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Cubicle Cultures

At 48, I feel a bit old for a career change but so many people do it. I've read tons of articles and columns of how happy people are by eschewing corporate America, buying a cheap van, fixing it up, and hitting the road. Many of those stories don't give enough detail on how these "travelers" actually pay for all this which is why I call BS on most them. But a bit of legwork finds that they had plenty of money in savings of one sort or another and, really, living in a van is a hell of a lot cheaper than a mortgage. These travelers discovered themselves and realized what makes them happy. Most literally moved into industries they've always wanted, ie information technology (IT), creative, or whatever. A great many of them are close to my age, albeit usually younger, and just roll with it.I'm

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10 Things To Avoid Saying In A Performance Review

A performance review allows an opportunity for construction, engineering or environmental companies to discuss how well their employees are doing in a one-on-one situation. It is the perfect time for them to make suggestions on how jobs could be done better, and employees are often offered a chance to voice any complaints or suggestions also.Performance reviews are typically carried out either quarterly, semi-annually, or annually. Sometimes they might be completed after a construction or engineering project.These reviews are the driving forces between whether someone gets a promotion or pay raise and strongly contribute when companies decide to downsize.One way many workers slip up is through what is said. Often, employees wouldn't even be able to cite what it was they said wrong. To ensu

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ABCs Of Your Career Journey – O Is For Observant

Do you want to achieve greater success in your career? Do you question some of the assignments you take on and do they really help you get ahead? Do you view other people and wonder what they are doing to move up the corporate ladder that maybe you should be doing?Truly successful people are always studying others in order to comprehend what behaviors, personality traits, etc. they possess. By doing this, it enables them to ascertain why some people are considered for more senior roles and/or more lucrative and visible projects while others are not. This is critical because many people can have the same skill set but what sets them apart is how they deal with such things as handling challenges, developing solutions, engaging others, and creating and implementing strategies. It is also impe

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Starting a Respiratory Staffing Agency

Are you ready to make the shift from working for an agency or freelance and start your own respiratory staffing business? Or perhaps you are a staffing entrepreneur looking to get into the medical staffing industry and just maybe, you are an existing staffing agency looking to expand your existing medical staffing agency and move into the respiratory staffing industry.Whatever your reason is to start your own agency, the tremendous opportunity for staffing entrepreneurs is amazing. But, let's look at what exactly is a respiratory therapist and what does a respiratory therapist do.A respiratory therapist (RT) is a certified medical professional who specializes in providing healthcare for your lungs. They have advanced knowledge of high-tech equipment, such as mechanical ventilators. RTs wor

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Millennials, This Is How Artificial Intelligence Will Affect Your Career

20 years ago if you wanted to book a vacation, withdraw money from your bank account, or get the latest movie you needed to talk to an employee.Nowadays, you need only reach for your cellphone and entire professions such as travel agents, cashiers, and video store clerks have gone the way of the Dodo bird.And it's only the beginning.Artificial Intelligence (AI) has the potential to either create or destroy millions of jobs in the next 20 years according to many of today's top futurists.In this article, we'll look at what the impact of AI is going to be for millennials as they join, and attempt to climb the ladder within the workforce.The Computers Are Going To Steal Our Jobs!The truth is, that no one knows yet how AI will affect the job market going forward.There are two schools of thought...

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ABCs Of Your Career Journey – R Is For Reboot

When I am conducting trainings in organizational behavior it is always interesting to me that some participants are actually shocked that there are those in the workplace who have no motivation or desire to move up in their organization and/or take on challenging projects. Instead these individuals are content to just do their job each day, collect their paycheck, and that is it.However this can come with some consequences. If a person does not make any effort to enhance their professional development it can backfire in the long run. It is not only the perception in the company that they are "not a go-getter" but they also become stale because their skills are becoming obsolete in this ever-changing work environment. Status quo just doesn't cut it anymore but many don't realize it until it

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ABCs Of Your Career Journey – M Is For Magical Mindset

When planning a vacation or any type of journey, most people envision what the adventure will be like. This includes attractions and exhibits that one may experience, new foods to eat, and/or interacting with people from other parts of the country and possibly the world. So why is it that when one thinks about their career journey they think and act in a very linear fashion?In today's world especially in the middle of a crisis, you have to possess a radically new mindset. It has to be an active "growth" mindset in terms of expanding one's horizons - in possibly several different directions. Too often we don't actively engage in being with others who challenge our thoughts and perspectives but instead we surround ourselves with like-minded people. To truly be successful, it is important to

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Baby Boomers Over Age of 50 Pushed Out of Jobs

New data released last month was disturbing for the 85% of baby boomers still working. Many don't have enough saved for retirement or simply aren't ready to leave the working world behind. Some say they plan to continue working into their 70's and even 80s, according to a 2017 report, America's Aging Workforce.Unfortunately, new analysis by ProPublica and the Urban Institute published last month shows that the decision may not be up to them. Dismally, more than half of employees over the age of 50 are being pushed out of longtime jobs before they choose to retire. Most suffer financially and only one in 10 of these workers ever earns as much as they did before their employment setbacks.Apparently, 50 is the new 65.The analysis was based on data from the Health and Retirement Study that beg

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ABCs Of Your Career Journey – L Is For Liberating

Some of my coaching clients gripe about developing a career strategy. If they are conducting a full-scale job search, they are even more distraught. A few get completely overwhelmed with the process while others simply procrastinate and hope for the best. My role is for them to see what the end result will be which is to be on a more fulfilling career path where they feel appreciated and are happy.Life is a journey and part of that journey is your career. If you close your eyes and try to envision what the ideal role for you would be, what would it look like? Are you working in an office or virtual? Do you lead a team or are you a sole contributor? Do you make presentations or instead do you create the content for others to speak on? Are you part of a team where collaboration is the norm?B

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Posing, Clothing, Versatility and Looks – Essential Elements for a Successful Modeling Portfolio

Practice posing.In magazines you'll find modeling poses that will inspire you for sure, so look for them. You can modify them, by adding your personality to them, that way you'll make them your own. What you can do to learn these poses faster is to practice them in front of your mirror, be creative by changing the angle. Look for friends or relatives, ask them to watch you while doing these poses, so you can get critiques, while practicing.Select your clothing for the shoot.The main factor you need to understand is that the portfolio is an asset that will sell you as a model, thus you need to delete anything that distracts from that goal. One good advice is to maintain the clothing selection as simple as possible. Don't use prints or patterns, it's best to stay with solid colors. Use the c

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