Caroline Dowd-Higgins Career Coach • Author • Speaker Sun, 26 Apr 2015 17:07:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Your Working Life with Stacia Pierce Sun, 26 Apr 2015 17:07:22 +0000 Stacia Pierce is CEO of Ultimate Lifestyle Enterprises and committed to empowering women to live their dream life and excel in their dream career through coaching.

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Your Working Life with Dr. Paul White Sun, 26 Apr 2015 17:03:07 +0000 Dr. Paul White is a psychologist, author, speaker, and consultant who, for over two decades, has helped countless businesses and organizations make work relationships work.

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Negotiation is an Essential Career Skill Sun, 26 Apr 2015 16:52:44 +0000 You’ll never get what you want and need in a career if you don’t ask. Hone your negotiation skills and learn to advocate for yourself.

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When You Don’t Get The Job: 4 Tips To Help You Bounce Back Sun, 26 Apr 2015 16:48:20 +0000 Your resume is well polished. Your LinkedIn profile finely-tuned. You land the interview, and you’re hitting it off with everyone you meet. Then you’re called back for a second…then a third interview…you’re feeling like you’ve really got this! Then the waiting begins…followed by more waiting. And then the news…”We’ve decided to go a different direction.”

Paul Freiberger, author of When Can You Start? Ace the Job Interview And Get Hired, says that getting passed over for a job is, by no means, an indicator of your future success. “Don’t let a job rejection stop you in your tracks,” Freiberger says. “If you’ve applied for a job and don’t make the cut, you’re in exceptional company.” In his blog post on the topic, he puts things in perspective by listing successful people we’ve all heard of who were rejected at one time or another, including:

  • Madonna – Rejected by a producer who didn’t think she was ready to make a full album.
  • U2 – rejected by RSO Records in one short paragraph describing the band as “unsuitable”.
  • Kurt Vonnegut – The Atlantic Monthly sent him back his manuscripts when they did their “usual summer house-cleaning.”

Granted, these are high profile examples, but I see the same thing play out in my coaching practice when it comes to the job hunt. A client will be rejected for a position they’d been hoping for – only to get a far better one down the road.

While not getting the job can be a real blow to your self-confidence, it’s important to “get back on that horse”, as the saying goes, and be proactive about saying “Thank you”. Here are four tips, culled from Freiberger’s strategies, to help you end on a gracious note and move on:

  • Keep negative emotions in check. Even though you may feel defeated, bitter or even vindictive, it’s essential that you keep emotion out of any further communication. The last thing you want to do is burn any bridges.
  • Send a follow-up note. If you had previously corresponded with the employer by email, sending an email expressing gratitude for being considered is a simple and gracious way to end your discussions. Many job candidates don’t go this extra mile, and it can keep you in the ‘Consider For Future Opportunities’ file.
  • Move beyond the ‘Why?’ – Oftentimes, we feel we’d have closure after a rejection if we just knew why we didn’t get the job. Pressing for answers, however, could be off-putting to the hiring manager. The fact is, you may never know why it wasn’t a match since there’s often no one single answer. Also, in many cases, HR/ hiring managers aren’t allowed to give specifics due to the legalities of hiring practices
  • Keep the door open. If you didn’t get the job, but are still interested in the organization – indicate that in your thank you note. You can also keep in touch with an interviewer you particularly clicked with by occasionally sending along industry news/ comments that may have been relevant to your interview discussion.

It can be heartbreaking not to get the job, but if you can think of every “No” as one step closer to a “Yes”, with valuable learning thrown in for good measure, then you’ll be primed for success because you’ll have an attitude of success – and that can make all the difference in your next job interview.

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Give Great Career Feedback Sat, 18 Apr 2015 19:58:55 +0000 You can help others grow professionally be sharing authentic and helpful career criticism.

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Your Working Life with Betsy Polk and Maggie Chotas Sat, 18 Apr 2015 19:42:32 +0000 Betsy Polk and Maggie Ellis Chotas discuss The Mulberry Partners, their consulting practice that helps individuals, teams, and organizations strengthen collaboration, improve communication, resolve conflict, and achieve goals that stick.

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Your Working Life with Lydia Frank Sat, 18 Apr 2015 19:39:33 +0000 Lydia Frank is the Editorial & Marketing Director for and discusses new data about college alumni career outcomes, the gender pay gap, and underemployment.

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Be More Mindful: 7 Tips to Improve Your Awareness Sat, 18 Apr 2015 19:22:47 +0000 Now that we’re well into a brand new year, my question to you is: Is it “business as usual” this year? Is everything working the way you’d like, or are you making changes in 2015?

Many of us are hoping to fulfill New Year’s resolutions – wanting “more” and “better” in the job, health, money and/or relationship departments. While there’s nothing wrong with wanting “better” and “more” in these areas, the pursuit can leave us feeling like a dog chasing its tail. It can be exhausting!

Author, speaker and mindfulness coach, Diane Sieg says that becoming more mindful of how we proceed through our day is the antidote to feeling like we’re running in circles. “It’s so easy to be on auto-pilot in your life – procrastinating or not getting enough sleep or exercise,” Sieg says. “Mindfulness is about being more present and aware of your behavior in each moment. It can help you change habits that are no longer serving you.”

Sieg, who is also a registered nurse and a yoga instructor, has made it her mission to help others slow down and “stop living life like it’s an emergency.” “Working in the ER for over 20 years, I saw the effects of stress – the diseases and injuries that resulted from it,” Sieg explains. “With today’s stress levels, we need mindfulness in our lives more than ever.”

Through her online programs, Your Mindful Year and The 30-Day Mindfulness Challenge, Sieg provides step-by-step guidance and support around living life with more calm and awareness. She suggests these 7 tips for bringing more mindfulness into your life:

  1. Meditate. Taking even just 5 minutes to sit quietly and follow your breath can help you feel more conscious and connected for the rest of your day.
  1. Focus On One Thing At A Time. Studies have found that tasks take 50% longer with 50% more errors when multi-tasking, so consider “uni-tasking”, with breaks in between, whenever possible.
  1. Slow Down. Savor the process whether it’s writing a report, drinking a cup of tea, or cleaning out closets. Deliberate and thoughtful attention to daily actions promotes healthy focus and can keep you from feeling overwhelmed.
  1. Eat Mindfully. Eating your meal without the TV, computer or paper in front of you, where you can truly taste and enjoy what you’re eating, is good, not only for your body, but for your soul as well.
  1. Keep Phone and Computer Time In Check. With all of the media at our fingertips, we can easily be on information overload. Set boundaries for screen time – with designated times for social networking (even set an alarm) – and do your best to keep mobile devices out of reach at bedtime.
  1. Move. Whether it’s walking, practicing yoga, or just stretching at your desk, become aware of your body’s sensations by moving.
  1. Spend Time In Nature. Take walks through a park, the woods, mountain trails or by the beach – wherever you can be outside. Getting outdoors is good for body, mind and spirit, and keeps you in the present.

As you pursue your goals for 2015, I hope you can incorporate Diane Sieg’s tips for more mindfulness into your life. You give yourself a real gift when you can remember to take things one step at a time and savor each moment.

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Accept Constructive Career Criticism Sun, 12 Apr 2015 16:43:54 +0000 Receiving criticism of any sort can be difficult but if you take it seriously and not personally, it will help you thrive and manage your career blind spots.

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Your Working Life with Anne Grady Sun, 12 Apr 2015 16:41:05 +0000 Anne Grady, author of “52 Strategies for Life, Love and Work” discusses how raising a child with mental illness taught her the skills businesses and organizations need to thrive.

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