Don't Get the Pink Slip

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Jan 31, 2011 in , , , | No Comments

It’s all about the bottom-line. In this economy, no job seems safe from the axe. But there is one way to help the odds lean in your favor.

Dollars and Cents

Tyler Cowen, a professor of Economics at George Mason University, suggests in his article, “How to Talk the Boss Out of Giving You a Pink Slip” (Money Magazine), that the employee ask for a meeting with the boss. He suggests, “In a downturn you need to speak the language that matters most: dollars and cents.”

Online Networking for Women

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Jan 27, 2011 in , , , , | No Comments

Women sometimes think business networking is akin to social networking–it is not. Business networking is a different animal. In order to be effective, and safe, know the following…

Over the past couple of years, I’ve noticed women putting highly personal information up on the internet in professional networking sites. This can severely limit a woman’s chances of being taken seriously as a candidate for hire. What you might think of as basic harmless information could actually be detrimental.

Your Dream Job

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Jan 24, 2011 in , , , , , | No Comments

Everyone has their idea of a “dream job”, but too often where they wind up is in a place less than ideal.

Listen To The Experts

Richard N. Bolles, author of the classic job seeking tool, “What Color Is Your Parachute?”,  wants job seekers and those presently employed, to consider the following: “Ultimately, you need to answer the questions, what, where, and how. What skills do you most love to use? Where–in what field–would you most love to use them? And how do you find such a job?”

Pyramid of Power

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Jan 20, 2011 in , , , | No Comments

You’ve heard of the pyramids in Egypt, but you most likely haven’t heard of the ‘Pyramid of Power’.

This pyramid has a unique purpose–to give your life power.

In Kim Pawlak’s article “Manage your goals with use of ‘Pyramid of Power’”, (TAA), she highlights work done by Susan Robison, a psychologist and faculty development consultant with Professor DeStressor, who created the pyramid.

The “Pyramid of Power” is a pyramid-shaped goal-setting model. Robison says that we have goals that are “floating around in the air”, not anchored to anything. The pyramid reverses that and anchors our goals.

Trade Schools

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Jan 17, 2011 in , , | No Comments


Students Lured Into Trade Schools and Debt

In his article in The New York Times, Peter S. Goodman stated concerns about trade schools, “One fast–growing American industry has become a conspicuous beneficiary of the recession: for–profit colleges and trade schools”.

Schools that train students for careers in areas such as health care, computers and food service, enrollments are climbing as people anxious about declining job prospects borrow aggressively to pay for tuition that can exceed $30,000 a year.

Beware of schools which promise
much, but deliver little.

Stuck? Time to Brainstorm!

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Jan 13, 2011 in , , | No Comments

Are you finding yourself at a loss when it comes to your job search?

Maybe it’s time to do some brainstorming…

This is an activity you can do on your own, with friends, family, or in a supportive group forum.

On Your Own

You’ll need some paper and a pencil (no, not your computer!), a comfortable chair, and no distractions.

1) Sit back in the chair and relax. Take in some slow, deep breaths. Don’t think about what you have on your to-do list today. In fact, focus on just one thing…

More about For-Profit Colleges

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Jan 10, 2011 in , , | No Comments

For-profit colleges might be leading you down a path to major debt.

In an article for the Los Angeles Times, The Threat of a New Bubble from For-Profit Colleges, written by Senator Tom Harkin, D-Iowa and chairman of the Senate committee on Health, Education, Labor and pensions, paints a gloomy picture for prospective students. He zeros in on for-profit colleges, the ones that promise to graduate you into a well-paying job, once you have their certificate in hand. They also take your money and run, leaving you in major debt and without a job. How can they do this?

Online Certificate & Degree Programs

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Jan 10, 2011 in , , | No Comments

Below is more information regarding ways to protect yourself regarding online certificate and degree programs.

As mentioned in another post, always be sure to check the national and regional accreditation of a program through an established accrediting agency. Online degree and certificate programs must meet the same standards as other colleges. How do you find out information about an online college?

1) Universities should list their accreditation visibly on their websites. Verify what they have listed and where the physical headquarters is located.

Can You Hear Your Music?

Posted by Judy Anne Cavey on Jan 6, 2011 in , , | No Comments

In Life Coach Dan Miller’s article, Is Your Music Still In You?, he quotes

Oliver Wendell Holmes, “Many people die with their music still in them.”

Why is this so? Too often it’s because they are always getting ready to live. Before they know it, time runs out. This could be a wake-up call to unemployed workers, or college grads, who now find themselves questioning what they want to do next.