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The Core

10 Tips for Successful Career Planning
by Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D.

Career planning is not an activity that should be done once — in high school or college — and then left behind as we move forward in our jobs and careers. Rather, career planning is an activity that is best done on a regular basis — especially given the data that the average worker will change careers (not jobs) multiple times over his or her lifetime. And it's never too soon or too late to start your career planning.


Doing What it Takes to Make Your Boss Look Good

The famed improvisational comedy group Second City in Chicago has a saying amongst its members. "If you try to make everyone else look good on stage, we'll all look good. If you try to make yourself look good, we'll all look bad." Improv comedy is a collaborative, highly competitive business, and this wisdom can teach professionals a thing or two about succeeding in the workplace. It all begins with doing what it takes to make your boss look good. Let's face it, when your boss shines, you shine. We're not talking about sucking up to your boss or taking credit where it's not due. We're talking about showing solidarity and building a bond of trust with your supervisor so that when it comes time to evaluate and promote, your name will be on the front burner. Here are some concrete things you can do to build a foundation of trust and respect with your boss.


Courting Your Career: Match Yourself With the Perfect Job
by Shawn Graham

Comparing job searching to dating may seem like a stretch, but author Shawn Graham equates the two to make the process of job hunting more engaging. After all, you are getting to know potential employers, trying to make a winning first impression, and angling for the perfect match. College students and those just entering the workforce will identify with the metaphor, but those changing careers will also find sound advice and helpful sample scripts in Courting Your Career.


Q. I just got an offer for a new job, but as they described what they'd be expecting me to do, I got the feeling that I was getting in over my head. Should I stay in the safe job that is perfectly fine and that I know I can do, or take a chance on the new job where I could crash and burn?

A. It's important to trust your instincts with things like this. You know yourself better than anybody else, and hopefully you have a good idea of what you can and can't do. That said, take some time to really examine your feelings and make sure it isn't just fear of change that is holding you back. Change is always a little scary, but it's only when you challenge your boundaries and capabilities that you have an opportunity to grow and discover your true potential. If you're leaning toward a no, rather than saying no outright, consider raising your concerns with the potential new employer. They must have evaluated you against a number of other candidates and determined that you're the best person for the job. Perhaps they will be able to put your mind at ease. If you're leaning towards a yes, then put the fear behind you and reach to embrace your full potential. Good luck, whichever way you decide to go.

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