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  • Simple Acts to Safeguard Your Career
    by Mary Jeanne Vincent - August 19, 2019
    The global economy is in flux and the outlook for the future is not as rosy as it has been. Before the inevitable downturn occurs safeguard your career with these strategies. Be visible — in a good way! When I worked in outplacement a lot of very talented individuals were stunned to find themselves downsized out of a job. Afterall, they kept their heads down, did good work and didn’t cause any trouble. Why...
  • Resume 2.0
    by Mary Jeanne Vincent - May 17, 2019
    In a perfect world your résumé and LinkedIn profile let the reader know who you are and what to expect from you. Imagine for a moment how easy it would be for a manager to hire the perfect candidate if this were always the case. Unfortunately, just as job descriptions are often difficult for candidates to decipher, résumés often provide few clues about what a hiring manager can expect from the ap...
  • Keeping LinkedIn Relevant
    by Mary Jeanne Vincent - September 26, 2018
    Congratulations! You finally made the time to create a professional LinkedIn profile and it looks pretty darn good, if you do say so yourself. Here are some do’s and don’ts for keeping it relevant. Regularly add to your contacts. A robust network is your ticket to ongoing success. When you meet new business associates, clients or colleagues add them to your network — the sooner, the better. When you hea...
  • Interview Hacks for New Grads and Everyone Else
    by Mary Jeanne Vincent - September 7, 2018
    No matter your age, interviews can be nerve-wracking. Here are some tips for shining a positive light on your candidacy. First, forget your agenda which is getting a job. Instead, think about the interviewer’s agenda which is to find the right person to solve his problem or challenge. Before the interview match the hiring manager’s needs to your background and experience. Focusing on the employer’s ne...
  • When to Ask for a Reference
    by Mary Jeanne Vincent - August 2, 2018
    A few years back I asked a gardener friend about the best time to plant fruit trees. His response, “Ten years ago.” And then he asked if I would like to know the second-best time. I took the bait and said, “of course.” To which he answered, “today.” Which brings me to the topic of this week’s column — references, testimonials and letters of recommendation. When is the best...
  • Asking for a Raise
    by Mary Jeanne Vincent - April 25, 2017
    Timing can be a key factor when asking for a raise. Here are five excellent opportunities to ask for a raise. The first obvious opportunity is during your annual performance review, provided you have met or exceeded expectations. You should approach your yearly evaluation with the same preparation you would make when interviewing for a new job. In a sense, you are re-interviewing for your current position. Complete th...
  • Are You Playing Full On?
    by Mary Jeanne Vincent - March 10, 2017
    I wish that I could say that the answer is always “yes” but the truth is sometimes it is not. This is a great time to take stock and make course corrections before the year ends. November is National Novel Writing month. For folks who take the challenge, the goal is to write a 50,000-word novel in 30 days. Most of you are not interested in writing a 50,000-word novel in November, or any time soon; however,...
  • Expressing Your Best Authentic Self
    by Mary Jeanne Vincent - February 28, 2017
    As a career coach, a huge part of my job is coaching people to remember and confidently express their best self – on paper, online and in person. While the print and online aspects of the job search can be challenging, it is the interview that is by far the most anxiety-producing aspect of job-hunting. How can you circumvent debilitating anxiety that deprives your brain of oxygen and leaves you tongue-tied and inco...
  • Creating A Career Worth Having
    by Mary Jeanne Vincent - January 2, 2017
    Regardless of whether you are launching your career, eyeing a promotion or re-entering the job market you hold the keys to your success. Technical skills and educational background influence your career but having a “can do” attitude combined with the right soft skills will make your Career. Here are ten strategies for building a career worth having: Build authentic relationships. Be real with people...
  • Words That Negate Your Value
    by Mary Jeanne Vincent - December 26, 2016
    The new year is an excellent time to revisit the language we use to promote ourselves at work, during interviews and when talking with clients. The words we choose or use unconsciously have a direct impact on the value others place on our contributions. Too often I hear clients use words and phrases that undersell them and demean the good work they do. This generally unconscious habit conveys an underlying lack of confid...