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  • How To Use Your Office Holiday Party to Land a Promotion
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - December 14, 2016
    How To Use Your Office Holiday Party to Land a Promotion Vicki Salemi wrote this great piece in the New York Post and included my insight about leveraging the office holiday party to your career advantage. Check it out! When a company’s branch manager throws a huge party to land a client in the Jennifer Aniston flick “Office Christmas Party,” out this week, many viewers may relate. The company hol...
  • Getting the Boss to Buy Into Your Great Ideas
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - December 12, 2016
    In the new normal of the career world it’s more important than ever to toot your own professional horn and make your accomplishments known internally in your organization. This isn’t inappropriate bragging but strategic self advocacy that may keep you stay afloat in tough times since every employee has to prove their worth. But how do you sell your new initiatives to the powers that be in your company to ensu...
  • Women In the Workplace 2016: Roadblocks to the C-suite
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - December 6, 2016
    If you’re wondering how women are faring overall when it comes to leadership and gender equality in corporate America, the recently released Women In the Workplace 2016 report makes it clear – the answer is not very well. The report is the culmination of research conducted by McKinsey & Company, in partnership with LeanIn.Org, and incorporates: employee pipeline data and HR statistics from one hundred and thi...
  • The Wisdom of Picking a Career That Suits You Well
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - November 16, 2016
    This blog post was contributed by Reanne Brian. When deciding on an initial path or a career change, there can be many factors at play. People often think about wages and working hours as well as the specific role itself. Career coaches advise that to find the most fulfilling role, you should first take a long hard look at yourself. This will enable you to go for something not only that you are good at – but that a...
  • Feedforward On the Job: A Key To Self-Improvement
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - November 10, 2016
    Continuous learning and growth is essential to building a successful career, and feedback is an important part of that process. I’ve seen my coaching clients flourish thanks, in part, to feedback. While the prospect of an assessment of your strengths and weaknesses can feel daunting, and actually receiving it can be painful at times, feedback from a coach, your boss, colleagues, or trusted mentors can provide valua...
  • Getting In The Habit: Baby Steps Towards Change
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - November 3, 2016
    Raised as a Catholic, I was well aware of habits. First, because nuns were wearing them, and nuns were not to be trifled with, and secondly, because nuns were always on a mission to instill the good ones. At this stage of the game, many of us have our own inner nun overseeing our “good” and “bad” habits. The inner Sister (or substitute whatever voice of conscience works best for you) gives her ble...
  • Women Leaders Are Changing the World
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - October 28, 2016
    Women are paving the way for a new style of leadership that is confident, authentic, and highly effective. And yet, CNN Money reports that only 25 out of 500 companies in the S&P 500 have women CEO’s. Thankfully, the comprehensive picture looks more promising. The presence of women in C-Suite roles is certainly important but I am encouraged that more women are leading in other transformative ways. Leader is not jus...
  • Tap Your Inner PR Agent for Career Success
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - October 24, 2016
    Even though I count on my amazing Publicist, Stacey J. Miller’s expertise to promote my book, I still consider one of my most important tasks to be self promotion. I am always packing books, business cards, portfolios, and compelling stories about what I do and why it is valuable to potential clients, speakers bureaus, or organizations. I would miss out on so many new opportunities if I did not take on the responsibil...
  • The Thrill of Career Victory and The Agony of Defeat
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - October 17, 2016
    National unemployment numbers are the lowest in recent history and jobs are more plentiful but finding the right career fit can still be a challenge. Some are re-entering the job world after a planned hiatus – like taking time off to raise children, caring for elderly parents, or becoming a trailing spouse following a partner’s new career opportunity in a different location. Others find themselves in unexpect...
  • The Crucial Step of Following Up
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - October 11, 2016
    I speak to so many people who honestly believe they are networking well by sending an email or leaving a single voicemail. When they don’t get a response, they abandon the contact. The follow-up is the most crucial part of building and maintaining any professional relationship. My first suggestion is to distinguish yourself by calling instead of emailing. Everybody is inundated with multiple emails but we are drawn...