Posts by Brenda Goburn Smith

Excellence is a Learned Habit

Excellence becomes a habit when it is a repeatable standard of measure that defines your actions, behavior, goals, and decisions. When you consistently assess and decide how you will react or perform you set a personal standard. Evidence of your standard of excellence shows in your family life, career, and business relationships. In your family…

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Ready for that Phone Interview?

Let’s get rid of the jitters by understanding what you might face. To be sure, interviewing, in fact, hiring practices for finding and selecting candidates have changed. Keep in mind that the challenge for human relations professionals, recruiters, hiring managers and their assistants is to hire the best candidate for the open position by screening…

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Persistence Works – Rinse and Repeat

When you have a clear idea of your goals, practice persistence and determination, by repeating required actions until you accomplish your objective. This old quote from the 30th president of the United States bears repeating: “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people…

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Don’t Panic, BUT Update Your Resume Now

Recent political events make all of us think about our values, goals, careers and personal future. The businesses, institutions, and social structures we thought we could depend on will probably go through changes. Expect changes in your work life. There is no status quo. You can no longer rarely think about keeping your job or…

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You are the CEO of Your Career

Your employer has dismantled its career ladder. Now you must seriously give some thought to managing your career. You will need a strategy to take your career to the next level, and you must be agile, ready to pounce on unexpected opportunities. Even being willing to repackage your skills to move into a job that…

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Put Your Ego Aside, Then Write Your Resume

Your resume is an opportunity to show your accomplishments and value, don’t let your ego get in the way of attaining your goals. Of course, you are proud of your work history, especially if you had successful tenures. However, every job held may not apply to your current target position. A resume is designed to…

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Is It Time for a Job or Career Change?

There’s a Lot to Consider… There’s a saying in the careers industry that you’ll know it’s time to make a job or career change when you start asking yourself if it’s time to make a change. While there is truth to that, there’s more to making your decision. This guide will help you identify some…

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Think Like A “Free Agent” – Update Your Resume

You must manage your career as a free agent. A resume helps you negotiate the best fit, placement, compensation, etc. Resumes should be updated every 12 months. Most people are not tracking their successes or documenting the acquisition of new skills. That information is necessary to show your value for business or career opportunities. Here…

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Your Job is Just a Part of Your Career

There is often the misconception that if you have a job, you have a career, especially if you have held that job for the long-term. A job gives you short-term security. It supplies you with compensation, fringe benefits, an occupational title and shapes your work related responsibilities and performance obligations. When you commit to building…

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Top 10 Ways to Cope with a Job Transition

Keep your sanity while you search, change, or even if you lost your job Job transitions can be stressful—whether they’re due to layoff, starting a new job or experiencing drastic changes in working conditions. If you’re facing a different work transition, consider the following: 1. Take an honest look at yourself. What are your strengths,…

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