Archive for the ‘Coaches Corner (Ask the Coach)’ Category

Job Interview Tips (and video)

February 9, 2013

How do you prepare for a job interview? One thing for sure — never wing it. Preparation is essential. And I made sure to make that point in a new video series on interview tips at Globe Careers.

We taped seven videos for the series. I’ll post each as they get rolled out.

#1  A brief primer on how to prepare for your interview. 

#2 How to answer the ‘dream job’ question.

#3 How to discuss your ’strengths/weaknesses’ in an interview.

 

#4 So why did you leave your last job?

 

#5 So tell me about a time you solved a problem such as….?

 

#6 Questions you must ask in a job interview.

 

#7 How to answer quirky job interview questions.

Read the rest of this post at Big Cheese Coaching Blog!

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Five Ways to Say No Without Jeopardizing Your Reputation at Work

April 27, 2012

You’re swamped. Your plate  is full. You are juggling as it is. Then your boss – or someone else at work – asks if you can take on another assignment. What do you do?

You know you should say ‘no’ to this one – but yuck…saying no is right up with your other least favorite things to do…like going to the dentist to get a cavity filled. Well, at least that’s the case for many people including a Globe and Mail reader who sent in a question to the Globe Career’s Ask an Expert Coach feature. 

New! On today’s Globe and Mail career site and in the paper edition:  Read what I wrote to this reader — “Five Ways to Say No Without Jeopardizing Your Reputation at Work”.

Sometimes saying ‘no’ is really saying yes — to being small; risking less than standard work; and more.

Reflect — what are you saying yes to when you shy away from the appropriate times to say ‘no’?

 What are your strategies, tactics, experiences with saying ‘no’ when it is appropriate?

Additional ResourcesSee my Webinar/Workshop page on this blog for a listing of Webinars (free) — including: Are you Addicted to the Yes Habit? As well, a couple more articles related to how to learn to say no from Investment Executive. See Part I and Part II (Investment Executive, March 2012).

Here’s to a TGIM Work + Life.

Eileen

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How to Respond to the Salary Expectation Question?

September 15, 2011

“What are your salary expectations?”

Ooooh, that question. Yeah, it’s one of the many ways one must prepare for a job interview. Your response could make or break your chances of getting to the next level in the interview process. This is the gist of a reader’s question that was sent my way, as one of the career coach ‘ask an experts’ featured on the new Globecareers section.  Check it out – along with a few other questions I was invited to respond to:

How to Answer the Salary Expectation Question

Help – My Job is Going Nowhere!

How Can I Manage People Better?

Do you have a question you would like to send to Globecareers? You can email it directly to careerquestion@globeandmail.com. Or send me a note directly and I can either forward it or try to respond in an upcoming post here.

To your TGIMworklife!

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Step out of Judger Mindset to Give Effective Feedback

February 13, 2011

Further to my earlier posts on giving feedback, the Globe and Mail invited me to write up a Mentor Minute on this topic. Have a look if you’d like:  http://t.co/FTZy25D 

And see earlier post on my Webinar on this topic – if you missed the Webinar, you can still catch it via recording. See this page (workshops and webinars) for links to the Feedback webinar and a few others.

To feedback that fuels — and a TGIM work-life!

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In the News: Ramp up the ‘People’ part of your Leadership

August 22, 2010

I was invited by the Globe and Mail Careers to respond to another Mentor Minute question from a reader. They published the column in Friday’s paper ( I wrote it a while ago).

The Scenario: The readers asks…

“I’ve just completed my first year in a leadership role and had a disappointing performance review. My boss acknowledged that I have good skills in advancing projects but he said he wasn’t seeing enough effective leadership. He wants to see me ramp up the “people” side of the job. I’m at a loss. What is he looking for?”

My Response: The Mentor Minute columns don’t get posted online but I did scan a copy and you can read my response here!

It seems performance development is becoming quite a theme in my coaching business of late. I have been invited to contribute an article to Canadian HR Reporter on ‘giving feedback’ (I will post it as soon as it’s published). As well, I am doing some work for a College in Ontario – developing and facilitating a training module for leaders at the college on performance development. Specifically, I will be teaching a myriad of coaching skills that are increasingly becoming recognized as a valuable leadership competency and fundamental to the performance development cycle.

Check in again for more updates on this area.  In the meantime, here’s another Globe and Mail Mentor Minute article I contributed related to Performance Reviews.

Here’s to a TGIM Work-Life for you and your team!

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Eileen

Job hunting and career tips for tough times

July 8, 2010

UPDATE: More than 4,000 people logged on to this online Forum. The good news: it’s still available if you’d like to peruse the discussion. See below for more!

The Globe and Mail invited me to be the expert on call today for the Report on Business Online Forum: “Job Hunting + Career Tips for Tough Times”. 

This is related to an article based on a report from the OECD (Roadblock to Recovery – Long-term Joblessness Remains an Obstacle)

Hope to ‘see’ you there where I will be taking reader’s questions. Hop on at: http://tinyurl.com/28rd6oc.

To a TGIM Work Life!

Eileen

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In the News: Bye Bye Procrastination, Hello Productivity

August 12, 2009

Do you procrastinate? Uhhh….can I get back to you tomorrow on that? Couldn’t resist that 🙂

The Globe and Mail Careers invited me to respond to a reader’s question related to procrastination.  You can read it here, a PDF version.  

…Or you could, you know….wait and read it another day 🙂

Whatever you do – don’t procrastinate on your TGIM worklife!

Twitter it if you like and find me at Twitter.com/Chadnick

Eileen

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In the News: Bring Thanks to a Thankless Culture

July 22, 2009

See today’s Globe and Mail Careers for my latest “Mentor Minute” column in a response to a reader question on how to survive in a thankless work culture.

See article here: Bring Thanks to a Thankless Work Culture – Globe and Mail July 09

To a TGIM work life!

Eileen

Are You Addicted to the Yes Habit?

June 2, 2009

Revisiting a topic I’ve previously written about in this blog…albeit still important. Are you Addicted to the Yes Habit? Part of ‘assertiveness/EQ fluency’….. see my latest column in CICA’s online newsletter/Careervision.

If you like it or know others who may be interested – please share it. If you are on Twitter – please Retwitter it! And you can follow me on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/Chadnick 

To a TGIM Work-life!

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If You Attended The Feb 19th CICA Webinar

February 19, 2009

More than 1200 people logged in today to my CICA Webinar on “Beat the Work Life Blahs”. I was in good company! Thank you everyone who showed up.  If you missed it and/or would like to listen in again, the session was taped and you can listen to it here once they post it. At the moment that link is still the registration page but I’ve been told it will soon transition to the archive page where you can listen in.

I mentioned that I have archives of past CICA articles I’ve written  in “Ask the Coach” (CICA’s Career Vision Newsletter). If interested – you can click here to see them at a glance

As well, here’s a post I wrote after I did another CICA Webinar that you may find helpful. It is simply a list of some of the popular posts/articles that I have on this blog that relate to this topic supporting your quest for a TGIM work-life and tips on how to beat the blahs. You can see those here if you like.

Finally, there were some great questions posed at the end of the Webinar (thanks to the wonderful and inquisitive participants). We didn’t get to answer all of them sent so if you do have questions – please send them over! See Coaches Corner on how to get them to me. I’ll either address them right here in this blog and/or in my CICA “Ask a Coach” column. I would be happy to keep your name anonymous if you wish.

So to all – thank you for your interest and to a TGIM work-life!

Eileen

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