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Congratulations Summer 2013 Baker College RHIT graduates!

on Sat, 08/10/2013 - 02:46

I spoke with the lucky RHIT (Registered Health Information Technology) graduating class at Baker in Clinton Township, MI today.  I say ‘lucky’ but we all know it was a very long, trying journey for each and every one of them to have completed their courses and internship.  They are to be congratulated for their effort, determination and persistence to better their future.  I’m very proud of this small group of Michiganders but I’m a little jealous too.  Their ability to master science, mathematics and medical terminology is something this right-brained woman will never conquer.

Fun Audience Reaction to Comedy Portion of My Presentation

on Wed, 08/07/2013 - 14:22

The Career Center employees from the South and Central campuses of Macomb Community College had a well-deserved day off to meet in one setting (beautiful grounds at the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe, MI) to bond and learn.  My presentation was geared towards assisting the MCC Career Center to guide their students/graduates to a more successful, less stressful job search. The information was intense and plentiful so we all decided a 15 minute comedy break was in order.  

Here I am discussing the aging process and how it affects our bodies

Community Colleges are an excellent

Internal Salary Negotiation

on Sun, 07/21/2013 - 00:04

As you reach for the next rung on the corporate ladder you’ll have a better grip by knowing how to effectively negotiate your internal salary. 

The wrong way: If you are applying for a position internally do not ask the person that is already performing the job you want to have how much they are being paid.  Somehow word gets around when people begin discussing their salaries and the end result is never pretty.

Molehills, Mountains and Miscommunication in the Workplace

on Tue, 06/25/2013 - 01:16

I love sayings and quotes by the unknown author. Seems like unknown really knows their stuff.  One of my favorite unknown quotes is, ‘Don’t make mountains out of molehills’.  Another quote by an unknown author that expands on the mountain-molehill quote is, ‘A single moment of misunderstanding is so poisonous, that it makes us forget the hundred loveable moments spent together within a minute’.  Misunderstandings at work are unavoidable but there are things that we can do to prevent our molehill sized misunderstandings from becoming mountains we have to climb to communicate with one another.

Win-Win for Combo Job Search – Hiring Event at Parker Aerospace

on Mon, 05/20/2013 - 14:27

For months and in some cases for over a year, Parker Aerospace in Mentor, OH has been searching for viable candidates to fill their position openings in their Engineering, Accounting and Production departments.  Parker Aerospace, a division of Parker Hannifin, is in and has been in a high-growth mode for the past few years at all of their facilities across the USA. 

Parker has had some close calls with hiring candidates but for a variety of reasons from candidates accepting other job offers to having all the skills but just not enough experience to the final candidate conducting a very poor

Don’t Throw the Baby Out With the Behavioral Interview

on Wed, 03/13/2013 - 01:31

As Joan hung up the phone, she was excited the recruiter from a prestigious, multi-national corporation had arranged for her to come in and interview the following week.  After the excitement wore off, nerves set in.  Joan firmly believed she had the skills required to fill the role but it had been awhile since she had to interview for a job.  Joan was nervous also because she had always dreamed of working for this particular corporation and now finally she had the chance to interview. 

Joan set about preparing for the interview by researching the latest news about the company, going over

Successful Strategies for your 2013 Job Search

on Fri, 01/04/2013 - 00:29

The New Year brings new hopes, challenges, goals and for many companies it brings new budgets.  Budgets have been set aside to bring on new employees for the 1st quarter of 2013.  Whether you are unemployed or satisfied in your current position of employment it is always important to know how to locate your next quality job quickly and efficiently. 

A keyword rich resume is still the most valuable tool to unlocking the doors to getting a job.  Keywords are those words that define skills and certifications that are specific to your industry.

How to Gracefully Leave Your Job

on Tue, 11/27/2012 - 16:15

There are many reasons why we leave our jobs. The dreaded laid-off or termination is always one scenario but most commonly we leave to accept another position.  When you leave your job it is best to make a positive impression.  You want to leave with a professional image so that the company will consider inviting you back if the opportunity arises.   Also, in this day and age when networking is king you want to leave the door open for fellow employees to reach out to you if they need your assistance.

Surviving Office Politics

on Fri, 11/09/2012 - 15:38

"Politics is supposed to be the second-oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first." Ronald Reagan 

The quote about politics from President Ronald Reagan cracks me up every time.  What doesn’t make me laugh is the reality of having to deal with office politics and deal with it we must. Some people mistakenly think if they work for a smaller company there will be less office politics but no matter the size of the company there will be a particular culture connected to an air of politics.

Effective Offer Letter Negotiation

on Thu, 11/01/2012 - 23:56

If you would like to negotiate your salary the key is to clearly define the reasons why you should receive a higher salary.  Saving up to purchase a Range Rover Sport or sending your kid to college are not valid reasons for asking for a higher salary.