Decision-Making Strategies for Dual-Career Couples

By Caroline Ceniza-Levine '93BC of the Columbia Career Coaches Network
Originally published on Forbes.com

As a recruiter, I've seen many job offers fall apart over the significant other. For example, in a relocation, the candidate was willing to make the move, but the partner nixed it. Even in an offer situation for the same city, a partner's hesitation could derail the deal. A deal-breaker raised by the significant other was so common that one of my recruiting colleagues always included a dinner with the partner during the selling process. 

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An Eight-Step Process to Discover Alternative Careers

By Caroline Ceniza-Levine '93BC of the Columbia Career Coaches Network
Originally published on Forbes.com

Hannah asks: What are the best ways to determine alternative careers based on one's skills and experience, careers that might not be obvious?

The best way to learn a job is to do the job, but you can't try out every single career idea before settling on one—who has the time or energy? So, you need to find a way to learn about a career from the outside looking in. Then you can make an informed choice about whether to commit your efforts in that direction. Here is an eight-step process for identifying viable alternative careers:

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What To Do When a Coworker Steals Credit for Your Work

By Melody Wilding '11SW of the Columbia Career Coaches Network
Originally published on Forbes.com

You're sitting in a meeting and a coworker takes credit for your idea. Or maybe you stay late to finish a project, but your name is left off of the final presentation. Your boss grabs the limelight and accepts all the praise.

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What To Do if You're Successful but Miserable at Your Job

By Julia Harris Wexler '83TC, '14BUS of the Columbia Career Coaches Network

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How to Follow Up Effectively When Networking

By Julia Bonem '87BC of the Columbia Career Coaches Network

So, you've pushed back your keyboard and attended events to make new connections. Great start, since networking is the #1 way to find a new job and build professional relationships! But, how do you most effectively follow up with those who can help you land your next role or grow your business?

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5 Signs You're About to Make a Bad Career Decision

By Melody Wilding '11SW of the Columbia Career Coaches Network
Originally published on Forbes.com

Most of the choices we make every day are simple and straightforward: what to wear to work, what to eat for lunch, whether to go to sleep at a reasonable hour or stay up watching Netflix. They don't cause much stress or inner conflict.

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Character Still Counts

Kevin McCarthy '85CC, '91GSAS, of the Columbia Career Coaches Network,
reflects on recent life advice he gave his sons.

After little sleep last night I woke up this morning and struggled to find ways to explain to my two teenage sons that character still counts, that a good man is ultimately defined by his actions and they are still expected to do the right thing because it is the right thing, not because it might bring attention, fame or wealth.

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Creating Your Personal Leadership Brand

Not everyone has a Broadway hit based on their lives (Hamilton), or a hashtag trending on Twitter (#NotoriousRBG) like some Columbia alumni, but your professional stature can be enhanced and amplified greatly through developing and honing your personal brand.

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4 Ways to Take Control of Your Career

By Debra Feldman '74PH of the Columbia Career Coaches Network

It's too late for a quick landing when you are actively looking and need or want a new opportunity. The shortest search happens when an individual is ready for a change and a hiring decision maker extends an unsolicited job offer. As a future candidate, you can influence the recruiting process by networking purposefully to attract the decision makers who have hiring authority for the roles you want.

 

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Photoshopping Your Career Is a Career Search Killer

By Eric Horwitz '90CC of the Columbia Career Coaches Network


I hear it all the time. I have three interviews next week: one Skype, one phone, and one in person. What should I wear? What questions will they ask? If I get the job, how much should I ask for? Do I really want these jobs? Maybe I don’t want any of them.

 

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