Liz Lynch

  • Why Career Monogamy Might Not Be Such a Good Thing

    Why Career Monogamy Might Not Be Such a Good Thing

    Having one source of income traditionally has been seen as the low-risk approach to managing your career. Work one job, keep your nose to the grindstone and you'll be fine. You won't have a lot, but you'll have enough. Like investing in T-bills, a long-term full-time job meant you were safe and secure. However,... Continue Reading

  • Watch Your Work Reputation and Relationships, They're All You've Got

    Watch Your Work Reputation and Relationships, They're All You've Got

    You're speaking to a co-worker in the break room, venting frustration about a meeting you just left with your boss, throwing in a few not-so-nice comments about him for good measure, when you feel someone standing behind you. You turn around and see that it's him. Don't you hate when that happens? Continue Reading

  • Getting Started with Social Networking -- Part 2

    Getting Started with Social Networking -- Part 2

    Getting started with LinkedIn If you're job hunting, LinkedIn is a must. Even if you don't actively use it, recruiters and hiring managers will expect to see you there. And with 65 million professionals on the site now, they'll wonder why you aren't one of them. You don't want them wondering if you're stuck... Continue Reading

  • Getting Started with Social Networking -- Part 1

    Getting Started with Social Networking -- Part 1

    By day, Chet Lewis works for an interactive marketing agency. But in his personal time, he nourishes his passion for introducing people to great music that isn't necessarily played on the radio. He networks with artists and musicians from all over the world, interviewing them and reviewing their music for his... Continue Reading

  • Why You Need to Network Even When You Have a Job

    Why You Need to Network Even When You Have a Job

    I know many job seekers look forward to the day when they can accept a job offer, settle into a nice work routine with their new employer, and never have to network again. Meeting new people can be awkward, especially if you feel you're in a disadvantaged position and need their help. I get that. But that's... Continue Reading

  • Should You Relocate to Find Your Job?

    Should You Relocate to Find Your Job?

    According to a recent survey by job search engine Indeed.com, the top five markets with the least competition for jobs are: Washington, D.C. (one unemployed per job posting) San Jose, CA Baltimore, MD New York, NY Salt Lake City, UT Continue Reading

  • How to Stop Boredom from Killing You and Your Career

    How to Stop Boredom from Killing You and Your Career

    A study of civil servants conducted by researchers from the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College, London, found that "those who had high levels of boredom were 37 percent more likely to be dead from any cause, including heart disease, at the end of the study than those who were not... Continue Reading

  • When You Have to Say No, Say It Quickly

    When You Have to Say No, Say It Quickly

    A close contact of mine was hiring for a position in his department at a Fortune 500 firm. He had spent a great deal of time wooing one candidate in particular who initially wasn't sure he wanted to leave his current job or relocate his family but said he might do so for the right opportunity. After passing... Continue Reading

  • What's Missing from Your Job Search Toolkit?

    What's Missing from Your Job Search Toolkit?

    To find a job these days requires not just meeting the requirements of the job posting but also marketing yourself effectively on paper and in person. What people perceive in the first few seconds of glancing at your resume, speaking with you at a networking event, or looking into your eyes at a job interview... Continue Reading

  • Can Stress Be Good for Your Career?

    Can Stress Be Good for Your Career?

    In the new book The Right Fight: How Great Leaders Use Healthy Conflict to Drive Performance, Innovation, and Value, authors Saj-Nicole Joni and Damon Beyer state that contrary to popular belief, happy employees aren't necessarily the most driven or best employees, and that tension, channeled properly, can... Continue Reading

  • Are You Tougher than a 91-Year Old?

    Are You Tougher than a 91-Year Old?

    After a thief punched 91-year old Rite Aid clerk Flo Critelli in the chest last week and knocked her down, she insisted on finishing her shift saying she didn't want to just "sit there and be bored." Flo even drove herself home and said if the cops ever caught him, she'd like to "smack him." You go, girl. This... Continue Reading

  • Dos and Don'ts of Handling Business Cards

    Dos and Don'ts of Handling Business Cards

    Someone has given you a business card, either at a networking or social event, what do you do next? A business card is an invitation for future interaction, but how you treat that contact afterward will determine how responsive they will be. Here are some dos and don'ts for handling business cards to ensure that... Continue Reading

  • Networking in Every Day Life

    Networking in Every Day Life

    Recently, New York City's Taxi and Limousine Commission launched an official cab-share program to take commuters from their uptown residences to midtown offices. Riders meet at specified group pick-up points and for a $3-4 flat rate, a fraction of what they'd pay as a single rider, they can avoid jockeying for a... Continue Reading

  • An Insider's Edge More Important Than Ever

    An Insider's Edge More Important Than Ever

    A recent study by CareerXroads found that of all the full-time positions filled in 2009, 51 percent came from internal transfers and promotions, up from 39 percent in 2008 and 34 percent in 2007. And of the remaining positions that were filled by outsiders, 27 percent came from referrals. One executive at a... Continue Reading

  • Olympic Lessons: Maximize Your Performance Within the Rules

    Olympic Lessons: Maximize Your Performance Within the Rules

    Defending Olympic men's figure skating champion Russian Evgeni Plushenko was obviously bitter about losing the gold in Vancouver to American Evan Lysacek, despite completing a quad jump, which Lycecek did not even attempt. "If [the] Olympic champion doesn't know how to jump a quad, it isn't men's figure... Continue Reading

  • Olympic Lessons: Are You Better Now than You Were Four Years Ago?

    Olympic Lessons: Are You Better Now than You Were Four Years Ago?

    Before Olympian Shaun White took to the slopes in 2010 men's halfpipe, an NBC correspondent asked how he thought his gold medal performance four years ago in Turin would stand up to the competition today. White acknowledged that given how much other snowboarders have worked to raise their games, it might only be... Continue Reading

  • Is It Time to Hit the Reset Button on Your Career?

    Is It Time to Hit the Reset Button on Your Career?

    Has it been a while since you held a full-time job because you took time off to raise kids? Or maybe you feel you've been on the wrong career path for some time but quitting right now seems too risky. Or perhaps you don't want to leave your job, but your prospects for advancement are limited and you just feel... Continue Reading

  • You Took a Demotion; Now What?

    You Took a Demotion; Now What?

    Five years ago, Bill M's star seemed to be shining brightly as he accepted his second promotion in three years at a major financial services firm. Then, amid budget-tightening last fall, the company gave him an unappealing choice: a lower level position or a severance package. With two kids, a stay-at-home wife... Continue Reading

  • How to Market Yourself Effectively With a Blog

    How to Market Yourself Effectively With a Blog

    A survey on employers' use of social networking sites showed that 45 percent used them to research job candidates, and one-third did NOT make the hire based on something they read. Take advantage of the fact that recruiters and hiring managers will look online to find additional information about you, and do... Continue Reading

  • Can a Blog Boost Your Career Prospects?

    Can a Blog Boost Your Career Prospects?

    With six job seekers for every open position (more if you count those who are employed but actively pursuing other opportunities), looking for a job these days is like applying to a very competitive college: You need to show why you're special and why you deserve that coveted spot. One of the ways to do that is... Continue Reading