Career Advice

Tips for Career Success

  • How to Craft an Elevator Pitch

    “Tell me about yourself” is one of the most dreaded questions of any job search. Most of us have no idea how to talk about ourselves—where to start, what to say, or how to present ourselves in the most professional light. 

    This is where the elevator pitch comes in. 

  • Career Struggles? There Is Hope!

    Tips on aligning with your authentic self for a purposeful career.
  • Correcting the 5 Most Common Mistakes Mid-Level Job Seekers Make

    Based on the five most common mistakes I see mid-level professionals make during job interviews, I’ve compiled a list of ways to avoid them. 
  • Getting Fired: An Opportunity for Change and Growth

    While you may find losing your job hard to deal with, most career experts say the best thing you can do is get right back into the job market
  • 7 Career Mistakes To Avoid

    Review some of the most common mistakes job seekers make so you can avoid making them.
  • Personality Traits That Will Get You Hired

    Searching for the ideal job is a fluid process and there is always room for improvement. 
  • The Five Career Coaching Steps to Help You Prepare for Your Corporate Divorce

    We all know the sad statistics about how many marriages end up in divorce. The same can now be said about the how many corporate marriages end badly. 
  • Can I Really Have A Career That I Love?

    The good news is this: You don’t have to wait for your organization to change to find greater passion and fulfillment in your career. 
  • Are you dissatisfied with your Career? Perhaps you need to CARE

    In our recently released book “Don’t Dread Monday: A Guide to a Lifetime of Career Success” we outline a four-phased approach to develop your unique career. 
  • How to Make Smarter Career Decisions

    With so much information to take into consideration, there are some common mistakes that job seekers make, especially those that may be involuntarily in the market for a new role.
  • Do You Have Sunday Night Blues? Your Core Career Needs Are Not Being Met

    Our research has shown that only 3-5% of people have a consistently great career in which they are doing what they love and being rewarded for it.
  • Are You On a Career Treadmill? 3 Questions to Refresh a Stale Career

    In my work with professionals, I have found that many feel like they are on a career treadmill – they are working hard and yet experiencing some combination of boredom and exhaustion without any sense that they are moving forward. 
  • Choose and Declare - The Heart of Carving Your Unique Career

    Choosing to own your own life can be difficult, especially if those close to you have expectations that don’t align with what you want. In a career sense, this happens quite often. Companies are not generally in the business of helping you “follow your passion,” so breaking from that mold can be challenging.
  • Career Myths Vs Truths #10: Paying Your Dues is a Waste of Time

    The truth is, we waste too much of our time doing meaningless work. When we live by our passions, we are able to do what we truly love and leave our meaningless work to those who will find meaning in it.
  • Career Myths Vs Truths #7: You Need to Ask for Feedback

    How comfortable do you feel giving true, open, and honest feedback? I’m guessing that the majority of you were uncomfortable criticizing another person, even if you had their best interest at heart.
  • Career Myths Vs Truths #5: Traditional Career Paths are Not Always the Answer

    We want to believe having a predictable career is easy, expected, and normal, but that is not the case for the majority of people.
  • Career Truth #4: Don’t Be a Yes Man

    We’ve all met them: the people who always agree with what the leader thinks. The coworkers who always echo what the boss says. 
  • Career Myths Vs Truths #1: Be Yourself and Do What You Love

    For the next few blog posts, we will be exploring these myths/truths more in depth as we continue to tackle how you can find true meaning and success in your career.
  • Four Tasks to Take Control of Your Career

    Though a pandemic like this makes it difficult to make plans for the future, there are still things you can do today to take control of your career once the future is more certain. 
  • How to Get Your Career Back On-Track Post-COVID

    The COVID-19 pandemic has left a trail of carnage, impacting about every area of our lives, including the careers and jobs of millions of people. 
  • Career Success Indicator: Measuring Your Level of Career Satisfaction

    How your job is really going? Sometimes it’s obvious if you hate your career, but it’s easy to get stuck in a routine.
  • Career Success Assessment: How to Increase a Low Score

    If you scored low on our CSi50 career assessment, check out these tips on how to improve it. It is imperative that we are following a career path that we decide oursellves.
  • How to Craft an Elevator Pitch

    “Tell me about yourself” is one of the most dreaded questions of any job search. Most of us have no idea how to talk about ourselves—where to start, what to say, or how to present ourselves in the most professional light. 

    This is where the elevator pitch comes in. 

  • Career Transition: A Step-by-Step Process

    While there are many ways to escape this unhappiness, the one I’ll be focusing on is the process of a career transition. Changing careers can challenging.  It takes courage to switch career paths, change fields, and dive into the unknown
  • Escaping a Mediocre Career

    Life doesn’t have to be mediocre. I firmly believe that finding happiness in your career is a key element in finding happiness in your life.
  • Correcting the 5 Most Common Mistakes Mid-Level Job Seekers Make

    Based on the five most common mistakes I see mid-level professionals make during job interviews, I’ve compiled a list of ways to avoid them. 
  • Getting Fired: An Opportunity for Change and Growth

    While you may find losing your job hard to deal with, most career experts say the best thing you can do is get right back into the job market
  • 7 Career Mistakes To Avoid

    Review some of the most common mistakes job seekers make so you can avoid making them.
  • How to Make Smarter Career Decisions

    With so much information to take into consideration, there are some common mistakes that job seekers make, especially those that may be involuntarily in the market for a new role.
  • Choose and Declare - The Heart of Carving Your Unique Career

    Choosing to own your own life can be difficult, especially if those close to you have expectations that don’t align with what you want. In a career sense, this happens quite often. Companies are not generally in the business of helping you “follow your passion,” so breaking from that mold can be challenging.
  • Four Tasks to Take Control of Your Career

    Though a pandemic like this makes it difficult to make plans for the future, there are still things you can do today to take control of your career once the future is more certain. 
  • How to Get Your Career Back On-Track Post-COVID

    The COVID-19 pandemic has left a trail of carnage, impacting about every area of our lives, including the careers and jobs of millions of people. 
  • Common Career Myth – Career Progression Requires a Formal Career Path

    Instead of developing a formal career path, the strategy should be to learn all you can while in your current role.
  • Common Career Myth - Find a Career Doing What You Are Good At

    The simple idea is that if you do work that you are good at you will find greater prosperity in your career.
  • Career Assessment Test: How to Escape a Mediocre Career

    There are endless possibilities when it comes to finding the right career fit for you.
  • Career Myths Vs Truths #10: Paying Your Dues is a Waste of Time

    The truth is, we waste too much of our time doing meaningless work. When we live by our passions, we are able to do what we truly love and leave our meaningless work to those who will find meaning in it.
  • Career Myths Vs Truths #9: Revel in Your Selfishness

    The truth is, you will never please everyone with your decisions. Our parents, friends, or loved-ones will want us to take one path, but our passions may lead us in a different direction.
  • Career Myths Vs Truths #8: There are No Limits

    The most successful people I know have all broken limits. They didn’t listen to people who thought they were crazy. 
  • Career Myths Vs Truths #7: You Need to Ask for Feedback

    How comfortable do you feel giving true, open, and honest feedback? I’m guessing that the majority of you were uncomfortable criticizing another person, even if you had their best interest at heart.
  • Career Myths Vs Truths #6: Find a Career Doing What You Love

    It’s easy to get stuck doing a job that you’re good at, or that others tell you you’re good at, and not pursue what you love to do. However, taking that leap will lead to more joy, more success, and more longevity.
  • Career Myths Vs Truths #5: Traditional Career Paths are Not Always the Answer

    We want to believe having a predictable career is easy, expected, and normal, but that is not the case for the majority of people.
  • Career Truth #4: Don’t Be a Yes Man

    We’ve all met them: the people who always agree with what the leader thinks. The coworkers who always echo what the boss says. 
  • Career Truth #3: It’s About Finding Your Life’s Work

    What if work was your real life, meaning your career aligned with your interests and passions, allowing you to live happily and work simultaneously? When this idea is put into action, you’ll find that the idea of work/life balance becomes unnecessary because putting more time and effort into one does not take away from the other.
  • Career Myths Vs Truths #1: Be Yourself and Do What You Love

    For the next few blog posts, we will be exploring these myths/truths more in depth as we continue to tackle how you can find true meaning and success in your career.
  • How to Craft an Elevator Pitch

    “Tell me about yourself” is one of the most dreaded questions of any job search. Most of us have no idea how to talk about ourselves—where to start, what to say, or how to present ourselves in the most professional light. 

    This is where the elevator pitch comes in. 

  • Get to the Core of Your Career Success

    Once you know what a person’s core needs are, you gain incredible insight into what makes them tick - the source of their motivation.
  • Common Career Myth – Career Progression Requires a Formal Career Path

    Instead of developing a formal career path, the strategy should be to learn all you can while in your current role.
  • Common Career Myth - Find a Career Doing What You Are Good At

    The simple idea is that if you do work that you are good at you will find greater prosperity in your career.
  • Do You Have Sunday Night Blues? Your Core Career Needs Are Not Being Met

    Our research has shown that only 3-5% of people have a consistently great career in which they are doing what they love and being rewarded for it.
  • Challenging Times May Call For A Change In Career

    If you’re feeling stuck in your career, or lost about what to do next, now is the perfect time to challenge your career perceptions in order to change your career outcome. 

     

  • Choose and Declare - The Heart of Carving Your Unique Career

    Choosing to own your own life can be difficult, especially if those close to you have expectations that don’t align with what you want. In a career sense, this happens quite often. Companies are not generally in the business of helping you “follow your passion,” so breaking from that mold can be challenging.
  • Where to Find Your Passion

    Identifying your passionate core will provide you with the energy, direction, and flexibility to bring your passions into your work and the organizations you chose to work in. 
  • Career Myths Vs Truths #9: Revel in Your Selfishness

    The truth is, you will never please everyone with your decisions. Our parents, friends, or loved-ones will want us to take one path, but our passions may lead us in a different direction.
  • Career Myths Vs Truths #6: Find a Career Doing What You Love

    It’s easy to get stuck doing a job that you’re good at, or that others tell you you’re good at, and not pursue what you love to do. However, taking that leap will lead to more joy, more success, and more longevity.
  • How to Find Happiness in Your Career

    Over 50% of working Americans are unhappy in their current career. It’s likely that you yourself feel dissatisfied and jaded in your work environment, especially with the current economic downturn.
  • Career Truth #3: It’s About Finding Your Life’s Work

    What if work was your real life, meaning your career aligned with your interests and passions, allowing you to live happily and work simultaneously? When this idea is put into action, you’ll find that the idea of work/life balance becomes unnecessary because putting more time and effort into one does not take away from the other.
  • Can I Really Have A Career That I Love?

    The good news is this: You don’t have to wait for your organization to change to find greater passion and fulfillment in your career. 
  • Are you dissatisfied with your Career? Perhaps you need to CARE

    In our recently released book “Don’t Dread Monday: A Guide to a Lifetime of Career Success” we outline a four-phased approach to develop your unique career. 
  • What Can We Learn from the 3% of Professionals That Have a Truly Successful Career?

    Every person who has achieved sustained career success has made the critical decision to own their career.
  • Get to the Core of Your Career Success

    Once you know what a person’s core needs are, you gain incredible insight into what makes them tick - the source of their motivation.
  • Challenging Times May Call For A Change In Career

    If you’re feeling stuck in your career, or lost about what to do next, now is the perfect time to challenge your career perceptions in order to change your career outcome. 

     

  • Managing Remote Employees

    The learning curve for managing remote employees may be steep, but the payoff will be worth it.
  • A New Chapter!

    Hello! My name is Sydney Frodsham and I’m the new blog curator (or “Career Thought Leader and Blogger,” to use my official title) of Don’t Dread Monday. 
  • Are You On a Career Treadmill? 3 Questions to Refresh a Stale Career

    In my work with professionals, I have found that many feel like they are on a career treadmill – they are working hard and yet experiencing some combination of boredom and exhaustion without any sense that they are moving forward. 
  • Career Success Indicator: Measuring Your Level of Career Satisfaction

    How your job is really going? Sometimes it’s obvious if you hate your career, but it’s easy to get stuck in a routine.
  • Career Success Assessment: How to Increase a Low Score

    If you scored low on our CSi50 career assessment, check out these tips on how to improve it. It is imperative that we are following a career path that we decide oursellves.
  • Career Assessment Test: How to Escape a Mediocre Career

    There are endless possibilities when it comes to finding the right career fit for you.
  • How to Find Happiness in Your Career

    Over 50% of working Americans are unhappy in their current career. It’s likely that you yourself feel dissatisfied and jaded in your work environment, especially with the current economic downturn.
  • The Five Career Coaching Steps to Help You Prepare for Your Corporate Divorce

    We all know the sad statistics about how many marriages end up in divorce. The same can now be said about the how many corporate marriages end badly. 
  • The 5 Stages of Job Loss Depression

    It can be difficult to find motivation to keep moving forward after a job loss.  Take a look at the five stages of job loss depression below and how to deal with them.
  • Five Steps You Can Take after a Job Loss

    If you're experiencing the stress of unemployment, there are certain things you can do to make this a time of change and growth.
  • How to Cope with Stress after Losing Your Job

    Being unemployed is stressful. These extra resources will help give you purpose and direction, hopefully alleviating some anxiety you might feel. 

  • The Most Common Interview Questions and How to Answer Them (Part 2)

    There are so many questions that I’ll have to do another part of this series. In the meantime, these two blogs should help you prepare for your interview.
  • The Most Common Interview Question and How to Answer Them (Part 1)

    This is not an all-inclusive list of potential interview questions. But even if the interviewer doesn’t ask one of these specific questions, you’ll still be able to draw upon your preparation to conquer whatever comes your way.
  • Not all Interviews are Created Equal – Know the 4 Interview Types

     Succeeding at any interview requires preparation on your part. With the right interview skills, preparation, and attitude, you’ll be ready to face any interviewing situation with confidence.
  • 12 Surprising Job Interview Tips

    You’re almost there. Your resume landed you an interview and now it’s time to seal the deal. 
  • When Looking For a Job, You Must Look the Part

    Don’t sabotage your interview by neglecting your appearance and remember, choose clothing that accurately reflects your credibility and ensures you sell for what you're worth.
  • Five Common Interview Mistakes Job Seekers Make

    If you’ve recently scored an interview, don't make these mistakes if you want to really leave a good impression and get hired.
  • How to (Actually) Network: Questions to Ask

    You know you want to get the most information out of your contact as possible, but you don’t know what questions to ask. After all, you don’t know what you don’t know. 
  • What Recruiters and Hiring Managers are Actually Looking For

    Yes, recruiters are looking for qualified, competent people to fill a company role, but that’s not their only motivation.
  • 11 Surprising Interview Tips to Get Hired

    Let's cut to the chase—here are 11 interview tips to help you ace that next interview and get hired. Some may be obvious, but others are less so. 
  • Interviewing 101: “Tell Me About Yourself”

    Like we discussed two weeks ago, the dreaded interview question, “Tell me about yourself,” is a loaded one to navigate. It’s difficult to condense your life story into two minutes with a person you’ve never met before. When you're in an interview setting, you want to present yourself as authentically as possible, but also in the best light possible.
  • Using Job Boards

    All in all, you should be aware that posting your CV online or using job boards will have both its benefits and disadvantages.
  • Guide to Using LinkedIn for Job Search

    If you haven't been paying attention to social media, and particularly to LinkedIn, you have some catching up to do. You cannot afford to ignore LinkedIn today.
  • Five Top Tips for Using Job Boards Effectively

    With competition so fierce on job boards, it’s essential candidates hit all the right notes. Here are some tips for improving your success rate.
  • Finding Jobs Online: Winning the ATS Challenge

    The rise of ATS systems has saved companies millions of dollars as it has provided internal recruiting functions with the tools necessary to automate the sourcing process and hire people quicker without adding resources.
  • When Looking For a Job, You Must Look the Part

    Don’t sabotage your interview by neglecting your appearance and remember, choose clothing that accurately reflects your credibility and ensures you sell for what you're worth.
  • Searching for a New Role? Networking and Job Boards at Top Says SFG Research Study

    How do you find a new role in today's job market? As an outplacement firm we get asked that question every day.
  • Personality Traits That Will Get You Hired

    Searching for the ideal job is a fluid process and there is always room for improvement. 
  • 3 Tips to Creating a Searchable Job Resume

    With so many qualified candidates flooding the online job boards, it might feel impossible for your profile to rise to the top. 
  • Tips for Effectively Using Job Boards

    I can almost guarantee that everyone, at some point, has used a job board to find their next career opportunity. 
  • Using LinkedIn to Find A Job

    If you’re not on LinkedIn, sign up. If you are, check your profile and make sure your picture is professional, your work experience is up-to-date, and your headline is specific.
  • How to Find A Job Near Me

    We all know how difficult it can be to find a job. It may be you’ve exhausted every option and need a fresh take.
  • What Recruiters and Hiring Managers are Actually Looking For

    Yes, recruiters are looking for qualified, competent people to fill a company role, but that’s not their only motivation.
  • How to Use Job Boards Effectively

    Believe it or not, there is a strategy to using job boards. The next time you sit down to post your CV online, keep these thoughts in mind.
  • 5 Tips To Create A LinkedIn Profile That Stands Out

    How can you take advantage of this new era of job searching? One way is to make your LinkedIn profile pop.
  • Guide to Using LinkedIn for Job Search

    If you haven't been paying attention to social media, and particularly to LinkedIn, you have some catching up to do. You cannot afford to ignore LinkedIn today.
  • Using LinkedIn to Find A Job

    If you’re not on LinkedIn, sign up. If you are, check your profile and make sure your picture is professional, your work experience is up-to-date, and your headline is specific.
  • How to (Actually) Network: Staying in Touch with Your Network

    Remember, cultivating and maintaining a network is absolutely crucial, whether you’re searching for a job or not.
  • Searching for a New Role? Networking and Job Boards at Top Says SFG Research Study

    How do you find a new role in today's job market? As an outplacement firm we get asked that question every day.
  • If You’re Not Networking, You’re Not Working

    Remember, if you’re not networking, you’re not working. Continue to build strong credibility, expand your current list of contacts, and build relationships.
  • How to (Actually) Network: Research Meetings

    Research meetings occur in your networking journey when you are seeking information about a specific job, industry, or profession. These types of meetings are ideal if you’re a recent college graduate deciding which career direction you want to pursue or if you’ve decided to change careers and need more information before (and while) you take the plunge.
  • How to (Actually) Network: Advice Meetings

    At this point in your journey, you’ll be initiating advice meetings. These sorts of meetings are good to do always, and they are especially important if you are looking for a job, or thinking of switching careers or industries. 
  • How to (Actually) Network: The Groundwork

    Networking is gathering advice, information, and contacts from people with more experience than you who may be in the same field you’re interested in. 

  • The Advantages of Networking

    The art of networking is not about asking people for jobs, but rather gathering advice, information, and outside contacts from people with more experience than you or who are in the same field you’re interested in.
  • Building Your Personal Brand: Use Your Tools

    We communicate our unique identity by using the tools of our choosing to craft our personal brand. How we do this can be as small as writing a really great resume.
  • Building Your Personal Brand: Find Your Voice

    Your personal brand is what people say about you when you leave the room. It’s your professional reputation.
  • How to Create a Personal Brand: Real-Life Examples

    Tips and tricks for creating a personal brand.
  • How to Create a Personal Brand: The Basics

    Before you can build a personal brand, you need to know how you want to present yourself.
  • Ask a Career Coach - Three Key Elements to Developing a Personal Brand

    Let’s break down the three key elements of the definition to better explain how to create a dynamic and impactful personal brand.
  • Career Coach – Five Ideas On How To Create a Personal Brand

    Creating a personal brand is important. It can help you define yourself better in the workplace while employed and distinguish you from others when you are in transition. 
  • How to (Actually) Network: Questions to Ask

    You know you want to get the most information out of your contact as possible, but you don’t know what questions to ask. After all, you don’t know what you don’t know. 
  • The Most Common Interview Questions and How to Answer Them (Part 2)

    There are so many questions that I’ll have to do another part of this series. In the meantime, these two blogs should help you prepare for your interview.
  • Ask a Career Coach - Three Key Elements to Developing a Personal Brand

    Let’s break down the three key elements of the definition to better explain how to create a dynamic and impactful personal brand.
  • Career Coach – Five Ideas On How To Create a Personal Brand

    Creating a personal brand is important. It can help you define yourself better in the workplace while employed and distinguish you from others when you are in transition. 
  • How to Format Your Resume

    When writing your resume, the substance is important. You want to highlight your accomplishments, presenting yourself as the best candidate for the job. 
  • Writing a Resume: Accomplishment Statements

    Writing the perfect accomplishment statement will raise your resume to the next level.
  • Don’t Sabotage Your Resume – Use Keywords Not Buzzwords

    Are resume keywords and buzzwords the same? No. Knowing the differences can be a deciding factor of a successful resume or LinkedIn profile versus being lost in the shuffle
  • Resume Builder: A Guide to Using Keywords

    Since most job openings have an average of 250 applicants, most companies are not going through each resume by hand.
  • How to Write a Resume

    Writing a compelling resume is crucial for any job search. Unfortunately, most of us enter the workforce without ever really learning how to write a resume. 
  • The Dos and Don’ts of Resume Writing

    Writing a compelling resume is a crucial part of any job search. 
  • Don’t Sabotage Your Resume – Use Keywords Not Buzzwords

    Are resume keywords and buzzwords the same? No. Knowing the differences can be a deciding factor of a successful resume or LinkedIn profile versus being lost in the shuffle
  • 3 Tips to Creating a Searchable Job Resume

    With so many qualified candidates flooding the online job boards, it might feel impossible for your profile to rise to the top. 
  • How to Format Your Resume

    When writing your resume, the substance is important. You want to highlight your accomplishments, presenting yourself as the best candidate for the job. 
  • Resume Builder: A Guide to Using Keywords

    Since most job openings have an average of 250 applicants, most companies are not going through each resume by hand.
  • How to Write a Resume

    Writing a compelling resume is crucial for any job search. Unfortunately, most of us enter the workforce without ever really learning how to write a resume. 
  • The Dos and Don’ts of Resume Writing

    Writing a compelling resume is a crucial part of any job search. 
  • Interviewing 101: “Tell Me About Yourself”

    Like we discussed two weeks ago, the dreaded interview question, “Tell me about yourself,” is a loaded one to navigate. It’s difficult to condense your life story into two minutes with a person you’ve never met before. When you're in an interview setting, you want to present yourself as authentically as possible, but also in the best light possible.
  • Managing Remote Employees

    The learning curve for managing remote employees may be steep, but the payoff will be worth it.
  • Tips to Work from Home More Effectively (The New Frontier: Working from Home)

    Did you know 70% of companies are planning on adopting a hybrid work model and at least 97% of workers want some form of work-from-home.
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