Archive for Feb, 2015


By Ashley Stahl

After months of effort, you finally land the promotion you’ve had your eyes on. On paper, it’s your dream job: You have a bigger team under you, more exciting responsibilities, a direct line of communication to the big boss, a salary that’sactually competitive, and of course, the highly anticipated corner office.

But the day-to-day reality isn’t unfolding quite as you’d hoped.

You’re getting apathetic vibes from your employees, and you don’t know why. You’re doing everything you’re supposed to be doing—managing projects, directing traffic, juggling deadlines and budgets. You’ve even tried bringing cupcakes to the office, but your team’s energy seems to evaporate as soon as the sugar high wears off. You’re left wondering: What more could they possibly want?

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By Brenda Bence

How is your personal brand doing? Are you presenting yourself in the best possible light and making YOU™ (The Trademarked You) the brand of choice in your career?

Watch out! If you don’t believe you actually have a personal brand, think again. Just by virtue of being you in your career, you have a personal brand. It exists in the minds of your audience – the people who most influence your work life – in how they perceive, think, and feel about you right now.

Whether you have worked consciously on your personal brand or not, you may be making mistakes that can seriously undermine your career advancement. So, why not learn from the errors of others? Here’s a quiz to help you determine if you’re committing some common errors that could set your personal brand back a notch or two. The outcome is that you’ll know exactly how to rectify the situation and keep your brand on track.

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By John Mehrmann


When in-between jobs and preparing for your next career, make amends for the sacrifices of the last one.

Write It Down

Make a personal journal of your transition experience. Keep track of daily events and observations that may result in new opportunities for you. What job postings or recommendations got your attention each day? Keep clippings from newspapers and printed copies of lists or reference information from web sites in an organized manner so this information is readily available at your fingertips. Treat this information gathering as your own research project. As you investigate, more opportunities will become available to you. Don’t lose an opportunity simply because you lost track of it.

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By Bernard Marr

Any job hunter would be wise to seek out common interview questions and think about his answers beforehand, but what about the questions that haven’t made it onto the lists yet?

One question I’ve heard asked is some variation of, “Tell me something I wouldn’t know from looking at your CV,” or “Tell me something no one else knows about you.”

This question seems to be becoming increasingly common, but it’s still not one that job applicants are routinely preparing for. That means it’s a good place for you to shine.

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The $100 Million Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme – an annual programme of training, funding and mentoring, designed to empower the next generation of African entrepreneurs – is now open for entries through its application portal.

In order to submit an application, entrepreneurs must complete the online application form with questions on their background, experience and business idea, plans for growth and proposed pan-African impact.

$100 Million Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme

The $100 million programme, announced at the Tony Elumelu Foundation headquarters in Lagos, Nigeria, on December 1st 2014, will identify and support 1,000 entrepreneurs from across the continent each year over the next decade. The 10,000 start-ups and young businesses selected from across Africa will ultimately create one million new jobs and add $10 billion in annual revenues to Africa’s economy.

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By Avery Augustine

It might seem like a contradiction—managers are supposed to be authoritative, bold leaders, and shy people tend to hold back and be more reserved in conversation. Can shy leaders truly be effective? Absolutely; it just comes with a different set of challenges.

Recently on The Muse, career expert Melody Wilding talked about how to manage shy employees—which got me thinking about the flip side: What about when the boss is shy?

As a shy manager myself, I’ll be the first to admit: You’ll definitely face some challenges. Management didn’t exactly come naturally to me. To be successful, I had to consciously work on my leadership skills on a daily basis.

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By Marcus Guido

It happens to the best of us—one of our co-workers accomplishes something great, and even though we should be happy for their success, we can’t help but wish we were in their shoes. What do you do when you feel envious of others at work?

We’ve all suffered from the green-eyed monster before. Luckily, envy isn’t a literal monster. Being envious of others starts when we’re little. Wish you had as many colouring books as your cousin? That’s envy. It stays with us as we go through school. Have you ever wanted to earn mark as high as a friend? That, too, is envy.

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You’re doing everything right at work, taking all the right advice, but you’re just not moving up. Why? Susan Colantuono shares a simple, surprising piece of advice you might not have heard before quite so plainly. This talk, while aimed at an audience of women, has universal takeaways — for men and women, new grads and midcareer workers.


By Katrina Brittingham

There is a powerful tool that only a handful of candidates utilize during an interview. That is the career portfolio. Many people think that portfolios are only for people who are in the photography industry. However, these tools are useful for interviewees at all levels of their career and in just about any industry. This booklet showcases education, skills/accomplishments, volunteer work, and professional memberships.

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By Jeff Miller

I’ve received a lot of great advice on how to build a successful career, but it’s the following guidance from my grandfather that stands out as the best.

If you want to get ahead in your career, take jobs others don’t want but management wants you to have.”

No doubt this advice doesn’t sound overly pleasant, but I took it seriously, and when I was given an opportunity to put it to good use, he was right.

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