Optimism is Hard

You never see books in the library or in the book store on “Negative Thinking” or “Pessimism.” The reason being is that as humans, these come easily. What is truly hard is to have unfaltering optimism and positive thinking. There are many multimillionaire authors that focus primarily on optimism and positive thinking. I do not pretend to have any unique advice or that I am more qualified than these leading experts, but I would like to give some ideas from my perspective. Continue reading Optimism is Hard

Dinosaur

I have been thinking recently if I am a Dinosaur. Have I not adapted to the times of the “new” ways of doing things? Are the professional rules and expectations I learned in my 20s and 30s still applicable? After much thought and consideration, I have concluded that without a doubt, the professional rules, etiquette and requirements are the same. Yes, new tools and technology makes us all more efficient, effective and accessible, but the unwritten business rules matter. It is up to younger professionals to learn them to ensure they are able to get the career opportunity and or career advancement they desire.
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Interview Questions

There are many books and countless articles on the subject of questions you should ask, and not ask, during the interview. Most agree that asking questions is a good thing. Having said that, no interviewer wants to be asked twenty questions about the company and role, or worse, be interrogated in the first interview. So what are the questions we should ask? Again, there are countless books and articles and “experts” providing advice but which ones are best? Of course every situation is different and I do not claim to know the perfect question for every situation. However, there are some professional rules to follow. Continue reading Interview Questions

Why are you applying?

Simple question, right? I interviewed just over sixty candidates last year for internal roles and one question I am sure to ask all is “why are you applying to this position?” It’s amazing that many cannot answer this simple question; moreover, answer it well. In this post, I want to provide you insight to the question, great answers and things you should never say. Continue reading Why are you applying?

Want a Job or Career?

If you ask most people if they want a good job or a long term rewarding career, most will answer yes! However, too many people leave this up to fate. Why? Is it because they do not know how to do so, are too “polite,” or are they happy to let someone else control their destiny? If you want a job or a rewarding career, here are some tips to getting it! Continue reading Want a Job or Career?