I'm quoted in Jacquelyn Smith's new article for Forbes, "How To Make Your Job More Flexible" - if you've ever wondered whether you could make the transition to working different hours or from home, be sure to check it out for some tips! Instead of quitting your current job and seeking out a new position that's advertised as being flexible, there may be some easy ways to create flexibility in your current position so that you can increase your productivity and better balance out your career with your personal responsibilities.
Some tips include researching what's available to you through your employer, making a list of responsibilities you would still do in the office during core hours and what you would do remotely, delivering a reassuring pitch to your boss, suggesting a trial period to evaluate how it's going, and improving your own skills so you have more to offer. For additional advice, check out the article (or the slideshow version of it).
I'm happy to say that my website was just named to OnlinePhDProgram.org's list of top career resources! It's always an honor to be recognized, and this site offers a lot of useful info for an employment sector that often gets overlooked or lumped in with other fields.
Happy new year! January is a great time to start a job search - there's a lot of movement in the job market with new openings coming up more frequently as employees leave their jobs after getting their bonuses and vacation time replenished... Employers are also more comfortable firing / letting workers go after the holidays are over. As business owners and senior management make plans for the coming year, they also determine appropriate staffing levels and hiring needs.
The first step in any successful job search is to determine your own objectives and figure out what you have to offer an employer. You'll need to have a solid resume ready to go - but that doesn't mean you won't also need to make edits as you send it out to different employers.
Do be sure to keep track of where you're sending your resume and start practicing your pitch. Try honing your interview skills by practicing with a friend or in front of a webcam. And don't forget to send thank you notes and follow up on your interviews!
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.