Phone Interviews

Interviewing Secrets: How to Rock Your Phone Interviews

Looking for a job? Learn all the most helpful interviewing secrets in our three-part webinar series. In this first installment, HR Executive Sara Hill explains all the insider tips to knock your phone interview out of the park. How should you prepare? How can you deal with the unexpected? Find the answers here. You’ll be a master of phone interviews …

Vegan Meals

How to Enjoy Business Lunches Despite Vegan Dietary Restrictions

I often need to attend business dinners and lunches, and often do not have a say in the choice of restaurant. I’m vegan, and many restaurants do not have food options that I can eat. How can I participate in these professional meals without going hungry or looking impolite? – Danielle in Lancaster, CA  Answer: Everyone with a dietary restriction, …

How to Attract More Woman Business Owners

How to Attract More Woman Business Owners

I work for our city business development commission. What advice would you give to a city looking to attract more woman business owners?  – Maggie in Big Bear Lake, California Answer: Female business ownership is an important component of working towards gender equality. Owning a business is a huge investment and opportunity for financial growth, but only 36 percent of …

Grad School

To Grad or Not to Grad? Is Advanced Education Right for You?

Should you go to grad school? Pursuing your dream job is a journey of constant opportunities. Careers follow myriad paths, and you will have many forks in the road where you will have to choose which direction to go. One of these forks may be the decision of whether you should get/keep a job, or you pursue a graduate degree. …

Energized Presentation

Want to Be Remembered? The Key is Energized Presentation

People in business attend hundreds of presentations throughout their careers, so how are you going to make yours stand out? The key to making an impactful, memorable presentation is to be high-energy and engaging. An energized presentation starts with you: Your enthusiasm, passion, and inspirational vision will resonate with your audience. By infusing genuine energy throughout your presentation, you create …

Coordinating Time Zones

In the Zone: Coordinating Communication Around the World

Working with others is always full of its ups and downs. Coordinating different schedules and commitments can make it tricky to find a meeting time that works for everyone. But add in divergent time zones and you’re in for a real ride! As you deal with colleagues and partners around the globe, you’ll run into the issue of wildly disparate …

Superficial Networking

How to Trade Superficial Networking for Real Connections

I feel like the networking events I go to are superficial. People swap business cards and never hear from one another. What am I missing? How can I get past the superficial networking and make valuable connections? – Melissa in Davenport, Iowa  Answer: When you hold a preconceived notion about a situation, it’s far more likely to be fulfilled. You’ve …

Office Romance Dating a Co-Worker

Office Romance: Is It Actually Worth It?

So many of our favorite TV shows include an office romance as a central point of interest. Sit-coms like The Office, Parks & Recreation, and Brooklyn 99 feature one or more intra-office pairings that are endearing, romantic, and entertaining, and the same goes for dramas like Grey’s Anatomy and Bones. With such a ubiquitous story arch in all of our …

Power of Saying No

How to Say “No” Gracefully and Professionally

Saying “no” can be hard. Declining an invitation or refusing to help with something can feel uncomfortable, unprofessional, and even mean. Even not volunteering for a project can seem like a sort of crime. Even so, it’s important to be realistic about your bandwidth – refusing to take on extra projects prevents you from making promises you can’t keep. Saying …