Job Transition Considerations

Recently an individual contacted me looking for some assistance in making a job/career change. Despite having experienced quite a bit of professional success with their current employer, they described being frustrated and locked in a “dead end” job with no potential for upward growth or movement in … [Read more...]

The Top Ten Steps To Ensure Success When Transitioning To The Private Sector

I’ve spent my entire career working exclusively in the private sector. Throughout that time, I’ve interacted with thousands of federal agents, detectives and police officers from around the globe. Routinely, I talk to many people in law enforcement who are planning on retiring and express interest … [Read more...]

The New Business World – Reinventing Yourself Professionally is Key

A colleague of mine from grad school refers to the current employment market as "the new business world." He's definitely on to something as it's absolutely not business as usual out there for most employers or their hiring practices. Long gone are the days when candidates secured five or six … [Read more...]

The Value of Mentoring – Critical to Professional Success!

Two weeks ago, my colleague at Professional Development Strategies, Dr. Krista Osborne, wrote a blog piece on professional mentoring and she nailed this! Reading the piece she wrote inspired me to write this as an add on to her insightful commentary. Mentors are an integral part of professional … [Read more...]

Burning Professional Bridges – Doesn’t matter or Don’t do it?

We’ve all heard the expression “don’t burn professional bridges.” Professional Development Strategies personally agrees that burning professional bridges is a bad idea but to our surprise apparently not everyone thinks it’s as true as it used to be. A while ago, I was looking at a discussion about … [Read more...]

Mentor Mania or Menagerie

As I have progressed through my career both in law enforcement and the private sector, I consistently heard from supervisors that it is really helpful to 'get a good mentor,' to help guide you and get you to where you want to go.  Over those years, I never formally enlisted the services of a mentor … [Read more...]

30-60-90 Day Professional Development Planning: Your Approach to Career Success

The other day a professional associate and I were talking about career change and I suggested putting together a 30-60-90 day professional growth plan. I was asked to do this as part of a management assignment during grad school and it was a great exercise. While the initial assignment was to put … [Read more...]

Proofing Your Resume: More Than Just Spell Check

While it's true you can't judge a book by its cover... you may, however, be able to judge an applicant by his/her resume. Well written, polished and clean looking resume's naturally get more attention than sloppy, poorly written and mistake filled ones do. Resume's get interviews and for most hiring … [Read more...]

Resumes: Limiting Page Count Likely Limits Opportunities

Clients often ask, "How long should my resume be?" There are many different schools of thought on this but one of the more common philosophies is "no more than two pages." While that response probably works for certain types of entry level positions, individuals with less than five years of … [Read more...]

Career Transitions: Vision, Planning and Timing Are Key!

This morning an article ("The MBA Job Search: Plan B") popped into my inbox from Bloomberg Business Week. The article focuses on job hunting post MBA grad school and on the surface professionals transitioning either from the government to the private sector, or within the private sector, might … [Read more...]