Strategies

The Invisible Truth: Living in the Now and Creating the Future You Choose

Have you ever felt lost, like your life has no sense of meaning, direction, or purpose?  I have certainly felt that way the past 2 years after losing my job.  I have struggled to figure out where I should go from here. 

Whether we like it or not, a paycheck many times defines who we are and our self-worth. When you aren’t bringing home that check, it can make you feel depressed like a failure.  It can cause extra stress at home because of the loss of your salary.

Sealing the Deal in Salary Negotiations

Research and preparation are two critical tools to use in job hunting and compensation negotiation, a business executive and marketing research expert told Sacramento job seekers Tuesday.

A job opening is a need or problem that a company and its hiring manager are trying to solve by hiring the right candidate.

Jump-start a stalled Job Search

If you're job search has stalled, take the time to review your plan. Changes may be in order.

Are you in the hunt for a new job? If so, you probably know how hard it is to stay focused and energetic. Today, I have some ways you can fine-tune your job search and jump-start one that seems stalled.

Are You Selling Yourself Short? Use Power Words in Your Messaging!

I worked with a really talented guy who I thought would never leave the company we worked for … not because he didn’t want to leave … he did. I thought he would never leave because he sold himself so short in his resume, no one would hire him.

He didn’t want to overstate his qualifications, so instead he painted a picture to prospective employers that he wasn’t as good as he really was.

I encouraged him to use power words in his resume and to take ownership of his many successes.

CSUS Spring Government Mixer

I attended the third annual CSUS Spring Government Mixer on May 3. This was a useful networking event to attend, like all of the events that the California State University Sacramento Career Center puts on.

The mixer included a panel discussion, table discussions related to government hiring and individual networking with government and non-profit agencies at tables. 15 organizations attended, of which two were non-profits, six were federal agencies and seven were state agencies.

Report on the Government Job Workshop, State positions-March 28, 2011

Julia Acuna, SPN's own Subject Matter Expert on government jobs, invited Marc Blain to present an overview of the state's hiring process, website links, registration guides, exam processes and miscellaneous resources.


The workshop helped to solidify my knowledge of the process, which I was beginning to lose faith in, wondering if I was correctly submitting my application packages.

The keys tips gleaned were:

Dining for Success, Part 4: 15 Tips for a Successful Business Meal

 Part 4 of 4, by Bill Rohlfing

Your table manners represent you: a polished, poised, and sophisticated executive. Parts 2 through 4 provide 15 tips to avoid the most common dining etiquette mistakes.

10. A cough or sneeze should be directed into your left shoulder and shielded by your left hand. This gesture keeps your right hand germ-free for a goodbye handshake at the end of the meal. (Yes, people notice where your right hand has been when anticipating a handshake!)

Dining for Success, Part 3: 15 Tips for a Successful Business Meal

 Part 3 of 4, by Bill Rohlfing

Your table manners represent you: a polished, poised, and sophisticated executive. Parts 2 through 4 provide 15 tips to avoid the most common dining etiquette mistakes.

4. If you need to remove a foreign object from your mouth, cover your mouth with your right hand and remove the object with the index finger and thumb of your left hand. If you feel too uncomfortable, excuse yourself from the table and remove the obstruction in the privacy of the restroom, away from the table.

Dining for Success, Part 2: 15 Tips for a Successful Business Meal

 Part 2 of 4, by Bill Rohlfing

Your table manners represent you: a polished, poised, and sophisticated executive. Parts 2 through 4 provide 15 tips to avoid the most common dining etiquette mistakes.

Dining for Success, Part 1: 15 Tips for a Successful Business Meal

Part 1 of 4, by Bill Rohlfing
 
There is nothing more uncomfortable than sitting across the table from your boss and noticing the tomato soup streaming from his mouth and the breadcrumbs stuck to his chin. Or perhaps you are trying to impress an important client and realize that you are not sure which bread plate belongs to you.
 
Years ago, as a novice fundraiser, I sat between two VIPs from separate Fortune 500 corporations. One was drinking my water while the other was eating from my bread plate.
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