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  A collection of things I love.   In the past weeks - no, even months! - frequently I start discussions about trivial or business-related topics with people, then surreptitiously slide into personal, even spiritual topics. There's something in me, that, when asked "So, how are you doing?" keeps wanting to answer 100% honest, brutally even:  "Well, you ...

HR = Human Relationships

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source: http://masteringlifeandhappiness.com/humanrelations.html   Reading Carl Rogers recently again after a few months an interesting idea came to mind: HR is normally understood as the corporate acronym for Human Resources. In fact, perhaps we should think of HR more as Human Relationships. During my experience as an HR professional, I kept believing that my work will be complete when I will ...

Career Planning for Young Graduates

Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/jul/04/unemployment-not-kids-problem   I recently took up two mentees from a student organization, and part of the Get To Know Each Other phase, we talked a lot about what they know and what they would like to know, about the "outside world", the corporate environment. We're talking about a reputed, large, well structured and well organized student ...

How To Get Quality Feedback After Your Job Interview

I'm excited to host another guest post! This is a post from Richard Munn of  www.how2become.com, a UK website specializing in tips for individuals targeting public sector careers. Thank you Richard for writing this article for LifeToolkit.net! As a former recruiter and of course also as a candidate,  I can relate to the experience of going to ...

Young careers – why passion won’t (always) get you a job

I saw two very good candidates today. Both very young (just out of University), both talented and with potential. However, only one goes forward to get the job. It is not the one who was ambitious, hard working, pursuing a passion and full of drive and energy. It is the one who steps back, takes a good look ...

Why Gen Y-ers are so confused

[caption id="attachment_870" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Luiz Vazquez/©Gulf News"] In the past year I've been invited to several career events, to coach or hold speeches about choosing a career, a life vision, or something similar. At first, it was kind of surprising, since this blog's aim is not career planning. But there is a need out there, and ...

What you hate is what inspires change

I'm going through some confusing, yet change-prone times. It seems to come around every few years, a restlessness and need to re-define my life. Normally it includes hating what I've worked hard to earn, and a feeling that unless I do some big change around here, I'm not - ever! - going to be really ...

Career Coaching for Millennials – and a Career Planning Tool

(picture from www.personalbrandingblog.com) I've been asked to deliver 3 Career workshops in less than 3 months, and while I love doing that, I can't help but thinking what might be the increasing need behind. Is it a trend? According to many studies, Millennials (or Generation Y) are the spoiled and undecided generation. Sure, they have strengths, such ...

10 Common Sense Lessons from the Corporate world

I've recently started recognizing people (outside work environment) who work in multinationals. They have a certain way of behaving and, of course, personal idiosyncrasies (or as we say it in Romanian, "pitici", or "stoluri"). On the other hand, there are some valuable lessons I've learned, some not yet mastered, while working almost 6 years for corporations. ...

A different perspective on reality

I was doing a quick peer coaching (15 minutes "flash" coaching) yesterday evening, and something popped in my mind, so brilliant (excuse my modesty, it always gets in the way) that I thought I should share this with you. Jackie, the woman I was coaching, is returning to work next week, after 2 months of leave ...

What to do when you can’t figure out your Life Mission

I recently coached a young NGO leader on developing a conference for fresh graduates and master students, called "Heading for the Future". It's not the first time this conference was held, and I appreciated the idea even the first time I heard about it. But by working with Cristina, and wondering how we could better ...

Career Coaching: why long term plans pay off

Do you have a 5 year career plan? Does your current job make you happy? If not, have you thought about what it would take to improve? In these times of crisis, when most people would be happy doing just any job, I think it's critical that we define what provides a fair level of enjoyment - and ...

The Devil’s Advocate: Corporate Life

I don't believe in safety nets. I flew on my own to the US, not having a job or a place to stay, not knowing where I would sleep the first night. And it went ok. I travelled alone by train to countries where people don't speak English, and found that sign language actually works. I trusted people ...