Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Career Tip: ONET – The Career Exploration Resource

If you are looking to change careers, have never known what you truly want to do for your career, or know a high school student deciding on a college major to pursue, then ONET http://www.onetonline.org/ is your source.  We all realize to make a truly good decision, it is all about the data, and you can gather a great deal of that data for a career path determination on the ONET site.

Whether you search by an SOC code (Standard Occupational Classification) or a job title, an impressive summary of over 12,000 different job types awaits.  From the knowledge, skills and abilities needed for a specific job, to expected salary, related professions, hot tech skills, green jobs, jobs with a bright future, and typical education needed, it is your go-to research resource.

Give ONET a try and discover a wealth of information concerning your next career. 

A portion of this post was originally posted in July of 2015.




Job Search Quotes of the Week

“The butterfly symbolizes change, joy and transformation.  Be flexible to change.  Be joyful in your attitude towards yourself and others.  Be willing to continue to transform yourself to pursue your dreams, goals and aspirations.” ~ Patti Oskvarek

“Look out! Miracles are closer than they appear.” ~ Ulrike Selleck

Career Management Quotes of the Week

“Treasure your time and respect that of others because once it is gone and you have not made wise and purposeful use of it you will not get it back to make amends.”  ~ Mithra Dulloo

“No one is without self-worth… remember, you can always be used as a bad example.” ~ G. Corradino

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Career Tip: Take Your Break

Workers often post and bloggers frequently write articles about employees not taking breaks or their lunch hour in the workplace.  Think about it, all that wasted break time when you could refresh your coffee, eat your lunch, chat with a friend or loved one on the phone, play a game, take a walk, or just veg out.  Your breaks are not paid time, technically you have a four hour work day with a half-hour break, or an eight hour work day with two half-hour breaks, which means a half hour for lunch and two 15 minute breaks during the day or however you would like to break that time up.  Besides the obvious problem of working and not truly being paid, you are actually making things worse for your productivity and mood by not taking those rest opportunities at work.  


Recharging your batteries during the day is important and if you constantly work through lunch and your breaks you will often work slower, make more mistakes, have less patience for issues that come up, and begin to suffer from burn out.  Take your breaks, for both yourself and your company and see your productivity and attitude improve.  To your career success!

Career Management Quotes of the Week


"I don't know the key to success, but I know the key to failure is trying to please everyone." - Unknown

“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.” - Stephen Hawking

Career Management Quotes of the Week


"I don't know the key to success, but I know the key to failure is trying to please everyone." - Unknown

“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.” - Stephen Hawking

Friday, October 20, 2017

Job Search Quotes of the Week

You go on. You set one foot in front of the other, and if a thin voice cries out, somewhere behind you, you pretend not to hear, and keep going. - Geraldine Brooks
If your determination is fixed, I do not counsel you to despair. Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance. - Samuel Johnson

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Career Management Quotes of the Week

“Success will not lower its standard to us. We must raise our standard to success.” - John DiJuliu

"Render more service than that for which you are paid and you will soon be paid for more than you render." - Napoleon Hill

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Job Search Quotes of the Week

“People do not decide their futures, they decide their habits and their habits decide their futures.” — Frederick M. Alexander

Perseverance is a great element of success. If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Career Management Quotes of the Week

"People don't buy what you do; they buy why you do it. And what you do simply proves what you believe." --Simon Sinek


"Do whatever brings you to life, then. Follow your own fascinations, obsessions, and compulsions. Trust them. Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart." --Elizabeth Gilbert

Job Search Quotes of the Week

"When you have a great and difficult task, something perhaps almost impossible, if you only work a little at a time, every day a little, suddenly the work will finish itself." - Isak Dinesen
"Courage doesn’t always roar, sometimes it’s the quiet voice at the end of the day whispering I will try again tomorrow." -Mary Anne Radmacher

Friday, September 29, 2017

Career Management Quotes of the Week

"Taking initiative pays off. It is hard to visualize someone as a leader if she is always waiting to be told what to do." --Sheryl Sandberg

You aren’t going to find anybody that’s going to be successful without making a sacrifice and without perseverance. -- Lou Holtz

Job Search Quotes of the Week

"Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time." --Thomas A. Edison


"When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor." -- Elon Musk

Friday, September 22, 2017

Career Management Quotes of the Week

"We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise, we harden." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Comfort zones are most often expanded through discomfort." - Peter McWilliams

Job Search Quotes of the Week

"Fear begets fear. Power begets power. I willed myself to beget power. And it wasn't long before I actually wasn't afraid." - Cheryl Strayed 

"You will never win if you never begin." - Helen Rowland

Friday, September 15, 2017

Career Management Quotes of the Week

“A failure is not always a mistake. It may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying.” - B. F. Skinner
”Champions keep playing until they get it right.” - Billie Jean King

Job Search Quotes of the Week

“A river cuts through rock not with power but with persistence.” - Jim Watkins


“When you get into a tight place, and everything goes against you till it seems as if you couldn’t hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that’s just the place and time that the tide’ll turn.” - Harriet Beecher Stowe

Friday, September 8, 2017

Career Management Quotes of the Week

“YOU are your own brand. Each day you are building an image and product. A great brand takes constant effort, consistency and time to build.” – Unknown


"The thing that I learned early on is you really need to set goals in your life, both short-term and long-term, just like you do in business. Having that long-term goal will enable you to have a plan on how to achieve it."  Denise Morrison

Job Search Quotes of the Week

“As long as you keep getting up in the morning and as long as you keep getting up when you fall down, you’re always going to make at least one step forward.” - Wilmer Valderrama

“Happiness comes when you stop complaining about the troubles you have and offer thanks for the troubles you don’t have.” – Unknown 

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Career Management Quotes of the Week

“Achievement happens when you attain what you want. #Success comes when you connect with why you want it. Why is more important than want.” - Unknown

"Some goals are not going to fulfill you. Choose goals that you value and care about."  Henry Cloud

Friday, August 25, 2017

Career Management Quotes of the Week

"I would say to you, have faith in yourself – believe in what you are doing, and, most important, be a person of integrity. It is totally up to you, and no one else, how your life evolves."  Jon Huntsman Sr. 

"It is not sacrifice if you love what you’re doing."  Mia Hamm

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Job Search Quotes of the Week

If the vision is there, the means will follow.  Faith Popcorn

He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.  Muhammad Ali

Friday, August 18, 2017

Job Search Quotes of the Week

“Giving away your personal power robs you of mental strength.  But maintaining control in your life requires that you make a conscious choice to take back your power.  Speak up for yourself, set those boundaries, and be more assertive in a respectful way.  Know your value.” - Unknown

“Fear can keep us up all night long, but faith makes one fine pillow.” – Unknown

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Career Management Quotes of the Week

"Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit." - Conrad Hilton

"I'd rather hear a thousand no's than one I told you so" - Nadya S. Melton

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Job Search Quotes of the Week

“You have to fight to reach your dream. You have to sacrifice and work hard for it.”  Lionel Messi


“Not I, nor anyone else can travel that road for you. You must travel it by yourself. It is not far. It is within reach.”  Walt Whitman

Career Management Quotes of the Week

“To become the kind of person you want to become, you’ve got to have discipline. It’s easier to keep to your standards 100 percent of the time versus 98 percent of the time.”  Clay Christensen


“To desire is to obtain; to aspire is to achieve.”  James Allen

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Job Search Quotes of the Week

“Don’t fear failure so much that you refuse to try new things.” – Unknown


“Don’t spend your time looking back, you aren’t going that way.” – Marcia Wallace

Career Management Quotes of the Week

“Inspiration usually comes from work, not before it.” - Madeleine L'Engle


 “The less that you try to "teach" others about their shortcoming, the more insights you will gain into your own." - Guy Finley 

Friday, July 28, 2017

Job Search Quotes of the Week

“If what you are doing is not moving you towards your goals, then it’s moving you away from your goals.”  Brian Tracy

"If we create networks with the sole intention of getting something, we won't succeed. We can't pursue the benefits of networks; the benefits ensue from investments in meaningful activities and relationships." Adam Grant


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Career Management Quotes of the Week

"If you're not prepared to be wrong, you'll never come up with anything original." - Ken Robinson



"Never let success get to your head and never let failure get to your heart." - Ziad K. Abdelnour

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Career Management Quotes of the Week

"Dreams are free, but the journey isn't. There is a price to pay. First, you must pay the price of dealing with criticism from people who matter. Second, you must pay the price of overcoming your fears. Failure, rejection, and looking foolish are common fears - but they are just feelings that can be conquered and removed from your thoughts. Finally, you must be willing to pay the price of hard work in order to realize your dream." - John C. Maxwell 

“If you have no critics, you’ll likely have no success.” - Unknown

Job Search Quotes of the Week

“Happiness is not the absence of problems, but the ability to deal with them.” – Steve Maraboli


“Strength doesn’t come from what you can do.  It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t.” - Unknown

Friday, July 7, 2017

Job Search Quotes of the Week

“You cannot tailor make your situation in life, but you can tailor make your attitudes to fit those situations.” - Unknown

“Taking small steps over time in the right direction will result in #achievement.The key is not being afraid to take the second step.” - Unknown

Career Management Quotes of the Week

“Dreams absolutely come true, but they take time, dedication and patience.” - Seán McLoughlin, Internet Personality

“Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren't used to an environment where excellence is expected.” - Steve Jobs

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Job Search Quotes of the Week


"You cannot always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside." Wayne Dyer

"Our thoughts create our reality – where we put our focus is the direction we tend to go."  Peter McWilliams

Career Management Quotes of the Week

"The only way to improve is to set yourself harder goals." – Joanne Whalley


"Set realistic goals, keep re-evaluating, and be consistent."  Venus Williams

Friday, June 23, 2017

Career Tip of the Week - Get a Hobby

Sometimes the best way to deal with a stressful job is to have a hobby.  Not just an occasional hobby that you do once a month, but something active that can take your mind off of your stress and give you a better perspective.  From fishing, walking, gardening, and playing softball, to making jewelry, creating lawn art, and working on cars, you need an outlet.  TV and video games are not an outlet, and they are not hobby, but only a distraction.  While you might be tempted to say something similar about a hobby, you get usefulness from most hobbies, including physical exercise, creativity from making an item, or satisfaction like a repaired car or newly landscaped yard.

Your hobby should not be something you find to be a chore.  Many people work on their own cars but don't enjoy it, so it is only a pastime for those who find it fulfilling and enjoyable.  If you have allowed your life and work to take over your time to such a point as you have no hobbies, rethink your priorities.  Good career management has a balance of multiple areas, including family, religious, professional and/or civic activities, hobbies, and work.  If you take one part out, you often lead a life and career less fulfilled.  To your career success.

Job Search Quotes of the Week

"I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear." – Rosa Parks

“You have to fight through some bad days to earn the best days of your life.” - Unknown


Career Management Quotes of the Week

"Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows; it empties today of its strength." - Corrie ten Boom

If you consistently exceed the expectations of employees, they will consistently exceed the expectations of our customers. - Unknown

Friday, June 16, 2017

Job Search Quotes of the Week


“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” - John Wooden

"Each day, you can awake and focus on small, easy goals you can accomplish in the short term – goals that, over time, will lead you to your long-term goal." - Karen Salmansohn

Career Management Quotes of the Week

“Become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily; even if you had no title or position.” – Brian Tracy - Motivational Speaker and Author

"Take risks now and do something bold. You won’t regret it." - Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Career Tip of the Week



When applying online you will often see the same questions repeated in job applications.  Save yourself some time by keeping those answers to copy and paste into other applications.  You can save them in Microsoft Word or another convenient program of your choice.  Many online applications can take an hour or more to complete, so any time you save benefits your schedule.  To your job search success!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Job Search Quotes of the Week

“Don’t quit when the going gets tough. The middle is the most valuable part of your story. – Michael Hyatt


“If something doesn’t work, change the plan, not the goal.” - Unknown

Monday, June 5, 2017

Career Tip of the Week

When creating your LinkedIn profile, other social media, blog posts, and on your career documents (resume/cover letter/reference listing), use proper name capitalization.  I often see resumes and LinkedIn profiles with names in all lower case, which can have a negative influence on your job potential.  Showing your understanding of proper capitalization and when it is used, particularly with your own name will help you significantly in making a great first impression on paper or online.  Here is a terrific resource on when, and when not, to capitalize: http://grammar.yourdictionary.com/capitalization/10-rules-of-capitalization.html 
To your career success!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Career Management Quotes of the Week

“Improvement doesn’t have a finish line.” – Unknown

“Great athletes are open to learning. They can accept coaching, feedback and criticism without being offended.” – Unknown 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Job Search Quotes of the Week

“After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.” - Nelson Mandela

“No one every injured their eyes by looking on the bright side.” - Unknown

Monday, May 22, 2017

Career Management Quotes of the Week

“There is no job worth throwing away your life for.” - Geoff Blades

“Don’t try to be perfect, just try to be an excellent example of a human being.” – Tony Robbins 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Job Search Quotes of the Week

The seeds of resilience are planted in the way we process the negative events in our lives.” - Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook

“A caterpillar goes through an amazing transformation to become something so beautiful.  Sometimes struggles are what we need to become extraordinary." - Unknown

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Career Management Quotes of the Week

"You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision and with a finer spirit of hope and achievement.  You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand." -Woodrow Wilson 


"Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.” – Oprah

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Job Search Quotes of the Week

"Goals are pure fantasy unless you have a specific plan to achieve them."  Stephen Covey


I truly believe that if you put your goals in writing, speak them out loud and work for them, they will happen.  Ciara

Friday, May 5, 2017

Job Search Quotes of the Week

Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success. – Pablo Picasso

Surrounding yourself with people who are actively and enthusiastically working toward their best futures will keep you moving toward your own goals. – Leah Busque

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Career Management Quotes of the Week

"Don't just dream. Set an objective, develop goals and make it happen." – Business Unbound

“You get as much from your losses as you do from your victories because the losses are there to wake you up.” – Oprah Winfrey

Friday, April 28, 2017

Job Search Quotes of the Week

People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.  Zig Ziglar

One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals. – Michelle Obama

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Career Management Quotes of the Week

“Make sure your worst enemy doesn't live between your two ears.” - Laird Hamilton


“Truly successful people give their best performance even if they are not in the spotlight.” - Unknown

Friday, April 21, 2017

Job Search Quotes of the Week

“Don’t waste a minute not being happy.  If one window closes, run to the next window, or break down the door.” - Brooke Shields


"Failure has the power to teach you what to do and not to do next." - Unknown

"Learning and recovering from failure are not instantaneous. It takes time." - Unknown

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Career Management Quotes of the Week

“Truly powerful people are not concerned about their power, but about being in a position of being able to empower.” - Nadja Swarovski


Remember, it's never too late to ask the person in the mirror, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" - Michael Von Irvin

Friday, April 14, 2017

Job Search Quotes of the Week

"Perseverance in spite of all obstacles: It is this, that distinguishes the strong soul from the weak." – Thomas Carlyle


“The strongest people aren't always the people who win, but the people who don't give up when they lose” – Unknown 

Career Management Quotes of the Week

“Don't wait for a certificate or degree to tell you who you are.” - Unknown

“Money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver.” – Ayn Rand

Friday, April 7, 2017

Job Search Quotes of the Week

“A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.” 
General Colin Powell

“Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.” 
Theodore Roosevelt

Career Management Quotes of the Week

The path in front of you is rarely a straight line. It’s full of bumps … Embrace the bumps in the road. 
Ellen Bennett

“Perfectionism is not the same thing as striving to be our best. Perfectionism is not about healthy achievement and growth; it’s a shield.” 
Brené Brown

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Job Search Quotes of the Week

"On the other side of fear lies freedom!" - JB Glossinger

"Passion will keep you going when the going gets tough." - David Copperfield

Career Management Quotes of the Week

“It’s more important to be part of a process by rolling up your sleeves and being on the ground, starting campaigns, you know – build stuff.” - Queen Raina of Jordan

"Go for it now. The future is promised to no one." - Wayne Dyer

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Career Management Quotes of the Week

"The more passion people have for the work that they do, the more likely they are to demonstrate positive energy and success in life." - Terri Funk Graham

“Exhausting is okay. It means you're in the game. You're on the way up and you're not on the way down.” - Lee Rosen 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Job Search Quotes of the Week

"Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." - Unknown

"Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid only of standing still." - Chinese proverb

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Career Management Quotes of the Week

“The only place greatness comes before hustle is in the dictionary.” - Ross Simmonds

“Aim to make a positive impact in someone’s life every day, including your own.”  Doe Zantamata

Friday, March 10, 2017

Job Search Quotes of the Week

"He is happy, whose circumstances suit his temper; but he is more excellent, who can suit his temper to any circumstances." - David Hume


"Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice." - Unknown 

Career Management Quotes of the Week

 “Knowing what you don’t know is more useful than being brilliant.”  Charlie Munger


"When anyone gets something for nothing, someone else gets nothing for something." – Anonymous

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Job Search Quotes of the Week

"Discipline is just choosing between what you want now and what you want most." – Unknown

“Life is a succession of lessons that must be lived to be understood.” - Helen Keller

Career Management Quotes of the Week

"What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals." - Zig Ziglar

"Most of life's difficulties can be resolved by a simple shift in attitude." - Unknown

Friday, February 24, 2017

Job Search Quotes of the Week

"The only way to get out is to go through." - Joyce Meyer

"Passion will keep you going when the going gets tough." - David Copperfield


Career Management Quotes of Week

"A stumbling block to the pessimist is a stepping stone to the optimist." - Unknown

 “The Only Thing That IS Controllable Is Your Work Ethic.” - Unknown

Friday, February 10, 2017

Job Search Quotes of the Week

"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase." Martin Luther King, JR

"My attitude has always been, if you fall flat on your face, at least you're moving forward." - Richard Branson

Career Management Quotes of the Week

"The difference between earning a good living and living a good life, is enjoying what you do!!" - Unknown

"You can't tell people what to do. You have to influence them." - Jan Fields

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Job Search Quotes of the Week

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”–Wayne Gretzky

Fall seven times, stand up eight.” – Japanese proverb

Career Management Quotes of the Week

"If you're trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I've had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up.  Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it." - Michael Jordan

Leadership is influencing others toward a common vision, mission, commitment and goal, at an agreed upon time. It is about having others realize their potential.  Leadership is not just being someone who people will follow, but someone who people WANT to follow. "Anybody who thinks they are a leader and doesn't have anybody following them is just out for a walk." - John Maxwell

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Job Search Quotes of the Week

"Beware that the detours in your life don't turn into destinations." - Tim Fargo


"Successful people are simply those with successful habits." - Brian Tracy

Career Management Quotes of the Week

“Until you cross the bridge of your insecurities, you can't begin to explore your possibilities.” - Tim Fargo

“Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.” - Malcolm Forbes