Friday, August 16, 2013

Jumpstart your career before Labor Day

How to jumpstart your career before fall
GET AHEAD: Beach days aren't just for R&R anymore
Do you believe in the “summer lulls”? If you ask me, they’re a myth. In fact, the dog days of summer are a prime opportunity to race right past your competition while they’re snoozing on the beach.

Don’t just fall into quiet “recharge” time, take control of it. Whether you’re in the job market, vying for a promotion, or looking to boost your own business, there’s a lot you can do in the coming weeks to improve your success rate.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Combatting your child's procrastination

how to combat your child's procrastination
We all have our own personal stories of procrastination. Most probably took place in a college dorm room, where we chose a midnight movie or a trip out with friends over prepping for a paper due the next day. While we may accept a degree of procrastination as normal in adulthood, it’s nevertheless important for parents to be on the lookout for this kind of behavior in their children. Procrastination, if left to its own devices, can grow with your child into an overwhelming problem.

Parents who notice their child is avoiding homework or chores should first check to see what underlying cause, if any, is behind the procrastination. Children can become anxious over tasks they don’t feel equipped to handle, get overwhelmed by the physical demands of a task, or simply be distracted by something else close by. Once you find a cause, you can begin to work with your child to remedy the situation and nip the procrastination.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

4 ways to improve your post-graduation job outlook

How to improve your post-graduation job outlook
CROSSROADS: Students can improve their career prospects with some tips
If you’re a recent or soon-to-be college graduate, there are probably many unknowns racing through your mind – the million-dollar question being, “How can I improve my chances of landing a job?” For 22-year-old Equine Business Management student Kelsey Stinneford, set to graduate in December, this focus has infused her every move over the last few years. And it has paid off. Upon graduating, she is all set to walk into a full-time career opportunity.

While working part-time at an area barn, Kelsey impressed her employer so much that it turned into a full-time job during the summer. And then, after months of continued solid performance, it turned into a full-time job offer after she graduates. And not just any job offer – her employer is willing to “tailor the position to meet [her] wants,” Kelsey says.