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  • 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...
  • Work-Health Balance: 7 Guideposts To Help Take Care Of Yours
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - October 4, 2016
    We talk a lot about work-life balance these days, but what about work-health balance? When we refer to our work, we often say we’re giving it our “all” or giving “one hundred and fifty percent.” These are admirable sentiments in theory, but what percentage of the pie of life are you reserving for yourself – especially with regard to your health? Many of us get to the office early and s...
  • Organizations Are Serious About The "No Jerks" Policy When Hiring
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - September 23, 2016
    Over the last 15 years as a career & professional development consultant, I have worked with countless employers seeking ideal candidates to fill critical roles in their organizations. Regardless of the career field, recruiters and hiring managers agree that after the basic criteria of skills and experiences are met, candidates are accepted or eliminated based upon how they fit into the culture of an organization.Savvy work...
  • Why We Need To Fail In Order To Move Forward
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - September 16, 2016
    I am delighted to showcase guest blogger, Matt Umbro, a Senior Account Manager in charge of Community at Hanapin Marketing. He specializes in ecommerce PPC and client relations, while overseeing content production for PPC Hero. Matt also runs the popular #PPCChat Twitter hashtag. Follow Matt on Twitter @Matt_Umbro.I usually don’t gain insight or motivation from quotes, but one has stuck with me over the years, which has hel...
  • Best/Worst Careers: 2016 Rankings
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - August 26, 2016
    CareerCast.com’s 2016 Jobs Rated Report was recently published for the 28th consecutive year, and it’s fascinating to peruse the findings.The popular job search website gathered data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, a division of the US Department of Labor, to rank jobs based on four core criteria: work environment (physical and emotional requirements); income; job outlook (growth versus unemployment); and stress factor...
  • Does a Higher Salary Require More Than 40 Hours a Week?
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - August 16, 2016
    The Birth of the American 40-Hour WeekThe Monday through Friday workweek was first introduced in 1926 when Henry Ford began shutting down his automotive factories on Saturday and Sunday to allow his labor force to rest. But it was not until 1940, when a provision of the 1938 Fair Labor Standards Act mandating a maximum 40-hour workweek went into effect, that the two-day weekend was adopted nationwide.New Department of Labor...
  • How Will You Engage With the Up and Coming Generation Z?
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - August 9, 2016
    I’m so pleased to share this guest blog post from my IUAA colleague, Erin Bruce. She is a career coach and advocate for working moms who is also raising a Gen Z son so this new generation is especially close to her heart.They’re here! Generation Z, the iGeneration, Post-Millennials, Centennials, or Zees, are just a few of the names of the new generation that has entered post-secondary institutions this year. Gen Z consumers...
  • The Art of Accepting a Compliment
    by Caroline Dowd-Higgins - August 2, 2016
    Historically, women have been taught to be modest and not boastful. While there is nothing worse than an arrogant bragger, I am on a personal mission to help others embrace their humble confidence and own their strengths and accomplishments. In reality, there is nobody else in the professional world advocating on your behalf but you. So, you must become comfortable singing your own praises – especially in a job interview or...