Career E-News - November 2007 

Monthly E-zine of Career and Job Search Coaching for Executives & Professionals

Table of Contents
Thanks For Your Referrals!
Quick Tour of
New: Career E-News Archive
12 Mistakes To Avoid When Going for a Promotion
The Art of a Handshake
Joellyn Recommends: Blind Spots - Achieve Success by Seeing What You Can't
Quote of the Month

Career Action Planning (CAP) Session

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Last month, I unveiled my new website and I hope you've had a chance to visit. Otherwise, scroll down for  "A Quick Tour of" (Note - you can quickly jump to any article in this newsletter, by scrolling directly left to the "Table of Contents" and clicking to the specific article of interest.)    

I'm also pleased to announce that I've set up an archive where you can read past issues of Career E-News, in case you've missed or have trouble locating an issue. You'll find the link to the archive listed in the section "Career E-News Archive" and in the lower left-hand column, under "Quick Links."  

If you want to land a promotion within your company,
it is critical that you not broach the subject with your manager or supervisor in a desperate, self-serving manner. The article:  "12 Mistakes to Avoid When Going For a Promotion" explains how to stay on your manager's radar, with diplomacy and professionalism.  
When you initially meet someone in a business situation, one of the first things you'll do is shake hands. If you want your handshake to make a favorable and memorable impression, be sure to follow the "do's" and "don'ts" in
"The Art of a Handshake."
In his recent article: "Talent Salad" career columnist Jim Pawlak says that employers want candidates who possess a good mix of hard and soft skills. He points out that you can take courses to upgrade your hard skills (related to job proficiency); but there are typically no courses to help you acquire soft skills, such as adaptability, attitude, creativity, organization, priority/time management and visions. His solution: read, read, apply the knowledge - and read some more!  One book he cites for soft-skill development is: Blind Spots - Achieve Success by Seeing What You Can't. 

Are you stuck, stalled or confused with your career or job search? My nominally-priced Career Action Plan (CAP) Session is guaranteed to help you stop spinning your wheels and redirect you toward career success! 

I wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

 :-)   Joellyn 

Thanks For Your Referrals!
ThanksMany thanks to those who have referred family, friends, colleagues and acquaintences to me, including: 
  • Edie Richmond 
  • David Klaczek 


  • question mark jpegQuick Tour of 

    If you haven't had a chance to visit my new website, here's a quick tour of the key pages:

    Getting Started: Provides details about the  Career Action Planning (CAP) Session: how it works, what you get, and what it costs. 
    Career Quiz: Will help you determine where you might need help in moving your career forward.

    Success Stories: Testimonials from satisfied clients.

    About/FAQs: Gives a biographical sketch about my tenure in the careers industry, and answers to questions people frequently ask about how we'll work together.

    Contact Me: Here's where you can contact me to schedule a Career Action Planning (CAP) Session or complimentary "Get Acquainted" phone visit, to tell me about your particular career situation or problem.
    New: Career E-News Archives           question mark jpeg          

    If you missed or have trouble locating an issue, your worries are over! You can now read past issues of Career E-News in the Past Issues Archive. So far, I've archived all of the HTML issues (from March 2007 to present) and am in the process of archiving all the previous text issues dating back to January 2006. You'll also find the Archive link in the lower left-hand corner under "Quick Links."   

    Going for a Promotion?

    Here are 12 Mistakes to Avoid  

    question mark jpegLooking to get promoted soon? You're not alone. More than 75 percent of employees reported intentions to leave their job according to a recent job retention poll conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management and the Wall Street Journal's In general, stay clear of these faux pas when it comes to going for a promotion:

    1. Avoid pushing your manager too hard or too fast. If your manager feels rushed or pressured, it can break trust. One Starbucks manager and district trainer described the timing factor this way: "It's music to my ears when an employee wants to be promoted and says it in a manner that doesn't put pressure on the relationship. I had one employee tell me, 'If you want to promote me, I'm more than ready, willing, and available to grow with the company; I also know you need great people out front with customers, so, until that time, I'm here for you with a 110% effort.' I promoted this particular employee in less than two months!"

    2. Over-using the terms "my career" or "promotion" in your discussions with your manager. Language such as "I'm committed to being a part of the company's continued growth and success" is often more palatable than "I'd like to get promoted."

    3. Going for too big a jump in responsibilities too soon. For example, a junior programmer for a software development company learned that a senior engineer was leaving for a new opportunity. The junior programmer marched into the director's office with a bulleted list of why she should be promoted to the senior engineer's position, but her plan backfired. In the director's eyes, it was too far a stretch. The junior programmer ended up with no promotion, when she might have landed some additional responsibility with an engineering title had she used a strategy that allowed for smaller steps.

    4. Bothering  your manager with too-frequent reminders of wanting to be promoted. If, during your "career conversation" with your manager, you've been completely clear about your expectations and your manager has openly discussed what you need to do to move forward, reminders shouldn't be necessary. Just be sure you have calendared a time in the weeks or months to come to revisit the topic with your manager. In the meantime, work with excellence and optimism.

    5. Begging for a promotion because of financial pressures. Managers and business owners tend to take the attitude that you knew what the job paid when you took it and it's up to you to live within your income.

    6. Pouting or grousing because you haven't gotten promoted as quickly as you'd like.Act like an adult! Whining or demanding that you be promoted because you're envious or frustrated that someone else on your team got promoted won't score points. You may believe that the wrong person got a promotion, and you may even be right. If you are, the results of that decision will be revealed in due time. Keep your frustrations to yourself, and continue to do a great job. If the person who was promoted hangs himself through poor performance, you'll be looked to as the one who can save the day.

    7. Being clueless about the big picture. If you are serious about wanting a promotion, do your homework. Understand how your current position and your targeted promotion fit in with the company's goals and profitability picture.

    8. Being deceitful or double-minded by acting in a respectful manner around your manager and then undermining or criticizing your manager in his absence. This never pays off!

    9. Asking to be promoted without having gone above and beyond in your current position (employers don't promote someone for simply doing what's expected of them). You will not score any points with your boss by simply showing up and doing your job. You must make an effort to go beyond the requirements of your job description.

    10. Expecting a promotion without having made measurable progress in areas outlined for improvement on prior performance evaluations. If you haven't made any effort to improve on areas pointed out to you, why would your boss think you'd be a good study on a new job?

    11. Being unprepared with talking points about the value or return-on-investment you'd bring in the new position. Be clear about what you bring to the table and the strengths that are of value to the company.

    12. Not dressing, speaking, or acting the part. Don't stand out by being different. Stand out by being excellent. Dress in a manner similar to those two levels above you. If you wear something that causes your listener to pay more attention to it than your message, ditch it.

    In general, to get promoted, you must memorize the mantra-"it's all about value." Link your promotion request to performance, never an inability to pay your bills! Ideally, value means going beyond what your job description calls for and contributing additional revenue or saving the company money. 

    (Adapted from original article from Career Coach Academy. Printed with permission.) 
    © 2007 All Rights Reserved.
    The Art of a Handshake  question mark jpeg
    One study found that potential employers take a more critical view of a weak handshake than of body piercings. But what makes an effective handshake? Find out how to make a favorable impression when someone offers you a hand.  Read more from
    (Source: CareerPro News Weekly, Nov 11, 2007)
    Joellyn Recommends: 
    The author, Claudia Shelton, explains in the Preface: the material in this book is organized around "three simple focuses": guidance to the development of the perspective and mindset necessary to "see things about yourself that you previously couldn't see" (i.e. blind spots), strategies to help convert these blind spots into strengths on which to build success, and create tools "to help identify personal information about one's specific blind spots."
    To get the most out of this book, career columnist Jim Pawlak recommends 
    taking this fr*ee 18-question assessment 
    to see how creativity, attitude and adaptability (soft skills) affect your productivity.  
    Quote of the Month
    New Q
     "We always attract into our lives whatever we think about most, believe in most strongly, expect on the deepest level, and imagine most vividly." 
    -- Shakti Gawain (Author)
     I appreciate having you as a subscriber and I hope the content in this newsletter will help you be successful in your career.  Have a great month!


    Joellyn Wittenstein Schwerdlin
    Certified Career Management Coach

    © 2007 All rights reserved.