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Taking A Job When You're Waiting For Another Offer

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • What do I do when I have one offer but I am waiting for another?
  • Can I speed up an offer?
  • How do I estimate the potential of an offer?

Our guidance on what to do when you have one offer, but you're waiting for another.

As the market heats up, more and more people will be in this position. Interviews and offers rarely have the ideal timing for the candidate, and it's very likely that you'll end up with one offer made, and another that you're confident about, but haven't yet been made. What now?


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Your Own Training Budget

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • How do you get training when your company won't pay?
  • Why would I pay for my own training?
  • How do I afford my own training?

Our guidance on getting your own training.

This idea is so simple, we might wonder why we need a podcast about it. It's based on an idea so simple that you might wonder why any of us didn't think about it before. Why would you rely on your current company to choose the training for your future career – when only you know what that might be?


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Getting Jobs In Government - The Basics

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • How is getting a job in government different?
  • How do I fill in their forms?
  • Can I negotiate on government jobs?

Our guidance on the application process in government.

We've been asked about how to get through the application process for government jobs – both local, state and federal. There are a lot of similarities, whether you look at any of the levels within the US, and in other countries in the world. This cast won't be specific to any one system, but we will go over the basics.


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Get Ready To Get Promoted: Peer Analysis

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • How do I analyze my competition for a promotion?
  • How do I know what skills I need to be promoted?
  • Is promotion always a competition?

Our guidance on how to analyze your peers when going for a promotion.

Often when you know a vacancy is going to be coming up in the level above you, it's because you know your boss or one of her peers is going to be moving to another department, being promoted themselves or leaving the company. Sometimes, this can give you quite a lot of warning that the position you want is going to be available. However, even if you haven't had that kind of news, analyzing your competitors for the role you want is an essential part of the getting ready process.


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The Raise Dangle

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • How long should I expect a raise to take?
  • Should I follow up on my raise request?
  • Why wouldn't I get a raise?

Our guidance on how to deal with the waiting period after you've asked for a raise.

We recently completed a series of guidance on when and how to ask for a raise. What happens next is one of three things: either the raise comes through immediately, it takes a while or it never comes. This guidance is named after another Career Tools cast, 'The Dangle', which describes what to do when you're told you're being offered one job, but it's only temporary and the job you really want will soon be forthcoming. In the same way, a raise is rarely immediate, and you're usually left hanging. Here's what to do in the meantime.


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When NOT To Take Your Phone

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • When should I not have my phone with me?
  • Why should I not take my phone everywhere?
  • Why is looking at my phone rude?

Our guidance on how to deal with your phone during different parts of your day.

When we make recommendations to limit the use of phones during the day, during meetings or at home, we get a lot of pushback. All of us have grown used to our extra appendage and the novelty it constantly provides. And, it's not conducive to relationship building with people who are in your presence. If you're loath to not have your phone with you at every moment, prepare to be challenged.


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Getting Ready To Get Promoted - Chapter 7 - Know Why

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • What are good reasons to get promoted?
  • What should I be thinking about before I go for a promotion?
  • What are the rewards of promotion?

Our guidance getting promoted – knowing why before you start.

We're already up to chapter 7 of our series on how to get promoted. At the beginning, we told you that this was going to be an 18 month campaign. It's a lot of work. Knowing why you're doing it is important in the moments when you've taken a step backward, or your plan doesn't seem to be working.

Somewhere along this journey, someone is going to ask you why you want the promotion. Understanding your motivation, and having a good public answer for that question is a necessity.


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Resumes – The Headline, Not The Story

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • Why do you recommend a 1 page resume?
  • How do I fit all the detail about my career on a 1 page resume?
  • What is a resume for?

Our guidance on the way to think about your resume: as the headlines, not the story.

We get a lot of questions about why we recommend a one page resume. Many people tell us that they can’t possibly include all the detail they want to on one page – especially if they’ve had a long career or lots of jobs. You’re right. You can’t. And that’s the point.


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Maternity Leave

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • How do I notify my boss that I'm pregnant?
  • What plans should I make for my absence due to maternity?
  • How do I tell my team I'm pregnant?

Our guidance on dealing with work when you're expecting.

Expecting a baby is one of the most exciting times of your life. Working out when and how to tell your employer and how to balance a young child with work can be very difficult. Here's our guidance.


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The Suspense File

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • How can I keep track of deadlines?
  • How can I avoid being overwhelmed by all my tasks and responsibilities?
  • How can I improve my focus on near-term tasks but not forget future obligations?

Create a digital or actual suspense file to keep track of future obligations and deliverables.

One of the reasons so many of us work on what is urgent or right before us is we don't have a highly reliable way of keeping track of responsibilities that we must accomplish or review or revisit at some point in the not-near future. The solution to this is the old-fashioned suspense file.


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