A couple of weeks ago, New York Magazine's The Cut ran an especially great "Ask Polly" column called "Should I Have a Baby or Establish My Career First?" and I wanted to link to it because I really liked it.
I had the pleasure of speaking with local attorney Heather Herrington for a new Philly.com piece about some recent changes to human resource laws that employees and employers need to know. Heather discussed rulings by the National Labor Relations Board related to how employers can treat employees' email accounts and social media postings, and what these new decisions may mean for workers. Herrington, who is VP of Legal and a member of the Philly Society for Human Resource Management Executive Committee, will be presenting "Hot Topics for Employers" at the 2015 SHRM Symposium being held on April 1 & 2. This will be a great opportunity to get up-to-the-minute information on HR matters, as well as a chance to network with all of the area’s top business leaders and HR execs. I'm also especially looking forward to attending the keynote with Erik Wahl, who will be speaking about encouraging creativity within organizations.
I frequently see job seekers who feel they could really use some first-hand insight into a position before they're comfortable making a major career decision, but I rarely see people who have already begun the process of informational interviewing. This is one of the most useful tools out there for field research and one of the most powerful networking strategies, yet it often gets completely overlooked in the career planning process. I recently had an article on Philly.com discussing some basics of how to get started with an informational interview. If you've been on either side of the informational interview - as a prospective candidate or seasoned professional - what's your experience been?
If you're one of the millions of workers who generates (or hopes to generate) at least some portion of your income through freelance work, check out my latest article on Philly.com. I share some DOs and DON'Ts for how to make working for yourself work. If you're getting started as an entrepreneur or if you're looking to take your business to the next level, these seven tips can help ensure you're on the road to profitability.
As much as they would possibly give you, right? In my newest article for Philly.com, I discuss some strategies for answering the salary question. How you best answer depends on what you already know and how far into the interview process you are when they pop the question. You'll almost always have more leverage later in the process (once the employer is more invested in you as the idea candidate and you have a better sense of what the job would really look like).
I recently had another great reader question over at Philly.com - this one was about how to use vacation days without putting undue stress on coworkers in a small department. If this sounds like something you have to deal with, take a look!
Being a full-fledged adult doesn't necessarily mean you're free from childish situations. There's been a lot of media attention regarding bullying, but mostly the school yard variety. In my latest article for Philly.com, I share some advice for how to handle yourself if your boss is the one pushing you around.
I love answering reader questions at Philly.com and I love talking about workplace flexibility, so I was very excited to share some advice with a single mom who wants to find a way to shift her hours or possibly work from home while keeping her current job. If you have questions, get in touch with me directly to schedule a free consult or fill out Philly.com's reader question form: http://www.philly.com/philly/jobs/256598541.html
Are you thinking about entering a new field - either as a career changer or as an entry-level employee? Strategic volunteering can be a great springboard. I love talking about strategic volunteering, and in my new Philly.com article, I share a couple of great resources - one local, one national - to help prospective volunteers find the perfect opportunity.
I'm a certified career coach based in Philadelphia. I started my own practice to help people land their dream jobs and achieve their individual definitions of success.
I also keep this blog with my musings on changes in the employment landscape, advice for job seekers, links to other career-related articles, and anything else that catches my interest.