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  Your Two-Minute Pitch: The Keystone of Your Job Search
by Joan Runnheim Olson - Apr, 2014
Earlier this week I delivered a presentation at a Twin-Cities based job transition group. My presentation was titled, "Your Two-Minute Pitch: The Keystone of Your Job Search." It's critically important to have a well-crafted, targeted two-minute pitch, aka your elevator pitch to use during your job search. You'll use your Two-Minute Pitch, coined by the Five O'Clock Club, during networking situations and in job interviews...
 
  Top 5 Strategies for Moving Ahead
by Joan Runnheim Olson - Apr, 2014
Are you looking for a promotion, but not getting anywhere? Try the strategies below to help you get up the next rung on the proverbial career ladder: 1. Find out what's going on and become part of it. What are the major trends affecting your industry, your organization, and your field? Join associations that relate to your field and industry to help you keep up with the changes in your company or job. 2. Manage your in...
 
  Getting Clear on Your Job Targets
by Joan Runnheim Olson - Mar, 2014
Are you in a job search? What type of work are you seeking? The more focused your job target(s), the more effective your job search and the easier it will be for others to help you. I've worked with many clients who aren't clear on what position(s) they would like to pursue or fear they will limit themselves if they narrow their focus. Actually, the opposite happens. Clearly identifying what position or function you want, t...
 
  Target your job search & get results!
by Joan Runnheim Olson - Feb, 2014
Are you in a job search? What jobs are you targeting? If you say any of the following, you need to gain more clarity: 1) I'm open. I'll take anything. 2) I don't care what industry I work in. 3) I don't want to limit myself. A lot of job seekers worry when asked, "What positions and industries are you targeting? They're afraid that if they are too specific they will limit their opportunities. Actually, the opposite hap...
 
  A Growth Mindset Can Increase Career Options for Females
by Joan Runnheim Olson - Jan, 2014
Do you have a fixed mindset or a growth mindset? How about others you encounter, whether you're a parent, teacher, counselor, or career coach? Have you noticed if some are more open to trying new things than others? What is a fixed mindset? According to Stanford University psychologist and author Carol Dweck, a fixed mindset occurs an individual believes intelligence is a fixed trait and are therefore more likely to avoid c...
 
  Staying Marketable Through Networking
by Joan Runnheim Olson - Dec, 2013
Being and staying marketable is important for every careerist today. What are your career goals and what steps can you take to get a job, keep a job, or move up? One of the most important keys to success for careerists today is to build and maintain your network. It's vital for job seekers, folks that want to advance, and even those who want to keep your job. It's easy for job seekers to sit behind your computer all day...
 
  Determining Your Ideal Work Environment
by Joan Runnheim Olson - Dec, 2013
How satisfied are in your current job? If you were to rate your satisfaction level on a scale from 1 to 10 with 10 being high, where do you see yourself? Get clear on where there may be some gaps in your current job. Take a look at the following list of questions in different categories and jot down your thoughts: Physical surroundings/location: Are you in an office or are you moving from one place to another? I...
 
  Are you promotable?
by Joan Runnheim Olson - Dec, 2013
Are you looking for a promotion? If so, what steps are you taking to climb the proverbial career ladder? The first thing you'll want to do is develop a career development plan. If you don't know where you're going, how are you going to get there? Take time to take stock of your strengths and where you would like your career to take you. Knowing your long-range career goals can help you stay on track and position yoursel...
 
  3 Ways Boost Your Job Satisfaction
by Joan Runnheim Olson - Sep, 2013
Are your Sundays spent dreading Monday? Are you simply going through the motions at work? According to the 2013 version of The Conference Board Job Satisfaction Survey, less than half of U.S. workers are satisfied with their jobs. If that rings true for you, what steps are you willing to take to increase your satisfaction [and success] at work? Below are three tips to help you enjoy your job more: 1. Manage your time bette...
 
  Tips for Moving Up the Proverbial Career Ladder
by Joan Runnheim Olson - Sep, 2013
Let's say you've been in the same position for a few years now and you're ready to move up. You've done a great job, but you no longer find it challenging. How can you position yourself for a promotion? Here are some tips that can help: 1) Increase your visibility. Be sure to network within your own department and with those from other departments and even other divisions. 2) Let your boss know you want to advance. Your...
 
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