Elephants At Work Blog Posts

  • Career Development Carnival: May 2014
    on May 15, 2014 in Blog Carnivals
    Welcome to the Career Development Carnival hosted each month by Lynn Dessert at Elephants at Work or Hannah Morgan at CareerSherpa. We invite career experts to share their best posts and give you a sneak preview of their topic. If you find the career...
  • Career Rethink
    on May 12, 2014 in Career Advice
    Evaluating your career happens at many stages in life – I call it career rethink. I have worked with people from their early 20’s to late 60’s who have a strong desire to make a change for the better. Sometimes you are forced into change, othe...
  • How Cliques Impact Career Trajectory
    on May 7, 2014 in Career Advancement
    Cliques exist in all organizations – sometimes they are obvious and at other times it is underground. Let’s be clear, not all cliques are bad, but cliques can impact your career trajectory. Career Builder sponsored a 2013 nationwide survey conduc...
  • What to do when your boss wants to fire you
    on May 1, 2014 in Career Advancement
    I received this letter this week about someone who’s boss wants to fire him and asks what he can do. Here is his story: I am 63 years old, have owned my own business for more than 20 years and was forced to take a job for a large company four y...
  • Fired: What to say on a job application
    on Apr 28, 2014 in Career Advice
    Should I give a detailed explanation on my job application about why I was fired? The answer is NO – that is unless you really don’t want the job! You will have to put down a reason why you left your last job on a job application and if you w...
  • Simplifying Life
    on Apr 10, 2014 in Personal Effectiveness
    I am in that painful process of simplifying life. The last time I did it was about seven years ago when I downsized and moved into a smaller – yet very comfortable house. This time, I am selling my house ( tinyurl.com/ktp7ktq ) and moving to...
  • Tips to Adapt to Tough Economic Times
    on Apr 2, 2014 in Job Search
    I wanted to share insights C. Michael Reimringer recently shared with a networking group about how to cope and adapt to tough economic times. As he noted to me privately, many of these same actions were taken by our elders during the Great Depressio...
  • Thinking about changing your career?
    on Mar 27, 2014 in Career Advice
    Are you dis-satisfied with your career and thinking about making a change? Perhaps you have been in the same job for many years and just want a change or you realize that they profession you chose earlier in life was not what you were passionate abou...
  • Career Development Carnival: March 2014
    on Mar 20, 2014 in Blog Carnivals
    This month’s Career Development Carnival had a theme to challenge the creative juices of our career experts: Which came first? The Chicken or the Egg? We asked them to think about the conversations they have with people who believe that one action...
  • Who, What and Why before the Resume
    on Mar 11, 2014 in Job Search
    Transitions are difficult for job hunters and career changers. You often fret about getting things right and defining what is the most important thing to get done first. Frustration and confusion sets in early, especially when everyone you ask has an...
  • Pattern: Comparing yourself to others
    on Mar 2, 2014 in Personal Effectiveness
    One of my clients likes to compare what he is doing to what other people are doing. Sometimes, the pattern of comparing yourself to others is productive and other times it becomes divisive in what you are trying to accomplish. For example, when he is...
  • How Parents can help their Child’s Career
    on Feb 18, 2014 in Career Advice
    First of all, kudos to the parents who realize that their child is struggling in their career and want to do something to help them. What you do and how you do it impacts how your child reacts to your help. Depending on the age of your child, they ma...
  • Overcoming the resume pimple
    on Feb 3, 2014 in Job Search
    That’s right; resumes get pimples just like people do. To be honest, there are more resumes with pimples than without pimples. So how do you overcome the resume pimple? Is there a magic cream to use that erases all the blemishes?  No, not quite, b...
  • How to find your Employer’s Address
    on Jan 21, 2014 in Career Advice
    What do you do when you need to find your employer’s address after being fired and they are not responding to any requests for information? Here’s a situation that one reader wrote me about: I got fired from my job on Jan 3, 2014 due to being sic...
  • Career Development Carnival: January 2014
    on Jan 16, 2014 in Blog Carnivals
    Happy New Year! Hannah Morgan and I are excited to start a new year with a great collection of career development posts from career experts around the world. We promise to bring you some new themes this year that pose questions that are top of mind f...
  • How to write my ex-boss a thank you note for firing me
    on Jan 13, 2014 in Career Advice
    As I was looking for a topic to write about, I decided to check out what people were searching on find Elephants at Work and this caught my eye: how to write my ex-boss a thank you note for firing me. My first thought was, why would anyone want to wr...
  • Recruiters’ Secrets Revealed: Part 2
    on Apr 1, 2013 in Job Search
    This is the second part of the Recruiters’ Secrets Revealed series; you can read about the recruiters and their tips in Part 1. In this article, we’ll cover more tips on applicant tracking systems, cover letters, resumes, LinkedIn, social...
  • Recruiters’ Secrets Revealed: Part 1
    on Mar 26, 2013 in Job Search
    It is rare that you get nine company and external recruiters in one room to ask questions and find out the secrets of their magic recruiting fairy dust. That’s right, each one of the recruiters on the panel have their own way of recruiting job cand...
  • Career Development Carnival: March 2013
    on Mar 21, 2013 in Blog Carnivals
    Welcome to the Career Development Carnival hosted by Hannah Morgan and Lynn Dessert. Here’s how a blog carnival works. Each month, we invite career experts to share their top career related tips and advice. As a carnival host, I organize the posts...
  • Job Applications: Should Companies Ask for Date of Birth?
    on Mar 14, 2013 in Inside HR
    It is no surprise that the subject of age discrimination comes up with job hunters – especially during the job application process. The question that many job seekers ask is, “why do employers ask for my date of birth (DOB)? Is the employer using...
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