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Are Your References Working For You?

Are Your References Working For You?

By: Martin Yate, CPC

It is said that 75% of employers check references, yet many people never speak to their professional references at all, or do so only at the end of a job search, when a job offer is imminent. This can be a costly mistake.

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How to Say No To Your Boss

How to Say No To Your Boss

By: CareerCast.com

Just as there are many ways to skin a cat, according to the old saying, there are an equal number of ways in which to say no. When it’s your boss you want to say it to, it’s a little trickier, but that doesn’t mean you have to bite your tongue and take whatever he (or she!) dishes out for fear of losing your job or doing harm to your career.

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How To Supercharge Your Resume

How To Supercharge Your Resume

By: Martin Yate, CPC

Show me a stalled job search and I’ll show you a flawed resume. First of all, to be successful your resume must focus on a specific target job. That general resume, like one size fits all clothing, usually fits no one.

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Are You in Control of Your Professional Destiny?

Are You in Control of Your Professional Destiny?

By: Martin Yate, CPC

Facing the facts of life

You are somewhere along the path of what will likely be a fifty-year work-life, and during this time you can expect economic recessions to swing by every 7–10 years.

You will change jobs (not always by choice) about every four years, and you will probably have three or more distinct careers over the span of your professional life.

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Seven Smart New Year Career Resolutions

Seven Smart New Year Career Resolutions

By: Martin Yate, CPC

“I will get back to work”; “I will get a better job”; “I will get a promotion”: we all make New Year’s career resolutions to do better professionally and then promptly forget to harness these goals to activities that will get us there. Here are seven resolutions that can change the rest of your life.

#1. I will survive and prosper

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Excellent Work and Communication Equals Success

Excellent Work and Communication Equals Success

By: Taunee Besson, CMF, CareerCast.com Senior Columnist

Question: I don’t know what happened. I just finished managing a project that has occupied most of my days for the last 18 months. My project was on time and within budget and I expected a lot of kudos, probably a raise or even a promotion. None were forthcoming. What did I do wrong?

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