Aug 032016

How to Choose and Climb the Career Ladder

It’s rather common to find yourself in a job you don’t enjoy or simply discover yourself a bit lost about where you’re going professionally. At the same time, you probably have dreams of what you’d love to do, but you might not know how to go about achieving them.

Career Planning How to Choose and Climb the Career Ladder

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In these situations, career planning should be something to consider. In this guide, we’ll explain what career planning is and the steps you need to take to choose and climb the career ladder.


Career planning is a process, which helps you manage and understand your own learning and development. It’s a long-term process and you should focus on career planning throughout your career. It’s therefore, not a one-time plan, but a creation of a plan, which you can regularly update and re-evaluate.

Whilst you should regularly re-examine your career plan, there are a few occasions when it’s especially beneficial to do so.

  • When you are starting at university or other career school.
  • When you are about to finish your studies.
  • During your career, especially when you are training or taking extra courses.
  • During job changes, such as looking for new jobs or if you’ve lost your job.

Although career planning is a process best started when you’re still studying, you don’t need to feel it’s too late to start if you’re in the later stages of your career. Wherever you are in life in terms of your career, you can always give it a better sense of direction by venturing into career planning.

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May 222015

for The Muse

When I was just starting out as a broadcast news reporter, a grizzled, veteran investigative reporter told me, "Congratulations on getting hired, kid, but don't get cocky; because you're not anybody in the news business until you're fired — twice."

Whether or not I ever became somebody in the news business is debatable; but, for the record, I was fired twice during the 10 years I worked as an on-air reporter and anchor.

Both times, what enabled me to overcome the stigma and humiliation of being canned can be summed up in one word — relationships. The relational approach to overcoming a "career bump" is showcased in a new career book titled Do Over by New York Times bestselling author Jon Acuff. In his book, he lists the four career transitions that every professional faces and the corresponding resources necessary to overcome each different transition.

So, whether you, too, have been fired or just presented with an interesting opportunity, read on to learn the best strategy to deal with your specific circumstance.

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May 182015

Lauren McGoodwin is the Founder & CEO for Career Contessa. Career Contessa facilitates honest conversations by real women about work and life--to help you achieve fulfillment and balance in both.

Lauren founded Career Contessa in 2013 after experiencing a gap in career development tools for women. She designed, managed and executed the development of, which now includes 150+ career interviews with influential women and provides daily career inspiration to over 50k readers. Lauren also built the marketing, social media, and engagement strategy for Career Contessa from the ground up, including Career Contessa's popular newsletter and securing syndication partnerships withRefinery29, The Muse, POPSUGAR, and more.

Formerly, Lauren was a University Recruiter for Hulu focused on hiring, strategy, and program management. She has a BS from University of Oregon and a Masters in Communication Management from USC where she wrote her thesis on millennials and career resources.

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May 152015

The Goal is to Help Businesses and Transitioning Employees Land on Their Feet.

This press release was orginally distributed by ReleaseWire

Grand Rapids, MI -- (ReleaseWire) -- 05/14/2015 -- Vertical Media Solutions (VMS) is pleased to announce the addition of corporate outplacement services to its extensive list of career enhancement offerings. The service will provide a way for businesses to assist displaced workers during their career transitions. With the rapid pace of today's changing business needs, workforce realignments, layoffs and other terminations are a frequent occurrence. VMS's outplacement offerings are designed to ease the burden on businesses while simultaneously offering displaced employees the opportunity for a thorough career examination. In fact, displaced employees will not only receive resume and interviewing assistance, but they will also receive career coaching aimed at helping them achieve their ultimate career goals rather than just get a job. Their industry experts have an extensive background in recruiting, career coaching and resume preparation, giving them a thorough understanding of current and future hiring trends.

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May 132015

The 7th IOC Athlete Career Programme (ACP) Forum, which aims to share best practices on supporting athletes worldwide with their career transitions, will be held in Lima, Peru, from 26 to 28 May.

Hosted by the Peruvian National Olympic Committee (NOC), this Forum will bring together athletes, the members of the IOC Athletes’ Commission responsible for the IOC ACP in the specific regions, NOCs and Adecco representatives to exchange knowledge and experience on how best to support athletes with balancing dual careers and preparing post-sport careers.

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May 082015

A new study by the Career Advisory Board focused on job preparedness shows clear evidence as to why so many job seekers can’t find work: They are taking advice from the wrong person.

Exactly When Did Americans Become Job Search Pros?

58% of job seekers said they are using their own experience to map out and execute their job search. Meaning, they aren’t getting help from proven experts on the subject because they feel they are skilled enough to find work on their own. Ironically, I was one of those people - this article shares the story of my need for an extreme career makeover.

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