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The Four Stages of a Career Setback

Over the course of your career, you’re bound to have a few startling setbacks. In my new book, A Leadership Kick in the Ass, I explain why setbacks and failures often provide valuable lessons that can actually enhance your career. Career butt-kicks share a four common stages, each of which is described below.

1. Comfortable oblivion: Prior to the setback, you are blind to your own behavior. Life is going swimmingly and you are blithely unaware of the impending insult. Oftentimes you are full of confidence. You can quickly marshal the facts that support the value you’re adding to the organization you serve. You view yourself as competent, aware, and deserving. [Read more…]

Treat Your Freelancing Career as a True Business

Remember when you had a nine-to-five job that was killing you? It messed with your internal circadian biological clock. It exhausted you, depressed you, and made you irritable most of the time. You had no time to exercise, unwind, or enjoy your family life.

It even forced you to ask heartbreaking questions about the meaning of life.

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Four Leading Women in the Fashion Business

Fashion has always been a place for women to build excellent careers. The following four women have risen to incredible positions in their companies, and are leading fashion forward. From powerful CEOs to huge names in fashion design, there’s a lot you can learn about fashion from its most successful women.

Susan Itzkowitz for Marc Fisher Footwear

Susan Itzkowitz from Marc Fisher presides as president of the footwear company. Marc Fisher is a leading footwear company in the U.S., and is a manufacturer for brands such as Tommy Hilfiger and GUESS. In the highly-competitive fashion footwear world, Susan has built a reputation as an intelligent businesswoman.

Marc Fisher Footwear [Read more…]

4 Things That Could be Holding You Back from Starting Your Business

Do you have a passion to start your own business, but for some reason can’t seem to get it off the ground? Year after year you set goals to start your business and finally quit your day job, however, each year passes you by without any progression. This alone should not be enough to discourage you from chasing your dreams. There are plenty of successful business owners that for one reason or another prolonged their hopes and dreams.

What’s the key to finally conquering your goals of becoming a business owner? Knowing what’s holding you back and fixing it. There are all kinds of reasons that people put their dreams on the back burner. However, more often than not, it is one of these four factors listed below: [Read more…]

A Guide to Working from Home for Expecting and New Mothers

If you are a new mother or an expecting mother, you might be trying to weigh your options as to whether or not you can be a work from home mother. We are here to tell you that it is not just possible, but feasible. With proper planning and organization, working from home is a great way to continue your career or supplement the additional costs that are associated with having a newborn baby.

Plan Every Detail of Every Day

The moment you decide that you might want to work from home, you must immediately start to plan. Whether you are one month pregnant or the mother of a one month old, intense planning is the only way in which you can successfully be a work from home mother.  [Read more…]

How to Overcome Career Disappointment and Pursue the Job of Your Dreams

Losing your job or missing out on a new job can be a big knock to your confidence and motivation. Unemployment can leave you feeling demoralised and stressed, particularly if you have family and financial commitments to deal with. In the current economic climate, it is likely that all of us will suffer career disappointment at some point in our lives. The job market is competitive, and some industries are more competitive than others, however this doesn’t mean you can’t continue pursuing the job of your dreams.

Depending on your financial situation, holding out for your dream job may not be realistic. It may be that you have to spend some time in a role which isn’t your calling in life, but this doesn’t have to be forever. It may give you the means to take an evening class or extra training which will stand you in good stead when you apply for your dream position.

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The main thing to remember is to be proactive. Try and do work experience in your chosen industry to give you a feel for the job and something extra to put on your CV. Don’t get disillusioned if you have a ‘bad’ interview. Think of every unsuccessful interview as bringing you a step closer to the one which will be successful. Don’t be afraid to ask for feedback. Most interviewers will be happy to give you constructive criticism which can be very valuable as you continue your search for that dream career.

It’s also important to be realistic. There’s nothing wrong with having career goals but sometimes it’s helpful to keep your options open rather than having your heart set on a particular job. It may be that the job you want is within a particularly competitive industry, or that you simply don’t have the time or money to undertake the training you need.

There are lots of different people you can turn to for support. See how your partner feels about supporting you in your pursuit of your dream job. Perhaps they would be willing to do extra hours at work to help you do the work experience or training you require. You local careers service can also be an excellent source of information and will be able to give you advice on the necessary steps you will need to take to help you land your dream career. If you are a spiritually minded person you might even want to consult a psychic, such as those at TheCircle, to give you a renewed sense of perspective and positivity in your career search. Friends and family can often give you the boost of support and encouragement you need as well.

Although career disappointment can be difficult to overcome, rather than feeling disheartened, try to use your experiences in order to move forward. Nothing worth having in life comes easily but being proactive can greatly improve your chances of being successful in your career search.