How To Negotiate Your Departure

At work, there are only two really important meetings: your job interview and the negotiation of your departure. Earl Nighingale said “The biggest mistake that you can make is to believe that you are working for somebody else. Job security is gone. Remember: jobs are owned by the company, you own your career.” As of a certain level on your career, it is normal to negotiate a departure rather than finding
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The 7 phases of the job life cycle. Which one are you in?

Everything has a life cycle, also your current job. It is unlikely that you will still be in the same company 5 years from now. In addition to that, take care of your resume: you have to dynamize your career and changes are necessary to stay competitive. Recruiters may interpret it as lack of flexibility if you have not changed in a longer time. Yet like when buying or selling stocks, it is very hard to define the ri
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Four Ways Not To Be A Career Ostrich

Knowing when to change jobs is tricky. I was with my previous employer just shy of 20 years which was 4-5 years too long. I was financially comfortable where I was although I was emotionally uncomfortable and apprehensive to look for a job. By Tuesday morning, I was worn out as if it was Friday. In many respects, I was an ostrich with my head in the sand hoping it would get better. 4 things I wish I had known 5 years
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Career Advice From A To Z: “Q” For “How To Quit Your Job With Style”

You have taken the decision to quit, to leave your current employer. This means that you have lost the faith to change your job for the better. Here are 5 tips on how to quit your job with style, ensure a clean departure that does not burn bridges and makes sure you will always get positive references
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Is Your Job Honeymoon Over? (Forbes)

No job is as wonderful as it seems when we interview for it, or as terrible as it appears to be on the worst day at the office. In fact, we go through cycles in a job, just as we experience life cycles, as I noted in my last Forbes post, “Six Signs You May Be In A Dead-End Job”. Understanding where you stand in the 7 Phases Of The Job Life Cycle can help you better manage your career and identify the right moment to
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Career Advice From A To Z: “K” For “Knowing When It’s Time To Quit”

Sticking to a job that hinders you to advance can be as bad for your career as leaving. Your job is not to play the violin on the Titanic until the bitter end – and sink with the ship. And recruiters and hiring managers will not only scan your resume for your competencies but also for ‘red flags’: changing often (interpretation=”candidate is unstable”) can be as negative for your next career step as not changin
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Right Or Wrong: “If You Are 50+, Nobody Will Hire You Anymore”

This is a tough one. HR Directors and (most) recruiters will tell you that age makes no difference, 50+ people who have lost their job will say the contrary. What is the truth? Are you really professionally finished as a 50+ for a corporate career? Alyssa from the US writes “I think the field of expertise is an important variable, and in some cases, somewhat negates the ageism. For example, my 60-year old broth
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Right Or Wrong: “If You Are Out Of Job For 2 Years, You Won’t Find One Anymore”

Right and wrong, the answer highly depends on the individual context. I once read that after 7 years in prison, sociologists doubt you can be reintegrated into society (but then Nelson Mandela was in prison for 26 years…). I guess that at one point of time, it will be difficult to work 40 hours per week in a corporate context if you have not done so for years. How long is this period? I do not know. And in my o
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