made recently in Business Insider. First impressions count with your interviewer, new boss and co-workers. How you conduct yourself in the first few minutes – or even seconds — of meeting someone can have a profound impact. And when you’re […]

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The Art Of Quitting (Or Staying)

Jenna Goudreau, who runs a diverse and informative women-oriented column on Forbes.com touches upon a very important subject in her recent article, The Dos And Don’ts Before Leaving Your Job. A study by insurance provider MetLife shows that 36% of workers are planning a fresh start in 2011. If you are one of them, there is a […]

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How Many Thank-You E-mails Land the Job?

After a job interview, you need to follow up to stay visible – without becoming a pest. I discuss this issue in my new Business Week article and offer my perspective on how to find a perfect balance based on a number of factors. I start with an example from my personal experience – of […]

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Turn Yourself into an Office Diplomat

I always emphasize the importance of interpersonal skills. As I mention in my book, Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant, the ability to understand your fellow co-worker and maintain open communication is the basis for humanizing the workplace. I recently addressed this issue in my article for BusinessWeek.com where I discuss “office diplomacy.” We’ve all observed managers with […]

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Acing a Job Interview: The Art of Proper Follow-Up

Often a job interview is like playing poker – you have to know how much to reveal, how much to conceal, and when to call for all cards on the table. If you play your hand right, the game is yours. But what to do when you’re across the table from an interviewer with the […]

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Landing a Survival Job

Today many people are forced to look for jobs below their qualifications. In the current tough economic climate even “settling for less” often presents a challenge and needs to be done right. What advice would you give to candidates seeking “survival jobs” – or use yourself in a tough situation? Megan Malugani, a contributing writer […]

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New Survey Shows Bad Boss Behaviors Are On The Rise

A new survey commissioned by my firm, Lynn Taylor Consulting, finds that bad boss behaviors are on the rise. The five-year, national comparative study looked at bad boss (a.k.a. TOT) traits and childish behavior, such as Stubborn, Self-oriented, Overly demanding, Impulsive, Interruptive and Tantrum-throwing, and found bad boss behaviors rose by 50 percent! The study, […]

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