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181031 EHS Career Success E-letter

U.S. Unemployment Drops to Lowest Rate in 50 Years

Unemployment in the U.S. fell to 3.7 percent in September-the lowest since 1969, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The low jobless rate, down from 3.9 percent in August, is further evidence of a strong economy-employers added 134,000 new jobs in September, extending the longest continuous jobs expansion on record at 96 months. ...
Oct 31

8 Things the Happiest People Do Every Day

University of California professor Sonja Lyubomirsky details the things research shows the happiest people have in common.
Via The How of Happiness:
They devote a great amount of time to their family and friends, nurturing and enjoying those relationships. ...
Oct 9

5 Common Career Mistakes to Avoid at All Costs

As a headhunter helping countless professionals, from CEO to analyst levels, make and negotiate their next position, here are the most common career mistakes I’ve seen candidates fall victim to:
1. Aiming too low
Whether it’s salary, title, or type of company, people are too intimidated by interviewers, scared of asking for what they want at every stage of the interview process, and suffer from imposter syndrome. ...
Oct 2

The Top 5 Items to Consider in a Career Change

Work takes up a big part of our lives, making it critical to love what we do. It's important to see what career opportunities exist to see if the grass is truly greener. It's easy to get overwhelmed wondering where to start. Our goal at Executive Casting is to provide you with the tools, resources and professional assistance to find your dream job and avoid the confusion associated with a career change. ...
Sep 8

10 Ways to Make Your Boring Job Exciting Again

It can be hard to be enthusiastic about your job after you’ve been at it for a while. Even if you once found the work exciting, it’s easy to get in a rut.
That doesn’t necessarily mean that you need a new job. Sometimes a new perspective is enough. There are so many different things you can try to help make your old job feel a little more exciting. ...
Sep 5

How to Find Meaning in a Job That Isn’t Your “True Calling”

Why do so few people find fulfillment in their work?
A few years ago I posed this question to Amy Wrzesniewski, a Yale School of Management professor who studies these issues, and she offered an explanation that made a lot of sense. Students, she told me, “think their calling is under a rock, and if they turn over enough rocks, they will find it. ...
Aug 23

10 Worst Boss Traits (Ranked in Order of What Makes People Quit Most)

In the 90s, when I worked as a corporate drone at a large consumer electronics retailer, I reported to a boss who didn't understand my skills or expertise.
He would talk on and on about a large ERP install he was doing. I'd say "ER what?" and start talking about writing projects, a new usability and design lab we were building, and various employee conflicts. ...
Aug 21

The One Small Word That's Sabotaging Your Well-Meaning Advice

“It’s getting so exhausting,” I vented to my friend while I piled more queso onto a tortilla chip and took a sip from my oversized margarita, “I’m trying my best to stay positive at work, but I feel like nothing’s working.”
“Just quit,” she said in response. ...
Jul 25

How Your Coworkers Can Help You Score a Promotion

“Success doesn’t happen in a vacuum. You’re only as good as the people you work with and the people you work for,” Casey Kasem, renowned actor and radio host, once said. It may seem logical to keep to ourselves and try to outperform others in the race for a promotion. ...
Jul 24

How to Ask for the Job Title You Deserve

Your job title isn’t everything — but it does matter. When you’re offered a new role, or have been in the same position for some time, how should you think about what title you deserve? How do you decide whether it’s worth negotiating? If you don’t think you can get a raise, should you even ask for a change in your title? And what about the other side of the coin: How should you respond if your boss offers you a promotion in title — with no raise?
What the Experts Say When accepting a new position or angling for a promotion, most people tend to focus on salary negotiation. ...
Jul 21