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Posted 4 years 9 months ago

For most people, boasting about oneself does not come naturally. It is not easy or comfortable to tell someone all the wonderful things you have accomplished. But that is exactly what you need to do if you are seeking a new job. Selling your accomplishments, both in person and on social media, will allow you to craft a successful professional brand.

Of course, there is a fine line between self-confidence and arrogance, so to be successful in winning over the... more

Posted 4 years 9 months ago

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Posted 4 years 9 months ago

That is the question. The answer is simple: Trust your gut.

Your unconscious self, coupled with your gut, is an absolutely amazing thing. It’s probably one of the most miraculous things we as human beings have going for us.

Unfortunately, many of us don’t listen to it; and large numbers of people continue to grind it out at unfulfilling jobs, under unfulfilling leadership.

So… Why don’t we listen to our gut?

Why do folks... more

Posted 4 years 9 months ago

Remember you can do this! Regularly review your accomplishments so they stay fresh in your mind when you network. Stay sharp through continued education, or study to obtain a certification in your field. Communicate the frustrations and successes of your job search with family and friends. Searching for a job is in itself a full time job, so keep having fun with your loved ones, and take breaks to relax when needed.... more

Posted 4 years 9 months ago

Rick Cobb, executive vice president of Chicago-based outplacement and executive coaching consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc., has been appointed to the board of CASA of Cook County. (Court Appointed Special Advocates)

A long-time member of the Chicago business community, Cobb will lever his experience and network of professionals to help CASA provide more one-on-one support to Cook County’s abused and neglected... more

Posted 4 years 9 months ago

Last week we gave you a contact strategy for your job search. (You can view it here: Today, we want you to schedule meetings with four new people a day! It may seem like a lofty goal, but the more people you meet, the more likely someone will know someone who can make a decision to hire... more

Posted 4 years 9 months ago

The Art of the ASK. What separates successful people from the masses?

My two brothers were angry when they first heard I’d be studying abroad, “This is BS, Dad! Why does Cindi get to study in Spain!? We never got to!” My father’s response? Simple.

“Cindi asked.”

I work with professionals and executives every day. You would be flabbergasted how many of them (unfortunately mostly women) just wait to be noticed and rewarded.... more

Posted 4 years 9 months ago

An effective contact strategy takes research, initiative, and accuracy all important ingredients of a successful job search. Research is required to assemble your contact list. Initiative is required to place calls and visit every single person on that list. Accuracy is required because you will need to confirm the spelling and pronunciation of each person’s name as well as his or her title.

There are two components to an effective contact strategy: assembling... more

Posted 4 years 10 months ago

This week, Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer announced she was pregnant with twins and expected to work throughout her pregnancy, only taking a short break after the birth, as she did with her first child in 2012. Critics suggested her evasion of the extended leave time she herself initiated at Yahoo! would discourage employees from taking advantage of the benefit themselves. This isn’t the first time Mayer has come... more

Posted 4 years 10 months ago

We're so happy to have so many of our coaches together for training!