Author: Ellen Dunagan

How a Personal Brand Can Transform Your Career in the New Year

Ready for a Brand New You in 2018?

There is a lot of buzz around personal branding. What is it? How can it help your career? Why do you need one? As Tom Peters wrote (way back in 1997!) in his groundbreaking article “The Brand Called You”: “It’s time for me — and you — to take a lesson from the big brands, a lesson that’s true for anyone who’s interested in what it takes to stand out and prosper in the new world of work.…We are CEOs of our own companies: Me Inc… It’s that simple — and that hard. And that inescapable.”

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Why a Career Change Doesn’t Have to Be Scary

Are you thinking about making a career move? Maybe it’s to another company. Maybe it’s starting a business. Maybe it’s changing careers altogether. Maybe you’re still thinking about it. Whatever career change you are contemplating, one thing is for sure: It’s scary. Why? Studies show that we humans are uneasy — if not downright terrified — of the unknown. Continue reading

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Active vs. Passive Career Management

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Are you actively or passively engaged with your career?

If I am practicing active career management I am:

  • Setting 30, 60 and 90 day goals to assess and track my short and long term goals.
  • Engaging proactively with my network, from setting up coffee meetings to lunches to ensure I have the pulse of what my network is up to and I am building and nurturing my professional relationships.
  • Updating my social media profiles, my resume and keeping up with my kudos file. Click here to find out how to keep a kudos file.

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5 Things You Need To Know Before An Interview

It’s showtime! Are you ready? You better be.

Did you know statistics show that 33% of bosses know within the first 90 seconds of an interview whether they will hire someone? Yikes.

The number one strategy for interview success is preparation. Being well prepared takes some work on your part, but you will feel far better in the hot seat coolly sharing your answers to those oh-so-tough questions.

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How To Better Prepare For Your Performance Review

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Getting in the habit of tracking your accomplishments is a key career management strategy to better preparing for your 90 day, quarterly, 6 month or annual review. Assessing your own performance and being prepared to share examples, results and career growth is much more powerful (and feels better too) than waiting to be told how you rank. By doing so, you set a better direction for your career, and you are more likely to get what you want.

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Flash Blog Post: Keeping Up With Your Kudos

“Kudos” is defined as “praise or respect that you receive because of something you have done or achieved.” Career success is paved by our achievements and accomplishments, which we hope are recognized – and rewarded – by those who evaluate our performance.

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What HR Wants You To Know This Valentine’s Day

February

I love my HR network. For over 15 years I have been a strategist, co-leader, influencer and career coach for Mentor HR, an award-wining, competitive leadership and professional development program for HR Professionals in Northern Virginia. It continues to be a highly gratifying experience that I volunteer my time for, and I have a great network of highly skilled HR professionals, many of whom I call friends. So I thought this month, let’s show them some love and appreciation. I asked top HR professionals a timely question:

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Interview Tips to Help You Win the Job (Love, HR)

 

“It is much easier to apply for jobs these days due to technology. Just a click of a button online and you are done. However, many recruiters still want to get a better sense of who you are as a potential employee. I know some online application systems may not allow for it, but when you can provide one, well written cover letters or cover emails are still valuable. They provide a sense of your writing skills and allow you to elaborate on how you are a good match for the position.”

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