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Everybody Lies in the Job Search Process


Robby

Honesty matters. That’s what you learned from your parents, your teachers, your coaches, and the religious figures in your life. But everyone who has ever been involved in the job search process—whether as an employer or a candidate—knows that lying is commonplace.

It’s time to have a heart-to-heart about dishonesty. Buckle up, because the truth is coming. (Read the rest of this post…)

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Tue, April 14 2015 » Career Planning and Goal Setting, Change Managment and Learning Organization, Ethics and Fraud » No Comments

3 Ways Hourly Work Hurts Productivity


Sean

Having a business idea doesn’t take much effort. Acting on the idea takes up many resources. The daily grind can hurt peoples’ chances to get pass that “glass ceiling”. Constantly pushing on unbudging glass won’t make it move. If you do decide to start your own business, please weigh the alternatives. Feel confident in your decision. Giving up stability is difficult. Passion doesn’t pay the bills. And creating a business takes much discipline. You are sacrificing your time. But taking time doesn’t scale. I can give testament to this. To grow a business, I had to figure out a way to scale. (Read the rest of this post…)

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Tue, April 7 2015 » Self Development, Success Consciousness, Time Management, Work/Life Balance » No Comments

The Candidate and the Piece of Trash


Robby

Recently I visited the offices of the Indianapolis Urban League to speak to a group of young professionals. They are interested in working to improve Central Indiana through a variety of initiatives, and wanted to learn more about networking.

I often give these presentations to jobseekers and other groups, and the conversation almost always takes an unexpected turn. This time, the discussion turned to reputation. In particular we chatted about the tiny actions one takes—often without even thinking—that impact how we are perceived by others. (Read the rest of this post…)

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Tue, March 31 2015 » Corporate Culture, Ethics and Fraud » No Comments

You’re a New Boss. Have You Had Any Leadership Training?


Laura

Coaching. Clear communication. Goal setting. Mentoring. Feedback. Relationship building. Delegation.

The first time you were promoted, was it because you could do any of those things well?

Think about it. Probably not. (Read the rest of this post…)

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Tue, March 24 2015 » Change Managment and Learning Organization, Corporate Culture » No Comments

Internal vs External Candidates: Benefits to Both


Robby

If you’re looking to get a new job here in Central Indiana, you’re either applying for a position within your current employer, or looking at a different company entirely.

In either case, you need to sell the benefit of being an internal candidate versus being an external candidate, or vice-versa. Here’s how.

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Focus on What You Know

If you’ve been with business for years, you’ve got lots of expertise with internal systems, past projects, and you have relationships with your fellow colleagues. Those are all a major plus when looking to make a move to a different department or even just a promotion.

If you’re applying for a job with a place where you have never worked, you have the advantage of a new perspective. You bring experiences in working in different ways that the company may not know about. You’ve got fresh ideas and most importantly, none of the baggage that currently exists.

Focus on What Others Don’t Know

As a current employee, you’re competing with people who don’t have your background. In addition to their ignorance of areas where you are an expert, the external candidates may have holes in their knowledge that would have been vetted had they been employed already. You’re already well-rounded; they may not be.

But if you want to become a current employee, you’re competing with people who may be behind on the latest technologies and techniques. You’ve been to industry conferences but haven’t seen their business represented. They may be out of date.

Focus on the Diversity

Here’s what’s almost always good: variation. Even if you’re keeping the same desk but getting a new title and new responsibilities, you’re going to mix things up at the new level. And if you’re brand new to the business, you are a diverse point of view.

Focus on the Value

Whether you are an internal or external candidate, what matters most is the value you’ll bring to the company. I’m not just talking about how great you’ll be, but the measurable, financial impact you can offer if you get the job.

Do what you need to do to stand apart. And—good luck!

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Tue, March 17 2015 » Corporate Culture, Leadership » No Comments

3 Ways to Articulate Value in a Crowded World


Sean

Doing something of value is hard work. I have personal experience. Creating a business is hard. Finding ways to show your value is harder. But the hardest part of my professional career has been articulating my strengths. Potential clients did not see the immediate benefit I could contribute to their business. I could give possible solutions to help. But I had no backing on what I did for others.

Despite being in the Midwest, Indiana is a saturated market. Or to corrected my statement: Indiana is a saturated market—based on where you look. Here are some ways to bypass being looked over. (Read the rest of this post…)

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Tue, March 10 2015 » Career Planning and Goal Setting, Self Development, Success Consciousness » No Comments